Samsung Galaxy phones carry an interesting feature called Edge Panels that lets you access various features of One UI. Edge Panels is a quite common feature among Samsung customers, while, there’s a funny variant in OnePlus devices called Smart Sidebar.
OxygenOS’s Smart Sidebar is not really smart as the advanced variant is exclusively available in One UI, and Samsung calls it Edge Panel. Similar to Samsung, OnePlus let users add a handle in the display edge to expand the Smart Sidebar.
Swiping the handle right opens the stripped-down variant of Samsung Edge Panels with a handful of functions and manually added apps. The maximum expansion layout of the OnePlus’ Sidebar is 6 × 2, and users can access the remaining apps by scrolling down.
Talking about responsiveness, it adopts both light and dark modes as per the phone’s settings, however, the handle allows users to adjust the position throughout the edge. The look and feel of this feature are basic with solid background color and it has a button letting you customize the apps and buttons.
On contrary, Samsung lets you quickly access your favorite apps, features, and contacts from Edge panels. Unlike the limited possibilities of the OnePlus Sidebar, Samsung’s Edge Panels feature offers users add up to 10 panels that can be accessed through pagination functionality.
The panels include Tasks, Tools, Edge People, Apps, Smart select, People, Live messages, Weather, Reminder, Clipboard, System Monitor, Calendar and Direct Call. All of these panels have additional features and tools that take the user’s experience to a whole new level.
The design of Edge Panels is pretty awesome with a layout of 6 × 2, similar to the OnePlus Smart Sidebar. Instead of solid colors, the Edge Panels feature has a transparent feel that makes icons and text clearly visible. You can also access more added apps by scrolling down from the Apps Edge panel.
Not that all! There’s a lot to explore about Samsung Edge Panels.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 Defy Expectations, Dominating Sales in Gulf Countries!
Samsung announced that sales of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 have exceeded the sales of their predecessors in key markets, specifically in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Turkey.
Thanks to the increase in demand, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 came in first place, accounting for 54 percent of total sales. The two colors “Graphite” and “Mint” were the favorites among buyers, accounting for 33 percent and 29 percent.
On the other hand, the two colors “Phantom Black” and “Ice Blue” were the most prominent for the Galaxy Z Fold5, and they accounted for 44% and 37% of the phone.
It seemed remarkable that the 1 TB storage option in the Galaxy Z Fold 5 witnessed a four-fold increase over its predecessor, paving the way for an exciting future in the world of smartphones.
This series has revolutionized daily efficiency with its many features, including Multi Window and App Continuity, and its range of functions, including the taskbar, drag and drop, and third-party application optimization.
4 Samsung Galaxy smartphones getting September 2023 security update
Samsung already rolled out a September 2023 security update for a bunch of Galaxy devices and the company is now making it available for 4 more Galaxy smartphones – Galaxy A32, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A02, and Galaxy M02. The latest update improves system security and stability by installing the latest Android security patch.
September 2023 security patch mends over 60 flaws, which are mainly related to Samsung Keyboard, Dual Messenger, Knox AI, Phone and Messaging Storage, One UI Home, Weather, and more.
- Galaxy A32 5G – A326U1UESBDWI1
- Galaxy A21s – A217FXXSADWI1
- Galaxy A02 – A022GDXS3BWH1
- Galaxy M02 – M022FXXS3BWH1
How to Update:
If you have received the notification of the update then install it now to get a bug-free experience. You can also check the update by visiting the Settings app on your smartphone and opening the Software Update section.
Now, click on the Download and install option. If any update is available, you can follow the on-screen instructions to install the update on your Galaxy smartphone.
One UI 6.0 vs. 5.1: Uncovering the Striking Transformation in Notification and Quick Panel
Samsung’s latest One UI skin brings a redesigned Quick Panel. Compared to the One UI 5.1, the Notification and Quick Panel of One UI 6.0 look way better and clean. And some minor user interface tweaks offer an intuitive user experience and easier access.
Since both screenshots are taken in Light mode setting, anyone can easily spot the difference. At first, the bright color of the Notification Panel got dim, resulting in a clean and vibrant interface.
Rather than the section, UI elements got bright to better showcase the section. In One UI 5.1, the clock can be seen at the top left corner, which is aligned before the Day, and Date in One UI 6.0.
Notification Panel – One UI 5.1 [L] | One UI 6.0 [R]
Talking about the Quick Panel, the differences are huge. One UI 5.1 version has quick settings toggles in the basic manner. However, the elements are well-organized in the new One UI 6.0 software.
The first row consists of two large tiles for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. After that, there’s a large square section, which has a total of 12 toggles, with users can access more toggles through the pagination function.
Next to the second section, the third row has a large rectangular space, which consists of the Brightness slider as well as the Eye comfort shield and Light/Dark mode toggles. At last, two large tiles are aligned to incorporate:
- Smart View
- Device control.
Quick Panel – One UI 5.1 [L] | One UI 6.0 [R]
One UI 6.0 Update
Samsung will unveil the new One UI 6.0 software at this year’s Developers Conference next month. It’s likely that the Galaxy S23 series will begin getting the Stable Android 14 update in late October. Within 2023, all eligible Galaxy devices are expected to be updated with the new software.