Samsung has recently rolled out the Android Pie based One UI software update to the Galaxy Note 8 devices running on Exynos chipsets in Eastern Europe and India. The 2GB OTA update includes Android Pie, Samsung’s One UI, which is a successor to Experience UI, and February 2019 security patch.
One UI: What’s New
One UI is the next big thing by Samsung that completely redefines the interface design on their smartphones. As the name suggests, it makes the whole UI much more viable for single-handed usage. The default apps are divided into two sections, a viewing area on the top and an interaction area at the bottom. The same design language has been translated to all the Samsung apps like Phone, Messages, Calendar, Clock and Contacts.
The menu tray has been moved to the bottom for easier access like the ‘Pictures’ and ‘Albums’ menus appear at the bottom in the Gallery app. One UI also brings support for system-wide dark theme which turns every inbuilt app to dark mode by a single switch.
According to XDA Developers, “Samsung has now released the kernel source code for this Android Pie release for the Exynos based Galaxy Note 8. This will allow custom kernel developers update their kernels for the device for compatibility with the Android Pie update.”
Samsung’s custom UI skins have been highly criticised since the days of the Touchwiz UI as people often complained of lag and unresponsiveness. Things started improving with the Experience UI and people started to like the design language and the overall feel of Samsung devices.
With One UI, Samsung’s UI game seems to have matured a lot over the years and it brings some very useful features which count for a real-world benefit like single-handed operation. If it keeps getting better at this pace, One UI could really be a game changer in interface design.