Samsung One UI 6.1 Update Rolling Out to Galaxy S22, S21, and Older Foldables

What you should know

  • Samsung‘s One UI 6.1 update, featuring Galaxy AI, initially debuted on the Galaxy S24 and is now rolling out to older models like the Galaxy S22, S21, and various Z Fold and Z Flip models, starting in Korea with expectations of a fast global release.
  • While the update brings several AI-powered features such as Live Translate, Chat Assist, Circle to Search, Browsing Assist, and Transcript Assist, hardware limitations on older devices prevent the inclusion of some of the more advanced features like Generative Edit or Instant Slow-mo.
  • For the AI-powered features to work, users need to be connected to the internet, signed into their Samsung account, and in some cases, additional downloads are required, such as language packs for the Live Translate feature.

Full Story

Oh, Samsung’s really stepping up their game with One UI 6.1, huh? Rolled out first on the Galaxy S24, it introduced what’s now buzzing as Galaxy AI. Initially, folks with the Galaxy S23, Z Fold 5, and Z Flip 5 were on pins and needles, expecting this update. And those with the Galaxy S22? They were told, “May’s your month, pals.” But, plot twist! Samsung’s dropping this goodness early.

So, here’s the scoop from Android Police – whispers and tweets are flying left and right. Apparently, a hefty 2.8GB update is making the rounds in Korea. And it’s not just for the Galaxy S22. Nope. The Galaxy S21, the Z Fold 4 and 3, plus the Z Flip 4 and 3 are joining the party too. But hey, if you’re in Europe or the U.S., hold your horses. It’s not here… yet. Given Samsung’s track record, though, we’re probably looking at a “soon-ish” timeline. And oh, the Galaxy Tab S8 series? They’re on the guest list for May too, but it’s kinda like RSVPing to a party and not showing up… yet.

Now, don’t get too starry-eyed. There’s a bit of a catch. Some of the older gadgets can’t quite handle the full monty of Galaxy AI features. Yeah, Samsung had to break the news. No Generative Edit or Instant Slow-mo for the S22 crew. But hey, it’s not all doom and gloom. You’re still getting some AI-powered treats like Live Translate, Chat Assist, and a few more goodies.

Quick heads-up, though. If you’re itching to use these features, you gotta be online. And logged into your Samsung account. Oh, and some features? They’re a bit shy and need an extra nudge to come out and play. Take Live Translate, for instance. You’ll need to go on a mini quest for language packs. Just dive into your phone’s settings, and you’ll find your way.

Image credit: Samsung (Because, let’s face it, visuals always help, right?)

So, there you have it. Samsung’s latest tech marvel, wrapped up with a bow of slight unpredictability and a sprinkle of “hurry up and wait.” But hey, that’s tech for you. Always keeping us on our toes.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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