Samsung announced a slick new interface yesterday alongside its folding Infinity Flex display, and they’re bringing it to more than just their next-generation phones. They’ve posted all the details of the new software they’re calling One UI, and depending on the phone you have you can even sign up for a beta before its official launch.
The biggest thing that you’ll notice about One UI is that it’s primarily designed to push the important information on screen down towards your thumbs, assuming you’re holding the phone normally. Everything’s been decluttered so only the essential stuff is front and center.
I’ll be honest here, though, when the interface drops all of your text messages down to the center of the screen like in the image above, it just looks strange. It’s a solution to the problem of giant screens that Samsung created for itself, and now they’re designing apps to waste a ton of space just so they’re usable. It does look infinitely more usable, and Samsung deserves some credit for that, but I really don’t know how I feel about it just yet.
On the bright side there’s also an automatic dark mode for the interface, no pun intended.
If you’re interested in testing this out before it becomes available at some point in the future, Samsung is opening a beta program for One UI for certain phones and countries. If you’re in China, France, Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, Spain, UK, or the US, and have a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, you can sign up for the beta to get started. I know, I know, that’s kind of limiting, but this is a pretty radical change for Samsung so it makes sense that they’re going to want to wait on a massive rollout.
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