Flagship Galaxy S and Z series phones and the mid-range A53 are expected to receive the Android 13-based One UI 5 update this year.
Samsung has the best software update policy in the Android world, and will prove it again by updating several of its phones to Android 13-based One UI 5 by the end of the year.
A report from Samsung’s release schedule suggests that the Galaxy S21 and S22, as well as the latest two generations of Galaxy Z phones, as well as the mid-range A53, will all get the update.
Which Samsung phones are being updated?
According to SamMobile, the following phones should be updated to One UI 5 and Android 13 this year:
- Samsung Galaxy S22 series
- Samsung Galaxy S21 series
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Samsung Galaxy A53
It’s no surprise that the latest flagship S and Z series devices make the list. Samsung rolled out a public One UI 5 beta for select models in August, and the company has been prioritizing its best phones for quick updates.
However, the mid-range A53 may be less promising and certainly welcome. Even though it’s one of Samsung’s best-selling phones, mid-range users often have to wait longer for updates—many manufacturers don’t even bother updating their non-flagship phones at all.
When can you get it, exactly? There’s no word on the exact time, but last year’s date could give us a clue.
One UI 4 launches for the S21 series on November 15, 2021, and then for other phones in the following months (eg, the A52 5G in December, the original A52 in January).
There’s no news on the other phones’ schedules. Based on previous schedules, we expect most eligible models to be updated in the first quarter of 2023. This will include phones like the S20 series, Note 20 series, and other mid-range phones in the A, M, and F series, as well as some tablets.
Test a UI 5 today
If you’re interested, there’s still time to sign up and test One UI 5 through the beta program. This will give you an early look at the new features coming to the phone, including interface tweaks and navigation gestures, as well as some of Samsung’s new apps, such as the new and improved camera app.