Almost four months after confirming the dates for its annual conference, Samsung finally took to the stage earlier today in San Francisco to announce some of its latest developments. And, just as expected, the company has detailed its latest UI that also works with its upcoming foldable smartphone.
Called One UI, the new user experience has been built in close partnership with both Google and the Android developer community with the goal of minimizing clutter and reducing the number of distractions found within the software. The interface has also been designed with the focus of keeping the most relevant content on the bottom half of the screen, meaning anything from app menus to pop-ups now appear at the bottom. According to Samsung, this makes the experience “more natural” and also allows for better one-handed use.
Aside from this big change, the software brings an updated lock screen complete with modified fonts, revamped app icons, and new on-screen navigations buttons that are much more simplistic, among other things. All of this will also be accompanied by a new Dark Mode.
This new user interface will be compatible with Samsung's new foldable screen, dubbed Infinity Flex Display. It allows consumers to have both a compact smartphone and a large, immersive display. So large, in fact, that users will be able to have up to three active apps open at once. Each of Samsung’s own apps will adapt seamlessly to the display, regardless of if it’s folded or not. Although the company is encouraging developers to participate, so a number of third-party offerings will likely be compatible by the time of release.
In terms of the software's release, Samsung will once again be offering an Open Beta starting in November for consumers based in either the US, Germany, or South Korea. However, it did state that it will be available to users in other markets at a later date. When it comes to the software's final release, Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 users will all receive the Android 9 Pie-based update in January.
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