Samsung has released the Android 9 Pie for its flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. At Samsung Developer Conference last week, the Korean company revealed its Android 9 Pie update with new interface called One UI. It also confirmed that the update will be released first for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ and will be followed by Galaxy Note 9.
Now, the company has started pushing out the beta version of Android 9 Pie for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users in South Korea. The update was initially said to be a global roll out but seems to be limited to Korea at this moment. While introducing One UI at SDC, Samsung revealed that Korea will be the first market to get official Android Pie update while US and Germany will be next major markets to get the update.
Now, that Samsung has pushed out Android 9 Pie beta update for users in South Korea, we should see it trickle down to other markets. North America and US in particular should be among the first major markets to get the update followed by European markets. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users in countries like India and the UK are likely to join the beta program beginning next week.
The Android 9 Pie beta update is an OTA roll out and will be pushed only to those who have submitted their interest to be considered as beta testers. The beta update rolling out in Korea weighs around 1.7GB and those planning to get the update will be better off downloading it over a reliable WiFi connection.
With Android 9 Pie, Samsung is bring a major design overhaul to its user interface and it is being called as One UI. The UI elements have been tweaked with future form factors including foldable design in mind. The One UI is meant to replace Samsung Experience, often called as TouchWiz UI, and is designed with one-handed experience in mind.
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At the developer conference, Samsung emphasized on use of rounded corners and everything looks like a giant cards with large font. In the multitasking UI, Samsung now offers card-style layout and also suggests applications similar to stock Android Pie. The update also brings system-wide dark theme and overall interface resembles that of iPhone’s user interface. Samsung says it plans to release final version in January, a month ahead of the launch of Galaxy S10 in February.