Samsung has a various range of smartphones so that users can get Galaxies as per their needs and budget. However, if you pick some less expensive, or we can say entry-level device, the software experience will also be trimmed down to justify the price.
What we are trying to say, Samsung offers two versions of the One UI in their respective smartphones in which the midrangers and the expensive devices run on the usual One UI while the budget devices offer the One UI Core.
Therefore, the question arises what is the difference between these two UIs as these sound differently same from each other. Well, to help you out on this matter, we will be comparing both the One UIs in this post, so let’s get started.
Difference between One UI and One UI core
As we know the latest iteration of One UI is One UI 3.1 based on Android 11, so keep in mind that the comparison of both the software will be based on the features currently available on the Galaxy devices.
In which, One UI Core is the trimmed-down version of the usual One UI but is specially developed for the low-budget and mid-range Samsung Galaxy phones. That means it has fewer features compared to the One UI that runs on Galaxy phones of the mid-segment and the premium range.
Galaxy smartphones with One UI Core
As we clearly said above, the Core version One UI will be prepacked in the entry-level and some mid-range phones. However, these phones normally sold under the Galaxy M series and A series.
One UI and One UI core difference, as per the features
As we mentioned above, One UI core is the stripped-down version of the One UI, but it doesn’t mean that the user will get a completely unproductive software experience. This implies, that u will face some limitations but it’s not going to affect your daily tasks.
Meanwhile, Samsung retains features such as One-handed Mode, gestures, Focus Mode, Dark Mode, ability to hide apps, Digital well-being, etc. So that overall fun will not be ruined from the main variant of One UI.
On top of this, the Korean tech giant announced recently that most Galaxy smartphones released after 2019 will receive 4 years of security updates in which both the M and A series mobiles are included. This means, you also get better security and stability in addition to the features.
Besides, the features that One UI Core doesn’t offer are mentioned below so that you will get a proper idea, how this light version of One UI is different from the main version.
Good Lock App
Good Lock app of Samsung is used to customize and add functionalities to your Galaxy phone via various modules. In which users of One UI can customize the appearance of the navigation bar, lock screen clock, filter notifications, and much more. However, this app and its modules are not supported in the One UI Core.
This function works via Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone app’ in which the users of the One UI-based smartphones can connect their devices with a PC to view phone notifications, messages, and photos on the computer. You can even make and receive calls on PC. But unfortunately, you can’t do it with One UI Core phones.
This infamous voice assistance is also missing in One UI Core that offers Bixby Routines, Bixby Vision (Samsung’s version of Google Lens), and other features related to voice commands.
This feature of One UI makes Galaxy phones simpler to use as it makes the objects in the phones bigger and convenient for people with bad eyesight and elderly folks. If you are interested in this feature, you should be buying a regular One UI phones, as it is not offered in One UI Core.
Samsung Pay/Pay Mini
It is one of the popular apps of Galaxy smartphones used to make quick online payments, but due to software limitations select One UI Core phones do not support Samsung Pay/Pay Mini.
Knox and Secure Folder
The Phones which have One UI Core lack the full security features offered by Samsung Knox, especially the hardware-based features offered to the midrangers and the premium Galaxy devices. However, the Secure folder is present in some mid-range devices whose hardware has the capability to run that smoothly.
As per the previous version, One UI 2, there were big differences between One UI and One UI Core. But the latest version, namely One UI 3, has added most of the features to One UI Core and those which are still missing will be added in the future after further optimizations.
How to check the One UI variant
- Go to Settings on your Samsung Galaxy phone
- Tap on About phone and select Software information
- Finally, on the upward side, you will see the One UI or One UI Core Version running on your Galaxy device.
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Here’s how to use the clipboard function on One UI 6.1 devices
One UI 6.1 devices have a new feature that lets you access and manage your clipboard more easily. The clipboard is where you can store texts and images that you copy from other apps or websites.
The clipboard function is now part of the keyboard toolbar. You can customize the keyboard toolbar by adding or removing icons as you like.
To use the clipboard function, you need to do the following:
- Open the keyboard by tapping on a text input field.
- Tap on the more icon (···) on the right side of the keyboard toolbar to see all the icons.
- Tap on the clipboard icon to open the clipboard window, where you can see all the items that you have copied.
- Tap on the item that you want to paste in the text input field, or tap on the delete icon to remove the item from the clipboard.
You can also add the clipboard icon to the keyboard toolbar for quicker access. To do this, you need to open the keyboard by tapping on a text input field >> Tap on the more icon (···) >> Press and hold the clipboard icon and drag it to the keyboard toolbar >> Release the clipboard icon when it is in the position that you want on the toolbar.
The clipboard function on One UI 6.1 devices is a handy feature that helps you copy and paste texts and images with ease. You can also adjust the keyboard toolbar to suit your needs and preferences.
Samsung brings Auracast to more devices with One UI 6.1
Samsung has announced that One UI 6.1 will bring Auracast support to more devices. Auracast is a feature that allows users to broadcast the audio they are playing on their devices to nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as headphones, speakers, or other phones.
One UI 6.1 update will come with several new features and enhancements along with the Auracast support for the Galaxy S23 series except for the S23 FE, the Galaxy Z Flip 5, and the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
With One UI 6.1, Samsung is expanding Auracast to more devices, giving users more flexibility and convenience in sharing their audio content. To start an Auracast broadcast, users need to go to Settings >> Bluetooth >> three-dot menu >> Broadcast sound using Auracast.
Several reports suggest that One UI 6.1 will be available for the Galaxy S23 series, the Galaxy Z Flip 5, and the Galaxy Z Fold 5 in the coming days.
One UI 7: These Galaxy A series smartphones are eligible for Android 15 update
Samsung is one of the most popular Android smartphone makers in the world, and its One UI skin is widely known for its features and performance. The latest version of One UI is 6.1, which is based on Android 14. However, Samsung fans are eagerly waiting for the next major update, One UI 7, which will be powered by Android 15.
Android 15 is the upcoming version of Google’s operating system, which is currently in the Developer Preview stage. Samsung will open its Beta Program for One UI 7 for Galaxy devices later this year, after the official release of Android 15.
While it is still early to know the exact features and changes that One UI 7 will bring, we can expect some of the Android 15 features to be integrated into Samsung’s skin, along with some Samsung-specific additions and optimizations.
Based on the previous rollouts, software policy, and experience, we have compiled a list of Galaxy A series smartphones that are likely to receive One UI 7 based on Android 15.
- Galaxy A05s
- Galaxy A15
- Galaxy A25
- Galaxy A14
- Galaxu A24
- Galaxy A34
- Galaxy A54
- Galaxy A33
- Galaxy A53
- Galaxy A73
- Galaxy M14
- Galaxy F14
- Galaxy M34
- Galaxy M54
- Galaxy F54
If your Galaxy phone is not in the list, don’t worry as it will be updated later. The official list will come when the One UI 7 update starts around October 2024.