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Original story (published on February 22, 2021) follows:
Samsung is doing one heck of a job with getting the latest Android version — Android 11 — to eligible devices.
But that’s not all. Samsung has even started rolling out the One UI 3.1 skin to several other eligible models. More on that here.
Having said that, we hope to see Samsung continue with its quick OS updates for the upcoming One UI 4.0 skin that would be based on Android 12 if past trends are to be taken into account.
The Developer Preview program will end in May after which Google will release the Android 12 beta to the public. The stable update should go live in the following months, most likely in September if not by the end of August.
Unlike some other Android vendors, Samsung does not partake in beta programs alongside Google. Instead, Samsung kick-starts its own beta program after Google rolls out the stable update.
Now, since the company announced last year that it will be rolling out 3 major OS updates to certain models, a handful of devices that wouldn’t have got the new update otherwise are now eligible for it.
This means that the company would be rolling out Android 12 to just about every phone that came with Android 10 pre-installed and some models that came with Android 9 pre-installed.
On that note, here’s a list of eligible devices from Samsung that we believe will get the update to Android 12 with the company’s One UI 4.0 skin on top.
– Samsung Galaxy S21
– Samsung Galaxy S21+
– Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
– Samsung Galaxy S20
– Samsung Galaxy S20+
– Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
– Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
– Samsung Galaxy S10
– Samsung Galaxy S10+
– Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
– Samsung Galaxy S10e
– Samsung Galaxy Note 20
– Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
– Samsung Galaxy Note 10
– Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
– Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
– Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
– Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
– Samsung Galaxy Fold
– Samsung Galaxy A71
– Samsung Galaxy A51
– Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
– Samsung Galaxy A11
– Samsung Galaxy A21
– Samsung Galaxy A21s
– Samsung Galaxy A31
– Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
– Samsung Galaxy A02s
– Samsung Galaxy A02
– Samsung Galaxy A01
– Samsung Galaxy A12
– Samsung Galaxy M01
– Samsung Galaxy M21
– Samsung Galaxy M21s
– Samsung Galaxy M31
– Samsung Galaxy M02s
– Samsung Galaxy M02
– Samsung Galaxy M12
– Samsung Galaxy M31s
– Samsung Galaxy M51
– Samsung Galaxy F41
– Samsung Galaxy F62
– Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
– Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
– Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
– Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Samsung Galaxy A Quantum – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Quantum 2 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A41 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A72 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A52 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy A71 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy M62 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy M31 Prime Edition – NEW
Samsung Galaxy F02s – NEW
Samsung Galaxy F12 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 – NEW
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3 – NEW
Samsung One UI 4.0 (Android 12) release date
Like we mentioned above, Samsung does not shake hands with Google to offer developer previews for its flagships ahead of the public rollout.
So unless the company plans to take things up a notch this year with Android 12, we don’t expect much to change.
Therefore, if Google seeds the stable version of Android 12 to the public in September, as it did with Android 11, Samsung users can expect to see the One UI 4.0 beta program for the Galaxy S21 series around a month later.
The beta program should soon expand to other flagships such as the upcoming Note 21 series and the company’s foldable phones that are expected to launch this year.
Finally, the stable update may go live for its 2021 flagships in December if not earlier and most other models will get the update within the next three to four months.
That said, while the One UI 4.0 update from Samsung is still far away, you can visit our dedicated tracker to know everything about Android 12.
Update 1 (May 19)
07:20 pm (IST): Samsung, as expected, isn’t joining Google in the Android 12 beta program. Hence, Samsung fans will have to wait for months before the company kick-starts its own beta program for Android 12 and One UI 4.0.
Update 2 (May 21)
04:45 pm (IST): Google might finally put a stop to Samsung and other OEMs from spamming your automatic Google Photos backup by throwing in screenshots and other unwanted stuff in the DCIM folder.
XDA Developers got a hold of the preliminary revision of the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) for Android 12 which clearly states that screenshots and recordings must be saved in a ‘Screenshots’ directory within the ‘Pictures’ folders.
Devices “MUST NOT” save these files in DCIM. If OEMs like Samsung don’t try finding methods to go around this, then you won’t have to worry about random screenshots being backed up in your Google Photos account after the Android 12 update.
Update 3 (June 19)
12:45 pm (IST): New developments indicate that Samsung has started the development of Android 12 (One UI 4.0) for the Galaxy S21 series. To know more, head here.
Update 4 (June 21)
03:55 pm (IST): Recently, a few screenshots said to be taken on a device running One UI 4.0 surfaced online. However, the screenshots are most likely fake since, upon closer inspection, they were taken on the Galaxy A50.
Considering that Samsung only just began developing Android 12 for the Galaxy S21 series, there’s no way it has a working Android 12 build for the Galaxy A50. More details here.
