We tested the One UI 5 beta over Android 13. There are many new features, more will be added

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We tested the One UI 5 beta over Android 13. There are many new features, more will be added

Even this year, with the imminent release of the final version of Android 13, Samsung started testing, and a few days ago it made available the beta version of the graphics superstructure One UI 5 in selected markets. It is built on the latest version of Android, but you can try it only in selected countries of the world. For example, in the USA, South Korea or Germany. The Czech mobile market is not large enough to make beta testing worthwhile, but there are still unofficial ways to install the beta version of Android 13 on the Galaxy S22 or Galaxy S22 Ultra. However, any software intervention is at your own risk.

The beta version of One UI 5 is the very first opportunity for Samsung to try the latest form of the environment together with Android 13. However, testing is only available for the Galaxy S22 series. In the update, Samsung particularly highlights the customization of the environment, i.e. 16 color profiles of environment elements according to the wallpaper and another 12 color forms for icons and the quick access panel. Another highlighted innovation is “layered” widgets, which can save a lot of space on home screens. Samsung also mentions improved work with notifications, which can now be selectively blocked. The system has received a revised menu for adjusting sounds and vibrations, you will be able to choose your preferred language among the installed applications. So you can have a phone in Czech, but selected applications can be in English or German. It all depends on the choice. Security and photography improvements are already available as part of the first beta version. Pro Photo and Pro Video modes feature tips and tricks on how to use each camera effectively. Samsung has also fine-tuned the work with the zoom, which can be easily operated with one hand. All information related to phone security is concentrated on the security dashboard, the update also includes improved Accessibility options. Samsung adds that new features of the One UI 5 superstructure will be added at a gradual pace for the beta version. Let us remind you that last year’s Galaxy S21 series received eight beta versions of Android 12 during testing. The path to the final version of the system will take several months this time as well. We expect that the stable update to Android 13 will arrive on the Galaxy S22 series in November or December of this year at the earliest. Samsung has not officially announced any date yet.

Changelog of the first One UI 5 beta (translated):

