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One UI 6 Review: Samsung’s approach to new and refreshed Android experience

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Samsung introduced One UI 6 at the Developer’s Conference last year, in October 2023. With rolling it out internationally, the Galaxy S23 series was the first to receive the stable update. The One UI 6 is the next iteration over the top of the latest Android 14, which sports not-so-big revamps and overhauls, but Galaxy enthusiasts will love the new and refreshed Galaxy One UI experience. So lets talk about One UI 6 Review.

Samsung One UI 6 Review

With that, if noticed well, the One UI 6.0 has arrived with a number of noticeable changes and enhancements that certainly refresh your Galaxy user experience. As mentioned, the newest One UI iteration doesn’t come with a massive overhaul while upgrading from the Android 13-based One UI 5 but can create a bigger impact on your Android experience. Simultaneously, with some smaller tweaks, you will also notice that most of the UI features look similar, and apparently, which doesn’t require to be changed anyway.

In the meantime, there’s a lot to look for in terms of features and tweaks of the newest and Samsung’s most refreshed Android 14-based One UI 6. Samsung has significantly bumped up some interesting improvements, especially those that can be easily noticed in the lock screen, quick settings, and notification panel. Let’s dive into a detailed look at what the Korean brand has to offer with its Android 14 X One UI 6.0 for users.

Here’s One UI 6 for you!

Colorful Quick Settings Panel

With a new and refreshed look, Samsung has added some colors to the UI of the Quick Settings panel. The most preferred Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options received their own dedicated, enlarged tiles. In contrast, with the addition of the new Quick Settings Instant Access setting, if toggled on, users will be able to swipe down from the right corner to access only the Quick panel and not the notifications received, which looks impressive and several other brands do offer this capability, including Xiaomi, and is admired by most of the customers.

At the same time, the One UI 6.0 Quick Panel refresh has significantly removed the most comfortable one-handed mode from the Quick Settings, making a few of the most used tiles, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, even harder to reach as they have been placed on the top of the panel and also can’t be repositioned, which is slightly annoying. However, other quick settings tiles can be easily customized as per your preference.

The Notification Panel

Samsung has provided a comfortable way to easily access your notifications by adding separate cards for every incoming notification. This makes it very easy for users to configure their most important and preferred notifications first. There’s a notification grouping feature in which if a notification arrives from the same application, it will automatically be grouped together with the older notifications, but you will still be able to see the separate card for each notification.

While streaming music, you will be able to see interesting visuals. You will notice the background of the song that’s currently playing on the progress bar with a unique visualizer or sound waves produced as your song is playing.

The lock screen gets a new clock repositioning capability

With the One UI 6, Samsung has significantly added a new capability that will allow users to change the position of the clock as per their preferences on their lock screen.

Simplified Home Screen

Samsung has offered a fresh, clean, and more simplified look to the home screen by removing the words, including Galaxy and Samsung, from a few applications’ names so that they can be short and easily scanned. For example, the Galaxy Store will just be Store, while the word Galaxy has been removed from it.

Samsung Keyboard grabs the new Emoji designs

Samsung has upgraded its keyboard and provided a fresh look to the emoji designs. Users will notice an all-new look to their emojis while sending them to their social media posts, texts, and everywhere. With that, One UI 6 also has a new default font that offers an elegant look to your fonts, which could be liked by some users, while others might not like the change, and apparently most of the users haven’t easily noticed it yet.

Camera settings and Gallery app refreshments

In terms of camera capabilities, Samsung has pushed some significant enhancements; the most useful customization is the capability to add the watermark, while Samsung didn’t have its own iconic watermark earlier. You can easily customize the watermark as per your preference.

With regards to the gallery app, a new Details option lets you add more depth to your picture editing, helping you improve your editing skills a little more. The new details options include several options like remaster, portrait effect, and object eraser, respectively.

Helpful Weather and Camera Widget

The addition of two new and interactive widgets, the Weather and the Camera widgets, gives your home screen a different look and some useful information at a glance. The first one, the Weather widget, offers quick information about the current weather along with temperature and future forecasts at your location, which is helpful when you have planned a long road trip with your bunch of friends and want to see whether the forecast conditions are considerable or not. On the other hand, the Camera widget acts like a shortcut that allows you to quickly get to enter the Camera app with a specific mode.

