Samsung last week released the One UI 5.0 beta update for the Galaxy S21 series in India, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Now it has expanded to the US.
U.S. users can now sign up for the One UI 5.0 Beta testing program for Android 13, including unlocked versions of the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
To participate in the beta test program, you will need to download and install the Samsung Membership app, sign in with your Samsung account, click on the Galaxy S21 One UI 5.0 Beta Program banner on the app’s homepage, and then register your device.
After completing registration in the One UI 5.0 Beta Program, you will have a chance to receive the new version of the update within 10 minutes.
Samsung may also open the beta program for the Galaxy S21 series to more markets in the coming weeks, perhaps calling it One UI 5.0 Beta 2 in some markets.
Updated features in Samsung Galaxy S21 One UI 5.0 Beta
This update brings enhanced palette features, stacked widgets, separate call backgrounds for each contact, opt-in notifications for each app, language settings for each app, and improved performance.
This update also brings the ability to edit the lock screen wallpaper collection, space bar row customization in the Samsung keyboard, improved sound and vibration settings, and the ability to extract text from images or directly through the camera. “There is also a separate section in the Settings app called “Connected Devices”.
Samsung has also improved the notification design and quick settings toggle. The company has improved the Samsung DeX UI to start parallel multitasking with new gestures and physical keyboard shortcuts. Searching in the My Documents app has been improved, and information can now be searched in images and documents.
The design of the Digital Health section has also been improved. The Bedtime Mode feature has been moved from the Clock app to the Bixby app. Samsung has simplified the Bixby app with the mode feature. Easier discovery of preset Bixby and more actions and conditions.
Samsung has added more emoji, improved emoji pairs and AR emoji, face characters, and the ability to add any image as an emoji background in mask and scene modes. Users can edit GIFs, add stickers to Google Calendar, and create stickers from any image. Bixby now runs on the device, faster.
Samsung has also improved the camera app. It’s now easier to zoom with one finger, easily return to photo mode, and use the telephoto camera in food mode. Stories have also been improved. Samsung has also improved filters in the Camera, Photo Editor and Video Editor apps.
The One UI 5.0 Beta update also improves security, privacy and performance for the Galaxy S21 series. Animations and transitions have also been improved. Browsing the security and privacy status of the phone is also easier. Accessibility and emergency features have also been improved.