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.
Update: One UI based on Android 9 Pie beta is now rolling out in Korea, USA, and Germany.
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 results 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+||Eligible||January 2019 (Beta available)|
|Galaxy Note 9||Eligible||January 2019|
|Galaxy S8 and S8+||Eligible||Q2 2019|
|Galaxy Note 8||Eligible||Q2 2019|
|Galaxy S8 Active||Eligible||Q2 2019|
|Galaxy S8 Lite (S Light Luxury)||Eligible||Q2 2019|
|Galaxy A9 2018||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018)||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy A8 Star (A9 Star)||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy A7 2018||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy A6 and A6+||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy A6s||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J8||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J7 2018||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J7 Star||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J7 Duo||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J7 Prime 2||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J6||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J6+||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J4||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J4+||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J3 2018||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J3 Star||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy J2 Core||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy Amp Prime 3||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy On7 Prime 2018||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy C9 Pro||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy C7 Pro||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy C5 Pro||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy On6||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy Tab S4||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy Tab S3||Not Eligible||–|
|Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)||Not Eligible||–|
We are certain the update would first arrive for Galaxy S9/S9+ and the Galaxy Note 9 users since these are the current flagship devices of the company. Once the stable update is made available for the S9/S9+ and Note 9, then we can expect to see the One UI update roll out for S8/S8+ and Note 8 users sometime early in 2019, however, we guess the update might be seeded out in Q2 2019 for the S8 and Note 8 devices.
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 even last years Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8 would be receiving the new One UI updated based on Android 9 Pie.
Samsung’s track record hasn’t been that great when it comes to updates so the expected rollout dates might change for the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 lineup, however, Samsung has indeed confirmed that the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 devices would receive the One UI update in January 2019.
One UI beta programme eligibility (country list)
Samsung has confirmed that the One UI beta programme will be available in selected countries only. So, users from these countries only will be able to participate in the beta programme. These countries are China, France, Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, Spain, UK, and USA.
However, when the update is released for the public in the stable version, it will be available to all the users worldwide.
One UI beta programme release date
The first countries to get the update are US, Germany, and Korea which beginning on the 15th of this month. The One UI Android 9 Pie beta program is set to being on 20th November in the UK, with those in the other eligible markets to follow sooner than later.
How to register for One UI beta programme
To register for the One UI beta testing, users would have to download the Samsung Members application from the Galaxy Apps or Google Play Store. Users also need a Samsung account to register for the beta version. Once in the Samsung Members app, simply tap on Notices and then tap on One UI Beta Program Registration and submit your application.
If you’re selected for the beta program, then wait for the rollout and head over to Settings > Software update > Download updates manually.
How to download One UI manually
With the limited slots available in the beta program, this post on how to install One UI manually on your Galaxy S9 or S9+ might just be what you need to get a slice of Pie. Since its an unofficial method of updating the S9 to Pie, be sure you follow the instructions to the latter to avoid damaging your device just in case anything wrong.
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.