Samsung is prepping a software update for its Galaxy Note 9 and a few other high-end handsets, though what it has in the works is more than just a new build of Android. In addition to doling out Android 9 Pie, it's readying a final build of its recently announced One UI, which the company says "helps you focus on what really matters most." If you own a Galaxy Note 9, you can test out a beta version of One UI.
"Made for all our users, the One UI Beta Program is the chance to try One UI before its official release. As one of the first to enjoy the new features and design, send us your feedback and see how it helps us create an exceptional experience. The program is available for participants in China, France, Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, Spain, UK, and USA," Samsung says.
If you want to give it a try, here's what you need to do:
- Install the Samsung+ app (latest release or a newer beta version)
- Sign into the Samsung+ app and register your Galaxy Note 9 for the One UI beta program
- Wait for the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive (should only take a few minutes to show up)
That's all there is to it! If you don't see the OTA update after waiting a few minutes, you can manually initiate the the download by going into Settings > Software Update and tapping Download Updates Manually. Just be warned it's a big download—around 1.7GB, so keep that in mind if you're dealing with any sort of data cap.
What exactly is One UI? In short, Samsung is developing One UI as a simplified way of using your phone with Android 9.0 Pie (or later). It's a design language that puts the focus on whatever it is you're currently doing with your phone, rather than bombarding you with a bunch of options that you may or may not need or want.
"Find and focus on the content you want easily. The decluttered screen shows relevant information with each tap, so you only get the essentials, one at a time," Samsung explains.
You can see more about One UI in the video embedded above, starting at around the 1:04:27 mark.