Samsung extends Galaxy Note 9 One UI 2.0 rollout
The Galaxy Note 9 is one of the first smartphones to receive One UI 2.0. The Note 9 started life on Samsung Experience 9.1, the company's version of Android 8.1 Oreo, before graduating to Android 9.0 Pie courtesy of One UI. Samsung finished its beta programme for the device at the turn of the year, culminating in the company bringing its beta testers onto a stable One 2.0 update. The South Korean company tends to only offer two OS upgrades for its devices, so One UI 2.0 is likely the end of the road for the Note 9.
At any rate, Samsung started the One UI 2.0 rollout for the Note 9 in Germany, with the company then moving onto the likes of India. Now, UK-based devices should be eligible to upgrade to One UI 2.0, which will arrive as an OTA update.
The initial stable build should carry the identifier DSLA or DSLB, depending on the version that you own. The build is approximately a 1.9 GB download regardless of region or variant though, and contains the 1 December 2019 security patch. The move to Android 10 is the first feature update that the Note 9 has received since last January, and contains the following changes:
- Enhanced image, text, and colour adjustments for day and night environments.
- Darkened wallpapers, widgets, and alarms while Dark mode is on.
Icons and colours
- Clearer app icons and system colours.
- Improved layouts for titles and buttons to eliminate wasted screen space.
- Enhanced animations with a playful touch.
Full screen gestures
- Added new navigation gestures.
- Navigate more comfortably on large screens with minimal finger movement.
- Easily focus on what matters with clearly highlighted buttons.
How One-handed mode is used has changed.
- New ways to access One-handed mode: double-tap the Home button or swipe down in the centre of the bottom of the screen.
- Settings moved to Settings > Advanced features > One-handed mode.
- High contrast keyboards and layouts for large text have been improved.
- A new function has been added that converts speech to on-screen text in real-time during voice/video calls or when speaking into the mic.
Better text over wallpapers
- See text more clearly against wallpaper, as One UI automatically adjusts font colours based on light and dark areas and colour contrast in the image below.
- The battery usage graph now provides more detailed information.
- Set goals to keep your phone usage in check.
- Use Focus mode to help avoid distractions from your phone.
- Keep an eye on your kids with new parental controls.
- Added the ability to edit the modes that appear at the bottom of the screen.
- New icons have been added to notify you when there are new settings and features.
- Improved the layout so you can focus on taking pictures without the settings getting in the way.
- In Customise menu, you can now change the toolbar menus so you can quickly access frequently used features.
- Detailed information can now be viewed on the title bar of each menu (bookmarks, settings, history, etc.).
- Support has been extended for additional features of Samsung Internet (e.g., extensions).
- Added Trash feature for Contacts. Contacts that you delete will stay in the trash for 15 days before being deleted forever.
- Enhanced searching for contacts is now possible using the BixbySearch engine.
- QR code features have been enhanced (new scanning function added).
- A new handwriting feature has been added that is specialised for use with the S Pen.
- The Calendar app has been optimised for a large screen (DeX mode).
- The month-view display has been improved for when event titles are long and need to be shown over 2 lines (only available if there are not many events on a day).
- You can now attach stickers to specific dates regardless of your schedule.
- A long melody can now be set as your notification sound for event reminders.
- More options are available for repeating reminders.
- Set location-based reminders for a specific period of time.
- Share reminders with your family group and other sharing groups.
- Set reminders for a specific date without an alert.
- Created a Trash feature so you can restore files if you delete something by mistake.
- Added more filters you can use while searching to help you find things quickly.
- You can now copy or move multiple files and folders to different destinations at the same time.
- Added speed and time units to the unit converter.
- Android Auto is now preloaded.
- Helpful tips about One UI 2 have been added to help you get the most out of your Galaxy device.
The Link to Windows feature has been added.
- You can easily access photos, messages, and notifications from your phone on your PC, and a screen mirroring feature is also provided.
- This feature is available through the Link to Windows in the quick panel or Settings.
- File upload capacity has been increased.
- You can now upload up to 3 GB per file and up to 5 GB per day.
- Increased support is now provided for connecting to a computer using Samsung DeX.
Media and devices
- Replaced the SmartThings panel with the Media and Devices.
- Media: Control music and videos playing on your phone as well as other devices.
- Devices: Check and control your SmartThings devices directly from the quick panel.