Studio: a dedicated video editor

The impressive addition of a dedicated Studio app for video editing can be found to be very helpful and a nice icing on the cake! For users who are dedicated to making videos and love to share them with their friends and followers, especially social media influencers, this new addition would be very useful.

In contrast, earlier, users were only able to edit their videos using their default Gallery app. You can easily access and use the Studio app while tapping on the hamburger icon at the bottom right corner of your Gallery app. However, the slightly disappointing aspect is that Samsung has not provided a separate app icon for the Studio app yet.

At the same time, other than editing filters from the Gallery app, Samsung’s Studio app will let users have a more ambitious and interactive video editing experience. A well-managed and organized video editing system is perfectly equivalent to the best video results.

Modes are now directed to Lock Screen, resembling iOS 17 to some extent

Samsung should have taken inspiration from Apple’s latest iOS 17, which allows users to set different lock screens for every separate mode. At the same time, Samsung introduced Modes and Routine features with the One UI 5, which was followed by the introduction of the capability to set wallpapers as per your scheduled routine with the One UI 5.1 update.

In simple words, while editing your lock screen with your respective mode turned on, you are actually editing that specific mode’s version of your lock screen, which could be significantly helpful when you wish to edit your preferred activity, including any shortcut to a specific mode, on the basis of what you are currently doing.

However, Apple, apparently, offers to style your lock screen according to each Focus mode, while Samsung doesn’t provide such capability, and your lock screen mode edits get stuck within the particular mode only. On the other hand, with One UI 6, there’s no such ability to change the mode directly from your lock screen, but on iOS 17, you can do so. In contrast, Samsung has adopted the iOS 17 functionality, but it doesn’t prove to be an up-to-date feature.

Your Galaxy device has a new auto-blocker feature for enhanced security

Samsung added a new auto-blocker feature with One UI 6. You can get it enabled by navigating through your device’s Settings >> Security and Privacy, which is turned off by default. This feature must be turned on, as it protects your device and prevents your device from installing applications from unauthorized app stores.

The auto-blocker feature works by blocking certain unauthorized and unauthenticated app stores, protecting your device from several phishing attacks, and enhancing the security and authentication of your devices. With that, malicious chargers, computers, and other devices won’t be able to send commands to your device when it’s connected using a USB cable. Other than that, there are two additional options under the advanced sections, including messaging app protection and blocking software updates by USB cable, which should be turned on for more advanced security and protection.

Final words

Samsung has always ensured to offer a more interactive and advanced user experience with the help of its One UI, which significantly results in a mesmerizing reach for users with a number of new features and enhancements. With One UI 6.0, Samsung has kept every aspect in a very innovative and balanced manner, and Samsung enthusiasts will admire the overall performance of the One UI 6. However, some features aren’t up to the mark, while others prove to be very satisfactory.

In contrast, Samsung stepped up, offering serious competition among several other brands within the tech industry with the introduction of its latest and next One UI iteration, the One UI 6.1, which will be based on Android 14. On the flip side, it’s already been confirmed that the latest One UI 6.1 will be incorporated within its forthcoming and most-awaited Samsung Galaxy S24 series, featuring some of the most advanced and innovative AI capabilities and features, and this time, with the inclusion of the new One UI 6.1, the upcoming Galaxy S-series will be AI-powered!


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Samsung Officially Announces One UI 6.1 Update with Galaxy AI for Galaxy S22, Fold4, Flip4, and Tab S8 in May

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Samsung has officially confirmed that it will provide Galaxy AI features with One UI 6.1 to several devices, including the Galaxy S22, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, and Galaxy Tab S8 series devices. The company has published that it will start rolling out the dedicated update for the devices in early May; however, it hasn’t mentioned the exact date, but it looks like after completing the April 2024 update, it may immediately start providing the One UI 6.1 update.

