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All the new features in Galaxy S10 Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta

So Samsung has finally launched the One UI 2.0 beta based on Android 10 for the Galaxy S10. We’ve been waiting for it a long time, so let’s get right to it and talk about some of the new features and changes we have spotted in the beta after a day or so of using it on a Galaxy S10+.

Both Google and Samsung navigation gestures are included

Let’s start with the gestures. One UI 2.0 adds Google navigation gestures to the mix. These are pretty similar to what you find on the iPhone. You have to swipe up from the bottom of the display to go to the home screen, and if you swipe up and hold, you get the multitasking menu. To go back, you can swipe in from the right or left edge of the display.

The good news is that Samsung has not removed its own navigation gestures, so what system you want to use is up to you. The standard navigation buttons are also available if you like doing things the old-fashioned way. Those are also what are enabled by default instead of the gestures when you first install Android 10.

Camera UI redesigned… again

Now here’s something you might hate: Samsung has changed the camera interface for the millionth time. The biggest change? You no longer see all the camera modes available above the shutter button. Every mode except Photo, Video, Live Focus, and Live Focus video is now grouped together in the More section. You can go back to the old way by manually dragging each mode from the More section to the area above the shutter button, but it’s extra work.

When you zoom in and out in the camera using your fingers, you can now find four buttons that let you instantly switch between 0.5x, 1.0x, 2.0x, and 10x zoom levels. This is very helpful. Sadly, the dedicated Video mode still exists, and Samsung has not added a video recording button to the Pro mode. You will also not find any new options in the camera settings.

Screen recorder built-in, device maintenance made simpler

With One UI 2.0, the Galaxy S10 has the new screen recording feature from the Galaxy Note 10. You can record the screen, all the sounds played on the phone and everything that is picked up by the microphone. You can also add a selfie feed when recording the screen, which is very cool.

Oh, and One UI 2.0 has the option to disable that charging information you always see on the screen on a Galaxy Note 10. It also shows you more detailed battery stats in the Device care section, which has been redesigned to be simpler to use. You can now decide when Wireless PowerShare should stop charging other devices. It stopped only at 30% on Pie, now you can tell the phone to stop at 90% if you wish.

New shortcut and gesture for enabling One-handed mode

If you like using one-handed mode on your Galaxy S10, you will probably hate the new gesture you need to use to enable it. You can’t swipe in from the left or right edge of the screen to enable one handed mode anymore. You have to swipe from the bottom center of the screen to the bottom edge of the screen.

This is because Google’s navigation gestures require one to swipe in from the left or right edge of the screen to go back in/from apps. If you use standard navigation buttons, however, one-handed mode can be now be accessed with just a double tap of the home button instead of tapping it three times.

Digital Wellbeing gets focus mode, Night mode now Dark mode

Google has improved the Digital Wellbeing feature with Android 10. You now have a focus mode that disables all notifications and apps so you can focus on work and other things. There are also new parental controls. You can remotely track how much your kid is using the phone and set limits to screen time. The apps they can use can be limited as well.

Night mode is called Dark mode now because that’s what Google calls it, and Dark mode even darkens your wallpaper so your home screen doesn’t hurt your eyes. As we have noted before, many of Google’s app follow Night mode on Galaxy devices even on Android Pie and switch to a dark UI when Night mode is enabled, but Android 10 will still be needed for some apps, such as YouTube, which only respect the system-wide Night/Dark mode setting on the new version of Android.

Other stuff included in One UI 2.0

In the notification shade, the time and date at the top is smaller so you see more toggles on the screen. This is actually the opposite of what One UI is supposed to do, which is to make things easier to reach with one hand. However, inside settings menus and proprietary apps like Messages, you still have the top half of the screen occupied only by the name of the menu/app, with the first few interactable items starting from the bottom half of the screen.

One UI 2.0 is also filled with new animations that make things look smoother. The volume control buttons have been redesigned and there are beautiful new Edge lighting effects. Some basic Samsung apps have received new options. The Contacts app has a trash section so you can restore deleted contacts within 15 days. There is also a trash section in the My Files app, and My Files can now copy files to multiple destinations at the same time. Last but not least, the Calculator app can now convert time and speed units.

Not a big update, and lots could change in future releases

One UI 2.0 is not a big upgrade, and Samsung could end up changing plenty of things we see in the first beta. We like some of the new features but will reserve judgement on One UI 2.0 and Android 10 until the final release of the software. And, as you would expect, the first beta isn’t very stable. It doesn’t seem to have any bugs, but we ran into performance issues and stutters and wouldn’t recommend it for daily use.

