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6 Best Android Phone UI and Skins (2022)

Curious to know which Android UI is the best? We have ranked the top Android skins right here.

by Sahil_Jain Updated: 01 Sep, 2022, 16:05 IST
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No matter how great numbers and appealing specifications a brand throws at you, the UI should always be your first aspect to consider while buying a new phone. In India, many uninformed users tend to buy a phone solely by a brand’s name. When we talk about smart people, like dimers, they try and find out the best phones for them in every possible section. One such section is the user interface of a phone. Now, how would you know which Android UI is the best? Rather, which Android skin is better for you? Simple, with the help of this article that has all the best Android UI ranked from best to worst.

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Top Android Phone Skins or User Interface 

When we talk about different Android phones and their UI, we may have our own ways of categorizing them. Some users may be willing to give up on fast performance for some added features, while others would like their phone and UI to be as minimalistic as possible, which in turn would give a huge boost to their phones’ performance. So, keeping the same in mind, we have put together some of the most famous and widely used Android skins on the market.

The fun part is that even when these skins are ranked, none of them is worse or better than the other completely. Each UI has its own area where it excels and that’s where its users like it the most. We will rank these Android UI by starting from the most simple, lightweight UI and would gradually go to the heaviest, feature-full skins. So if you are a performance freak, the list starts from the top for you but if you prefer plenty of features on your phone, start from the bottom. Sounds good? Let’s get started:

Stock Android: The Pure Android Experience

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Stock Android is one of the most popular and loved UI out there. Even when paired with an entry-level or mediocre processor, the Stock Android UI performs better than most of the customized skins. To be precise, Stock Android forms the base of all the skins that we see on different phones. When you put some extra features and customizations on the Stock UI, it forms other skins which are comparatively heavier, make your phone a bit slower, and take some extra internal storage space too.

When talking about the Stock Android or Pure Android UI, it is used by only a few brands on the market as of now. Brands like ASUS, Motorola, Micromax, and Nokia are found more often using this UI and these are the same brands that are known for better performance phones, except Nokia, of course. Even though these brands add a pinch of customization at the top, it isn’t a lot and thus, these brands offer an experience that is closest to Stock Android. So all in all, the pure Stock Android UI is meant to be used by those who care about the overall efficiency of their phones rather than extra features. Here are some pros and cons of the Stock Android UI:

Pros

Cons

Better Performance

Little or no Customization

Better Battery Management

Looks and Feels Boring

No ads

Little or no Bloatware (Removable if any)

Takes Low Space on the System


Pixel UI: Slightly Customized Stock Android Experience

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Users often confuse the Pixel UI with Stock Android and do not notice the small changes between them. The Pixel UI is developed by Google and it offers some customization features on every Google Pixel phone thus, it is one of the best UI available in the Android world. It offers the speed and better performance of Stock Android and includes enough features for users to not get bored of the skin. Also, Pixel phones get many such elements that never make it to other Android phones. These features are usually AI-based and the Google Assistant works much better on Pixel phones thanks to the Pixel UI. So think of this UI as a clean skin, just like Stock Android with some added benefits. But, it still isn’t close to some heavier skins such as ColorOS and MIUI. Here are some pros and cons of the Pixel UI:

Pros

Cons

Better Performance

Lacks many Elements that other UI have

Better Battery Management

Looks and Feels the Same as Stock Android

No ads

Little Customization Available


Exclusive features with Google Assistant


Little or no Bloatware (Removable if any)


Takes Low Space on the System


Fastest Android Updates



OxygenOS: Clean and Smooth UI in OnePlus Phones

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Ever since Oppo’s subsidiary made its way into the smartphone market, OnePlus has been in the limelight. Even when it made some not-so-good phones, one thing that the majority of users praised it for is and always has been its UI, the OxygenOS. It is considered to be one of the cleanest and lightest Android skins on the market. In its initial days, the OxygenOS was much closer to Stock Android but days passed and now it’s much closer to being the next ColorOS. It offers numerous features while still being lighter than many other skins out there. Thus, this UI has a separate fanbase. Though, in recent years, we have seen OnePlus lacking in many ways. From not providing timely updates to Oppo’s interference in the brand, these small things can waver a user’s trust in the company and that’s why many OnePlus users are now switching to different brands. Also, OxygenOS is becoming more and more like ColorOS even though the two brands have called off their merger. Here are some pros and cons of the OxygenOS:

Pros

Cons

Good Performance

Late Updates

No ads

Feels a bit Bulky

Little or no Bloatware (Removable if any)

Changed from what it used to be

Customizable


Feature-loaded



One UI: Samsung’s Own Android Skin, Loved By Many

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One UI is among those few Android skins that have a huge fanbase. Users often find the One UI quite appealing, thanks to its curved interface and app icons. We all know that the app icons on Samsung phones look quite different and better than the rest. Also, the UI is full of interesting features and has a plethora of customization options. Moreover, it is a smooth skin that is preferred and used by many young and old people alike since it has new trendy elements for youngsters and ease of use for the old generation. But, the same UI works terribly with an entry-level phone/processor. As the UI is full of features, it is quite heavy and thus you’d want to use a phone with a better processor if you really want to get a Samsung phone. Since the brand understood this thing too, it even rolled out the One UI Core skin for entry-level phones which has very few features from the original One UI. But, this UI too wasn’t such a good idea. Here are some pros and cons of the One UI:

