If you’re looking to learn as much as you can about Samsung’s Android skin known as One UI, this is where you need to be!
One user interface – everything you need to know about Samsung Android Skin
Samsung is the world’s most popular smartphone provider. Hence, there are many people with Samsung devices. If you are one of them, you already know One UI – the software that powers your Android phone or tablet.
In the next article, we will give you a crash course on the Samsung Android Skin. This should be a great introduction for those new to the Samsung phones world. However, there should be some interesting information here even for long-time Samsung fans.
One UI at a glance
Samsung first presented One UI at its annual developer conference at the end of 2018. Shortly afterwards, the company started a beta program for existing Samsung devices. It was the Samsung Galaxy S10 family that landed in March 2019.
Every year One UI gets a new numbered version. Samsung will generally release one-time versions with minor updates later this year. One example of this is One UI 2.5, which came onto the market with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series and brought new photography, stability and gesture functions with it.
Compared to other Android skins, Samsung takes a “kitchen sink” approach with One UI. The skin contains all kinds of features that allow users to set their phone the way they want it to be. The downside of this is of course a clear “feature slip”, in which a flood of features actually becomes more confusing for the user.
Regardless, One UI is one of the most popular and best-received Android skins out there. Its stability, large number of features, and consistency across devices have helped Samsung assert itself as the reigning king of smartphones.
The latest version of One UI
Samsung ships a new numbered version of its Android skin every year. In 2018 it was One UI 1.0. In 2019 we saw the release of 2.0. We saw version 3.0 in 2020. And we’re now preparing for One UI 4.0 to hit the market sometime in 2021.
The latest stable version of the skin is One UI 3.1, which was first published with the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. Too many other Samsung devices, including older flagships, mid-range devices, and more.
It is possible that we will see a new specific version of the skin before we see the stable version of version 4.0. If so, it would likely end up in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, which launches on August 11th.
How to Check Your Version and Updates
If you don’t know what version of One UI is on your Samsung device, there is a very simple way to check:
Go to Settings by clicking the icon in your app drawer or tap the gear icon on the notification sound.
Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap About Phone.
Then tap on “Software Information”.
The first list at the top of this page tells you which version of One UI you are using.
If you are using an older version of One UI, there is a chance that an update is waiting for you. You can check for software updates by following the steps below:
Go to Settings by tapping the icon in your app drawer or the gear icon in the notification bar.
Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap Software Update.
Click Download and Install on this page.
Your phone will check for updates and tell you how to install them.
If your software is up to date but you don’t have the latest version of One UI, it means your phone hasn’t received the update yet. It is also possible that your phone is too old to receive new updates.
Brief History of One UI
As mentioned above, Samsung launched One UI in 2018; However, the company had released many smartphones before that date. These earlier Samsung phones had different Android skins.
Samsung’s first skin was called TouchWiz and lasted from the beginnings of Android smartphones to 2016 and Android 6 Marshmallow. TouchWiz was colourful and cartoonish and not the most popular skin out there.
It was a relief when Samsung released its next skin called the Samsung Experience, which landed in 2016 and first appeared on devices running Android 7 Nougat. The experience was much more refined than TouchWiz and had a sleek and streamlined user interface.
A user interface has taken over the general appearance of Experience and further optimized it. Samsung may be able to replace One UI with a different skin in the future, but at the moment the response to the software has been positive and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon.