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Samsung One UI 2.5 will not have lock screen ads

A recent report claimed that Samsung may be experimenting with ads in the One UI 2.5. A publication TizenHelp shared images (which was first shared on Samsung Korea’s community forums) allegedly taken from One UI 2.5 show ads on the lock screen and within Samsung’s stock apps.

This is not the case here, the company doesn’t have any plan to show ads on the lock screen. A recent report from SamMobile sheds more light on the issue. Sammobile provided an explanation about the screenshot, which might have been misconstrued by TizenHelp.

Sammobile added, the South Korean company recently pushed an ad within the native Weather app to users in the domestic market.

Since this was a very hot topic on the forum today, it’s understandable why someone might take a more satirical view on One UI 2.5, going so far as to suggest that users would need to see ads on the lock screen and even wait for 15 seconds to watch a video ad before they can unlock their phone. The post itself where this image was shared as a One UI 2.5 “leak” says (예시) at the end, which literally means “Example.” This joke clearly got lost in translation.”

To be specific, Samsung’s upcoming One UI 2.5 will not have ads on the lock screen but the current version of One UI has few ads. You can find some banner ads on the stock One UI apps, even on the premium devices.

About the One UI 2.5, Samsung is going to bring One UI 2.5 pre-installed on the Galaxy Note 20 series and Galaxy Fold 2. The company is planning to host an online launch event on August 5, 2020.