Android 12 brings a lot of exciting features to the operating system, even in Samsung Galaxy devices. With the beta release of One UI 4, Samsung devices are able to take advantage of new color theme options and privacy features. Fortunately, Samsung is making the beta available for a select few devices before Android 12 is fully released.
How to sign up for One UI 4 / Android 12 beta
Fortunately, Samsung makes it incredibly easy to sign up for Android 12 beta without requiring a computer. To sign up for the OTA, users must switch to Samsung Members app. This app is usually preloaded on Galaxy devices, so it should not be a problem to find it, but you need to be logged in to a Samsung account to use the app. After opening the app, in some cases there will be a carousel of cards at the top. A card must advertise “One UI Beta Program“If the map is not visible anywhere, you can find the page in Advantage section of the app.
After clicking on the card, go ahead and press Sign up and read the terms and conditions of the beta. After reading, press Register and wait for Samsung to send you a notification of the update.
How to install Android 12 Beta on Samsung phones
Whose Samsung Members App does not immediately send an upgrade notification to One UI 4, you can easily enforce the installation once the device has been registered. Just go inside Settings and find your way to Software update, bottom of the page. From there, you should see the prompt to install One UI 4 or an option to search for updates. The update should not take more than a few minutes to download and not much longer to install.
Which phones are eligible?
In One UI 4’s current beta mode, Samsung only allows a few devices to take advantage of the unfinished upgrade. The One UI 4 beta program is available for the following devices:
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy S21 +
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- NEW: Galaxy S20
- NEW: Galaxy S20 +
- NEW: Galaxy S20 Ultra
In addition, Android 12 beta is only available in these regions, depending on the device.
- United States
- The United Kingdom
- South Korea
Although the Galaxy S21 series is eligible, the beta is closed in late October for users who have not already signed up. Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, on the other hand, are still in open beta, allowing anyone with the devices who want to test Android 12. It is also worth noting that in most cases, it is only unlocked devices that will be eligible for the upgrade, with the exception of carrier models sold by Sprint / T-Mobile.
Update 11/10: As suspected, Samsung continues to roll out Android 12 beta testing to more devices in the form of One UI 4. The Note 20 series will be the first set of phones released in 2020 to get the One UI 4 beta. There’s only one major caveat right now: Currently, the Android 12 beta on the Note 20 series is locked to the UK and excludes other countries, including the US and Korea – recipients of Android 12 beta for other Galaxy devices.
For those living in the UK, the process of signing up and installing Android 12 beta is exactly the same as with the other Galaxy devices listed above.
Update 19/11: The list continues to grow as Samsung aims to stay true to the release timeline for Android 12 for their devices listed here. That said, the beta has made its way to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra. The same process can be used to find the beta and install it via the Samsung Membership app pre-installed on the device. In addition, there does not appear to be a regional lock that we can find for the Galaxy S20 series, which means users in the US will have it available and probably in the UK as well as other countries. It also appears that the Note 20 series is also no longer locked to the UK as it was before.
What’s new in One UI 4?
Each new update of the One UI looks a little more promising when it comes to providing everything Android 12 has to offer. Most notably, the One UI 4 adds “Color Theme”, as does Android 12’s Dynamic Color feature on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Color Theme adds dynamic colors to the user interface, giving a general device feel to Galaxy devices. Depending on the wallpaper in use on your device, One UI 4 will draw three color palettes to apply to the skin of the entire phone. Users can easily change the palette by going to Wallpapers > Color theme. Although the change is not as widespread as on the Pixel 6 series, the color theme adds a nice touch to system apps.
Some more notable features added to the list are enhanced video calling effects that allow you to change the background to a blur or even change it to a specific color / image, as well as an enhanced system weather app and the stable AOSP code that is also available on Pixel phones. Possibly the most important feature for many is the ability to choose between allowing an app to use your exact location or only allowing it to know the general area. As for privacy, this is a huge feature.
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