Perhaps to the elation of its fans, and after some earlier confusion about the availability of One UI on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has confirmed that the new software skin from the South Korean giant would be making its way to the previous generation of its flagships.
Exactly two months after some Galaxy S9 devices started receiving the One UI beta in the US and South Korea, the company has now started accepting registrations for the beta on Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices. This follows the company's rollout of the Galaxy Note8 One UI beta yesterday.
Interested users may sign up for the beta using the Samsung Members apps. Indian users should be able to see the notice already, though it's unclear which regions will see the rollout next and in which order. South Korea, the US and the UK were all part of previous betas so those are likely to be the countries on the receiving end next. Stable versions of One UI for the two handsets are expected to follow sometime in March.
The beta will also upgrade the version of Android running underneath the Samsung skin to Android 9.0 Pie. To see if you qualify, open the Samsung Members app and click on the hamburger menu toggle, then tap on Notices. In any case you should see a notice telling you if and when you will qualify for the stable Android Pie update for your device and region.
One UI is aimed at simplifying our interactions with phones that are increasingly larger in size. Another focus of the new user experience is the removal of unnecessary clutter and allowing the user to focus on only the most relevant information at a given time. It's also not just the company's flagship products which are slated to receive the update; the official roadmap includes a slew of Samsung's current lineup of gadgets.
Source and screenshots: SamMobile