Samsung has officially unveiled One UI 6 at the Samsung Developer Conference held on October 5. At the event, Samsung talked about One UI 6 and some of its features. But in the press release, Samsung revealed all the features of One UI 6, which means you can now know what to expect from the One UI 6 update.
Here I will share everything related to One UI 6 including its release date, supported devices, features and more. Google has already released stable Android 14 for Pixel, which means other OEMs will also soon launch stable builds of their own Android 14 based custom skin like One UI 6.
Let’s begin with the Release Date.
One UI 6 Release Date
Stable One UI 6 is expected to be released by the end of October or early November. The Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+ and Galaxy S23 Ultra are going to be the first to get the update. And by this year most of the flagship phones and latest mid range phones will get the official One UI 6 update. The remaining devices may get it by the end of the first quarter of 2024.
Samsung started testing One UI 6 beta in the last week of August. It was the Galaxy S23 series that was the first to receive the One UI 6 beta, but later the Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy A54, Galaxy A34, and Galaxy A53 also joined the beta. Galaxy foldables are expected to get One UI 6 beta this month.
There is no official confirmation yet as to when stable One UI 6 will be released. But a stable version has been claimed to have been spotted recently, which means that October could be the month when Samsung will start releasing Android 14 based stable One UI 6.
One UI 6 Eligible Devices
There are no confirmation from Samsung about the One UI 6 eligible devices, but since we already know the update policy for Samsung Galaxy phones, we can easily guess the compatible phones.
The One UI 6 brings a range of enhancements, but not all Samsung Galaxy phone users will be able to enjoy the new upgrade. Similar to previous major One UI releases, certain devices currently running One UI 5 will not be eligible for the next major upgrade, One UI 6.
So anyone with a Samsung phone running One UI 5 will be having doubts whether their Galaxy phone will get the upcoming One UI 6 update or not. Well the company hasn’t revealed any official list or information, we did look at the Samsung update policy which gives enough information to guess the devices that can get One UI 6 update.
Here is the list of One UI 6 compatible phones:
- Galaxy Z Fold 5
- Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Galaxy Z Flip 5
- Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Galaxy S23+
- Galaxy S23
- Galaxy S23 FE
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S22+
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S21 FE
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy S21+
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy M54
- Galaxy M53 5G
- Galaxy M33 5G
- Galaxy M23
- Galaxy F54
- Galaxy F23
- Galaxy F14 5G
- Galaxy A73
- Galaxy A72
- Galaxy A54
- Galaxy A53
- Galaxy A52 (A52 5G, A52s)
- Galaxy A34
- Galaxy A33
- Galaxy A24
- Galaxy A23
- Galaxy A14
- Galaxy A13
- Galaxy A04s
- Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra
- Galaxy Tab S9+
- Galaxy Tab S9
- Galaxy Tab S9 FE
- Galaxy Tab S9 FE+
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Galaxy Tab S8+
- Galaxy Tab S8
- Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro
One UI 6 Features
The main reason to be excited for One UI 6 or any other update for that matter, is the new set of features, improvements over last update, and bug fixes. And One UI 6 won’t be considered a major upgrade if it doesn’t bring major changes. So yes the One UI 6 comes with some new features including UI improvements.
As Samsung has now officially unveiled the One UI 6, the complete list of new features are available. The features listed below are confirmed. The One UI 6 is based on Android 14 which means it will have some common features of Android 14.
Revamped Quick Panel
The main big change on One UI 6 is the redesigned Quick Settings layout. Quick Settings on One UI 6 now follows the stock Android path. Some options are bigger that are easily accessible and so makes the interaction easy with the phone.
The Quick Panel uses the full screen unlike One UI 5 in which the settings are displayed in the lower part of the screen. So in the new layout, one hand operation might not be easy.
In One UI 6 users can enable Instant Quick settings access, which let you access quick settings in one swipe down gestures while in One UI 5 two swipe down gestures are required.
Move Clock Freely on Lock Screen
In One UI 5, we can only set the Clock widget in select locations, but in One UI 6 we can reposition clock to the location of our choice. It is going to helpful if you want the widget to match wallpaper by not covering important part of the wallpaper, and you can set it where the clock is clearly visible.
Changes for Better Homescreen
Samsung has removed the Galaxy or Samsung name from some of its stock apps to keep apps name shorter for cleaner and simpler look. One UI 6 let you drag app icons with one hand while using second hand for switching homescreen page. You can also set navigation gestures to auto hide just like auto hide taskbar on Windows PC.
