Last year, one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the business, Samsung, overhauled its user interface with the introduction of One UI. Its predecessor, TouchWiz, had its uses, but an abundance of bloatware left most users more frustrated than satisfied. It took Samsung some time, but they finally got rid of the unsavory elements and launched a reworked UI.
There was a bit of skepticism surround One UI, with many not trusting Samsung to finally deliver a non-intrusive OS. However, based on Android 9 Pie, One UI brought a host of welcome changes, all of which has helped enhance the smartphone experience for users.
This year, Google has ditched the dessert-themed nomenclature and has given us a rebranded Android OS — Android 10. It improves upon Android Pie’s feature set by bringing a few visual and functionality changes. It’s still early days, but the reception, so far, has been nothing short of positive.
Samsung’s basing One UI 2 on Android 10 and will bring most of the OS’ core features to supported devices. The South Korean OEM has neither revealed an extensive list of supported devices nor announced an official release date. However, if the rumors are to be believed, the beta looks closer than ever.
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One UI 2.1
Samsung released the Galaxy S20 devices with its latest Android 10 build — One UI 2.1, featuring Single Take mode, Night mode hyper-lapse, Pro mode for video, and more. From what it seems, Samsung isn’t working on One UI 2.1 for the Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy S9 devices, as is evident from recent notification sent through the Samsung Members app in South Korea.
March 30, 2020: Topped with One UI 2, the Android 10 update is now available for the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, model number A920. Released as build CTCD, the full software version of the update is A920FXXU3CTCD, as per a Samsung document.
February 13, 2020: Samsung is now pushing One UI 2 updates to two of its latest mid-range phones – Galaxy A50s (version A507FNXXU3BTB2) in Vietnam and Galaxy A30 (version A305FDDU4BTB3) in India. Both devices are now receiving One UI 2 based on Android 10 with February 2020 security patch and we can expect the rollout to expand to other markets shortly.
One UI 2 stable release
- Available for A9 2018 (Mar 30, 2020)
- Mid-range duo Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30 start receiving One UI 2 update (Feb 13)
- S9 and S9+ have joined the list today (Jan 28, 2020)
- Note 9 is also on Android 10 update now (Jan 14, 2020)
- Note 10, Note 10+, S10, S10+, and S10e have begun receiving the stable One UI 2 update
- Check out Samsung Android 10 release roadmap here.
Now that the stable One UI 2 update is available for the Galaxy S10 handsets in Germany, we expect Samsung to roll out one for the Note 10 handsets too pretty soon — it could take them anything between few days to a few weeks, though!
Last year, the South Korean conglomerate released the first stable Android 9 build for Galaxy S9 on December 24th, while Note 9 got the same One UI update later in the month. It wasn’t the fastest release by any means, but Samsung finally paid heed to the importance of pushing out software updates as fast as possible.
This year, the company seems to be on a journey to redeem itself. If the beta indeed hits the shelves within October, a stable release should be just around the corner. Samsung could release the stable build of One UI 2 for the S10 and Note 10 devices within November.