The Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 + and Galaxy Note 9 are set to receive an Android 9.0 Pie interface in January 2019, announced the company at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC 2018) in San Francisco, California on Wednesday. The company made the new announcement together with revealing the expected folding foldable smartphone form factor based on Infinity Flex Display and using an interface to offer a tablet-like experience as it evolves. An open beta program for One UI will be available in the US, Germany and South Korea later this month, followed by other countries in Europe and Asia.
"We will release an interface for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 + and Note 9 from January next year," said Jee Won Lee, Senior Designer of UX Design, Samsung, on Wednesday at SDC 2018.
Compared to Samsung Experience UX, which often requires two hands to power the hardware, Samsung claims that a user interface is built for a "more natural and comfortable" single use case. UX Design Team at the company has been working on the new experience for the past year, and the main goal is to make the interface less rotten. While the current Samsung Experience UX, available across all of the latest Galaxy models, focuses on offering a host of new features to users, the company said the new interface was aimed at offering a comfortable intuitive UX. The interface works mainly with existing hardware that has rounded corners and the Infinity Display panel thin window. It is also designed to drive next generation form factors, including folding smartphones that come with the company's Infinity Flex Display panels.
To get one-handed-edge use, Samsung has turned the top of the screen for viewing, while the lower part is designed for contact collaboration. Lee showed that the options on the setup menu have been reshaped on the One interface to provide relative features together. The company also reorganized various features to remove the mess and make the interface more clean and natural over existing experience.
"With a user interface, you'll only see the essential features associated with the task you're performing. It's a continuous and fluid experience where the necessary buttons appear when you need them and gently disappear when you do not," Lee prepared during her keynote presentation .
Among other changes, the Phone app has a dynamic interface that disappears from the search bar and menu tabs when you dial a number. "It's because we know that the user plans to call the smartphone controls blend in the empty area of the screen, but they're still there when you need them now," Lee said.
Tabs on apps that the Clock app has also moved from top to bottom to make them easily accessible with a thumb. Likewise, pop-ups appear that essentially require user permissions at the bottom of the screen instead of the center of the screen. Samsung also applied the night mode that is already part of its internet app in a single interface to make it easier for users to view the content of a dark environment. Some Android Pie gestures are also likely to be part of the One-Interface.
That said, we have to wait until the debut from one user interface is open beta to see what all the important changes that Samsung has given end users.