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Galaxy S9 may soon receive its biggest Android update EVER

Simon Matthew

Jan. 16, 2020

SAMSUNG’s Galaxy S9 is braced to receive its biggest Android update ever and here’s everything new coming to this 2018 flagship.
Own a Galaxy S9 or S9+? Well good news! It seems your device is on the verge of receiving Samsung’s brand spanking new One UI 2 software based on Android 10. The South Korean tech giant recently released the sixth beta of Android 10 for the S9 and S9+, suggesting its final rollout may not be far away. Samsung has already released One UI 2 based on Android 10 for the Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Note 10 series and even the Galaxy Note 9. Now it looks like the S9 is next in line.
For those unfamiliar, One UI is the name of Samsung’s mobile operating system that’s built on Google’s Android. One UI was revealed back in 2018 and is easily the South Korean firm’s best Android skin yet – the software is most notable for its overhauled design that not only looks more colourful, but is actually functional too. One UI tactically places the contents of native apps towards the middle and bottom of a phone’s display, making things easier to reach, especially if you’re using a large device like the mighty Galaxy S10 5G or Note 10+.
One UI 2 – the newest version of One UI – expands on the solid foundation of its predecessor with a number of notable improvements.
The built-in screen recorder is easily one of the best new features in One UI 2, partially because Google hasn’t even got a screen recorder in its version of Android for Pixels yet. As you’d expect, the tool lets you capture content on a display for a period of time desired by the user.
If that wasn’t enough, the feature will also record audio and it’ll also let you annotate clips after the fact. Handy right?
One UI 2’s screen recorder can be found in the quick toggles above your device’s notification tray, so it’s always accessible whenever you’d like.
Gestures are another big part of One UI 2. Although the original One UI added an option for gestures, they weren’t the most intuitive to use. Now Samsung fans are able to leverage Google’s new navigation method for Android 10 that works much in the same way to Apple’s all-screen iPhones. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen will take you home, swiping up and holding will bring up your list of opened apps and an inward swipe from the left or right-hand side of the device’s display goes back.
There’s also a number of other features in One UI 2 worth shouting about. Notifications are now much smaller, meaning they’re less likely to disturb you if you’re playing an intense game of Fortnite or Call of Duty Mobile.
Users also have more customisation toggles for notifications, too. For example, you now have the option to set calls to take up the entire display, a large portion of it or just a small segment, depending on your preference.
Finally, dark mode has also been revamped in One UI 2 – now the gloomy theme should work with more third-party apps when enabled, such as Instagram.
Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t proved an exact release date for One UI 2 for the Galaxy S9 series. But its latest beta certainly suggests its stable arrival may not be far off. Express.co.uk will update you the moment it lands.
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