The Android 12 operating system brought a lot of fun new features last year, and chief among them is the Material You theming language. This is a new development that helps you bring a more connected look to Android while giving you a chance to make your phone completely unique and personalized.
Many Android 12-based smartphones adopted the new design language, Samsung One UI 4 is one of them. It creates a color palette that syncs with your phone’s wallpaper and when enabled, it applies to menus, buttons, backgrounds, and apps throughout your phone.
In your Samsung One UI 4 phone this theme is applicable not only on the company’s stock apps but also on Google apps. But that is not enough, users want these themes to be functional for third-party applications on their phones as well.
To be honest, even I don’t like that all the Samsung and Google applications on your phone are giving it a new look by adopting the same theme, and at the same time, third-party apps which are not applicable for adopting Material You spoil the look of the entire app drawer.
And yes, this could be one of the reasons why some people who use third-party apps don’t use dynamic theming. There are also many people who arrange Samsung and Google apps separately and third-party apps on separate pages.
This is a good idea if you want to apply dynamic themes without spoiling the look of your phone’s app drawer. But this is not what we Samsung One UI or Android fans want. Fortunately, this is going to be changed with the Android 13 One UI 5 upgrade this year.
Samsung Android 13 One 5.0 Third-party themed icons
Two Android 13 beta updates have been released that reveal that third-party apps are free to create their own theme-friendly icons so that you can always have a two-tone icon pack without having to install a custom launcher.
Now, just like Samsung and Google Apps will adopt the Material You theme on your One UI phone, so will third-party apps. Now it seems that we can completely customize our smartphone to our liking to give it a more personal look.
What else are you expecting from the Android 13 One UI 5 upgrade? Let us know through the comment section below.
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Here’s your first look at One UI 5.1 Battery Status Widget [Gallery]
Similar to the Galaxy S23 series, One UI 5.1 software is also an epic creation by Samsung. It loads plenty of exciting features, which can also be experienced without purchasing a Galaxy S23 smartphone. Everything apart, the most awaited Battery Status Widget feature is finally available on the One UI 5.1!
One UI 5.1 version’s new Battery Status Widget feature has two different options and both look wonderful on the screen. You may have been wondering about the availability of these widgets. We guess the company won’t make you wait for long to get this One UI 5.1 upgrade.
The first widget option displays the battery status of the smartphone and connected devices in 4×1 format using circles. The second battery widget looks quite similar to the One UI 5’s Smart Suggestions widget. It brings a rectangular shape and showcases battery status with a green bar.
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Battery Status (circles)
This widget design has a circular ring filled with green color and expands as per the percentage of the battery. Inside the circle, the element also features a device icon and percentage in text for even better understanding. Notably, the Green ring also turns to Red when the battery reaches a down level.
Battery Status (List)
This Smart Suggestions-like looking widget also delivers the battery status of Galaxy ecosystem devices such as smartphone, smartwatch, earbuds, and S Pen. In a list format, the widget box has a header entitled Battery, followed by the battery status of devices with elements like icon, device name, battery bar, and percentage in text.
Interestingly, both widgets look like trimmed-down versions of the ones available in the Apple iOS operating system. Talking about usability, Samsung managed to deliver the same in less space on the screen so you can take full advantage of the display on a single page.
Samsung’s Android 13/One UI 5.0 update released for Galaxy M21 (2021)
The company is releasing this major update with a handful of new features, countless improvements, and various customization abilities. At the same time, Samsung is also revamping the user interface of the Galaxy M21 (2021) smartphone with the One UI 5.0 update.
Eligible customers can now head over to the Settings and Software update section to install this update. You can identify it through the built version M215GDDU2CWA3.
Android 13-based One UI 5.0 brings you 16 Color palettes and basic color options, which now apply more impressively over the UI. There are Stack widgets feature for the Home screen, new multitasking gestures to use Split-screen and Pop-up view with ease, and Notification permission features.
Additionally, the update installs Per-app languages, a new Smart Suggestion widget, the ability to disable RAM Plys, three new Settings menus including Connected devices, Modes and Routines and Security and Privacy, Smart Text Extraction, and much more.
Samsung Keyboard, Samsung DeX, Notifications, Accessibility, and many other compartments are also witnessing multiple improvements and new functions. Whereas, the Camera app is getting a new Picture Watermark feature, a Help guide, improved Single Take, and other features.
Furthermore, the company has slightly tweaked the user interface, made the app icons bolder, and made screen transitions smoother with improved animations. You will see some improvements in the Notification panel and Quick settings panel.
Whereas, the Recent menu now shows apps that are running in the background, which is convenient to know what apps are draining your battery.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Note 9 can install Android 13/One UI 5, thanks to Noble ROM
It’s been years since Samsung introduced the flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 smartphones. The devices are still shining in many hands but the company has officially ended all the major and monthly software update support for them. Despite this, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 users can taste the features of the latest Android 13.
Yes, the consumers of outdated Galaxy S9 and Note 9 smartphones can install the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update in the form of an unofficial firmware called Noble ROM 3.0.
XDA’s developer named AlexisXDA has created the unofficial builds of Samsung’s Android 13 One UI 5.0 software and successfully installed it in the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 smartphones.
The developer has ported the build using the Android 13 release of the modified Galaxy Note 10 Lite and Galaxy S20 to tweak the 2018’s flagships with the newest features and user interface. Obviously, this is not as perfect as the official version but it is the way best way if you want to get new features on your old phone.
Below you can check out what this unofficial Android 13 built will install on your Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9:
Galaxy S9, Note 9 Android 13 features:
- Based on the official One UI 5.0 S20 and N10 Lite with January’s Security Patches.
- All One UI 5 stuffs have been ported successfully
- Odexed, Hardly Debloated and added some tweaks for best performance and better battery.
- Added some tweaks in order to have the best smoothness and general performance!
- Make your ROM! OUR aroma allows you to select everything you want to have on your phone in order to improve the user experience!
- Remappable Bixby Button
- Disabled RMM Lock.
- Google Pay working (Hide it with Magisk)
- Secure Folder working
- Photo Remaster, Object Eraser and Extra Dim available
- Improved zoom quality in Gallery
- Useful cards tab enabled in messages
- Night mode zoom on camera.
- Night mode on hyperlapse.
- Enabled Dolby on Game.
- Power key in notification panel.
- Samsung App Lock.
- iOS 16 Emoji’s selectable in aroma.
- IRIS scanner is broken
- Face unlock and HDMI support are not working
- RAM Plus not shown
- AOD always shows phone charging
- Front camera and HDR
- Super slow motion
- Manual focus on Pro photo and Pro video
- Back Portrait on objects