One UI 3.0 vs One UI 2.0: How Samsung improved its software system between these two versions?
The One UI! In my opinion, Samsung’s One UI is the best custom skin built on the Android operating system. Starting with Android 9 based One UI 1.0 to Android 11 based One UI 3.0, Samsung has brought us a lot of exciting new features and improvements with its every new generation.
Samsung One UI developed for different devices such as foldable phones, smartphones, tablets. Even it also powers the company’s smartwatches. Here’s a lighter version of One UI – One UI Core is also made for Samsung’s budget smartphones. Before the One UI, Samsung’s devices came with Android OS based, Samsung Experience UX.
As we know, Samsung has recently unveiled the third generation of its custom skin – One UI 3.0. The One UI 3.0 built on Google’s Android 11 and is the successor of its One UI 2.0 (Android 10). Meanwhile, Samsung has also brought two more versions between the One UI 2.0 and One UI 3.0 – One UI 2.1, and One UI 2.5. Let’s take a brief look at them.
One UI 2.1:
The One UI 2.1 (Android 10) has exclusively released pre-installed with the latest flagship smartphones of Samsung’s S lineup – Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. Followed by other eligible devices of the company has received it as an OTA, while some are still receiving this version of One UI. The One UI 2.1 doesn’t bring major features and UI changes.
One UI 2.5:
Samsung One UI 2.5 is also based on Android 10 and it is released alongside the Galaxy Note 20 series smartphones in August this year. The One UI 2.5 adds some major and improved features including Samsung DeX, a more powerful keyboard, enhanced AOD, SOS features in Messages, and much more. The One UI 2.5 is the last major update for several Samsung smartphones including the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 models.
So, what has changed between the One UI development compared to last year?
If we take a look at the development of One UI, it shows how Samsung has improved its software development ecosystem. And we may find our answers by comparing One UI 2.0 and One UI 3.0.
Rollout Start Date:
Android 10 based One UI 2.o:
Samsung has released the One UI 2.0 built on Android 10 OS from November 28, 2020, for the Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, and S10 5G phones from a well known European country, Germany.
Android 11 based One UI 3.0:
Samsung and Verizon (Mobile Carrier of the US ) have opened the door of the Android 11 based One UI 3.0 for the Galaxy S20 units in the US on December 2, 2020.
The stable update release dates for both One UI 2.0 and One UI 3.0 are too similar. Samsung has impressively maintained to provide a new platform upgrade for its eligible smartphones.
Beta Testing Program:
Samsung One UI 2.0:
Last year, Samsung has started the One UI 2.0 beta testing program for the Galaxy S10 models on October 14. Followed by the Galaxy Note 10 series and older flagships like the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 also joined the One UI 2.0 beta testers family.
Samsung One UI 3.0:
Samsung announced the One UI 3.0 public beta program for the Galaxy S20 series smartphones on September 29, 2020. Following its announcement, the Galaxy Note 20 series phones also listed for the One UI 3.0 beta testing program.
The company hasn’t forgotten inviting in the beta testing for older flagships like the Galaxy Note 10 and S10 models. This year, the Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and, Galaxy Z Flip have also joined the list of smartphones that are experiencing the latest features of the One Ui 3.0 before its public release.
How Samsung improved its software system?
With the One UI 3.0, Samsung has also extended the device participation in the beta testing program. So far, we’ve seen that the mobile service provider carriers are known for a late update rollout for their locked phones. This time, Samsung and Verizon US together proved it false by their good understandings of the Android 11 development.
Till now, Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones locked on Verizon and T-Mobile carriers have received the Android 11 based One UI 3.0 update in the US. Furthermore, the Galaxy S20 series smartphone owners from numerous countries across the globe are also getting the Android 11 upgrade via OTA.
Not that all, the South Korean tech firm hasn’t forgotten rolling out security patch updates for other smartphones. Samsung is simultaneously providing new security updates over the air to its hundreds of device owners who are waiting to get their turn to start experiencing the tons of new features with the One UI 3.0.
Samsung wants to collapse Google’s Android with its updates:
Among several of the One UI 3.0 beta updates, we’ve seen a surprising update. One of the One UI 3.0 beta builds for the Galaxy S20 units arrived having the December 2020 security patch. Samsung has already released December’s security patch 17 days ahead of starting the month of December.
These things clearly show how Samsung has massively improved its software system with the new One UI 3.0 and we can surely expect that Samsung will improve it further.
What do you think about it?
How Samsung can develop its software system to maintain its identity as the best software service provider among all the smartphone makers? Let us know your suggestions in the comments below.
