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Samsung One UI 4.0 Update Release, Features and Supported Models

- Updated: 8th Mar 2022, 03:07 IST
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    Samsung One UI 4.0 Key Features
    • Color Themes
    • New Privacy Features
    • Multi-Window Support
    • RAM Plus
    • Extra Dim
    • Camera and Gallery
    • Samsung Keyboard
    • Lock Screen and Always-On Display
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    Samsung One UI 4.0 Release Date
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    Compatible Samsung Galaxy Models

After the initial release of Android 12, many mobile manufacturers began rolling out Android 12-based updates for their devices and the Samsung did the same with their One UI 4.0 update. The first devices to get the One UI 40 updates were the S21 series. With time, there has been a phase-wise release for may other Galaxy devices and tablets by Samsung. Read on to learn more about the features of the One UI 4.0 and the list of compatible devices.

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Samsung One UI 4.0 Key Features

We have summarized the key features and offerings of Samsung One UI 4.0 below. It will help you get a grasp of what you can expect when your phone is compatible with the update.

Improved UI

Like every One UI upgrade of the past, Samsung One UI 4.0 comes with some design changes that enhance user performance by making the overall UI smoother and faster. The new Add media to home page options in the home screen settings lets users choose to add a Google discover page or a Samsung free.

Further, the widget section is stacked vertically instead of horizontal placement. This is very similar to the Android 12 widget look. A new charging animation has been introduced too. Further, One UI 4.0 supports dark mode for the wallpaper to give a consistent look when the device is set to dark mode.

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Color Themes

Samsung One UI 4.0_color interface

Just like in Android 12, the Samsung One UI 4.0 has colour themes where the OS extracts colour pallets from the wallpaper. Users can choose between the colour themes that will be applied to the entire UI. This feature is in its Beta stage and is not as effective as in Android 12.

New Privacy Features

Considering the fact that One UI 4.0 is based on Android 12, Samsung has tried to include many of the improved privacy features that come with Android 12. The new permission history under the privacy settings lets users check the app usage permissions over the last 24 hours. For sensitive permissions like Camera, Location and Microphone, One UI 4.0 stores data for as long as 7 days.

The new privacy indicator informs users whenever an app tries to access cameras or microphones. There is an indicator in the top right corner of the screen for such purposes. Under privacy settings, there are toggle buttons for giving permissions for camera and microphone access. Users can revoke microphone and camera access permissions for all apps by using this toggle button.

Multi-Window Support

The multi-window support feature allows users to force split-screen view and pop-up view on apps even if the apps do not support this feature.

RAM Plus

Samsung One UI 40_improved UI

Virtual RAM is one of the up and rising popular features present for phones. Samsung is looking to introduce this feature with their One UI 4.0 update. This feature makes use of external storage to improve the overall app performance of the phone. However, we do not have the list of phones which will be able to implement this feature.

Extra Dim

One UI 4.0 has an extra feature called ‘Extra Dim’ that lets users dim the screen beyond the minimum brightness.

Camera and Gallery

One UI 4.0 introduces quite a few changes in the camera as well as the gallery app. In Photo mode, a user can start recording simply by touching and holding the shutter button. Dragging the finger along the lock icon lets users continue recording. In Video mode, simply touching the record button will start recording. While scanning documents, One UI 4.0 allows the user to zoom in to edit the document.

One of the most refreshing features added to the Gallery app is that users can now revert an image back to its original form even after saving it. Users would be able to edit the date, time and location of an image.

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Samsung Keyboard

Samsung One UI 4.0 keyboard

The new keyboard that comes with One UI 4.0 will allow users to get emojis, GIFs, and stickers directly from the keyboard with a single button. It will allow users to combine emojis and add animation using the keyboard. The writing assistant that comes built-in with the keyboard is powered by Grammarly.

Lock Screen and Always-On Display

There have been a few changes in the lock screen in Android 12 and Samsung has taken inspiration from it while designing One UI 4.0. The media controls are new and users can make changes to the audio output from the lock screen. Further, app-dependent customized controls are provided to the users.

Users can also choose to add a recorder widget to the the lock screen for creating voice memos without unlocking the phone. The Always-on-display or AOD feature has new animation stickers that can wake the phone up whenever there is any notification.

Samsung One UI 4.0 Release Date

The first One UI 4.0 release took place in September 2021 and it was based on the Android 12 beta versions and was only available for the S21 series. After the release of the stable version of Android 12 OS, Samsung is releasing the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update for its galaxy devices in a phase-wise manner.

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Compatible Samsung Galaxy Models

The Samsung One UI 4.0 was released for a select set of galaxy devices running on Android 12 when it was released in September. The list of devices to receive the One UI 4.0 update the first is given below.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  2. Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra
  3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Fold 3
  5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7
  6. Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
  7. Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10+

The later phase-wise release of the Samsung One UI update was meant for other Samsung Galaxy devices and tablets. In January 2022, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite received the One UI 4.0 update. This was followed by the availability of One UI 4.0 for Samsung Galaxy A72, Samsung Galaxy A52 and Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G in February 2022.

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The future updates will cover the following models in the respective months.

April 2022

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
  • Samsung Galaxy A32
  • Samsung Galaxy F62
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

May 2022

  • Samsung Galaxy A31
  • Samsung Galaxy M31
  • Samsung Galaxy M21
  • Samsung Galaxy M31s
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy F22
  • Samsung Galaxy F42 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy M21 2021 Edition
  • Samsung Galaxy M32
  • Samsung Galaxy M32 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy M52 5G

June 2022

  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
  • Samsung Galaxy M51
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7(2020)
  • Samsung Galaxy F41
  • Samsung Galaxy A22
  • Samsung Galaxy F12
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

July 2022

  • Samsung Galaxy M11
  • Samsung Galaxy M01
  • Samsung Galaxy A12
  • Samsung Galaxy F02s
  • Samsung Galaxy M02s
  • Samsung Galaxy M02
  • Samsung Galaxy A03s
  • Samsung Galaxy M12

If you own any of these devices, you can expect the Samsung One UI 4.0 update to arrive in the mentioned month. However, in case your device is not listed here, it may not be compatible with the One UI 4.0 update.

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Highlights of the Story

  • The Samsung One UI 4.0 was first released in September 2021 and it based on Android 12.
  • The Samsung S21 series was the first to get the One UI 4.0 updates. It will be released in batches for other Galaxy phones and tablets.
  • There are many interesting features that it offers Samsung phone users.