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Original story (published on February 22, 2021) follows:
Samsung is doing one heck of a job with getting the latest Android version — Android 11 — to eligible devices.
Within a couple of months, the OEM has pushed the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update to a bunch of smartphones including some mid-rangers such as the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy M21.
But that’s not all. Samsung has even started rolling out the One UI 3.1 skin to several other eligible models. More on that here.
Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
Having said that, we hope to see Samsung continue with its quick OS updates for the upcoming One UI 4.0 skin that would be based on Android 12 if past trends are to be taken into account.
Speaking of which, Google recently rolled out the Android 12 Developer Preview for the Pixels to allow developers to start optimizing their apps for the upcoming Android version.
The Developer Preview program will end in May after which Google will release the Android 12 beta to the public. The stable update should go live in the following months, most likely in September if not by the end of August.
Android 12 release schedule
Unlike some other Android vendors, Samsung does not partake in beta programs alongside Google. Instead, Samsung kick-starts its own beta program after Google rolls out the stable update.
Now, since the company announced last year that it will be rolling out 3 major OS updates to certain models, a handful of devices that wouldn’t have got the new update otherwise are now eligible for it.
This means that the company would be rolling out Android 12 to just about every phone that came with Android 10 pre-installed and some models that came with Android 9 pre-installed.
On that note, here’s a list of eligible devices from Samsung that we believe will get the update to Android 12 with the company’s One UI 4.0 skin on top.
– Samsung Galaxy S21
– Samsung Galaxy S21+
– Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
– Samsung Galaxy S20
– Samsung Galaxy S20+
– Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
– Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
– Samsung Galaxy S10
– Samsung Galaxy S10+
– Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
– Samsung Galaxy S10e
– Samsung Galaxy Note 20
– Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
– Samsung Galaxy Note 10
– Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
– Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
– Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
– Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
– Samsung Galaxy Fold
– Samsung Galaxy A71
– Samsung Galaxy A51
– Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
– Samsung Galaxy A11
– Samsung Galaxy A21
– Samsung Galaxy A21s
– Samsung Galaxy A31
– Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
– Samsung Galaxy A02s
– Samsung Galaxy A02
– Samsung Galaxy A01
– Samsung Galaxy A12
– Samsung Galaxy M01
– Samsung Galaxy M21
– Samsung Galaxy M21s
– Samsung Galaxy M31
– Samsung Galaxy M02s
– Samsung Galaxy M02
– Samsung Galaxy M12
– Samsung Galaxy M31s
– Samsung Galaxy M51
– Samsung Galaxy F41
– Samsung Galaxy F62
– Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
– Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
– Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
– Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Samsung Galaxy A Quantum – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Quantum 2 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A41 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A72 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A52 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A71 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy M62 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy M31 Prime Edition – NEW
Samsung Galaxy F02s – NEW
Samsung Galaxy F12 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3 – NEW
Samsung One UI 4.0 (Android 12) release date
Like we mentioned above, Samsung does not shake hands with Google to offer developer previews for its flagships ahead of the public rollout.
So unless the company plans to take things up a notch this year with Android 12, we don’t expect much to change.
Samsung Galaxy S21 & Galaxy S21+
Therefore, if Google seeds the stable version of Android 12 to the public in September, as it did with Android 11, Samsung users can expect to see the One UI 4.0 beta program for the Galaxy S21 series around a month later.
The beta program should soon expand to other flagships such as the upcoming Note 21 series and the company’s foldable phones that are expected to launch this year.
Finally, the stable update may go live for its 2021 flagships in December if not earlier and most other models will get the update within the next three to four months.
That said, while the One UI 4.0 update from Samsung is still far away, you can visit our dedicated tracker to know everything about Android 12.
Update 1 (May 19)
07:20 pm (IST): Samsung, as expected, isn’t joining Google in the Android 12 beta program. Hence, Samsung fans will have to wait for months before the company kick-starts its own beta program for Android 12 and One UI 4.0.
Update 2 (May 21)
04:45 pm (IST): Google might finally put a stop to Samsung and other OEMs from spamming your automatic Google Photos backup by throwing in screenshots and other unwanted stuff in the DCIM folder.
XDA Developers got a hold of the preliminary revision of the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) for Android 12 which clearly states that screenshots and recordings must be saved in a ‘Screenshots’ directory within the ‘Pictures’ folders.
