New Samsung update makes Galaxy S22 work like iPhone 14;  Android, Apple users are arguing about

New Samsung update makes Galaxy S22 work like iPhone 14; Android, Apple users are arguing about

As proven on multiple occasions (with previous stories), I don’t think it is inherently wrong or bad when a phone maker takes some cue from another company in making their software or hardware. In fact, quite the opposite – I’m all for it, as long as these changes are beneficial to users and add to their experience rather than take it away.

For example, we’ve seen a bunch of “mock” stories in the industry that haven’t proven particularly successful:

But there are what I call “good effects” or “good steals”, and that’s what we seem to be having with Samsung’s new One UI 5 software as well as Android 13, which Galaxy S22 users and future Galaxy S23 owners are getting now or very soon!

Surprisingly, we don’t actually need to dig too deep to find the positive effects of iPhone 14 and iOS 16 that Samsung took while putting together One UI 5 for the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S23 – it’s all on the lock screen!

The most notable influence of iOS 16 inside the One UI 5 lock screen is the ability to choose and customize wallpaper and clock styles. Not that the option to choose a new wallpaper and customize widgets from your lock screen is very new — what reminds me of iOS 16 are Samsung’s design choices. The background and clock style selection menus are very similar to those on iOS 16 and iPhone 14 when it comes to functionality and design – fonts and colors.Although Samsung is SamsungYou’ll also have more customization options than even those available on Google’s own version of Android 13 or iOS 16, which is a nice touch. For example, you can choose whether lock screen notifications will appear in a detailed preview or just as icons; You can also adjust transparency level for notification popups, auto invert text color etc.

You can also change the size of your lock screen widgets like the clock, something you can’t do on Pixel 7 or iPhone 14 series. Samsung even lets you choose the bottom left and right icons on the lock screen (although this feature has been available for a while).

The new customization of Galaxy wallpaper style has an iPhone touch to it

Going further, another aspect of One UI 5 that is heavily inspired by iOS and iPhone is Customize wallpaper Pattern within the wallpaper settings of your Galaxy device.

For starters, you can see how Samsung ranks wallpapers on One UI 5 by “Featured”, “Gallery”, and “Graphic”. The entire design is similar to iOS as well, showing you wallpaper previews, thumbnails, and scrolling carousels.

Interestingly, Apple’s wallpaper picker appears to be packed with features here, giving you the ability to Photo Shuffle, create new wallpapers from emojis, use the Weather app as wallpaper or even use dynamic astronomy wallpapers with options to see Earth and Earth in detail, Moon and Moon in detail , as well as the solar system.

One UI 5 on the Galaxy S22 now lets you stack UI elements just as you would on an iPhone; Smart Suggestions Like Siri Suggestions on iPhone

Unlike One UI 4, which gave you limited gadget stacking options, like iOS 15 and iOS 16, One UI 5 now gives you more freedom when it comes to the apps you can use to create Stacked widgets (You can now create packages using different applications). In case you didn’t know, Samsung “packages” are tools that you can scroll through instead of having to group your home pages with multiple widgets that take up much more space. Think of tool stacks as Swiss Army Knife Tools!

It brings One UI 5 from the Galaxy S22 too Smart Suggestions The widget with multiple apps – the apps you use the most, so you can get to them in a jiffy. If that sounds familiar, it’s because iOS 16 actually offers pretty much the same thing, which Apple calls Siri Suggestions/App Suggestions (not sure why we need two names for it, Apple?).

Anyway, I dig Apple’s look at widgets more, as they seem to be a bit more polished, at least on the surface. For what it’s worth, Cupertino’s App Suggestions also let you choose shortcut suggestions based on your usage patterns within certain apps. You can set up shortcuts to open a specific page in Safari, perform Google Map searches, show the weather in your location or send a tweet.

New Select tool and select text from image options on Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S23 inspired by iPhone and iOS

Current and future Samsung flagships running One UI 5 will let you select text directly from photos and copy it. And Samsung Photo Editor now allows you to create theme clippings/stickers by rotating them/selecting them.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Apple introduced the equivalent of these features back in 2021 with iOS 15. It’s called live translation and “raise a theme from the background of the image” – Not sure of the last name…

live translation (which, as the name suggests, can also translate text from images in real time) also came as a feature to Android 12, or at least the Google (Pixel) version anyway, so Samsung was a bit late to the party.

Anyway, Apple’s use of these two features is more advanced. When it comes to ‘Upload Theme from Image Background’, all you have to do is tap on the theme, which is then automatically detected – you can then manually upload it to any app you like or copy and paste it. And as of this year, you can select text to copy and translate not only from photos but also from videos on iPhone, which is very impressive.

Samsung’s revamped Galaxy routines are just like the iPhone 14’s focus modes

Replacing what were previously Bixby Routines, new modes and routine The feature in One UI 5 can now be used to trigger sequences of actions on your Galaxy device, which can help the phone adapt to different parts of your day.

You can use different actions to create a specific sequence of actions/settings, notification filters, and app limits that can be toggled at any time or set to run automatically based on what you’re doing, the time, or your current location.

Again, if that rings a bell, it’s because that’s how focus modes work in iOS 16 and iPhone 14, letting you block notifications, limit app use etc., all in one go instead of having to fiddle with these settings one by one.

Samsung, Android and iPhone users interact with new iOS-inspired One UI 5 software features

It’s important to note, as Twitter user Entro mentioned, that Samsung’s Galaxy flagships have already shipped with a version of all of these features before.

What’s interesting is that Samsung simplified and doubled down on it, and now it’s only publicly highlighting these features after Apple showed some interest and focus on those aspects of the software — the timing is weird. One UI 5’s features look and work) with iOS is weird, which is why I allow myself to look at it as an “inspiration”.

It’s also ironic, for example, that iPhones didn’t have actual widgets before 2021, but after Apple rolled them out, Android phone makers decided to take cues from the Cupertino concept of the widget.

The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S23 will share some software features with the iPhone 14 but Samsung remains the king of Android customization

Ultimately, I don’t get bothered by “who copies from”, which means I’m very happy that some of the best iOS 16 features are now also on the Galaxy S22 and will appear in the upcoming Galaxy S23 soon! For what it’s worth, Samsung’s One UI 5 has also brought some other features that other (Android) phones have been enjoying for quite some time! One of them is the option to add a watermark to your photos.

Of course, as of this moment, Samsung doesn’t cooperate with any major camera brand, so the watermarks only say “Galaxy S22”, which means they don’t look as great as the Xiaomi-Leica stickers we can find on camera-centric Xiaomi 12S Ultra.

The most important thing for current and future Galaxy users is that One UI remains one of the most (if not the most) feature-rich versions of Android. For example, Samsung (still) totally smokes Google and Apple when it comes to professional camera app options and controls (now with a new Astrophotography option, among plenty of other updates). As another example of Samsung’s focus on abundance, the Galaxy literally lets you create GIFs from your videos!

And don’t get me started on Android 12L and Galaxy Z Fold 4 which have a completely different level of “cool and functional”.

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