Samsung’s Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software is gracing millions of Galaxy devices with its all-new features and impressive user interface. Samsung has significantly improved its user interface with One UI 5.0 software and it’s quite appreciative.
One UI 5.0 sweetened animations, brings new app icons, and some notable changes to the quick settings panel, notification panel, home screen, etc. In this article, we will compare the user interface of Samsung’s previous One UI 4.1 software with the new One UI 5.0 software. Let’s check out what changes the company brings.
One UI 4.1 User interface:
The design of Android 12-based One UI 4.1 is largely similar to Android 12-based One UI 4.0, which Samsung has developed from scratch to provide users with a more comfortable and personalized experience. However, this helps make system-wide navigation more intuitive.
One UI 4.1 Quick Settings Panel brought a larger brightness bar so it’s easier to see and adjust and the notification shade is less transparent. Whereas, the Notification panel introduced separation for silent and alert notifications to make it easier for you to triage information as it arrives.
On the other side, there were no notable changes in the rest of other elements of the user interface.
One UI 5.0 User interface:
One UI 5.0 brings further improvements to Samsung’s user interface. First of all, it has new and bolder app icons that give users a completely new look to their phones. The company has slightly reduced the transparency that improves the visibility of text elements and toggles. Whereas, the brightness slider adopts better dynamic colors from the wallpaper.
Furthermore, the Notification panel has subtle changes in the design. The company has tried to produce a clearer look, at the same time, keeping a separate space for different groups of apps or priority ones. It has received minor optimizations such as a new solid round background shape.
At the same time, if you receive more than one notification from a single application, you will see the icons stack below search other. It not only indicates that there are more notifications but also creates a pleasant effect. Aside from these, the “Notification settings” and “Clear” options placed at the end of the notification shade have also got their own rounded box.
Moving on to the Recent menu, it now has a new feature that will show you the apps running in the background so that you can easily determine what apps are consuming battery when you are not using your phone. Moreover, the Volume panel also gets a few improvements. It now better adopts Color Palette so that it can match your phone’s entire theme.
One UI 5.0 vs One UI 4.1 – Samsung user interface
Samsung One UI 4.1 user interface was good. But with One UI 5.0, the company has tried making it more clear and easy to use. The new notification panel that now has bigger app icons is praised, now you can now more easily choose which notification is useful and which is not.
At the same, the app icons, which are getting some gradient effects, look good and also end that boring sense of the One UI 4.1 interface. The Recent menu is also nice, you can now clearly detect which apps are drawing battery on your phone through the “active in background” function.
Overall, I can say that Samsung has greatly worked to bring us a clearer and more effective user interface on One UI 5.0/Android 13. The new interface’s look and feel remain modern and sleek.
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.