Devices “MUST NOT” save these files in DCIM. If OEMs like Samsung don’t try finding methods to go around this, then you won’t have to worry about random screenshots being backed up in your Google Photos account after the Android 12 update.
Update 3 (June 19)
12:45 pm (IST): New developments indicate that Samsung has started the development of Android 12 (One UI 4.0) for the Galaxy S21 series. To know more, head here.
Update 4 (June 21)
03:55 pm (IST): Recently, a few screenshots said to be taken on a device running One UI 4.0 surfaced online. However, the screenshots are most likely fake since, upon closer inspection, they were taken on the Galaxy A50.
Considering that Samsung only just began developing Android 12 for the Galaxy S21 series, there’s no way it has a working Android 12 build for the Galaxy A50. More details here.
Update 5 (June 22)
02:40 pm (IST): As per recent reports, it is possible that the Samsung Developer Conference might be held this year where the much anticipated One UI 4.0 custom skin might be unveiled by the OEM.
Update 6 (June 24)
03:45 pm (IST): According to recent reports, Samsung has assigned the codename “Palette” to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update project.
Update 7 (June 25)
02:16 pm (IST): As per recent reports, it is possible that the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update rollout might be quicker now that the One UI 3.5 update is allegedly not on the cards. More on that here.
Update 8 (July 03)
06:30 pm (IST): According to popular leaker, Ice Universe, Samsung might reveal the One UI 4.0 (Android 12) update development next week. Check out the complete coverage by heading here.
Update 9 (July 05)
05:00 pm (IST): A recent report suggests the One UI 4.0 rumor about the beta program starting as early as this week may not be true as Google itself is in the early stages of beta testing Android 12 on Pixel devices.
But, it goes without saying, the pattern Samsung has been following regarding updates lately, the rumor being proven correct may not be surprising.
Update 10 (July 07)
06:05 pm (IST): With Google expected to release a foldable Pixel this year or early next year, it’s highly likely Samsung will step up its software game with One UI 4.0, especially for its foldables.
However, given that Samsung is yet to make any announcement surrounding the release of One UI 4.0, we’ll just have to wait and see what the South Korean giant is cooking up.
Update 11 (July 12)
06:40 pm (IST): Popular leaker, Ice Universe, in one of their recent Weibo post has said that the One UI 4.0 announcement will be delayed and may not be made this week. Find out more about the said announcement by heading here.
Update 12 (July 16)
04:12 pm (IST): Ice Universe — a popular leaker — claims that we might get more info about the One UI 4.0 update towards the end of the month. But it’s worth noting that the individual does not have a spotless track record. So we suggest taking the information with a pinch of salt.
Update 13 (July 28)
11:25 am (IST): Popular leaker, Ice Universe, has shared some details about the next entry in Samsung’s tablet flagship i.e. the Galaxy Tab S8.
As per Ice Universe, the Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will come alongside the Galaxy S22 and the devices will offer Android 12-based One UI 4.0 out of the box.
Tab S8+ SM-X806x 10090mAh
Tab S8 Ultra SM-X906x 11500mAh
Tab S8 + will be released with S22. SM8450, One UI 4.0，10090mAh battery. But this is not the best. There is “Ultra”. I won’t say it first. Let’s wait and see.
12:30 pm (IST): According to a recent report from the Samsung community, the One UI 4.0 beat update based on Android 12 is coming soon for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. More details here.
Update 14 (July 29)
10:25 am (IST): As Android 12 continues to take shape in its beta stages, some info is coming to light with regards to Samsung’s Android 12-based One UI 4.0. According to leaks, the new skin will have a lot of elements from Google’s Material You, along with better optimization for Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100, minor Knox updates.
Additionally, it is coming to light that the Beta builds for Galaxy S21 are expected sometime in August with the stable update slated to be available sometime in November with possible delays until the beginning of December.
10:59 am (IST): The Beta operations manager on Samsung’s Korean community forums has deleted the post which mentioned that the One UI 4.0 beta program will begin soon for the S21 series.
Update 15 (July 30)
IST 10:32 am: While Samsung’s One UI 4.0 is still a solid few months away, that hasn’t stopped people from speculating on when eligible devices are set to get updated. According to reports, we might see the Galaxy A52 bag an update to Android 12 sometime in early 2022. Again, these are merely speculative as we haven’t heard anything official.
Update 16 (August 05)
IST 04:00 pm: Ice Universe took to Twitter to share an image of what appears to be a device running on Android 12 with the One UI 4.0 skin, indicating that the update is just around the corner.
