When it comes to Android smartphones, almost all of the OEMs have their own custom skins or UIs. The popular ones are MIUI, Color OS, One UI, and Oxygen OS. Samsung’s One UI is one of the popular UI offering additional options, customizations, and also additional apps on top of stock Android. Now there are two versions of One UI, the regular One UI, and One UI Core. So what exactly is the difference between Samsung One UI vs One UI Core? Let’s find out in this article.
Samsung One UI vs One UI Core- What are the Differences?
Samsung’s One UI is the UI that is available on most premium and mid-range smartphones. But budget phones in A-series and M series come with this One UI Core, which is basically a stripped-down variant of the One UI with some features missing. You can find out the list of all phones running One UI core here.
Features missing in One UI Core:
1. Bixby: This is the voice assistant in Samsung phones and this is missing in One UI Core devices. So all features connected to Bixby will not be available in One UI core devices.
2. Easy Mode: This is a very handy option in Samsung phones, wherein the icons are made bigger for easy access and also for elderly people. This is also suitable for people with bad eyesight. So in case you are looking to buy a phone for an elderly person, make sure it is not running One UI Core.
3. Samsung Pay/ Mini: As the name indicates, this is Samsung’s pay application where users can make payments using NFC-supported phones. One UI core does not support this feature.
4. Knox Security: Samsung’s own device security is called Knox and this is a hardware and software level security solution for Samsung smartphones. This feature is missing in One UI Core devices.
5. Secure Folders: As the name indicates, this feature allows you to protect your files with a password. Secure folders need access permission and this feature is not available in all phones running One UI Core.
6. Good Lock App: This app allows users to customize their Samsung phones. You can customize the appearance of the navigation bar, lock screen clock, filter notifications, etc using the app and this is another feature missing in One UI Core.
7. Windows Link: This is a new feature announced last year by Samsung wherein you can connect your phone to Windows PC and use it from the PC. This feature is once again missing on Core UI devices.
How to Check if your phone is running One UI or One UI Core?
To check this, follow the steps below
- Go to Settings on your Samsung phone
- There is an option called About phone, select this and click on Software information
- Here you will see the One UI or One UI Core Version running on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone.