There isn’t much you can’t do with a smartphone these days, from shooting content to online banking from anywhere with just a few clicks. But there is always room for improvement and Samsung Electronics is constantly looking to make the smartphone experience more intuitive to help us do even more. This is why One UI was created.
Unveiled in November 2018, One UI has improved the usability of smartphones for millions of users. After two more years of evolution, Samsung launched One UI 3 in December 2020, building on the design, efficiency and user experience of the original on various devices. Now Samsung is raising the bar once again with One UI 3.1. From February 18e, the latest One UI brings updates to support powerful features for some existing smartphones.1
So what kind of experience can users get with One UI 3? Samsung Newsroom spoke to the designers of One UI to ask them what we can expect.
The 4 principles of a single user interface
1) Focus on the task at hand
2) interact naturally
3) Be comfortable to see
4) make things responsive
These four principles were established by the One UI designers to provide users with the best possible experience.
The fourth principle is a completely new principle introduced for One UI 3.1.
“From tablets to foldable phones to regular smartphones, the types of devices people use have diversified, and the number of features has also increased,” said Jeonggun Choi, senior UX designer. “Following this trend, new principles were needed to deliver the best layout to our users.” Whether an app runs on the Galaxy S21, Galaxy Tab, or Galaxy Z foldable series, the user interface is optimized for each device.
When using the Samsung Notes app on smartphones with full-sized screens, for example, users can access the app menu by pressing the navigation button at the top left of the screen. But on the Galaxy Z Fold and Tab series, users can enjoy the larger screen with the entire menu always in view, without having to press anything.
As part of the fourth principle, Samsung has also improved the accessibility experience recommending Characteristics this complete the those already used. When a visually impaired or impaired person has activated high contrast fonts, for example, One UI suggests other features that improve visibility, such as Bold font or Dark mode on the Recommended for you screen. A user interface also reduces the hassle of having to sort through multiple menus by allowing users to turn off all accessibility. characteristics they are using from a single screen.
“The accessibility features are so diverse that it can often be difficult to use them to their full potential,” said Jeonggun Choi. “Recommended for you” feature increases convenience and helps users get the most out of it Characteristics by identifying and recommending those that users may need. We’ve also made it easier to use these features only when needed by allowing users to turn features on and off when used on a single page. “
Galaxy ecosystem enables seamless connectivity between devices
Another benefit offered by One UI 3 is the ability to seamlessly switch between smartphones, tablets and laptops. Taking into account the increased use of tablets and laptops spurred by a boom in distance learning and working, the new update offers a “connected device experience”. This homogeneous ecosystem is essential to improve the productivity of studies and work.
“A new feature called” Continue apps on other devices “2 was added so that users could continue whatever they were doing on their smartphones – whether browsing a web page or working on a draft in Samsung Notes – on their tablet, ”said Min-Young Chang, designer main UX. “Users can also copy text to their smartphone and paste it onto their tablet.”
In addition, users can log in their Book Cover Keyboard both on their tablet and smartphone with wireless keyboard sharing function. The new automatic switch also characteristic Automatically connects Galaxy Buds to any device that plays media content, so users can seamlessly switch between their smartphones and tablets.
Experiences with connected devices aren’t just available with mobile devices, they or they are also available on home appliances such as Televisions. From One UI 3, users can use Smart View to enjoy media content from their smartphone on their TV with the camera stream of their smartphone. It is especially beneficial for users who train at home, allowing them to compare their movements with those of their virtual instructor.
“Starting with the One UI 3.1 update, users can stream their Google Duo video calls to their TV with just a few clicks,” Jeonggun Choi said. “With an increasing number of people connecting with their families via video calls and hosting virtual business meetings, this is a particularly useful feature.”
A customizable Galaxy experience to meet your needs
Smartphones are no longer just a tool that empowers users to perform various tasks – they have become a means of self-expression. Perhaps the best example is to decorate the Galaxy Z Flip with stickers to create your own unique phone. But there are plenty of ways to create a personalized smartphone experience with the latest updates. “We have implemented a wide range of features to enable users to use their smartphone as a form of personal expression,” Jeonggun Choi said. “Users can enjoy a personalized Galaxy experience by choosing a video as the screen for incoming and outgoing calls or by changing the wallpaper in the Messages app.”
“We first analyzed the use of each feature available in the previous models,” said Min-Young Chang. “After ranking the features according to their popularity, we put the most used features on top while hiding the less used features to simplify the panel.”
Save your time, even if it’s only 1 second
Another updated feature available through One UI 3.1 is the integration of the Clock app with Digital Wellbeing’s Bedtime Mode.3 After opening the Clock app, users can tap See more and then tap Set bedtime to set their sleep and wake times. Users no longer need to switch between two apps, making it easier and faster to set a daily sleep schedule.
“Users may not be aware of all of the One UI design updates that have been made, but these improvements combined help users recognize and respond to various features faster and more directly. Even if it saves the user 1-2 seconds of time, I think it would have been worth it, ”Jeonggun Choi said. “The designers of One UI will continue to deliver designs that enhance the happiness and satisfaction of our users with Galaxy devices.”
1 One UI 3.1 functionality may vary by device model. Updates may vary by carrier, country and model.
2 Both connected devices must be running One UI 3.1 or later, have Bluetooth enabled, be signed in to the same Samsung account, and be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
3 The feature allows users to change the background to grayscale and turn off incoming notifications to help them sleep better.