Here’s why Samsung apps start getting One UI 6 support ahead of official release
After One UI 5.1, we started hearing a lot of news, leaks, and rumors about the upcoming One UI 6. Recently, Samsung has also started releasing One UI 6.0 support for stock apps, starting with the Calculator app.
Looking at all this, we can expect that Samsung will provide this support to more apps in the future too. But the question is, why is Samsung providing One UI 6.0 support to its stocks apps before the official release? If you are thinking that by getting their support, you will get some new features in your apps, then it is not only the reason.
Samsung One UI 6.0 support can also bring new features for apps, but the main reason for this is something else. But what? The answer is that Samsung is going to release a new One UI update in the coming weeks or months and the company aims to make its stock apps compatible with that accordingly. Once the app is supported, the app will not stop working or get crash whenever the company releases that update for the smartphone.
A recent report revealed that Samsung’s stable Android 14 update will be available in October. This is the same time frame as last year’s UI rollout, with the latest Galaxy S lineup being the first to secure it. Meanwhile, beta activity is seeing an early start if everything goes as planned by the internals.
Still, for the time being, we can consider this information as a pinch of salt as the company has not yet announced any official timeline for One UI 6.0.
Instead of Camera, Samsung should bring battery upgrade to flagships
Nowadays, smartphones are being heavily used for gaming and photography. Accordingly, phone makers are focussing more and more on upgrading the imaging capabilities and performance of chipsets. So why not, Samsung should now bring battery upgrade to Galaxy flagships.
Battery upgrade should be the next aim
The recently launched Galaxy S23 Ultra brings a high-profile 200-megapixel camera, allowing users to capture lossless shots, even when cropped. With great collaboration between hardware and software, the new Samsung flagships offer peace of mind to consumers, when it comes to battery life.
In addition to camera lovers, people prefer buying a smartphone, which offers great battery life without compromising features and power specifications. In the same way, Samsung is reportedly working, and there’s still room for improvements in flagships battery life.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra could come with a new battery technology inspired by electronic vehicles. The company is considering stacked battery technology for smartphones, which will reduce the size keeping the same mAh and enhanced lifespan.
Since the stacked battery tech could leave more gap inside the phone, Samsung might not think about increasing mAh on flagship phones. Instead, the company may use an additional vacant area for upgrading other hardware elements and better placement.
The S23 Ultra even defeated the years-old leader iPhone in terms of battery performance, thanks to the “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy” processor. Exynos 2400 is reportedly coming to the S24 series in certain markets, which re-creates concern about the phone’s battery life and performance.
That said, Samsung should focus on increasing premium Galaxy phones’ battery life so users can use them longer with a single charge. 45W fast charging is doing quite well, just improvements to battery life would prove as cherry on the cake.
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Poll Results: May 12, 2023
We ran a poll that received 106 votes from our readers’ community. Among all, about 70 percent of readers voted in favor of a battery upgrade instead of the camera, while 23.6 percent want both upgrades together. Meanwhile, 6.6 percent of voters still want Samsung to focus on flagship camera upgrade.
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Samsung 4+5 strategy meets today’s demands of consumers
Tech industry is currently facing a global downturn, forcing companies to shut down businesses in hopeless markets. Promotion no longer remains the only way to sell more smartphones as consumers start comparing products on different aspects; reliability, security and software support.
Samsung, unquestionably meets the demands of consumers, thanks to its 4+5 strategy, ensuring longer Android OS and security updates support. The company is the biggest Android seller in the world, and of course leads the market too, beating rivals like Apple.
Since the Samsung 4+5 strategy still lags behind Apple, when it comes to software support, it is record-breaking in the Android segment. As vendors stop including pre-built charging adapters to reduce e-waste, the EU also mandated longer software support so consumers can keep using a phone longer.
“At Samsung, you get not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 times Android OS updates. And 5 years is a long time, so your palm-sized pal will be in good hands with new regular security patches.”
Software updates play a key role in continuing great smartphone experiences, as well as the releases come with new features and optimization. Android is open source and gets packed with numerous flaws, Google patches them through security releases every month.
Accordingly, Samsung rolls out monthly patches to a large number of Galaxy devices, which ensures the most reliable system and user data protection. Android OS usually gets a new version in the second half of every year, bringing new useful features and life-saving tools to consumers.
Samsung, with its amazing One UI, dominated the Android market. The custom skin is neat, clean, and intuitive, ensuring smoother and more stunning experiences on Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Google introduces 1 each year, but Samsung utilizes it thrice (x.0/x.1/x.1.1), cool enough?
Until the second half of 2020, Samsung supplied two OS updates to all Galaxy devices. Later, the company raised the bar of software and reached up to 3, matching the Android maker. With the S22 launch, the Korean tech giant promised to bring up to 4 OS and 5 years of patches to select Galaxy models.