Beta build of Android 9 Pie-based Samsung Experience 10 leaks ahead of launch

Beta build of Android 9 Pie-based Samsung Experience 10 leaks ahead of launch
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ running Samsung Experience 9

Just over a month ago, the Alpha build of Samsung’s Android 9 Pie software leaked out entirely. With official beta testing reportedly just around the corner, though, the guys over at XDA Developers have now got their hands on the updated build ahead of its rollout.

Overall, the look of the software remains largely unchanged. However, over the past month, it seems Samsung has taken the time to fix some of the major inconsistencies in the software, the biggest one being the new dark mode. Previously, despite being activated, the UI would showcase white cards on top of black backgrounds. But in the latest version, this has been updated with dark gray cards on top of pure black backgrounds. Similarly, when Dark Mode is deactivated, the UI will showcase white cards and off-white backgrounds.

Elsewhere in the beta build, Samsung’s new gesture-based navigation system is finally working. This allows users to swipe up from the center of display’s bottom portion to go home. Separately, a swipe up from the left side will act as the back button, while a swipe up on the right will bring up the multitasking menu. Also, for those of you who are used to Samsung’s usual button order, these last two gestures can be swapped.

Completing Samsung’s beta build are two camera features that were previously only available on the Galaxy Note 9 – Scene Optimizer and Flaw Detection – which will improve the final look of photos.

The Samsung Experience 10 beta will be available to a limited number of Galaxy S9 and S9+ users in the US, UK, and South Korea. Unfortunately, Samsung is yet to announce an official launch date.



1. Chris_ABN

Posts: 198; Member since: May 16, 2018

How do I sign up??

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 653; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Through the Samsung+ app once it's available but you must live in the UK, US, or South Korea.

4. kennybenny

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Nothing for Canada?

3. Fred3

Posts: 583; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Their OS was good this year. If their camera is more natural and alot better next year then i'll get one

5. nique0201

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Why isn't the note 9.. (the latest and greatest) ever have a beta program... Samsung's update schedules are weird.. the new note is a year away it should get pie first because the S10 will probably be out by the time pie comes to the S9 that incentivise s9 ppl to upgrade which is what the S10 will target. But now you give ppl reason to say what's different? The latest should always be the focus. It kind of makes me regret leaving my 9+ for the note

8. luis.aag90

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

As a Note user since the Note 4 (and a brief period using the S7) I agree about prioritizing the top of the line Note first, however If you regret getting HW features like the S pen and SW features which won't arrive to the S9/S9+ until Pie, then I don't know why you got a Note in the first place. Pie on Note 9 should arrive right after S series, I wouldn't trade the better HW for a 4wk sooner update

9. nique0201

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

The problem is it won't be a month it's closer to 2-3 months... And don't get me wrong I do like the note better but that pisses me off so much

6. srgonu

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

With the new gesture navigation (which is great), I wonder how they are going to accommodate the gesture for the awesome samsung pay?

7. iAndroid18

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Hopefully it is out soon with features worth the wait.

10. hybridxclusiv

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

in order to get the beta you must sign up for beta testing with the google play store via. your computer, search for Google Play Services Public Beta Program and follow the instructions. once signed up, on your note 9 search for the Samsung+ app in the google play store and scroll down til you see join now for beta option, in doing so you become a beta tester and the app is updateable to the beta version which lets you register for the pie beta program.

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