Samsung One UI First Impressions: Hands-On With The New Samsung Interface

November 8, 2018
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Samsung Yesterday announced a new interface at its developer conference, called ‘One UI’. This new interface comes with a completely a new look and makes the smartphone easier to use with one hand. Here are our first hand-on impressions with Samsung One UI.

Samsung One UI

Samsung One UI replaces the Samsung Experience UI, which is currently layered over the Android software on all Galaxy devices.

The new interface is given a new more attractive appearance, brings more clarity, and makes the smartphone easier to use even in one hand.

Appearance

Samsung one ui first impressions hands on

Samsung has taken inspiration from the hardware of its Galaxy devices for the new look of One UI. These devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8, and S9 have nicely rounded corners and Samsung wants to extend this to the appearance of their new interface.

For example, in One UI we see rounded corners coming back, the icons have become rounder, but for example, the albums in the gallery have also been corners much like Ubuntu Touch OS.

Samsung also listened to user demand and introduced a more streamlined night mode in this new interface. It must be noted that Samsung had earlier introduced the night mode with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 it was limited to a few apps. This works for the settings menu and apps such as the phone, messages, calendar, and other Samsung apps.

Clarity

One UI also provides more clarity and this has been made possible by grouping certain functions in the menus. This should ensure that the user sees more easily which functions belong together and must also make it easier for the user to find a setting.

Samsung has also provided more clarity in the notification bar. Where before we had a gray circle containing the icons that change color according to whether the fast setting is on or off, the color of the circle now changes. This ensures that you see at a glance whether e.g the WiFi is on or not.

The new interface also ensure that it shows elements when you need them and also hide them when they are no longer relevant. For example, in the phone app, we see that when you start typing a number, the menus and the search bar disappear. You do not need it at that moment and they can not distract you anymore.

Easier to use

Smartphones have become larger and bigger in recent years, which makes them more difficult to operate with one hand. With One UI, Samsung wants to solve this problem by moving important things to the bottom of the screen, placing the interaction area, and things you do not often interact with at the top of the screen, for example, the viewing area. This makes it easier to handle everything with your thumb.

Open Beta

The beta will be released in November for the Galaxy S9  and the  Galaxy S9 +. It is an open beta where everyone can participate whether you live in Germany, Korea or the United States, followed by more countries in Europe and Asia. The final finished version is scheduled for release in January 2019. 

The Sad news is that apprarantly One UI won’t make it to the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ or the Note 8.

What do you think of One UI? Does it look like an improvement compared to the Samsung Experience layer?

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