Home Screen Icons: One UI 4.1 vs Android 13, iOS 15, OxygenOS 12, MIUI 13, ColorOS 12, EMUI 12
Samsung One UI 4.1 is the latest version of its Android 12-based custom skin for Galaxy devices. Over the parent One UI 4.0, the 4.1 iteration of One UI equips significant performance improvements as well as additional features as part of further enhancing the user experiences. However, we are conducting a Home Screen Icons comparison.
Samsung’s bringing powerful multitasking capabilities with the Galaxy devices such as the Edge Panel and bottom bar gestures. Meanwhile, the Home Screen is the most useful function on your smartphone as you access various apps and services. Here, we are going to compare One UI 4.1 Home Screen Icons with every rival.
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Android 13 – Home Screen Icons
Android 12 is the latest “stable” version of Google’s mobile platform. Almost all the OEMs are providing the Android 12-based skins to their devices. However, we have the home screen icons appearance of the upcoming Android 13 OS, thanks to the Developer Preview program.
The Pixel phones feature Pixel Launcher for the home screen settings and customization. Talking about home screen icons, the Android 13 offers circular icons on the home screen above the Google Search widget. Have a look at it in the screenshot mentioned below.
iOS 15 – Home Screen Icons
While Apple is going to introduce the 16th generation of the iOS operating system for its iPhones, iOS 15 is powering almost all iPhones globally. On the home screen, you can find the favorites apps tray with a transparent background appearance, while the icons are placed in a comparatively bigger form factor – squarish with rounded corners.
OxygenOS 12 – Home Screen Icons
OnePlus introduced the Android OS 12-based OxygenOS 12 for its devices last year. This custom skin is said to have the overall UI and features the same as the stock OS, which reflects on the home screen icons as well. In OxygenOS 12, devices have circular icons with a neat and clean appearance, check out below.
MIUI 13 – Home Screen Icons
MIUI 13 is yet another custom Android 12 skin, developed by Chinese phone maker – Xiaomi. Like Huawei, most of the so-called useful yet futuristic features are limited for consumers in China. Coming back to the topic, the MIUI 13 has the same home screen icons as the MIUI 12.5, which we can say is badly copied by Apple iOS.
ColorOS 12 – Home Screen Icons
ColorOS 12 is also based on the Android 12 operating system, introduced by Google. Similar to the Google Pixel smartphones, the ColorOS 12 offers circular icons on the home screen, while they are not entirely circular. At the same time, Oppo let users heavily customize the user interface.
EMUI 12 – Home Screen Icons
Although Huawei claims to be using its own grown HarmonyOS software on almost all devices, its availability has not crossed China’s boundaries. On the other side, Global Huawei devices are nowadays receiving the HarmonyOS-inspired skin called EMUI 12, which is reportedly based on the Android operating system.
Looks a lot similar to the iOS and One UI, the EMUI 12’s homescreen icons have a squarish form factor alongside rounded corners. By default, the apps’ arrangement is set to 4 icons in the favorites tray, while the above side icons feature their title as well.
One UI 4.1 – Home Screen Icons
One UI 4.1 is based on Google’s Android 12 operating system, bringing a unique experience to the Galaxy consumers. We’ve explored almost all the new features and changes, well, here, we’re talking about the home screen icons of the One UI 4.1 software system.
At the bottom, the One UI Home launcher brings a favorites tray, where you can put your most-used apps. Above the favorites tray, you can place your important apps such as social media, and banking/payments apps, which have their titles too.
The overall design of the One UI 4.1’s home screen icons is eye-catching, while talking about the form factor, they are neither wholly squarish nor circular. In addition, you can customize the home screen icons as per your need in order to take the most of your Galaxy.
Yep, I’m sure, you are still loving Samsung One UI 4.1’s Home Screen Icons. If not, let us know, which OEM’s Home Screen Icons 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.
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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.
High hopes for One UI 6.0: The ultimate features wishlist for Samsung users
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.