Samsung has announced that the beta program for its Android 12 operating system will be available for owners of Galaxy S21 devices. The beta program, known as the One UI 4 Beta Program, is set to give Galaxy S21 users a chance to experience certain Android 12 features ahead of its official rollout. Some of the features that can be expected from the Android 12 beta program include customization options and privacy functions.
Registration for Samsung’s One UI 4 Beta Program is set to begin on September 14 via the Samsung Members mobile app. This is pretty surprising since Google has not yet released the final version of Android 12 yet. That is typically when partners like Samsung, start rolling out their own beta programs. This is great news though, as it is the earliest that the beta program has ever started for Samsung.
Samsung’s Android 12 Beta Announced
Samsung has launched its One UI 4 Beta Program that will be available for select users only. This beta program is “based on the Android 12 operating system,” according to a press release posted on the Samsung website.
“One UI 4 beta participants will be able to experience comprehensive customization capabilities and privacy controls that empower them to design their ideal mobile experience,” the press release says.
Samsung also confirms that One UI 4 brings new “redesigned, upgraded widgets” that offer “deep customization” from their visibility to their appearance. The company shared a screenshot of what some of their widgets look like. They also shared an image of the AR Emoji Studio app, which provides “a more robust and diverse array of emojis all in one place, so you can effortlessly navigate your options to enjoy richer communication experiences.”
It also offers what it calls “privacy and protection functions” such as camera and microphone usage indicators and access to permissions history for the last seven days instead of the usual 24 hours.
The beta program can be accessed by owners of Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones. According to a report by The Verge, the One UI 4 Beta Program is only available in the United States as of press time. Samsung says the stable Android 12 release will start rolling out before the end of 2021.
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