Samsung unveils Android Pie-based One UI; beta program set to begin this month

“Samsung One UX will be compatible with the company’s new foldable Infinity Flex display smartphones”

At the recently-concluded Samsung Developer Conference, we caught a glimpse of the much awaited foldable phone. But it wasn’t the show’s only highlight. The Korean company also unveiled their Android Pie-based One custom UX to developers across the world. One UI sees a fundamental shift from the company’s current Oreo-based Samsung Experience (or TouchWiz). Using the so-called Material Theme design, it is expected to change the way users interact with their devices by its improving one-handed usage and bringing in system-wide dark mode.

With smartphone displays getting bigger over the past year or so, it has become difficult to handle the large screens with a single hand. So many a time, it becomes a challenge to reach the top of your phone and bring down the notification screen. Manufacturers have tried solving this problem in the past by introducing software tricks like one-handed mode, which scale down the screen. But with One UI, Samsung has eradicated this issue by completely re-arranging the areas where you interact with the display.

It works by separating the system apps in two sections, namely a viewing area on top and an interaction area at the bottom half. The top half shows miscellaneous context related to the app, but the bottom portion (more importantly) handles most of the relevant content, everything from app menus to pop-ups to navigation bars and buttons, you name it. The basic idea is to provide every touchable command within your thumb’s reach ranging from the messaging app, dialer, clock, settings menu, to the notification shade, and the Quick Settings panel.

Then there’s a system-wide dark mode being built into One UI, which will help improve night-time usability and enhance battery life. Apart from this, the software brings an updated lock screen complete with modified fonts, revamped app icons, and new on-screen navigations buttons among other things. The Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 will receive the update in January, with a beta program set to begin this month in either US, Germany, or South Korea.

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