Exclusive: Galaxy S21 Android 12 One UI 4.0 update codename drops hint

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Google may have launched the Android 12 beta but it’s going to take some time before Samsung Galaxy users can get a taste of the new update. Samsung doesn’t take part in Google’s beta program. It conducts its own.

The Android 12 update will be accompanied by One UI 4.0. It’s going to be a major upgrade for Samsung’s custom Android skin. We have come across the codename for the project which drops a big hint about what we can expect to see from One UI 4.0.

Galaxy S21 Android 12 One UI 4.0 codename revealed

It was reported earlier this week that Samsung has already started working on the Galaxy S21 Android 12 update. It’s important to note that work on this update has begun about a month earlier than it did for the Galaxy S20 Android 11 update last year.

We hear that the Android 12 One UI 4.0 update project has been assigned the codename “Palette” at Samsung. Does this hint at a visual revamp for Samsung’s custom skin? That’s entirely possible, considering that One UI 4.0 will be a major upgrade.

Such a revamp is only done with every major iteration of One UI. We have seen big changes being made in the past when One UI moved from version 2.x to 3.x, for example. There’s going to be a minor update before version 4.x. The Android 11-based One UI 3.5 will arrive with the new foldable smartphones in August.

Samsung isn’t expected to launch the One UI 4.0 beta for the Galaxy S21 before the end of this year. If history is any indication, the beta would be opened around October 2021. The update would likely be released for the public either by the end of December or early next year.

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