Check out One UI 6.0 progress for your Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra with our most up-to-date update tracker. We regularly update this article with the latest information so you always stay up-to-date.
One UI 6.1: A Quick Overview
One UI 6.1 will bring these additions to the Galaxy S21 series:
- An improved Single Take mode
- A new long-exposure feature
- Cross-device video editing support using the Studio editing app
- HDR video support in social apps
- Colorizing black and white images
One UI 6.1 also brings Galaxy AI features, but they will only come to limited Galaxy phones in H1 2024. Sadly, they are not coming to the Galaxy S21 series.
Also Read: Check Out Galaxy AI Features [Video]
Galaxy S21 Series Software Update Policy
Samsung has promised to offer four generations of OS updates to the Galaxy S21 series. Since the S21 phones were released with Android 11, the next OS update – Android 15 – will be the final one. Before that, the phones will get One UI 6.1 update.
Check out the next section to learn about the latest developments.
Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra One UI 6.1 Progress
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[February 12, 2024]: The February security patch for the Galaxy S21 series is now available on the unlocked models in the US. It should be available to unlocked models as well in the coming days.
[February 7, 2024]: The February 2024 security patch update is now live for Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra. This means the One UI 6.1 update could be on its way and may arrive soon.
The February update for the Galaxy S21 series is currently rolling out in Switzerland and should expand to more and more regions in the coming days.
[January 24, 2024]: A Samsung Community moderator has revealed that One UI 6.1 update will come to the Galaxy S21 series after the February 2024 security patch.
He also revealed that the February security patch will be distributed to the S21 series phones between mid-February to last-February.
[January 23, 2024]: A Samsung executive told Tech Radar, “For now, we’re limiting Galaxy AI to last-gen devices.” It means that the Galaxy S21 series won’t get Galaxy AI features. However, the phones are eligible for the One UI 6.1 update, which should also bring a bundle of improvements to the device and several new features as well.
[January 18, 2024]: Samsung has revealed the initial batch of devices that’ll get the One UI 6.1 update with Galaxy AI features in H1 2024. Here’s what Samsung said to Android Authority:
Many of the Galaxy AI features introduced on Galaxy S24 will also be supported on previous models including Galaxy S23 series, Galaxy S23 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5, and Galaxy Tab S9 series within 1H 2024. Please stay tuned for more details.
Though the above statement from Samsung doesn’t mention S21 phones, the word “including” means that more devices could get the Galaxy AI features before June 2024. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the S21 series.
[January 17, 2024]: During the Galaxy Unpacked 2024 event, Samsung announced that Galaxy AI features will come to select premium older Galaxy devices. However, they didn’t reveal the names of the eligible devices.
[January 16, 2024]: Samsung is internally testing One UI 6.1 builds on the Galaxy S21 series phones. It has been spotted on the test servers in Europe and India with the build version G998BXXU9GXA5/G998BOXM9GXA5/G998BXXU9GXA5.