Samsung has started rolling out OneUI 5 Beta 2/3 depending on which market your device is in – some markets initially got OneUI 5 Beta 1 with less of a change in the UI and features. Then Beta 2 started rolling out in some of the markets as Beta 1. That is the reason why it is Beta 2/3. I use the Galaxy S22 so the review will be all based on personal experience.
Leaving confusion about the numbering scheme, let’s see what is new with the update.
For those who don’t know what is OneUI 5 Beta is, it is a Testing program by Samsung for their upcoming iteration for Android 13.
The update for the new OneUI 5 Beta 2/3 comes with a firmware version ZVI9, with a big size of ~1.3GB. Moreover, the update also consists of the September Security patch, which for some reason was pulled out of the market by Samsung for the stable channel release. With the new update, Samsung has fixed many of the issues that were seen in the last build and added some new features as well, and there might be small bugs here and there, which I came to notice in the Members.
What’s New in the new OneUI 5 Beta?
Full Android 13 Dynamic Theme support.
With the new Beta, Samsung has finally added the support for complete Dynamic Theming of Android 13. Although most of the apps that I use do support the feature, many of the apps are yet to be updated by the developers.
There are specific Samsung Apps that are yet to be updated by Samsung for OneUI 5.
New Wallpaper Theming “Engine”.
Yes, Samsung never forgets to mock Apple for their features, yet, copy them as if nothing has ever happened. This new feature is the same as what we saw in iOS 16 – Customisation of the lock screen from the lock screen itself. Alongside, Samsung also introduced a few graphical images along with a new Wallpaper manager.
You can invoke the new Lock Screen editor via the Lock Screen > Long press. If you use a screen lock, then to edit the lockscreen you have to unlock your phone first. However, if you are a long-time Samsung user, and know about Good Lock, then you may understand that the new iOS-based feature, or the one we are talking of, is already present on Samsung Devices via Good Lock’s Lockstar app. Although Lockstar brings in more features than this, the important fact is this feature is now inbuilt. So, technically, the idea of system integrated Lockstar is what Samsung copied from Apple here.
Talking about the new Wallpaper manager, here is a preview for you.
Auto Optimisation comes disabled out of the box.
With Beta 1/2, Samsung started pushing the Auto Optimisation feature. This feature, in a nutshell, restarts the device if any issue is encountered by the device. This feature was turned on by default and cannot be turned off. The option now finally comes in to turn it on/off as per requirement and is off by default.
New Lockscreen to AOD transition and vice versa.
With the new lockscreen engine, you can change the clock and stuff from the lockscreen editor. However, once you switch to AoD, you get to see a new transition.
Improved Homescreen Folder animation.
In Beta 2, some of the testers had noticed choppy animations and were circulating over Twitter about how bad the animation was. It seems, it has been fixed in the current Beta and may need a few more improvements, here and there.
New animation to open dedicated settings from Quick Settings.
There is a small change to the animation when you try to open dedicated settings, such as WiFi, from Quick Settings.
There are several improvements and fixes done in this build, Some of them are taken from the Update changelog.
- The Lockscreen previously was inaccessible when on call. It’s now fixed.
- Fixed issues with adding the Gallery widget to the home screen.
- Fixed home screen return animation
- Fixed animation overlap when closing folders
- Fixed the issue with IMS service stop pop-up appearing after SW update
- Fixed the issue with not being able to exit the app with gestures while running multiple apps on the lock screen
- Fixed the issue with changing Calendar widget transparency Fixed the issue with very small text displayed on the app icons.
The new firmware build is S901xXXU2ZVI9 / S901xOXM2ZVI9 / S901xXXU2ZVI9 for the Galaxy S22, and is now live for Beta users.
Please note, I may have missed some of the new features, which you can watch, as covered by Ben from Sammobile. The video is linked down below.
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Video Source: Sammobile
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