The Samsung Galaxy Android 14 update is confirmed and we’re getting questions from Galaxy smartphone and tablet users. We’ll answer as many as we can in this guide.
Samsung’s still focused on getting Android 13 and One UI 5.x updates out to Galaxy devices, but that will change later this year when it pushes its Android 14 and One UI 6 update to customers around the world.
Samsung’s finally talking about its Android 14 and One UI 6 plans, and we’ve put together a Samsung Galaxy Android 14 roadmap using confirmed information, rumors and traditions.
This roadmap will help you set proper expectations as we push toward the inevitable release of Samsung’s Android 14 update with One UI 6 for Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
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In this guide we’ll take you through what you should know about Android 14 if you currently own, or if you’re planning to buy a Galaxy S23, Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, Galaxy Tab S8 or another Samsung device.
We’ll also walk you through what we know about Android 14’s features, the Samsung Android 14 release date, the Android 14 beta, and everything else Samsung owners need to know as we push through 2023.
Samsung Galaxy September Update
Samsung’s started pushing its September update though the software is currently limited to the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy August Update
Samsung’s still rolling its August update out to Galaxy devices as well.
The software is moving out to the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy A54, Galaxy A53 5G, Galaxy A53, Galaxy A52s, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy A34 5G, Galaxy A22, Galaxy A04s, Galaxy M53, and Galaxy M31 in select regions. It will hit more Galaxy phones and tablets in the coming weeks.
You can learn more about the contents of Samsung’s August update, and its other monthly updates over on the company’s security website.
Here’s the breakdown of Samsung’s current Android security update coverage:
Current Models for Monthly Security Updates
- Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, W23, W23 flip
- 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 S21 FE 5G, Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
- Enterprise Models: Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy A52s 5G, Galaxy A53 5G, Galaxy A54 5G, Galaxy Xcover5, Galaxy Xcover6 Pro
Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates
- Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, W22 5G
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 5G, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Galaxy A22e 5G, Galaxy A32, Galaxy A32 5G
- Galaxy A03, Galaxy A03s, Galaxy A03 core, Galaxy A13, Galaxy A13 5G, Galaxy A23, Galaxy A23 5G, Galaxy A33 5G, Galaxy A73 5G
- Galaxy A04, Galaxy A04s, Galaxy A04e, Galaxy A14, Galaxy A14 5G, Galaxy A24, Galaxy A34 5G
- Galaxy M21 2021, Galaxy M22, Galaxy M32 5G, Galaxy M52 5G, Galaxy M13, Galaxy M13 5G, Galaxy M23 5G, Galaxy M33 5G, Galaxy M53 5G, Galaxy M04, Galaxy M14 5G, Galaxy M34 5G, Galaxy M54 5G
- Galaxy F42 5G, Galaxy F13, Galaxy F04, Galaxy F14 5G, Galaxy F34 5G, Galaxy F54 5G
- Galaxy Tab A8, Galaxy Tab Active Pro, Galaxy Tab Active 3, Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S9 Plus, Galaxy Tab S9
- Enterprise Models: Galaxy Xcover FieldPro, Galaxy Xcover Pro
Current Models for Biannual Security Updates
- Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A90 5G
- Galaxy A01, 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 A12, Galaxy A22, Galaxy A22 5G, Galaxy A42 5G, Galaxy A72, Galaxy A82 5G
- Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M01, Galaxy M11, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M31s, Galaxy M51
- Galaxy M12, Galaxy M32, Galaxy M42 5G, Galaxy M62
- Galaxy F12, Galaxy F22, Galaxy F52 5G, Galaxy F62
- Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), Galaxy Tab A7, Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
- Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7 FE
- W20 5G, W21 5G
Back in 2022, Samsung confirmed plans to keep select Galaxy phones and tablets updated with major Android releases for four years and security patches for up to five years.
Some Galaxy devices won’t get upgraded to Android 14, but they’ll still get regular, and in some cases irregular, security updates in 2023 and beyond.
One UI 5.1.1 Update
Samsung debuted a new One UI 5.1.1 update alongside its Galaxy Fold 5, Galaxy Flip 5, and Galaxy Tab S9 series.
The software is rolling out to older Galaxy models including the Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Flip.
The company has also confirmed One UI 5.1.1 for the following Galaxy devices:
- Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Galaxy Z Flip 2
- Galaxy Tab S7 FE
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Galaxy Tab A8
- Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
- Galaxy Tab Active 4
- Galaxy Tab Active 3
We’ll let you know when the software hits these devices.
Samsung Galaxy Android 14: What’s New
Samsung’s version of Android 14 will look different than the version Google releases for Pixel devices because it will utilize the company’s One UI. The company will debut One UI 6 alongside Android 14.
Samsung’s One UI upgrades typically deliver design changes, enhancements for current features, and brand new features for newer, and older, Galaxy models.
Older phones and tablets sometimes miss out on newer features so if you want the best feature set, you may need to upgrade your phone or tablet.
Here’s the full Samsung Galaxy Android 14/One UI 6 change log, courtesy of the company’s beta:
- New button layout: The quick panel has a new layout that makes it easier to access the features you use most. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth now have their own dedicated buttons at the top of the screen, while visual features, like Dark mode and Eye comfort shield, have been moved to the bottom. Other quick settings buttons appear in a customizable area in the middle.
- Instantly access the full quick panel: By default, a compact quick panel with notifications appears when you swipe down from the top of the screen. Swiping down again hides notifications and shows the expanded quick panel. If you turn on Quick Settings instant access, you can view the expanded quick panel by swiping just once from the right side of the top of the screen. Swiping down from the left side shows notifications.
- Quickly access brightness control: The brightness control bar now appears by default in the compact quick panel when you swipe down once from the top of the screen for quicker and easier brightness adjustments.
- Improved album art display: While playing music or videos, album art will cover the entire media controller in the notification panel if the app playing the music or video provides album art.
- Enhanced layout for notifications: Each notification now appears as a separate card, making it easier to recognize individual notifications.
- Sort notifications by time: While playing music or videos, album art will cover the entire media controller in the notification panel if the app playing the music or video provides album art.
- Reposition your clock: You now have more freedom to move your clock to the position of your choice on the Lock screen.
- Simplified icon labels: App icon labels are now limited to a single line for a cleaner and simpler look. “Galaxy” and “Samsung” have been removed from some app names to make them shorter and easier to scan.
- New default font: One UI 6 has a new default font with a more stylish and modern feel. You’ll see the new font if the default font is selected in Settings. If you’re using a different font, you’ll still see that font after upgrading to One UI 6.
- Keep pop-up windows open: Instead of minimizing pop-up windows when you go to the Recents screen, pop-ups will now remain open after you leave the Recents screen so you can continue what you were working on.
- New emoji design: Emojis that appear in your messages, social media posts, and elsewhere on your phone have been updated with a fresh new design.
- Picture and video previews: When you share pictures or videos from any app, preview images will appear at the top of the Share panel to give you one more chance to review the pictures and videos before sharing them.
- Extra sharing options: When you share content, additional options may appear on the Share panel depending on the app you share from. For example, when you share a website from the Chrome web browser, you’ll get the option to share a screenshot of the website along with the web address.
- New Weather widget: The Weather insights widget provides more information about your local weather conditions. You can see when severe thunderstorms, snow, rain, and other events are on the forecast.
- More information in the Weather app: Information about snowfall, moon phases and times, atmospheric pressure, visibility distance, dew point, and wind direction is now available in the Weather app.
- Interactive map view: Swipe to move around the map and tap a location to view the local weather conditions. The map can help you find weather information even if you don’t know the name of the
- Enhanced illustrations: Illustrations in the Weather widget and app have been enhanced to provide better
information about the current weather conditions. Background colors also change depending on the time of the day.
- Custom camera widgets: You can add custom camera widgets to your Home screen. You can set each widget to start in a specific shooting mode and save pictures in an album of your choice.
- More alignment options for watermarks: You can now choose whether your watermark appears at the top or bottom of your photos.
- Quick access to resolution settings: A resolution button is now available in the quick settings at the top of the screen in Photo and Pro modes so you can quickly change the resolution of photos you take.
- Easier video size options: A pop-up now appears when you tap the video size button, making it easier to see all the options and choose the right ones.
