February 01, 2019: AT&T users in the U.S. can now download and install Android 9 Pie on their Galaxy Note 9 handsets. The update is rolling out over the air with software version N960USQU1CSAA and tags along the new One UI and January 2019 security patches.
January 25, 2019: Samsung began updating the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to stable Android Pie on Christmas eve last year and Note 9 in early January 2019. As of today, those using the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and S8+ can now join the One UI beta program in the UK, India, and the U.S., the latter market the latest to join the party.
While India and the UK have the global variant selling locally, the U.S. has both the carrier and U.S.-specific unlocked models. For now, only the latter is receiving the update in each of the three phone’s individual cases.
You can download these updates and install them on your Note 8, S8 or S8 Plus right now, but be sure your specific variant matches the firmware you are downloading.
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Samsung seems to be really stepping up their game when it comes to smartphones both in terms of hardware as well as software. A few days back the Korean Giant announced One UI at their Developer Conference, which is what Samsung is calling their new skin over Android.
One UI is designed to allow users to use their smartphone easily with one hand and given that smartphones are getting bigger and bigger displays this seems to be a really smart move by Samsung.
After the Developer Conference, most of us were left confused over which devices would be receiving the update and which devices would be left out, luckily, the confusion has now cleared up. So let’s take a look at the eligible devices for the One UI update that is based on Android 9 Pie.
What is One UI?
One UI is Samsung’s new UI based on Android 9 Pie. Gone are the days of the buggy TouchWiz UI, Grace UX, and Experience UI. Since the new UI is based on Android 9 Pie, we expect the devices to perform a bit better and get improvements in battery life as well based on how Android 9 Pie handles background applications.
So let’s take a look at all the new features offered in One UI.
One UI update device list
|Device||Eligibility||Expected release date|
|Galaxy S9 and S9+||Available||Released in Europe for the ‘F’ model; download from here; firmware available for S9 | S9+|
|Galaxy Note 9||Available||Released in Europe for ‘F’ model; download from here; firmware not available yet.
Released in the U.S. (AT&T) for model U
|Galaxy S8 and S8+||Available (beta only)||Stable version expected in February 2019|
|Galaxy Note 8||Available (beta only)||Stable version expected in February 2019|
|Galaxy S8 Active||Eligible||March/April 2019|
|Galaxy S8 Lite (S Light Luxury)||Eligible||March 2019|
|Galaxy A9 2018||Eligible||March 2019|
|Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018)||Eligible||March 2019|
|Galaxy A8 Star (A9 Star)||Eligible||June 2019|
|Galaxy A7 2018||Eligible||March 2019|
|Galaxy A6 and A6+||Eligible||March 2019|
|Galaxy A6s||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy J8||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy J7 2018||Eligible||July 2019|
|Galaxy J7 Star||Eligible||July 2019|
|Galaxy J7 Duo||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy J7 Neo||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy J6||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy J6+||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy J4||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy J4+||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy J3 2018||Eligible||Q3 2019|
|Galaxy J3 Star||Not Eligible||Q3 2019|
|Galaxy J2 Core||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy Amp Prime 3||Not Eligible||Q3 2019|
|Galaxy On7 Prime 2018||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy C9 Pro||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy C7 Pro||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy C5 Pro||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy On6||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy Tab S4||Eligible||April 2019|
|Galaxy Tab S3||Eligible||August 2019|
|Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)||Eligible||October 2019|
The One UI first arrived on the Galaxy S9/S9+ and the Galaxy Note 9 in late 2018 and early 2019, respectively. With the stable update now made available for the S9/S9+ and Note 9, the One UI update is now rolling out for S8/S8+ and Note 8 users beginning with the beta ahead of the official rollout in February 2019.
While previously it was speculated that only the current flagship devices which are the Galaxy S9/S9+ and Galaxy Note 9 would be receiving the One UI update, it is now clear that not only will last year’s Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8 receive the new One UI update, but also all other Samsung devices that will be updated to Android 9 Pie, as shown in the table above.
Samsung’s track record hasn’t been that great when it comes to updates so the expected rollout dates might change for some of these devices.
One UI release date
February 01, 2019: As of this writing, carrier variants of the Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 9 in the U.S. are receiving the update to One UI based on Android 9 Pie. For the S9 duo, the update is available on Verizon, Sprint and Comcast while for the Note 9, only AT&T users can download One UI right away.
December 24, 2018: Samsung has released the One UI update based on Android 9 Pie for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets in Europe that carry model no. SM-G960F and SM-G965F respectively. The update comes as software version G960FXXU2CRLI for the Galaxy S9 and G965FXXU2CRLI for the Galaxy S9 Plus.
As for the rest of the devices, below is a screenshot of Samsung’s expected Android Pie update roadmap.
One UI update download
How to download One UI manually
With the limited slots available in the beta program, getting One UI manually on your Galaxy S9 or S9+ and the one one Galaxy Note 9 might just be what you need to get a slice of Pie. Since its an unofficial method of updating the S9 and Note 9 to Pie, be sure you follow the instructions to the latter to avoid damaging your device just in case anything goes wrong.
Download Android 9 Pie One UI update:
- Galaxy S8 One UI download
- Galaxy S9 and S9+ One UI download
- Galaxy Note 8 One UI download
- Galaxy Note 9 One UI download
With One UI, the company aims to create a more appealing user experience by improving over major UI flaws which made using the devices with one hand almost impossible without fumbling about with the device.
One UI is designed keeping in mind one-handed-usage, hence in most applications and menus, the interactive portions have been shifted towards the bottom of the app while the viewing area has been shifted to the top portion of the application.
All major default application icons have received a new look as well. The icons now have rounded off corners to match One UI’s design language. Even the Gallery Application has received a major UI overhaul with large album covers with rounded off corners and now seems a tad-bit similar to that on iOS, although it does look more appealing than the current Gallery Application.
Samsung has even tweaked the notification shade completely making it similar to the Android 9 Pie notification panel on the Pixel devices, however, sticking with the One UI design language, when pulled down twice the notification shade now comes down completely taking up the entire screen and it brings the notification toggles to the bottom to be reached with one hand easily.
One UI brings along a dedicated ‘night theme’ too which changes the whole UI including the notification cards to a dark theme. Given that all Samsung flagships have an AMOLED display, having a night theme can be fairly beneficial to may also help to improve battery life.
In general, One UI seems a lot more refined and targeted for use with one hand.
Are you excited for Samsung’s new One UI update? Let us know in the comments below.