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Leaked Android 9.0 for Galaxy S9 reveals Samsung Experience 10 UI

Samsung hasn’t detailed its roadmap as yet so it’s unclear when it will release Android 9.0 for Galaxy S9. However, an early build of Android 9.0 for the Galaxy S9 has been leaked online. It shows that major user interface changes are part of this update. It brings Samsung Experience 10, the next iteration of Samsung’s custom skin for Android.

Since this is an early build, some user interface elements are incomplete and a few features are broken. As you can expect from a build this like there are bugs as well. Nevertheless, it does give us a good idea of what to expect from Android 9.0 for Galaxy S9.

Leaked early build of Android 9.0 for Galaxy S9

Android Pie for Galaxy S9

The new AMOLED dark theme is one of the biggest user interface changes in this update. Android Pie brings a dark theme and Samsung is calling it the night theme. It’s broken in this build as it can’t be switched off. There would obviously be an option to enable and disable the night theme in the final version. The options will allow users to manually enable it, have to enable automatically at a scheduled time or have it enabled automatically after sundown.

The card-style user interface that Google demonstrated during I/O 2018 is also present. The Quick Settings shade has been redesigned as well in keeping with this design language. The buttons are rounded and many of the options can be managed without having to open the Settings app.

The Android Pie flavor is also evident in the recent apps menu on Samsung Experience 10.0. There is a dock at the bottom now with the recent apps scrolling horizontally and not vertically like before. It has already been possible to get this using Good Lock on Samsung devices.

Gesture control is also included in this build of Android 9.0 for Galaxy S9. They’re not exactly the ones that Google has developed for the firmware. Users will be able to swipe up from the bottom in the position where the Home, Back and Recents buttons are located.

This gesture is enabled only when the navigation bar is hidden. A new motions and gestures menu has been added as well. It lists all of the previous gestures such as palm swipe to capture. There’s a new lift to wake feature which will wake up the device when it’s picked up.

Native apps updated

Samsung has also updated many of its native apps in Samsung Experience 10.0. The dialer app gets the night theme as well. Buttons for contacts, keypad and recent have been moved to the bottom. The Messages update has been updated with the curved design and its buttons have been moved to the bottom as well.

There are user interface changes for Bixby Home as well. The design is similar to other updated system apps as it also gets curved borders and the night theme. This Android 9.0 for Galaxy S9 build doesn’t have any new Bixby Home features but that could change in the future. Other apps such as Mail, Gallery and Camera have all been updated too. The new camera app brings a couple of new options which don’t seem to be working in this build.

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gino76ph
gino76ph

I wanted to trade-in my old Xperia XZ for a brand-new Galaxy S9 via their UK website but I have read so many negative issues about this phone in particular:
1. “Black smear” and blue ink/tinge on the screen (especially when brightness is on low)
2. Video recording audio is poor (clarity & bitrate)
3. Photo underexposure/overexposure in Auto Mode on times where it should not be.
4. Dead pixels on screen
Plus the usual battery life/performance slowdowns/memory management combo.
Are these issues still present? or have they been fixed with the latest update?

grak91
grak91

Todo bien, pero no me gusta la pantalla curva. por mas que le pongas lo que pongas, siempre marca algo sin querer…y no te colocan vidrio templado. No me gusta la curva.

rbachalo01
rbachalo01

Dont have to worry about this on my S7.. 🙂

aydnspl
aydnspl

İt is stock android now, not samsung experience anymore 🙁

djares21
djares21

stock android ? lol for sure you never had an android device !!!

Sasmuhd86
Sasmuhd86

Try browse all the screenshot picture in fullscreen mode and you feel like using android 9 SE10 phone now. Ithink ita Awesome! but need more improvement especially on rouded notification.

lerrrysan
lerrrysan

I came from the iPhone X to the Note 9 since the new Iphones are not a big improvement… Anyhow, I’d love the the option to completely get rid of the navigation bar at the bottom and use the pie navigation gestures that are more like the iPhones. So far for me the hardest thing about coming back to the note 9 from the iPhone X, is that I still find myself swiping up to go to the home screen and recent apps menu.

Osensnolf
Osensnolf

There are people here that will down vote you because they do not agree with you. Pathetic bunch of losers they are. I use Note 9 and if I went to iPHone I would keep trying to use the buttons that are not there. Just takes time.

lerrrysan
lerrrysan

Fanboys like that have no life. You’re right, it takes time but if Google made their os based on gestures I believe we should have the option to use them.

chippyuk
chippyuk

Search for “Navigation Gestures – Swipe Gesture Controls!” in the Play Store. Hopefully with a little configuring will give you a similar experience!

djares21
djares21

I really like it 🙂 !!

Sasmuhd86
Sasmuhd86

Notification card so ugly..

RufoNN
RufoNN

Iphone

locarno
locarno

But how this new design apps will look on older phones with old UI ? For example Note 4.

locarno
locarno

It looks like iPhone now.

rmbln01
rmbln01

My love for black/dark theme lead me to create personal dark theme for my S6E and S7E.
And I must say, having white cards, white notification backgrounds and white pop-ups on top of black main background as shown in the screenshots is the worst.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Why they making it look all iOS with everything in rounded corner boxes. unnecessary, also Google has made massive changes to their stock apps to make them more streamlined. Still, wish they didn’t wait for Android 9.0 to bring Bixby 2.0 to other users.

AirunJae
AirunJae

Looks more like Google’s Material design to me. Also, wish they’d just get rid of Bixby.

punitverma2010
punitverma2010

Some things are looking great and some are looking even worse.
Samsung Internet current UI is perfect, they don’t have to move the options at the bottom.
Same with the settings menu, I like the Experience 9.0 Settings UI. The whole black doesn’t suite me much.

On the other hand, File manager looks great and also some other apps too.

locarno
locarno

But you could disable dark mode.

punitverma2010
punitverma2010

then this solves everything.

Biransahin
Biransahin

It looks good. Sansung Experience 9.0 is very good but I’m really liking the evolutionary improvements here. Looking forward to seeing it. Well done so far. I’m sure there are still lots of things that will change, but a great start.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

I must say, this is a step back. Samsung Experience 9.0 is perfect.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

I hate that card ui. It makes it so much harder to use multi window.

kkb2018
kkb2018

I think there will be the option to use the “List view” like now

Andrei603
Andrei603

It looks so awesome! I can’t wait for it! Ahh

aydnspl
aydnspl

It is very bad. Worst interface. Please dont change it

locarno
locarno

S7 Edge users don’t get it (: