One UI 4.0 beta: 3 highlights of Samsung’s latest beta
Last week, Samsung opened the Android 12 beta test program for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 +, and Galaxy S21 Ultra models. Available in some countries such as USA, UK, China, India, Germany, Poland and South Korea, you can register for the program from the Samsung Members app.
However, I do not recommend using the beta version of One UI 4.0 at this time because it is still buggy and unstable. An example of this is removing permission to send notifications from previously selected apps. Using the beta version, every time you launch a service, a pop-up message will ask for your permission to send notifications.
Three strengths of the One UI 4.0 beta
1. Everything looks very similar visually
So far we have found very few visual changes in One UI 4.0. If on the one hand, Android 12 would have a major visual impact with Material You on Google’s Pixel line, in this first beta of Samsung’s new user interface there were very few references to Android’s new visual standard. .
Everything is still very similar to One UI 3.0 / 3.1. However, we have the addition of the microphone and camera shortcuts in the quick settings menu, as well as some new visual features found in the screen brightness control bar.
Although One UI 4.0’s codename is “Pallete,” we don’t have Android 12’s main design feature found on Pixels: the dynamic theme. Soon, as we change the wallpaper on the Galaxy S21 +, we no longer have the same level of integration when it comes to system colors and app icons as we do on Google devices.
2. Android 12 privacy panel is coming to Galaxy devices
If you continue to have doubts about Material You, keep in mind that the enhanced security and privacy features in Android 12 have been adapted in the system settings. Thus, we have included the privacy panel and the Android Private Compute Core function, as well as the new animations and explanations regarding location permissions.
While the privacy dashboard works as a usage report for smartphone permissions, such as camera and location, “Private Compute Core” technology is a secure partition in the system whose sole purpose is is to process the information generated on the basis of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). So your data stays in a private place on the device instead of being sent to the cloud.
Another popular feature of Android 12 that is also coming to One UI 4.0 are alerts for the use of system resources, such as camera and microphone. With this, whenever an app activates any of these services, the camera or microphone icon will appear prominently in the notification bar in the right corner and remain as a dot until the camera or microphone is disabled.
3. So far, One UI 4.0 concerns minor optimizations
One UI is a very mature Android skin from Samsung, and has always brought more interesting features than the so-called standard Android. An example of this is Samsung’s widgets, which has long provided a much better experience than Google’s stock Android. In this area we’ve seen some minor changes, but it’s worth mentioning that the Dual Watch now has animation showing the difference between day and night in the chosen locations.
We also have new software features for Camera, Gallery, and Image Editor. When launching the camera, you’ll end up with a simpler layout, with Portrait and Night mode settings already optimized. It’s also easier to understand what zoom level you are at via the lens icons.
Also, it’s easier to start recording a video in still mode by just pressing and holding the shutter button to start. By sliding your finger on the lock icon, just like what happens when we send audio chats on WhatsApp, your hand will be released while the video continues to record.
As for the gallery, a cool new feature of One UI 4.0 is the ability to revert remastered photos to the original version even after saving them. And you can also add emojis and stickers to photos and videos captured using Samsung camera from image editor.
Finally, it was clear that this first beta concerns one-off improvements and some new features. According to Sammobile, a Samsung news specialist, One UI already offers more than 60 (minor) optimizations to date. The impression I got was this: yes we will have an upgrade but that is incremental.
It is still too early to comment on the new features present in One UI 4.0. However, Samsung is known to offer a unique user interface that comes with its own set of very mature visual features and functionality. There’s a good chance that Android 12 will have a much bigger impact on the Pixel lineup than on Galaxy devices.
However, Samsung continues to work even more closely with Google in 2021, as we saw through the Wear OS partnership that was announced earlier this year. Therefore, I still hope that the dynamic theme of Android 12 will be integrated into One UI 4.0, given the codename given to this update.
On the other hand, it’s a big boost to see the privacy and security features fully integrated into Samsung’s user interface, as it’s almost guaranteed that all of Google’s other partner manufacturers will follow the same path. .
Of course, we still look forward to adding a number of other new features to One UI 4.0. However, I decided to only talk about some of the highlights surrounding the latest beta of Samsung’s interface. This article will be updated as the beta program develops. Unfortunately, we don’t have a set timeline for upcoming updates.
However, Samsung has said it will release the stable version of Android 12 for its devices before the end of 2021. As always, the company’s flagship models will be the first to incorporate the new operating system and user interface. One UI 4.0. In other words, we can expect to see Android 12 arrive for the Galaxy S and quite possibly the Galaxy Z lines as well.
To find out if your Samsung smartphone is eligible to receive the latest version of Google’s operating system and its new user interface, visit our Android 12 Update Guide for Samsung Devices.
So, what did you think of the first beta of Android 12 released by Samsung? What are your expectations from One UI 4.0? I am curious to know what you think!