Update 17 (August 06)
IST 11:00 am: New reports now suggest that the Samsung Galaxy A50 will get updated to Android 12-based One UI 4. However, seeing as this is derived from a chat with Samsung Support, it might not amount to anything if these guys’ track record is anything to go by.
Many thanks to Matthew Reiter for the tip.
Update 18 (August 10)
IST 06:50 pm: Recent reports from the Samsung community indicate that the One UI 4.0 update based on Android 12 might bring support for Sound Assistant to the DeX mode on tablets or all eligible Galaxy devices. More on that here.
Update 18 (August 20)
IST 10:16 am: A Samsung Ambassador has just confirmed that the Beta forums for One UI 4 is currently live and from the look of things, it appears as though the first wave of tests will be for the S21 series.
Update 19 (August 21)
IST 03:50 pm: Now that Samsung does not have to utilize any resources in pushing a major mid-year update such as One UI 3.1.1 or One UI 3.5, we hope to see the Android 12 or One UI 4.0 rollout to begin earlier.
Update 20 (August 26)
IST 01:19 pm: Reports surfacing indicate that a Geekbench listing has been sported showing a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra running Android 12.
Click/Tap to zoom (Source)
Update 21 (August 27)
IST 10:10 am: According to popular leaker Ice Universe, Samsung might start rolling out the first One UI 4.0 beta update based on Android 12 to its employees. While similar claims were also made earlier, this time it might be true.
This is because Samsung has updated its One Hand Operation+ app to version 4.7.31 which brings support for Android 12. Thus it is possible that the One UI 4.0 beta update might release soon.
Update 22 (September 01)
IST 11:00 am: Samsung users can rejoice since it has finally been confirmed that the company will be rolling out the One UI 4.0 beta for the S21 series in September. We expect the beta to open up for more devices shortly after.
IST 05:20 pm: It appears that Samsung has already begun testing the Android 12 update with One UI 4.0 internally in China. Popular leaker — Ice Universe — posted a screenshot of the update page showing the build number ZUHI for the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Update 23 (September 03)
IST 12:10 pm: Renowned leakster Ice Universe has shared what is believed to be One UI 4.0 Beta new charging animation.
Exclusive: This is One UI 4.0 Beta new charging animation pic.twitter.com/i3zKraxL8r
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) September 2, 2021
Also, new reports now indicate that the Android 12 Beta will soon open in the US and Germany for the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra.
Update 24 (September 06)
IST 12:30 pm: Since Samsung is steadily moving ahead with its One UI 4.0 (Android 12) update, we created a dedicated tracker for the OS update for the OEM’s Galaxy A Series devices. Head here to know more.
IST 04:04 pm: Some of you may be disappointed to know that Samsung apparently isn’t bringing any icon design changes with the One UI 4.0 update. This news was revealed by a popular leaker — Ice Universe — on Twitter.
Update 25 (September 07)
IST 12:03 pm: Android 12 is slowly but steadily taking shape and soon, we will start seeing beta builds from various companies. Now, Samsung has updated the Global Goals with support for Android 12.
Update 26 (September 08)
IST 10:03 am: Ahead of the much-awaited Samsung One UI 4.0 Beta program, now reports have it that the Samsung Email app has been updated to add support for Android 12.
The new version 188.8.131.52’s changelog mentions support (updated logic) for Android 12 and a new security patch that addresses potential weaknesses.
IST 02:50 pm: As per a recent report from popular leaker Ice Universe, the One UI 4.0 update based on Android 12 might have the adjustable lock screen notifications transparency feature.
One UI 4.0 Beta allows you to adjust the transparency of the UI of the lock screen notification and music.
Update 27 (September 09)
IST 10:53 am: The Android 12-based One UI 4.0 Beta program for the Samsung Galaxy S21 that was expected to start today in Korea has been reportedly postponed. No reasons have been cited for this move.
Update 28 (September 10)
IST 11:57 am: While it’s been pretty obvious that the Beta builds have been delayed, now a Beta Operation Manager has come out to officially communicate this.
Hello, this is Beta Operations Manager.
Unfortunately, there is no beta today.
Please understand that we cannot inform you of the schedule until the beta opening is confirmed.
Update 29 (September 14)
IST 2:30 pm: Samsung has kickstarted the One UI 4.0 Beta program for the Samsung Galaxy S21 with the rollout of the first build in the US. More on that here.
