During the Conference (SDC 2018) at San Francisco, California on Wednesday, Samsung officially announced the arrival of One UI based on Android 9.0 Pie update to Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note on January 2019.
According to Jee Won Lee, “We will be releasing One UI for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and the Note 9starting January next year”.
Samsung claims that One UI is built for “more natural and comfortable” one-handed use cases. To bring one-handed use at the forefront, Samsung has transformed the upper part of the screen for viewing, while its lower part is designed for touch interaction.
At the conference, Lee showcased that the options on the Settings menu have been rearranged on the One UI to provide relative functions together. The company also regrouped various functions to remove the clutter and make the interface looks more clean and natural over the existing experience.
Among other changes, the Phone app has a dynamic interface that disappears the search bar and menu tabs when you dial a number. “That’s because we know the user plans to make a call the smartphone controls blend into the blank area of the screen, but they’re still there when you need them now,” said Lee.
Tabs on apps such as the Clock app have also been moved from the top to the bottom to make them easily accessible with a thumb. Similarly, pop-ups that are essentially to ask for user permissions appear at the bottom of the screen instead of the centre part of the screen.
Furthermore, Samsung also applied the night mode that is already a part of its Internet app across the One UI to make it easier for users to view content in a dark environment.