Samsung's Android 10 update goes by the name of One UI 2, as it is the sequel to last year's Android 9 supported One UI. After their early 2019 update finally shook the stigma of TouchWiz, it is important that Samsung follow it up with an equally effective update for 2020.
This update will soon be released for Galaxy S9, Note 9, Galaxy S10 and Note 10. Other devices may have it in the future, and the Galaxy S11 will ship with this firmware. Suffice it to say that it is an important update, so let's dive into what's new.
Samsung introduced a dedicated Note 10 screen recorder that finally made recording your screen a simple process. With One UI 2, this feature has moved on to other Galaxy devices like the S10, which means we no longer have to rely on Game Launcher or other third-party apps for screen recording. Check out the link below for more information on this process.
Compared to a UI, the Quick Settings panel in One UI 2 shows more quick setting plates when fully extended – 16 to 12. To customize this, the clock and date at the top of this menu are now left-right and much smaller.
At the bottom of One UI 2's Quick Settings panel, you will find two new buttons: "Media" and "Devices." These give you faster access to music and videos, along with external devices connected to your Galaxy. Of course, you can choose to hide the buttons if you do not need them by disabling the "View Media and Devices" selector from the new "Quick Panel Layout" menu.
Previously, when the lock screen was set to display only message symbols, by touching a warning symbol on the lock screen not only extended notifications, it also quickly (meaninglessly) revealed the Settings panel. With One UI 2, the same action no longer makes quick settings – instead it just shows your warnings.
The lock screen has been given a subtle update on One UI 2, which focuses on readability when set against different backgrounds. As seen in the pictures below, it will automatically detect dark and light backgrounds and adjust the text and icon colors to either light or dark for better visibility.
Messages are divided into two categories in One UI 2, with all notifications that you have silenced falling under the appropriate name "Silent Message". Regular notifications such as incoming texts, missed calls and other alerts will appear above the new section.
One of the practical features of getting out of a UI was the ability to receive incoming phone calls as a popup card to reduce distractions while doing other things like chatting or browsing the web on your Galaxy. A user interface 2 is further expanded with this feature, and now allows you to adjust the size to better suit your needs, which can be done on the "Call mode while using apps" page in the phone app settings.
The "Search" function on the Samsung Internet is a practical way to search for specific words on a page, but it was a bit tricky to access the arrows to jump between results because of their place. This has been fixed on One UI 2, which moved the arrows in the bottom right corner of the screen for significantly easier access.
In addition to the usual open tab cards, One UI 2 also allows you to set open tabs so that they appear as smaller banners displayed as a vertical list on Samsung Internet for easier viewing. You can easily set either "Short View" or "List View" by pressing the three-point menu button at the top right of the "Tabs" page and selecting either from the menu item.
A UI 2 has made the Camera app more streamlined. Compared to a user interface, the new camera interface has noticeably fewer controls and has hidden "Pro", "Panorama", "Food", "Night", "Super Slo-Mo", "Slow Motion" and "Hyperlapse" camera modes, along with "Bixby Vision" and "AR Emoji" in the "More" section.
However, if you often use one of the now hidden camera modes, you can easily add it back to the main panel simply by long pressing the desired camera mode and dragging it to the tab bar at the bottom. You can also perform the reverse to hide "Live Focus" and "Live Focus Video", but not for "Photo" and Video. "
The option to download photos or videos from the gallery or bring new ones to the camera in a UI's Messages app was quite hidden. You had to tap the " + " button inside the text box and do This has been removed from One UI 2 – both the Gallery and the Camera now have their own dedicated buttons for direct access.
Taking a new photo or video from within Samsung messages was a bit complicated in O ne UI, because the camera viewfinder only opened at the bottom of the screen and required you to swipe up to reveal it in its entirety. Thankfully, this has been fixed on One UI 2, and you can now launch the Camera app with full permission from the dedicated camera button.
One UI 2 displays the Roaming Clock option, which allows you to view multiple time zones as a vertical list. This makes the feature more compact in appearance and gives you more space to add more time zones and easily compare times thanks to their vertical adjustment.
Setting options for different elements such as timer or stopwatch meant that you had to navigate to different tabs in the clock app in One UI. This has been fixed in One UI 2, as all settings have been simplified and compiled in a single menu for a streamlined experience.
Jumping back or forward to a specific month or year in the calendar app became much easier on One UI 2, thanks to the new menu item that clearly lists the months along with the year up. Now you just need to swipe aside at the top of the card to go to the desired year and simply tap on the target month to open the calendar immediately.
The Calculator app has been given a face lift on One UI 2 and now has rounded buttons to move it closer to the rest of the system in terms of design. In addition to that, the app also has a dedicated scientific calculator button, along with a redesigned "Unit converter" that removes the popup menu so you can quickly choose between different devices at the top without having to go back to the main counter interface.
The state pedal got no love for One UI and seems to be in full place with the rest of the Galaxy system. A UI 2 has finally addressed this and has not only given the prompt a makeover that blends it in with the rest of the interface but also made it appear from the bottom of the screen.
Location permit requests now have a third option besides allow and deny: the ability to only allow access while using the app in question. But this is an Android 10 feature rather than a One UI 2 feature.