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One UI 6.1 (Galaxy AI) update now available in the USA, Australia, Canada for Galaxy S23 series, S23 FE, Z Fold 5, Flip 5, Tab S9, and more

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One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI Firmware Update

Samsung launched the Galaxy S24 series at the Galaxy AI event, introducing several AI features in collaboration with Google. The flagship phones feature Samsung’s latest One UI 6.1 firmware update with several AI features like Circle to Search, Live Translate, Note Assist, Generative Edit, and Chat Assist.

One UI 6.1 firmware update has a dedicated section for all these AI features under Settings app called Advanced Intelligence. It includes new features for all the components including Phone, Samsung Keyboard, Photo Editor, Interpreter, Samsung Notes, Internet browser, and many more.

Samsung has promised the Galaxy AI features for the older Galaxy devices including the Galaxy S23, S23+, S23 Ultra, S23 FE, Z Fold 5, Flip 5, Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, Tab S9, and more. While the Galaxy S22 series and Galaxy S21 series phones may not receive the Galaxy AI features, due to hardware restrictions, the devices will definitely receive One UI 6.1 firmware update.

The One UI 6.1 firmware update featuring Galaxy AI comes in a whopping 12 GB size. This is to support all the AI features which will run locally on the machine.

Samsung rolled out One UI 6.1 firmware update based on Android 14 in the United States, EU, Australia, and Canada for the carrier locked as well as factory unlocked variants. US carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon have also rolled out the software update.

Simply visit Settings > Software update and tap on Download and install on your Samsung device. You can also download the latest firmware file directly from Samsung Servers and flash it manually using Odin tool.

One UI 6.1 Full Changelog

Galaxy AI

Instantly search for anything on your screen

  • Circle to Search with Google lets you easily learn more about anything shown on your screen without switching apps. Just touch and hold the Home button or navigation handle, then circle anything on the screen to start a Google search.

Translate phone calls in real time

  • Need to call someone who doesn’t speak your language? No problem! Live translate provides real-time translation during calls. The other person on the call can hear what you say in their language, and you can hear their responses in your language. Translations will also appear on the screen.

Translate in-person conversations

  • The new Interpreter feature lets you translate a conversation any time you need to talk to someone who speaks another language. You can access Interpreter easily from the quick panel. Both people can hear translations read out loud in addition to reading them on the screen.

Translate text in pictures, signs, documents, and more

  • Instantly translate text wherever you find it. Just point your camera at the text you want to translate, then tap the T button to show more options. You can also translate text that appears in images in your Gallery.

Summarize and translate webpages

  • Get the information you need quickly by summarizing webpages with Browsing assist in Samsung Internet. You can reduce a long read into just the most important bullet points. You can also translate webpages into your language.

Note smarter, not harder

  • Note assist lets you do more than ever before in Samsung Notes. You can automatically format, summarize, correct, translate, and generate covers for your notes.

Automatically transcribe voice recordings

  • Use Transcript assist to convert recordings of meetings, lectures, voice memos, and more into text, then summarize them for quick review. You can even translate the transcripts and summaries to review them in other languages.

Do more with Samsung Keyboard

  • Change the tone of your writing to make it sound professional, casual, or ready to post on social media with Writing assist. You can also get spelling and grammar suggestions in addition to message translation in select chat and text messaging apps.

Reimagine your photos

  • Generative edit gives you more ways to edit your photos. You can move, remove, or resize the people and objects in your photos, then generate new background to fill in any missing pieces.

Generate unique wallpapers

  • Use Al to generate unique wallpapers for your Home screen and Lock screen. Just choose a few keywords and let the Al take care of the rest

Advanced intelligence settings

  • You have full control over which Al features you want to use and how they process your data. You can even block online processing of your data for all features with a single tap.

Create epic images

Effortlessly enhance your photos

  • Get special AI recommendations for enhancing your photos and videos. You’ll find options for adding star trails, long exposure, colorizing, and more. Suggestions appear when you tap the i button in Gallery.

Copy and paste from one image to another

  • Add a missing element to your picture. Just clip an object from an image in Gallery, then go to the image where you want to paste it and choose Paste from clipboard in the More options menu.

Easily create custom stickers

  • Creating custom stickers has never been easier. After you clip an image in Gallery, you can quickly turn it into a sticker and apply styles such as outline, cutout, vintage, and cartoon.

