Unreleased One UI 5 beta screenshots show some changes and new features

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At left UI 4 notifications, UI 5 notifications at right – Screenshots from unreleased One UI 5 beta reveal minor changes and new features. The security and privacy hub puts a user’s important information such as passwords, accounts, security, and privacy features into one screen making it easy and quick to get to. The One UI 5 variant of the security and privacy hub is based on the same design that Google is using for its Pixel handsets. Most importantly, the app will scan for anything that might be looking to mess around with your permissions.

An unannounced beta version of Samsung’s One UI 5 firmware has been made available to 9to5Google. Samsung did not formally release the software version that was shared with 9to5Google; instead, a source did. It is a One UI 5 early beta without a changelist. The navigation in One UI 5 will have a new look, a change in design, and display updated icons. The update appears to have changed Samsung’s permission dialogue to match that of Pixel phones. One modification is that the box now appears in the centre of the screen in One UI 5 as opposed to the bottom as it did in One UI 4.

Highlights

  • Also found in One UI 5 are two new gestures that will improve multitasking. Using two fingers to swipe up from the bottom of the screen will open a split-screen view. And swiping from the top corner to the middle of the screen will activate pop-up view which allows you to view on the display new pop-up notifications from selected apps. One UI 5  will feature two new gestures – Screenshots from unreleased One UI 5 beta reveal minor changes and new features.

  • When a Samsung device running One UI 5 detects text in a photograph, the phone will show a button for you to press near the bottom of the screen allowing you to strip out the text included in the image. Originally part of Bixby Vision, in One UI 5 this is a separate feature based on OCR (Optical Character Recognition). There is a change to the Android permission dialog from One UI 4 (left) to One UI 5 (right) – Screenshots from unreleased One UI 5 beta reveal minor changes and new features.

The One UI 5 beta program is expected to start earlier than usual, most likely by the end of this month. The stable releases could start dropping in October which will be one month earlier than usual.

Other changes include an improvement to animations, and the ability to share Samsung Notes with up to 100 people at the same time. Each person in the group is given the ability to view revisions made to a note all at the same time. A new Quick Tile can show you the name of the app that is currently active on the phone, and the About phone page now includes an image of the handset being used. Lastly, under the Connections heading, there is now a toggle for turning on and off Ultra-wideband (UWB), used to precisely identify the location of nearby devices.

 

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