We have some exciting news for Galaxy Z Fold 4 fans! Samsung has just started inviting Galaxy Z Fold 4 users to a new beta test in South Korea. It's not the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update that we're all eagerly waiting for, but it is an update that will likely remain exclusive to Samsung's foldable and possibly select Galaxy tablets.
In short, Samsung has opened a beta program for One UI 5.1.1 for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in South Korea (via @UniverseIce). Like last year, the company appears to have planned an x.1.1 One UI update for its foldables. And again, similar to last year, this x.1.1 update may be limited in reach once it exits beta stages.
What's different from last year is that Samsung didn't have a beta program for One UI 4.1.1. But now, it does for One UI 5.1.1.
Here's what's new in One UI 5.1.1 beta
The update has a pretty lengthy changelog and improves many facets, from Multitasking and Quick Share to Samsung Health and the Camera and Gallery apps.
One UI 5.1.1 simplifies the way in which a pop-up app can be switched to split-screen view by holding the handle at the top of the pop-up window and dragging it to one side.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 users who have the S Pen can also move the input device over a minimized app's icon to see a preview of the app, similar to how the mouse pointer works in Windows OS when hovering above apps that are minimized to the taskbar.
Speaking of the taskbar, One UI 5.1.1 makes it possible for users to see up to four recently used apps on the taskbar. The taskbar also auto-adjusts based on the number of apps it holds.
More apps now support multi-window in Flex Mode. And media controls in Flex Mode are now improved with fast forward and fast rewind functionalities. Furthermore, the toolbar in Flex Mode can now be customized, and users can add, remove, reorder, or move icons by long-pressing.
One UI 5.1.1 makes it possible for Galaxy Z Fold 4 users to share files with contacts through Quick Share, even if the recipient is not nearby. Users can also set expiration dates on shared files or unshare files.
Samsung Health is getting some really cool improvements through One UI 5.1.1. Galaxy Watch 5 users will have the option to take skin temperature measurements during sleep, and Sleep Coaching is now improved to help users improve their sleep habits more easily.
The Gallery app now supports changing the date and time notation for watermarks. And the Camera app has an improved Pro Mode design in Flex Mode, through which users can set manual settings like ISO and shutter speed more easily.
The One UI 5.1.1 update also brings some changes to the photo remaster preview window and makes it easier to apply effects. Users can also copy-paste filters and effects from one photo to another.
Other changes include better drag-and-drop functionalities for My Files and the home screen, the ability to charge Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watches via Wireless Power Share when the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is folded open and the foldable panel is facing downward, which makes it easier to use the cover screen while power sharing. The My Files app now has better storage information, and Device Care shows improved memory management details. Users can also change modes from the lock screen.