Samsung today formally announced the debut of its One UI 5 Open Beta Program with Android 13 for the Galaxy S22 series after the initial deployment started on Friday.

One UI 5 beta changelog is already out, but it’s fascinating to see how Samsung’s choosing to highlight stacks up against Google’s Android 13 Beta Program on the Pixel:

As part of Samsung’s continued commitment to providing the most up-to-date mobile experiences to as many users as possible, One UI 5 introduces a variety of additional customization, security, and accessibility capabilities.

The first focal point, “Tailored Look and Feel,” emphasizes the development of Dynamic Color theming, giving users access to up to 16 preset color themes depending on their wallpaper and an additional 12 color possibilities for their home screens, icons, and fast panels.

One UI 5 now allows you to stack widgets of the same size in addition to Smart Widgets (and bigger than 21). Simply drag one homescreen item over another, with access remaining through a horizontal swipe. It would be smart for Google to include this feature in Pixel phones and integrate it into Android, much like it does with iOS.

Google Pixel; Samsung
Samsung is emphasizing new notification features that make it simpler for users to reject notifications from particular apps.

Unsurprisingly, the ability to select preferred languages for individual apps is a major plus. A consolidated Security and privacy page that Google showed off at I/O 2022 in May, but is not yet live on the Pixel as of Beta 4.1 last month, was demonstrated by Samsung. There is no indication of the Protected by Android branding.

Google versus Samsung
Other notables of the beta include:

With rearranged menus that offer quick access to all ringtone volumes and vibration intensities, One UI 5 streamlines the process of changing sound and vibration settings.

With a redesigned icon in Pro and Pro Video mode that provides helpful advice on how to use the various lenses, features, and settings, users may more easily shoot high-quality photographs and video. Additionally, a more responsive zoom bar allows for speedier close-ups and makes it simpler to focus with only one hand.

Additionally, the update adds extra accessibility choices to make it simpler for users to utilize their devices. With the help of the Magnifier feature, users can view and read content on their devices more clearly, and various spoken assistance features, such speaking keyboard input and audio descriptions of videos, make it easier for users to navigate and utilize their devices.

The US, Germany, and South Korea will be the first countries to offer the One UI 5 beta program, according to a statement from Samsung today. Additional countries will follow in the coming months. China, India, Poland, and the United Kingdom should all be covered by this.

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