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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Samsung Galaxy A04e receives Android 13/One UI 5.0 update with new features, improved UI
One of the entry-level Samsung smartphones – Galaxy A04e is getting the latest Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software update, which brings a lot of new features, user interface improvements, and various customization capabilities.
As per the changelog, Samsung’s Android 13 and One UI 5.0 update brings 16 Color Palettes and basic color options, over 80 additional emojis for emoji pairs, per-app language, Notification permission, Extract text from image feature and new swipe gestures for easier multitasking.
In addition to these, there are Stack Widgets features, Lockdown mode, a new Smart suggestion widget, the ability to turn off RAM Plus, advanced lock screen customization features, as well as three new compartments for Connected devices, Modes and Routines, and Security and Privacy in the settings app.
Other than these, the big software upgrade also brings various user interface changes, such as tweaks to the quick settings panel, notification panel, recent menu, home screen, lock screen, and others.
Last but not least, the One UI 5.0 update for the Galaxy A94e also installs the January 2023 Android security patch that addresses 72 privacy and security-concerned vulnerabilities and exposures.
One can identify the Samsung Galaxy A04e Android 13 One UI 5.0 update through the build version A042FXXU1BWA9. It is currently rolling out in select Asian countries, however, the company should soon expand it in other regions.
Meanwhile, to check if the update has reached your phone or not, you can head to the Software update section in your phone’s Settings.
Samsung’s sweeping One UI 5.1 rollout likely this Feb
Samsung just started the February 2023 security patch rollout for the Galaxy Note 20 series. At the same time, the company is working on the next One UI 5 version for select eligible Galaxy devices. One UI 5.1 rollout is expected to start this Feb, which is now getting verified with big developments.
Consumers have started thinking to install the February 2023 patch update as a pre-One UI 5.1 release, but, Samsung might have a big plan! The Galaxy S20 FE 4G smartphone is testing February 2023 build with One UI 5.1 version under the hood, indicating a wider rollout this Feb.
As spotted by CheckFirm (via), the Galaxy S20 FE’s One UI 5.1 update brings PDA version number G780FXXUAFWB1 (INS – India). As soon as the testing of this firmware concludes, the customers would start getting the changes and features over the air.
S20 FE apart, there are a number of Galaxy devices that are eligible for the One UI 5.1 update including the latest Galaxy S22 series as well as the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. The 5.1 version of One UI may not be available for the Galaxy Note 10 Lite and S10 Lite, while confusion for S20 series and Flip 1st gen.
Samsung amazed Galaxy users with the fastest OS upgrade rollout of One UI 5.0. It’s likely that the company may follow the same path for this new One UI 5.1 version too, and older Galaxy models could get access to new features and improved animation/visuals this month itself.
Samsung One UI 5.1 will rollout for various Galaxy devices, including:
- Galaxy S22 | S22+ | S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 | S21+ | S21 Ultra | S21 FE
- Galaxy S20 | S20+ | S20 Ultra | S20 FE
- Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Fold 4 | Z Flip 4
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 | Z Flip 3
- Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Galaxy Z Flip 5G | Z Flip
Samsung One UI 5.1 expected features changelog:
- Changing the hue for a selfie just got easier
Easily change the hue of your selfies with the Effects button on the side of the screen.
- Quick access to Expert RAW
The Expert RAW app allows you to capture high-quality images without any processing or compression, perfect for those who want to edit their photos later. Accessing Expert RAW is now easier from the Advanced menu.
- Common family album
With Shared Family Album, sharing photos with your family is easier than ever. Gallery recommends photos to add to your shared family album by recognizing your family members’ faces. You also get 5GB of storage per family member (up to 6 people).
- Improved handling
Processing automatically removes shadows and reflections to make your photos look great. You can also recreate GIFs for better resolution and clarity.
- Convenient information display
If you swipe up when viewing a picture or video in your gallery, you can see at a glance when and where the picture was taken, on which device, where it’s stored, and more.
- Search has become more powerful
You can now search for more than one person or item at a time. You can even search for people without tagging their names, just by clicking on their faces.
Choose a location to save screenshots
Now you can save screenshots and screen recordings in a folder of your choice by setting it up in the advanced features.
AR-Zone und AR-Emoji:
- Use 3 Emojis in AR Emoji Camera
Take fun photos and videos with friends (up to 3 people) in mask mode. You can replace your friends’ faces with other characters by clicking the emoji.
