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Samsung abandons Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 — Samsung’s 2017 flagships are not going to receive new One UI interface

Samsung abandons Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 — Samsung’s 2017 flagships are not going to receive new One UI interface

by Vyncent ChanNovember 9, 2018
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Are you excited about the new One UI interface Samsung just unveiled yesterday? Can’t say we weren’t too, because it was a very huge step for Samsung, making the entire user interface look much more intuitive. Hold your horses though if you are using older Samsung devices. Only the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 are getting it. The rest of you? Well, enjoy the Samsung Experience.

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While we have previously assumed that Samsung would pack the One UI skin along with their Android 9 Pie update to all their devices, apparently that isn’t the case. They are going to leave out the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, leaving them to continue enjoying the Samsung Experience. Which evidently also includes being left out of newer updates.

The funny thing about this update is that Samsung will now have to maintain different variants of the skin. The Samsung Experience version and also the One UI version, all based on Android 9 Pie. Isn’t that harder than just bringing everyone to One UI and just working on optimizing the UI for different screen sizes? Don’t ask me, I am no developer.

Meanwhile, I hope Samsung fans are happy. Are you? Do you feel betrayed? Or do you accept the fact that your one-year old device doesn’t deserve a revamped UI?

Pokdepinion: Not like I will ever purchase a Samsung device, but this is unacceptable. The devices are only a bit more than a year old!

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.
  • Matthew Hon Jun Yoon
    November 9, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    sad to see samsung going this route

  • Wei Nam Lim
    November 9, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    As Article state~ there is no any announcement for the previous flagship Series like S8 and Note 8 for the new ONE UI,
    same case with when the new S9 is launch, samsumg havent release the detail about the new future of S9 also update on the previous S8 and Note 8 for Bixby Update,SuperSlowmo, Armoji ~ is the same case~
    What we can do? just wait 3-4month and u will get update as Promise from Samsung Flagship Phone

    And yet~ S7 edge below i think is not getting this update for sure~

    • Vyncent Chan
      November 9, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Samsung has already confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 will not be receiving the One UI update :)

  • ChangeMe
    November 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Soyonara Korea hello China

    • Vyncent Chan
      November 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      But then again that depends on which China brand you choose… OPPO and vivo aren’t any better…

  • ESW
    November 9, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Haha lucky i got my note 9 this year

  • Cyclop
    November 10, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Read an article on android authority saying samsung will bring it to s8, s8plus & note8. Lets wait & see.

    • Vyncent Chan
      November 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Yeah it seems like Samsung is giving out conflicting information about the issue. We will see what else can we find regarding the matter :)

  • Muriel April Enloe
    November 11, 2018 at 3:05 am

    I’d give anything to have my HTC back. What is it with Samsung and their updates. Just give all the 8 & 9 users what we paid for. I will NEVER buy a Samsung phone again.

    • Vyncent Chan
      November 11, 2018 at 11:41 am

      There has been some conflicting information regarding the updates. Apparently the Note 8 and S8 users might also get the update :)

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