Smartphones have without a doubt taken over the world. Well, who wouldn’t want a tool that would let you do most of the things that you need to do for the day; talk to your family and friends, email your boss, play games, document your life, manage your business, etc. That is the reason why many new smartphone companies have capitalized on being the best. They sell the idea of having everything done and connect possibilities with just a touch.
One of the frontrunners, of course, is Samsung, which has dramatically competed with Apple in the last decade, improving every feature and gimmick that they present, and broadening their product portfolio – that caters to both high end and low-end markets. But, as a smartphone user, there is one thing that makes or breaks a brand, its operating system
For the last decade, Samsung has been criticized for not being able to make great software. You know, the one that really stands out. But, not until this time since Samsung is about to release their own UI called “One UI.”
As the smartphone giant is set to unveil a series of new smartphones tomorrow, including the widely leaked Galaxy S10 series, the brand announced that all of them would be running the new “One UI” software, which is built on top of Android 9 Pie.
Many reviews of the new Samsung ‘One UI’ has so many good things to say about the new software. According to a review made by The Verge, the One UI software has four key parts:
- Since it is an update to Android 9 Pie, users will get a lot of small features for free.
- The look has been updated as it sports a cleaner and more pleasing aesthetic.
- There are millions of hidden features in every corner of the OS, including the “dark mode.”
- Lastly, big and giant header text inside apps.
“Others will remind people of the bad old days of TouchWiz. But, overall Samsung is doing a better job of surfacing them progressively as you use the phone, instead of asking you to wade through arcane and opaquely named settings screens in the first 15 minutes of using the phone.” The Verge wrote.
“When you open up an app like Messages or Settings you’ll see the name of the app in a field of white (or black, in dark mode) that takes up the entire top half of the screen. When you scroll, though, the giant header shrinks down, and you have a full screen of content.”
The new bigger header text is not just an aesthetic choice, The Verge argues. “The idea is that it makes it easier for your thumb to actually reach the thing you want because it’s pushed down to the bottom half of the screen. Our phones are so big, the thinking goes, that it’s better to toss away half the screen to a header and let us reach something quickly.”
However, as great features come with the new software, one thing concerns the users – as it is a Samsung software, there could be a possibility that it can not be udpated as much as people expect it to.
“I don’t think that’s necessarily a huge problem for security so long as it ships monthly security updates. But when the next big version of Android comes around, you’re much less likely to get it on the S10 being announced tomorrow than you are on a Google Pixel phone.” Dieter Bohn wrote for The Verge
But hey, that’s not a reason to dismiss this innovation. Besides, we are moving towards a more significant and brighter era of smartphones, and we should be able to embrace it happily! /apr