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Samsung's One UI 2.0 Update Brings Easier One-Handed Use – Digital Trends

June 29, 2024

At the Samsung Developer Conference, Samsung announced a new version of its Android skin, One UI. The new One UI 2.0 has been available as a beta to a few phones over the past few weeks, and offers a number of small tweaks to the One UI interface that helps make it a little more streamlined and easy to use.
One UI 2 was developed based on three principles: Making it simpler, more natural, and more comfortable. That said, while Samsung was quick to hype up the new Android skin, the changes are all relatively minor. Perhaps the biggest change to One UI is that it’s based on Android 10 — so you’ll get access to many of the new Android 10 features straight from One UI 2.0.
Still, there are a few interesting updates to the operating system that should make it easier to use. The original One UI was aimed at making it easy to use with one hand, and One UI 2.0 brings that to the next level. For example, home screen app folders no longer take up the entire screen when opened, instead taking up only the bottom two-thirds of the display. Default apps also use the upper portion of the display to show off more information. For example, when you open the Messages app, instead of simply saying the word “Messages,” you’ll also be told how many unread messages you have.
There are other small changes to make watching and playing content more immersive. Call notifications have been redesigned to be much smaller when playing a game or watching a video in full screen, allowing you to easily continue watching or playing.
Other changes include the fact that app screen icons are now featured in more vivid colors, and the fact that One UI has been optimized to work on more display types, so you’ll get a consistent experience on your watch, tablet, and phone.
After using One UI 2.0 at the Samsung Developer Conference, it’s clear that most of the changes are minor, and there are no major new features to look forward to. That said, all the changes that were there seemed like a natural progression, and some are even pretty helpful.
Perhaps the most interesting announcement is that One UI 2.0 has been optimized to work on more foldable phone types, and Samsung even showed off the interface on a new clamshell-style foldable phone. This all but confirms Samsung is already working on a follow-up to the original Galaxy Fold, and that it may feature a totally different form-factor aimed at being smaller in your pocket.
Samsung has been pretty tight-lipped about the upcoming One UI 5 update set to launch alongside Android 13. The company hasn’t officially said much about it yet; however, rumors about the update have begun to make the rounds, so it seems likely the software is deep in development.
There’s still time before One UI 5 officially drops, but Samsung fans are itching to learn all about it. Here’s everything we know so far about One UI 5, including its potential features, release date, and more.
Release date
Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S22 series at its Unpacked 2022 event next month. While the company has already primed our anticipation by a sudden announcement of its Exynos 2200 SoC which will power the Galaxy S22 in certain regions, it is tight-lipped about the upcoming flagship phones. Despite that, almost all of the aspects of the Galaxy S22 series have been revealed courtesy of a wide range of leaks, with the latest one adding information about the charging speed and the software on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
As per MySmartPrice and tipster Ishan Agarwal, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will bring support for 45-watt fast charging. It must be noted that the Galaxy S20 series was the last flagship series from Samsung to sport 45W fast charging and the company reduced the charging rate on the  Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S21 lineups to 25W while adding support for the latest USB charging protocol, i.e., USB PD-PPS (Power Delivery Programmable Power Supply).
45W fast charging limited to Galaxy S22 Ultra?
MySmartPrice’s leak corroborates a previous leak from another tipster, Roland Quandt, who shared the image below of the 45W charging brick for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. As expected, the charging brick will be sold separately since Samsung does not include a charger in the box of its flagship phones.
Samsung has dramatically improved how it delivers software updates over the last few years. It is surely among the fastest phone companies in terms of delivering the latest Android updates, and the immediate availability of Android 12-based One UI 4 affirms that. While the Galaxy S21 series has already received stable One UI 4, Samsung has also opened One UI 4 beta trials for a range of flagship devices, including the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 20 series. Now, the company has announced beta tests for another flagship range: The Galaxy S10 series.
The One UI 4 beta trials were announced for the entire Galaxy S10 series — including the Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10+, and the Galaxy S10 5G — via a post on Samsung Community. The trials are limited to South Korea at the moment, but we can expect them to open up in other countries in a number of days. If you are in South Korea, you can enroll in the beta trial in the Notices or Announcement sections of the Samsung Members app.
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