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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.

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.


Android Updates War: Google’s Game-Changing Move to Outshine Samsung



Samsung July 2023 security patch details

When it comes to Android updates, Samsung is leading the Android world. However, this could be the last day of Samsung’s leadership as Google is expected to double up its current Android updates support for Pixel smartphones launching today.

2020 was a remarkable year in Samsung’s history when the company extended Android updates support from two years to three. A few months later, the company extended the security support as well, totaling it to four years for flagship Galaxy devices.

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In 2022, Samsung launched the Galaxy S22 series, which offers four generations of OS upgrades. In its announcement, the company listed all flagships launched in 2021 and later along with select Galaxy A series smartphones for 4 OS and 5 years of security patches.

With this decision, the South Korean tech giant surpassed Google’s support policy, which owns Android. To be noted, Tensor-powered Pixel smartphones come with three years of Android and five years of monthly security updates support.

Today, Google will launch the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones. And as per the leaks, both phones will offer up to 7 years of software support, surpassing the longest support provided by Apple to its iPhones. Pixel 8 and later might be eligible for 7 major OS upgrades, which sounds a bit confusing.

There are speculations that there will be five major OS versions and 7 years of regular security patches and quarterly Pixel Feature Drops for the latest flagship smartphones. If it happens, it will force other Android vendors to further extend their support.

While Pixel phones are limited to support 3 major OS versions, Samsung is offering 4 generations of OS upgrades to cheaper Galaxy devices that costs approx $249. Samsung won’t take too long to beat Google yet again in terms of software support.

Let’s see, what Google has to offer to the Android world!

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Here’s why Samsung apps start getting One UI 6 support ahead of official release



Samsung Device Care update

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.

Samsung One UI 6 Apps

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.

Samsung confirms One UI 6 and Good Lock features finding underway

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Instead of Camera, Samsung should bring battery upgrade to flagships



Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

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.

What do you think about it, do share your thoughts with us through the Tweet embedded below.

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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