Samsung may bring these One UI 6.1 features to Galaxy S22 and S21 series

Galaxy AI features and One UI 6.1 update is available on all 2023 flagships. Samsung may also roll out the One UI 6.1 features and enhancements to the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series, without including Galaxy AI.

The Galaxy S23 FE has also received many Galaxy AI features with One UI 6.1 update. Since the device shares the same chipset as the Galaxy S22 series, there’s the possibility of Galaxy AI features in the future.

Meanwhile, Samsung might not stop One UI 6.1 enhancements and features to expand on the Galaxy S22 series. Following the hardware requirements, the Galaxy S21 lineup would also get a major upgrade based on Android 14.

One UI 6.1 changelog has many new features and improvements for the S23 FE. Samsung is expected to release the update for Galaxy S22 and S21 smartphones next month, while you can check the expected changes below.

One UI 6.1 Features and Enhancements

Apart from Galaxy AI features, the software update also brings all the bells and whistles of One UI 6.1. Enhanced performance, improved battery life, reliable and fluid animations, and refined privacy features are worth using.

Create epic images

  • Effortlessly enhance your photos

Get special AI recommendations for enhancing your photos and videos. You’ll find options for adding star trails, long exposure, colorizing, and more. Suggestions appear when you tap the i button in Gallery.

  • Copy and paste from one image to another

Add a missing element to your picture. Just clip an object from an image in Gallery, then go to the image where you want to paste it and choose Paste from clipboard in the More options menu.

  • Easily create custom stickers

Creating custom stickers has never been easier. After you clip an image in Gallery, you can quickly turn it into a sticker and apply styles such as outline, cutout, vintage, and cartoon.

  • More accurate image clipping

Get exactly the area you need to clip without any unwanted parts. When you clip an image in Gallery, you have the option of editing the selected area before you save it so you can get your selection just right.

  • Improved Gallery search

The search screen has been redesigned to make it easier to use. Results are now categorized by type, such as people, places, albums, or stories.

  • Change playback speed

More videos now support changing the playback speed when you edit a video in Gallery. You can make your video play faster or slower in a specific section that you select or for the entire video.

  • Edit videos on multiple devices

You can now continue your edits on your phone, tablet, or PC. Export your Studio projects to a file that can be opened on other Galaxy devices.


Customize your Galaxy

  • New wallpaper editing features

Decorate your wallpaper however you like. When you select an image to use as your wallpaper, you can now apply frames and effects. When your wallpaper includes a person or animal, you can apply depth effects to make the subject stand out from the background.

  • More widgets for your Lock screen

Additional widgets are available for your Lock screen and Always On Display so you can quickly check useful information without unlocking your phone. The new widgets include Weather, Samsung Health, Battery, Reminder, Calendar, and Clock.

  • Customize alarm alerts

Use an image, video, or AR emoji to create your own custom alert screens for each alarm. You can even change the layout of where the alarm information appears on the screen.

  • More stickers to personalize your calendar

You can now add up to 2 stickers for each date on your calendar. Stickers for events are now shown next to the event name in Month view.

  • Revamped Calendar settings

Calendar settings have been reorganized to be more intuitive. You can also set background colors and images for full-screen calendar alerts.

  • Customize reminder alerts

Create the right background for each of your reminders. You can now set colors and background images for full-screen reminder alerts.

  • Do more with reminder categories

You can now choose a representative icon for each reminder category. You can also pin categories you use frequently to the top of the category list.

  • Turn modes on or off from the Home screen

Turn modes on and off more quickly than before. The new Mode widget lets you add modes directly to your Home screen.

  • Reorder your modes

You can now change the order that modes are listed on the Modes tab in Modes and Routines.

  • New routine conditions

You can now start a routine when an alarm of your choice starts ringing or when Smart View connects or disconnects.

  • Relumino outline

Turn on Relumino outline in Accessibility settings to highlight the outlines of objects in images and videos to make them easier to distinguish for people with low vision.


