Samsung recently showcased its new user interface, dubbed One UI based on Android 9.0 Pie. The company is currently in the process of beta testing the Android Pie-based ROM in South Korea (spotted by SamMobile) and the US (spotted by Max Weinbach). The update is currently only available for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones.
This is the second time Samsung has radically changed the design language of its UI and the name. The first UI from the company was called TouchWiz UI, which was then changed to Experience UI and now we are getting the One UI.
The update has an approximate download file size of 1.9GB, according to a report on XDA Developers. It is accompanied by Google’s latest November Android security patch. However, since this is a beta rollout, users in India should not expect the update on their Galaxy S9 phones.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ owners who want to try out Android 9.0 Pie based One UI beta need to enrol their devices into the company’s beta program. This can be done by downloading the Samsung Members or the Samsung+ app from the Play Store depending upon the region.
After the installation process is finished, consumers will be required to press enroll this device in the beta program button. Then consumers can simply go into their device’s settings panel press software updates and then tap download updates manually.
With the new One UI interface, Samsung has made quite a lot of changes like all important content has been moved from the top to the bottom, Photo Editor Pro editing tools come integrated into the gallery app, improved Bixby search and much more. The company is expected to start rolling out the update to consumers from January next year.
Samsung will be rolling out the new Android 9 Pie based One UI ROM to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Note 9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Active. It will finish the full roll out by the end of Q2, 2019.