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Don't Update to One UI/Pie!!!!!


I really wish I could turn back time and undo the frickin' damage I have done to my £800 S9+ 

I implore people to wait - as the One UI/Pie update I downloaded and installed last night is horrendous!!!


Issues noticed within 12 hours of the update.  


  1. The awesome little navigation bar that used to autohide, but appear when you swipe - has been taken away completely!  Now you either have some incredibly ugly icons, or horrible grey lines at the bottom.  Urg!  So I turned the icons off, and now it's a total guessing game for where I'm swiping and for what.  Because the pop up menu has been 'upgraded' and now doesn't pop up anymore - at all.  So - lose precious screen estate or gain it all but swipe randomly and hope for the best.  Ridiculous.
  2. Bixby - that evil data whore of an app - what a piece of *****.  The button is on the wrong side of the phone for most users, and every time you want to take a picture or watch TV - you inexplicably end up pressing the stupid frickin Bixby button.  Thanks Bixby - for interrupting my viewing when I simply want to turn the volume down.  Thanks Bixby - for getting in the way when trying to capture precious moments using the otherwise amazing camera....and losing the moment because I accidentally squeezed you for more than a microsecond - call that a long press???   Before this One UI update, users were forced to sign up for samsung account they don't want or need, to be able to simply disable that stupid button.  Until they long pressed it.  Or accidentally swiped too far left on their screens.  I hate Bixby - and to make it permanently switched on in the new update is just a kick in the teeth.  If users could remap the button, or better still turn it off completely, I'm wondering how many will!

  3. The updated has totally screwed up the menus and keyboard.  I bought the S9+ for the huge screen and ability to see lots of information on one screen.  Well thanks Samsung - your new update put that awesome quality in the bin.  Now you get over a 3rd of each screen taken up with a huge empty box with huge letters saying Settings Is this really necessary!!!!?
  4. Samsung has screwed up the multiwindow function.  Completely - broken.  You used to be able to swipe from the corners and sides to resize almost anything you were looking at or using.  I used to have 3 or 4 at a time.  Loved it.  Now broken.  There is a workaround - but you have to use the new (and awful) task manager.  

  5. The new task manager/recent apps.  Now it's not just more difficult to actually find the button without a huge hideous icon, grey line, or no menu at all, when you do get it, it very unhelpfully fills the whole screen with a preview of the app - you were *last* looking at.  Try it (those who've been afflicted by this crappy update) - see how annoyingly it spins to the app you last used.  Not the one you were just on.  Before the update - the last app you looked at was on top, and you could easily and smoothly flip through all the others like a deck of playing cards.  Not any more.  Broken.  Oh - and if you want multiscreen - you have to click the icon on the app in the preview.  BUT GUESS WHAT!  ***IT'S****BROKEN****  Yes indeed - click on split screen and your app gets shoved to the top of the screen.  Can't see it - can't use it - can't close it - no matter how many times you click on the unhelpful X button.  So let's try multiscreen.  Nope - let's try Pop Up.  Ahh - finally - now we get a screen we can move about - but wait - it limits the size to a box way too large and square.  Before the update - it was a nice small rectangle - perfect for watching TV and playing chess.  Can't do both anymore.  Can't multitask anymore.  Thanks Samsung.

  6. Did I mention how ***** Bixby is?

  7. Yes - there's more - Samsung have ruined the keyboard layout - now there's a huge gap underneath - total
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  8. How about how they've screwed with the layout and settings of their previously fabulous camara app?  No longer are we treated to a lovely, simply intuatively named list of resolutions - now we have to mess about pressing extra buttons to get past all this tripe about aspect ratios.  Before - even the newest user to smartphones could see the best quality - is at the top - end of - no question - now they have to delve into multiple confusing submenus to get the best options.  Assuming they ever look again - used to be easy to get to.

  9. Hate what they've done with the way you choose photo formats - I use Pro 80% of the time - and now the menu keeps skipping past it because it's in the wrong place, and the wrong size font, with the wrong amount of spacing between the words.  ROLL BACK THE CHANGES!!!!
  10. I know - I'm bored writing this now - but I've also spent £800/$1,000 on a mobile phone less than a year ago - and now it's broken.  So on with the complaints.  Widgets are completely broken.  Screenshot_20190207-113920_Samsung Experience Home.jpg

    Can't add them, move them or delete them. See the white line around the app?  Can't move it to a new screen.  Can't resize it.  Can't delete it.  BROKEN!!!

