Samsung may begin public beta testing of Android 13 for its Galaxy smartphones and tablets in July. The new Android version will come with the company’s One UI 5.0 custom software. The Galaxy S22 series should be the first Samsung device to get a public One UI 5.0 beta program.
Samsung could open One UI 5.0 beta programs in July
It has already been a couple of months since Google released the Android 13 developer preview. The second developer preview is also now live. These are early builds of the next major Android OS upgrade. App developers and other enthusiasts can test out the new firmware and report bugs to Google for the company to iron them out.
As always, developer previews are exclusive to Google’s Pixel smartphones. But in a few months, Android 13 will be available in beta to other OEMs too. That’s when Samsung should open its One UI 5.0 beta program. And according to SamMobile, that could happen in July. The stable One UI 5.0 build may arrive in November or December 2022.
However, nothing is set in stone yet. After Google releases the first Android 13 beta build, Samsung will internally test the new firmware before rolling out public beta programs. So, if things don’t go according to plans, we might have to wait longer for the One UI 5.0 update.
Samsung is also developing One UI 4.1.1, which is based on Android 12. It will likely debut on the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold4 and Galaxy Z Flip4 foldables and remain exclusive to them until they get One UI 5.0. All other Galaxy devices should directly jump from One UI 4.0/One UI 4.1 to One UI 5.0.
Which Galaxy devices are eligible for One UI 5.0?
Samsung has yet to officially announce which device will get the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update. Well, it’s still too early for that. But we can make a calculated guess based on the company’s software support policy. All of its flagship and premium mid-range models launched in 2020 and beyond will receive the big Android update. Additionally, budget and low-end mid-range phones that debuted with Android 11 are also eligible.
Taking all this into account, we end up with more than 60 existing Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Samsung will also launch a few more models by the time the new Android version is ready for prime time. But the latest flagship models will receive the update first. So stable One UI 5.0 could debut on either the Galaxy S22 series or the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Galaxy Z Flip4. We will keep you posted.