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Samsung Messages vs Google Messages: Battle of user interface and features



Samsung Google Messages features

If you owned a Samsung device, you might have noticed that it came with two messaging apps already installed: Samsung Messages and Google Messages.

Mid-range and inexpensive Samsung phones choose it instead of the former, the default setting on top Galaxy phones. Let’s know which app is better on the basis of its user interface and features.

User Interface

Although Dark Mode is supported by both applications, Samsung Messages does so much better than Google Messages. The former turns completely black when Dark Mode is enabled, whereas the latter just changes to a grey background while keeping the Material You style.

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Conversations are arranged generally starting at the top of Google Messages. The top portion of the screen on Samsung devices, however, is obliged to replicate the One UI reachability design and simply says “Messages.” To order them from the top, simply click on both applications.

While Google Messages places a small dot on the side, Samsung Messages displays a small symbol next to unread chats along with the number of new messages. The latter displays simply one line of preview text whereas the former displays two. While the latter has a search bar, the former has a search icon.

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Conversations in Google Messages are divided into four groups: Personal, Transactions, OTPs, and Offers. Samsung Messages allows you to manually define categories and displays offers, transactions, and upcoming events under its Useful Cards category in a more glanceable layout.

The Contacts tab in Samsung Messages makes it simple to locate and text your favorite people. When you hit the search bar at the top of Google Messages, suggested contacts are displayed. Swiping is used on the latter to swiftly archive conversations, whereas it is not available on the former.

Samsung vs Google – Messages Features

Both apps let you pin conversations to the top, although only one or two can be pinned at a time in Google Messages and up to 20 in Samsung Messages. Additionally, both apps feature group SMS with up to 20 recipients and let users star messages.

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In order to prevent your inbox from becoming cluttered once you’ve finished using them, Google Messages now gives you the option to automatically remove OTP messages after 24 hours.

Even though Samsung Messages doesn’t offer this specific function, it does let you delete older messages if you’ve sent or received 1000 texts, 100 multimedia messages, or 5000 chats.

Both apps offer floating chat bubbles, the ability to configure custom notification sounds, issue read receipts, and copy codes from the notification panel. Additionally, you can change the text size by pinching the screen in or out.

Only Samsung Messages, however, enables you to select a unique background for each session, add a message to the Reminder app, and choose a moniker that other users who aren’t in your contacts will see when you speak.

However, you can configure iPhone reactions in Google Messages such that they display as emojis rather than text messages. So these were the Google Messages vs Samsung Messages on the basis of their UI and applications Features.

On the basis of the above differences, Google Messages won. What is your view on this? Comment below.

Android 13

Samsung One UI 5.0 Features



Samsung One UI 5 top features

On October 12, Samsung officially introduced the One UI 5.0 software iteration and showcased new features and changes. This new Android 13 OS skin brings substantial user interface tweaks and useful functionalities to provide you with a better user experience.

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In late October, Samsung’s Galaxy S22 series began grabbing Stable One UI 5.0 update with Android 13 OS. The Korean tech giant promised that all eligible flagship phones and tablets will be updated before the year ends, while Galaxy devices receive updates ahead of rollout plan.

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We’ve gathered which new features will come with One UI 5.0:

Samsung Messages

With the One UI 4.1, Samsung enabled the capability of creating emoji pairs using the One UI exclusive Keyboard application. The new One UI 5.0 has the ability so you can delete unwanted emoji pairs with the new delete function.

  • Besides “Create” button, One UI 5.0 added a new Delete icon inside the menu that can be accessed by tapping the “+” button.

Lock Screen

Adding extra fun to customization, the One UI 5.0 now allows users to modify the lock screen by using “touch and hold to edit” feature. It lets you easily edit and customize your lock screen by simply touching and holding onto the screen.

  • Touch and hold on the lock screen to enter lock screen edit mode.
  • A “Touch and hold edit” option has also been added to the lock screen settings menu.

Samsung’s Android 13 skin lets you easily change your lock screen wallpaper directly on the lock screen. The newly crafted Wallpapers library has various options including Wallpaper services such as Dynamic lock screen.

How to use Dynamic Lock Screen

Dynamic lock screen is an amazing function that is available on Galaxy smartphones inside the Wallpaper services section. You can access this mode by following the steps written below.

  • Select Wallpaper in the “Touch and hold edit” mode on your lock screen > Scroll down to “Wallpaper services” > Select the arrow on the right > Select Dynamic Lock screen > select Apply.

How to customize lock screen clock style

The “Touch and hold edit” mode is not just limited to the above-mentioned two functions. It also allows you to change and customize your lock screen clock style and colors with easy visual modification tools.

More “how-to” for lock screen

Galaxy users can now edit and customize the notification settings by selecting the preview notifications. There are two options for lock screen Notifications including Icons only and Details, which show a preview as well so you can apply the best settings.

