SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission.

Notifications
    News For You

    One UI 4.0 is Samsung not fixing something that’s not broken

    Opinion
    By 

    Last updated: September 14th, 2021 at 12:41 UTC+02:00

    We've been in this business for long enough to remember when Samsung's custom Android skin left a lot to be desired. It was unnecessarily bloated with features that most users wouldn't even try for the sake of novelty. Even the visual elements were far from the sleek and modern UI we know today.

    From TouchWiz to Samsung Experience, there was a lot in them that was broken and needed fixing. All of that changed when the first iteration of One UI was released with Android 9 Pie. This was the first major overhaul of Samsung's custom skin in years.

    One UI was built from the ground up to help users focus on things that really matter. Samsung wanted to achieve harmony between its hardware and software. As its devices got bigger, it wanted to make one-handed use easier.

    The first One UI version achieved all of that. Samsung continued to refine this formula with every subsequent iteration. In the years that followed, it became more about refining the software instead of introducing new features just for the heck of it.

    One UI 3.0 was the perfect representation of the new direction Samsung was taking with its custom skin. Light on big-ticket items, One UI 3.0 overhauled the look and feel of the software. Samsung made a conscious effort to make the entire UI look more clean and sleek.

    The incremental updates released thereafter have introduced minor feature additions but major new features have been few and far between. What Samsung is doing instead is making existing features better and working on making its UI more aesthetically pleasing.

    So it didn't really surprise us to see that One UI 4.0 was lacking major new features as well. While you could be forgiven for expecting that a major One UI release would include big-ticket items, Samsung is now taking a different approach.

    The company launched the One UI 4.0 Android 12 beta program today. The full changelog and our One UI 4.0 vs One UI 3.1 comparison reveals little in the way of new features. Refinement seems to be the objective of this release.

    The feedback we've seen from a lot of Samsung fans has been one of disappointment. It's as if they wanted the company to bring major new features. One UI 4.0 hasn't met their expectations because it's a little light on those.

    Samsung has approached One UI 4.0 with a different mindset. There's not much that was broken on the versions that it succeeds. Each One UI iteration has been consistently better than the one before it.

    That's especially true when you consider the fact that Android 12, the major OS upgrade that's the bedrock of One UI 4.0, introduces new features that One UI has had for a couple of years now. It's as if Google's trying to play catch up with Samsung's software and not the other way around.

    What fans need to realize now is that Samsung can't go back to its old ways of stuffing its software with features that don't really achieve much. It can't go back to bloating the software just for the sake of having a big list of new features to boast about. We do believe that to be the right decision.

    Refinement is the name of the game. There's always room for refinement. The more Samsung can improve its existing functionality and add value, the better its devices are going to be. It could also deliver further improvements in terms of speed and performance.

    Less really is more these days. We want our phones to be nimble and cater to increasingly complex workloads. There's no need for Samsung to change much on One UI as it's basically like a stable rock already. So why fix something when it's not broken.

    Opinion Android 12One UI 4.0
    Galaxy AI summarized

    Scroll for more related content
    News For You

    You might also like

    How to stop OTPs from littering your Galaxy phone’s inbox

    How to stop OTPs from littering your Galaxy phone’s inbox

    The internet has changed the way people go about their daily lives. People spend a lot of time online and on their phones and use the internet to accomplish things that, just a few years back, would have required them to physically step out of the house. From something as simple as ordering groceries and […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 9 months ago
    As Samsung fans wait for Android 14, Android 11 continues to rule the market

    As Samsung fans wait for Android 14, Android 11 continues to rule the market

    Android 14 is the next major update coming to Google's mobile operating system, and some manufacturers have already released Android 14 in beta form for their customers. Samsung fans, including everyone here at SamMobile, are looking forward to Android 14 as well. By the end of 2023 Samsung will likely have released Android 14 worldwide […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 1 year ago
    Samsung is largely to thank for Android 13’s faster adoption rate

    Samsung is largely to thank for Android 13’s faster adoption rate

    According to the latest Android distribution chart released by Google, over 12% of phones and tablets are running Android 13. Comparing this with its predecessor, Android 12, which showed up in the distribution chart nearly a year after its release, enjoys only a 13.3% adoption rate. All in all, the Android 13 adoption rate has […]

    • By Sagar Naresh
    • 1 year ago
    Galaxy A03 Core is finally getting a long-awaited OS upgrade

    Galaxy A03 Core is finally getting a long-awaited OS upgrade

    We haven't heard much about Android 12 lately because, for the most part, Samsung closed that chapter and is now focusing on distributing One UI 5.1 to more Galaxy phones and tablets. But today, the almost endless string of One UI 5.1 news got interrupted by Android 12 because the latter version is now rolling […]

    • By Mihai Matei
    • 1 year ago
    Android 12 is still coming to more Galaxy A02s variants in the USA

    Android 12 is still coming to more Galaxy A02s variants in the USA

    Samsung made Android 12 available for the Galaxy A02s in the USA a couple of months ago, but the phone didn't receive the update across every US carrier network simultaneously. Tracfone is an example of a latecomer, as the update finally rolled out earlier this week. More specifically, Android 12 is now available for Tracfone's […]

    • By Mihai Matei
    • 1 year ago
    Only 5.2% of devices running Android 13 five months after launch

    Only 5.2% of devices running Android 13 five months after launch

    The first update to the Android distribution chart in 2023 gives us a peek at how quickly OEMs have delivered Android 13 to their devices. According to the official statistics from Google, the latest OS, Android 13, is running on only 5.2% of devices after five months of its launch. Android 12 and 12L, on […]

    • By Sagar Naresh
    • 1 year ago