The One UI 5.0 beta rollout is expanding to new countries – after becoming available in Germany last week, Samsung has enabled phones in the US and South Korea to download it with other regions “planned over the coming months”.
The beta is still available only for the 2022 Galaxy S trio – the S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra. The company has not revealed its roadmap for adding more models into the mix, but it did highlight the key features of One UI 5.0, which brings customization, security and accessibility features.
One UI 5: users can choose from up to 16 preset color themes based on their wallpaper
With the new version you can choose from 16 preset color themes based on your wallpaper. You can save space on the homescreen by stacking widgets on top of each other, creating a paged view that you can swipe through.
One UI 5: stackable widgets
Multilingual users will be able to set different preferred languages per app with One UI 5. Also, there are more advanced controls for blocking distracting notifications from apps.
The camera app eases new users into using the Pro and Pro Video modes with helpful tips and tricks on how to use the various camera features and controls. It also teaches users about the different lenses on board and offers a more responsive zoom bar.
Security is also a major part of this version, the new Security and privacy dashboard will detect issues and recommend fixes. Several accessibility features have been added as well, including audio descriptions of videos.
One UI 5: the new Security and privacy dashboard
Those are only some of the new features of One UI 5, Samsung promises more details soon. Many Galaxy devices should get version 5 as they are set for three major OS updates, while recent Galaxy S, Z and Tab S flagship models will get four updates instead.