Samsung’s latest One UI beta tries iOS 16-like lock screen customization on Android

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The update lets Samsung users change the clock placement, font, and color


The Samsung Galaxy S22 in-hand

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Samsung’s third One UI 5.0 beta arrived late last week, and users have started noticing that the lock screen customization options look pretty darn similar to those introduced by Apple in iOS 16 earlier this month (via 9to5Mac). While Samsung has been letting users customize their lock screens for years now, whether through its Good Lock app or its One UI system, its most recent update seems to take a lot of inspiration from Apple (although inspiration can flow in both directions).

Lock screen customization is one of the biggest changes in iOS 16, as Apple introduced widgets, new wallpaper options, and the ability to tweak everything from font type, colors, wallpaper filters, and more. The latest version of the beta gives Samsung users more control over the placement of the clock, as well as introduces an array of font and color options.

In a post on Twitter, TechDroider founder Vaibhav Jain shows off the similarities between iOS 16, the One UI 5 beta, and Good Lock, the Samsung-specific app that opens up other device customization options that aren’t built into the system. Just like in iOS 16, Samsung’s One UI 5.0 beta 3 also introduces the ability to long-press on the lock screen to change it instead of making you dig around in settings.

Seeing phone makers copy each other is nothing new, but it’s kind of funny seeing Samsung seemingly inspired by Apple’s approach so soon after delivering an ad campaign targeting the brand for not having a foldable phone in its lineup. It even mocked the company’s lack of “innovative” features in a thread on Twitter following the release of the iPhone 14 and called it out for having a 48MP main camera when compared to Samsung’s 108MP sensor in the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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