Samsung recently announced its first foldable smartphone at its developer conference. While it was beaten by the FlexPai to the throne of being the first, Samsung’s Infinity Flex Display is a great innovation. However, that is not all that the company announced at its conference. Samsung has showcased its One UI which promises to bring an easier user interface to Android.
Samsung One UI
Samsung’s One UI offers a new approach to the user experience on Samsung smartphones. One UI brings about new visual elements with redesigned icons, more color, and an overall fresh skin. However, the biggest highlight of One UI is how it aims to make large screen usage easier.
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According to Samsung, it’s the “most user-focused smartphone UX” it has produced to date. Basically, Samsung One UI puts key interactive areas near the bottom of the screen. This allows you to reach them easily, as opposed to stretching your fingers to the top portion.
Samsung will be rolling out a “viewing area” to its apps. This will act as an interaction area covering the lower half of the screen. There will also be a system-wide dark mode and larger blocks in various apps such as Gallery. These blocks allow for an easier interaction. As such, it eliminates the need for a precise touch. “The experience was re-engineered to reduce clutter and distractions, allowing the user to better focus and quickly navigate their phone,” said Samsung.
Samsung One UI Beta Availability
The Samsung One UI will initially roll out in Beta form to the Galaxy S9/S9+ and Note 9. It will be available to the users in the U.S., Germany, Korea, China, France, India, Poland, Spain, and the U.K.
To download the Samsung One UI beta, download the Samsung Members app. Next, head over to Notices -> One UI Beta Program Registration, and apply there. If you’re selected, head over to Settings -> Update Software -> Download Updates Manually. And that’s it, the One UI beta version will download and install on your device.