- Layout and editing improvements in AR Doodles
The brushes are now available on the main AR Doodle screen for quicker access. You can also resize and move drawings after you create them, and the new eraser tool lets you erase just a portion of your drawings without completely erasing them.
- New battery widget
With the new battery widget you can check the battery level of your Galaxy devices. Right from the home screen, you can see how much battery your smartphone, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch and other supported devices have left.
- Intuitive weather widget
The new illustration style and a summary of the current weather conditions make it easy to know the weather information, whether it’s sunny, cloudy, raining or snowing.
Modes and Scenarios:
- Different wallpapers depending on the mode
Set different wallpapers on the lock screen and the home screen depending on your current activities. Choose a background for work, one for sport and more by setting different modes.
- More conditions and actions for scenarios
Run scripts automatically when you turn on airplane mode or mobile hotspot. Scripts can now open some apps, adjust left/right audio balance, and more. New actions now let you control Quick Share and touch sensitivity, as well as change the ringtone and font style.
- Collaboration in Samsung Notes
Create a shared note that multiple people can edit at the same time. Write a report with colleagues, take notes for a study group, or draw a picture with a friend. The possibilities are endless.
- Inviting to shared apps made easy
Now you can easily invite people to shared albums, notes, and calendars using a link that can be shared across apps like messenger, email, and social networks.
- Advanced multiple controls between Galaxy Book and smartphone
Now you can use your Galaxy Book’s mouse, keyboard, or trackpad not only with your Galaxy tablet, but also with your Galaxy smartphone. You can easily copy and paste text and drag and drop images from one device to another as if it were the same device.
- Media output for WiFi speakers
If you want to continue listening to music on Wi-Fi speakers via Spotify Connect and the built-in Chromecast, simply open the media output from the quick access toolbar, not the music apps.
- Continue surfing on the PC
If you surf the Internet on your smartphone with Samsung Internet and then continue browsing on your PC, you can find the websites you opened on your smartphone and continue browsing them with the PC browser.
- Improved multitasking in DeX
In split screen mode, you can now drag the splitter in the middle of the screen to resize both windows. You can also snap a window to one of its corners so that it takes up a quarter of the screen.
- Settings suggestions
Suggestions are now displayed at the top of the settings screen, letting you know about useful features to try or settings that need your attention so you can enable or try them right away.
- Improved search
You can now search by folder name in bookmarks or by group name in tabs. Improved search logic allows you to find what you’re looking for, even if something is misspelled.
- Faster and easier initial setup of your new Galaxy
If you’re switching to a new Galaxy from a Galaxy or other Android device, simply scan the QR code on your old device to automatically migrate your Wi-Fi networks, Samsung account, and Google account to the new one Device to transfer without typing anything.
- Detailed weather information at a glance
Useful weather information is now displayed on the Weather app’s main screen. You can check severe weather alerts, daily weather reports, hourly precipitation and color temperature charts.
- Bixby text calls
Use Bixby text calls to automatically answer calls and find out the purpose of the call. You see what the caller is saying in a text chat, and you can tap or type replies that are read aloud to the caller. Bixby text calls are only available in English and Korean.
Wait, what? One UI 5.1 removes Color Palette support of volume control interface
Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy S23 smartphones with One UI 5.1 software. This new version of One UI brings plenty of new features and improvements. But at the same time, One UI 5.1 has removed the Color Palette support from the Volume control interface.
The Color Palette feature is one of the most loveable features of Samsung’s custom software as it lets the customers theme their Galaxy phones based on their lock screen or home screen wallpaper. This Color Palette theme applies throughout the device’s user interface as well as on the app icons.
The Korean company significantly improved the Color Palette feature with One UI 5.0 software with the installation of 16 Palettes and Basic Color options. But unfortunately, the new One UI 5.1 seems to be ruining the functionality of the feature.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones are about to go on their first sale but some famous tipsters and tech bloggers have already got their hands on the smartphones. One of the tech bloggers has recently shared a screenshot of the volume panel interface of the S23 Ultra phone that shows that it no longer supports the color palette feature.
In reply to this, various other early users of Galaxy S23 have also shared the same thing. When they apply the color palette throughout the system interface, all compartments are getting themed, except for the Volume Panel.
Maybe, it is a bug of the particular smartphone or the early One UI 5.1 build, but for now, the consumers’ concerns only indicate that the company has removed Color Palette support from the volume control interface.
It will be worth seeing whether Samsung will fix this in the updated version of One UI 5.1 software coming to older Galaxy phones later this month.