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Samsung’s released its first Android 12 and One UI 4.0 updates which means we’re seeing questions about the release. We’ll answer as many as we can in this guide.

After a lengthy wait, Samsung’s finally confirmed its plans for Android 12. Some, but not all. That being said, we can put together a Samsung Galaxy Android 12 roadmap using confirmed information, rumors and traditions.

This roadmap will help you set proper expectations as we push toward Samsung’s next Android 12/One UI 4.0 release for Galaxy devices.

In this guide we’re going to take you through what you should know about Android 12 if you currently own, or if you’re planning to buy a Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 or another Samsung device.

We’ll take you through what we know about Android 12’s features, the Android 12 release date, Android 12 beta, and everything else Samsung owners need to know as we push through the year.

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Let’s start with the software rolling out with, and ahead of, Samsung’s Android 12 updates. While some of these will be based on Android 12, many others are based on Android 11.

Some of these releases also bring updates to Samsung’s One UI. The company is currently pushing One UI 3.1, an upgrade that debuted alongside the Galaxy S21 series, to a number of Galaxy devices.

The company’s also pushing a newer version, One UI 3.1.1, to select devices though you won’t see the new version number in your Settings app or the update’s change log.

Samsung Galaxy December Update

Samsung’s pushed its December update though it’s currently very limited.

The December update is moving out to the Galaxy Z Flip 5G and Galaxy Z Flip. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 have also received the December update in their latest Android 12 beta release.

We don’t know what’s on board the December release, but we should get those details in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy November Update

Samsung’s released its November update.

The software is currently moving out to the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A41, Galaxy A32 5G, Galaxy A32, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A12, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab A 10.5, and Galaxy Tab Active 3. The update will hit more devices and more regions throughout the month.

You can learn more about the November update, and the contents of Samsung’s other monthly updates, head over to the company’s security website.

As a reminder, here’s the current breakdown of Samsung’s current Android security update coverage. Samsung updates this list fairly regularly and we’ve seen a number of changes in 2021.

Current Models for Monthly Security Updates

  • Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
  • Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10 5G, Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy Note10+ 5G, Galaxy Note10 Lite, Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Note20 5G, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy A52s 5G
  • Enterprise Models: Galaxy A50, Galaxy XCover4s, Galaxy Xcover FieldPro, Galaxy Xcover Pro, Galaxy Xcover5

Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates

  • Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+
  • Galaxy Note9
  • Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A70s
  • Galaxy A01, Galaxy A01 Core, Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A41, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A71 5G
  • Galaxy A02, Galaxy A02s, Galaxy A03s, Galaxy A12, Galaxy A22, Galaxy A22 5G, Galaxy A32, Galaxy A32 5G, Galaxy A42 5G, Galaxy A72, Galaxy A82 5G
  • Galaxy M01, Galaxy M11, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M21 2021, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M31s, Galaxy M51, Galaxy M12, Galaxy M22, Galaxy M32, Galaxy M42 5G, Galaxy M52 5G, Galaxy M62
  • Galaxy F12, Galaxy F22, Galaxy F42 5G, Galaxy F52 5G, Galaxy F62
  • Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), Galaxy Tab A7, Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab Active Pro, Galaxy Tab Active3
  • Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7 FE
  • W20 5G, W21 5G
  • Enterprise Models: Galaxy A8 (2018)

Current Models for Biannual Security Updates

  • Galaxy A2 Core, Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A90 5G
  • Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 Top, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6+, Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8
  • Galaxy M10, Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A with S pen, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh
  • Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy View2

Samsung’s confirmed plans to keep select Galaxy phones and tablets updated with security patches for four years.

The company says by “extending support for security updates delivered on a monthly or quarterly basis, Samsung is giving users peace of mind knowing their data is protected for as long as they use their Galaxy device.”

So while some devices won’t get upgraded to Android 12, they’ll still get regular, and in some cases irregular, security updates in 2021 and beyond.

Of course, Samsung says that availability of “security updates may vary by device and market” and that its lists of security update models are subject to change and will be reviewed on a periodic basis.”

Samsung has also announced that some Galaxy devices will get five years of support. Namely, the enterprise versions of the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy XCover 5, and the Galaxy Tab Active 3 will get this support.

Other devices under the Enterprise umbrella will get four years of support.

Samsung Galaxy Android 12: What’s New

Samsung’s version of Android 12 looks a bit different than the version Google’s released for Pixel devices because it utilizes the company’s One UI.

The company’s One UI upgrades typically deliver design changes, enhancements to current features, and new features for newer and older devices alike.

Thanks to the Android 12/One UI 4.0 release for the Galaxy S21 series, we now know what’s on board Samsung’s version of Android 12.

Here’s the full change log:

  • Home screen
    • Home screen widgets have been redesigned to give you more information at a glance while also making your Home screen more stylish. You’ll also get recommendations for widgets that may be useful for you.
  • Lock screen
    • You can now change the audio output to a different device, such as headphones or a speaker, right from the Lock screen. You’ll also get customized controls depending on which music app you’re using.
    • A new Voice Recorder widget for the Lock screen lets you record voice memos without unlocking your phone.
    • A monthly calendar appears on the Calendar widget to help you keep track of your events from the lock screen.
  • Always On Display
    • You can set the Always On Display turn on whenever you receive a notification.
    • New animated stickers are available.
  • Quick panel
    • Manage your notifications more comfortably with an enhanced layout and an integrated section of alert and silent notifications.
    • The brightness bar in the quick panel is larger so it’s easier to see and adjust.
  • Dark mode
    • Wallpapers, icons, and illustrations are now darkened automatically to provide a more consistent look and more comfort for your eyes.
  • Charging effects
    • New visual effects appear when you start charging to help you check the charging speed.
  • Samsung Keyboard
    • Get to your emojis, GIFs, and stickers directly from the keyboard with a single button. Self-expression is a tap away.
    • Looking to express something new? Combine two emojis, then add an animation so you can really get your feelings across.
    • New animated stickers are available for download.
    • Keep your grammar and spelling on point with the new Writing assistant, powered by Grammarly (English only).
  • Tips
    • Preview videos now appear when you enter the Tips app, helping you learn everything your Galaxy can do.
  • Sharing
    • You can customize the list of apps that appear on the share panel to reduce clutter, and scroll left and right across the lists of apps and people for quicker access.
    • When you try to share pictures that have problems like poor focus or framing, you’ll get suggestions for fixing them, so your pictures always look their best.

