Samsung’s Android 10 One UI Beta Launched for Select Devices

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The One UI is Samsung’s attempt to create a signature overlay flavor of the Android mobile operating system primarily designed for its high-end flagship products in the Galaxy S series, as well as select mid to low end devices from the Galaxy A and J series.

The new beta program introduces version 2.0 of the Samsung One UI and comes almost a year after Samsung released version 1.0 of the One UI back in November of 2018. At the time of reporting, registrations for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices are already closed, while select S10 users from the US are able to sign up from today. According to Samsung, Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 users can also register for the beta program.

Thousands of Beta Testers

By releasing the One UI in beta, Samsung will give tens of thousands of Galaxy users to opportunity to bug-test the new UI, helping to unravel flaws that need to be fixed before a general release.

The new update introduces additional features for Galaxy devices, while also refining the user experience to make it easier to use and reducing the amount of space taken up by notifications. Among the most prominent new features added is focus mode, which allows users to temporarily pause apps to reduce distractions, whereas the newly added smart lock screen automatically adjusts the color and format of the clock and notifications, ensuring they are always easily visible.

To participate in the One UI beta program, users with eligible devices need to download and install the official Samsung Members app from the Google Play Store and then tap on the “Registration of One UI Beta Program”, before following the on-screen instructions to submit their application.

Open in the United States

Samsung notes that “the One UI Beta program in the U.S. will be open to a limited number of participants and available for the Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10 or S10+ (on select carriers and unlocked devices).”

This update comes only weeks after the official Android 10 launch that occurred on September 03, 2019, making it the 10th major release of the Android OS and its 17th consecutive version. Samsung’s One UI beta is based on the latest version of Android known simply as Android 10.

It is interesting to note that this is the first Android version that is not be named after a popular dessert, ending a decade long tradition that began with Android version 1.5 ‘Cupcake’ that was launched back on 27th April 2009. As of yet, there is no clear word on when the One UI will be out of beta, but later this year looks like a likely time frame.

Have you signed up for Samsung’s One UI Beta? If so, what are your experiences with the new UI? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Nick is a data scientist who teaches economics and communication in Budapest, Hungary, where he received a BA in Political Science and Economics and an MSc in Business Analytics from CEU. He has been writing about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology since 2018, and is intrigued by its potential economic and political usage. He can best be described as an optimistic center-left skeptic.

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