More accurate image clipping

  • Get exactly the area you need to clip without an unwanted parts. When you clip an image in Gallery, you have the option of editing the selected area before you save it so you can get your selection just right.

Improved Gallery search

  • The search screen has been redesigned to make it easier to use. Results are now categorized by type, such as people, places, albums, or stories.

Change playback speed

  • More videos now support changing the playback speed when you edit a video in Gallery. You can make your video play faster or slower in a specific section that you select or for the entire video.

Edit videos on multiple devices

  • You can now continue your edits on your phone, tablet, or PC. Export your Studio projects to a file that can be opened on other Galaxy devices.

Customize your Galaxy

New wallpaper editing features

  • Decorate your wallpaper however you like. When you select an image to use as your wallpaper, you can now apply frames and effects. When your wallpaper includes a person or animal, you can apply depth effects to make the subject stand out from the background.

More widgets for your Lock screen

  • Additional widgets are available for your Lock screen and Always On Display so you can quickly check useful information without unlocking your phone. The new widgets include Weather, Samsung Health, Battery, Reminder, Calendar, and Clock.

Customize alarm alerts

  • Use an image, video, or AR emoji to create your own custom alert screens for each alarm. You can even change the layout of where the alarm information appears on the screen.

More stickers to personalize your calendar

  • You can now add up to 2 stickers for each date on your calendar. Stickers for events are now shown next to the event name in Month view.

Revamped Calendar settings

  • Calendar settings have been reorganized to be more intuitive. You can also set background colors and images for full-screen calendar alerts.

Customize reminder alerts

  • Create the right background for each of your reminders. You can now set colors and background images for full-screen reminder alerts.

Do more with reminder categories

  • You can now choose a representative icon for each reminder category. You can also pin categories you use frequently to the top of the category list.

Turn modes on or off from the Home screen

  • Turn modes on and off more quickly than before. The new Mode widget lets you add modes directly to your Home screen.

Reorder your modes

  • You can now change the order that modes are listed on the Modes tab in Modes and Routines.

New routine conditions

  • You can now start a routine when an alarm of your choice starts ringing or when Smart View connects or disconnects.

Connect and share

Share with more devices

  • Quick Share has merged with Google’s Nearby Share. In addition to Galaxy devices, you can now share with other Android devices even without an internet connection.

Locate your devices

  • The new Samsung Find app lets you see where all your Galaxy devices are on a map any time. If you lose a device, additional features are available to help you find the device and protect your data.

Share your location with others

  • With Samsung Find, you can share your location with family, friends, or anyone that you trust. Share for a limited time or all the time. You’re always in control of who can see your location.

Broadcast sound with Auracast

  • Broadcast the sound from your phone so others can listen. Anyone nearby with a Bluetooth LE Audio device will be able to listen to your broadcast.

Sync Internet tab groups with other devices

  • Easily pick up where you left off during your last browsing session no matter which device you were using. Tab groups that you create on one device will appear in Samsung Internet on other Galaxy devices signed in to your Samsung account.

Protect your data

Enhanced data protection in Samsung Cloud

  • Rest assured that no one can access your data but you, even if there’s a data breach. You can turn on end-to-end encryption for data that’s synced with Samsung Cloud.

Fast and secure sign-ins with passkeys

  • Passkeys provide more security for web sign-ins without the need to remember complicated passwords. Use passkeys to sign in to supported websites with biometric authentication in Samsung Internet

Manage your health

Enhanced exercise experience

  • Compete against your past running results in Samsung Health to try to beat your previous time. You can also crop exercises after you finish to remove any unnecessary time at the beginning or end.

More options for daily activity targets

  • You now have more options for setting your daily activity targets in Samsung Health. lf a step goal doesn’t work for you, you can change to floors climbed or active hours instead

Improved cycle tracking

  • When you record your physical symptoms and moods, options you’ve used frequently in the past will appear at the top of the screen. You can also now set custom moods if the default options don’t match how you’re feeling.

Even more improvements

Easier to access Video call effects and Mic mode

  • Video call effects and Mic mode will now appear in the quick panel during voice and video calls so you can control how others see and hear you during calls. You can set a background color or image, focus on your voice by blocking background sounds, and more.

More information in the Weather widget

  • The weather widget will let you know when severe thunderstorms, snowfall, or other precipitation is on the forecast in your local area.

Voice input without leaving the keyboard

  • The keyboard now remains visible while using voice input so you can easily switch back to typing whenever you need to. Tap the mic button at the bottom of the screen to enter text using your voice at any time while using the keyboard.

Keyboard shortcut for split-screen view

  • Instantly snap an app to one side of the screen. If you’re using a physical keyboard, press the Cmd (Windows) key + Ctrl key + Left or Right arrow key.

Open all minimized apps at once

  • A new button lets you reopen all of the minimized apps at once when you have more than one pop-up window minimized.

Google search suggestions in Finder

  • When you search using Finder, you’ll also get suggested web searches from Google.

More ways to protect your battery

  • Choose from 3 different protection options to help extend your battery’s lifespan. Basic protection keeps your charge between 95% and 100%. Adaptive protection pauses charging while you’re asleep and finishes charging just before you wake up. You can also choose to limit the maximum charge to 80% for maximum protection.

List of AI features of One UI 6.1

Here are Samsung’s Galaxy AI features that twill come to more Android devices:

  • Chat Assist for changing the tone, translating or spell-checking your text message before sending it.
  • Live Translate for translating calls in 13 languages during a conversation
  • Circle to Search, which lets you launch a Google search for any object in a photo or video using gestures like circling, scribbling, and tapping it.
  • Note Assist for summarizing, translating and formatting files in Samsung’s Notes app and generating digital covers for notes.
  • Generative Edit, similar to Google’s Magic Editor lets you manipulate and move objects in photos
  • Transcript Assist in Samsung’s recording app for providing transcriptions and summarizing conversations
  • Photo Assist: Uses AI on your Samsung device to take an existing photo and generate more from it.
YouTube video

Checkout all the dedicated Advanced Intelligence (based on AI) section on your phone under Settings:

Apart from the general features, the One UI 6.1 packs many AI features including AI Wallpaper, AI Chatbot, Call transcriptions, Suggested Actions, Text Toning and Translate.

1. Circle to search with Google

Samsung and Google collaborated to showcase tons of AI (Artificial Intelligence) features coming to several Android phones this year. One of the most intriguing features is the new Circle to Search feature by Google. Using this AI feature, you can search anything on your Android phone using a simple gesture without switching apps. You can now Circle, Highlight, Scribble, or Tap whatever you’re curious about on your screen to learn more.

2. AI Wallpapers

Similar to Google’s AI Wallpaper, which can be tried on any Android right now, Samsung has also borrowed this feature and baked their own version into One UI 6.1. You will find 12 categories with different preset prompts, all including 1-3 customizable options. Checkout the video below in operation.

See the AI Wallpaper in action:

3. Photo Assist

Using AI, your Samsung device will be able to take an existing photo and generate more from it. Just like Adobe’s Generative AI called Firefly. You can expand beyond the borders and add more content to it. You can also move and resize objects.

Whats new in Samsung One UI 6.1 Generative AI

4. Live Translate and Transcribe Assist

This is another feature borrowed from Google’s Pixel Experience, wherein you can transcribe a phone call and also live translate it. This feature is long awaited in Samsung Galaxy devices and will finally arrive with One UI 6.

5. Suggested actions

With suggested actions, you can receive personalized suggestions such as “Display the location on a map,” “Dial the specified number,” or “Visit the indicated website,” all generated from the content of a call transcript, photograph, or screen recording.

6. Chat Assist

The Samsung Galaxy S23 may include the AI Chat Assist option. Samsung Keyboard on One UI 6.1 comes with a new option in setting to select Gen AI model from PaLM2, GPT4, Gecko, and Samsung’s very own Scs Translate Model; which can also work on-device.

Upon pressing the magic button on Samsung Keyboard, your text undergoes automatic tone variations, offering diverse styles such as professional, casual, fun, witty, and more. Additionally, you have the flexibility to translate your text into any language as desired.

7. Change the time, weather and background color in an image

This is an absolutely stunning feature that will change the background wallpaper’s time of day and the weather. For instance, if you have a landscape as a background, it can change the weather into sunny, cloudy, rainy, or snowy.

Whats new in Samsung One UI 6.1 features

8. Note Assist

This is a Samsung Notes feature that allows you to organize paragraphs into neatly laid out bullet points.

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