[Update: Jan. 22] Samsung One UI 4.1 update tracker: Early info, release date, developments, bugs/issues, and more

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on December 04, 2021) follows:

Samsung’s One UI 4.0 on top of Android 12 is yet to be released for all the eligible Galaxy devices. As of now, the new skin is available for the company’s flagships in stable or beta form.

As usual, Samsung kick-started the beta of Android 12 based One UI 4.0 with the latest Galaxy-S series phone, and this time around it was the S21 series.

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Galaxy S21

One UI 4.0 beta program was first released for Galaxy S21 lineup followed by other flagship phones including Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy Note 20.

The company also impressively rolled out stable One UI 4.0 for the Galaxy S21 series which is almost a month ahead of last year’s stable release.

For more information regarding One UI 4.0 releases for Galaxy devices, you can check out our dedicated tracker.

Moving on, the South Korean tech giant releases two minor One UI version updates in between every Android version.

Thus, with Android 10, the company rolled out One UI 2.1 and One UI 2.5 along with the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 respectively.

However, things have changed in the recent past, with the Galaxy Note lineup being halted in favor of the Galaxy Z foldable series. The company abandoned the One UI 3.5 update and replaced it with One UI 3.1.1 this year.

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This version came pre-installed with Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 and later on expanded onto more eligible devices.

With that being said, if Samsung follows last year’s trend, we expect to see the company begin seeding the One UI 4.1 version in a couple of months from now. Most likely alongside the release of the Samsung Galaxy S22 series.

The upcoming flagships are expected to be launched in February next year which means we may get to see the tweaked and improved skin around the same time.

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Leaked Galaxy S22 Ultra front panel

As One UI 4.1 is still far away, there is little to no information available at the moment as to what the upcoming version will bring.

While any major UI changes can’t be expected, One UI 4.1 is more likely to bring enhancements to the existing functionalities and improvements in the overall user experience.

According to a well-known tipster, One UI 4.1 will bring new features in the camera and multitasking. Additionally, it will also add new functionalities to S-Pen and will bring a better and more refined software experience.

As far as eligible devices are concerned, we expect that Samsung will release the upcoming skin for all those devices that are eligible for One UI 4.0 update.

Having said that, the information we have regarding One UI 4.1 at the moment is mostly based on speculations, and thus must be taken with a grain of salt.

So in this dedicated tracker, we’ll be keeping tabs on all developments related to the upcoming One UI 4.1 skin which means you may want to bookmark this page to be the first to know if there’s anything worth noting.

Update 1 (December 20)

05:26 pm (IST): A fresh report has highlighted a statement from a Samsung representative who claims that the company will start rolling out the One UI 4.1 update sometime in February — possibly after the launch of the Galaxy S22 series.

The first devices to get the update will be the Galaxy S21 series and the Note 20 devices. Next in line will be the company’s current gen foldables and the S20 lineup. The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ may also bag the update in the same time period.

Update 2 (January 03)

11:26 am (IST): Now, some features of the upcoming One UI 4.1 are revealed by a South Korean blog that we may see in Samsung’s upcoming Android 12-based update. Check them below:

1. More color palette options for theming.

2. You can now set the vibration pattern to match the ringtone or notification tone rythm.

3. New functions added in the Good Lock module called Multistar.

4. Director’s View now saves simultaneously recorded videos from the front and rear cameras as separate
videos.

5. Photo editor can now erase shadows or erase light reflections.

6. You can now stack widgets like in iOS. So multiple widgets can be added in the same spot rather than
taking up additional space on the home screen.

7. All App Casting support in Smart View. (But it’s unknown how it works right now)

Update 3 (January 10)

05:39 pm (IST): Reports are now hinting that some Galaxy devices that are scheduled to receive the Android 12 update with One UI 4.0 in February or March 2022 might directly get Android 12 with One UI 4.1 instead. For the complete list of devices, head here.

Update 4 (January 12)

06:26 pm (IST): A well-known tipster Anthony claims that the One UI 4.1 update for Samsung devices is said to bring some major upgrades and improvements in animations and the overall software experience.

Update 5 (January 13)

12:03 pm (IST): Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s T-Mobile variant was spotted on Checkfirm running a new One UI build. This is an indication that Samsung might be testing the One UI 4.1 for the device.

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Update 6 (January 21)

02:50 pm (IST): Samsung announced that it will be hosting the first Galaxy Unpacked event of 2022 in February where it will unveil the Galaxy S22 series and some other products.

At the same time, we’ll also see the One UI 4.0 in action. And most likely the company will begin One UI 4.1 rollout once these new phones go on sale.

Update 7 (January 22)

03:47 pm (IST): Samsung is going to release the Galaxy S22 series next month. And now a popular leaker says that the users who own one of the Galaxy S21 series phones or a Snapdragon Galaxy S20 and Note 20 Ultra should better wait for One UI 4.1.

As he claims that this new version will bring most of the new features of the Galaxy S22 to these old flagships.

Note: We will add the tracker table below once the update begins rolling out to devices.

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