New Default Font
The One UI 6 has a different default font than One UI 5. The new font is cleaner, more stylish and gives modern feel. Fonts are bit wider that makes them easy to read.
Link to Windows on Tablets
The Links to Windows feature comes to Samsung Galaxy Tablets with One UI 6. It let you stay connected to your Tablet task directly from your PC without the need of reaching for the tablet.
One UI 6 brings some redesigned emojis and some new emojis. The new emojis looks better than previous set of emojis. But many users don’t care about emojis, if you do, then this is one of the useful changes for you.
New Media Player
Another big change that comes with the One UI 6 is the new Media Player in the Notification panel and lock screen. Samsung finally adopts the stock Android 13 like Media Player design but with better improvements.
Last year Samsung didn’t bring the Android 13 AOSP style media player but finally brought the new design with Android 14 based One UI 6. The changes include the media player covered with song cover art and animated progress bar.
Separate Battery Settings
Battery Settings is now a standalone Settings in One UI 6. Earlier it was available in Settings along with Device care. But now you can directly open Battery settings to see battery information directly from Settings. Here’s how the new Battery Settings UI.
Weather Info Improvements
One UI 6 comes with a new weather widget named Weather Insight. The new widgets show more details directly on the widget. In the Widget, you will see additional information like severe thunderstorms, snow, rain and other events are on the forecast.
The Weather app also has some upgrades like more information, easy to check local weather on the map.
Enhanced Camera Features
The Camera app comes with an improved UI for easier controls. For example you will be able to easily changes the camera megapixel, Super steady shortcut in video mode, new video resolution shortcut UI.
In the Settings, you will be able to choose the type of quality you want to capture from your phone. You can set the maximum if you are ok with taking more time on optimization which you notice after tapping the shutter button. When you select minimum you can take photos more quickly without waiting for optimization. There is also a Medium option if you want to maintain balance between Quality and shutter lag.
In One UI 6 users can add camera widgets to homescreen that will let you open a dedicate camera page like you can directly open with custom settings applied.
It let you choose whether you want the watermark on the bottom of the picture or at the top. Now you can also turn off swiping up and down within camera to open switch between front and rear camera.
When you open the detailed view of the picture by swiping up in the picture, you will have edit options there, like Object eraser, remaster, and portrait effect for quick editing.
In One UI 6 users can two hands for drag and drop. Using first hand drag and drop any object or media file and with the other hand you can open app where you want to share the media or object.
More Editing Tools
Image editing is now simpler with new tools layout. The options now appear side wise in place of stack view. In transform menu, Straighten and Perspective options have been combined.
Even after saving your edit you will be able to make changes to drawings, stickers and text.
A new feature dedicated for editing. The Studio will let you do more complex and powerful editing directly on your phone. You can access it from Drawer menu in the Gallery app, or you can also add it as a shortcut in the home screen to launch it quickly.
Content sharing preview
When you want to share an image or video, you will see the preview in the sharing menu so that you can have another look at what you are sharing which can be handy at times. And there are some additional sharing options.
Revamped Samsung health homescreen
Samsung health app has a revamped homescreen where more information are shown with bold text and colors. It makes the data easy to see. The latest exercise data will appear on the top. In the Samsung health water tracker you can customize the size of the cup to match it according to the one you use.
You can now customization smart suggestion widget like adjusting the transparency and choose between black and white background. The layout has been redesigned a bit.
There are some other features in One UI 6:
- Take quick actions by long pressing the app directly from the the search results. Just like how it works in the homescreen. You can also search for app actions directly instead of app.
- You can use passkey to sign into websites that support passkey login. It can protect you from phishing attacks.
- Your phone will remember when you turn on WiFi or Bluetooth when Airplane mode is on. And the next time you will use Airplane mode, it will stay on based on learning.
- New accessibility settings include New magnification options, Cursor thickness customization, link to the Samsung Accessibility web page in Accessibility settings if you want to learn more.
- Redesigned Digital Wellbeing homescreen which makes it easier to find the information you may want.
There could be more small changes here and there.
How to Install One UI 6
As of now, the official version of One UI 6 is not available for any of the Samsung Galaxy Phones. But it will be available for the Samsung Galaxy phones starting October (expected). However, the One UI 6 beta is now available and if your device is eligible, you can join and install One UI 6 beta following this guide.
But once the stable One UI 6 is available, you can easily upgrade your phone by going to Settings > Software Update > Download and Install. But first make sure to back up your device.
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