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Original topic:

One UI 6 font tracking is weird!

(Topic created on: 24-11-2023 07:17 PM)
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Qandak
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Just updated to One UI 6. Angry and frustrated!

Somebody's promoted a new feature - reducing font size of app label to fit more letters. OK...

Is there anybody in Samsung who knows what is font tracking? Why the hell you set different letter spacing depending on text width to labels of app icons? These are basics of typography... and somebody who's responsible for UI, which itself must be the most important thing of something called "One UI", must have been aware of it.

Samsung should be ashamed to give such an update!

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Tourbillon De La Vie
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Do you have examples where you see it on your device? 

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Qandak
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 Here is a crop of my home screen. Label of the left icon is clearly squeezed by letter spaces in comparison to the right one. Pay attention to letter spaces of 'ecor' in 'Recor...' at the left and compare it with 'Notes' for example.

Even though letters are not squeezed, there is almost no space left between them in specific large width label cases. And that's one of the worst cases of readability.

Stuvan
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Same here. Android 14 is an absolute disaster for me. I came over from a Pixel device because of issues, only to face a bunch of different faults and problems with Samsung.

The padding between headers and menu items is also messed up and incoherent.

Either the designer(s) were rubbish or none were even involved with the process.

I'm just going to get cheap budget phones from now on. It's easier to overlook problems.
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davehorne
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I see the differences in spacing, but to be honest, it doesn't bother me in the slightest.

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Qandak
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If it doesn't bother you I'm OK with that. I would be OK even if different font sizes didn't bother you.

There are rules and basics of typography concerning readability. And the biggest problem here is that there could never be right UI with wrong typography.

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davehorne
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Would keeping the same exact spacing but having the words / letters that can't fit in the static space, scroll instead.  That would be fine, correct?

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Qandak
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There are different approaches proven over time. Ellipsis (...), which is still applicable and gives just one more letter by squeezing the whole lable. Second line, which could be applied instead as font size is reduced in 6th version.

Anyway,  if current solution has a "reason" for let's say 5% of cases, where squeezing helps to completely fit the lable, it has no sense for the rest with ellipsis and ruins the most frequently used UIs - Home screen grid and App screen grid.

Members_mRiptCw
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I understand why you don't like it. I also see it sometimes - only with the tiny hair-like font. It only appears in labels on the homescreen when there are more than two words in the title. Otherwise the spacing seems correct. 

I like the font very much for its smooth and friendly while clear and prompt appearance and easy readability, but indeed the thin versions of it seem to be hard to space correctly.

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Members_yogqCZQ
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I agree. It's horrible. Fonts and windowa so small it gives me headaches. A complete disaster. Messed up all the apps. 

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