Google Android 12 comes with several new privacy settings, such as a new privacy dashboard, visual indicators for camera and microphone access, and the ability to share approximate location with toggles and apps to enable/disable the camera and microphone.
Samsung has integrated all of these features into One UI 4, the latest version of the custom skin based on Android 12, but the implementation is a little different. If you’ve got the latest Galaxy S22 series device or you have a Samsung phone with One UI 4.0 or higher (One UI 4.1).
Samsung One UI 4.1 – Privacy Feature
Samsung One UI 4.1 allows users to access all the new privacy settings on their Galaxy devices by going to the Privacy section of the Settings app. Samsung’s execution of new privacy features is a little different. One UI 4.1 on the Galaxy S22 Ultra integrates into the core privacy settings instead of emphasizing Android 12’s new privacy dashboard feature.
As shown in the Privacy Dashboard on Google Pixel devices running Android 12, all authorization usage information appears at the top of the Privacy Settings on Galaxy devices running One UI 4.1. The graph shows the number of apps that have been accessing the camera, microphone, and device location permissions for the past 24 hours.
Android 13 (Beta) – Privacy Feature
Google’s Android 12 may be in the process of being released for smartphones and tablets, but the company is already working on Android 13. The company announced the first developer preview for the operating system in February, with updates expected every month until July, after which a final release is expected.
Android 13 is the next major version of Google’s mobile operating system and has already launched two developer previews. Android 13 is a big update for 2022, and Google is adding more privacy functionality. In the second DP, Google adds a new quick settings shortcut to your privacy controls and security settings.
The Security & Privacy button will be available in Quick Settings after you get the latest version. It does not turn anything on or off, but it does link you to a new menu with a mic, camera, and toggles for location access. This new button is labeled “Check Status”. Below the toggles, the new menu also gives you a link to the phone security settings.
iOS 15 – Privacy Feature
Talking about the Apple iOS 15 Privacy feature, which helps users better control and manages access to their data. As the company continues to expand its commitment to privacy with features such as app tracking transparency and privacy nutrition labels in the App Store, these features represent the latest innovations in Apple’s privacy oversight.
iOS 15 also comes with some additional features for users. With share current location users can easily share their current location with the app without giving the developer further access after that session. And the Advanced Photos limited library access, developers can provide smart functionality such as the recent photos folder for specific albums, even if the user is granted limited access.
OxygenOS 12 – Privacy Feature
Last year, OnePlus officially released the stable version of the OxygenOS 12 update for its eligible devices, and this custom UI is based on Android 12. This latest version comes with many new changes to the overall users’ interface. But with the new Privacy dashboard and the advanced camera and microphone access toggles users can feel very safe and secure.
You will receive a “dot” notification at the top right to indicate that your camera or microphone has been accessed. Extending the notification shade and tapping the small icon will bring up another pop-up indicating which apps have recently accessed the hardware on your device. It’s great for responsiveness and it’s very useful to be able to block access to the microphone and camera with the notification shade toggle tap.
MIUI 13 – Privacy Feature
Now coming to another Chinese customer UI, MIUI 13 it also has some new features and performance enhancements, including new privacy features, a new system font, a bunch of cool wallpapers, and an optimized version for tablets. Xiaomi has also worked to make MIUI 13 more secure for end-users with new features such as Face Verification Protection, Privacy Watermark, and Fraud Protection.
ColorOS 12 – Privacy Feature
ColorOS 12 is also based on the Android 12 operating system offered by Google. And custom UI also offers the latest privacy enhancements. Users can find new features such as a privacy dashboard, microphone, and camera indicators, and approximate location sharing. In addition to integrating these Android 12 features, ColorOS 12 has its own privacy tool called Anti-Peeping Notifications.
EMUI 12 – Privacy Feature
EMUI 12 includes new features that enhance the user experience. On the other hand, the new EMUI 12 improves the security features to help you to manage your phone in a secure manner. The new EMUI 12 security features include several new enhancements to the system to provide a better user experience.
New compact features have been added to the software that allows you to set your watch as a trusted device for your phone for added security. When connected, you can unlock the phone via the Face Unlock feature.
What’s the conclusion?
Android is an open-source OS known for its customizable nature. OEMs typically develop their own custom skins that run on Android to differentiate the UI on their phones from many devices on the market.
Likewise, in the overall experience of One UI 4.1’s Privacy features, Samsung has done a great job. Your Galaxy smartphone provides convenient privacy settings for keeping things like your app usage, location data, and passwords better protected.
Well, I know that you will still give preference to Samsung One UI 4.1 privacy features. If not, let us know, which OEM’s Privacy features you like the most through the comments section and social media.
Samsung Galaxy A54 already kills the Google Pixel 7a
Google is about to introduce the Pixel 7a, a new affordable smartphone to its Android portfolio. The Pixel 6a made excellent profits for the OEM, which is benefiting fruitful upgrades on its sequel, however, Samsung Galaxy A54 is still a great choice over the Google Pixel 7a.
Samsung Galaxy A54 is way better than Google Pixel 7a, let’s compare key specs.
Google’s upcoming Pixel 7a reportedly brings a 6.1 inches OLED display, with a 90Hz refresh rate, up from 6a’s 60Hz. While the Pixel 7a is getting an upgrade to a 90Hz panel, Samsung’s Galaxy A54 is already equipped with a pro-grade 6.4 inches 120Hz Super AMOLED screen.
