Samsung releases Android 12-powered One UI 4 for Galaxy S21 phones

Samsung is making its One UI 4 software update available for the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra as of today, the company has announced. The update is based on this year’s Android 12, was released in public beta in September and adds new theme settings, keyboard adjustments and privacy settings.

The new features that come with the latest version of Samsung’s software should look familiar to anyone who has followed the Android 12 upgrades. First up is a Material You-style overhaul, including the ability to change the color scheme of the operating system based on your chosen wallpaper, and there are also redesigned widgets. New privacy-focused features include a Privacy Dashboard that keeps track of how often apps are requesting sensitive information from your phone, and there are also new indicators that show when the phone’s camera or microphone is in use.

Privacy Dashboard shows how often apps request sensitive information.
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Other new features include a fine-tuned keyboard that offers more animated emoji and stickers.

Although the One UI 4 update is currently limited to Samsung’s S21 series, the company says it will “soon” be available on a number of its other devices, including older Galaxy S, Galaxy Note and Galaxy A devices, as well as Samsung’s foldable devices and tablets.

Although the press release does not provide an official time frame for the release of the update on these phones, one is note that appeared in the Samsung Members app in Korea earlier today gives a better idea of ​​timings. According to this announcement, which was deleted shortly after being released, Z Flip 3, Z Fold 3, S20 Series, Note 20 Series, Z Fold 2 and Z Flip 5G were able to receive their One UI 4 updates in December. Older foldable devices as well as Note 10 and S10 devices appear to be following suit in January, while Samsung’s tablets could start receiving the update from February, starting with the Tab S7 and S7 Plus.

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