what you need to know
- In a recent interview, Samsung’s Vice President Sally Hyesoon Jeong shed some light on One UI.
- Jeong revealed plans for the upcoming One UI 6 operating system for Galaxy devices.
- Standout details included the seamless rollout of updates and the latest One UI 5 offerings for Galaxy devices.
Samsung is now striving to provide updates faster than ever, although there is still one major concern among users with these updates: seamless updates. It’s something Galaxy phones have missed but could finally arrive over the course of the next year.
When an update is currently deployed to an end-user with a Samsung device, they must download it and the installation can take up to 20 minutes, depending on the size of it. Meanwhile, the user cannot use their phones. Phones like the Pixel smartly address the issue by downloading and installing the latest operating system in the background, and in the end the user has to do a quick and easy reboot.
This has been available for a while but not on Samsung phones. Well, that could change with One UI 6, according to Samsung’s Vice President Sally Hyesoon Jeong, who sat down in an interview with the folks at Android Authority following Samsung’s recent annual developer conference. Jeong also shared more information about Samsung’s plans for the current launch of One UI 5 and plans for the next iteration in the near future.
Jeong thanks the One UI team and has suggested that next year will see seamless updates coming to the Galaxy phones starting with One UI 6. And Samsung’s One UI team is currently working to reach the timeline. This is an interesting update from Jeong considering Samsung has become more strict than ever in rolling out updates to Galaxy phones, although it has lagged behind in supporting seamless updates.
This move follows a report by Mishaal Rahman, who suggested that seamless updates will be mandatory for devices launching with Android 13 (as opposed to devices updating to the new software). However, Jeong seems to be suggesting that we’ll have to wait for Android 14 to show up on Samsung phones, meaning the Galaxy S23 may not have seamless updates when it launches.
Seamless updates aren’t a huge part of the Android experience, but in some ways they can improve it for users who update their phones quickly, and could be another reason to consider a Galaxy smartphone as your next Android phone. Of course, it may take some time for the feature to roll out.
The other prominent shot from Jeong’s interview would be the latest One UI 5 launch. The Galaxy S22 series is the first model to receive the official rollout. Jeong has further suggested that all flagship models, including the foldable and the Galaxy S21 series, should receive the launch of One UI by the end of this year. This is in line with what we’ve previously heard about the arrival of Android 13 on Samsung phones, although we don’t have an exact date yet.
Samsung’s One UI 5 is the latest iteration based on Android 13. Popular Galaxy phones have started receiving the update in beta. Explaining Samsung’s commitment to the update, Jeong stated, “People are using the same device for longer periods of time, so the software needs to evolve with that trend.”
“We want to give our consumers confidence that they can use their Samsung devices for as long as possible.”
You can watch the full interview at Android Authority.
The Galaxy S22 happens to be the entry-level smartphone in Samsung’s flagship lineup. It’s good value for money with great cameras, a smaller form factor and is quite powerful thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 under the hood.