android 13along with Samsung’s newest version of its One UI skin, it’s now rolling out to millions of Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra owners around the world. Samsung has released the major update in dozens of countries on day one, making it the fastest launch of a new Galaxy smartphone operating system in the company’s history of manufacturing Galaxy smartphones.
In most of Europe to many countries in Asia (including Korea and India), Galaxy S22 owners can now download Android 13 and A 5.0 user interface upgrade and start enjoying loads of features. There’s plenty new for everyone in this update, and we’ve picked out three areas where Samsung has made some particularly cool additions.
One UI 5 gives you extensive lock screen customization features
In One UI 5.0, you can customize your phone’s lock screen to a much greater degree than was possible before. You can select various types of gradient backgrounds for your lock screen in plus a variety of wallpapers, change the clock type, font, color and more, and also edit your lock screen widgets. The lock screen in One UI 5.0 is now basically a manipulator’s paradise, and you can go crazy making it look exactly the way you want.
Watch the video below to see how good lock screen customization is in Android 13 and One UI 5.0 for Galaxy smartphones.
One UI 5 brings enhanced privacy features to keep your data safe
Another area Samsung has focused on with One UI 5.0 is privacy and security. The new security and privacy panel accessed from the Settings app lets you see the status of various aspects of your phone at a glance, such as the lock screen, your Google or Samsung accounts, and app security.
When you share photos, your Galaxy phone will automatically detect and notify you if any of the photos you’re sharing contain sensitive information, such as credit cards, passports, and the like. And for when you hand your phone in for repair, or maybe lend it to a friend or family member, there’s the new Maintenance mode.
With maintenance mode enabled, your phone hides your personal data, including pictures, messages, and accounts, and only allows access to apps that come pre-installed on your device right out of the box. This negates the need to factory reset your device if you lend it to someone or leave it with Samsung customer support for repair.
Camera and gallery get some nifty additions
One UI 5 also brings some new Camera and Gallery features and improvements to existing functionality. The option to watermark images is now standard on all Galaxy devices running (or will run) Android 13, instead of being limited to select devices as has been the case up until Android 12 and One UI 4.x.
In Food mode, you can now take better close-ups of food if your phone is equipped with a zoom camera. Zooming in and out in normal photo mode has also been simplified to help you more easily zoom in and out of a scene with a single swipe. And those who like to manually configure shooting parameters before taking a photo can now get tips in Pro mode on how to best use all the options and controls.
Samsung has also simplified the filter selection menu in the Camera app and the built-in photo and video editors by putting all available filters into a single list so you don’t have to search too hard for your favorite. In the Gallery app, you now have more extensive control over which albums are shown or hidden, and you can even create albums that automatically update with the photos of people you select!
Watch the videos below for details on many more features of One UI 5
There’s a lot more to One UI 5 and Android 13 than the things mentioned above, and you can check out our embedded YouTube videos below for more details. You can also check the full changelog here. And of course, don’t forget to check if the update is available for your Galaxy S22, S22+ or S22 Ultra from the Settings » Software update menu. Our firmware files also have Android 13 firmware available for download if you are interested in manually updating your device.