Samsung details biggest One UI 5 innovations ahead of Android 13 update launch
Samsung has expanded upon its confirmation that stable One UI 5 builds would start rolling out later this month. As we discussed earlier this week, the company outlined its plans at this year's Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) (CHECK), building on a press release it issued in August about its next OS update. Based on current expectations, Samsung will start by upgrading the Galaxy S22 series, before moving onto other recent flagships like the Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Z Flip4 and the Galaxy S21 series.
Now, Samsung has shared another press release detailing more of the changes to expect from One UI 5. According to the company, one of the biggest features to watch out for is Bixby Text Call, which allows you to answer calls and type answers instead of speaking to the person on the other end of the line. Supposedly, the feature will read your answers with a computer voice and will convert answers into plain text.
Additionally, Samsung has highlighted 'Modes', effectively a combination of Digital Wellbeing and Bixby Routines+. In short, 'Modes' works just like the former with customisable driving, exercise and sleeping routines, among others. Incidentally, you can create a new mode, should you need to do so. As the company has outlined previously, its has upgraded One UI to offer more customisation options, such as more lock screen designs and the option of stacking widgets.
In other words, Apple and Samsung have headed down the same avenue, although it is unclear who has influenced who. Unfortunately, Samsung is still yet to share a full One UI 5 rollout roadmap. Presumably, timings for specific smartphones will vary by region, as has been the case with earlier One UI upgrades. You can find out more changes that Samsung plans to introduce with One UI 5 in its corresponding blog post.