  11. What else was there....ummm - yeah - I like the night mode.



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Roll it back using Odin it's what I did.

@Divot82 wrote:

I agree, this update ruined my S9. Wish I could roll it back! Apps and games that used to be full screen now include the stuck and "improved" home/menu bar. In addition many apps now display incorrectly, are mis-sized and significantly crop edges. Totally unacceptable for a consumer release. 


Flash back to oreo using odin

Not sure if anyone answered this yet, but i successfully downgraded my unlocked Note 9 back to Oreo 8.1.  I will fight off the One UI 'upgrade' as long as i can.  I'm pissed off about the changes to Multi-Window the most.  In Oreo it's perfect.  if you enable the 'force activities to be resizable' option in Dev Mode, you can run pretty much any app in pop up mode.  It's quick and easy.  That changed in One UI where certain apps will not allow it, but worked perfectly fine in Oreo (Netflix being the prime example).  It may be  a change to Pie made by Google that prevents this, i'm not sure.  It really sucks though.  . 


***** I wish I had seen this post earlier 😞 My biggest pieve is how they f@$cked up the camera. How could they take something that was awesome and totally screw it up. My phone is now just a Samsung branded iPhone wannabe. Seriously pissed. Here's a thought. Isn't Samsung's new # tag - #DoWhatYouCan't. I know exactly what I can't do and I think we should start tweeting about it...hehehehe


Well said! 


I really don't understand all that I'm reading or how to do it all. I'm sure if there were someone who did and could, they could make a million fixing updated phones. I'm a step by step guy, lost in the day's of DOS, and windows 3.1.

First Poster

I agree with every single complaint you noted. Especially the failure to hide the navigation bar and multiwindow function. Those reduce functionality and impair view to the point of negating much of the purpose of buying the S9+.  Chrome is supposed to be optimized for full screen yet a portion of the screen is blocked by the navigation bar. Samsung, as usual, seems to be trying to force consumers to use the products/apps they prefer. This seems a push towards gestures navigation. That may not sound like a big deal to many but for those with arthritis,  it's a lot of unnecessary pain. The annoying message to tap the bar to enter full screen, can't be closed and further reduces visibility on apps that you'd prefer not to have or don't properly display in full screen. This will definitely be my last samsung and as I research and pick the phones for my husband,  mother, and in-laws, this will be their last as well. I think samsung does a better job marketing than actually meeting consumer needs.


Samsung needs to be held accountable for their actions actions against those people who purchased their products. I'm thinking that a boycott of all samsung products ; washers, driers, dishwashers, phones, everything . Then I am quite sure they would react. How many stockholders are there? They will feel a boycott. Administration would then be on the heat. 

That's a bit extreme for just a update man

I totally agree with what has been written about the One UI. Its is totally ruined and I really wish there was a way I can roll this back. Apart from the things mentioned in this article, following are also been poorly done in the One UI. I'm not sure if these are affected in your region


The incoming call screen.

The enlarged Picture is good. The name appearing on top of the picture isn’t good at all. It needs to be shifted below the picture as it was previously. Also the contact information such as the number and the company name should be shown in 2 different lines. The current setup is very poor. Please restore the previous one.



I had previous requested for feature addition of the names in the contact and recent log to be displayed with full contact information i.e. name and company information (if any). This is very useful. Also the contact pics in need to be slightly enlarged to be properly visible.


The Call log

The call log screen was much better before with a round button for numeric pad. Please return it back. Also the name search results are very small in font size and too congested. The line height need to be widened so that it can be easily swiped left or right.


Always on

The new addition of clock type is very good, but unfortunately the notification icons in color & transparent are very poor. Sometimes these are not even very visible. The previous one in white were better. Please restore previous.  



The default SMS chat bubble colors are very poor and there should an option to select different colors.


Rounded corners

The rounded corners theme of application icons, albums in the gallery do not look good at all. They look like children’s playing game devices and very cartoonish. Please restore these as previous.



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