Update 5 (June 22)
02:40 pm (IST): As per recent reports, it is possible that the Samsung Developer Conference might be held this year where the much anticipated One UI 4.0 custom skin might be unveiled by the OEM.
Update 6 (June 24)
Update 7 (June 25)
02:16 pm (IST): As per recent reports, it is possible that the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update rollout might be quicker now that the One UI 3.5 update is allegedly not on the cards. More on that here.
Update 8 (July 03)
06:30 pm (IST): According to popular leaker, Ice Universe, Samsung might reveal the One UI 4.0 (Android 12) update development next week. Check out the complete coverage by heading here.
Update 9 (July 05)
05:00 pm (IST): A recent report suggests the One UI 4.0 rumor about the beta program starting as early as this week may not be true as Google itself is in the early stages of beta testing Android 12 on Pixel devices.
But, it goes without saying, the pattern Samsung has been following regarding updates lately, the rumor being proven correct may not be surprising.
Update 10 (July 07)
06:05 pm (IST): With Google expected to release a foldable Pixel this year or early next year, it’s highly likely Samsung will step up its software game with One UI 4.0, especially for its foldables.
However, given that Samsung is yet to make any announcement surrounding the release of One UI 4.0, we’ll just have to wait and see what the South Korean giant is cooking up.
Update 11 (July 12)
06:40 pm (IST): Popular leaker, Ice Universe, in one of their recent Weibo post has said that the One UI 4.0 announcement will be delayed and may not be made this week. Find out more about the said announcement by heading here.
Update 12 (July 16)
04:12 pm (IST): Ice Universe — a popular leaker — claims that we might get more info about the One UI 4.0 update towards the end of the month. But it’s worth noting that the individual does not have a spotless track record. So we suggest taking the information with a pinch of salt.
Update 13 (July 28)
11:25 am (IST): Popular leaker, Ice Universe, has shared some details about the next entry in Samsung’s tablet flagship i.e. the Galaxy Tab S8.
As per Ice Universe, the Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will come alongside the Galaxy S22 and the devices will offer Android 12-based One UI 4.0 out of the box.
Tab S8+ SM-X806x 10090mAh
Tab S8 Ultra SM-X906x 11500mAh
Tab S8 + will be released with S22. SM8450, One UI 4.0，10090mAh battery. But this is not the best. There is “Ultra”. I won’t say it first. Let’s wait and see.
12:30 pm (IST): According to a recent report from the Samsung community, the One UI 4.0 beat update based on Android 12 is coming soon for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. More details here.
Update 14 (July 29)
10:25 am (IST): As Android 12 continues to take shape in its beta stages, some info is coming to light with regards to Samsung’s Android 12-based One UI 4.0. According to leaks, the new skin will have a lot of elements from Google’s Material You, along with better optimization for Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100, minor Knox updates.
Additionally, it is coming to light that the Beta builds for Galaxy S21 are expected sometime in August with the stable update slated to be available sometime in November with possible delays until the beginning of December.
10:59 am (IST): The Beta operations manager on Samsung’s Korean community forums has deleted the post which mentioned that the One UI 4.0 beta program will begin soon for the S21 series.
Update 15 (July 30)
IST 10:32 am: While Samsung’s One UI 4.0 is still a solid few months away, that hasn’t stopped people from speculating on when eligible devices are set to get updated. According to reports, we might see the Galaxy A52 bag an update to Android 12 sometime in early 2022. Again, these are merely speculative as we haven’t heard anything official.
Update 16 (August 05)
IST 04:00 pm: Ice Universe took to Twitter to share an image of what appears to be a device running on Android 12 with the One UI 4.0 skin, indicating that the update is just around the corner.
Update 17 (August 06)
IST 11:00 am: New reports now suggest that the Samsung Galaxy A50 will get updated to Android 12-based One UI 4. However, seeing as this is derived from a chat with Samsung Support, it might not amount to anything if these guys’ track record is anything to go by.
Many thanks to Matthew Reiter for the tip.
Update 18 (August 10)
IST 06:50 pm: Recent reports from the Samsung community indicate that the One UI 4.0 update based on Android 12 might bring support for Sound Assistant to the DeX mode on tablets or all eligible Galaxy devices. More on that here.
Update 18 (August 20)
IST 10:16 am: A Samsung Ambassador has just confirmed that the Beta forums for One UI 4 is currently live and from the look of things, it appears as though the first wave of tests will be for the S21 series.
Update 19 (August 21)
IST 03:50 pm: Now that Samsung does not have to utilize any resources in pushing a major mid-year update such as One UI 3.1.1 or One UI 3.5, we hope to see the Android 12 or One UI 4.0 rollout to begin earlier.
NOTE: We’ll add the tracker table to this article once Samsung seeds the Android 12/One UI 4.0 beta or stable update to any device.
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