Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Samsung brings its One UI 4 mobile interface design to its Galaxy Book series of Windows laptops. The new design changes appear in Samsung’s Windows apps like Samsung Notes, Samsung Gallery and Samsung Settings. The changes are designed to match the mobile interface that Samsung is bringing to its latest Android phones, to make it easier to switch between the two.

The main Samsung Settings app has been overhauled to better fit the design changes in Windows 11 with new app icons, menu layouts and more. Samsung’s Notes app also has a new menu layout, updated icons and updated folders.

The new One UI 4 changes in Samsung’s Notes app for Windows.
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Samsung Gallery includes a dark mode on Windows.
Image: Samsung

The Samsung Gallery app is the latest app that has been updated with One UI 4 changes, and it includes a dark mode that matches the themes of Windows 11.

While Microsoft has also reviewed its design language with Windows 11, Samsung’s changes here bring a more mobile-like user interface to its Windows apps. Samsung calls this One UI Book 4 and it will be available on Galaxy Book Pro 360, Galaxy Book Pro, Galaxy Book Flex2, Galaxy Book and Galaxy Book Odyssey.

Samsung’s design efforts on Windows come after years of close collaboration between Microsoft and Samsung. The pair originally teamed up to bring Android and Windows closer together, resulting in a lot of exclusive Your Phone integration to Samsung devices. Samsung has also integrated OneDrive support into its mobile apps, and Microsoft has optimized its own Office apps for Samsung’s Galaxy Fold devices. Microsoft and Samsung also have a special partnership for Xbox Game Pass on Android.

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