These are the 5 best Android skins: features, appearance and more

These are the 5 best Android skins: features, appearance and more

Android is not the same on every smartphone. This is because different manufacturers put their own ‘skin’ over the software. In this article we list our favorite Android skins.

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Our favorite Android skins in a row

Android runs on hundreds of different smartphones. All these smartphones roll out of the factories of other manufacturers including Samsung, OnePlus and many more. To ensure more distinction, each manufacturer develops its own Android skin. This is a visual layer that overlays Android and gives the system a different look. Also, a skin can add all kinds of features that Google’s standard version of Android doesn’t have.

What is the best Android skin, considering there is such a large selection? We have listed our five favorite peels (in random order) for you.

1. The ‘bare’ Android, the way Google wants it

Those different skins are all nice and nice, but without a good foundation they are lost. If you have a Google Pixel 6 or Buy Pixel 6 Pro, use your Android like

Google has it in mind. A bare, unmodified version of the mobile software, in other words. Although you get less cool functions because of this, it does look very sleek.

Google Pixel 6 Android

Googles The bare version of Android looks the most mature in our opinion, especially if you put it next to many colorful skins from Asian manufacturers such as Xiaomi. Color themes adapt to your background, giving menus a personal touch.

Google is coming later this year with Android 13, which looks very similar to Android 12. Is the look of the software not quite to your taste, but you would like a Pixel phone? Then you can always download a launcher from the Play Store. This is, as it were, a downloadable skin – with slightly fewer functions than a pre-installed copy. Manufacturer Nothing recently released another launcher for recent Android smartphones.

2. One UI can be found on every Samsung smartphone

One UI is perhaps the most used Android skin on the planet. That is because every year there is a huge amount Samsung smartphones go over the counter. One UI runs on both the high-end Galaxy S22 Ultra as affordable Galaxy A53. In terms of functions, the software is the same on almost all Samsung smartphones – provided you use the latest version, of course.

Google Pixel 6 Android

Samsung supports its most recent midrange and high-end smartphones for four or five of Android updates. With every new Android version, the manufacturer also provides a refreshed version of One UI. We recommend that you always use an up-to-date device for security reasons alone.

In addition to its own design, One UI also adds a number of features, including useful apps such as Samsung Health. This allows you to accurately track your health, especially if you also have a Galaxy Watch used. There is also the payment service Samsung Pay and Samsung brings all kinds of cool camera functions to its smartphones through One UI.

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3 . OxygenOS from OnePlus has a sizable fan base

OnePlus became big by releasing high-end smartphones for a relatively low price. Every year, however, the manufacturer’s smartphones became a lot more expensive – and since the company has worked closely with Oppo, OnePlus smartphones aren’t as iconic as they once were. Fortunately, they still run on OxygenOS, the well-known OnePlus skin for Android.

OxygenOS is less adaptable than most other Android skins. This makes it somewhat similar to Google’s bare version of the software. However, newer versions of OxygenOS are increasingly similar to Oppo’s ColorOS – a change we’re not very happy about.

OnePlus 10 Pro - OxygenOS 12

OnePlus 10 Pro - OxygenOS 12

In addition to some exclusive widgets, the software also offers its own app icons, fonts and wallpapers. Fans of the first hour are especially pleased with the many customization options of ColorOS. You can customize almost every aspect of the software, even the battery icon in the status bar.

Read also: OnePlus is working on OxygenOS 13: Here’s why we think it’s crazy

4. Realme UI: the new OxygenOS?

Realme is a fairly new player on the Dutch smartphone market. The Chinese manufacturer is somewhat similar to the old OnePlus in terms of vision. This means that users get a complete smartphone experience for relatively little money. Fast chips and beautiful screens can of course not be missed, but the software is also very important.

Realme smartphones run on the Realme UI. This software shell is quite similar to OnePlus’ OxygenOS. We might even like the Realme UI a bit better, because it looks even more like standard Android.

Realme UI

Realme UI

Curious about our opinion on a recent Realme device? Please read our Realme UIRealme GT 2 Pro review

5. Xiaomi’s MIUI is intense, but secretly quite fun

We close our list with MIUI, the software shell of MIUIXiaomi

. This Android skin is not for lovers of simplicity and simplicity. Bright colors, eye-catching animations and eye-catching icons are everywhere. In a number of places in the software you will even find advertisements – which in our opinion are anything but welcome.


With a Xiaomi device you are striking, that is secure. Apart from the software, the devices themselves are often brightly colored and large. In general, we at Android Planet are pleased with the devices that are available for little money. offer a pleasant experience.

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