Each teacher has his booklet and each smartphone manufacturer understands Android in his own way, and those who choose to dress it with different options and styles do so in many cases radically. Samsung has done it in a traditional way and its customization layer is still something quite different from "pure" Android, so it is worth seeing the differences between One UI and the rest of Android.
Something that can come in handy especially if we are going to release a mobile of this brand and we have never used a Samsung smartphone before. In some cases they are subtle changes, in others they are functions that we do not see in the Google system and especially a greater degree of customization, although without escaping the South Korean style book.
1. Register with Samsung
He pre-load Samsung phones are similar to what we usually see in general: it asks for a SIM (optional), connect to a WiFi (also optional), select language and region and the minimum that the system requires the user to start. But, in addition to requesting an account for the Google Play Store, in this case we will be able to log in to Samsung Account.
It is a service that Save backup copies of Samsung devices, such as a Galaxy Watch, as well as registration data to use Samsung Health and other manufacturer services on all our devices. If we adjust the policy regarding the treatment of the data, if we are going to use Samsung services and if we consider that it is an option that will make our use more comfortable, we can register and have it ready for the start of the terminal (we will see our avatar in the Settings).
2. Start screen
One UI brought aesthetic news for simplify, reduce distractions and adapt to large screens, as we commented when comparing the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ with other rivals the average size of the screens has increased in recent years. Also thinking about the curves on the screen, characteristics of the brand's high-end.
In this way, what we find are very large icons and a number of preinstalled apps which is not exaggerated, but that integrates some of our own and third-party additions (which we can greatly customize and eliminate before the first start of the system). Samsung comes with apps distributed in an app drawer, but we can leave it all on one desktop.
In this way, we can change the grid of apps, as well as the wallpapers. If we want to do it from the beginning we will have to choose between those in the terminal or go to the Galaxy store or download it from us, but in any case can be set from the home screen itself by pressing and holding to display the configuration screen.
Here we see another characteristic feature of the aesthetics of One UI. The system's own interfaces are minimalist and are divided into two main areas: visualization area and interaction area.
On the left how was the interface of the settings in the previous version of the layer, on the right as it is since the most recent.
The one that interests us is the second, as you might think. It arranges the adjustments in a fairly traditional and deductive way, far from more peculiar orders such as MIUI and its subdivisions, placing the network settings first, then the screen, security and usual sections to end the information of the smartphone.
At a first glance we can see some sections of our own that are not in all layers of software such as Digital Wellbeing or Maintenance, which we will explain and show later. In addition, if we look for something in particular we can use the integrated search engine In the settings, it works quite well.
4. Own and third party apps
Now that we have taken a look at the apps and the settings, we can customize one degree plus interface to our liking We can go to the home screen settings to select a more complete grill (5×5, for example) that allows more icons on a single page and especially that also reduces its size a bit.
We can do the same with toggles from the notification curtain, which can also be rearranged as we usually see in other layers. In addition, what we will also be able to eliminate the apps that we do not need and have been installed, such as some of Samsung's own (we can do it with all but with the own store), those of Google or those of third parties.
The apps that we are preinstalled when starting a Samsung mobile (may vary depending on the mobile and the time).
With this and wallpaper customization, as well as the size and type of font, we finally have one more interface to our liking, whether or not the distribution in drawer is activated. In fact, if we want to try to have only a desk but we regret it, when returning to the distribution in drawer the apps will be as we had left them and there is no need to reorder.
We can choose some of the apps that come preinstalled.
5. Adjust the screen
As with most customization layers, Samsung's allows us to adjust the screen somewhat beyond the factory calibration. In Screen Settings we will find an option to choose color mode (more or less saturated) and be able to adjust the hue of the targets as well as the temperature.
Of course, to be able to adjust the temperature we will have to stay with the most intense color adjustment (that is, the most saturated screen), when the logical thing is that they were separate settings as we see in other layers of software. In any case, we can adapt it a little better to our preferences and there are a number of more interesting additions.
According to which model it is, we will be able to select the resolution that we prefer, as it happens in the top of range that reach higher densities and resolutions that surpass the FullHD +. We can also select which apps we want to run in full screen, now that the phones are more elongated and with fewer frames.
6. Dark Theme and Always On Display
Samsung calls from the beginning Always On Display what has been known as ambient display, that mode of ignition of the screen for the lock that shows the clock and a minimum of information to choose by the user. In this case we can customize it at the level of colors and themes (pulling the Galaxy Store), as well as notifications and a til widget for background audio playback.
He dark theme It has also been contagious among the different layers (in theory also to the future Android Q, or rather Android 10). It is an interface in dark tones for those apps of the system such as general settings, camera or Bixby Home, but not affect third-party apps.
7. System navigation
One UI has some options to choose from in terms of navigation buttons for the system There are the usual ones (back / start / recent tasks) or a more recent option being an approximation to what we see in Android stock, as shooters.
They do not become gestures as such (as we see in EMUI, MIUI or Oxygen OS) but occupy less space in the interface and can be more comfortable or attractive. In any case, the functions are the same and for actions like the one we will see next there are possibilities in both cases.
