Samsung has just announced One UI 5 and revealed its final design for the first time. Android 13 is a minor update over Android 12, but Samsung is adding some of its own tweaks to the platform in addition to Google‘s.
One of the major new features in One UI 5 is a revamped lock screen, which supports new clock styles, video wallpapers, and more, as shown above. Similar to iOS 16, you can now edit these directly from the lock screen. According to Samsung, One UI 5 has a “fresh new look and feel.”
One UI 5 uses “Modes,” which can be customized to adjust settings for “different parts of your life,” similar to Apple‘s most recent major update.
In terms of specific features, Samsung is introducing “stack widgets,” which allow you to place multiple widgets on your home screen and scroll through them. The “smart suggestions” widget can suggest specific apps based on your usage patterns. One UI 5 also improves OCR, text extraction from the system, and capturing pictures.
Samsung has also adopted Google’s focus on privacy and security in Android 13. There’s a combined security and privacy dashboard, just like on Pixels, and Samsung will also notify you if a picture you’re sharing contains personal information.
When will One UI 5 arrive? And which devices?
For select devices, such as the Galaxy S22 series, Samsung already has One UI 5 based on Android 13 in beta. The final update will be released “in the coming weeks,” according to the Samsung press release, but no company date has been set. The launch is expected later this month or in early November.
The Galaxy S22 series is expected to be the first to receive One UI 5, with the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Flip 4, and Galaxy S21 series following shortly after.