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A new rumor suggests that Samsung may be giving priority to its upcoming One UI 6.1.1 release for Galaxy phones, instead of going full-steam with One UI 7. This speculation is due to several factors, but mainly the fact that One UI 6.1.1. seems to be a bigger release than what you would normally expect for a x.x.1 version, and thus would need more time for refinement.

Samsung is known for its regular software updates, usually introducing a new One UI build with its foldable phones each year. However, this update doesn’t typically extend to their Galaxy phones, which instead receive a beta version of the next major One UI release based on a new Android version. According to reports, this year might be different, with Samsung potentially releasing One UI 6.1.1 for its flagship Galaxy phones and delaying the Android 15-based One UI 7.

Leaker Ice Universe suggests that the upcoming One UI 6.1.1 will feature an exciting AI-powered tool that leverages the S Pen and the user’s imagination to transform handwriting into graffiti. While One UI 6.1 already introduced some AI features, this new addition would be the first to utilize the S Pen’s capabilities. The leaker also claims that One UI 6.1.1 will enhance system animation, particularly the wallpaper animation, for a more immersive experience.

One UI 7 will not arrive very early, because there are special circumstances this year.
Samsung will first push One UI 6.1.1 to S24 series. One UI 6.1.1 contains many new AI functions, which is not a small upgrade. I got the exact time to start pushing these updates to S24 users…

— ICE UNIVERSE (@UniverseIce) June 19, 2024

One UI 6.1.1 graffiti generation image function, is the most fun AI function I have ever seen, very good use of SPen and imagination.
You can expect it!

— ICE UNIVERSE (@UniverseIce) June 19, 2024

Traditionally, Samsung would begin testing Android 15-based One UI 7 in the summer, with a stable build usually released in October. However, Ice Universe suggests that One UI 7 might be delayed this year as Samsung prioritizes the release of One UI 6.1.1, a larger update than usual. This could be due to the Galaxy S24 series not receiving significant firmware updates since its launch, and rumors claim that One UI 6.1.1 could address the phone’s camera issues while adding new features.

While the delay of One UI 7 might disappoint some users, the potential enhancements in One UI 6.1.1, particularly the AI-powered S Pen feature, could make the wait worthwhile. It remains to be seen whether these rumors will come to fruition, but it’s clear that Samsung is continuing to innovate and refine its software offerings.

Johanna ‘Jojo the Techie’ is a skilled mobile technology expert with over 15 years of hands-on experience, specializing in the Google ecosystem and Pixel devices. Known for her user-friendly approach, she leverages her vast tech support background to provide accessible and insightful coverage on latest technology trends. As a recognized thought leader and official member of #TeamPixel, Johanna ensures she stays at the forefront of Google services and products, making her a reliable source for all things Pixel and ChromeOS.

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