Samsung’s new One UI is official, will also power foldable phone

Samsung has just announced that its smartphone user interface will be going through a major refresh with the new One UI. As revealed by the leaked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 Pie firmware, One UI is all about putting important functions and features in focus for the end user, in addition to making single-handed usage easy by interactable elements down to the lower half of the screen.

Samsung One UI is all about ease of use

One UI will bring changes in a number of apps. In the Settings app, options that are similar will be grouped together, and often used options will be at the top of the list. The clock app will have all the different sections (such as alarm and timer) at the bottom of the screen. Visually, One UI will emulate Samsung’s hardware design, so you will see more rounded shapes in the app icons and other UI elements. Yes, that means those icons we were all dreading may actually be a part of the final version of Pie.

Oh, and that night theme that the leaked Pie firmware had revealed? Well, it will be complemented by other themes that take after the color of your phone. So your black Galaxy Note 9 will, by default, run on the night theme in proprietary Samsung apps, while a pink Galaxy S9 will change things to, well, pink. This is a huge addition to the themes support Samsung’s software has had for a few years, and we can’t wait to see it in action once Android Pie comes out in January.

One UI will also power Samsung’s foldable phone

Samsung also revealed that One UI will power its foldable phone. Thanks to the larger screen estate on the foldable phone, One UI will enable users to use up to three apps simultaneously instead of two apps as is the case right now. More details on the foldable display features will be revealed at SDC in the next two days, so be sure to keep checking back in to SamMobile.

What’s your opinion of Samsung’s new user interface? Check it out in the intro video below then let us know your thoughts down in the comments!


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One-Hand Control… that’s why their calling it One UI? Might be good for other phones but definitely not for the Note9. Note 9 is designed to be used with both hands especially with its s-pen. It may be a good idea moving the actions bars a the bottom of the screen but they should have at least left the notifications/pop-ups at center. Are people today just too lazy to move their fingers a few inches just to reach for the controls? The chance of using a smartphone with one hand is very minimal. “We listened to our customers”…. who asked… Read more »