Samsung’s software has another lockscreen feature that makes it possible to open two apps (not any!) without unlocking the smartphone. You can swipe left or right to open apps directly from the lock screen interface.

The One UI 5.0 now allows users to change the apps for both “Left shortcut” and “Left shortcut.” You can assign two of the five available options that can be accessed without unlocking the phone including:

  1. Calculator
  2. Camera
  3. Do not disturb
  4. Flashlight
  5. Voice recorder

Notification Settings

Inside the system Settings, the Notifications section is now reorganized so you can find related menus on a single-screen interface.

Go to Notifications in the settings menu > select App notifications to view the apps list and easily toggle each app’s notification on and off.

You can easily add contact exceptions in the Do not disturb notification settings. Go to “Do not disturb” under notification settings > select Calls and messages > Select + to add contacts to the exceptions list.

Moreover, it’s now easier to add contact exceptions in the Do not disturb notification settings. Just head towards “Do not disturb” under notification settings > select Calls and messages > Select + to add contacts to the exceptions list.

In addition, you can also find DND exceptions for the app under Do not disturb > App notifications, by just simply selecting + to add apps to the exceptions list.


In One UI 5.0 software, you can get quick access to organize Albums by selecting “+” on the top right corner under Gallery > Album. There are several options available including:

  1. Create an album
  2. Create a group, and share an album
  3. Auto update an album.

Furthermore, a new “View all” option has been added at the top for you to quickly access all your albums. And you will be recommended if there are people groups analyzed as the same person to integrate them into one group.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Modes and Routines

Samsung’s Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software system has now renamed the Bixby Routines to Modes and Routines – two different sections for user convenience.

You can utilize different modes to help you focus on your current tasks under the Modes tab, while the 2nd “Routines” tab allows you to add new routines or discover and manage existing routines.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Security and Privacy

Compared to the One UI 4.1, the One UI 5.0 update brings a major change to the security and privacy settings. With the latest upgrade, “Biometrics and security” and “Privacy” have been combined into one menu named “Security and privacy”.

Samsung One UI 5.0 Security and Privacy

Connected Devices

Connected Devices is a new menu that joined other system Settings with the One UI 5.0 update. The company grouped all Connections functions that are now available at a dedicated place called Connected Devices.

Safety and emergency

Safety and Emergency is another important part of a smartphone’s system Settings. In the One UI 5.0, you will notice an updated medical information icon while pressing on the lock screen to make an emergency call.

One UI 5.0 features changes

In addition, you will have options to provide additional medical information. To access new fields, select Medical info in the “Safety and emergency” settings menu and make the update. The safety and emergency settings have been redefined and now provide more detailed configuration.


Edit the Emergency SOS settings by selecting Emergency SOS.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Send messages to your emergency contacts by selecting Emergency sharing.

The “Shown on Lock screen” option has been added for you to enable or disable medical information that should be shown on the lock screen.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Widgets – Home screen

One UI 4.1 debuted the Smart Widget feature, which is now further advanced with the One UI 5.0 update. Now, users can stack multiple widgets to best utilize the space on the home screen.

Samsung One UI 5.0’s Stackable Widget feature allows you to create stack widgets by dragging and dropping option or by long pressing one of the widgets you wish to edit. Once created, you can long press to edit the widget or remove it.

Wallpapers – Home screen

One UI 5.0-based Wallpapers function’s preview screen gives you the option to edit your lock screen and home screen wallpapers. Go to Wallpaper > Select the wallpaper you want > A preview screen will pop up > select Preview to edit the wallpaper.

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In case you select an image from the Samsung Gallery app to use as wallpaper, you can also apply filters to the wallpaper by selecting the “Filter” option at the bottom of the screen.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Color Palette – Dynamic Theming

Aside from this, the new Color Palette feature now offers you a number of palettes inspired by the Wallpaper of your home screen and lock screen. If you don’t want to go ahead with Material You Palettes, there are more ways added with One UI 5.0.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Basic Colors – Color Palette

The Samsung Android 13 update brings a new Basic colors tab in the Color Palette section of Wallpapers settings. You have to access the Color palette under “Wallpaper and style” to view these options.

You can also turn the Color Palette on/off by using the toggle button. Select different wallpaper palettes by choosing Wallpaper colors and Basic colors to view additional color modes.

Weather Widget

One UI 5.0 now incorporates your movement patterns, such as driving, biking, running, or walking in order to provide you with more frequent weather updates. When the “Auto refresh on the go” is enabled, you can’t manually refresh the weather as the button won’t be shown on the weather widget.

Go to Weather widget > select it > select the settings menu on the top > turn on “Auto refresh on the go”. If you are using it the first time, you will receive a pop-up notification to get your permission, select Allow to continue or Don’t allow to dismiss this action.

