For years Samsung devices came with Touchwiz, later the couplet was changed to Samsung Experience and now it comes One UI. A shorter and simpler name, in keeping with the philosophy that governs this redesign.
Samsung has detailed in its conference for developers in San Francisco, the same in which we have known the flexible screens, notch screens and languages of Bixby, what the next layer of Samsung for Android will look like, which will come to Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 during 2019.
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Google bets on curves in its Material Design 2 (or whatever it’s called these days, which is difficult to keep track of), so we are not too surprised that they are also in Samsung’s vision. Here, the rounded designs look like an extension of the curves present in the design of the devices.
These curves apply to practically all elements of the interface, including those that were traditionally always gridded in Samsung, such as the list of images and albums in Gallery. No, you will not find just right angles, well One UI declares war on the corners.
One area to look at, another to touch
In leaked versions of One UI (which we thought would be Samsung Experience) we were a bit surprised by the headers with large texts that occupied the upper half of the window, with the content just below. Now we know why: Samsung has rearranged the items on the screen so that one area is primarily for viewing, and another for interacting.
The viewing area is slightly shorter than the top half, while the interaction area is the remaining area, below. The idea is to have the great most buttons and controls at the bottom of the screen, within thumb’s reach. This is especially useful on phones with a large screen, where you have to do some real juggling to access the various parts of the screen with just one hand.
As a side effect, the vast majority of navigation elements and buttons move from top to bottom of the screen, within reach of the thumb. Even in the case of listings, they start in the middle of the screen and not at the top.
You only see what you need
Another important part of this redesign is the simplification and reorganization of the elements displayed in the interface. An example of this is in the system settings, which have received a new regrouping and highlight the most used options at the beginning of everything.
The main idea is that focus on a specific task, and only see the buttons and options related to it. Everything superfluous or secondary is hidden and shown once it is relevant.
For example, in the application of TelephoneIn addition to including all the navigation in the lower part of the window, the only button available and highlighted is the call button. It’s not until you start dialing a phone number that the other buttons for video calling or delete are shown.
With dark mode and colors like your mobile
Google can’t decide with that to add the dark mode natively to Android, but it will be available on Samsung with One UI, in all applications in the house. The most surprising thing is not this dark mode, but certain color accents that can be applied according to the real color of the mobile.
That is, if you have bought a pink mobile, it is likely that some interface backgrounds be in pink. Now that the screens have completely claimed the entire front of the phone, it is a curious way to have the mobile color present without having to turn it around.
How to sign up for the beta
One UI will be available for Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9 and later models, and a beta program so that users of these devices can test it before anyone else, open for now in Spain, China, France, Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
To sign up you need to download the application Samsung Members from Google Play and go to the notifications section, where the option to sign up for the beta program should appear. Then you need to check for system updates as normal, from the system settings.
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