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In pictures: Some Samsung apps in their Oreo vs Android Pie avatars

Samsung is working on a considerable user interface refresh with Android Pie. Leaked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 Pie builds have revealed an updated card-based interface and a dark theme for Samsung’s new Experience 10 UX, and we can already try out some of those Samsung apps with the design changes Pie will introduce to Galaxy smartphones.

Android Pie will bring notable UI changes

The updated versions of some proprietary Samsung apps, such as Calculator, Samsung Notes, and Voice Recorder, offer a look at the design language Pie will bring to Galaxy phones. These are early builds, though, and these apps might change drastically by the time the official Pie update comes along. For example, the Calculator app has an all-black UI while the other apps don’t. Also, you cannot rollback to the Oreo versions of apps like Samsung Notes if you install the Pie versions, so it’s best not to try them out at this point.

If you do want to take the risk, we have the apps in our APK section for your downloading pleasure. If not, you can check out our comparison pictures below to see how the apps look in their Oreo and Pie avatars (Oreo version on the left, Pie version on the right in each image). Do let us know what you think of the look Samsung is going for with Android Pie.

Samsung Notes

Samsung Calculator

Samsung Voice Recorder

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Saranan Majilya
Saranan Majilya

Big blobs everywhere. Now sammy thinks we are all with low vision. Waste of screen space.

Vuk995
Vuk995

Installed everything in APK archive (all but messages), and so far i like it a lot, even calculator, and like especially notes because now you can set up to 4/5 color tabs to choose from about 10 or 12, sp you dont have to sample the color that often, that is great, and i really like new design.. not so for black themed calculstoe, but its ok..stil would prefer white theme instead od black, and they could gove an option of white or black theme woth night mode as third option

5hoai8
5hoai8

I installed Message app its awesome 😍

Vuk995
Vuk995

I tryied and it eont install… whats it like, is it all black like on leaked images?

italovjs
italovjs

I’m enjoying most of the changes and I can not stand looking at these navigation buttons. I want them to add up as quickly as possible to give way to gestures.

djcbs
djcbs

So… Basically apart from calculator everything else looks worse.

Fortunately I uninstalled all of Samsung’s apps that I could and the other ones I don’t use. But their theme engine better be able to get rid of those awful blobs and keep Sungstromeda support… Otherwise I’m most definitely not updating to 9.0 that’s for sure.

DpakHK
DpakHK

True. All of them look very ugly now, including their new icons. The previous wireframe like icons were so cool. I re-installed the non-Pie version of Samsung Notes app after trying the new app and didn’t think of installing other updated apps anticipating a similar ugly UI.

ReynArts
ReynArts

I just want the Messages 10.0 app

rmbln01
rmbln01

I wanted to try the messaging app 10.0.00.23.
No luck. The app won’t install.
Actually, no one has suceeded installing it.

Khlad
Khlad

I like oreo better
And what’s going on with that poor use of space? Just look at first 2 pictures, “All notes” takes 1/3 of the screen.

Andrei603
Andrei603

I think it’s for a better use with one hand

tswfootball
tswfootball

If that is the reason it is just ridiculous. I don’t want all apps to permanently have one third of the display with empty space. We have one hand mode if we want to access that.

Also this will just create a very inconsistent UI. because android in general don’t have this design

Vuk995
Vuk995

Only thing i would like..is to remain those recent-home-back keys in that look, and not like on beta Pie images that leaked ..and cang wait for swipe gesture for those keys

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

The new icons are disgusting! Check the APK section.

Bulgarian
Bulgarian

Yes the are! I really liked the icons from S8 and S9 and now that disgusting icons design, which looks like returning back to 2013.

krzysiekb86
krzysiekb86

If in final version will have that “blobs” I won’t update my note 9… hate it… it’s coming to close to iOS 🙁

locarno
locarno

Jakie blobsy ?

aarozone
aarozone

I know a lot of people will be annoyed with the white blobs. But the final version might look it’s best. I remember when I Beta tested Oreo, the first very version, the UI wasn’t great but got better in the end.