Samsung has rolled out its latest mobile UI to mid-priced and low-cost smartphones and tablets. The software update, One UI 4.1, comes with editing software to help with grammar and style in documents and an option to share the apps screen while video conferencing.
One UI 4.1 is the user interface and feature set that Samsung included with its flagship Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 series earlier this year. A user interface is based on Google’s open-source hardware, which Google introduced in May.
The new update lets users use the Grammarly writing app to improve grammar in documents and Google Duo screen sharing to collaborate on notes without using a PC.
One UI 4.1 is now available on Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 and will come to Galaxy S21, Galaxy A series and Tab S7 FE, S20, Z Fold, Z Flip, Note, S10 and Tab S later this year, Samsung said last week.
“They … expand the capacity that workers have on their mobile devices for content production,” said Raul Castanon, analyst at 451 Research. “If you combine the new features with a cheaper device, that makes it more appealing.”
Features will appeal to hospitals and manufacturing companies looking for cheaper smartphone and tablet alternatives to the Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 for workers who need to write clearly and share files via calls video.
Samsung has integrated Grammarly software into the Samsung keyboard so users can see suggestions as they type. Galaxy owners will also have access to Grammarly Premium for 90 days, but won’t have to pay for basic features.
Grammarly, made by a California-based vendor of the same name, checks writing samples for common spelling and grammatical errors, performs analysis for cases of plagiarism, and offers synonym suggestions.
The Google Duo Live Sharing feature will allow users to share their screens on smartphones. Groups of people can view the same photos and browser screen and collaborate on Samsung Notes during a video conference.
In addition to Google Duo screen sharing and Grammarly, One UI 4.1 includes the Expert RAW photo editing application for editing RAW files and saving them in JPG or DNG formats. The UI also has the Object Eraser to remove parts of an image from the background.
Last week, Samsung also added a new smartphone to its budget Galaxy A series of devices with One UI 4.1 installed.
the Galaxy A53 5G has a 6.5-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED display and costs $450. Samsung claims that the new model’s battery can last up to two days. In previous years, the company launched three A-series models at once.
The cost of the A53 5G is about the same as Apple’s upcoming iPhone SE model, which costs $430. But a two-day battery life exceeds Apple’s promised 15 hours on the SE, and the SE’s screen, at 4.7-inches, is much smaller than the A53’s.
Maxim Tamarov is a news writer covering mobile and end-user computing. He previously wrote for The Daily News in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and the Sun Transcript in Winthrop, Mass. He can be found on Twitter at @MaximTamarov.