One UI 5: Samsung announces the biggest changes with its Android 13 update
Samsung has announced what changes it has made to its custom Android skin as of One UI 5, an update based on Android 13. Rolled out last week via Samsung's beta program, One UI 5 is available to test on the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra in a few countries, including Germany, South Korea and the US. Presumably, Samsung will expand beta eligibility within the next few weeks at the latest.
According to Samsung's press release, it has focused on improving accessibility, security and customisation features, outlines of which it has provided in a few teaser images. Also, Janghyun Yoon, Executive Vice President and Head of Software Platform Team of Mobile eXperience (MX) Business, Samsung Electronics, added:
We know our users crave the ability to create their own individual mobile experience and we're constantly looking to improve One UI to give people greater control and more options... We're excited to offer early access to all the new customisable features that come with One UI 5 as part of an open beta and look forward to incorporating user feedback to develop a better and more meaningful experience for everyone.
Specifically, Samsung has included sixteen pre-made colour themes that adapt to your wallpaper, plus the twelve standard colour palettes that you can choose independently. Additionally, Samsung now offers the option of stacking widgets on your home screen, an equivalent to what Apple already offers on iOS. In short, the feature allows you to combine several widgets and switch between them at any time with a swipe gesture.
Moreover, Samsung has simplified the process of blocking notifications and has made it possible to mute apps directly from the context menu of an incoming notification. Separately, One UI 5 contains an option for setting the language on a per-app basis, rather than system-wide. Furthermore, Samsung has overhauled sound effects and vibrations options within One UI, as well as introducing a help button in the default camera app's Pro mode that will offer tips on taking better photos and videos. Purportedly, the same app should provide a smoother zoom experience in One UI 5 too. While Samsung stresses that it will add new features in subsequent beta builds, it has also highlighted a new security dashboard that shows potential security risks and ways to eliminate them.