While One UI 4.0 came out with Material You theming support, Samsung has now extended the feature even further. One UI 5.0 brings tweaks to the wallpaper and style section of the OS. The color picker swatch now provides a lot of wallpaper color combinations to users. Compared to last year, you now get 8 different dynamic themes based on your wallpaper to choose from
While connecting to wireless networks is nice and all, there are times you need in-depth information about your network situation. This is where One UI 5’s new Intelligent Wi-Fi feature comes into the picture. Found hidden in the Wi-Fi panel, Intelligent Wi-Fi is a standalone section, which opens up a plethora of different options for your connection
Call Backgrounds per Contact Basis
While call backgrounds is a feature already available in One UI 4, the One UI 5 update brings with it the ability to set individual call backgrounds. That means, instead of setting up a universal one, you can choose to set different backgrounds for each of your contacts.
Amid the slew of visual changes hitting One UI 5.0, the notifications are another area that have received a fair level of attention. The notification shade now has a slightly different look, sporting bigger app icons that stand out by themselves.
For users who wish to further fine-tune where they receive their app notifications, One UI 5 has something nice in store. Instead of just being offered Brief and Detailed notification types in One UI 4, you can now choose the exact notification type (from three options) and whether it is allowed or not.
One UI 4 had its own form of stacked widgets that were called Smart widgets. However, One UI 5 brings an improvement in the form of easily stackable widgets (much like iOS). Now, instead of having to go through the widgets menu to add a smart widget, you can simply drag and drop a widget of a similar size over another widget, and it will turn into stacked widgets.
Multi-tasking also gets a bit easier in One UI 5.0 with the seamless ability to drag and drop apps on either the top or bottom half of the screen to enable split screen mode. So no longer will you need to open the app switcher and press the split screen option to open two apps at the same time. This works for all apps and is easily accessible.
One UI 5.0, for the first time, offers the option to watermark your photos from the app itself. Placed inside the camera app, you can now insert details like the date, time, and your model name, where you can add any other text. When it comes to design, you can choose from three different fonts and even change the text alignment. The final result looks pretty good and is handy for when you wish to make your mark on an image.
Besides the camera changes related to image capture, One UI 5 also comes with seamless text extraction abilities. While this new One UI 5.0 feature reminds us of iOS 15’s Live Text, it’s still handy nevertheless. And there are a couple of ways you can access text extraction on Galaxy phones running One UI 5.0.
Multiple Users Support is Back
A lot of users weren’t too happy with the fact that you could not share your Galaxy phone with other people by switching to other accounts or the Guest account. However, that has changed with One UI 5.0, as user accounts support is back. Hidden under “Accounts and Backup”, users can now add multiple users in the form of various profiles.