Google released the latest version of Android, a few months back. However, since its release, not many OEMs have been quick enough in treating their phones with the latest Android 9.0 Pie update. The update cycle for Google’s latest OS version has not been followed by major brands such as Samsung, LG and others. However, things seem to be moving now, at least for Samsung. The OEM seems to be bringing the first beta of Android Pie-based Samsung Vision, sometime around this month.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, S9 Plus Poised For Android Pie Update
Yesterday, Samsung organized its much-awaited Developers Conference, which included some of the latest announcements involving both hardware and software. Although, Samsung’s foldable smartphone ‘Infinity Flex’ stole the show, there were some major announcements related to software updates on Samsung’s existing flagships. The company announced its new UI, the ‘One UI’. It is Samsung’s redesigned user interface that has minimalistic elements aimed at giving a cleaner and better look. Samsung also claimed that the One UI is designed for single-handed operations.
It was announced that the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 will receive Android Pie update in January 2019. The open beta for the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ will be available by the end of this month. It means that the S9/S9+ users will have an option to have a preliminary taste of Android Pie by registering for the beta, which will be limited to select regions in the beginning. The regions eligible for the One UI beta are the United States, Germany and South Korea, China, France, India, Poland, Spain, and the UK.
How to Apply for Samsung One UI Beta
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ users who want to test the Android Pie-based One UI beta can do so by applying for the program from the Samsung Members app. For the users who get the approval for the beta testing, will then have the update ready in the Settings app when they perform a manual search for the update i.e. by going to Settings > About > Check for Update.
The Samsung One UI beta will feature the company’s latest design elements, which is completely different from the TouchWiz design. We assume that the One UI could be the primary reason why Samsung delayed the Android Pie update for its devices.
One UI on Old Flagships?
Reportedly, Android Pie in the new UI should also be arriving on old Samsung flagships like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8. We wonder if the same update would be extended to even more former flagships such as Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge. Although, the S7 series is nearing its promised update cycle of two years, it is still eligible for the second major update.
While Samsung is yet to share details on the update timeline for the other Galaxy smartphones, we do know that the Galaxy S9, S9+, and the Note 9 will soon have the access to One UI beta. Geared with clean and minimal design, the One UI focusses on keeping the most relevant content at the bottom of the screen that also includes menus popping up on the bottom rather than the center. One UI has been designed to compliment big screen flagships and enables single-hand operations.
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