Edge panel

Edit and All apps icons have been added to the first depth of the edge panel for easy access. You can find them at the bottom of the edge panel.


Integrated Filters: The Filters and My filters tabs have been integrated into the “Filters” menu to provide you with a simplified experience. You can also create your own filter by selecting the + button.

Mode information: The “?” on the top right corner of the camera modes has been removed to provide a cleaner look.

Histogram in Pro Video mode: The Histogram button has been moved from quick settings in Pro Video mode to the preview screen directly for easier access while taking videos.

Single take: Single take options have been simplified for content optimization. The max shooting time has been updated to 15secs (10+5 secs).

Food mode: Telephoto lens is now supported in Food mode.

Pictures Watermark

Watermark can be added to your pictures. You can find watermark under Camera settings. Select the settings wheel on top of your camera > turn on watermark settings. You can edit the model name, date and time, font style and alignment.

Don’t forget to read about One UI 5.0 Watermark in detail

Photo and Video Editor

For the Photo and Video Editor functionality, the One UI 5.0 adds a new Color extraction option for a better experience when you need to extract the color from an image.

Edit a picture > select Draw > Choose a pen to draw > on the pop-up color tool box > select the color extraction tool > a magnifying glass will be shown to help you quickly choose the color.

Easier video trimming

The One UI 5.0 provides a new video trimming button so you can easily adjust the intro and outro of the video. You can edit the video by following these steps: Edit the video > Trim the video > Move the play bar from the beginning or from the end > a trimming button will appear so you can quickly tap and adjust the video.


For Phone Call functionality, the One UI 5.0 brings some basic features but in a lot better ways. You may have surely blocked some of you contacts or other numbers due to certain reasons. If your block list contains more than enough blocked people, the One UI 5.0 allows you to unblock them all at once.

Go to the Phone App > select the 3 dots option on the top > select Settings > select Block numbers.

If you have blocked numbers in the list, there will be a 3 dots option on the top. Select the three dots > “Unblock all numbers” will show > select it. You will receive a pop-up notification to either “Unblock” or “Cancel”.

One UI 5 Introduction Film

Samsung One UI 5 Official Introduction Film

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Android 13

[List] Samsung Android 13 One UI 5.0 Eligible Devices



Android 13 One UI 5

Another new year, another Android OS! While Google introduced the Android 12 last year, 2022 is the year of Android 13. Google officially released Android 13 on August 15, however, we already shared the list of Samsung Galaxy devices confirmed to get the One UI 5.0 upgrade.

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At the Galaxy S22 series launch event, Samsung officially shared its revised Android update policy, which promises up to four generations of major OS upgrades for several Galaxy phones and tablets from the flagship and mid-range Galaxy A series.

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After receiving the One UI 4.1, Samsung consumers’ focus has been shifted to Android 13, therefore, you can check out the confirmed device list of Galaxy devices that will be getting the next major OS upgrade with the new One UI — One UI 5.0.

Note: Samsung started One UI 5 rollout in October, and various Galaxy devices have been upgraded to the new OS.

Galaxy S series

  • Galaxy S22 5G
  • Galaxy S22+ 5G
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy S21 5G
  • Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy S21 FE 5G
  • Galaxy S20 LTE/5G
  • Galaxy S20+ LTE/5G
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy S20 FE LTE/5G
  • Galaxy S10 Lite


Galaxy Note series

  • Galaxy Note 20 LTE/5G
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra LTE/5G
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite


Galaxy Z series

  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip 4 5G
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip LTE/5G


Galaxy A series

  • Galaxy A33 5G
  • Galaxy A53 5G
  • Galaxy A73 5G
  • Galaxy A23
  • Galaxy A13
  • Galaxy A72
  • Galaxy A52s 5G
  • Galaxy A52 LTE/5G
  • Galaxy A71 LTE/5G
  • Galaxy A51 LTE/5G
  • Galaxy Quantum 2
  • Galaxy A42 5G
  • Galaxy A03s
  • Galaxy A32
  • Galaxy A32 5G
  • Galaxy A22
  • Galaxy A22 5G
  • Galaxy A03


Galaxy M series

  • Galaxy M42 5G
  • Galaxy M12
  • Galaxy M62
  • Galaxy M22
  • Galaxy M32
  • Galaxy M32 5G
  • Galaxy M52 5G
  • Galaxy M33
  • Galaxy M23


Galaxy F series

  • Galaxy F42 5G
  • Galaxy F62
  • Galaxy F12
  • Galaxy F22
  • Galaxy F23


Galaxy Tab series

  • Galaxy Tab S7 LTE/5G/Wi-Fi
  • Galaxy Tab S7+ LTE/5G/Wi-Fi
  • Galaxy Tab S7 FE LTE/5G/Wi-Fi
  • Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Galaxy Tab S8
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Galaxy Tab S6 5G
  • Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
  • Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021)


Galaxy Xcover series

  • Galaxy Xcover 5


  • The One UI 5.0 Device List is based on Samsung’s upgrade policy and official statement.
  • One UI 5.0 is based on Android 13 OS.
  • Galaxy S22 received the One UI 5 Beta/Stable first.

