Samsung announced availability for the One UI 2 Beta based on Android 10 early this morning, detailing that owners of a Galaxy S10 device would have first, but limited access.
Specifically, if you own a Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, or Galaxy S10e you are eligible for the beta.
As for what’s new in Android 10/One UI, Samsung lists a few things. There is an updated Dark Mode reduces display brightness while viewing content and also affects your home screen a bit more, pop-ups have been minimized, notifications now take up less space, and Focus Mode for pausing apps appears to be baked in.
- A new, smarter layout with animated icons and improved edge lighting
- An enhanced Dark Mode that reduces display brightness while viewing content and provides battery saving benefits
- Minimized pop-ups, embedded loading indicators and the ability to only view buttons the user needs
- A streamlined design where notifications take up less space, allowing users to stay up to date while focusing on the task at hand
- Focus Mode to pause apps temporarily for times when you need to minimize distractions
That all sounds groovy, but let’s go over how to get it on your device.
How to Get It
According to Samsung, the One UI 2 Beta program in the US will be open to a, “limited number of participants and available for the Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10 or S10+ (on select carrier and unlocked devices)” Once the program is open, you can register for it via the Samsung Members app (should come preinstalled on these devices).
Samsung further notes, “Participation in One UI Beta Program requires a Samsung account. Create an account at https://account.samsung.com. The Beta Program is available only for certain devices, OS, and countries.
So, just like year, keep checking that Members app for the One UI banner to pop up. Once it does, enroll!