Canadian carrier Rogers recently announced that the Android 9 Pie/One UI update will be hitting its Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users starting on February 4th, and Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+ owners exactly one week later. Now, if you live in the U.S., you might be thinking to yourself why should I care about one carrier north of the border. The answer is simple; historically, once Rogers starts pushing out a major update, U.S. carriers aren't far behind.
Android 9 Pie brings the Digital Wellbeing app that allows Android users to monitor how long they use certain apps for each day. It also allows users to set limits on the usage of specific apps. The latest Android build also comes with Adaptive battery, which limits battery access for those apps that aren't used often. Adaptive brightness learns how bright you want the screen in different environments, and sets it automatically. Slices allow users to see a part, or a "slice" of an app in search results, and in the status bar, the time is now found on the left side of the screen rather than the right side. The latest version of Android also comes with a new gesture navigation system.
Samsung's One UI brings actionable content down to the lower part of the screen, where fingers can easily reach the buttons. Other content that you don't need to click on is found at the top of the display, where your fingers can't reach. This way, you don't need to have long fingers, or adjust where the phone sits in your hand, to get the phone to do what you want it to do. This is a result of smartphone displays that continue to grow past 6-inches.
February starts this coming Friday, so if you live in the U.S. and own a carrier branded Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ or Galaxy Note 9, be on the lookout for your Android 9 Pie/One UI update.