Samsung Galaxy S22 owners are starting to receive the new One UI 5 update based on Android 13 after weeks of beta testing. That’s according to people with the device posting that the update has reached their phones.
It’s been a few months since the release of Android 13 in August, which first landed on Google Pixel phones and shipped on the new Pixel 7 devices. Other Android phone manufacturers are still in the testing and optimization phase, and Samsung appears to be one of the first to start rolling out a completed update.
As reported by Sammobile (opens in new tab), the update appears to be released in European countries first. This includes countries like the UK, Italy, Norway, Spain and Switzerland. Since this is such a big update, S22 owners in the US might not be too far behind in getting it too.
The phones that will receive the updates are said to be the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The update is close to 3GB and seems to be only for Exynos powered devices at the moment (hence the lack of US availability where the S22 series is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1).
According to initial reports, we could soon also see One UI 5 on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Samsung never confirmed the date, but did leave a tweet (opens in new tab) today introduces One UI 5.
Introducing One UI 5 – which allows you to customize your device, improve productivity and enjoy great experiences across devices and platforms. #OneUI5 #SDC22 More info: https://t.co/x6mSLPhxhD pic.twitter.com/Mb5K4Jpl8mOctober 24, 2022
The new software update brings some personalization features, new multitasking gestures and deeper Material You integration.
Last year’s Material You design based on Android 12 integrated dynamic themes and brought changes to the color palette. Now with the One UI 5 skin, the color changes are applied throughout the system. In fact, the dynamic theme engine has also been improved with added color support. This now provides up to 16 preset color themes based on the background applied. Third-party app icons are also themed to look more consistent.
Widgets are easier to stack with One UI 5. Users just need to long-press a widget on the home screen, then tap the Create Stack option and select the widgets you want to stack on top of each other.
There is also a new Bixby Text Call feature, which allows S22 owners to answer calls with SMS. Bixby converts the text to audio and shares it directly with the caller, while also converting the caller’s voice to text. Many other top features of Android 13 make their way to the One UI 5 skin, such as adjusting bedtime mode, quickly extracting text from images and pasting it into a note.
You can see all the details of the features set to make their way to the One UI 5 update on Samsung’s blog (opens in new tab).
Check back with Tom’s Guide as we will provide future updates on which Samsung phones and regions will receive the new software.