Pros

Cons

Smooth

Heavy on small-end processors

Frequent Updates

Full of Bloatware

No ads

Feels a bit slow

Feature-loaded


Good-looking App Icons


Interesting Design



ColorOS: One of the Best Looking and Most Feature Full UI

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Who else remembers those days when ColorOS tried its best to look like iOS? During that time, nobody would have thought that the ColorOS would take such a big turn. The skin was already not so close to Stock Android and with time, the distance just increased drastically. Then too, Oppo’s ColorOS is one of the most loved Android skins in the Android world. When compared to other UI, it offers the most customization options. You can literally customize its interface in uncountable ways and combinations. Also, just like One UI, it is full of bloatware. Thus, if you get a low-end Oppo phone, it will most likely not be able to work efficiently with the ColorOS. But when paired with decent hardware, ColorOS is quite fun to use. Also, Oppo has become much better at giving timely updates lately and this shows that the UI may get better in the coming days. Do check out the pros and cons of the ColorOS:

Pros

Cons

Many Customization Options

Full of Bloatware

Timely Updates

Heavy on low-end processors

Has Ads Which can be Disabled

Feels a bit slow

Good Design



MIUI: Most Favourite and Hated UI

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MIUI is probably the most controversial UI on the market. You either love MIUI with everything you have or you hate it the most, there’s nothing in between. MIUI is a really heavy UI and we have seen Mi and Poco devices struggling because of it. Even with decent specifications, an Mi or Poco phone may start lagging in day-to-day tasks, thanks to MIUI. But, the reason for it being so heavy is the n number of features it has. No other UI comes even close to MIUI when we talk about features. It has some of the best features on any smartphone. Users often prefer Mi phones over others because of the same reason. For example, after the Android 11 update, most of the phones started to have Google Dialer on them. This prevented users from recording a call without informing the other person, to whom they’d be talking. Even though brands like Samsung and Vivo skipped the Google Dialer in some of their phones, the rest got it anyhow. MIUI on the other hand never got the Google Dialer and even now you can record a call without informing the other person. But, still, this UI is not suitable for anyone who prefers performance over customization. Forget performance, we have seen many Mi phones being bricked because of the MIUI and thus, it is an unstable UI that you would either love a lot or would not use ever. MIUI is a nightmare for low-end, and midrange processors. But yeah, when used with flagship processors, MIUI is probably one of the best Android skins, thanks to its huge arsenal of features. Here are its pros and cons arranged for your reference:

Pros

Cons

Fully-loaded with Features

Lags a lot

Many Customization Options

Very Bulky

Timely Updates

Nightmare for low-end and midrange processors


Unpredictable/Unstable


Full of Ads


Full of Bloatware


These are some of the most popular Android UI that you might have used or seen till now. Although there are some other popular Android Skins too, they are either too bland like the Realme UI or full of bugs like the XOS. But, we can still help you with all the questions that you may have regarding any UI. Just drop them down in the comments section and we will surely help you with the answers.

Also, comment down your favorite UI and one feature that you like about it.

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Oxygen OS is dead now. It's only color OS

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JokerCard wrote:

Oxygen OS is dead now. It's only color OS

We hope things may change soon.
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Sahil_Jain wrote:
We hope things may change soon.

Not gonna be. The internal team is already merged and now oxygen OS 13 is completely color OS. OnePlus with all rebranding tech has now become just a Oppo side kick. Oppo killed the Identity of OnePlus 

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JokerCard wrote:

Not gonna be. The internal team is already merged and now oxygen OS 13 is completely color OS. OnePlus with all rebranding tech has now become just a Oppo side kick. Oppo killed the Identity of OnePlus 

There's news that the merger has stopped though.
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Sahil_Jain wrote:
There's news that the merger has stopped though.

No. Merger was of China and India OS. That's abandoned because they couldn't merge hydrogen and oxygen to one. After that The developer team of oppo is now handling OnePlus. So like Xiaomi has POCO... Oppo has OnePlus. Rebranded subsidiary with no uniqueness.

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JokerCard wrote:

No. Merger was of China and India OS. That's abandoned because they couldn't merge hydrogen and oxygen to one. After that The developer team of oppo is now handling OnePlus. So like Xiaomi has POCO... Oppo has OnePlus. Rebranded subsidiary with no uniqueness.

Thanks for giving such deep insight on the matter. Let's see what plans Oppo has for OnePlus in the future. 
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nOne123 wrote:
Custom ROM anyday
Only if your device isn't under its warranty period, right? 
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Sahil_Jain wrote:
Only if your device isn't under its warranty period, right? 
No.
Now that is past thing.
As per new guidelines, service center must provide service to every smartphone rooted or non rooted.
And warranty does not gets void after rooting.

2 rooted device not within warranty repaired by service center. Battery changed and damaged display changed. (Mostly nothing happens when phone is in warranty)

Service center can format and flash stock ROM (not experienced by me), if you are unable to boot using custom ROM (only noob can face this problem).

