It has been nearly two weeks since the Galaxy S9 One UI (Android Pie) beta program has been live in South Korea, Germany, and the US. Samsung doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to expand the beta program to more countries, which is slightly worrying given the company has said the final Pie update will be released in January for both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9. But that’s a worry for later–Samsung has never been known to be timely with major Android upgrades anyway.
We have been using Android Pie since the beta program kicked off, and we have to say it works quite well even on the first test build. One UI, despite looking like a substantial change compared to Samsung’s UI on Android Oreo, works in a mostly similar way, even though some of the interface changes might prove to be divisive. And performance and battery life have also been pretty good. Of course, there are some bugs here and there, but the overall experience makes us excited for the final version of Android 9 Pie.
So now we pose the question to you: How are you liking the Android Pie beta? Are you liking what you’re seeing, do you think there’s room for improvement, or are you wondering what the drama is all about? Whatever your opinion, tell us by voting in the poll below and expanding on your thoughts in the comments section!
Results: A majority of our voters (39 percent), at least the ones who got the beta, say they like it. 14 percent say it’s good but nothing special, while 6 percent of voters don’t like Samsung’s new One UI. And a mere 3 percent say the Android Pie beta is buggy, which should make Samsung happy. The second beta had some major issues, but those were fixed in a subsequent hotfix update, and it shouldn’t take long for Samsung to reach the finish line. Hopefully.