- Keep your pictures level: When grid lines are turned on in Camera settings, a level line will now appear in the middle of the screen while using the rear camera in all modes except Panorama. The line will move to show whether your picture is level with the ground.
- Apply effects more easily: Filter and face effects now use a dial instead of a slider, making it easier to make precise adjustments with just one hand.
- Scan documents easily: The Scan document feature has been separated from Scene optimizer, so you can scan documents even if Scene optimizer is turned off. The new Auto scan lets you scan documents automatically whenever you take a picture of a document. After a document is scanned, you’ll be taken to the edit screen, where you can rotate your document to align it the way you want.
- Quality optimization: You can choose between 3 levels of quality optimization for the pictures you take. Choose Maximum to get the highest quality pictures with the most post-processing. Choose Minimum to reduce the amount of post-processing so you can take pictures as quickly as possible. You can also choose Medium to get the best balance of speed and post-processing.
- New Auto FPS settings for videos: Auto FPS can help you record brighter videos in low-light conditions. Auto FPS now has 3 options. You can turn it off, use it for 30 fps videos only, or use it for both 30 fps and 60 fps videos.
- Save clipped images as stickers: When you clip something from an image, you can easily save it as a sticker that you can use later when editing pictures or videos.
- Enhanced story view: While viewing a story, a thumbnail view appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. In thumbnail view, you can add or remove pictures and videos from your story.
- Drag and drop with 2 hands: Touch and hold pictures and videos with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the album where you want to drop them.
- Quick edits in detail view: While viewing a picture or video, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go to detail view. This screen now provides quick access to effects and editing features you can immediately apply.
- Adjust decorations after saving: You can now make changes to drawings, stickers, and text that you’ve added to a photo even after saving.
- Undo and redo: Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can now easily undo or redo transformations,
filters, and tones.
- Enhanced layout: The new Tools menu makes it easier to find the editing features you need. Straighten and Perspective options have been combined in the Transform menu.
- Draw on custom stickers: When creating custom stickers, you can now use drawing tools to make your stickers even more personal and unique.
- New text backgrounds and styles: When adding text to a photo, you can choose from several new backgrounds and styles to help you get the perfect look.
- Your schedule at a glance: The new schedule view provides your upcoming events, tasks, and reminders all together in chronological order.
- View your reminders in Calendar: You can now view and add reminders in the Calendar app without opening the Reminder app.
- Refined reminder list view: The main list view has been redesigned. You can manage categories at the top of the screen. Below the categories, your reminders will be shown organized by date. The layout for reminders containing images and web links has also been enhanced.
- New reminder categories: The Place category contains reminders that alert you when you’re in a specific place, and the No Alert category contains reminders that don’t provide any alerts.
- More options for creating reminders: When sharing content to the Reminder app, you’ll get full editing options before your reminder is created. You can also take pictures using the camera when creating a reminder.
- Create all-day reminders: You can now create reminders for an entire day and customize the time when you want to be alerted about them.
- Play videos in the background: Keep playing video sound even if you leave the current tab or leave the Internet app completely.
- Enhanced tab list for large screens: When using Internet on a large screen, such as a tablet in landscape view or Samsung DeX, your tab list will be shown in 2 columns so you can see more tabs on the screen at the same time.
- Resize and extract text from pinned content: When you pin an image to the screen, you can now resize it or extract text from it.
- Magnified view: When selecting an area of the screen, a magnified view will appear so you can start and end your selection at the perfect spot.
Bixby text call
- Customize your greeting: You can now edit the greeting that Bixby says when you answer using Bixby text call.
- Switch to Bixby during a call: You can switch to Bixby text call at any time, even if the call is already in progress.
Modes and Routines
- Unique Lock screens depending on your mode: Set up different Lock screens with their own wallpaper and clock style for when you’re driving, working, exercising, and more. When you start editing the Lock screen while a mode is on, you’ll edit the Lock screen for that mode.
- New conditions: You can now start a routine when an app is playing media.
- New actions: Your routines can now do more than ever before. Change your Lock screen, change Samsung Keyboard settings, and more.
- New look and feel: The Smart Suggestions widget has been redesigned with a layout that better aligns with other icons on your Home screen.
- More customization: You can now adjust transparency and choose between a white or black background. You can also set apps to exclude from suggestions.
- Quick actions for apps: When an app appears in your search results, you can touch and hold the app to get quick access to actions you can perform using the app. For example, if you search for the Calendar app, buttons for adding an event or searching your calendar will appear. App actions will also appear in search results on their own if you search for the name of the action instead of the app.
- Free up storage space: Recommendation cards will appear to help you free up storage space. My Files will recommend deleting unnecessary files, give you tips for setting up cloud storage, and also let you know which apps on your phone are using the most storage space.
- Smarter Airplane mode: If you turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth while Airplane mode is on, your phone will remember. The next time you use Airplane mode, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth will remain on instead of turning off.
- Easier access to battery settings: Battery settings now have their own top-level settings menu, so you can easily check your battery usage and manage battery settings.
- Block security threats: Get an extra level of protection for your apps and data. Auto Blocker prevents unknown apps from being installed, checks for malware, and blocks malicious commands from being sent to your phone using a USB cable.
- New magnification options: Customize how your magnification window appears. You can choose full screen, partial screen, or allow switching between the two.
- Customize cursor thickness: You can now increase the thickness of the cursor that appears while editing text so that it’s easier to see.
- Learn more about accessibility: A link to the Samsung Accessibility web page has been added to Accessibility settings so you can learn more about accessibility features and our efforts to make our products accessible to everyone.
Samsung used to keep Galaxy phones and tablets updated with major Android software updates for two years. But again, the company has changed that policy to four years. This was, and still is, a big development because it means Galaxy owners can hold onto their devices for a lot longer.
Here are the Galaxy phones and tablets that are set to get four years of new Android/One UI releases and five years of security updates:
- Galaxy S Series: Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 FE and upcoming S series devices.
- Galaxy Z Series: Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 5, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 and upcoming Z series devices.
- Galaxy Tablets: Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9+, Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and upcoming Tab S series devices.
If you see your device on this list, it will definitely move to Android 14 and One UI 6. Newer Galaxy A Series, Galaxy M Series, and XCover models will also move up to Android 14.
If you don’t see your device on this, your device could miss out on Android 14 and One UI 6. Unless Samsung surprises everyone, popular models like the Galaxy S20 series and Galaxy Note 20 series may stay put, at least officially, on Android 13 and One UI 5.
Here’s a list of devices that probably won’t get upgraded to Android 14 and One UI 6:
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20+
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy S20 FE
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Galaxy Z Flip
- Galaxy A71
- Galaxy A51
- Galaxy A32
- Galaxy A22
- Galaxy Tab A8
- Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Galaxy Tab S7
- Galaxy Tab S7+
This is subject to change, but if you own of of these devices, it will probably stay put (officially, at least) on Android 13 and One UI 5.
Samsung has also started working on the software that will power the upcoming Galaxy S24 series. These devices will run Android 14 out of the box and are set to arrive in early 2024.
Samsung Galaxy Android 14 Beta
Google’s currently hosting an Android 14 beta for select Pixel devices. As for Samsung, it’s running its own Android 14 beta program outside of Google’s.
Samsung used to keep its Galaxy Beta program limited to flagship models, but in recent years the company has brought mid-range phones into the fold as well.
The beta is limited to the Galaxy S23 series right now but you can expect several other devices to take part in the company’s beta.
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.
The Galaxy Android 14 and One UI 6 beta is currently limited to Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, the UK, and the United States. It will move out to other regions in the weeks ahead.
Samsung’s also confirmed a release for users in China.
Samsung Galaxy Android 14 Release Date
When will Samsung release its first stable Android 14 update? Here’s what we can tell you based on the company’s previous Android roll outs.
Google says the final version of Android 14 will drop for Pixel phones in the coming days. It should land for Pixel devices in September.
Samsung won’t beat Google to its own release which means the soonest we’ll see Samsung release Android 14 is sometime in the early fall.
Samsung typically releases its major Android updates toward the end of the year. Last year, Android 13 and One UI 5 started moving out in October.
The same tipster who released early information about Samsung’s plans for its beta says the company is planning to release its first stable Android 14/One UI 6 update in October.
While a lot of Galaxy models will get upgraded to Android 14 and One UI 6 in the second half 2022, many others will have to wait until 2024 for their upgrade.
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