Samsung's One UI beta program for the Galaxy S9/S9+ starts next week

Samsung's One UI beta program for the Galaxy S9/S9+ starts next week
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ running Android 8.1 Oreo

At its annual developer conference earlier this week, Samsung announced quite a few things including its brand-new smartphone software – One UI – which is set for release in January. But Ahead of this, the company did confirm that a beta program would soon happen. And now we know when.

According to Samsung’s own customer support team in Germany, the Android 9 Pie Beta program will commence next week, on November 16 to be precise. In order to be eligible, consumers must own either the Galaxy S9 or the larger Galaxy S9+. Moreover, this news suggests that users based in the US and South Korea will also gain access to the program on the same day. After all, these countries are part of the first phase of the rollout.

Once the beta is up and running in the mentioned markets, Samsung will then expand it to China, France, India, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the number one manufacturer hasn’t confirmed when this will happen, so users could be in for quite a wait.

Aside from being based on Android 9 Pie, the new One UI introduces a completely revamped interface that places all important content on the bottom half of the display, leaving the top half for viewing. Furthermore, it brings a range of updated icons that complement new on-screen buttons. Also, a brand-new dark mode has been added.

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14 Comments

1. KakashiHatake4444

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 30, 2018

What about the 8 family?

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

We wont get it apparently

3. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You will, but you won't have a beta program.

4. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

8 family definetely gets One UI. But they don't offer beta on 8

5. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

So we gonna just act like the Note 9 can't get in on this goodness?

6. Chris_ABN

Posts: 194; Member since: May 16, 2018

I can't wait to try this out......

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

At least someone is stepping up to evolve software to another level. Instead of the same old GUI that's been out since the the Xerox Star with prettier icons. We need something new. At least they are trying. Everyone else is still sitting on their laurels and bring nothing to the table.

8. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Samsung is copying apple’s WWDC which will improve their software.

9. Alcyone

Posts: 488; Member since: May 10, 2018

Lol. Your funny./s

10. Alcyone

Posts: 488; Member since: May 10, 2018

Widgets, true multitasking, and desktop mode. Those, are just 3 things Apple just can't seem to do or get right, if they try. Sorry, but I see Apple as the one to catch up. Specially, widgets, cuts down on many steps that iOS takes. Count me in for beta. Glad I throw my 5s in the trash; damn battery wasn't worth my time.

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I think for them to do that, they would have to do a sweeping change of the OS’s groundwork

12. NinoH

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

Samsung and google Best friends again!?! Things must be awful again im the android World.I mean let’s look at the situation realistically, nobody is making any money in android except maybe Samsung and Chinese OEMs(Huawei,Xiaomi ,etc) while Sony,LG,HTC have been bleeding money for a long time. Apple is the only company consistently making a profit and they have a real ecosystem of devices that people wanna get into.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Get this on the Note 9. Not sure how I feel about the new app switcher though, it reminds me of the one in the good lock 2018 app.

14. Pseudonias

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2018

The UK is getting the beta on November 20th so I assume the other areas are as well on this date - "The One UI Beta Programme (running Android 9.0 Pie) will be available for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in the UK from 20 November 2018." its from the official one ui UK website.

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