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November 8, 2018

Samsung’s new Android 9 Pie interface is called One UI, beta opens November

by John_A

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One UI will be available for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 in January.

At the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference, one of the big announcements was a big refresh for Samsung’s custom Android interface. The Samsung Experience is gone, and in its place, we have One UI.

One of the biggest goals with One UI is to help users “focus on the task at hand.” To achieve this, One UI removes a lot of clutter from the Samsung Experience and makes things much cleaner. For example, the settings page is being simplified even more and regrouping certain settings together so that they’re easier to get to. The phone app also has a new look to only show essential information.

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Samsung’s also marketing One UI as being more natural, saying that it’s “restructured the way we interact with our devices.” Buttons that are traditional towards the top of the screen have been moved closer to the bottom, and in many of Samsung’s apps (such as Messages and Clock), the top area is reserved exclusively for viewing content you don’t have to interact with.

Third, One UI aims to “be visibly comfortable.” Colors have been tweaked to provide better clarity, and based on the color of the phone you have, elements of the UI will be tweaked to match it.

If you’re interested in being among the first to test One UI, an open beta will be available this November in the U.S., Germany, and Korea. One UI will then rollout officially to the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 in January 2019.

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