Samsung is bringing Galaxy S20 software features to the Galaxy S10/Note 10 with One UI 2.1
The One UI skin from Samsung is largely regarded as a user-friendly user interface, especially after considering its predecessors, i.e. TouchWiz and Samsung Experience. The latest iteration of this Android 10-based skin is One UI 2.1, which can be found on the Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy S20 series of phones. While Samsung is already teasing One UI 2.5, the Korean company has promised to bring One UI 2.1 to its legacy flagships. The OEM has stayed true to its words, as both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 lineup are now receiving a number of software features from the Galaxy S20 series in the form of One UI 2.1 update.
At the time of writing this article, the OTA for OneUI 2.1 is rolling out in Switzerland and Germany, targeting the Exynos-powered variants of the Galaxy S10 & Galaxy Note 10. The changelog is quite huge, as One UI 2.1 adds Quick Share (i.e. the AirDrop clone from Samsung), Music Share, new AR Emojis, AR Zone, and an upgraded stock keyboard with multilingual translation, stickers, and text undo/redo support. Owners of these phones now have new fingerprint animations (no love for the Galaxy S10e for this for obvious reasons), scene detection in the stock gallery app, a dedicated power button in the notification drop-down panel, and Google Duo integration in the dialer and messaging apps.
There is a major overhaul in the camera department as well. Single Take, which is Samsung’s AI-enhanced best shot detection mechanism, is now available as part of the stock camera app. Users can finally record 4K 60fps and 1080p 60fps using the front camera, while the My filter feature enables the creation of custom filters “with colors and styles you like from a favorite photo serving as inspiration”.
Samsung has also shipped April 2020 security patches (yes, even before Google!) with the updated firmware builds for the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Note 10, which are tagged as G97xFXXU4CTC9 and N97xFXXU3CTC9 respectively. The OTAs are rolling out in batches, but enthusiasts can skip the queue and download the new firmware packages directly from the Samsung update server using Frija.
Thanks to XDA Member Robert Smali for the screenshot!