This build brings with it theming tools and the company also adds that the stable build Android 12-based One UI 4.0 will roll out before the end of 2021.
Update 30 (September 15)
IST 6:30 pm: Samsung has confirmed that the One UI 4.0 beta is now open in China, Germany, India, Poland, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
So Galaxy S21 series users in the aforementioned countries can go ahead and try out the beta to have a glimpse at what’s coming.
Update 31 (September 16)
IST 11:30 am: One UI 4 Beta is out for Galaxy S21 users in the US and now, it is coming to light that this build adds support for e-SIM.
Also added is support for third-party icon packs and Grammarly as an option on the Samsung Keyboard to provide word suggestions.
Update 32 (September 17)
IST 02:43 pm: While Samsung’s One UI 4.0 beta recently went live for the S21 series, this opinion piece touches upon one feature that most users would want to see with Samsung’s new skin, and that is the Google Discover integration with all models eligible for the update.
Given the fact that Samsung usually adds features from its latest smartphones to older devices, this isn’t that much of a long shot. So we’ll just have to wait and see if this becomes a reality or dies as a wish.
Update 33 (September 22)
IST 10:53 am: Samsung’s One UI 4.0 comes with a bunch of changes including an interface change that just makes sense for the average consumer and you can learn more on that here.
Update 34 (September 29)
IST 10:53 am: Popular leakster, Ice Universe, now alleges that Samsung’s internal One UI 4 has reached the Beta 9 version, and many bugs have been added.
Update 35 (September 30)
IST 12:19 pm: Samsung Health has received a new update, version number 6.18.8.005, that brings a more refined design along with more gender options. Get it on the Google Play Store here.
Update 36 (October 01)
IST 03:20 pm: The second One UI 4.0 beta for the S21 lineup may land next week as reportedly hinted by the company’s beta operations manager on the community forums.
The update was expected to go live this week, however, was delayed due to unknown reasons.
Update 37 (October 02)
IST 10:00 am: While it’s pretty obvious, T-Mobile has officially confirmed that Android 12 is under development for the Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra.
Update 38 (October 05)
IST 10:32 am: While announcing the release of Android 12 AOSP, Google says that devices from Samsung and other OEMs should start getting the Android 12 update later this year.
IST 06:00 pm: Samsung has reportedly begun rolling out the One UI 4.0 beta 2 update for the Galaxy S21 series. The new update brings Material You color themes. Hence, users can change their device theme based on the wallpaper.
Update 39 (October 06)
IST 05:33 pm: Popular leaker, Ice Universe, has taken to Twitter to claim that the next One UI 4.0 beta update will bring with it a “pet portrait mode”. We’ll just have to wait and see if this turns out to be true.
Update 40 (October 07)
IST 10:22 am: Samsung is alleged to be testing Android 12 for the Galaxy S20 series of devices internally as a new build with build number EUI3 has been spotted.
Seeing as the current stable build bears software build number DUH5, this new build signifies a major update. We shall continue to follow this development and report with new info as we get it.
Many thanks to Onur for the tip!
Update 41 (October 09)
IST 12:32 pm: Notable leaker — Ice Universe — claims that the upcoming One UI 4.0 beta 3 update will showcase top-level animations for Samsung’s widgets.
The animations that came with the first beta update left a lot to be desired.
After several optimizations, Samsung’s widget animation has reached the top level of the industry.
You will see the new animation in One UI 4 Beta 3. (Source)
Update 42 (October 11)
IST 11:12 am: Reports now have it that Samsung’s Android 12 quest is picking up pace as the Korean company is close to the Open Beta stages for Android 12-based One UI 4.0 for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Series.
Update 43 (October 14)
IST 09:55 am: Samsung’s Galaxy S community manager has replied to one of user’s query and said that the final version of Android 12-based One UI 4.0 is likely to be released by December this year.
So, we can expect the stable One UI 4.0 to start rolling out in December. More on that here.
Update 44 (October 15)
IST 10:55 am: Popular Samsung leakster, Ice Universe, has come out to shed some more light on the upcoming Android 11-based One UI 4.
In a tweet, he notes that Samsung China’s One UI 4 Beta has been postponed yet again to October 18.
Update 45 (October 18)
IST 12:55 pm: Ice Universe now notes that the Galaxy S21 Chinese version of One UI 4 Beta is now open and the build comes with version number UJ3. Still unclear is whether this is Beta2 or Beta3.
