Samsung Electronics announced the beginning of international distribution from today of the proprietary One UI 4.0 shell based on the Android 12 operating system for the flagship smartphones Galaxy S21 (overview), Galaxy S21+ (overview) и Galaxy S21 Ultra (overview).
Distribution for the Galaxy S21 series will begin on November 15th, and the update will soon be available for other smartphones in the Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Z, Galaxy A series, as well as tablets. The exact timing of the release has not yet been specified.
The official list of models that will later also receive updates at the moment looks like this: Galaxy S20, S20 +, S20 Ultra, S20 FE, Note20, Note20 Ultra, S10, S10e, S10 +, S10 5G, Note10, Note 10+, Galaxy Fold, Z Fold3, Z Flip3, Z Fold2, Z Flip, Z Flip 5G, Galaxy A82 5G, A72, A52, A52 5G, A52s 5G, A42 5G, Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 +.
The beta testing program for the Galaxy S21 series has been running in multiple regions since mid-September. Then Samsung set itself the goal of releasing the first public build in 2021 and hinted at a November release. This promise has just been fulfilled.
Of course, the One UI 4.0 update based on Android 12 will not be available immediately in all regions, but in the coming days and weeks it will gradually appear in most of them.
One UI 4.0 brings many of the features of Android 12, including a new design language called Material You and wallpaper-adaptive color themes. But there are many other changes and fixes throughout the user interface that are unique to One UI 4.0.
Samsung has added new privacy and security features that give users more control over the rights granted to apps, and all settings and controls are now conveniently organized in a new privacy dashboard.
As the developers promise, with One UI 4, users get the opportunity to customize all interface elements. The updated widgets can also be customized in a variety of settings, from transparency and visibility to style. In addition, users get access to a wider and more varied set of emojis.