  • Camera
    • Enjoy a simpler, clearer layout with a preview that shows only the information you need. The scene optimizer button will only appear in Photo mode if there’s low light or you’re scanning a document. Settings for Portrait and Night modes are now more intuitive.
    • Lens and zoom: See the zoom level on the lens icons for easier zooming, even in modes that only support one lens.
    • Video that never misses a moment: Recording now starts immediately after you tap the Record button, instead when you release it. In Photo mode, touch and hold the Shutter button to start recording a video. Drag your finger to the Lock icon to continue recording without having to hold down the button.
    • Single take: Add extra time while recording in Single Take, so you don’t miss important moments. After the recording is finished, the content selection menu has been improved to help you easily choose the perfect shots.
    • Pro mode: Settings have been reorganized for a cleaner look. When grid lines are on, horizontal level indicators help you line up the perfect shot.
    • Enhanced scan features: After scanning a document, you can zoom in for fine editing. When you scan a QR code. you can choose from several options depending on the type of QR code.
  • Gallery
    • Stories now show a video preview on the cover and a highlight video inside. You can also see where each picture in a story was taken on a map.
    • More options are available for sorting albums that contain lots of photos.
    • Album covers are now shown at the top of the screen when you open albums.
    • Search suggestions have been improved to help you find pictures and videos. Recent searches are also suggested.
    • Remastered pictures can be reverted to their original versions at any time, even after they’re saved.
    • You can now edit the date, time, and location that pictures and videos were taken.
  • Photo and video editor
    • Add fun emojis and stickers to your pictures and videos.
    • Create video collages by combining multiple images and videos from your Gallery.
    • The new Light balance option lets you edit the tone of pictures more easily.
    • The Highlight reel editor has also been enhanced to give you even more control.
    • Revert edited videos back to their original versions at any time, even after they’re saved. •Cut out a face, pet, building, or any other object from a photo and paste it onto a different one.
  • AR Emoji
    • Use an AR emoji as your profile picture in Contacts and Samsung account. You can choose from over 10 poses or create your own expressions.
    • New AR emoji stickers that show only your face has been added. Have fun decorating your photos and sharing them with your friends.
    • Make cool dance videos with your AR emojis. Choose templates from 10 different categories, including #Fun, #Cute, and #Party.
    • Use your own drawings to create unique clothes for AR emojis.
  • Multitasking
    • Pin the window options menu to the top of a pop-up window to make it easier to access.
    • Easily resize picture-in-picture windows with pinch zoom.
    • Keep your current app in view while using edge panels. Blurring has been removed to help you see more at once.
  • Settings
    • The new Safety and emergency menu lets you manage your emergency contacts and safety information all in one place.
    • Improved search features help you find the settings you need when you need them. You’ll get suggestions for related features depending on what you search for.
  • Digital Wellbeing
    • Keep your eyes on the road with the new Driving monitor. You’ll get reports on how much you used your phone and which apps you used.
  • Clock
    • The dual clock widget now shows different background colors for each city depending on whether it’s day or night.
  • Calendar
    • The new Calendar layout lets you add events instantly. You can also find events more easily with improved search features.
    • A new Home screen widget shows your monthly calendar along with today’s events.
    • Create shared calendars and invite other Galaxy users to join.
  • Messages
    • Photos, videos, web links, and other content will now appear in search results in the Messages app.
  • My Files
    • Search features have been improved. You can still find the files you’re looking for, even if there’s a typo.
    • The Recent files area has been expanded to help you more easily find files you’ve used recently.
  • Samsung Internet
    • Get more search suggestions when you enter text in the address bar. Results will appear with an all-new design.
    • The new search widget helps you find what you’re looking for right from the Home screen.
    • To protect your privacy, Samsung Internet will automatically start in Secret mode if you were using Secret mode during your last browsing session.
  • Device Care
    • The main screen shows battery and security issues, making it easier to solve problems quickly.
    • Your phone’s overall status is shown as an emoji, helping you check the status at a glance.
    • Now you can get right to Samsung Members diagnostics from Device Care. If something seems wrong with your phone, try the diagnostic tests to find out what the problem is and get suggestions for solving it.
  • Samsung Health
    • A new tab layout at the bottom of the screen helps you access the features you need more easily.
    • The new My page tab shows your profile, weekly summary, badges, and personal bests.
    • For your gender selection, you can now choose “Other” or “Prefer not to say.”
    • It’s now easier to invite your friends to team challenges by sending a link.
    • Additional snacks have been added to the food tracker.
  • Bixby Routines
    • More conditions are available for your routines. Start a routine during a call or when a certain notification arrives.
    • Make your routines do more. You can now turn on Enhanced processing with a routine. There are also more options for connecting and disconnecting Bluetooth devices.
    • Reorder actions by touching and holding actions on the edit page. Advanced options have also been added to let you wait before action starts, confirm actions, and more.
    • We’ve removed restrictions for some combinations of conditions and actions so you can do even more with your routines.
    • Create custom icons for your routines using the Camera or an image from Gallery.
  • Accessibility
    • Perform actions more quickly by moving your mouse pointer to one of the 4 corners of the screen.
    • Adjust contrast and size at the same time with custom Display mode (High contrast or Large display).
    • Access accessibility features more quickly with a floating button that’s always available.
    • More visibility options are available to meet your needs. You can reduce transparency and blur or make the screen extra dim.
    • Set different colors for each app’s notifications so you can easily determine where notifications are coming from.
    • The Magnifier window has been merged with the new Magnification menu, giving you more options and more control for magnifying content on the screen.
  • Privacy
    • See which apps are accessing sensitive permissions such as Location, Camera, or Microphone in Permission usage history. You can deny permissions for any apps you don’t feel comfortable with.
    • A green dot will appear in the upper right corner of the screen when any app is using the camera or microphone so you can see if an app is recording you without your consent. You can also use quick panel controls to temporarily block all apps from using the camera or microphone.
    • Take more control over apps that want to access your location. For apps that only need to know your general area, such as weather apps, you can allow access to your approximate location so they can’t determine exactly where you are.
    • Sometimes you need to copy sensitive information, like passwords or credit card numbers, but you don’t want it to fall into the wrong hands. You can choose to be notified any time an app accesses content copied to the clipboard in another app.

We expect Samsung to push a new version of One UI, probably One UI 4.1, alongside the Galaxy S22 series in early 2022. The Galaxy S22 release is rumored for February.

These Galaxy Devices Will Get Android 12

Samsung used to keep Galaxy phones and tablets updated with major Android software updates for two years. Fortunately, the company has come to its senses and changed that policy.

The company says it’s now committed to providing three years of major software upgrades going forward. This is obviously a huge development as it means Galaxy owners can hold onto their devices for a lot longer.

Initially, it looked like this change would only apply to higher profile devices, but according to Samsung, lengthier support will be extended to other devices as well. Here’s the full list:

  • Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite.
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 5G, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, and upcoming devices.
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Fold, and upcoming Z series devices.
  • Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A90 5G, and select upcoming A series devices.
  • Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7 5G, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, and upcoming Tab S series devices.

