One UI, Samsung’s most recent custom user interface for Galaxy devices, has been well-received by many, but it also has its share of detractors. The “wasted space” in stock apps such as Messages, Samsung Notes, and Settings is a particular aspect of One UI that we believe receives criticism despite not being a problem. Many people have a problem with the fact that the upper half of the screen in these apps contains nothing but the app’s name, so we figured we’d clear the air.
One UI is designed to put interactive elements in apps within easy reach of the user on large-screen phones. This is why, when you open Messages, Samsung Notes, or Settings, only the bottom half of the screen displays your messages, notes, or various settings menus. However, as you scroll up, the app interface resembles the Oreo interface, as shown in the GIF image below (if the GIF does not play, click/tap on the image).
We hope this clarifies the situation. If not, you will have to wait for the Android Pie update on your Galaxy device before you can form your own opinion. We are also putting the finishing touches on an official One UI review that will be published in the coming days. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the new features in Android Pie as well as its visual differences from Android Oreo. If you own a Galaxy S9 or S9+, you can check this list to see if Android Pie has been released in your country.