The first public beta of One UI 5.0 was expected in July, but there was a slight delay. It’s finally here, and it’s started a gradual rollout, starting with the S22 series – the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra – in Germany. The firmware version is S90xBXXU2ZHV4.
One UI 5.0 brings the new features that are part of Android 13 as well as Samsung’s own work. The user experience will be improved with smoother animations and a redesigned notification center. Optical character recognition is enabled in the Gallery, so you can copy text from screenshots. In addition, some smart suggestions are displayed based on the text, e.g. you can take a picture of a phone number or web address so you can call/visit with a single tap.
There’s more, here’s the full changelog shown before installation. Note that the original was in German, but we used machine translation.
The changelog mentions things like a gesture to enable split-screen multitasking, stackable widgets, options to filter notifications from noisy apps, improved sound and vibration settings, better searching in My Documents, new features for Bixby routines, new emojis, plus the ability to making videos with two emojis, new AR stickers and the ability to make your own from photos and so on.
The camera app now displays a histogram in Pro mode. There’s a new zoom bar that lets you zoom in with one hand, and food mode is enabled for the telephoto lens. A watermark feature allows you to stamp the time and date on each image or other custom information.
Samsung DeX has also been improved, especially the taskbar. There’s a new search button there, and tapping the date brings up a calendar widget. Notifications from apps appear as red dots on the taskbar. Right-clicking on an app provides quick access to selected functions. Support for physical keyboards has also been improved with spell correction and emoji input.
Finally, most of Samsung’s apps have been updated – Samsung Internet, Health, Pay, Members, Galaxy Store, SmartThings and others.
The stable release of One UI 5.0 is expected in October, we will probably hear more about the new version next week at the Galaxy Unpacked event.