With its version of Android Pie, Samsung is giving flagships like the Galaxy S9 a much needed update to keep them competitive against rivals like the Google Pixel 3 and the OnePlus 6T. To set it apart from from other Android platforms, Samsung Experience has gotten a major face-lift that's being dubbed "One UI."
Samsung's version of Android Pie is set to be released quite soon, though we've known what to expect thanks to leaked beta versions of the software for the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Fortunately, experiencing Android Pie firsthand has only served to pique our curiosity as to what Samsung has in store for its smartphones moving forward.
With Android Pie beta now available for the Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung is well on its way to catching up to major competitors like the Google Pixel 3 in terms of giving its users the latest and greatest software Android has to offer. Of course, Samsung has added its own touches to the software to make Android Pie its own and set it apart from the rest of the crowd.
A leaked version of Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ has surfaced to give us a glimpse of what the latest update has to offer, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. With Android 9, Samsung Experience got a major makeover and even a new name. Now known as One UI, the new software update features significant aesthetic changes to many of its native apps.
To give you a truly immersive experience on Infinity Display phones like the Galaxy S9 and Note 9, Samsung added the option to hide the navigation bar when not in use, then easily reveal it with a swipe up gesture for quick access. If you've always found this process a little too cumbersome, Samsung has introduced a nifty feature within its newly-named "One UI" that'll make it a lot more intuitive.
Though not yet official, you can now experience firsthand what Android Pie has to offer your Galaxy S9. Perhaps one of the best features is something we've all been clamoring for: a system-wide dark theme that gives numerous apps and UI elements a custom look without having to resort to using a third-party theme.
Samsung isn't known for its timely rollout of major Android updates, and Android 9.0 Pie won't be an exception. If we go by their Oreo update timeline, we can expect Android Pie to officially touch down for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ sometime around November, with the final version rolling out the around the first quarter of 2019. But a leaked version of the beta has already hit the internet.
One of the headlining features in Samsung's One UI update is a new dark mode that turns stock apps and system menus black. But something you may have missed is what this theme does to the Samsung Internet app and all the websites you visit.
The Android Pie beta program is finally out for select Galaxy devices in the guise of One UI. Of course, we've known about this for some time, thanks in large part to leaked beta versions of the software for the S9 and S9+. This doesn't temper our excitement towards the update, however, as we get a glimpse of what Samsung has in store for its devices moving forward.
Thanks to leaks that let us try out the latest Android Pie beta on the Galaxy S9, we already have a good idea of what the update has in store for Samsung's flagships moving forward. As we've come to expect, Android 9.0 brings a slew of notable updates, such as the addition of a system-wide dark theme and an all-new TouchWiz replacement called "One UI."
As Samsung's very own take on Android 9.0 Pie, the newly-dubbed One UI (formerly Samsung Experience, and TouchWiz before that) comes with a slew of new features and redesigned elements for the Galaxy's interface. Many of the changes, like the redesigned native app icons, are readily apparent, but other features got subtle enhancements that greatly improve user friendliness.
Who doesn't love a refresh? Samsung's upcoming One UI makes it easier to use your device with one hand and adds a fresh coat of paint to the formally "Samsung Experience" skin. While you're probably looking forward to installing One UI on your phone, not all Galaxies are equal — your device could be one of the first to receive the update, or it could never see One UI at all.