Samsung Galaxy S24 OneUI vs Google Pixel 8 Pixel UI

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Android smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, appealing to different people across price ranges. We have top Android flagships dominating at the top end, and we have budget Android phones serving needs without hurting your wallet. With such intense competition across often similar hardware, Android OEMs have to create their own identity and experiences to set themselves apart. This is where Android UX skins come into the picture, changing the way you not only use your Android phone, but also creating goodwill and brand identity for the OEM in the long term.

Android phones from different companies ship with Android, but they don’t ship with the same universal experience of Android. These companies add their own software tweaks on top of Google’s Android, changing how their phones function according to the needs and expectations of their target users. Some manufacturers heavily skin Android, changing just about everything, while others are more content with leaving most things as-is and sprinkling a few tweaks on top.