Android 11 is preparing OnePlus smartphones, and it seems that the company has plans to make some major changes than usual in the software. Now OnePlus has released details about its Android 11 update that reveals Samsung’s One UI which is a clear source of inspiration.
Launched in 2019, the Samsung One UI was a complete overhaul of the company’s most hated Android skin. The new design language did not solve all of Samsung’s software problems, but it felt more polished, and its choice to improve one-handed use was also highly praised at the time.
Now OnePlus is taking a crack at a new design language, and it’s a pretty obvious knock-off of the One UI in some areas. Ithome details of what̵
The people over at TechDroider shared some pictures that made the comparison clear as day. As you can see in the gallery below, OnePlus clearly uses larger titles and excessive amounts of empty space to press action buttons to the bottom of the screen to facilitate the use of a hand. The change in design is clear in the Settings app and the Messages app. We can not see animations or other UI elements in these photos, but it is clear that OnePlus is trying to clone some of Samsung’s success.
A couple of these pictures also show us some features in the always-on display on OnePlus smartphones. There are several different styles to choose from, and obviously users will be able to put GIF on their AOD, just like Samsung offers. There is also a “Human Shadows” feature that can convert an image to work better on the always-on screen.
Personally, I have mixed feelings here. It’s amazing that OnePlus draws the device optimizations from the Samsung One UI, especially considering that OnePlus does not create a single small phone, but the company’s attempts do not feel as polished or clean. It feels strange to say when comparing OnePlus with Samsung as well.
These changes have technically only been demonstrated so far for the Chinese HydrogenOS release, but it is very likely that similar choices will be made in OxygenOS for Western markets.
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