One UI 5 Upgrade (Android 13)One UI 5 brings you more powerful personalization and ease of use on your Galaxy devices.Your Galaxy, Your Journey
More options for your color palette It’s easier to find colors that are right for you. Choose from up to 16 wallpaper-based color themes as well as preset color themes unrelated to the wallpaper.Stack widgets on desktop Combine multiple widgets of the same size into one widget to save space on your home screen. Simply drag a widget onto the tray, then swipe to switch between widgets. Easily see who is calling youSet a different call background for each contact so you can easily see who’s calling you at a glance.Only get notifications you allow When you use the app for the first time, you will be asked if you want to receive notifications from it. Feel free to say no to apps that don’t want to disturb you.Easier access to app notification controls Is the app sending you too many notifications? Blocking is easier than ever with redesigned notification settings that place app notification controls at the top.Choose what types of notifications apps can send You now have separate control over whether apps can display pop-up notifications, app icon badges, and lock screen notifications. Allow all types, some or none. It’s up to you.Keep track of today’s reminders The new Today category only shows reminders for the current day. You will also be reminded of the current day’s reminders at the top of the main screen in the Reminders app.Show and hide completed reminders You can show or hide completed reminders in any category. See what you’ve already done or hide it so you can focus on the things you still need to complete.Choose the right view for your remindersChoose a simple view to see multiple reminders on the screen at once, or an advanced view that includes details such as due date and repeat conditions.Set language for each app Do you want to use some apps in one language and other apps in another? In Settings, you can now choose which language will be used for individual applications.Edit your lock screen wallpaper collectionAfter selecting a group of images to use as your lock screen wallpaper, you can easily add or remove images later.Customize space bar on Samsung keyboardYou can choose which function keys and punctuation marks appear on the bottom row of the keyboard next to the spacebar.Improved sound and vibration settings The menus have been reorganized to make it easier to find the sound and vibration options you want. Set your ringtone, change the volume and vibration intensity – all in the same place.Be more productive
Extract text from any image or screen Extract text using Samsung keyboard, internet, gallery or whenever you take a screenshot. Paste the result into a message, email or document instead of typing.Get suggestions based on text in images When text appears in an image in Gallery, Camera, or other apps, actions will be recommended based on the text. For example, if you take a picture of a sign with a phone number or website address, you can tap the number to call or visit the website.Do more with connected devicesA Connected Devices menu has been added to Settings, making it easier and faster to access features that work with other devices, such as Quick Share, Smart View, and Samsung DeX.Change interface with gesture To switch from full screen to split screen, swipe inward with two fingers from the left, right, or bottom of the screen. To switch from full screen to pop-up view, swipe in from any corner at the top of the screen with one finger. Gestures can be turned on or off in Settings.Quickly open apps in split screenJust drag the app from the Recents screen to the side of the screen where you want to open it.Use multiple timers at onceYou can now start a new timer in the Clock app even if another timer is still running.More control over invitees to calendar eventsWhen you add an event to your Google Calendar, you can choose whether invitees can see who else is invited to the event, and choose whether they can invite other people.Improved main panel in Samsung DeX A search button has been added to make it easier to find the apps you want to use, and you can right-click certain apps to quickly access in-app tasks. You can also customize which buttons and apps appear on the taskbar.New warning indicator in DeXIf you have received any new notifications since you last opened the notification panel, a red dot will appear on the notification button on the taskbar.Mini calendar in DeXClicking on a date in the taskbar will now open a mini-calendar, allowing you to quickly check upcoming events without opening the entire Calendar app.Better support for physical keyboardsSamsung keyboard features such as emoticon input and text correction are now available even when using a physical keyboard.More advanced search in My Files Choose whether you want to search all files or only files in the current folder. You can also choose between searching for file names only or for information inside files, such as text in documents or location information in images. After the search is complete, you can sort the results by name, date, size or file type.Redesigned Digital Wellbeing The Digital Wellbeing app has been redesigned to make it easier to access the features you need, such as screen time reports and app timers. Convenience Store Mode and Focus Modes have been moved to Bixby Rutines.Do more with Bixby Routines
Convenience store mode moved to Bixby Routines Now you can manage convenience store mode with Bixby routines instead of the clock. Bixby Routines let you automate more actions when it’s time to go to bed, like turning on Do Not Disturb or changing other settings on your phone.Choose modes according to your activity Choose a mode based on what you’re doing, such as exercising, studying or working, and then choose what you want the phone to do in each situation. For example, turn on Do Not Disturb when you study or play music when you exercise.Easier discovery of preset routinesThe simplified layout makes it easy to find routines that are useful to you in Bixby Routines.Quick Check Running RoutinesRoutines that are currently running now appear at the top of the Bixby Routines screen, so you can understand what’s going on and make changes if necessary.More actions and conditions for your routines Automatically launch routines when using Airplane mode. Routines can now turn on the Assistant menu and adjust the left/right audio balance.Comment
