Samsung Confirms One UI 6.1 for Galaxy S21 and S22

Android 14 and One UI 6 have been around for a bit. But, it’s One UI 6.1 that’s got folks buzzing. Why? It’s the update that’ll come with Samsung‘s new Galaxy S24 series. So naturally, folks with older smartphones are wondering if they’ll get the One UI 6.1 update too.

One UI 6.1 is packed with new features. The Galaxy AI tools are the star of the show in the S24 series.

Samsung, at first, only listed a few devices that would get the One UI 6.1 operating system. The list included the entire Galaxy S23 series, Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9+, Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 5, and Galaxy Z Flip 5.

But wait, there’s more! According to a post by Tarun Vats on X, Samsung now says more Galaxy devices will get One UI 6.1. The post includes screenshots of a note from a Galaxy S Manager on Samsung’s official forums. The manager says that the entire S21 and S22 series will receive the update.

When’s the rollout? Well, that’s a bit vague. It’s set for the first half of this year. Could be weeks from now, could be months.

Typically, devices that get the first OS upgrade will get subsequent updates to that version. For instance, not all One UI 5 devices got the upgrade to One UI 6 last year. But, we’re expecting all One UI 6 devices to receive the follow-up One UI 6.1 update. As of now, only the devices and product lineups mentioned above are confirmed to get it.

Now, let’s talk about Galaxy AI. Not all of Samsung’s One UI 6.1 devices will get it.

One UI 6.1 update includes some major artificial intelligence features. Samsung released a suite of AI tools, called Galaxy AI, at its Unpacked event alongside the Galaxy S24 series. These include things like Circle to Search and Chat Assist. But, these AI tools are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy chipset. So, it might not be feasible to bring them to older devices.

Some features like edit suggestions, photo ambient wallpapers, and translation features are processed on-device. These will need more recent chipsets, like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy and its NPU. Others should be more universal. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S23 series, its current-gen foldables, and the Galaxy Tab S9 will get at least some Galaxy AI features. But, there are still plenty of One UI 6.1 devices that aren’t slated to receive Galaxy AI.

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