When will your Galaxy S8/9 or Note 8/9 get their Android Pie One UI? Samsung to update us on the 'wide release' today

When will your Galaxy S8/9 or Note 8/9 get their Android Pie One UI? Samsung to update us on the 'wide release' today
UPDATE: Samsung has started rolling out the Android 9.0 Pie update for the Note 9 to non-beta users around the globe, starting with Germany, UAE, and India, delivering on its promise to commence the update in January.

Tucked in a fresh promo post for Samsung's new One UI interface is a hint that today we will learn about the "wide release" of said overlay that will come with the Android Pie update for your Galaxy S9, Note 9, and, possibly, Galaxy S8 and Note 8, too.

Samsung's official Android Pie update roadmap

Samsung's official Android Pie update roadmap

Shortly after Samsung unveiled its new OneUI, rumors had it that the overhauled user interface will only arrive on Samsung's current flagship lineup, including the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9. These rumors were brought to life by Samsung itself, as it didn't mention last year's very popular devices like the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 in the release schedule.

However, given that there are very little design differences between the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy S9/S9+, as well as the Note 8 and Note 9, it would make a lot of sense for Samsung to improve the experience on its older devices as well. Additionally, OneUI will be based on Android Pie, which is an eligible software update for the Galaxy S8 series and Note 8. It sounds very logical for Samsung to want all of its devices with tall aspect ratio to sport the same interface and clean up some of the UX disparity that could arise should OneUI be exclusive. 

All will be revealed today, it seems, as Samsung quips "check back soon for more details on One UI’s user-centric approach to smartphone management, as well as updates on the interface’s wide release." 

Hurray, and tune in to our live coverage of the CES 2019 expo and Samsung's presence there, where hopefully we will learn that One UI will be hitting its flagship handsets very early in the year, as speculated before.




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19 Comments

1. miketer

Posts: 472; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

When we own a Pixel series, we realise the utter foolhardiness of such unfathomable delays. A delay of 3 to 4 months is understandable, but almost 13 months???

2. cmdacos

Posts: 3661; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Its not easy building features that Google will eventually adopt in Android down the road...

4. Georgio

Posts: 144; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Many useless features I have to say... I don’t use that many features from my note 8. Next android phone will be a pixel for me.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 3661; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That's why there's a phone for everyone in android. You may not but millions do and it's a reason why Google sells only a fraction of what Samsung does.

8. Georgio

Posts: 144; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Samsung sells over 90% cheap or middle range phones,not flagships,plus Samsung adverts are everywhere. Google doesn’t even sells the phone in that many countries,they also don’t advertise very much. In my country(Romania) they don’t sell it

12. tedkord

Posts: 16978; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Samsung sells more flagships than Google. Many more. Plus, The S8 through the Note 9 have been pretty much trouble free - no hardware issues, no software bugs. The pixel can't make the same claim.

9. sissy246

Posts: 6837; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly If you are not going to use the features the note offers, THEN DON'T BUY IT and stop b*tching about it.

10. Georgio

Posts: 144; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I said Samsung have many features but many of them are useless. I buy whatever I want to buy and I can bitch about whatever I want.

13. tedkord

Posts: 16978; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And the other commenters are free to call you or for it.

17. Georgio

Posts: 144; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Well...they will have to deal with me . Samsung had the biggest problem in the world (explosive note 7) I had that note 7 . So don’t tell me that they are trouble free!! At least pixel phones had some software problem that can be fixed with some updates. Today google fixed the last few problems.

19. mlbyanks19

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

No need to get loud coming from someone with the username SISSY LOL.

11. srgonu

Posts: 483; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

You don't use doesn't mean they are useless. It means you don't know how to use them. Ignorance is a bliss only sometimes.

18. Georgio

Posts: 144; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

No! They are useless for me,not because I don’t know how to use them. I bet that you don’t use even 50% of the features from your galaxy but come with this bull shiet to me

3. adecvat

Posts: 582; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

LoL, that “Messages”. Nice screen space management.

5. jmonteiro829

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I may not look like it but using it like this is way better. When you scroll down the messages fill up the empty space just like how it does in older iterations but when you want to tap on the top message you don't have to reach for it.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3661; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Wahhh that user interface sucks!!! (Based on a screenshot) Lol the screen moves to full screen as you scroll up... it's like the trolls don't even try anymore...

15. bobbys33

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

No. It's easier to use to interact with your recent messages. At first I thought it looked stupid too. However, it is much easier to reach the middle part of the screen than go all the way to the top to it. And it's still better than apple's touch to lower half the screen. LOL!

14. Valinor

Posts: 157; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I like the new design. Still needs some tweaks but overall its a good experience.

16. maxdroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 29, 2018

I waited for that.

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