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PSA: One UI does not waste screen space in Messages and other apps

One UI, Samsung’s latest custom user interface for Galaxy devices, has been favorably received by many, but it also has its fair share of criticism. That’s to be expected from any major UI upgrade, but there’s one specific aspect of One UI that we feel gets criticized despite not actually being a problem, and that’s the “wasted space” in stock apps such as Messages, Samsung Notes, or Settings. To be precise, many take issue with how the upper half of the screen in these apps has nothing but the name of the app, and we thought we’d clear the air around it.

One UI is designed to put interactive elements in apps within easy reach of the user on big-screen phones, which is why it’s only the bottom half of the Messages, Samsung Notes, or Settings app that shows your messages, notes, or various settings menus when you first open the app. However, once you start scrolling up, the app interface becomes just like the interface on Oreo, as you can see in the GIF image below (if the GIF doesn’t play, click/tap on it).

one ui wasted space

We hope that clears the confusion. If not, you’ll just have to wait for the Android Pie update on your Galaxy device to try it for yourself and form an opinion. We are also working on an official One UI review that we will publish in the coming days. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out all the new features in Android Pie and also see how it compares visually to Android Oreo. If you own a Galaxy S9 or S9+, you can see if Android Pie has been released for your country in this constantly updated list.

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n00dle
n00dle

@Abhijeet It IS a waste of space. Yes I’m running DRL7. I don’t need half a page to tell me I’m in Settings. If your Samsung phone is too big, get something smaller. Or enable One Handed mode. Yeah, there’s a thought, use something that’s optional, and don’t force this wasted space on everyone else. I DO understand about the scrolling. I shouldn’t have to, everything I’m looking for would otherwise be visible if I didn’t need to scroll first. Your post is not a PSA, it’s your opinion which makes no sense. My hands aren’t large by any means,… Read more »

mefistoreyon
mefistoreyon

This was my first thought when I saw leaks and etc. But after some time you get used to…Of course, would be better if they ask you/ there is some option to switch back to the old interface. Don’t get me wrong, I love OneUI xD but I also understand there are people who may not like it. For those people, Samsung had to provide some options to disable OneUI.

Khlad
Khlad

But what’s the meaning of having samsung apps with 1 hand use but 3rd party apps with 2 hands and some 3rd party apps come preinstalled on samsung phones so you can’t say just dont use them. Also some Samsung one ui apps you have to use 2 hands to reach the top “3 dots setting”.
It”s just not well thought, the idea itself is great but the user experience is mixed so you don’t get a full one hand user experience and because of that the core meaning of one ui falls a bit to the ground.

Srmada
Srmada

One ui is a start

NicuPit
NicuPit

Why are you the first one, to get these releases? WHAT Samsung do you have, S9+? Abhijeet.

Usama 0017
Usama 0017

Firstly, One Ui Animations are worse than anyone else’s Pie. Secondly even those aren’t smooth at all and there are dropped frames everywhere. What the hell is update team even doing. How can u even introduce new animation lag which was never there in the previous android version. Such a pity specially for 1000$ Note 9 that even 300$ chinese devices have smoother animations.

krym73
krym73

I have a feeling you have no experience with it on your own, I see no lag on my actual s9+ running Pie. Of course the gif will make it seem that way though.

Usama 0017
Usama 0017

i have been trying every beta with factory reset and now tried CRLI stable build with factory reset. There is definitely performance downgrade compared to Oreo which is smooth. In Pie, Switch to gestures and open an app. Now try recents gesture and see how choppy the animation is there. I have downgraded to Oreo and now waiting for the new build to fix this mess. If u still dont notice lag then turn on GPU profile rendering from developers option to see how much frames this One Ui is dropping. Its crazy.

Cyril692
Cyril692

I agree I’m not ready to update my note 9

Renan Caparroz
Renan Caparroz

One UI animations are very poor, even compared to original pie that dont have great animations as Windows and IOS

GS7edge
GS7edge

Ikr, this is Samsung’s homework for their next update

enrico9800
enrico9800

Pie beta for N8-S8-S8+ exynos no started?

Biransahin
Biransahin

Next week I believe and plans to release it (full version) S8 and Note8 next month.

Sam Dough
Sam Dough

This is so shameful that Samsung Experience succesor, OneUI, will be a lot worse than its predecessor. Looking at the UI design, it looks so tasteless, uninspiring design and losing all the Samsung Experience elegance. When using the UI, it feels horrible that made me think who created this failed UI. While Samsung UI are moving backwards, Xiaomi, Oppo , Vivo, Huawei, Oneplus and Asus are moving forward along with their developed futuristic UI with plenty of features and elegant design. Moreover, iOS are even ahead of Samsung’s new boring, uncomfortable and uninspiring OneUI. This will be a huge setback… Read more »

Cyril692
Cyril692

I totally agree with you I find no class in this new design even if some features added are nice. all these rounds everywhere are so ugly, how to put that on a note 9 supposed to be made for professionals. I’m disappointed

Gunter2
Gunter2

It’s really nice. I’m liking most things about this UI. Not everything but there will always be something we don’t like. A question Abhijeet. Is there any more news about the Note9 pie update in Germany? A few of my colleagues and a friend has the phone but have not had any OTA update. They have unlocked phones .

tariq123
tariq123

Mee to

PJaya
PJaya

Wait, just notice clock is display at left side

locarno
locarno

And you can’t change it.

Gunter2
Gunter2

That’s true. It’s proprietary Pie change from Google . Can’t change. Google probably put it there because of their notch. lol

Biransahin
Biransahin

Very nice. Can’t wait to get it, but at least I can see itvon my wife’s phone! Excellent articles Abhijeet. They’re giving us a great insight into the new UI.

Srmada
Srmada

it will be nice if there is no free space between the bottom bezel and the dock icons when using gestures navigation

merc320
merc320

It’s in beta stage still. Which means it’s unfinished. It will be all polished up for the offical release