All about the new One UI on Android Pie

With the One UI and Pie update, your phone or tablet's interface has been completely redesigned to make using it more convenient than ever. In this video, we go over some of One UI's new and most useful features, from the battery opimization, Night mode, the improved interface design, and much more.

Fresh features with One UI

Kids Home - Imagine a digital playground for your child. It’s not just fun and kid-friendly; it's also an educational experience. 

Characters from Kids Home waving

New Always on Display - The AOD feature lets you view the time, date, notifications, missed calls, and more when the screen is turned off. And with the One UI interface, you can do even more!

Women using Always on display on her phone

Device Care - It provides an overview of your battery, storage, RAM, and security. You can also automatically optimize your phone or tablet for faster, better performance. 

Device Care options being displayed on phone

Changes with One UI

Multitasking - You can switch between apps, adjust the size of the display on the screen, and copy information from one app to the other and it's even easier to do after the One UI update!

Notifications - With the new update the Notification Panel looks brand new and you'll never miss a text, call, or an app notification, and you can view recent messages and access certain functions.

Recent Apps - Your phone or tablet was built for multitasking, so naturally, it has the ability to alternate between multiple apps and now you can see your recent apps with a single touch. With this update your phone can even suggest apps based on your usage!

Lock Screen - When you're in a rush, you may not have time to unlock your phone or tablet to open and dismiss all those notifications. The good news is that you can manage your notifications right from the lock screen and now there are even more customization options to choose from!

Google Settings - You can now tailor the Google settings to match your preferences, and it is so easy to find now.

Night Mode - A new feature in the One UI update that you can switch to a darker theme to keep your eyes more comfortable at night.

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Check for software updates

On some devices, you'll receive a notification about the One UI update. But other times, you may need to do a manual software update. If you still haven't received the One UI, you should check if a software update is available.

  1. To check for a software update, navigate to and open Settings.

  2. Search for and select Download updates manually.

  3. If a software update is available, follow the prompts to install the update.

Software update settings on phone

When do I receive my update?

To clarify, when we say Software Version, we're talking about the Android operating system and Samsung Experience on your Samsung product. You probably already knew this, but sharing is caring! In order to find your Software version, just navigate to Setting > About Phone or Tablet on your device. The Software Information will display as Android Version 8 if running Oreo, or Android Version 9 if running One UI with Pie.

When a software update is officially released, the date you receive the update varies by carrier, region, and device model. Unlocked devices must go through more rigorous testing than carrier specific devices to make sure there is proper network functionality across all supported networks. For example, carrier specific devices are made to handle one network, Unlocked devices need to be able to handle any/all compatible networks so you may see updates for carrier devices first. Meaning if you are waiting to receive your update, but your buddy has already gotten theirs, you will need to make sure that your device is receiving the update and verify with your carrier on timing to be released.

The method of how updates are released are:

  1. Samsung Development - Carriers and Samsung have agreed to release the latest software update. Let the work begin.

  2. Carrier Testing - The Carrier certification testing process helps to ensure that any of the bugs or issues that were identified are resolved.

  3. Launch - The software has been approved and is ready to be released. However, software releases depend on your product and carrier. Once the software is available, you will receive a notification to perform an update on your phone.

What phones are running One UI?

When it comes to Android devices, the general rule is that every phone released in the last two years will receive a major update once a year. But if you aren't sure if your phone is compatible with One UI, just check the list below. All of these of phones can use the One UI update:

  • S10e, S10, and S10+

  • Note9 and Note8

  • S9, S9+, S8, and S8+

  • Tab S4 and Tab S5e

One UI on Android Pie updates

There is a lot more to the One UI update than meets the eye. But like with any innovation, there may be some issues until all the kinks are worked out.

If you want to learn even more about the One UI update and how to fix some common concerns, we have the answers you need.

Android 9 Pie Samsung One UI

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