Samsung needs to improve Android 13’s themed icons with One UI 5.1
Android 13’s Themed Icons feature now available in Samsung Galaxy devices in full-fledge. One UI 5.0 now applies dynamic icons on all compatible apps, while, Pixel has a lead in this feature. Samsung brought Android 13’s Themed Icons feature to Galaxy devices but still needs to improve with One UI 5.1.
Themed Icons feature works with Android 13’s Material You design language. Once applied, compatible app icons adopt the same color as the wallpaper-generated color palette to deliver an optimized user interface. Adoption with One UI 5.0 is not so cool, and I wish, Samsung will make it perfect with One UI 5.1.
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Since all applications are not compatible with the dynamic icon feature, the apps screen on Galaxy feels inelegant. For me, personally, the Themed App Icons feature destroys the visibility of the app screen on Galaxy phones, and I keep it turned off usually.
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I’ve seen the same feature in Google Pixel smartphones with Android 13 upgrade. The most interesting thing that I like is that the homescreen icons just adopt wallpaper color, while they keep their original look in the app screen on top of a solid white background.
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Compared to Samsung’s One UI 5, rivals like OnePlus and Oppo brought powerful customization capabilities with their Android 13 skins. I’ve also experienced the Huawei Mate 40 Pro running HarmonyOS 3, which has several features user fall in love with.
Ahead of Android 14, Samsung has a chance to introduce major enhancements for the Dynamic theming function with the One UI 5.1. The company will introduce the next flagship lineup of smartphones this February, which will run One UI 5.1 software out of the box.
For the Galaxy S23 series, it could come with some exclusive features that may be delivered to older Galaxy flagships. However, the user interface and experience part is most important and the Android 13’s dynamic theming must be applied in the right manner by Samsung.
As the themed icons function falls under user interface section, the company needs to work on it in a priority and make it as good as other features. One UI 5.1 might bring changes in improvements in this aspect, however, it’s just a wish and speculation.
It’s great to see that the One UI 5 allows users to completely disable the Color Palette and Themed Icons features, however, it’s not a resolution. If Samsung is bringing such a feature to consumers, it must be greatly created and convenient to use.
Android or iOS: Why my Samsung Galaxy is better than your Apple iPhone
Purchasing a new smartphone can be an easy decision, but it becomes a tough task to upgrade from iOS to Android. To make it easier, we are listing the top 5 reasons and special benefits that make the switch from Apple iPhone to Samsung Galaxy a generous move.
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1. Android app ecosystem
Compared to iOS (iPhone), Samsung Galaxy devices offer two great Android app markets – Google Play Store and Galaxy Store. The Play Store has continued its growth trajectory as the world’s largest app store. Moreover, you’ll find that virtually all of your favorite apps are just a download away on your new Galaxy phone.
2. Wearable ecosystem
Aside from mobile phones, the South Korean tech giant has an impressive array of wearable devices and they all work together in the seamless Galaxy ecosystem. The Galaxy Watch 5 allows you to answer a call, respond to emails, and get real-time feedback.
3. Samsung DeX
iOS can never beat Samsung’s amazing DeX feature, which allows your Galaxy device to power a full desktop experience by connecting it to a monitor or smart TV and pairing a keyboard and mouse. The DeX feature allows you to take full advantage of the processing power of the phone.
4. Secure Folder
One UI introduces the Secure Folder feature, which allows you to separate your most sensitive personal apps. Galaxy users can easily move apps and files into Secure Folder and even have two instances of apps including the first in the Secure Folder and the second on your home screen.
5. Knox Security
Samsung Knox is a complete suite of security features, combining both hardware and software functions. All Galaxy device users get real-time mobile protection and encryption from the moment they turn on their devices. Introduced on the most recent flagship phones, Knox Vault takes that to another level.
Samsung is doing what Android rivals can never copy
Samsung is setting an example in the Android industry by bringing longer OS upgrades to a maximum number of Galaxy devices. While A-series 4 Android upgrades amazed us all last year, Samsung’s silent decision to expand it to the Galaxy M series is just unbelievable, at least for China.
