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Samsung Copies iOS 16 Lockscreen Customization In One UI 5.0

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Samsung recently rolled out a new Android 13-based One UI 5.0 beta update to its Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 phones. Among a host of other changes, the latest build added the ability to quickly customize the lockscreen by long-pressing on it. We now have the visuals of the new interface and it appears Samsung took inspiration from Apple’s newly-released iOS 16 in designing the feature.

You can already customize your lockscreen on Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The company lets you do that through its Good Lock app or from the settings menu. You can customize clock styles, colors, widgets, wallpapers, and more. On the latest One UI 5.0 beta, it added the ability to long-press on the lockscreen to customize it, something Apple introduced on iOS 16 a few weeks ago. TechDroider founder Vaibhav Jain recently compared the lockscreen customization interface on iOS 16, One UI 5.0 beta, and the Good Lock app, and there’s one notable takeaway.

Samsung’s implementation of the feature on One UI 5.0 has a lot of similarities with Apple’s iOS 16. From the new wallpaper filter to clock styles and button placements, you can see that the Korean firm copied the iOS feature to a great extent. Of course, some of these features already existed on One UI and the changes on the latest version could be down to the standard UI designing stuff, but it would be hard to believe if Samsung tells you that it developed the feature from scratch, without checking out iOS 16. It’s not to say it is a bad copy, though.

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Samsung phones had lockscreen customization before iOS

Apple isn’t best known for innovative new features on iPhones, something Samsung keeps calling out the company for. New iPhones bring very few changes over the previous models, with the design more or less remaining the same. This year’s base iPhone 14 model doesn’t even upgrade the processor from the iPhone 13. So iOS 16 allowing lockscreen customizations is a pretty big deal for iPhone users. It qualifies as a major new feature.

But in the Android space, this feature has been around for years, though you need to do that through the settings app. Samsung also lets you heavily customize your Galaxy smartphone’s lockscreen through its Good Lock app, which offers several other customization modules. So in a sense, Apple copied the feature on iOS 16, but only for Samsung to return the favor shortly after. We aren’t complaining though, as long as smartphone companies keep copying nice things from their rivals.