Google’s Android 12 Pixel UI takes me back to Samsung’s One UI

Google's Android 12 Pixel UI takes me back to Samsung's One UI

Android 12 is here, and we’ve seen how all the OEMs put their own spin on the OS. Companies like Samsung, OnePlus, and others have slapped their UI on Android 12 to make it look, feel, and act the way they want. Meanwhile, Google had made a pretty drastic change to the Pixel UI with the latest version, focusing on more colors, unique widgets, and big buttons. I hadn’t owned a Pixel smartphone until very recently, and I have to say trying Android 12 on a Pixel is what makes me want to stick with Samsung and One UI.

I’ll start by saying that it was hard not to be excited about Google’s Android 12 UI when it first showed off. Thanks to Material You, this represented such a massive overhaul of the operating system compared to what we’ve seen on previous Google phones, which reflected the new Pixel 6 hardware. It’s much more colorful, more personal and, dare I I say, fun. But over time, I became increasingly concerned about some of the questionable choices Google made with its user interface and, frankly, hoped with all my might that other OEMs wouldn’t adopt them.

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