Two weeks ago, Samsung released the stable Android 13 update for the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra. The fourth member of this range, the Galaxy S20 FE, was still entitled to nothing. Today, the South Korean company rolled out Android 13 for the Galaxy S20 FE along with the latest security patch.
Android 13 has arrived on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE!
Android 13 Stable Update (One UI 5.0) for Galaxy S20 FE comes with firmware version G780FXXUAEVK3. The new update (about 2GB in file size) is currently rolling out in Russia and could hit other markets in the coming days. The new software also brings along the November 2022 security patch for the smartphone. Remember that this is the Exynos 990 version of the Galaxy S20 FE, and the Snapdragon version of the device has not yet started to receive the Android 13 update.
But what big changes are in One UI 5?
As soon as the equipment starts for the first time, we don’t immediately notice major changes. Even so, it is clear that some icons have changed a little. Perhaps the most visible change is in the messages icon.
However, considering that this is a version change, it is normal that in the first minutes it seems that the smartphone still hiccups a little. After all there are a lot of changes to be made in the background. So just have some patience that these solutions disappear quickly.
When we go to the settings we immediately notice some things in relation to the previous version. And in fact two of them are right at the beginning.
So now we have the option of connected devices just below connections and also modes and routines.
In this section we find all the options related to the interaction between devices. So we have access right above to the quick share for a quick sharing between devices.
Then we can automatically configure the switch to bugs, synchronize calls and messages on other devices and continue applications on other devices. That is, One UI 5, or if you prefer, Android 13, ensures better interaction between the various devices.
For all this to work, we just have to have the equipment we intend to use in this ecosystem linked to the same Samsung account.
This is really an asset, especially the part of continuing applications on other devices. So whether we have two Samsung smartphones, or a smartphone and a tablet, we can start doing things on one and finish on the other in seconds. Samsung Internet browser and Samsung Notes are supported at this time. Over time this will make its way to more apps.
In addition, we can also easily connect to Windows, activate Samsung Dex and interact with other equipment, in particular with the smartwatch with Android Auto.
Really we can say that it is Samsung smartphone’s new connectivity hub.
Modes and Routines
But there is another very interesting detail that arrives with One UI 5. I’m talking specifically about Modes and Routines.
In short, we can choose a mode based on what we are doing or where we are. Then we just have to select the appropriate mode for the smartphone to assume a new behavior.
We can take advantage of the modes that are already defined as Sleep, Drive, Exercise, Relax or work or even create our own custom modes.
For the rest, in the settings app, we don’t have big differences anymore.
Notifications are more intuitive. In fact, in this interface it seems that everything breathes better. Having things less cluttered helps us to understand in concrete what we receive, from whom and through which app. I especially like the fact that the icon is bigger and appears centered on the left side.
With the new One UI we were able to customize various aspects of the lock screen.
In fact, it is right in the locked screen settings that we realize that there are several changes as you can see in the image below. In Widgets things haven’t changed much. Now if we go to the Lock Screen we can change several things. In addition, we can even put a video as a background. Of course, it’s also possible to change the clock style and even the notification pop-ups.
In terms of widgets, we have access to a much more polished experience. In fact, everything is graphically much more interesting.
In addition, we have an option that allows you to stack widgets in order to organize everything in a more intuitive and attractive way!
But there is more news. It’s just that One UI 5 arrives with a new widget suggestion function. That is, we receive suggestions according to how we use our smartphone.
There is another function present in One UI 5 that is really one of the most useful ever. So we just need to have text in a window, such as contacts, or have something on paper so that we can quickly extract that text and paste it into an app to save or send to someone.
For that purpose, we only have to open the camera app and instead of pressing the shutter button, we press the text symbol. Automatically appears when text is detected. Then the text is highlighted and we can copy and paste it to place it wherever we want.
Of course, there are still many more features to discover. However, in the little use that we gave right after installing the new One UI, this was what caught our attention.
In terms of performance, as I mentioned at the beginning, we felt some hiccups in the first few minutes. After all there is a lot of work to be done in the background when we change versions. Even so, after some time everything was working quite smoothly.