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Samsung One UI 2.1: The biggest new features, changes, how to

Samsung introduced One UI 2.1 based on Android 10 OS at the Samsung Galaxy 2020 Unpacked event, which came with the Galaxy S20 series and Galaxy Z Flip out of the box. The One UI 2.1 is now available on the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, and some other Samsung smartphones.

Read More: Here’s the list of eligible devices that will get the One UI 3.0

Let’s talk about the features:

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Samsung One UI 2.1 Features:

One UI 2.1 brings relatively few changes and some new features. Some of the One UI 2.1 features depend on the newer hardware, such as the option to use the 120Hz display refresh rate. Some of the features will not be available on the rest of the eligible devices even after the update.

  • Quick Share
  • Music Share
  • Camera zoom option
  • Single take
  • Night Hyper Lapse Mode
  • Shutter Button:
  • Display setting – dark mode setting
  • Apply dark mode to wallpapers
  • AR zone
  • Smart selfie angle
  • Live caption
  • Quick Crop
  • Screen mode
  • Pro video mode
  • Resize image
  • Clean View
  • My Filters
  • Selfie tone
  • AR Emoji

1. Quick Share:

The Galaxy S20 made it easy to share your favorite content with friends and family—and now, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 users can enjoy the same seamless experience.

Share content fast with Quick Share. Quick Share shows you which of your contacts are nearby, and lets you send photos, videos or even large files to multiple people at the same time. Just tap and send—it’s as easy as that.

The Quick Share lets users share files with up to 5 friends at once with no device pairing required. Samsung’s Quick Share feature, in fact, has a benefit over Apple’s AirDrop, which only works for one recipient at a time.

Tips: How to use Quick Share features?

Quick Share and Music Share available on the Galaxy S10 (left), Quick Share and Music Share available on the Galaxy Note10
Quick Share and Music Share available on the Galaxy S10 (left), Quick Share and Music Share available on the Galaxy Note10

2. Music Share:

The Music Share feature allows you to easily share your Bluetooth speaker or headset that is already connected to your device with others. Say your phone is connected via Bluetooth to a car stereo or portable speaker. With Music Share, instead of disconnecting your phone so someone else can pair their device and take a turn, you can simply extend your connection to someone else, and give them a turn as DJ.

Tips: How to use Music Share?

3. Camera zoom option:

he Galaxy S20 devices also have a powerful zoom, which users Galaxy S20’s Space Zoom functions. The cameras on both the Galaxy S20 5G and S20+ 5G feature True Zoom for precise, sharp pictures that allow you to get detailed close-ups.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G’s Super Optic Zoom can focus on objects or people from even farther away. You can also crop your photos without losing quality.

Read More: Here are every zoom option and features available on the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra.

4. Single take:

With Single Take, users can stay in the moment while they capture the moment. Single Take uses multiple lenses and camera features—like ultra-wide, telephoto, slow-mo, and more—to shoot a collection of photos and videos at once, and uses AI to recommend the best for you. So, all you have to do is start shooting and choose the best shot later.

Single Take lets you shoot for up to 10 seconds and get back a variety of formats—meaning you can choose the best style for the moment without having to reshoot. You can use Single Take to create photo clips of scenes, objects, and people.

Tips: How to use the Single take camera mode

Single Take available on the Galaxy S10 (left), Single Take in the Gallery on the Galaxy Note10
Single Take available on the Galaxy S10 (left), Single Take in the Gallery on the Galaxy Note10

5. Night Hyper Lapse Mode:

You can capture the night in a totally unique way. Advanced low light technology gives you the ability to shoot video with long exposure-style captures so your video features striking light trails.

Hyperlapse is a feature that allows you to create your own time-lapse video. It records at various frame rates which automatically adjust to what you’re recording. In addition, an improved Night Mode is coming to get great photos even in low light.

You can use the ‘Night hyperlapse’ function in the camera to take dynamic night videos. To enable night hyperlapse mode, open the Camera app, tap MORE menu and tap hyperlapse, and tap the moon icon.

6. Shutter Button:

On the Galaxy S20, Samsung brought a new camera shortcut button. Instead of tapping and swiping to switch camera modes, you can get a habit of long-pressing the shutter button. If you press and hold the Shutter button in the Camera app, the device starts recording videos. Doing so will instantly begin recording, and save you the time it takes to switch from photo to video mode.

Keep pressing the shutter button for a little while and you’ll have a nice little GIF in absolutely no time. Now, instead of pressing the shutter button, you just have to swipe it to the edge of the screen to take several photos or burst shots.

You can also move the shutter button to a new place. For that just tap and drag on the shutter button when you are in the camera app, and move it wherever you want on the screen. The app will remember the place for you next time.

