This update brings a plethora of changes and improvements:
Upgraded One UI for Android Pie:
One UI, based on Android Pie, introduces exciting new features and a complete redesign based on feedback from Samsung and Google users. Before upgrading, it's recommended to back up your important data. Some apps, including Calculator, Samsung Internet, Samsung Health, Samsung Notes, Samsung Members, and Samsung Pay, will need to be updated individually after the OS update.
Here's what's new:
One UI: Content, settings, and other information have been reorganized to keep you focused on the task at hand. Interactive elements have been moved to the bottom of the screen for easy access. New designs and features, such as Night mode, have been introduced for comfortable viewing.
Notifications: Reply to messages directly from the notification panel. Image thumbnails are included in message notifications. In an app's notification settings, tap the switch once to turn on or off all the notifications in a category.
Samsung Keyboard: New Unicode 11.0 emojis are available. The adaptive theme changes your keyboard's appearance based on the colors of the surrounding app. The floating keyboard is available in all apps and has new size and transparency settings. You can also set a custom touch and hold delay.
Device Care (formerly Device Maintenance): Performance modes have been streamlined and integrated into power saving modes. The Edge panel for device maintenance has been discontinued.
Always On Display: New clock styles have been added, including the option to show a calendar with your schedule. Charging information has been added to let you know how much time is remaining until fully charged. You can show Always On Display whenever the screen is off, or you can set it to show for 30 seconds when you tap the screen.
Settings: Menus have been reorganized to make settings easier to find.
Samsung DeX: Continue using your phone while DeX is being displayed on a monitor or TV. Use Samsung DeX with supported HDMI adapters. No need for a DeX Station.
Bixby: Bixby is all new, with a range of improvements and new features. Swipe left from the main Bixby screen to explore the latest features and supported apps. You can control the Bixby key in settings to decide what happens when you press or double press.
Phone: You can now sort your call history by incoming and outgoing calls. Your call history can include up to 2000 entries (increased from 500 entries).
Contacts: The new drawer menu makes it easier to manage contacts from various accounts.
Camera: The new Scene optimizer automatically enhances the camera's color settings to fit the scene.
Gallery: Photo Editor Pro's editing tools have been added to Gallery, so you can make all your edits and touchups without leaving the app.
My Files: The new storage analysis tool has been added to help you monitor your storage usage and save space. You can now show or hide items on the My Files Home screen.
Samsung Health: Your daily step count will be shown in the notification panel. To hide it, press and hold the notification, then turn off Current steps.
Other improvements and changes: Turn on the screen automatically whenever you pick up your phone using the Lift to wake feature. Access Kids Home on the quick panel. Call stickers has been discontinued. HEIF images are now supported.