Android 9 Pie: Update on Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Posted By Alice Hale on Sep 27, 2018

The new firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S9+ is under development. The Korean manufacturer’s new interface is built on Android 9 Pie. On the program, a dark theme, gestures, and many other new additions are coming.

Android 9 Pie is already available on a handful of smartphones, and many more will be brought to you by the end of the year 2018. Samsung has remained very discreet on this subject and has not yet revealed its roadmap for updating its terminals. Nevertheless, work is progressing in the premises of the number one telephone company.

It gives you a first idea of the new features that will arrive on the phone, but also on the Galaxy S9, the Galaxy Note 9, and certainly part of the Galaxy A range.

Dark theme and Android Pie

There is a lot of new stuff, according to the impressions, starting with the overall aesthetics of the system. Samsung Experience 10 brings a new dark theme to the range, adapted to the AMOLED screens. It is also possible to set it in the settings to define a time slot during which this “night mode” will be active.

The whole is rounded, with a card-shaped design, very Material Design, for notifications, some widgets, and even phone settings. The same goes for the quick settings that are now rounded, such as on Google’s Android Pie version.

Finally, we should note that the lock screen is also becoming soberer and the icons of fast applications are giving way to text and a thin colored bar, while the menu for recent applications adopts Google’s horizontal scrolling with full maps and an application dock at the bottom of the screen.

New gestures

In the parameters, we find more or less the same functions as before, always with a better-delimited design in the form of maps. Let us note, however, the presence of a new gesture, hitherto absent at Samsung, the “lift to wake” that wakes up the phone when we lift the smartphone.

But the most exciting thing is the appearance of navigation by gestures, different from that found on Android Pie or other manufacturers. The slides all take place from the bottom of the screen and must start where the action button on the navigation bar is typical. So, to go back, you have to slide your finger on the left side of the screen while to open recent applications, it is the right side that matters.

System applications

Native phone applications also received a little polish. In bulk, we can mention the Dialer, the SMS application, Bixby, but also emails, the camera, the gallery, the browser or the file explorer.

Overall, the goal is to standardize the design of the entire system with rounded corner cards and if possible a dark theme.

For the moment, it is only a version under development, unstable and incomplete. Nevertheless, the existence of firmware with this level of finishing in September is a rather good sign regarding the progress of the project, and we can hope for a first beta soon enough.

Remember that Google could skip the “9.1” version of Android this year and that the next major update of the system Android Q is expected.