Samsung’s latest OneUI 5 beta update includes iOS 16-like Lock Screen customization features. OneUI 5 is the upcoming software for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and it is based on Android 13.
Apple introduced personalization options to iPhone users on iOS 14 with the ability to add widgets on the Home Screen and customize app icons via the Shortcuts app. The latest iOS 16 update offered the personalization experience to the Lock Screen for the first time.
Samsung’s OneUI 5 Lock Screen blatantly clones iOS 16 Lock Screen
The founder of @TechDroider, Vaibhav Jain discovered the changes in the OneUI 5 beta that includes the same long-press functionality to customize the Lock Screen wallpaper as iOS 16, along with similar options to change the color and font of the date, wallpaper collections, and ability to widgets.
However, Samsung only offers widget icons for notifications not for apps like iOS 16 and it also lacks the iOS 16 depth effect on wallpapers.
The redesigned Lock Screen and other innovative features have made iOS 16 a much more popular update than iOS 15. Its adoption rate is almost the same as iOS 14. Maybe the popularity of the new Lock Screen compelled Samsung to clone it for its users.
Samsung is Apple’s manufacturing partner but also its strongest rival and critic. Before and after the launch of the new iPhone 14 series, the South Korean manufacturer began a social media campaign against Apple highlighting that the new iPhone series lacked innovation like the foldable design of Galaxy Z Flip and the camera quality of Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Although it may appear strange for Samsung to copy from a company it continuously trolls, it is not the first time and I am sure it won’t be the last.
Starting with making fun of the headphone jack’s departure from iPhone Series 7 and later doing the same, Samsung has deployed Apple’s policies perpetually and rather quietly. Recently, it removed power adaptor and wired headphones from Galaxy smartphones, of course, after trolling Apple for doing so.