New emoticons available for emoticon pairs More than 80 more emoticons are available in Samsung Keyboard to create an emoticon couple. You can now combine emoji based on animals, food and other objects in addition to facial expressions. Choose the perfect combination to express your feelings.New AR Emoii StickersNew stickers are available for download, so you can always find the right sticker that expresses your emotions.More default stickers for your AR EmoiiWhen you create a new AR Emoji, 15 stickers will be created by default, giving you even more ways to express yourself.Transparent background for AR emoji stickersCreate stickers with transparent backgrounds to better match your photos and social media posts.Make videos together with 2 emoticons Use 2 different emoticons to create fun videos that you can share with friends, set as a call background or display on your lock screen. Various dances and poses are available as templates.Use any image as emoticon backgroundIn Scene and Mask modes, you can choose any image from Gallery to use as background for your emoticons.Add stickers to your Google Calendar When you add an event to your Google Calendar, you can now add stickers to make it easier to recognize the event at a glance. After adding a sticker to an event, the sticker will be visible in both the calendar and agenda views.Create stickers from any image Create reusable stickers from any image in your gallery. Use the lasso tool to select the contents of your sticker, then add decorations or outlines.New stickers in Photo EditorThere are 60 new pre-installed emoji stickers to decorate your pictures.More ways to edit GIFs You can crop and transform animated GIFs to the right size or shape. You can also use the same editing features available for still images to decorate your GIF as you need.Rearrange Samsung keyboard expression buttonsTouch and hold emoticons, stickers and other buttons to arrange them.Enter kaomoji directly from the Samsung keyboard Spice up your chats and texts with preset Japanese-style facial expressions created using keyboard symbols. (*^.^*)Pictures and Videos
Get help with Pro mode A help icon will appear in Pro Video and Pro Photo modes. Click the icon for tips and instructions on using the various lenses, options and controls.Histogram in Pro modeUse the histogram to check the brightness of each tone to get the perfect exposure.Easier one-handed zoomingThe zoom bar has been condensed so you can zoom in or out with a single swipe.Return to photo mode easilyWhen using the camera modes located in the More menu, there is now a back button to return you to Photo mode at any time.Add watermarks to images Automatically add a watermark to the corner of each image containing the date and time the image was taken or the name of your phone model, or other proprietary information.Telephoto is now supported in Food modeTake better close-up pictures of food with a telephoto lens.Brand new look Stories The stories that are automatically created in your gallery have been redesigned with a new breathtaking slideshow view. You can switch between images and videos in your story with just a tap or swipe.Choose filters more easily The filter selection menu has been simplified in the Camera, Photo Editor and Video Editor applications. All filters are available in one list, making it easy to find the perfect filter for your image or video.Faster Bixby when you need it most
Faster than everOn-device mode saves Bixby commands to your phone so they work faster and don’t require a data connection.Answer calls, alarms and timers without “Hi, Bixby” When you have an incoming call or an alarm or timer goes off, you can get help from Bixby without saying “Hi Bixby”. Just say “””Answer the phone” or “Turn off the alarm”.Stay safe
Check your phone’s security status at a glanceThe new security dashboard in Settings shows you if your phone has any security issues and helps you fix them quickly.Get help in an emergencyPress the side button five times quickly to call 911, even if your phone is in your pocket or you can’t talk.Integrated emergency contact list Create an emergency contact list that includes the people you want to contact in the event of an emergency. The same contact list can be used for emergency functions on both the watch and the phone.Get a warning before sharing personal informationThe sharing panel warns you when you try to share photos containing sensitive information like credit cards, IDs or passports, so you can think twice about whether you really want to share them.Security and privacy information for websites An icon will appear in the address bar of Samsung Internet to show the security status of the website. Click the icon to find out what information the site collects and tracks.Accessible to all
Additional accessibility options on the quick panelHigh Contrast Font, Color Inversion, Color Adjustment and Color Filters can be added to the Quick Panel for easier access.The magnifying glass is more easily accessible Turn on the Magnifier shortcut in Accessibility settings to get quick access to the Magnifier feature. Magnifier uses your phone’s camera to magnify real-world items so you can get a closer look or just make reading easier.More spoken help Choose from different types of voice response and get help using your phone even if you can’t see the screen clearly. You can set your phone to read keyboard input so you can be sure you’ve typed the right letter, use Bixby Vision to recognize nearby objects and tell you what they are, and turn on captions that explain what’s happening in the video (only for supported videos).Improved support for braille displaysTalkBack now provides native support for braille displays without the need to install additional applications.Braille will work with most of your phone’s functions, including the initial setup process.English, Spanish, Arabic and Polish are supported.Easily customize your Accessibility buttonTap and hold the Accessibility button to quickly change the features you can access with the button.New actions are available for Corner actionsWhen you move your mouse to one of the corners of the screen, you can now click and hold, drag, drag, go to the top of the screen or down.Other changes
New layout for notifications App icons are bigger, making it easier to see which app sent the notification. Text alignment has also been improved to make notifications easier to read.Check callers before accepting Have calls automatically answered to ask the reason for the call. If you can’t or don’t want to speak, you can tap or type a response that will be read aloud to the caller.Drag tabs between foldersOrganize your Samsung Internet bookmarks by dragging and dropping between folders. Playing audio on a computer using Link to Windows. When using phone apps on your computer, you can choose whether you want to play audio from the app on your phone or on your computer using the button on the app header.Check battery status Battery status information has been added to Device Care to help you check your battery status. If your battery is deteriorating, we’ll let you know so you can consider replacing it.More options for RAM PlusRAM Plus can now be completely turned off in Device Care if you don’t need it or don’t want it to take up any storage space.Show app names in sidebarTurn on Show App Names to show app names below app icons.Galaxy SchematicsSome downloaded themes may not be compatible with Android 13. If your theme is not compatible, your phone’s default theme will be used after upgrade.

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