In the coming months, Samsung will be releasing major new One UI updates for both its smartphones and its smartwatches. Samsung is currently testing One UI 6.0 for Galaxy smartphones (and tablets) and will eventually let customers try it through a beta program around the time Google releases the Android 14 update in the second half of the year.
For Galaxy smartwatches, Samsung recently announced One UI 5 Watch. One UI 5 Watch will bring some useful new features to the company's Wear OS smartwatches and will make its official debut with the Galaxy Watch 6 series in late July.
One UI 5 Watch beta program kicks off in May
But what about the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 lineups? When will those get the One UI 5 Watch update? Well, the stable public version of One UI 5 Watch (which will be accompanied by Wear OS 4) will likely be released for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 after the Watch 6 has gone on sale, which means you can expect it to be available sometime in August.
However, for those who own a Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 5 and live in the US or South Korea, Samsung will be starting a One UI 5 Watch beta program sometime this month! Once the beta program kicks off, interested users will be able to enroll through the Samsung Members app on their phone, similar to how one can register for Samsung's One UI beta program for Galaxy smartphones.
Whether or not Samsung will expand the beta program to other markets remains to be seen. One UI betas for Galaxy phones are usually released in the US, the UK, Poland, Germany, Korea, India, and China, and Samsung will hopefully open up the One UI 5 Watch beta program in at least some of those markets.