Samsung has started rolling out Android 12 + One UI 4 for the Galaxy S21 series worldwide earlier this week. As expected, the update brings a handful of changes that we saw in the One UI 4 Beta. We now learn that the update also enables support for eSIM for customers in the United States.
First revealed by a user RedditThe One UI 4 update for the Galaxy S21 series finally enables the use of an eSIM. Global customers have long enjoyed eSIM support on Samsung’s flagship from early 2021, but this is the first time the feature has hit the states.
eSIM support on the Galaxy S21 was first available with the One UI 4 + Android 12 Beta
XDA Remarks (above) that eSIM support will first be introduced on Galaxy S21 smartphones from Verizon and T-Mobile. Unfortunately, unlocked variants of the flagship do not see the function yet, but this could change soon.
So what does an eSIM do? Well, it allows smartphone owners a second connection without the need for a physical SIM card. This allows users to activate their device with a different wireless operator. This is possible with the Galaxy S21 thanks to the physical SIM card slot and the now activated eSIM support.
It’s worth noting that eSIM functionality for the Galaxy S21 was first spotted during the One UI 4 beta, so its arrival was always at stake.
Samsung’s Android 12 rollout is in full swing, and the Galaxy S21 is already receiving the update. Devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 are still in beta, although a stable update is expected in December.
Samsung is currently the only manufacturer that provides timely software updates for its devices. The Android 12 update for the Galaxy S21 came just a month after Google sent it to Pixel devices. Meanwhile, some other manufacturers have a slightly different schedule.
A recent leak gave us a good picture of Android 12. given by the company Rollout plans for smartphones and tablets. Needless to say, the Korean manufacturer has busy months ahead of them over the next few months. The company also releases the Galaxy S21 FE in January 2022 and the trio of Galaxy S22 smartphones a month later.