Samsung Releases One UI 5.1.1 and One UI 5 Watch Updates, Brings New Features to Older Devices

The new software updates are available for older-generation Galaxy foldables, tablets, and smartwatches.

  • One UI 5.1.1 brings improved Flex Mode and multitasking experience.
  • One UI 5.1.1 also adds two-handed drag and drop functionality to foldable and tablets.
  • One UI 5 Watch adds more personalized wellness features and upgraded sleep management.

Samsung recently refreshed its hardware lineup with the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, Galaxy Tab S9 tablet series, and Galaxy Watch 6 smartwatches. These devices come with various hardware upgrades but also have a bunch of new software features. The good thing is the company is finally bringing those new features to older-generation foldable, tablets, and smartwatches with One UI 5.1.1 and One UI 5 Watch updates.

One UI 5.1.1 Features and Eligible Devices

Samsung has included an improved Flex Mode user experience for Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 users with the new One UI 5.1.1 update. It is now easier than ever to show or hide the Flex Mode Panel, thanks to the panel’s icon floating up on the screen. The icon can also be dragged and dropped on the toolbar.  The customizable panel will offer quick access to various settings like screen capture, touchpad, and Multi Window.

When using the Flex Mode Panel, users will get a new media play bar button with all the necessary functionalities. It will have 10-second fast-forward and rewind buttons and support for pressing down on the bar for scrubbing through the video.

The multitasking experience is also getting improvements in the new One UI version. Users will now be able to open Samsung Internet in a pop-up window even when the content continues to play. The browser app can be dragged to the edge of the display at any time and tapping the pop-up icon will bring it back. Moreover, pressing and holding on the top of the pop-up window will instantly switch it to the Multi-Window mode.

One important addition is two-handed drag and drop on the foldables and tablets. It will allow users to open an app with one hand and use the other hand to move a file, app icon, or another item into a target folder or file location. It is similar to the experience of moving files on a Windows PC.

Samsung says the One UI 5.1.1 update will first arrive for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 this month. It will then expand to the following devices:

One UI 5 Watch Features and Eligible Devices

Samsung’s One UI 5 Watch update will bring more personalized wellness features and upgraded sleep management. It will now offer a detailed analysis of Sleep Score Factors, Sleep Consistency, and Sleep Animal Symbols. Sleep Coaching will now be accessible directly from the smartwatch. Supported Galaxy Watch models will now be able to auto-adjust smart home settings when it is time to sleep.

The team has introduced features like Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification (IHRN), Personalized Health Rate zone, Track Run, and Custom Workout to older models. Users can now easily search and download various GPX route files around their location. There are a bunch of new watch faces for personalization as well.

The latest One UI 5 Watch update will be available for: