When Samsung first launched its One UI 5.0 beta testing program in early August, everyone thought the stable version will also release soon. On August 6, the company opened its first beta testing program for Galaxy S22 series, and later at the end of August, it opened for Galaxy S21 series. One thing is for sure, this year, Samsung is falling behind in the race for Android 13 release dates. Even its flagship models are in a waiting line for the updates.
Compared to last year, the beta program is going very slowly. It is slower than what Samsung thought for the current year. The company’s main plan was to release the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update for all of its devices before other companies. In that hope, it early started the beta program.
The first break in the whole plan was applied to serious issues in the first beta firmware. It took almost three weeks for Samsung to fix the issues. Now as we can see, after more than one and half months, it has installed third beta firmware for the Galaxy S22 & second firmware for the S21.
There are many devices left in the program if we go with previous years. As a flagship model, Samsung will open it for Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Flip 4, and probably the Galaxy S20 series. Still, there is no sign of release dates for these gadgets.
Last year, Samsung released the Android 13 update for flagship models in October end. It seems we will see the same picture this year too. What do you think? What is the reason behind Samsung’s slow beta rollout?