Update: It has been revealed that the One UI 6.0 information in this post did not actually come from Samsung. Samsung's customer care representative, when asked if One UI 6.0 will bring any major changes, provided an answer based on a wishlist made by an unnamed Samsung user, which basically means that we're back to square one and will have to wait longer for information on what features and changes will be included in One UI 6.0.
Original story follows:
The One UI 6.0 open beta program for the Galaxy S23 series appears to be just around the corner, but so far, Samsung has managed to keep its next major update under wraps quite thoroughly. Nobody knows in detail what One UI 6.0 will bring, but a Samsung Support Agent may have given us a few clues.
A Support Agent claims that One UI 6.0 beta brings visual changes to a handful of user interface elements (via tarunvats33). The Agent claims that the closed beta build redesigns the notification panel, the music player, Samsung's icons, and the settings menu.
In addition, One UI 6.0 supposedly updates the design of Samsung's stock apps and uses better typography, which could mean it has improved fonts and readability.
Now, it's worth keeping in mind that Samsung Support Agents don't have the most accurate track record when it comes to making claims regarding unreleased products and firmware. Sometimes, they know just as much about unreleased products as everyone else. So, take this information with a pinch of salt.
Then again, nothing mentioned by the Support Agent here sounds outlandish. These are the changes everyone can expect from major yearly One UI updates, even without having access to beta firmware. Improved UI elements, better icons and fonts, fresh Settings updates, and changes to the notification panel and first-party apps have become the norm for recent One UI updates.
The one thing that appears to stand out is the Music app. It is a stock Samsung app, but the Support Agent felt like mentioning it separately for reasons unknown. Of course, whether Samsung will refresh it in big ways remains to be determined.
The Galaxy S23 series should be the first to get the One UI 6.0 beta update, followed by older flagships and foldable phones. The open beta program could kick off after Unpacked. The latter event will take place next week, on July 26.