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Samsung One UI release date: Stable OTA available for Galaxy Tab A 10.5 2018, J7 2017, J7 Nxt, Tab Active 2, and more

Samsung One UI is designed to allow users to use their smartphones 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 Samsung announced the new One UI at 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 currently 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

One UI update device list

DeviceAndroid Pie eligibility
Expected release date
Galaxy Note 9Available
Galaxy Note 8Available
Released on February 15, 2019
Galaxy S9Available
Galaxy S9+Available
Galaxy S8Available
Released on February 19, 2019
Galaxy S8+Available
Released on February 19, 2019
Galaxy S8 ActiveEligibleQ2 2019
Galaxy S7Not eligibleNA
Galaxy S7 EdgeNot eligibleNA
Galaxy S7 ActiveNot eligibleNA
Galaxy Note FEAvailableReleased on March 25, 2019
Galaxy A9 2018AvailableReleased on March 13, 2019
Galaxy A9 StarAvailableReleased on June 13, 2019
Galaxy A8+AvailableReleased on March 07, 2019
Galaxy A8 (2018)AvailableReleased on March 12, 2019
Galaxy A8sAvailableReleased on May 23, 2019
Galaxy A7 2018Available
Released on March 14, 2019
Galaxy A6AvailableReleased on April 04, 2019
Galaxy A6+AvailableReleased on March 20, 2019
Galaxy J8AvailableReleased on April 08, 2019
Galaxy J7 2017AvailableReleased on June 11, 2019
Galaxy J7 ProAvailableReleased on June 02, 2019
Galaxy J7 StarEligibleJuly 2019
Galaxy J7 Neo/Nxt/CoreAvailableReleased on June 09, 2019
Galaxy J7 DuoEligibleApril 2019
Galaxy J7 Prime 2AvailableReleased on May 08, 2019
Galaxy J6AvailableReleased on April 11, 2019
Galaxy J6+AvailableReleased on April 25, 2019
Galaxy J4AvailableReleased on April 26, 2019
Galaxy J4+AvailableReleased on April 26, 2019
Galaxy J3 V 3rd GenEligibleQ3 2019
Galaxy J3 StarEligibleQ3 2019
Galaxy J2 (2018)EligibleQ2 2019
Galaxy J2 CoreEligibleQ2 2019
Galaxy Amp Prime 3EligibleQ3 2019
Galaxy On7 Prime 2018AvailableReleased on May 08, 2019
Galaxy On6EligibleQ3 2019
Galaxy M30AvailableReleased on May 27, 2019
Galaxy M20AvailableReleased on May 29, 2019
Galaxy M10AvailableReleased on May 29, 2019
Galaxy Tab S4AvailableReleased on April 11, 2019
Galaxy Tab S3EligibleAugust 2019
Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)AvailableReleased on June 13, 2019
Galaxy Tab Active 2AvailableReleased on June 07, 2019
Galaxy WatchAvailableReleased on May 20, 2019
Gear S3AvailableReleased on May 20, 2019
Gear SportAvailableReleased on May 20, 2019

The One UI first arrived on the Galaxy S9/S9+ and the Galaxy Note 9 in late 2018 and early 2019, respectively. As expected, the Galaxy Note 8, S8 and S8+ followed suit in February 2019, giving way for the company to begin works on the midrange Galaxy A series in March going forward.

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 this isn’t just about the flagship phones, but the entire Samsung Galaxy family going forward.

Samsung’s track record hasn’t been that great when it comes to timely updates so the expected rollout dates might change for some of these devices.

One UI release date

Below is a screenshot of Samsung’s expected Android Pie update roadmap, which, of course, is subject to changes.

galaxy m10 m20 pie schedule

Android 9 Pie: All you need to know

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:

What’s new?

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.

One UI download

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. 


Used to be a Windows Phone fan until I got my first Android Phone. Never looked back since. When I'm not writing, I'm gaming.Email: dwayne@theandroidsoul.com