Pixel 7a is also getting upgrade in the main camera as a new 64-megapixel sensor, which features optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus technology. On the flip side, the Galaxy A54 brings a 50-megapixel primary camera, which delivers stunning images anytime, anywhere.
Moreover, both smartphones come with a 12-megapixel ultrawide image sensor with the same f/2.2. While Google’s upcoming phone is capped at two sensors for imaging, the Galaxy A54 features a 5-megapixel macro lens so you can capture close-up shots, such as nature, too.
Samsung’s best 2023 mid-range phone is equipped with a 32-megapixel front camera, while Pixel 7a reportedly brings a 10.8-megapixel lens for selfies and video calling. Notably, both phones promise great AI capabilities to let you shoot in the nighttime too.
Both phones feature matching designs as Samsung and Google’s flagship portfolios. The Pixel 7a brings a horizontal bar on the camera lenses, which expands from the left to right end, which seems thin compared to Pixel 7. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A54 has the same design as the Galaxy S23 flagship.
The Galaxy A54 runs One UI 5.1 out of the box, while the Pixel 7a runs Android 13 in its purest form. Google owns Android, but the real and longest support provider is Samsung. With A54, you will get OS upgrades up to Android 17, while Pixel 7a will stick to Android 16.
Performance & Battery
Samsung’s own-made Exynos 1380 5nm processor powers the Galaxy A54, which is an octa-core chip featuring 4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 and a Mali-G68 MP5 GPU.
The Pixel 7a brings 5nm Tensor G2 processor, featuring 2×2.85 GHz Cortex-X1 & 2×2.35 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55 and Mali-G710 MP7 GPU.
In terms of battery and charging, the Galaxy A54 is packed with a 5000 mAh battery, supported by 25W fast charging. Pixel 7a, on the other hand, has a slightly smaller, 4500 mAh battery, which can be charged through a 20W charger along with wireless charging that Galaxy A54 lacks.
One UI 5.1 Vs Android 13 – Ultimate battery widget comparison
Battery Widget is the biggest and most noticeable addition to the One UI 5.1 software. Samsung phones just got the new battery status widget, while Android 13 already has one, which is somehow better than the One UI 5.1, let’s dive into the ultimate comparison.
Battery Widget: One UI 5.1 Vs Android 13
Showcased at the SDC 2023, Samsung’s Battery Widget arrive on Galaxy devices with the One UI 5.1 update in February. Galaxy users after upgrading their phone to the One UI 5.1 version can use the feature to get updated with info about how much juice is left in their devices.
One UI 5.1’s battery status widget introduces two different styles including a “Circles” 4×1 and a “List” 4×2. You can expand the area by two times vertically, while it’s not possible to reduce the occupation area, which is the worst thing I noticed.
On the other hand, the Android 13 battery widget has just a single choice but it’s way too advance, as compared to the One UI 5.1. The widget takes size as per the number of devices paired with the smartphone, if you don’t have any, it will remain single-linear.
One UI vs Android
Not that all, the widget is interactive as the system Settings’ battery tab gets opened as soon as you tap the widget. Similar to One UI 5.1, the Android 13’s widget adapts to system settings whether it’s in Light mode or Dark mode for a well-optimized home screen appearance.
Earlier, we compared the Battery widget of One UI 5.1 and Apple iOS 16, which was a tough fight between both. However, the One UI requires work on optimization and usability improvements are necessary to make it better than rivals including Android and iOS.
Since One UI 5.1’s battery widget is just the initial version, we believe Samsung will work on it and make notable improvements. The One UI 6.0 will be the next major version for Galaxy devices, likely to release later this year, you can check our features wishlist below.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra: Camera Design
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a camera beast and brings a massive upgrade in features as compared to S22 Ultra but the design of this successor needs to be explored. In that case, we’ll have to do a comparison.
For your information, this comparison will look into the structure, layout, shape, lens count, and some key specifications of the rear camera module.
First comes the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which features a quad camera including a laser autofocus sensor and an LED flash. This system has two columns, the left side starts with a 12MP ultra wide-angle camera, followed by a 108MP wide-angle/main camera and the third one is a 10MP 10x periscope zoom camera.
The second column consists of a laser autofocus, an LED flash, and a secondary telephoto camera, capable of 3x zoom. Actually, the S22 Ultra resembles the S21 Ultra but without that large camera bump.
(Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – Left, Galaxy S22 Ultra – Right)
If you look closely at the S23 Ultra, the difference between the camera structure and the aesthetics is barely noticeable. Because the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra willfully carries the camera design and layout from the S22 Ultra. Specifically, the first and second columns are identical in both devices. This is causing a variation in opinion among consumers who were expecting a major makeover.
Speaking of major, this flagship stands as a 200MP camera powerhouse. Using a super-resolution sensor, Samsung promises high-quality photography and robust optical image stabilization in videos.
Aside from the layout and lens, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra brings a brand-new silver outsole ring. This tweak makes the entire module big, bulky, and elegant as compared to the past version.
In terms of appearance, this premium device strikes full marks for those new optimizations and it will definitely catch your eyes on the first look.