7. Display setting – New Dark Mode setting and Apply dark mode to wallpapers:

The Galaxy S20 has a built-in dark mode that turns all of the bright background colors to dark. It also helps improve battery life. You can set up the dark mode by going to Settings > Display > Dark mode settings. You will see an easy option to pick from Light Theme and Dark Theme, which wasn’t there on One UI 2.0.

In addition, you can enable dark mode by going to the quick settings menu, there’s a dark mode toggle too. You can tap on that to switch between dark and light modes instantly. The Dark mode will automatically be enabled if you turn on battery saver modes.

You can also adjust other settings on this page. You can apply Dark mode to your phone’s wallpaper. This option is accessible from the Home screen of the phone.

In addition, you can tap the switch next to the Adaptive color filter turn on the Blue light filter automatically between sunset and sunrise to reduce eye strain.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Tips and Tricks: How to enable Dark Mode

8. AR zone:

Enjoy all the features of AR(Augmented Reality) in one place, the AR Zone. A simple one-stop-shop to use its reality-based features, an entire collection from one location. The AR zone work on both the rear camera as well as the front camera.

You can activate this feature:

  • Launch the AR Zone app.
  • Launch the Camera app MOREAR Zone.

9. Smart selfie angle:

The Smart selfie angle automatically switches the front camera to the wide selfie mode when it detects more than one face in the frame, allowing more people to fit into the frame.

You can activate this feature from the Camera’s settings. Open the Camera app, then go to Settings and turn on Smart selfie angle.

10. Live caption:

Live Caption automatically captions media playing on your phone. Use it on videos, podcasts and audio messages. To activate this feature, just open Settings > Accessibility > Hearing enhancements > Live Caption > Live Caption.

11. Screen zoom:

In the Display menu, under Font size and style and Screen zoom options, you can choose how large you want the text and UI elements to be displayed. It has a total of 5 zoom levels on the Screen Zoom scale.

12. Screen mode:

Just go to Settings > screen mode and you’ll see the option to change the way the display looks. The default set to Vivid with the option to make it Natural. Within Vivid, you can change the color temperature and the RGB settings, if you want.

13. Pro video mode:

Pro Video mode gives the ability to record videos using the camera’s Pro mode. Just like on a DSLR, you can manually adjust settings like ISO, shutter speed and exposure level to your heart’s content.

For videographers who want more control over how they record, this update will also bring Pro Video. Users can get manual control over settings like ISO, shutter speed and exposure level, so they can capture the scene just the way they like. And now, you can switch between the front and rear cameras while recording video with Front & Rear Video Recording.

Pro Video now available on the Galaxy S10 (left), Shooting video in Pro Video mode on the Galaxy Note10
Pro Video now available on the Galaxy S10 (left), Shooting video in Pro Video mode on the Galaxy Note10

14. Quick Crop:

With Quick Crop, Samsung is taking the time out of basic photo editing. Just zoom in on an image in the Gallery and crop it to any size.

Quick Crop available on the Galaxy S10 (left), Quick Crop available on the Galaxy Note10
Quick Crop available on the Galaxy S10 (left), Quick Crop available on the Galaxy Note10

15. Clean View:

Clean View automatically groups together similar shots of the same subject—like landscapes, family, pets and more—for a more organized gallery. You can even select your favorite as the group’s thumbnail.

Tap the highlighted icon to group/ungroup gallery images on the Galaxy S10 (left), Clean View after grouping images on the Galaxy Note10
Tap the highlighted icon to group/ungroup gallery images on the Galaxy S10 (left), Clean View after grouping images on the Galaxy Note10

16. My Filters:

When you want to take a picture with an effect you like, just save an image into the Gallery app, and the AI of the Galaxy S20 series will extract the color filter based on the filter database.

With My filters, you can choose a favorite photo and use it to create your own filter with colors and styles you like. Then, apply it to a new photo when you take it, to achieve the same look.

My filters on the Galaxy S10 (left), How My filters function is used on the Galaxy Note10 (right)
My filters on the Galaxy S10 (left), How My filters function is used on the Galaxy Note10 (right)

Tips: How to edit your photos with My Filters feature on Galaxy S20

17.  Selfie tone

Selfie tone is a new feature that lets you tweak the overall tone of your selfies with a cool, warm, or neutral color. The same effect can be achieved with any third-party image-editing app as well.

You can change Selfie Tone by heading into your selfie camera, then scroll down to Useful features, where you’ll find the Selfie tone menu.

18. AR Emoji

AR Emoji has been updated with improvements like a manual editing feature and enhanced facial expression recognition. As AR Emoji has been updated to a new version, all previously saved AR emojis will be deleted when you next open the AR Emoji app.

Samsung One UI 2.1: The biggest new features, changes, how to

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