Samsung launched One UI 5.0 based on Android 13 on October 24 and began expanding its availability in November. The company revealed One UI 5.1, which started to become available on Galaxy devices on February 13 but was first seen in the S23 lineup. A bunch of other older devices have since been updated to OneUI 5.1, and more will get the new software overhaul in the coming days.
Now, Google made the first Developer Preview version of Android 14 available to eligible Pixel smartphones at the beginning of February. It’s expected that Samsung’s One UI 6 beta testing will start towards the end of July or early August, with a stable release later in the year. Samsung, being one of the few manufacturers that send timely updates will surely see that customers with its flagship devices get a taste of OneUI 6, albeit in tests before a stable update is seeded.
High-end Galaxy devices that were launched after the Galaxy S21 series will receive up to four major OS updates. Select mid-range phones, beginning with the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A73, will also qualify for up to four generations of Android updates and receive five years of security patches.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy S20 series, Note 20 series, Galaxy Z Flip (LTE/5G), S20 FE (LTE/5G), Z Fold 2 5G, Note 10 Lite, S10 Lite, A51, and A71 devices are no longer eligible for any significant firmware upgrade, meaning their major update cycle ends with Android 13 and One UI 5/5.1.
Samsung has confirmed that devices mentioned in the list below will not be eligible for the next significant Android update – Android 14 – as per the company’s software update policy:
- Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Flip – LTE/5G
- Galaxy S20 FE – LTE/5G
- Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy A51 and A71
If you want to enjoy the upcoming Android 14-based One UI 6 software, upgrading to the Galaxy S23 is the best option at present. In the second half of the year, Samsung will release the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 devices, which will receive One UI 6 priority.