Android 12 brings a lot of cool features to the operating system even on Samsung Galaxy devices. With the beta of One UI 4, Samsung devices can enjoy new color theme options and privacy features. Fortunately, Samsung is making the beta available to a few select devices ahead of the full release of Android 12.
How to register for One UI 4 / Android 12 beta
Luckily, Samsung makes signing up for the beta of Android 12 incredibly easy, without even needing a computer. To register for the OTA, users must go to the site Samsung Members App. This app is normally preloaded on Galaxy devices, so finding it shouldn’t be a problem, but you will need to be signed in to a Samsung account to use the app. After opening the app, in some cases there will be a card carousel at the top. A card must announce the “Beta program of a user interface. “If this map is not found, you can find the page in the Advantages section of the application.
After clicking on the map, go ahead and press Register and read the terms of the beta. Once read, press To register and wait for Samsung to send you a notification about the update.
How to install Android 12 Beta on Samsung phones
If the Application for Samsung members does not immediately send a notification about upgrading to One UI 4, you can easily force installation once the device has been registered. Just head to Settings and find your way to Software update, towards the bottom of the page. From there you should see the prompt to install One UI 4 or an option to Check for updates. The update should take no more than a few minutes to download, and not much longer to install.
Which phones are eligible?
In the current beta state of One UI 4, Samsung only allows a few devices to take advantage of the unfinished upgrade. The One UI 4 beta program is available for the following devices:
- Galaxy note 20
- Galaxy note 20 ultra
- Galaxy s20
- Galaxy s20 +
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy z fold 2
- Galaxy z flip
- NEW: Galaxy s10e
- NEW: Galaxy s10
- NEW: Galaxy s10 +
- NEW: Galaxy note 10
- NEW: Galaxy note 10+
Additionally, the Android 12 beta is only available in these regions, depending on the device.
- United States
- South Korea
Even though the Galaxy s21 series is eligible, the beta is closed at the end of October to users who have not yet signed up. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, meanwhile, are still in open beta, so anyone with these devices who wants to test Android 12 can do so. It’s also worth noting that in most cases only unlocked devices will be eligible for the upgrade, with the exception of carrier models sold by Sprint / T-Mobile.
Update 11/10: As suspected, Samsung continues to roll out Android 12 beta testing to more devices in the form of One UI 4. The Note 20 series will be the first set of phones released in 2020 to get One UI beta. 4. There is only one major caveat at the moment: Currently, the beta version of Android 12 on the Note 20 series is locked in the UK, leaving out other countries, including the UK. United States and Korea, recipients of beta versions of Android 12 for other Galaxy devices.
For those who live in the UK, the process of registering and installing the beta of Android 12 is exactly the same as for the other Galaxy devices listed above.
Update of 19/11: The list continues to grow as Samsung aims to stay true to the Android 12 release schedule for their devices listed here. That being said, the beta has made its way to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 +, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. The same process can be used to find the beta and install it through the Samsung Members app preinstalled on the device. Additionally, there doesn’t appear to be a regional lock that we can find for the Galaxy S20 series, which means users in the US will have it available and likely in the UK as well as other countries. It also appears that the Note 20 series is no longer locked down in the UK, as it was before.
Update 12/3: Samsung has since added the Galaxy Note 10 series and Galaxy S10 series to the list of devices with access to the One UI 4 beta program. The region of choice for this release appears to be South Korea. At the moment, this is the only region to receive the beta of the Galaxy Note 10 and S10 series.
It’s worth mentioning that at some point some of the devices mentioned will not allow new registrations for the beta. As 2022 approaches, these devices will start receiving the stable version of Android 12 and will leave the beta for good. Typically, these registrations seem to end about a month after release.
What’s new in One UI 4?
Each new One UI update looks a little more promising when it comes to giving everything Android 12 has to offer. Most notably, One UI 4 adds “Color Theme”, much like Android 12’s Dynamic Color feature on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
The color theme adds dynamic color to the user interface, giving an overall feeling of unity to Galaxy devices. Depending on the wallpaper used on your device, One UI 4 will extract palettes of three colors to apply to the skin of the phone. Users can easily change pallets by going to Wallpapers > Color theme. While the change is not as widespread as on the Pixel 6 series, the color theme adds a nice touch to system apps.
Some more notable features added to the list are improved video call effects, allowing you to change the background to a blur or even change it to a specific color / image, as well as an improved system weather app and the stable AOSP code, which is also present on Pixel phones. Perhaps the most important feature for many is the ability to decide whether to allow an app to use your exact location or only let it know the general area. When it comes to privacy, this is a huge feature.
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