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Android 13

Not all Samsung devices getting Android 13 (One UI 5.0), find yours



Android 13 One UI 5

Google debuted Android 13 for eligible Pixel devices in mid-August, and Samsung introduced the Beta version of the new OS – One UI 5 in the same month. The Galaxy S22 series started to get the Stable One UI 5.0, based on Android 13, on October 24.

Meanwhile, Samsung is still conducting Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta testing program for a handful of Galaxy models, however, flagships and select mid-rangers upgraded to the Stable version. Will your device get it? Well, SammyFans is here to tell you whether your Samsung is eligible for the next major upgrade.

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According to Samsung’s current software update policy, Galaxy phones and tablets will get four major Android OS updates and five years of security patches. However, it doesn’t mean that every Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet supports this upgrade policy.

Android 13 One UI 5

Flagship smartphones that launched with Android 11 OS will get 4 Android updates while others will not. On the other hand, as per the old software update policy, Samsung didn’t treat mid-range and flagship phones the same, but the new policy says that some new mid-range phones will also get the same treatment.

Below we have mentioned a table that shows a list of Samsung phones along with their software update support and the Android version that they launched. You can check how long your phone will get updated.

Samsung Android 13 One UI 5.0

Galaxy Foldable series

Device Name Software support Android version at launch
Galaxy Z Flip 3 4 Android, 5-year security patch Android 11
Galaxy Z Flip 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 10
Galaxy Z Fold 3 4 Android, 5-year security patch Android 11
Galaxy Z Fold 2 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 10
Galaxy Fold 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 9


Galaxy S series

Device Name Software support Android version at launch
Galaxy S22 4 Android, 5-year security patch Android 12
Galaxy S21 4 Android, 5-year security patch Android 11
Galaxy S21 FE 4 Android, 5-year security patch Android 11
Galaxy S20 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 10
Galaxy S20 FE 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 10
Galaxy S10 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 9
Galaxy S10 Lite 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 10

Galaxy Note Series

Device Name Software support Android version at launch
Galaxy Note 20 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 10
Galaxy Note 10 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 9
Galaxy Note 10 Lite 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 10


Galaxy A Series

Device Name Software support Android version at launch
Galaxy A73 4 Android, 5-year security patch Android 12
Galaxy A53 4 Android, 5-year security patch Android 12
Galaxy A33 4 Android, 5-year security patch Android 12
Galaxy A13 5G 2 Android, 4-year security patch Android 12
Galaxy A13 4G 2 Android, 4-year security patch Android 11
Galaxy A72 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 11
Galaxy A52 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 11
Galaxy A52s 3 Android, 4-year security patch Android 11
Galaxy A12 2 Android, 4-year security patch Android 11

One UI 5.0 Android 13 

In July 2022, Samsung started an internal Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta build for Samsung employees. In early August, the company started One UI 5.0 Beta Program for Galaxy S22 series smartphones. Moving ahead, the Korean tech giant seeded the Public One UI 5 on October 24.

Galaxy Z Series

  • Galaxy Z Flip 4 – Stable
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 – Stable
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3 – Stable
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 – Stable
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2 – Beta
  • Galaxy Z Flip LTE/5G – Beta

Galaxy S Series

  • Galaxy S22 – Stable
  • Galaxy S22 Plus
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 – Stable
  • Galaxy S21 Plus
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy S20 – Stable
  • Galaxy S20 Plus
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 FE 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy S20 FE – Stable
  • Galaxy S10 Lite – Stable

Galaxy Note Series

  • Galaxy Note 20 – Stable
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite – Stable

Galaxy A Series

  • Galaxy A52 LTE/5G – Stable
  • Galaxy A33 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy A53 – Stable
  • Galaxy A73 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy A72 – Stable
  • Galaxy A71 4G – Stable
  • Galaxy A51 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy A22 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy Quantum 2 – Stable

Galaxy M Series

  • Galaxy M52 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy M32 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy M53 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy M33 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy M42 5G – Stable

Galaxy F Series

  • Galaxy F62 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy F52 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy F42 5G – Stable

Galaxy Tab Series

  • Galaxy Tab S8 – Stable
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Galaxy Tab S7 – Stable
  • Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

Galaxy XCover Series

  • Galaxy XCover 6 Pro – Stable
  • Galaxy XCover 5 – Stable
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