Whenever Samsung releases a new flagship device, there’s usually a different software version attached compared to the previous generation. This remained true with the release of the Galaxy S22 series, which shipped with One UI 4.1, while the like of the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 / Z Flip 3 were “only” running One UI 4.0.
In a blog post, Samsung has confirmed that One UI 4.1 will be coming to many of the company’s latest devices, starting with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. With the update to One UI 4.1, there is a slew of new features in tow, and here’s a quick overview of what you can expect:
- Google Duo Live Sharing: With Google Duo live sharing feature, you can share your screen with friends to view photos in Gallery together and relive your cherished memories, even when you’re far apart.
- Expert RAW: This DSLR-like experience means you can edit both photos and videos with total precision, satisfying your eye for detail using a comprehensive suite of in-camera editing tools.
- Object Eraser: With the more enhanced Object eraser, you can now easily remove not only distracting objects in the background, but also shadows thrown on the subject or even reflections on the windows.
- Photo Sharing: By automatically optimizing your photos—whether it’s cropping out unwanted sections of screenshots or automatically adjusting the tilt—you can ensure that whatever you send is exactly what you intended.
- Grammarly-Powered Keyboard: With Grammarly seamlessly integrated into Samsung Keyboard, you’ll automatically receive expert writing improvements as you type to ensure you feel confident every time you press send.
There are a few limitations for the features coming with One UI 4.1, however, as features like the new Expert RAW app will only be available on the Galaxy S21 lineup, along with the Galaxy S22. As for availability, Samsung didn’t provide a specific timeline as to when we can expect to begin seeing the update rollout. But given the announcement, it should be landing over the next few weeks for Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 owners before coming to older devices.
Samsung also provided a list of devices that will be receiving the update, which spans across many more phones and tablets than you might expect:
- Galaxy S21 5G, S21+ 5G, S21 Ultra 5G and S21 FE 5G.
- Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, S20 FE 5G.
- Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Fold 5G, Fold.
- Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Z Flip.
- Galaxy Note20, Note20 Ultra, Note10+ 5G, Note10+.
- Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, S10 5G
One odd note to make about today’s announcement is the fact that both the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8 devices are still a couple of months behind on security patches. In 2021, Samsung surprised everyone as it seemed as though Samsung had overtaken Google with a more reliable update release schedule. Hopefully, this isn’t a sign of things to come and Samsung gets back on its horse sooner rather than later.
Let us know if you’ve received the update on your Galaxy device and whether you’re a fan of the new features being brought to older devices as opposed to just being left behind.