Samsung recently published an infographic illustrating how the company’s user interface for Android smartphones has evolved over the years, with One UI being the most recent iteration; the company has now published a blog post outlining the key features of the new user interface. This is Samsung’s attempt to whet our appetites as we move closer to the global release of Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 which can be viewed as a text version of the One UI introduction video.
Does the post provide new information? Well, not exactly, but it’s still an enjoyable read, especially for those who haven’t participated in the Galaxy S9 or Note 9 One UI beta programs. The primary objective of one UI is to facilitate interaction with large-screen smartphones by relocating interactive elements to the bottom half of the screen while maintaining viewable content on the top half. It also includes what Samsung calls ‘focus blocks,’ which is a fancier way of saying that you now have a card-based user interface that makes it easy to identify “important content.”
The image comparing Bixby Home on Oreo and Bixby Home on Pie is a good example of a card-based user interface, and you can also compare various other interface elements. The post from Samsung also discusses Night mode, which allows for comfortable viewing at night. The majority of us will utilize it due to its aesthetic appeal, and it is one of the best features that Android Pie will bring to Galaxy devices.