Update 46 (October 19)
IST 12:22 pm: There is a new weather widget in One UI 4. The company calls it the Dynamic Weather widget. This one stands out for its colorful background and attractive animations.
Both the background color and the animations are adapted to the current weather. For example, if weather is cloudy, the background is light blue. The widget also displays current location and the last time the info was refreshed.
One UI 4 brings richer animations and that is reflected here too. As expected, we can also change its size according to our liking.
Update 47 (October 20)
IST 11:22 am: Now, reports indicate that Samsung might have started testing out Android 12-based One UI 4.0 for users of the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
As this is a pretty young stage, we still have no idea when the Beta program will start. Stay tuned for more. Many thanks to Onur for the tip.
IST 12:14 pm: New reports now indicate that One UI 4 Beta 3rd version is scheduled for this week.
IST 12:42 pm: Following the Galaxy S10 Plus Android 12 testing reports, it is now coming to light that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is also undergoing the same treatment.
According to sources, Galaxy Z Fold 2 Android 12 tests started and so far, the update has been reviewed 2 times. Again, no word on when the Beta program will start. Thanks to Onur for the tip
Update 48 (October 21)
IST 11:03 am:Following the rollout of Stable Android 12 to Google’s Pixel devices, Samsung is seemingly stepping up its One UI 4 efforts.
This, as reports now indicate that the Korean company is pushing out One UI 4 Beta 3 to its S21 devices.
Update 49 (October 22)
IST 11:03 am: Ice Universe has come out to note that Samsung China plans to start One UI 4 Beta testing for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in the near future.
Update 50 (October 23)
IST 10:45 am: One UI 4.0 Beta 3 for Samsung Galaxy S21 series is now available in more countries. This beta update was initially released in South Korea a few days ago.
The new beta mainly comes with bug fixes and you can also notice some added new tweaks. One UI 4 Beta 3 also includes November 2021 security patch. More on that here.
IST 11:10 am: Samsung released a hotfix update for Samsung Galaxy S21 series running One UI 4 Beta 3 that brings a bunch of bug fixes. This update is currently rolling out in South Korea. More on that here.
Update 51 (October 26)
IST 01:13 pm: Samsung has announced that it will be seeding the One UI 4.0 beta based on Android 12 for the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 soon.
Update 52 (October 27)
IST 09:40 am: Samsung highlights key visuals of One UI 4 in a two-part video series showing all the latest components of its Android 12 based One UI. You can take a tour of Samsung’s One UI 4 from the videos linked below.
Update 53 (October 28)
IST 12:33 pm: Now, reports indicate that Samsung is done with the beta program for Android 12-based One UI 4 for the Galaxy S21 devices. This means that the next update should be the stable release.
Update 54 (October 29)
IST 10:33 am: Samsung is reportedly calling on owners of the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Z Fold 3 who would like to take part in the OneUI 4 Beta to register.
Update 55 (October 30)
IST 10:33 am: Samsung One UI 4.0 Beta program is reportedly live for Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 in India.
Update 56 (November 01)
IST 09:33 am: Now, reports indicate that Samsung might have started testing out Android 12-based One UI 4.0 for users of the Samsung Galaxy S10.
However, we still have no idea when the Beta program will start. Stay tuned for more. Many thanks to Grim Oak for the tip.
IST 2:52 pm: It is now coming to light that the external screen on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 does not support 120Hz, at least in the current latest Beta. This will be fixed in the next Beta.
Update 57 (November 02)
IST 10:47 am: One UI 4 Beta is now open for users of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 in the USA.
IST 11:02 am: Reports now indicate that Samsung’s One UI 4 will finally let you set your wallpaper from Google Photos.
Update 58 (November 03)
IST 12:47 pm: Samsung is reportedly rolling out Android 12 -based One UI 4 Beta 4 to users of the S21 series of devices.
This comes with build number G998BXXU3ZUK1 / G998BOXM3ZUK1 / G99xBXXU3ZUK1. More on that here.
Update 59 (November 05)
IST 12:02 pm: Ice Universe now notes that the One UI 4 Beta 4 update is rolling out to users in China with UK2 version number over the UK1.
This is the highest version number yet, which means that some bugs have been solved compared with UK1.
NOTE: This table is being updated regularly.
|Galaxy S10||Coming soon||– Samsung reportedly started testing Android 12 One UI 4|
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