Key changes with Android version 9.0

Last modified : Feb 28. 2019

The Android version 9.0 operating system has been updated with an intuitive and accessible design, making it easier to do everything with one hand.


Find out more about some of the main changes below.

Please note: Android version 9.0 is only available to download on certain models, and this may differ based on region. This software comes as default on the Galaxy S10 range.

Updated designClick to Expand

You will notice that the Home screen, phone app, calendar, messages, email, notification panel and more have all been redesigned for a better user experience. There’s a more user-friendly and simplified design for many of the icons and menus.

Android 9.0, home screen with updated design

Always on Display

The default clock on the Always on Display (AOD) is now positioned horizontally and features coloured icons. It shows remaining battery time, time remaining until fully charged, and also battery information for any other connected devices like wearables. It can also be fully customised by using different layouts or by uploading images or GIFs.


Video player

The control buttons on the video player have moved. They are now at the bottom of the screen, making them easier to interact with.

Android 9.0, updated design of video player
Changed settings and featuresClick to Expand

Device Care

The previous Device maintenance option in the Settings app has been replaced with Device care.

Android 9.0, Changed settings and features in Device care

Tap Battery to find new Power mode options available to optimise battery power saving and extend your battery life.

Android 9.0, Changed settings and features in Device care, Power mode

You can also free up storage space by using the new Storage Analysis option where your device will look for large, unused and duplicated files. Quickly remove any files that could be slowing your phone down. Select the 3 dot menu button to access Storage Analysis.


Location settings

GPS or location settings are no longer within Connections but can now be found under Biometrics and security.


Do not disturb

The Do not disturb setting has been moved from the Sounds and Vibration menu option to the Notifications section.

New featuresClick to Expand

Night mode

Discover the Night mode, which changes the display to dark colours at night to reduce eye fatigue. It works at sunrise/sunset or in certain conditions. It works across all Samsung apps, and can be set up by tapping on Settings then the Display option. There's also a Quick Setting to toggle Night Mode on or off in the Notification panel.

Android 9.0, New features, Night mode

Lock the Home screen

You can now limit the movement, deletion and creation of new icons on the home screen. Tap Settings, Display then Home screen and swipe the switch to enable Lock Home screen layout.


Gallery albums

You will find new Albums in the Gallery, split into four folders for videos, favourites, locations and suggestions. The Suggested album recommends content creation or deletion based on what is stored on your device.

Android 9.0, New Gallery albums

New contacts

If you have an unsaved number in your messages, you can now quickly and conveniently Add to Contacts or Block number from the messaging screen.

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