Samsung has announced that some features of the One UI 5.1.1 platform introduced with the new Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 will be available on the Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 and older phones by the end of the month There will be more to come. folding models. There will also be function updates for tablets and smartwatches.
From Samsung’s statement, it is clear that the manufacturer is striving to create a unified user interface for its Z Flip and Z Fold series devices and make them more popular. The changes in the updates will be rather minor – they mainly affect the Flex mode, which forces applications to migrate to the top of the screen when the Z Flip or Z Fold is only folded in half, and the controls are gathered at the bottom. Owners of these smartphones can choose whether to show or hide the controls. When streaming videos, the media play button also moves down.
In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4, which will receive new features in August, interface updates can also be expected for devices of previous generations: Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, Z Fold 2 and Z Flip – however, at the time the manufacturer made not specified. The statement shows the manufacturer’s commitment to long-term support for its products: the company is releasing four new versions of Android for its devices, while most other brands are limited to just three.
Samsung also said that the features introduced in the new Galaxy Tab S9 tablets and Galaxy Watch 6 smartwatches will soon be available for previous generations of devices as well. For tablets, it’s a simplified switch between showing applications in pop-up windows or in split-screen mode. In addition, the taskbar is updated, in which there is access to the last four applications. The innovations affect tablets from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, Tab S7, Tab S6 Lite, Tab A8, Tab A7 Lite, Tab Active 3, Tab Active 4 Pro families and the foldable Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, Watch 5 Pro, Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic smartwatches get an updated user interface, as well as more detailed sleep data, personalized heart rate zones and a new run recording mode. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will get route workout mode, and the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 4 will get arrhythmia notifications.