As the world is serious about pushing sustainable efforts, smartphone vendors are also finding ways to support them. Nowadays, premium phones lack a free charger in the box, consumers also want to have a phone that lasts longer without any kind of lags or security concerns for the time being.
Samsung first extended the Galaxy Android support in the second half of 2020. The company confirmed three major OS upgrades for all premium Galaxy devices launched in 2019 and later. Prior to this, the company was committed to offering two major upgrades to all phones and tabs.
At Samsung, there are no limits to innovation, as it’s committed to bringing the best and most stable user experience. Not everyone wants to spend much on a smartphone, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t get longer software support as the Galaxy A is here as a decent option.
At the Galaxy S22 launch event, the South Korean tech giant announced its revised Android support policy. The latest Galaxy software guarantee ensures up to four years of Android plus One UI updates for flagships starting Galaxy S21 and select Galaxy A phones (A53, A73, A54, and A34).
Seeing Samsung’s clever yet iconic move, Android rivals such as OPPO and OnePlus copied the software promise and announced to bring Samsung-like Android updates to their flagships launched in 2023. They copied but there’s a difference, which is not hidden from anyone – CREDIBILITY.
Software version strategy and support can be copied from Samsung’s ecosystem, but China can never do what Galaxy devices can offer. As a striking move, the Galaxy M series begins offering up to 4 generations of Android updates, not all, but the Galaxy M54 becomes the first product.
This way, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor proved that there are no limits to pro-grade features, and can be brought to mid-rangers too. Compared to the Google Pixel flagship (source), Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy M54 phone has longer OS updates support, which isn’t copyable.
Google smartphones starting the Pixel 6 series supports up to five years of monthly security updates. Meanwhile, Samsung is offering the same security patches promise to plenty of Galaxy Z, Galaxy S, Galaxy A, and Galaxy M series smartphones.
Apart from longer support, Samsung is also reducing the firmware deployment delay. With Android 13, the company amazed all Galaxy users and further promised to provide updates even faster with the next Android and One UI versions.
Samsung One UI 6.0 should integrate ultimate Theme Park customization
Samsung Theme Park is a great application, which is available on select Galaxy devices through the Good Lock suite. As Android 14 development continues, hopes are high for the next One UI version and we advise Samsung to integrate Theme Park customization tools into One UI 6.0.
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Theme Park is an app, that belongs to the Good Lock customization suite. The application makes it possible to create a custom theme that consists of wallpaper, keyboard, quick panel, icon, and volume panel. Combining Theme Park tools, Samsung can swiftly make One UI 6.0 the ultimate customizable software.
Theme Park tools should be a part of One UI 6:
Since Good Lock is not available for all Galaxy models and all regions/markets, Theme Park can only be used on a limited scale. At the same time, some users are either unaware of the Good Lock tool or don’t want to enter into the hurdle of creating a custom theme.
Using the Theme tool of the Theme Park app, you can set the wallpaper and get the color combination for the theme. It is somehow similar to the Color Palette but allows you to manually select a main color and a style, which affects the overall color and mood of the theme.
The Keyboard customization tool of Theme Park is also useful. It brings fruitful features such as personalization of Key style, and tap color as well as allows you to use an image on all keys. If you spend some free with the Keyboard tool, you can create give an epic look and feel to it.
Quick panel can’t be customized in the One UI software, except for changing colors derived from the Material You palette. Using the Theme Park app, users can give different color shades to the elements of the Quick panel such as primary toggles, brightness slider, and text as well as blur level of background.
Icon customization is the greatest feature of the Theme Park application. There is a huge directory of shapes that can be altered with One UI’s default icon shapes. Moreover, the tool also lets users pick their preferred color for the icons and background tray.
One UI 5.1 removed Material You theming from the Volume panel to deliver a better user experience. However, it doesn’t mean the Volume panel can’t be customized as the Theme Park app is here to help us. However, we can just assign different colors to the interface elements.
One UI 6
Samsung may begin the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 Beta testing by August 2023. The Galaxy S23 series is ready to become the first Galaxy to run the new One UI 6 software, however, the company is expected to release the official version later this year. We want Samsung to integrate Theme Park tools into the next One UI version.