Samsung unquestionably makes some of the best Android hardware, but its software is… not on that same level. “One UI” is the company’s Android skin, and it’s the one thing holding back Galaxy devices.
Before I get started, I just want to say that this is a very subjective topic. My taste in software design may not be the same as yours. Even if you do like One UI, you might find a few things you agree with.
Bixby Gets in the Way
Bixby is a very strange product. On one hand, it seems like Samsung really wants it to be a thing, but in other ways, it acts like it doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, Galaxy devices are one area in which Samsung pushes Bixby hard.
If you’re unfamiliar with Bixby—first of all, lucky you—it’s Samsung’s take on a virtual assistant like Google Assistant and Siri. However, it’s not nearly as good, especially compared to Google Assistant—which is already included on Galaxy devices.
That’s the most annoying thing about Bixby. It doesn’t need to exist. Samsung is already including a very good virtual assistant. There’s no need to have a second one that hijacks the power button. Thankfully, there’s at least one good thing about Bixby.
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I mentioned in the section above that Samsung includes their own virtual assistant despite already having Google Assistant on devices. This problem goes well beyond Bixby.
When you first set up a new Samsung phone, you will be greeted by a number of duplicate apps. Samsung has its own version of several of the Google apps that are also installed. Here are a few examples.
- Google Calendar / Samsung Calendar
- Google Chrome / Samsung Internet
- Google Photos / Samsung Gallery
- Google Find My Device / Samsung Find My Mobile
- Google Play Store / Galaxy Store
Some of the Google apps can be uninstalled—like Google Calendar—but the Samsung apps cannot. So …….