Samsung Galaxy S21 users could soon get the taste of Android 12. The Korean firm is seemingly very near releasing the first Android 12-based One UI 4.0 beta for its latest flagships. A community manager on Samsung’s official forums in South Korea recently posted a banner suggesting this development (via). “Galaxy S21 series One UI 4.0 beta is coming soon,” the banner read.
There’s no mention of any date or an expected timeframe whatsoever in the aforementioned banner. It merely teases the upcoming One UI 4.0 beta program for the Galaxy S21 series. Nonetheless, it looks like the latest iteration of Android OS will arrive on Samsung smartphones sooner than expected. Certainly, a lot sooner than last year.
The Android 11-based One UI 3.0 beta program for the Galaxy S20 series last year didn’t open until October. By the looks of it, we will start getting the new software as early as August this year. That’s a full two months early.
This could also mean Samsung will release the stable Android 12/One UI 4.0 update for the Galaxy S21 series earlier than before. Last year, it arrived in December. We might not have to wait that long for the next big Android update this year.
The aforementioned banner says both unlocked and carrier versions of the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra will get the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 beta. The information regarding the opening of the beta program and the sign-up process will be shared on the Samsung Members app in due course. So keep checking the app for details about the One UI 4.0 beta in your region.
Galaxy S21 One UI 4.0 beta could arrive sooner than expected
Samsung has significantly improved its software game in recent years. It has consistently put other Android OEMs to shame when it comes to security updates. But the company has been lagging a bit in terms of major Android updates, partly because it launches too many devices across various price points every year. But that’s certainly not an excuse and the company knows that very well. And we are seeing some notable improvements in that regard now, as Android 12-based One UI 4.0 beta is seemingly coming a lot sooner than expected.
Meanwhile, Samsung is currently gearing up for its next big hardware event. The next Galaxy Unpacked is scheduled for August 11th. We will see the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, Galaxy Watch 4, Watch 4 Classic, and the Galaxy Buds 2 at the event. A couple of weeks more of waiting now. August 11 can’t come soon enough.