Samsung Android Pie Update: Phone App Gets a Makeover on Galaxy Devices

Phone App Gets a Makeover on Galaxy Devices

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.

The Phone app, in particular, has a brand new layout on Pie-based One UI. First, the various tabs have been relocated to the bottom of the screen for easier accessibility. Now, you won't have to reach up top to tap on "Recents," "Contacts," or "Places," and instead, you can simply tap on any of the options without having to adjust your grip.

In addition, TouchWiz on Android Pie has ditched the floating keypad button, and added it on as a new option on the relocated options tab on the bottom of the screen for a cleaner UI. This is an ingenious move on Samsung's part, as it will streamline user experience as they transition from devices like the iPhone to Galaxy smartphones.

To add a little liveliness to the Phone app, Samsung has also splashed some color on the Contacts page, and has filled in the letter icons next to each contact (that's not assigned a photo) with its own unique color combination to greatly aid in selecting on the go. The alphabetical groupings have also been further compartmentalized into their own boxes for easier sorting.

As a native Samsung application, the Phone app has also received the Night theme treatment that comes standard with Android Pie. With the dark mode enabled, the app turns to a gorgeous interface consisting of a battery-efficient black backdrop with gray and white accents, as seen in the screenshots below.

As great as the improvements Samsung has made to the Phone app are, it's just the tip of the iceberg — there's numerous features that also received some much needed attention with the arrival of Android Pie, so be sure to check back often as we get to them one by one. In the meantime, be sure to share your thoughts about the revamped Phone app found within One UI by posting below.

Cover image and screenshots by Amboy Manalo/Gadget Hacks

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