Earlier, there was some doubt if Samsung would provide every AI feature to the older devices, which are spotted on other high-end devices, or make some restrictions on them. However, now, the company has cleared the doubt and confirmed that it will provide several Galay AI features, such as Circle to searchChat AssistInterpreterLive Translate, Note Assist, Transcript Assist, Browsing Assist, Generative Edit, Edit Suggestion, and AI-generated wallpaper.

With these all-new AI power features, users will get a whole new experience for communicating with each other. For instance, with the live translation, users can talk to each other without any language barrier. Chat Assist helps users adjust text messages in different languages and message tone.

Meanwhile, users can also benefit from several productivity and information-accessible AI features, such as Circle to Search, which enables users to instantly take information about any object on the screen. Note Assist simplifies tasks with auto-formatting and summarization features. Browsing assistance provides the ability to summarize and translate them.


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One UI 6.1 with Galaxy AI: New Smart Features Coming to Your 2021 and 2022 Galaxy Phones

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Samsung initially introduced Galaxy AI exclusively for the Galaxy S24 series, then expanded it to 2023’s Galaxy flagship devices, and is now setting up to release it for 2022’s as well as 2021’s flagship lineups. 

Samsung has already teased the Galaxy S22 owners that ongoing testing is going on to deliver Galaxy AI features, and now recent reports are unveiling that not only the S22 series but also the entire 2022 and 2021 flagship lineups are in line to get the Galaxy AI features. 

This is being speculated by a forum post from Korea. A Samsung employee has confirmed that One UI 6.1 with Galaxy AI features will be coming to Samsung’s entire 2022 and even 2021 flagship lineups. Samsung had already announced earlier this week that more devices would receive Galaxy AI. 2023 Galaxy flagships have already grabbed the AI features, but noticeably, the Galaxy S23 FE is not eligible for the Instant Slow-Mo feature. 

  • Circle and search with Google
  • Live translation, to make voice and text translations of calls in real time;
  • Interpreter, who instantly translates the words of the interlocutors and displays them on a split screen;
  • Chat Assistant in the keyboard, to perfect the tone of the conversation;
  • Notes Assistant, for an AI-generated task summary and for creating templates to take notes with predefined formats;
  • Transcription Assistant to transcribe, summarize and possibly translate voice recordings;
  • generation wallpapers with AI
  • Generative change

Here’s the 2022 Galaxy device that would get Galaxy AI: 

  • Galaxy Tab S8
  • Galaxy Tab S8+
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Galaxy S22
  • Galaxy S22+
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • Galaxy Z Flip 4

Samsung is also expanding the Galaxy AI to selected devices in 2021, although these devices would only support a few features such as Circle to Search and Magic Rewrite, which is expected to be a messy translation of Generative Edit. 

Here’s the eligible device list for the Galaxy AI in 2021: 

  • Galaxy S21
  • Galaxy S21+
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3

The exact timeline is not clear yet, but it is expected that the Galaxy AI features, along with the One UI 6.1 update, could arrive in early May. 


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Samsung would be ready to bring the One UI 6.1 to these other devices as well

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Samsung introduced the One UI 6.1 update with its latest Galaxy S24 devices, and after taking a short break, the company expanded to more Galaxy devices and launched back in 2023. Now there is some good news: in the next few days, the company is preparing to expand the One UI 6.1 update to more Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S22, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, and Galaxy A54.

According to the tipster, Tarun Vats, Samsung will release the One UI 6.1 update to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, and Galaxy A54 devices in the coming days. He predicted that the update would be available in several regions of Asia and Europe.

Apart from these, there is no specific information available about the update’s availability; however, observing the pattern reveals that the company is rolling out the update batch-wise. Initially, it expanded the update to the highest devices that were related back in last year, but now it is prepared to release the update to the devices released in 2022.

The One UI 6.1 update will add several new customization features to various existing features, such as wallpaper, lock screen, alarm alerts, stickers, reminders, and many more.

With the latest update, users will also experience improvements in connectivity, such as Quick Share integration with nearby devices, and enhanced convenience in device location through Samsung Find. Along with this, several new AI features will be introduced, but it is not confirmed if every feature will arrive for these devices or if the company will keep some limitations on them. To learn about the features in more detail, you can check out this article.


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