Google has been reportedly planning to release the stable version of Android 12 on October 4. As we edge closer to this date, smartphone makers are gradually pushing their first public betas to users. Samsung has officially started rolling out its One UI 4 based on Android 12 and it is now available to owners of the Galaxy S21 series.

One UI 4 homescreen and new widgets Image by Samsung
One UI 4 homescreen and new widgets (image credit: Samsung)

Interested users can now opt-in for the beta program as registration opens today, September 14. To register, they will need to enter through their Samsung Members account and the open slots will be limited. The beta program will be available in the following countries: South Korea, the US, the UK, China, Germany and Poland.

The big changes with One UI 4 start with the lots of customization options including plenty of new themes, configuration options for the home screen, icons, notifications as well as new wallpapers. There are several new resizable widgets, new AR emojis and stickers.

One UI 4 AR Emoji Studio
One UI 4 AR Emoji Studio (image credit: Samsung)

Privacy is another area of improvement for One UI 4 with new indicators in the notification bar showing you if an app is using your camera and/or microphone. There are toggles for completely turning off the two sensors.

One UI 4 also brings a permission history tab that keeps track of users’ selections for up to a week. There is also the option to check data usage separately for permissions and apps.


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