Samsung Galaxy One UI 5.0 (Android 13) review


prologue

The dust has settled and we’ve had plenty of time to get around all the new stuff One UI 5.0 has to offer.We’ve come a long way since the first iteration of Samsung’s new OS chapter, following Samsung Experience. It’s one of our favorite custom Android skins and the latest version is a big step forward in many ways.

The first thing I noticed was how smooth it feels compared to One UI 4.0.

Second, it’s clear that the developer team has worked hard to bring many new features to an already feature-packed OS. Most of his other OEMs have made minor changes to their new Android overlays, but Samsung’s changelog is a little harder to cover top to bottom. There are new additions in almost every category, from visual changes to internal improvements.

In fact, One UI 5.0 looks like a much bigger update than Android 13 itself. This brings us to our first destination in our One UI 5.0 review.

Android 13

Core Android features are sometimes ignored when other manufacturers update their own OS versions, but Samsung diligently implements them in One UI. His Android 13-specific features are few this year, mostly focused on the visual aspects of his Android’s Material Design look. And these don’t fit his Samsung-unique take on what Android should look like, leaving privacy and notification-focused improvements.

When you install the app and launch it for the first time, the system will ask if you want the app to send you notifications or leave them disabled by default. Notification-related controls are easier to access and always appear at the top of the system menu. A direct shortcut to the app’s internal notification settings is at the bottom of the notification panel. You have more control over the types of notifications your app can send: badges, floating notifications, and lock screen notification cards.

Individual language controls are also available for each app, making me wonder why such a basic feature wasn’t available before.

With Android 13, malicious apps often abused the clipboard as users often copied sensitive data such as phone numbers, emails, credit card numbers, and even passwords, so Android 13 was released after a while. Now deletes clipboard data.

One UI 5.0

visual change

As already mentioned, perhaps one of the biggest improvements is the overall performance of the OS. Ever since the old TouchWiz, Samsung’s software has been notoriously slow in performance. One UI is a lot better than its predecessor, but it still lags behind its rivals in this regard… both literally and figuratively speaking. One of UI 5.0 aims to fix that, and it does to some extent. Samsung has optimized the animations and transitions, making them significantly faster and smoother.

Nevertheless, Samsung still has some work to do as it can think of many other Android iterations that offer a smoother and faster experience.

Other visual changes include improved contrast, new app icons and illustrations throughout the system menus, making it easier to recognize apps and read text.


Home screen, notification shade, settings menu
Home screen, notification shade, settings menu
Home screen, notification shade, settings menu
Home screen, notification shade, settings menu
Home screen, notification shade, settings menu
Home screen, notification shade, settings menu

Home screen, notification shade, settings menu

Again, the accent color palette is automatically generated based on your wallpaper, but this time the system gives you more color combinations to choose from, and you can apply that palette to your app icons as well.


Customization options and wallpaper
Customization options and wallpaper
Customization options and wallpaper

Customization options and wallpaper

You can now stack widgets and switch between stacked widgets with a simple swipe. Note that not all widgets support stacking.


widget stack
widget stack

widget stack

Last but not least, the default dialer now chooses an animated background for each contact by default. Unless, of course, you assign an AR emoji, sticker, or photo of your choice.

new mode

Samsung has introduced a so-called routine. You can choose a mode based on what you’re doing at the moment, perform a specific action, change your sound profile, view settings, or view notifications. for example. Actions of your choice can also trigger specific routines, such as turning on hotspots or airplane mode.


routines and modes
routines and modes
routines and modes
routines and modes

routines and modes

multitasking

A quick way to launch two apps in split-screen mode – a short two-finger swipe from the bottom edge of the display. You can perform the same actions from the recent apps menu.


Split screen and multi-window for all apps
Split screen and multi-window for all apps

Split screen and multi-window for all apps

Device connection

Nothing new in this category, but Samsung makes connecting with nearby devices a little easier.[接続されたデバイス]A sub-menu shows devices available for Smart View connectivity (cast reading screen) or Samsung DeX (if available). Chromecast is also easy to detect and stream audio. When you play a sound from your phone, nearby Chromecasts will appear in the quick panel.

You can also choose to hide notifications once you’ve cast your phone’s screen to your TV, for example, to prevent others from reading sensitive information from your phone.

Camera and gallery, photo and video editing

There are no major changes in camera performance or new modes, but some new features have been added. It’s now easier to zoom in and out with one hand, the Pro mode gets a histogram, you can add custom watermarks and dates to each photo you take, and the telephoto camera now supports a hood mode.

Samsung has tried to ditch the gallery clutter and now lets you customize your home screen. His goal is simple – get rid of the albums you don’t use often and leave the albums you use.


New gallery layout
New gallery layout

New gallery layout

The built-in photo and video editor has some new features. You can create stickers from any photo. Get more ways to edit your GIFs, draw perfect shapes with the pen tool over your videos and photos, and discover 60 new emoji stickers to add to your stills and clips.

samsung keyboard

Apart from additional emojis, the keyboard now inserts predefined facial expressions based on keyboard symbols. Oh, it rearranges keyboard symbols and symbols that pop up next to the spacebar.


samsung keyboard
samsung keyboard

samsung keyboard

Smart text and image recognition

Google introduced something similar with Android 13 on its new Pixel phones. You can now extract text from images, photos and even screenshots. This software can also recognize certain text formats. For example, suggesting specific actions depending on email, phone number, website, etc.


Text recognition in images
Text recognition in images
Text recognition in images

Text recognition in images

It also has security features to search sensitive information such as credit cards, ID cards, passports, etc. When you try to share, you will be prompted to confirm whether you would like to continue sharing this information.

notification

We’ve already touched on the new notification features that come bundled with Android 13, but Samsung has gone the extra mile to offer small improvements of its own. It is to be displayed with a large icon and a corresponding color. The alignment of the text in these notification cards has also been optimized for readability.


new notification card

new notification card

others

Some small new features spread throughout the system include DnD mode exceptions (selected apps are not affected by DnD). RAM Plus can be completely disabled by Device Care, an automatic background optimization that keeps your system running smoothly. Simultaneous timers, enhanced search in the My Files app, redesigned Digital Wellbeing and more.


Digital Wellbeing, Find My Files, DnD Exceptions, RAM Plus
Digital Wellbeing, Find My Files, DnD Exceptions, RAM Plus
Digital Wellbeing, Find My Files, DnD Exceptions, RAM Plus
Digital Wellbeing, Find My Files, DnD Exceptions, RAM Plus
Digital Wellbeing, Find My Files, DnD Exceptions, RAM Plus
Digital Wellbeing, Find My Files, DnD Exceptions, RAM Plus
Digital Wellbeing, Find My Files, DnD Exceptions, RAM Plus

Digital Wellbeing, Find My Files, DnD Exceptions, RAM Plus

final thoughts

Overall, I like what One UI 5.0 has to offer. It’s a huge improvement over 4.0 in many ways, and we believe it’s the main drawback of Samsung’s custom Android overlays, especially when it comes to performance. It’s also a pleasant surprise to see that has become complacent and delivered a rather boring major update this year.

One UI 5.0 with Android 13 Reviews

Still, Samsung has taken care in making changes that don’t completely change the overall feel of One UI. It looks familiar, but has better visuals and features than ever before.


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