One UI 4 contains a few new personalization as well as privacy options.
Samsung launched the much-anticipated One UI 4 beta program. Users can now register to test the new One UI 4 beta program on their Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra phones using the Samsung Members App.
One UI 4 is built on Android 12. Samsung claims to be introducing a slew of new customization and privacy features. China, India, Germany, Poland, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States will all be able to participate in the beta program. The software’s release date may differ by market. Users in the aforementioned locations, on the other hand, can now sign up for the beta via the Samsung Members app.
People who participated in the One UI 4 beta program would be able to view the skin’s design and new features. In that vein, Samsung has revealed some of the new experiences coming to One UI 4.
This time around, there’s a strong emphasis on customization. Users will have access to “a plethora of theme options” that will allow them to customize the look and functionality of their devices. You’ll be able to customize things like home screens, icons, notifications, wallpapers, and much more. Samsung may be referring to Android 12’s Material You wallpaper-based theming options.
Samsung has also redesigned widgets to allow for more customization, from visibility to appearance. The image above shows a screenshot of how some widgets will look. Users will also have access to a more diverse set of emojis in one place, making it easier to navigate their options.
Furthermore, One UI 4 introduces new privacy and security features. Indicators alert users to app, camera, and microphone usage, a key privacy feature of Android 12. One UI 4 also expands on Android 12’s permission options, allowing users to view their permissions history for the last seven days rather than just the last 24 hours. They can also view the current data usage of their permissions and apps.
Of course, there will be much more to One UI 4 than what has been mentioned thus far. Tron, a tipster, has shared the complete changelog for the One UI 4 beta update. The update is 2.4GB in size and includes the September security patch for the Galaxy S21 series.
Aside from the ones mentioned above, some of the key new One UI 4 features listed in the changelog include the following:
- Option to change the audio output to a different output device on the lock screen
- Option to lower the screen brightness to Extra Dim (An Android 12 feature)
- A new voice recorder widget is added to the lock screen widgets
- A monthly calendar on the calendar widget
- Option to set Always-on Display to turn on when you get a new notification
- New animated stickers
- New visual effect for charging
- New writing assistant in Samsung keyboard powered by Grammarly
- New multitasking features
- Updated Settings search to find related features depending on what you search for
- Cleaner Camera app layout
- Device overall status is shown as an emoji on the main screen
- Upgrades to Samsung Health.