Samsung One UI: a new user experience that also works with foldable devices

Samsung One UI: a new user experience that also works with foldable devices
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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22 Comments

1. Tech-shake

Posts: 195; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

The new One UI is a step forward imo. However, I was utterly surprised that Samsung didn’t even acknowledge in the keynote whether this new UI will be coming to the s8/+ and the note 8. Samsung has awesome hardware and their software is getting better with every update, but they still refuse to deliver “timely” updates to their barely 1.5 years old devices.

6. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Remember that there reallt is no need to rush, Samsung don't give broken updates like Apple and Google. Also, Samsung devices are already featured pack, the longer you have to wait, the more it will be worth it. Since Samsjng phones already have 95 percent pie features, I rather stick with whats good even if it takes 1.5 year just to get the new major update. You'll feel like younjust bought a new phone. Nothing special about getting a rushed update every few months or on time of release. Remember, Samsung still has to optimized the software unlike Apple or Google. When it comes, it will be even better For now, Samsung has goodlock 2018 app and a bunch of customizations to get that OneUI Pie experience

13. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Is that why Italy has launched a lawsuit againts Samsung for slowing phones down with updates that the user was forced to download?

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3663; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No one has ever been forced to update a Samsung device. They don't even spam you with update pop ups like others do.

19. bucky

Posts: 3765; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

this one is too easy...

18. ijuanp03

Posts: 432; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

You forgot Apple is also part of the lawsuit. Oh wait, you deliberately didn't mention your favorite fruit! lol

20. wickedwilly

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Look into that and you will see it is for a very old model and has little merit. It also served Apple who has already admitted they did it.

22. Tech-shake

Posts: 195; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

my point was never regarding Android updates, my point is for samsung's new UI which is now confirmed to be exclusive to samsung's this year flagship offerings. I am utterly disappointed tbh as the flagships launched last year offer little to no difference in terms of raw power compared to this year's offerings.

10. G1andonly

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Yea, the note 8 is great but I don't expect an update for a long time, it's still on September security update, that's why I bought the OP6T, my phone for later, maybe around Christmas for a present for myself. I can say samsung has a lot of features that 9.0 is now getting.

21. wickedwilly

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Do you really need an update every month? Updates, carry risk especially on iPhones which has a proven record of regularly slowing down, breaking functionality or worse bricking phones. To many imply poor software standards again something IOS has been plagued with. Updates are necessary for security and bug fixing and to bring new features and functionality. Android has been so far ahead in the latter two and updates tend to be less buggy, so require fewer updates.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Bill Gates has always said, computers work better when the software is designed around the hardware. Upgrading yes does off some benefits, but buying a device with the newer OS is better. I upgrade every year, because I want the newest phone with the latest update vs the older phone with it. The update process isnt slow just because if Samsung, but then you gotta wait for carriers too Samsung should force its phones to not have carrier bloat. Make then make their carrier apps avail on the app stores for people to install them that need them. I realize the carrier is using the platform to advertising and to help their customers too, but if their customer wants or needs those, they will download them. Samsung yes does need to really increase their software development group so that they can have people work on specific models. The Note and S should get priority because we pay the most. The downside if to many models. Just make 3. J for cheap, A for midrange and S/Note flagship and drop everything else. With less hardware they can focus on software and really beat any OEM in the game.

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Now this is awesome. I hope it isn't bloated with a million apps like Samsung Experience.

3. Carlitos

Posts: 623; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I would take those apps over google apps any day of the week. Apps like Gallery, Samsung Internet are leagues better than what google offers

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I wouldn't. Google's own apps have better integration with Android and makes it easier to switch to other devices from different brands. And the main problems are having duplicate apps and a cluttered user interface. Seems like you just ignored all these issues. And for the record, I see both offerings to be similar in terms of usage. One isn't leagues better for me.

5. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Samsung apps allowed me to get more work done than google maps. Even Samsung's Email app allows you to delete individual email instead of the whole thread. Samsung Apps are just as fast and intuitive. And as far as sync over to another device, Samsung allows that. For instance, just download the Samsung on the new device and log in. lmao

8. Carlitos

Posts: 623; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Samsung apps integrate just as well when I need them to integrate with Google. Like the internet browser, it also runs smoother and is more stable than chrome, also accept extensions for adblock and dark mode as well. I keep the photos app simply for free back up. SHealth is also way more streamlined and feature rich than fit. I sometimes even prefer the stoc email app, although I still default to just the Gmail app. Samsung Pay is also muuuuch better than gpay.

9. drunkenjay

Posts: 1585; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i loved samsung apps compared to googles.

11. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

You really suck bloatware!

17. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

"Oh noes, a different opinion! It's therefore bad!"

7. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 324; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I recall watching a YouTube video by Jonathan morrison and it touched upon samsung bloatware compared to the pixel 2. Even though samsung had more Bloat, many apps were removable which brought the total number of apps in line with the pixel (around 15-17 apps I recall). Bare in mind this was for the unlocked model.

15. uberzero

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 07, 2018

Key difference is Pixel 2 is a Google phone while manufacturers had to include Google bundles as part of the deal.

16. pmugghc

Posts: 44; Member since: May 11, 2014

What are you talking about, I get security updates every month to my S8+.

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