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Here’s hoping Samsung takes its time with the One UI 5.0 update

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Last updated: July 19th, 2022 at 06:14 UTC+02:00

As we exclusively revealed a few weeks back, the One UI 5.0 beta program (most likely for the Galaxy S22 series first) could launch as early as the third week of July. This would be the fastest turnaround the company has ever had for any Android OS release or for releasing beta builds for the users to test them out before the global release.

Even if Samsung is actually aiming for a quicker release of Android 13 and One UI 5.0 for its devices, though, I hope the company doesn't make a rush for it. We've talked before how software updates are becoming boring as heck, and we're completely fine with waiting for a problem-free version of One UI 5.0.

It's simply because a bug-free release is the best release, even though ideally there is no such thing, But if anyone can do it, it's Samsung. Look at the company's track record of releasing new security updates for devices every month, for example. No one could accuse Samsung of leaving consumer devices at the mercy of possible exploits and hacks, but those security updates are often quite small and don't require a lot of testing.

Major new Android and One UI upgrades are a whole other story, though. Android's a complex operating system, and rushing to get a new version of it out in a hurry could spell trouble for users, who want their device to “just work” (a phrase made popular by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs) instead of doing fancy things.

This is especially true for something like the Galaxy S22 series. Galaxy S22 series phones have suffered from plenty of issues since launch, and the last thing we need is a rushed update that ruins the experience further before Samsung can get around to fixing it. It's worth remembering that the Galaxy S22 will spearhead the development of Android 13 for other eligible Galaxy devices, so it needs to be meticulously tested on the new software before being pushed to other devices.

And it's not like I won't be happy if Samsung releases the official version of Android 13 and One UI 5.0 as quickly as possible. But as these updates become more and more boring, I hope Samsung will focus on fixing the bugs — if any — to the best of its ability, using feedback from all the eventual beta testers.

Samsung's got the mantra of releasing regular updates for its devices just right. Now it's time to make sure those major upgrades are worth looking forward to, as well.

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