Samsung One UI 3 widgets vs. Apple iOS 14 widgets: What's the difference?

At Samsung Unpacked on Thursday, we finally saw the new Galaxy S21 phone line, complete with new camera features and a major price drop. Samsung also showed off a change on the software side: Widgets on many Samsung phones are getting an upgrade with the latest version of Samsung One UI 3 -- just as iOS 14 widgets finally arrived last year for iPhones and other Apple devices.

While Android has had widgets for years, the December launch of Samsung One UI 3 for certain Galaxy devices with Android 11 OS brought redesigned widgets to keep your home screen more organized and aesthetically pleasing, and let you access more features from your lock screen. At Samsung Unpacked, the company unveiled new changes to One UI 3 to make widgets even more useful. And Apple finally introduced widgets in iOS 14 last year, giving you the ability to customize your iPhone home screen with the app information you need.

So what's the difference between widgets for Samsung's One UI 3 and Apple's iOS 14? We break down what you need to know.

The bottom line

While Apple's long-overdue widgets are a welcome, very useful (and aesthetically pleasing) feature, Samsung's One UI 3 widgets offer more by way of customization. However, that could change whenever we get a glimpse of iOS 15, likely later this year.