Samsung regularly releases new updates to improve the features and functionality of One UI. With major updates, the company also brings major changes and new features to the smartphone. In August 2022, Samsung started the One UI 5 beta program for some Galaxy devices, which has brought many new features and improvements, this update has carried some changes to the Notification Panel as well.
Notification Panel! This is the most used feature of the smartphone, whenever we open our smartphone, we open this panel first with the swipe-down gesture on the home screen.
However, it is not a trend that you have to open the notification panel after opening the mobile, but the reason behind this is that you can see the notifications of all apps in this panel. From here, you can directly go to any part of the app that the notification shows.
Major Samsung Notification Panel Changes: One UI 5.0 vs One UI 4.1
At first glance, you may feel that there has been no change in the notification panel of One UI 5 and One UI 4.1, but with the release of the major One UI 5.0 update, there will be some changes, let’s explore them.
If we compare with One UI 4.1, the layout and design of the notification panel of One UI 5 are the same. Starting with the digital clock, the positions of the top icon, date, settings gear icon, and primary quick setting toggles have not changed. Also, the design of the brightness slider remains the same.
However, the One UI 5.0 Notification panel is now less transparent than the previous design to display information more clearly.
App icons in the notifications
To further highlight the app icon in notifications, a circular background has been added behind the icon with One UI 5.0. In One 4.1, the app’s icon appeared along with the notification.
Notification Settings and Clear button
In addition to the app icon in the notification, notification settings, and clear button options have also been enhanced with One UI 5.0 as a black-colored transparent pill shape background has also been added behind them so that now these buttons look more clear.
With One UI 4.1, both options are available but there is no background behind them.
In One UI 4.1, when we open the Notification settings, a page will open where all the settings related to the notification will be there. But now with One UI 5.0, when we open the Notification settings option, the App notification page gets opened.
Google Pixel 8 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Specifications Comparison
At the Made by Google event, Google unveiled its new hardware products. In particular, the Google Pixel 8 Pro is official to challenge the dominance of Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra in the Android market. 7 years of OS upgrades support leaves Samsung in the dust with a huge margin, giving Pixel a big lead.
Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra is equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset, which is the fastest Snapdragon ever made by Qualcomm. Meanwhile, Google’s Pixel 8 Pro is fueled with in-house Tensor G3, which is manufactured by Samsung’s 4nm processing.
In terms of display, Google’s Pixel 8 Pro has an edge over the Galaxy S23 Ultra. With Super Actua Display, the Pixel 8 Pro offers up to 2400 nits of peak brightness, which could be outshined by Samsung’s Galaxy S24 Ultra, coming early next year.
Google upgraded all three camera sensors on the Pixel 8 Pro, giving it a further boost to attract camera lovers. Well, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra will continue to dominate the smartphone camera, thanks to its advanced 200-megapixel camera and software-derived features.
Here’s a quick specifications comparison of Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and Google Pixel 8 Pro.
|Device name||Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra||Google Pixel 8 Pro|
|Release Date||February 1, 2023||October 4, 2023|
|Dimensions||Height: 163.3 mm, Width: 77.9 mm, Thickness: 8.9 mm||Height: 162.6 mm, Width: 76.5 mm, Thickness: 8.8 mm|
|Weight||229 grams||213 grams|
|Network Connectivity||5G Compatible||5G Compatible|
|Processor||Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy (4nm)||Google Tensor G3 (4nm)|
|CPU||1×3.36 GHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510||Nona-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-X3 & 4×2.45 GHz Cortex-A715 & 4×2.15 GHz Cortex-A510)|
|Operating System||Android 13 (4 OS Support)||Android 14 (7 OS Support)|
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 740||Immortalis-G715s MC10|
|Display Type||Dynamic AMOLED 2X||LTPO OLED|
|Screen Size||6.8″ (1Hz t0 120Hz)||6.7″ (1Hz to 120Hz)|
|Screen Resolution||3088 x 1440 px, 500 PPI||2992 x 1344 px, 489 PPI|
|Rear Camera||200 MP P + 12 MP UW + 10 MP T1 + 10MP T2||50 MP P + 48MP UW + 48MP T|
|Battery Capacity||5000 mAh||5050 mAh|
|Fast Charge||Wired: 45W | Wireless: 15W||Wired: 30W | Wireless: 23W|
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.