Connect and share

  • Share with more devices

Quick Share has merged with Google’s Nearby Share. In addition to Galaxy devices, you can now share with other Android devices even without an internet connection.

  • Locate your devices

The new Samsung Find app lets you see where all your Galaxy devices are on a map any time. If you lose a device, additional features are available to help you find the device and protect your data.

  • Share your location with others

With Samsung Find, you can share your location with family, friends, or anyone that you trust. Share for a limited time or all the time. You’re always in control of who can see your location.

  • Broadcast sound with Auracast

Broadcast the sound from your phone so others can listen. Anyone nearby with a Bluetooth LE Audio device will be able to listen to your broadcast.

  • Child accounts

Parents can now create Samsung accounts for their children. Child accounts allow young users to use Galaxy apps and services in a safe environment with content that’s appropriate for their age.

  • Parental controls

Parents can control which content and features their children are allowed to access. This includes controlling purchases and downloads in the Galaxy Store, blocking harmful websites in Samsung Internet, and more.

  • Family sharing

Family members can optionally share their location with each other in the Samsung Find app. Parents can also set a shared family payment method for the Galaxy Store and allow other family members to use it.

  • Sync Internet tab groups with other devices

Easily pick up where you left off during your last browsing session no matter which device you were using. Tab groups that you create on one device will appear in Samsung Internet on other Galaxy devices signed in to your Samsung account.


Protect your data

  • Enhanced data protection in Samsung Cloud

Rest assured that no one can access your data but you, even if there’s a data breach. You can turn on end-to-end encryption for data that’s synced with Samsung Cloud.

  • Fast and secure sign-ins with passkeys

Passkeys provide more security for web sign-ins without the need to remember complicated passwords. Use passkeys to sign in to supported websites with biometric authentication in Samsung Internet.


Manage your health

  • Enhanced exercise experience

Compete against your past running results in Samsung Health to try to beat your previous time. You can also crop exercises after you finish to remove any unnecessary time at the beginning or end.

  • More options for daily activity targets

You now have more options for setting your daily activity targets in Samsung Health. If a step goal doesn’t work for you, you can change to floors climbed or active hours instead.

  • Medication tracking

You can get reminders for when to take your medication and get notified of any potentially harmful drug interactions. Add your medications in Samsung Health to get started.

  • Improved cycle tracking

When you record your physical symptoms and moods, options you’ve used frequently in the past will appear at the top of the screen. You can also now set custom moods if the default options don’t match how you’re feeling.


Even more improvements

  • Easier to access Video call effects and Mic mode

Video call effects and Mic mode will now appear in the quick panel during voice and video calls so you can control how others see and hear you during calls. You can set a background color or image, focus on your voice by blocking background sounds, and more.

  • More information in the Weather widget

The weather widget will let you know when severe thunderstorms, snowfall, or other precipitation is on the forecast in your local area.

  • Voice input without leaving the keyboard

The keyboard now remains visible while using voice input so you can easily switch back to typing whenever you need to. Tap the mic button at the bottom of the screen to enter text using your voice at any time while using the keyboard.

  • Open all minimized apps at once

A new button lets you reopen all of the minimized apps at once when you have more than one pop-up window minimized.

  • Google search suggestions in Finder

When you search using Finder, you’ll also get suggested web searches from Google.

  • More ways to protect your battery

Choose from 3 different protection options to help extend your battery’s lifespan.

    • Basic protection keeps your charge between 95% and 100%.
    • Adaptive protection pauses charging while you’re asleep and finishes charging just before you wake up.
    • Maximum protection: You can also choose to limit the maximum charge to 80% for maximum protection.


  • Easily add coupons and boarding passes to Samsung Wallet

When you take a screenshot that contains a coupon or boarding pass, a button will appear that lets you add it to Samsung Wallet.

  • Get text support

Get quick answers when you need help with one of your Galaxy devices. You can now send text messages to Samsung support in Samsung Members.

  • Make an appointment for repairs

If you need repair service for one of your Galaxy devices, you can now make an appointment for a convenient date and time in Samsung Members before bringing your device to a service center.

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