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One UI 5.1 Android OS New Features That You Should Know Of

With the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Series at the Galaxy Unpacked Event, the company also unveiled its new One UI 5.1, which will run on top of Android 13.0. Just like its predecessors, this newest skin has many new features to offer that will make the user experience more refined. The S23 series will come right out of the box with One UI 5.1, while the other older models will get the updates in a phased manner. Check out the blog to know what new features Samsung has to offer.


  • Would it not be nice if you could share a virtual album with your family? The “Shared Family Album” feature exactly helps to do this by recognizing the faces in the images and recommending them to add to the album. Each member can also get up to 5 GB of storage, and you can add up to 6 people to this album.
  • The search in the gallery has become more advanced, where you can explore more than one object or person at the same time by just tapping on their faces.
  • From the image location to the device it was clicked on, all information can be glanced through by just swiping the image up on the gallery. 
  • You can now select the desired folder location for screen recordings and screenshots for better management.
  • To make your photos sharp and beautiful, reflections and shadows are automatically removed when the image is processed. For better clarity and resolution, you can also remaster the GIFs.


  • If you are someone who likes to take high-quality images without compressing or processing them, then you are in for a treat with the Expert RAW mode. You can later edit these images, and with the Expert mode, you get full control of things. Before, you had to download a separate application for this feature, but now you can quickly access it from the advanced menu option in the camera module.
  • Many of us do not like the color tone of the image while taking a selfie, so we often use filters to adjust it. But now, with the Effects Button on the side screen, you can easily change the hue of the selfie.

Routines And Modes

  • You can set different wallpapers on your home screen and lock screen depending on the type of activity you are engaged in.
  • You can set routines before using mobile hotspots or airplane mode. They will automatically balance the audio on the left and right, open a new app, and do many other things. Using New Actions, you can change the font style and ringtone, as well as control Touch Sensitivity and Quick Share.

AR Emojis And AR Zone

  • By using the Mask mode, you can swap your friend’s face (up to 3 people) with another character by tapping the emoji in the image or video.
  • For ease and quick access, the brush and eraser are available on the main AR Doodle screen. The eraser allows you to remove a part of the doodle without omitting the whole thing. Resizing and moving your doodles is possible even after creating them.


  • Save yourself some time from going to the options menu for minimizing or maximizing an app window by just pinching the corner of the pop-up window for the desired effect.
  • When using your device in split-screen mode, the most used apps will be displayed below the recently opened apps for easy and faster access.


  • Would you believe it if I told you that you can check the battery levels of all the Galaxy devices just from the home screen? Yes, it is true that the new battery widget lets you know how much juice is left on your Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds, or any other devices that support the Samsung ecosystem.
  • The new weather widget provides an intuitive summary in an illustrated manner of the current weather conditions.
  • By gauging your usage pattern, the Smart Suggestion widget recommends the tracks you like depending on your mood, people to call, and apps to tinker with, among many others.


  • To enhance your overall user experience when you sign in to your Samsung account, suggestions will be displayed at the top of the settings screen to try new features.


  • Now you can create and share notes that can be edited by several people at the same time. This can help in making group study notes, reports with co-workers, or drawings for fun with friends.
  • Browse with the Samsung Internet on your phone and pick up where you left off when you access it later from your PC browser.
  • You do not need to open the music app to listen to music on WiFi speakers via Chromecast built-in and Spotify Connect; instead, you can access it from the media output on the Quick panel.
  • Galaxy Book accessories like the trackpad, mouse, or keyboard can be used with your Galaxy phone or tablet seamlessly for copying text, dropping images, or any other relevant work.
  • With a single click from your PC, you can easily connect to the internet via the mobile hotspot without having to type passwords or turn on the option in your smartphone.
  • Inviting people to calendars, shared albums, and notes have become more seamless with the use of a link that can be circulated via email, messenger, or any social media handle.

 Samsung DeX

  • Drag the divider into the center of the screen to resize both windows in the split-screen view. To fill up a quarter of the screen, you can crack open a window in any of the corners.

Setup Wizard

  • It is quite a tedious job to enter details about your Google account, WiFi network, or Samsung account when you opt for a new device. Now you can just scan a QR code from your old Android device, and everything will be automatically transferred to the new one.

Samsung Internet

  • You do not know the proper spelling of the folder you are looking for. Not to worry, the improved search will still get you the desired folder. You can even search group names in tabs or folder names in bookmarks with the new update.


  • Find out the purpose of the call and answer automatically by using the Bixby text call feature. The response of the caller can be seen in the format of a text, and you can reply via the same, which will be read aloud to the caller. For the moment, this feature is only available in Korean and English.


  • The main screen of the weather app lets you know all the desired information, along with hourly precipitation, severe weather alerts, color temperature graphs, and daily weather summaries. 


Several media outlets claimed that the bloatware would eat up 60 GB of storage with One UI 5.1. But no such thing happened; rather, for the system apps, a certain amount of storage is reserved, which varies from device to device. There is no doubt that a number of new features included in the new update will improve not only performance but also user experience. 

See more: ‘Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra’ Specifications And Review: Everything You Need To Know Before Buying

Sandhi Das
Sandhi Das
Sandhi is a freelance content writer and a technology enthusiast. He has written on multiple topics and worked on multiple projects. Other than writing, he is interested in art, sports, and movies.


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