Samsung's One UI 5.1 update is now rolling out to millions of Galaxy phones
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Just in time for the day of love, Samsung is now rolling out the One UI 5.1 software update to the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, and Galaxy S20 series, as well as the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 in Europe.
Overall, all the best Samsung phones are about to get updated with the latest software update. Samsung also says that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will also get their taste of One UI 5.1 in the coming weeks. The same applies to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra & Note 20, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy A-series (A51, A52, A53, A71, A72, A73, A82, and A33), and Samsung's most recent tablets (Galaxy Tab S8 series, Tab S7 series, and Tab S6 Lite). All of the aforementioned devices should have received One UI 5.1 by March 6, 2023.
One UI 5.1 debuted just weeks ago alongside the hot-new Galaxy S23 series, ensuring that the Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 will all arrive with the latest software update in a timely manner. As a refresher, these officially launch February 17, so technically this means that the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Z Fold 4 are the first to officially showcase the minor software update.
“One UI 5.1 is the up-to-date example of Samsung’s commitment to providing Galaxy users with the latest innovations as soon as possible,” said Janghyun Yoon, EVP and Senior Executive, Software Office. “Over the past several weeks, we have worked closely with our service providers and carrier partners to bring One UI 5.1 to current Galaxy smartphones and tablets around the world within a few short weeks of the Galaxy S23 series announcement.”
The update could weigh up to 2GB, depending on your device, and also includes the February 2023 standard monthly security patch that aims to keep things tight and secure. If you're using an unlocked phone, you should technically see the update pop up for your phone earlier than owners of carrier-locked devices, though that might not be true all of the time. To see if the update is already available for your device, make sure to go to Settings > Software update and check if the update is already available for you.
One UI 5.1: The new features to expect
What are some of the One UI 5.1 biggest features on deck?
For starters, the One UI 5 update was released alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 4/Galaxy Z Flip 4 and is fully based on Android 13. It brought lots of customization and performance improvements to the mix, which is kind of a big deal in the world of software updates, so we rightfully called it "the perfect software update" in our dedicated One UI 5 review shortly after its arrival. And One UI 5.1 has some neat features baked in, so let's explore these in a bit more detail.
Samsung Notes, being one of the most useful and versatile apps preinstalled on Galaxy phones, is now becoming even more powerful. As part of the One UI 5.1 software update, Samsung Notes has now scored a rather nifty collaboration feature that lets you co-edit documents with your friends while you're on a Google Meet video call, which definitely has the potential to improve its overall utility.
Expert RAW is rather important camera feature that has been enhanced. You can now access it more easily, straight from the expanded modes menu in your regular camera app. Previously, the Expert RAW app was only accessible as a separate app. It's still available as such, but you can now more easily access it straight from the camera menu hub. This coincides well with the Galaxy S23 series' improved RAW-taking capabilities, but the Galaxy S22 and Z Fold 4 can also greatly benefit from this interface change.
One UI 5.1 Photo Remaster
Another improvement pertains to the Photo Remaster feature, which lets you fix picture properties like deteriorating details, boosting brightness and contrast, and slightly boosting colors, all with the tap of a button. Photo Remaster will also remove unwanted shadows and undesirable reflections.
Another round of enhancements pertain to the Routines modes, which let you customize your phone's settings depending on your location, current status, or other activities. With One UI 5.1, Routines can control a few more device settings, like Quick Share, touch sensitivity, and even changing your ringtone or wallpaper, which sounds like a micro-manager's dream. There's also a new dynamic weather widget that analyzes the current weather conditions at your current whereabouts and changes the appearance of the widget accordingly.
One UI 5.1 Dynamic Weather widget
If you own both a Galaxy Book and a Galaxy phone, then you can use both of these as if they were one device. A universal control shared between the two devices lets you use a single mouse, keyboard, and a universal clipboard shared between the two devices. If you use the Link to Windows feature on your phone, you can even enjoy a handoff feature that allows you to continue browsing on your Windows PC, provided that you use the excellent Samsung Internet browser.
One UI 5.1 improves the Galaxy Ecosystem
There are lots of other minor improvements here and there, but at the end of the day, you should definitely look forward to updating your Samsung phone as soon as possible.
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