Samsung has been working hard on their software over the past year and surprisingly, it doesn’t suck. There was a time I could say that TouchWiz was just awful because it was. It seems Samsung has finally been paying attention and made some improvements with their Samsung Experience. Gone is the name TouchWiz, though many still call it that, replaced with the Samsung Experience. I praised the new Samsung Experience in my Galaxy Note8 review, for good reason. It’s the first time, in a long time, I’ve been able to use Samsung software without switching to 3rd party apps.
That all being said, I do realize that there are still those that just won’t use Samsung software and that’s okay. For those who do actually like the Samsung interface, Samsung is giving you the opportunity to make it better through a beta testing program. Beta testing is a great way to test new features and provide the manufacturer with feedback. It’s great to see Samsung providing this and actually trying to make the experience better.
Samsung is launching a Samsung Experience 9.0 beta program for select customers. Starting on November 2, 2017, Galaxy S8 and S8+ users based in South Korea, the U.S. and the U.K*. will have the opportunity to preview the upcoming Samsung Experience 9.0 before its official release, with additional rounds of registration.
The beta period will allow Samsung to gather helpful insights and feedback from customers on their first impressions of the Samsung Experience 9.0 beta’s performance** and usability during the testing period*** to develop a more reliable, high-performing software package and provide Galaxy users with an improved and optimized experience.
To apply for the program, users must have an active Samsung Account and meet certain requirements. The Galaxy beta program may be provided via the Samsung Members app or the Samsung+ app for the U.S., which are available through the Google Play store or Galaxy Apps, depending on the user’s country of residence. For more information, please visit the Samsung Members FAQ for Korea, the U.S. and the U.K.
* In South Korea, the Beta program is available for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users who have a device that is locked to SKT, KT or LG U+.
In the U.S., it is available for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users using Sprint or T-Mobile network carriers or have purchased an unlocked version for the U.S.
In the U.K., the program is available for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users who have an open market device (operator unlocked version).
** Since the beta software is not the official version of the interface, unexpected errors may occur.
*** End date of program differs by country and may be subject to change.