Android 9 Pie-based Samsung Experience 10 leaks out; big UI changes revealed

Android 9 Pie-based Samsung Experience 10 leaks out; big UI changes revealed
Samsung Galaxy S9+

Despite being the number one smartphone manufacturer, Samsung has historically been one of the slowest brands when it comes to software updates. But thanks to a new leak, it has been revealed that the company is already deep into the process of preparing its next update, Samsung Experience 10. 

Before getting too excited, it’s worth noting that the build in question, which is intended for the Galaxy S9+, is still an early development one based on Android 9 Pie, so there are unsurprisingly some bugs and inconsistencies. However, the screenshots of the software version do provide a pretty good glimpse at what’s in the pipeline.

Starting off with the lock screen, the South Korean giant has refined the overall look slightly by updating the fonts and moving the time and date to the middle of the display. Additionally, the previous quick app icons have been removed and in their place are simple stripes of color below the app names. Once the smartphone has been opened up, the most notable difference at first glance is the presence of modified on-screen buttons which are now much more simplistic, although they can be disabled in favor of a gesture-based UI. In any case, opening up the overview menu will now display recent apps horizontally rather than vertically. Additionally, a dock has been added to the bottom

Elsewhere in the UI, Samsung has made modifications to the notification panel by introducing a new card style UI complete with curved edges which complements the updated quick settings section. Separate to all of this, the company has finally introduced a dark theme to its UI, as seen in the screenshots. In regards to app updates, some big modifications to the Dialer, Messages, Gallery, Mail, and Bixby apps have been made, with the overall trend being a switch over to rounded corners and a simplified experience overall. Another app that has been updated is the Camera app.

Overall, Samsung’s next major software update looks set to bring some rather drastic changes to its overall experience. And considering the company has made so many modifications so early on, it appears the benefits of Google's Project Treble are finally paying off. Thus, the new update should rollout earlier than usual.


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44 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Great! Can't wait for the official release.

4. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Great. Nice one Sammy. Now the UI is looking a lot more beautiful and symmetrical. Plus a huge thumbs up for the dark mode everywhere too. I have no doubt that the Galaxy S10 will surely knock it out of the park. That and the mate 20 pro.

26. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Navigational keys are missing from some screenshots, so does it means what I think it means? Gestures? We'll see, eh? G'Day!

41. ahmadkun

Posts: 538; Member since: May 02, 2016

Yeah .. there is an option to change to gestures, but it is really different from what stock Android offered, it works like divide the bottom part to three parts they're all work by swiping up , swipe up the right part to go back swipe up tge middle part to go home swipe up the left part to show the resent apps, and i think you still can go home by pressing the hidden home button.. also i noticed the rounded corners design which look nice on the curved displays, and this is the trend now in the design field, even google are going like that in material design 2.0

2. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

It looks so much cleaner now. Nice I guess.

27. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

iOS has always been cleaner, this UI is just a rip off.

30. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

iOS doesnt have "UI", it has icon grid. That doesnt take a lot of effort to design!

34. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Zero effort actually. And if you only have three apps on your second home screen and they are all on the top, your UI just failed miserably.

35. Ali888

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

Why are you even here

37. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

To change your bum life.

40. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Yeah, if you're going to reply to my comments, refrain from trolling or acting like an imbecile.

43. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

What you gonna do about that?

44. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Asking questions you already know the answer to isn't helping your case, Nate. Grow up.

29. phljcnth

Posts: 552; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Mixed feelings for me. I know this is an early build but those round corners, different font styles and sizes, and high-contrast menu look amateurish.

3. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Why do I get an ios vibe from those screen shots? I don't think I'm feeling that new look although it does look cleaner.

5. OneLove123

Posts: 849; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Looks nothing like that 2007 looking ios icons.10 years and it still looks the same. Wow!

11. Rager722

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Idk if it's the color but I get an HTC sense vibe from it.

13. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

You get a iOS vibe yet it looks nothing like iOS.

28. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

I thought they copied iOS control center and those icons Apple used in iOS 7.

6. nikhil23

Posts: 418; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

looks Dope. Bring it on already!

7. Carlitos

Posts: 648; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

This looks gorgeous! cant wait to try it out, specially dark mode all through out. Battery will be even better Finally seems samsung is taking updates much more seriously

38. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

if u need dark theme......u can just use Samsung themes ?? its pretty awesome and the theme is implemented everywhere (except the call screen)

8. kotan24

Posts: 305; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Meh! Nothing exciting tbh

9. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Damn, really liking the looks of this. May even consider skipping Nova...

17. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I'm more like this + Nova = wow!

10. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'Despite being the number one smartphone manufacturer, Samsung has historically been one of the slowest brands when it comes to software updates.' :):) LOL Should I say , that even if that's true, Samsung phones always have great features, that the other Android phones get years later? What is the point of many real OS upgrades on same hardware , though?(if not just bugfix with OS-name like on iOS)

12. Panzer

Posts: 280; Member since: May 13, 2016

Most of the above items have been available through good lock 2018 for a while. Plus additional items. And are you going to invent a time machine so those of us who having been playing with the tweaks feel special.

14. KingSam

Posts: 1377; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

It's beautiful but those rounded corner radii are whack. Maybe the curved display should help.

18. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I feel the same way. Hopefully there'll still be a way to make the look transparent like how it is currently.

15. sun0066

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Love the way it is now pls do not .ake so much different

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