Update, December 26, 2018: Samsung’s One UI beta has now rolled out to owners of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus who have signed up for the test. In fact, some owners of those phones are now getting stable One UI-Android 9 Pie updates. Also, unlocked Galaxy Note 9 owners can sign up for the One UI beta, which has also begun to roll out to some users. Finally, the One UI update will be released at some point for the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 phones. We have updated the article to reflect all of this new info.
Updated article: Fresh off its announcement of its revamped One UI software design, Samsung also announced the One UI beta program. So long as the excessive use of rounded corners does not bother you, signing up for the One UI beta program is extremely easy.
The beta is currently available if you own a Galaxy S9, S9 Plus or unlocked Note 9 phone, and in fact, some owners of the S9 and S9 Plus have since downloaded the non-beta stable version of One UI and Android 9 Pie. One UI will also be released for the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8, but there’s no word on when that beta will be available for those phones.
You must first download the Samsung Members app from either Galaxy Apps or the Play Store. Once you log in, go to Notices and select One UI Beta Program Registration to submit your application. If you are selected, go to Settings and then Update Software to pick the Download Updates Manually option. From there, just sit back and wait until the One UI beta version downloads and installs on your device.
There are a few things to keep in mind, the first being that U.S. residents will be able to sign up through the Samsung+ app. We are unsure if the steps are the same with the Samsung+ app. You must also have a Samsung account if you want to participate in the One UI beta program.
The One UI beta has rolled out to Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, and Galaxy Note 9 owners this month in the U.S., Germany, Korea, China, France, India, Poland, Spain, and the U.K. The beta will also roll out to additional countries in Europe and Asia in the future.
Announced during the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, One UI focuses on three UI aspects: simplification, ease of use, and making everything more visually appealing. Several built-in Samsung apps feature a viewing area up top and an interactive area at the bottom. Multiple Samsung apps also feature a bottom navigation bar in an effort to streamline the user experience and make one-handed use that much easier.
We can go on, but you can download the Samsung Members and Samsung+ apps at the link below to apply for the One UI beta program and see for yourself.