How the Samsung One UI Can Help You Focus More Clearly

Get more done with Samsung's redesigned user interface

"Made to Focus" A publicity image of the Samsung One UI displayed on a Samsung phone.


Samsung Made One UI for Focus

Samsung has recently begun rolling out Android Pie to its Galaxy Note 8 and Note 9 devices, and it comes with a new user interface, dubbed Samsung One UI, which has the goal of helping you pay attention to the things that matter most. The redesigned interface is meant to help you focus on the important stuff without overwhelming you with data.

Calendar, notes, weather widgets from Samsung's new One UI

The first thing you’ll notice is a decluttered screen. Samsung has made it so that you’ll see more of the information you want and less of the stuff you don’t. They’ve separated the screen into two main parts: the viewing area and the interaction area. Putting important info in the top viewing area will help you know instantly what you’re looking at, while the lower interaction area will help you do what you need to in an instant.

Big Phone? No Problem

Hand using One UI on a Samsung phone showing interaction area and viewing area.

With the rise of massive phones like the Note series, it can be tricky to reach interface elements at the top of the screen when using one hand. Samsung’s new One UI moves important buttons and tappable elements closer to the bottom of the screen so you can tap easily without straining. 

Woman in bed using her phone, Alarm interface from One UI superimposed on the left

There’s a new Dark Mode that helps you focus only on the things important to you when you’re viewing your phone in a dim room. Samsung also simplifies the imagery you’ll see, like when your next alarm is scheduled for at the top of the screen. 

Looking at the Settings page, for example, Android Central notes that it’s been simplified with related settings grouped together. Email, notes, Phone, and other Samsung apps have also been given a refresh to only show important information when you’re using them. 

Samsung One UI Focus on Visuals

Samsung has also updated its visuals for better clarity and contrast. That will help you see things more easily. Even better, many of the new One UI elements will be tweaked to match the specific hardware you’re using. If your phone has specific colors on its case, you’ll likely see those colors in the user interface more often. 

Photo app interface on Samsung One UI

Check out that new photos screen - rounded rectangles show you a thumbnail of the stuff contained in specific albums. No more, no less. It will be easier to find what you want when searching for a specific picture or album. 

Ultimately, Samsung’s new One UI should help us all focus on our productivity more. Sure, design changes like this can take some iteration, but Samsung’s push to declutter and help us see what we need to is a good step forward. 

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