Have you received the Android 10 beta on your Galaxy S10? What do you think about all the changes and new features? Let us know in the comments, and look forward to our detailed analysis of all the new features in One UI 2.0 in the coming days!

  • Model: SM-G970F
  • Dimensions: 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4 (77°) & 16MP, CMOS F2.2 (123°)Ultra Wide

  • Model: SM-G973F
  • Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.1"(157.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

  • Model: SM-G975F
  • Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.4"(162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

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acacio23
acacio23

is anyone able to record calls in android 10 ? I mean can the other party be heard clearly now after google blocked in Pie ?

Huck33
Huck33

update installed yesterday.
works great
i noticed some screen freeze while playing games
my main concern is zith android auto :
can`t use google assistant
in waze or maps, get creepy noises at each notification

does someome could comfirm that android auto is working properly?

london2tim
london2tim

is smart reply limited only to google devices in android 10??
noticed it doesnt exists on s10 beta program

gino76ph
gino76ph

Does the new gesture navigation implementation now very similar with Pixel phones or Huawei phones or nowhere near like them?

darlanbrandt
darlanbrandt

is it a custom font or has the default font changed?

maikels
maikels

Camera max exposure in Pro Mode is now 30 seconds. It was 10 seconds before.

mop09737
mop09737

Hi does anybody knows if Samsung is going also to include S10 5G version, on this android update version?

charliebrown
charliebrown

Two things I’ve noticed: Samsung Video Player doesn’t work with this beta (not a big deal, though), and you can force dark mode in every app in the developer options.

shahidmanzoor
shahidmanzoor

What about dex like note 10?? They said they give in android 10….

EliasFN98
EliasFN98

Wish they’d bring it to the galaxy note8

insaner
insaner

They should cause it is still powerfull device but on The other hand Samsung update program ia still limited to 2yrs. After that only Security Patches.

AdL2012
AdL2012

Still no notification light around the front camera? 🙁

djcbs
djcbs

And after ruining split screen to please the idi0ts at Google, Samsung now ruins their one-handed mode just to comply with Mountain View’s sh*tty version of Android which is years behind everyone else’s.

The more Samsung bends to Google’s whims, the less I’m interested in keep using their phones.
I’m not eager for this Android 10 update, honestly. It brings nothing useful to me but it’s about to break a ton of stuff I use daily (notification tray and one-handed mode). So yeah…I might even consider blocking the update on my phone altogether.

siaho
siaho

The split-screen and multitasking… tell me about it, I feel your pain. I literally stopped using those features (and I was finding them core to the note experience) after the android 9 update. It’s so slow, so bad and so limited that it takes too much time to do what before took 1 second to do. Before: Split screening youtube – holding the recents key (easy to replicate with swipe and hold in the gestures navigation like google assistance is acting from home), selecting another app. Deciding to switch their places? There is a button for that between the two… Read more »

bayfisher
bayfisher

Does it turn everything black not gray.
all apps too.

bayfisher
bayfisher

Dgaf about a minor update and dont care to enroll in beta. I wont wreck my perfect device to feel superior having a beta like most do.

sergiu91ma
sergiu91ma

Does it keep the gesture to switch between apps from Google gesture?

ssking
ssking

How’s the edge panel working with the gestures navigation?

Landon A
Landon A

I’d like to know, as well!

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

Android is pretty mature at this point. Pixel users will probably see more significant changes through “features” meant to harvest more personal data, but that’s one of the reasons I abandoned Google devices.

Hambone01
Hambone01

The Samsung members app as of 10am est in the U.S. is not working and not functional

newusersamsung
newusersamsung

I know this is wrong section but I can’t find “People Tag ” in pics in Samsung Gallery App of my new A50 ???

Emraan100
Emraan100

I’m not hyped, even a little bit..

Keizeen029
Keizeen029

I hope fingerprint animation can change or provide some option..

jamallandit
jamallandit

If you compare this beta with the first Pie beta last year it is more stable and less mistakes if you use it now?!

Baba dhiven
Baba dhiven

When will the update come to India …. any information?

HHH
HHH

is there anything about supporting for faster charging ?

vanillasky
vanillasky

On the screenshot you marked secure folder when talking about screen recorder 😉