Some say that stock Android will always be a year or two behind Samsung's OneUI interface overlay, some call it bloated with features that you may or may not use. No matter which camp you fall in, here is no denying that OneUI is a very functional coat of point compared to the plain vanilla Android, full of options pouring out of every nook, cranny or submenu.
This is exactly what Samsung wants you to know, now that it has released the second version of its venerable interface that will be hitting your Galaxy phone together with the Android 10 update.
From less notification or pop-up distractions, a strict separation of the viewable and interaction areas, more high-contrast and hearing aid accessibility features, as well as new apps for Dark mode to reign in, OneUI 2 is better than one, and it is arriving on Galaxies as we speak.
Samsung's OneUI 2 started to land with Android 10 to its Galaxy S10, Note 10 and lesser phones just a month after Google released the final image to manufacturers so they can start painting their overlays on top of it. This has never been done so fast by Samsung and other phone makers have similarly ambitious release schedules, so it might be that Google has finally mastered the art of timely Android updates to its motley crew of manufacturers.
Prior to Android 10, Samsung had gesture navigation, but they had to be downloaded as a separate app from the Play Store, called One Hand Operation+, and then applied to your Galaxy. With Android 10, however, the standard swipe up/left/right/hold gestures are built in on system level which would hopefully result in a much smoother performance.
For now, the beta program is offered in China, France, Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. The Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series on US carriers are already offering beta versions of the update, so we should be getting OneUI 2 as a nice holiday present from Samsung pretty soon.