Samsung has announced that its Galaxy S21 series, which includes the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra, will begin receiving One UI 4 from today. The Korean firm said that the new update brings additional customisation options, more privacy features and access to more of the Samsung ecosystem.
While the Galaxy S21 series will be the first devices to receive the update, it will also arrive on other devices at a later date. The full list of supported devices includes the 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, Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+.
Commenting on One UI 4, Janghyun Yoon, Executive Vice President and Head of Software Platform Team at Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, said:
“We are committed to giving everyone access to the best mobile experiences possible, as soon as possible. One UI 4 delivers on that promise, equipping Galaxy smartphone users with the latest customization and privacy features. But we won’t stop there. Soon, other smartphone and tablet users will also be able to benefit from this software update, enabling a more seamless experience across our entire ecosystem.”
As One UI 4 is based upon Android 12, which boasts a huge colour palette that adapts based on your background, it’s no surprise to see Samsung touting the customisability of One UI 4. With the new update, you can alter the look and feel over everything including your home screen icons, menu, buttons and background – widgets also offer deeper customisation options.
Away from customisation, One UI 4 also includes new privacy and security features. One of the headline features highlighted by Samsung is that you’ll be alerted whenever an app attempts to access your camera or microphone. A new privacy dashboard is available too which brings together all your settings and controls for easy management.
Finally, Samsung said that One UI 4 allows you to get the most out of its extended ecosystem of devices and third-party apps. It said it has been working with the likes of Google and other industry leaders to ensure a seamless experience with third-party apps and services such as Google Duo which allows for high-quality video calls over an internet connection. One UI 4 works better with other Galaxy devices too as they now feature a uniform look and feel, syncing between them is more seamless too.