Android 9 Pie update is coming soon for Galaxy S8 and S8+
It seems the waiting is over for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users. Samsung begins registrations for Beta of One UI for Galaxy S8 series and some users from India reported that they have received the first Beta of One UI weighing about 1.6 GB.
Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships arrived in March 2017 and received the Android Oreo update in January 2018. The next big update for these flagships is Android 9 Pie which was released by Google officially in August 2018.
Samsung started developing Pie for its devices soon after the release of Stable version by Google. One UI is the user interface developed by Samsung, inspired by Pie’s Gesture Interface, Dark mode and App preview interface. Galaxy S9 and S9+ got the first taste of One UI back in December 2018, now Galaxy S8 and S8+ users are going to receive One UI. Most of the goodies present in stock android may come with the One UI update.
One of the most awaited features of Android users is system-wide Dark Mode. Google is still developing full dark mode to include it in Android Q. However, Samsung is one step ahead and is rolling out dark mode with One UI for Note 8 and S9. Messages, dialor, App launcher, Quick Settings and Settings app appear with Dark theme in Android Pie. As One UI designed to promote single-handed use, options and menu appear in bottom half of the screen in most of the revamped apps. It’s no doubt that One UI with Dark mode improves battery life of S8 and S8+ devices with Super AMOLED dsiplays.
One UI for USA Galaxy S8 release
The South Korean tech giant didn’t disclose any specific rollout dates for the rollout of Pie for the US based Galaxy S8 and S8+ users, however, info shared through Members app indicates that the rollout won’t happen anytime before March 2019. So Galaxy S8 users in the US most likely receive the first Beta of Pie based One UI in late-January or February. As usual, carriers may take another month additionally to rollout One UI for their devices.
One UI for the UK Galaxy S8 and S8+ release
The rollout history of Samsung for UK indicates the rollout of One UI may happen earlier than the US. So registrations for One UI may begin in coming days in the UK and rollout will begin shortly after.
One UI Global rollout
Samsung took nearly two months to finish Beta testing of One UI for Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships. So most likely, the beta testing for S8 and S8+ will be completed by the end of March. Thus, the global rollout of Pie for Galaxy S8 and S8+ might begin in late-March or Early-April 2019.
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We will update this article soon more details about One UI for Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Update on 23/2/2019 :
According to some reports by users of Galaxy S8 and S8+ through Reddit, Samsung has begun the rollout of One UI for S8 series in Northern Europe and India. The countries in which the rollout is actively taking place are Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Portugal, the UK and India. It may quickly disseminate to other regions of Europe and Asia. Still, no word about the rollout in North America and Australia. As this is a phased rollout, some users may receive the update lately.
The size of the update rolling out in Northern Europe is 1.6 GB and comes with February, 1st security patch. Most likely this is the last major update for Galaxy S8 series, since the flagship is completing two-year period soon. Share your thoughts about the rollout and features of One UI in the comment section below.