Whichever navigation system we choose, we will always have access to multitasking. From it we will have the option to activate the view of split screen so that two apps are running at once, and we can quickly go to the previous app if we press the multitasking button twice in a row / slide the square button to the right.
Speaking of viewing two tasks at once there is also the option to popup view, which consists of displaying an app in a floating window as if it were a Windows or Mac app, being able to move it through the screen of your mobile to place it in the part you want (you have to press the button of the three vertical stripes).
9. Camera app
We rarely see a custom app when we talk about layers of manufacturers, even more with the variety of photographic schemes that we see even within the same brand. Samsung has always had its own and in One UI we see that the interface is different from the Android app, as well as its functions.
It is enough intuitive and presents a minimalist aesthetic with white / yellow text on black. You have to scroll through swipes by the different modes, which can be customized from the settings. We will find the HDR, the assistance and some other aspect precisely in the app's own settings, and in the phones that have several types of lenses there will be a button for the change in the automatic mode.
10. Unlocking options
Depending on which mobile phone, a current Samsung can offer traditional lock options (PIN, pattern, etc.) or add others based on the biometrics. Normally we can configure at least the facial recognition, having some options to make the reading more or less demanding (if we do not always wear glasses).
They also usually have fingerprint unlock, which in the case of most mobile phones is with a physical reader located at the back or side, and in other parts of the screen as we have seen from the Samsung Galaxy S10, which is also of ultrasonic technology (usually they are picky). Configuring them is very simple, there is a wizard that guides us step by step so that the fingerprint registration is done completely and we can add several.
11. The maintenance of One UI
In common with other layers of customization is a maintenance suite, which is useful to have centralized some adjustments around the operation of hardware such as the battery, memory and after all that are some help to improve the user experience with the system Specifically we see sections for the battery, storage, RAM and security.
As for the memories we can lighten them, eliminating background tasks or freeing up disk space. The management of the battery allows to choose some way of saving or to visualize which services and apps consume more energy at the moment and during the day, and less useful is the security section that seeks the activation of an antivirus (of doubtful efficiency and benefit) .
12. Mobile phone rest: Digital Health
This section is also expanding between the different layers as well as Android stock (and even iOS since version 12). It is about directly seeing (with a sector chart) the tasks and time we have spent with them during the day, as well as the number of notifications and unlocks. We can also set restrictions of using apps (with a timer) and activating the rest time (a way to automate the do not disturb mode and / or grayscale to disconnect a little more).
13. Advanced functions
In the section with that name in the system settings we find a series of "smart" options that help to have a more comfortable use, and in the end adapt it to our liking.
Some are enabled by default, such as Smart stay (which allows the screen to not turn off while you're watching it).
This function is in the section Movements and gestures, where we also find the possibility of activating the possibility of making screenshots by moving your hand from left to right of the screen (Slide palm to capture) or Digital sensor gestures, which allows more use to the physical fingerprint reader.
In this section there are also some interesting options when it comes to adapting the handling to our liking as Reduce animations. With it the animations are attenuated and some more fluency is achieved (also consuming less battery).
On the other hand and outside this section, One UI also have the option to configure the automatic SOS message delivery via SMS with attached photo. Once configured, to activate it we will only have to press three times in a row on the power button and everything will be sent automatically.
Bixby is Samsung virtual assistant, homologue of Siri (Apple) or Google Assistant. We can call it by voice or access its own screen, which by default is activated by swiping right from the desktop as a center for quick access to information and functions (Bixby Home).
In fact, the interaction and functions of Bixby (Home, Voice, Vision) will depend on each mobile and not everyone will be able to interact with it by voice. Be that as it may, there is always a degree of customization of the information that shows us on your screen.
15. Physical button for Bixby: solutions if you have it and if not
Samsung (finally) gave the possibility to configure two gestures for this button (with one and two keystrokes) so that we can decide which of the two to call the assistant. Thus, in case we are not interested in calling it this way we can establish the simple press (which can happen accidentally) to open another useful app in our case.
The Bixby button is usually below the volume (in the photo the Samsung Galaxy S10 +).
To do this, you have to open the Bixby app by pressing from the button and go to the settings within the menu that emerges when giving the button with three points). In this menu of settings select the option Bixby key and configure it to our liking.
16. Game Launcher
This addition allows to establish a series of automatic actions and some customization of the navigation bar. It is interesting for those who are more gamers because the mobile resources are focused on this task, being able to disable notifications or have easier to make a screenshot, but it is not in all Samsung phones.
17. Only for "the best": Edge display and lighting (bonus: the S Pen)
Samsung flagships have a curved screen and this they wanted to take advantage of in a way beyond aesthetics. How? Using it as a notifier or for quick access.
The Edge screen It is a customizable tab that allows you to have shortcuts to apps, contacts, clipboard content and some other options. Edge Illumination is the LED type effect that we can activate and customize for messenger notifications and calls, so that it lights up upon receipt (and in the case of the call you can see if the mobile is face down).
This illuminates the Edge Screen with a notification.
There is something we can only have if we go to the series Note: the S Pen. In the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ we saw that there were some additions to the pointer software, which optionally has shortcuts to have more features available and a help menu for air gestures if there are compatible apps.