You can check same with online chatting customer care of Xiaomi.

After purchasing new mobile next day I install custom rom.
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Sahil_Jain wrote:
There's news that the merger has stopped though.
Watch this! Just a 5min video,he compared side by side and everything has changed from settings to icons in Oxygen OS 13 Beta 

@JokerCard
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shraaj wrote:
Watch this! Just a 5min video,he compared side by side and everything has changed from settings to icons in Oxygen OS 13 Beta 

@JokerCard
Thanks a lot for the video.
Will surely watch it.
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nOne123 wrote:
No.
Now that is past thing.
As per new guidelines, service center must provide service to every smartphone rooted or non rooted.
And warranty does not gets void after rooting.

2 rooted device not within warranty repaired by service center. Battery changed and damaged display changed. (Mostly nothing happens when phone is in warranty)

Service center can format and flash stock ROM (not experienced by me), if you are unable to boot using custom ROM (only noob can face this problem).

You can check same with online chatting customer care of Xiaomi.

After purchasing new mobile next day I install custom rom.
I guess using custom ROM would be the best idea with no flaws whatsoever.
Thanks a lot for explaining everything in detail!
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nOne123 wrote:
No.
Now that is past thing.
As per new guidelines, service center must provide service to every smartphone rooted or non rooted.
And warranty does not gets void after rooting.

2 rooted device not within warranty repaired by service center. Battery changed and damaged display changed. (Mostly nothing happens when phone is in warranty)

Service center can format and flash stock ROM (not experienced by me), if you are unable to boot using custom ROM (only noob can face this problem).

You can check same with online chatting customer care of Xiaomi.

After purchasing new mobile next day I install custom rom.
Custom roms are unstable, untested, unsecured, unmaintained. Manufacturer spend lot of resources to make your software bullet proof. Also some financial and banking apps straight away deny opening when root is detected. Overall rooting is bad experience for average user.
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palashshanu974 wrote:
Custom roms are unstable, untested, unsecured, unmaintained. Manufacturer spend lot of resources to make your software bullet proof. Also some financial and banking apps straight away deny opening when root is detected. Overall rooting is bad experience for average user.
Use trusted source for custom ROMs.
"Official" custom ROMs mostly stable.
Stable version of any custom ROM is the last release of that Android version.

If it's Android 10, then last custom ROM eg. 8.8.7 (RR ROM) made for Android 10 for that particular device is mostly stable. And there will be no further update for that custom ROM.
Use XDA for custom ROMs. Now telegram is good source to get custom ROM for particular device.

Snapdragon SoC is favourite for custom ROMs developers. Mediatek and others have few custom ROMs. Choose snapdragon SoC devices if you want to flash custom ROM.

But nowadays custom ROMs are very less. Old developers maintainers are leaving their work.
So check available custom ROM for your device and then buy that device.

Keep in touch with those developers maintainers before buying new device.

Manufacture does good job earning money. (Their earning source hurts our User experience).

Android is open source. Everything explained by this line.

All banking app works on all rooted device. Eg. GPay
(Every device is different and every use use different apps, modification, module etc.)
If Bhim UPI works for my device it may not work on your device having same device and custom ROM.
"Magisk" developer is hired by Google with his own terms and conditions. Which says all.

No not at all bad experience. If do it correctly. And you know way out. For every user.
Everything guide troubleshooting is written for newbies languages. Follow that and you will never fail.

You will be surprised to know many MIUI or colour os or any other os developers, contributors and maintainers, are using developing, contributing, maintaining custom ROM and other as their hobby or job.
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shraaj wrote:
Watch this! Just a 5min video,he compared side by side and everything has changed from settings to icons in Oxygen OS 13 Beta 

@JokerCard

Already watched when it was released. 

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ErenYeager wrote:
Moto ka bhi theek hi hai joy joy🦫🦫
True that
It offers close-to-stock experience.
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I thought pixel ui = stock android and every other manufacture uses stock-like ui
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Jarvis.-. wrote:
I thought pixel ui = stock android and every other manufacture uses stock-like ui
😅Yeah, that's a very common misunderstanding that even I had once.
Pixel UI is very close to Stock Android but has some more features. As of now, there aren't any completely Stock Android phones around.
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realmeme ui = Color os with even more clutter
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cp96 wrote:

You forgot realmeme ui
Should be covered under the memes category, right?😂
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Miui in poco are best plus1no ads. Fast performance. All themes are free
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frank10 wrote:
Miui in poco are best plus1no ads. Fast performance. All themes are free
MIUI in POCO phones is better than MI phones, no doubt.
Maybe the brand should do the same for all of its phones.
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Which is the cheapest Android smartphone in the current market that comes with stock Android?

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ssganesh wrote:

Which is the cheapest Android smartphone in the current market that comes with stock Android?

Moto E32s
Micromax IN 2b
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JokerCard wrote:

Not gonna be. The internal team is already merged and now oxygen OS 13 is completely color OS. OnePlus with all rebranding tech has now become just a Oppo side kick. Oppo killed the Identity of OnePlus 

Oppo created one plus one and destroy too
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