One UI is a new revolution in Samsung's user interface (UI) cycle and designed to bring handiness to its user. As the successor of Samsung Experience, One UI brings new intuitive UI along with new Android version - 9.0 Pie.
With its new design, One UI also brings new features and improvements. So, here are some of the eye-catching things you can find in Samsung's One UI.
With One UI, Samsung has introduced a clean and re-engineered design that is decluttered and shows relevant information that keeps you focused on the screen, powered by cleaner, flatter and rounder UI contents with dynamic animations from icons to menus.
One UI has also introduced a new task manager for multitasking and to manage the recent apps, directly inherited from Android 9.0 Pie.
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Visibility with comfort - Night Mode(Dark Mode):
One of the best features of this new UI includes is the 'Night Mode', which offers the system-level dark theme. Samsung introduced this feature for a comfortable screen viewing experience and to reduce eye strain in the dark environment.
While activated it gives a dark look to the UI, making it more focusable on the task in hand. For now, most of the system apps works exactly fine with dark mode but there are few that doesn't and Samsung is updating them to make it compatible with Android 9 and to support the dark mode before the stable rollout.
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Samsung devices are famous for their unique and bigger screen sizes, that's why it may not be easier to throw your thumb across the screen while operating your device with one hand.
To solve this problem, Samsung brought a huge change with One UI which helps to make user reach out on-screen content without overstretching their fingers. To add more compatibility, some menus include items tabs, placed at the bottom of the display instead of the top.
Although it may seem that this a waste of space because the new menu design occupies more than 30% space from the top to show you a single word like "Settings", "Messages" and others but to make it work, it simply pushes the interactive content below the occupied space to allow users to easily catch the first menu option and as user scroll to the bottom its automatically collapses to a regular status bar.
Navigation Bar Gestures:
Samsung's navigation bar contains three buttons including 'Back', 'Home' and 'Recent' actions that can be reorganized in order and now with Android Pie update, users can also use "Navigation Gestures" which replaces on-screen navigation buttons, providing a full-screen view for a better viewing experience.
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One UI also has a different new feature that can be only seen while the 'Portrait Mode' is off, you can see when you turn your device to landscape or portrait there's an animated icon that appears on the bottom right corner of the screen, indicating the orientation of the device if you click on that, it will change and lock the orientation to the current.
Lift to wake:
By the time of Android 8.1 Oreo, Samsung devices can be only awakened through lock button, home key or by accessing to Bixby but with One UI users can awake their device by simply lifting their device up from its idle position. Really? but how?
This new feature works on sensors which are based on the accelerometer or gyroscope and when a user lift their phone and tilt it upwards from the top in the Z-axis it automatically triggers the phone to awake the lock screen.
One UI Beta
The One UI is currently rolling out in beta on Galaxy S9/S9+ and Note 9 in multiple countries, as a beta OS, design and features of the One UI may receive changes when a stable build hit the devices.
If you want to join the beta program, check the list of eligible countries and the process of registering here.