Samsung launched its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9, last month to a lot of fanfare. While the Galaxy Note 9 builds on last year’s model with improved performance and camera setup, the South Korean giant seems to have failed its customers on the software department. The Galaxy Note 9 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and there is no word on when it will be updated to Android 9 Pie.
Samsung, despite being the largest vendor of Android smartphones, has been notoriously slow, when it comes to software updates. The company started updating Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, its flagship smartphones from last year, to Android Oreo only few months back. It usually takes Samsung at least six months or longer to push the latest version of Android to its most premium devices. Samsung’s budget devices almost never get to experience newest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
With Android 9 Pie, however, Samsung might become more proactive and release updates sooner than later. Ahead of official announcement, Samsung Experience 10 based on Android 9 Pie has leaked online, giving a look at updated software. The next version was spotted by Rydah from the SamCentral Discord channel and XDA Developers has insights into how the experience will differ after installing the update on Galaxy S9+.
Samsung Experience 10.0: A big UI change is on the offing
The new Android 9 Pie update with Samsung Experience 10 will brin a number of UI changes to Samsung smartphones. One of the prominent change, according to XDA Developers, is the new AMOLED Dark theme. Samsung is calling this theme as night theme but it is broken on the leaked build, which is also dubbed as very early and unstable build.
The Samsung Experience 10.0 for Galaxy smartphones will also bring a card style UI with curved edges similar to standard Pie interface on Google Pixel smartphones. The card style interface extends to settings, notifications and multitasking interface. The quick settings will get rounded icons and quick app shortcuts at the bottom of the screen seems to be replaced by the color of the icons.
Watch: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 First Look
In terms of system changes, the Night theme will act as native dark mode on all Galaxy smartphones with the release of Android 9 Pie update. Samsung plans to allow users to manually enable them or schedule the theme to get enabled at a particular. There is also option for automatic mode to enable it when in the dark environment. Samsung is also adding motions and gestures interface and it clubs all the old gestures like swiping on the fingerprint sensor and adds new gesture called life to wake.
Samsung did not release first builds of Android Oreo until November and with Android 9 Pie, the company could release first test build sometime next month or in November. One of the questions is whether the company will deliver final release much faster than it has done in the past.