If your device is on this list, you should get Android 12 in 2021 or 2022. If it isn’t, you may find yourself (officially) stuck on Android 11.

If Samsung hasn’t confirmed Android 11 for your phone or tablet, you won’t get upgraded to Android 12. That means devices like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 will get left behind.

You can expect Samsung to bring Android 12 to its flagship devices first though older flagships, mid-range devices, and budget devices shouldn’t be too far behind.

Samsung Galaxy Android 12 Beta

Samsung typically hosts its own beta program for Galaxy devices and the company opened up its beta program to Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra users in select markets. The Galaxy S21 Android 12 beta is winding down, but Samsung has brought the beta to other Galaxy devices.

The company used to keep its Galaxy Beta program limited to flagship models, but in recent years the company has brought other flagships as well as mid-range devices into the fold.

Samsung has opened up the Android 12/One UI 4.0 beta to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip in select regions. The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 10+, and Galaxy Note 10 have also joined the beta program.

Samsung’s Android betas are usually limited to select regions. Big markets like the United States are always on the list, but smaller markets are typically left out. That didn’t change this year.

Here are the countries where you can find Samsung’s Android 12/One UI 4.0 beta:

  • China
  • Germany
  • India
  • Poland
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

It’s unclear if Samsung will add additional countries. We wouldn’t count on it.

Samsung Galaxy Android 12 Release Date

When will Samsung release its Android 12 updates? Let’s start with what we know.

Samsung has pushed the Android 12/One UI 4.0 update to the Galaxy S21 series. Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra users in select regions are now able to download the stable version of the software.

As for the rest of its lineup, it looks like Samsung’s planning to get Android 12 out to a number of devices in late 2021 and early 2022.

It looks like Samsung is currently testing Android 12 on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 which means the company could hit its target release window for the former flagships.

While some Galaxy models will get updated to Android 12 in the near future, many others will have to wait until mid-2022. Samsung’s Android roll outs don’t happen overnight.

We’ll continue to update this guide with new information as we get it.

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You can expect the Galaxy S22 series to build on the foundation left behind by the Galaxy S21 series and offer improved performance in a number of key areas.

Per usual, you can expect the Galaxy S22 to come with an Exynos processor in some markets and a Qualcomm chipset in others. 

Nothing is confirmed, but there's a good chance the Galaxy S22 utilizes Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon processor. It should be the processor that powers the Galaxy S22 series in most markets

Initially, it looked like the chip would be called the Snapdragon 898, but it's actually called "Snapdragon 8 Gen 1."

The processor has already shown up in Galaxy S22 benchmarks

As for the Exynos side of things, Samsung is reportedly testing a new version of the processor with AMD graphics. It will reportedly be called Exynos 2200.

Like the Snapdragon, we've seen the Exynos 2200 appear in early benchmarks. The processor has shown up on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. 

New processors should help the Galaxy S22 series deliver even better performance in key areas like speed, battery life, gaming, and multitasking.

The Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra batteries have passed 3C certification. The Galaxy S22+ is listed with a 4,370 mAh battery (probably a 4500 mAh capacity) while the Galaxy S22 Ultra is listed with a 4,855 mAh battery (probably 5000 mAh capacity). 

The Galaxy S22 battery has also received certification in South Korea and it's listed at 3,590 mAh which probably means 3,700 mAh. 

Digitimes is also saying that Samsung is "reconsidering adopting vapor chambers for its new smartphones for 2022." This could help the devices run at peak performance for longer periods of time. 

The report doesn't mention the Galaxy S22 series, but there's certainly a chance the flagship devices adopt this technology.

We've also heard that Samsung is currently testing improved charging power on the Galaxy S22. The information comes from leaker Ice Universe. He says the company is trying to bring charging power above 25W to 45W or 65W fast charging. 

In a new tweet, Ice Universe says he's 100% sure the company will bring 45W wireless charging to the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Twitter leaker FrontTron also claims Samsung is planning to test 65W charging on the Galaxy S22 series. 

Another report points to 25W charging across the board, but we'd take it with a grain of salt given what we've heard thus far. 

If you're a power user and you aren't thrilled with what's out there right now, you might want to sit back and wait for the Galaxy S22 series. 

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Akbar

    04/19/2021 at 8:30 am

    I have Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. When I plugged it in to charge, no charging icon appears.The charging cable is ok.It seems I left with a dead phone.I am looking for your help.
    Best Regards,
    Akbar

  2. Taran

    07/01/2021 at 11:29 am

    will the galaxy tab s5e get android 12?

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