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I am impressed by Samsung’s beautiful new One UI

Samsung unveiled its new user interface for Galaxy smartphones at its developer conference in early November. One UI is built to make actionable elements of the interface easier to reach and to highlight important information within apps while letting everything else recede into the background. It’s also designed to be pretty, and after a few days of using it on a Galaxy S9 and then a Galaxy Note 9, I have to say I am in love with One UI.

Samsung has clearly put a lot of thought and work into One UI. First off, that system night mode/dark theme is great to have. I’m surprised Samsung never attempted this before given the company has always been so serious about AMOLED displays. It did bring us themes support, but it’s still slightly disappointing we didn’t have already have something like night mode.

An even bigger standout of One UI are the new animations. If you have a Galaxy S9 or Note 9 running the Pie beta, just take a screenshot and see the animation that comes up right after to see what I mean (or watch the video embedded at the bottom of the article). Samsung has built in an easily accessible option to reduce UI animations, but the animations on Pie are so good that I haven’t kept that option enabled.

Of course, it helps that both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 seem to be smoother with Android Pie compared to Android Oreo. I also like how the Android Pie beta is so stable despite having seen only two releases on the Galaxy S9 and one for the Galaxy Note 9. I haven’t run into any device breaking bugs, and apps seem to run just fine without any compatibility issues. And did I mention it’s all extremely pretty?

This is the best visual overhaul Samsung has ever brought to its Android smartphones in my opinion. Even those funny-looking app icons don’t get in the way. One can only hope Samsung doesn’t delay the release of the stable Pie update and that no major bugs or issues get through. Because, well, no one would want a repeat of the troubles that plagued the Android One update.

What’s your opinion of Samsung One UI?

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Moosehead1
Moosehead1

Before you abhijeet get all excited about one ui pie,what is happening to all the promised ar emojis updates that were to be available on the Note 9 late 2018. There have been new pre done charterers, faces, hair styles,skin colors etc.. Last thing that was added was Disney Frozen back in Sept? FAKE NEWS? Please advise and make sure you are responding to your readers.

diepminhchi1617
diepminhchi1617

Can you give me the skedule of releasing this beta version to every regions?

Biransahin
Biransahin

I don’t think the beta will release everywhere. Just in the original regions they specified. You’ll get the full version next month.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I’m not in the beta test region so I’ll have to be patient. But it does look very good. Really liking that night mode.. Excellent article by the way. 👍

Gunter2
Gunter2

You are right Abhijeet. I have the beta installed on my S9 plus in Germany. It’s a beta of course so it’s not perfect yet. There is still work to do before January but it is a beautiful UI in my opinion. The ease of using with one hand is great. I think we will see this on future stock android. I’m very happy that this is coming soon.

djshab
djshab

I agree Abhijeet it’s a really good OS … I agree with spirit wolf that Facebook and all its oculus etc need to be removed from the OS after their privacy scandals. In having no issues with this beta at all. No lags ( although I have still changed the animation effect to x.5 in the developers option ) never had a crash and any issues with all my apps have seemed to be fixed with Google updates from the play store. I do like the night mode although I think it could do with a few more colours just… Read more »

spiritwolf
spiritwolf

Not too bad but needs work still. Also need to get rid of Facebook from the system apps, also need to put more work into privacy protection too. The Night Mode needs tweeking along with Notification bar as I’m having problems with permanent notifications that I can’t get rid of. This for me is somewhat offputting and hoping samsung get it sorted by the final release of the one ui. Overall if I were to rate it out of 10 my score would be a 5. Not perfect and more room for improvements. Hopefully it wont cock up like Oreo… Read more »

Usama 0017
Usama 0017

For me on Exynos S9 (2nd beta) even after factory resetting performance is the main issue. Notification Panel lags and recents app using gestures is also very laggy. The scrolling in general is no way near as smooth as OREO and if u have any doubt u can check by enabling GPU Profile Rendering. One Ui Beta clearly lags.

fcaroll
fcaroll

As always for touchwiz… it seems they just can’t get rid of lag in the ui

Gunter2
Gunter2

Well. It is a beta. That’s why we are testing it. I have it installed on my S9 plus in Germany. I don’ expect it to be perfect.

fcaroll
fcaroll

Do you know how many stable touchwiz releases had performance issues even after a beta phase?

locarno
locarno

Normal animation for me. I think that Oreo have better screenshot animation.

DpakHK
DpakHK

The only problem I have with OneUI is that since the UI elements are more rounded than ever, the rectangular navigation bar ruins the bottom part of the UI. The rounded corners of the UI elements can align with the rounded corners of Samsung’s newer phones but the navigation bar makes the UI look ugly at the bottom of the screen. My phone has capacitive navigation buttons and no rounded corners which is why I am not going to sideload any of the new OneUI apps. They look too ugly on my phone.

locarno
locarno

I think you don’t get this update on older phones with normal corners.

fcaroll
fcaroll

Not so fast, first of all One UI might come for the NoteFE. Then there are new samsung phones with the new 18:9 screen with no rounded corners or even with rounded corners that are different from the ones found on S/Note series (tipically the A series because they have a flat display). We’ll see how samsung will handle this

mada222
mada222

Round corners can work on any screen. Doesn’t matter flat, adge , different screen ratio.
I don’t see any problem for that

DpakHK
DpakHK

@locarno I know. My Galaxy A9 Pro has Oreo and can run the new OneUI apps. But I can’t get them officially that’s why I “sideload” them that is, I get their APKs from SamMobile and install them on my phone. I had installed new OneUI apps such as Internet 9.0, Notes and Calculator on my phone. But they didn’t go well with my phone’s rectangular display so I uninstalled all of them and reverted back to their older Samsung Experience versions.

locarno
locarno

We’ll see how samsung will handle this

mada222
mada222

It’s awesome
Is there any talking about beta3

Drugar123
Drugar123

I’ve been using the new UI a couple days now, and I really like it. It is more functional and laid out IMO. It is definitely the right track compared to the past versions. I don’t like the new icons, but thats easily changeable if need be.

acruzlu02
acruzlu02

It does look beautiful. Can’t wait to get it on my phone.

Messibarca92
Messibarca92

It looks good

djcbs
djcbs

The UI is OK. But unless we can still use Sungstromeda (since Samsung ruined their themes), I have no intentions of ever seeing it on my phones.

I also don’t like that they allowed Google’s stupid new implementation of split screen to continue on One UI. I use split screen constantly and Android 9.0 Poop makes it unusable.

I hope Samsung still changes quite a few things about OneUI before release date.
It’s still miles better than shitock Android though. Miles, miles better.