Samsung confirms One UI 5.0 public release with Android 13 for Galaxy S22 series and co. starting later this month
Samsung has confirmed that the stable release of One UI 5.0 is approaching, nearly two months after Google pushed Android 13 to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). For reference, Samsung is still testing One UI 5.0 in its public beta program, having started nearly two months ago. Incidentally, One UI 5 Beta 4 reached the Galaxy S22 series a few days ago, as we discussed at the time.
Currently, it remains unclear when Samsung will begin its One UI 5.0 public rollout, nor for which smartphones. Presumably reaching the Galaxy S22 series first, Samsung outlined at today's Developer Conference that One UI 5.0 would reach stable status before the end of the month. Based on the rollout of One UI 4.0, the likes of the Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Z Fold4 and Galaxy Z Flip4 should all receive One UI 5.0 before 2023 rolls around too.
As Samsung detailed in August, One UI 5.0 will build on Android 13 by enabling stacking widgets, as well as greater colour customisation options. In our experience, Samsung has also made numerous other changes, such as introducing a full-screen media widget on the lock screen, revising the notification shade and improving animation speeds. Given today's confirmation, we imagine that Samsung will confirm rollout schedules within the next few weeks, although it could take the company well into 2023 before it starts upgrading its budget and mid-range handsets.