[UPDATE: Wider rollout] One UI 6.1 update available for the Galaxy S22 & Galaxy S21

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UPDATE (May 10, 2024): After an initial release in South Korea, Samsung has begun a global rollout of the One UI 6.1 update for the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series. The foldables are getting this update in Europe with firmware build numbers S90*BXXU9EXE1 and G99*BXXUAGXDA, respectively. A wider release may be just around the corner. The update doesn’t bring the May security patch.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Last month, Samsung announced that it will expand One UI 6.1 to more eligible devices in early May. As promised, the company has started pushing the update to the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series. The new One UI version might soon land on other 2022 and 2021 flagship models. The Korean firm has already updated its 2023 flagships.

Samsung’s One UI 6.1 reaches the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series

As of this writing, Samsung‘s One UI 6.1 update for the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra is available in its home country South Korea. The company usually begins the rollout of major updates from its homeland, so that isn’t surprising. More importantly, it doesn’t take long to expand the updates globally.

The Korean Galaxy S22 phones are getting this update with the firmware build number S90*NKSU3EXDC, X user @tarunvats33 reports. The update for the Galaxy S21 trio comes with the build number G99*NKSU4GXDC. Since this is a major update, the OTA (over the air) package is massive, weighing around 3GB (varies slightly depending on the model).

The content of the update isn’t the same for the two lineups, though. The Galaxy S22 series is getting almost everything Samsung introduced with One UI 6.1 on the Galaxy S24. The company previously suggested that its 2022 flagships will only miss out on Instant Slo-mo, Lockscreen Wallpaper Weather Effects, and Super HDR. The Galaxy S23 also didn’t get the latter two features.

The Galaxy S21, on the other hand, is expected to receive only a few AI features found on the Galaxy S24. A Samsung Community Forum moderator recently said that the 2021 flagships will pick up Circle to Search and Chat Assist. The phones may get other One UI 6.1 changes and improvements, though. It is unclear if this update also brings the May security patch to either lineup. The devices have already received the April patch.

More Galaxy devices will get this update soon

One UI 6.1 will soon reach more Galaxy devices. Samsung has confirmed that the update will be available for the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy Tab S8 series. Some mid-range models may also get it. The new AI features may not be available on 2021 foldables and mid-range devices, though. We will let you know when the rollout begins. You can also manually check for the latest update from the Settings app.

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