After the beta test program for the new One UI 4 has already started in the USA and South Korea, Samsung is now also giving the go-ahead for Germany. With the new in-house UI, Android 12 comes for the first time to the current Galaxy S21 series as well as some innovations in terms of privacy and personalization.
Samsung One UI 4 is available in Beta 2 and now also integrates the so-called “Color Themes”, which represent Samsung’s processing of the new Material-You design from Android 12. The update also already contains the October security patch. The color themes are still a bit buggy. According to colleagues, it is sometimes necessary to restart the respective device several times before they finally take effect.
Android 12 in Samsung Mobiles
Samsung uses the pure Android version as a basis for their individual operating systems. These usually feature some changes to the original Android variant.
One UI 4.0 is Samsung’s Android 12 version. A first beta is already in the starting blocks – the distribution of the update is expected to start at the end of 2021. It is already possible to see which devices will enjoy the new user interface.
Samsung has confirmed in the German beta test of One UI 4 and Android 12 will also start “soon” in Germany, and users of the Galaxy S21 series will also get their turn here first. This is how you participate in the beta program according to Samsung.
Samsung Starts Its Own Beta Program
The public beta program is open to registered users of a Galaxy S21 series Smartphone that was purchased from a mobile operator or in the open market without a contract.
While Google itself is already distributing Beta 3.1 of Android 12 to Pixel Smartphone’s and other manufacturers such as Asus, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Techno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE are also participating in Google’s beta program, Samsung is not involved, but is preparing its own beta again, as major changes to the operating system are to be expected with One UI 4.
Data Protection as a Big Issue
The biggest innovation in the “User Interface” and Android 12 is data protection. As soon as an app accesses the camera, microphone, or location, a green point is now displayed in the upper right corner.
This is intended to make the use of such data more transparent. Furthermore, the accuracy of the data used can now also be adjusted so that weather apps, for example, can only access the approximate location.