Galaxy S9 firmware development begins, two models confirmed

We have obtained some information about Samsung’s next flagship smartphone. The company has started Galaxy S9 firmware development. The version numbers confirm that there will be two models, which means that we can expect a Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to be released in 2018.

Galaxy S9 firmware development begins

Two separate Galaxy S9 firmware are being developed, G960FXXU0AQI5 and G965FXXU0AQI5. The model numbers of Samsung’s next flagship smartphones have therefore been confirmed as well. The Galaxy S9 will be SM-G960 while the Galaxy S9+ will be SM-G965.

That’s not surprising, given that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have model numbers SM-G950 and SM-G955 respectively. It’s interesting to note that the Galaxy S9 firmware development has started two weeks earlier than it did for the Galaxy S8 last year.

Galaxy S9 expected release date

As you can probably imagine, there will soon be a lot of rumors about the Galaxy S9 being launched ahead of schedule. While that might be the impression you get from the early Galaxy S9 firmware development, it’s just as likely that the Galaxy S9 release will take place around the same time as the Galaxy S8.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 at a dedicated event in New York City on March 29 this year. It was released in a handful of markets across the globe on April 21. Samsung might stick with the same timeframe for the Galaxy S9 release next year.

As we continue to keep an eye on the Galaxy S9 firmware development, expect more information about Samsung’s next flagship smartphones to surface in the coming weeks.

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  • Unfortunately I've seem to have gotten a dodgy S8+ because it's been laggy and under performing since the delivery. I know it's a great phone, everyone says it is. Unfortunately Samsung wouldn't exchange or fix this one. Now I'm wondering whether to get the S9+ on the upgrade programme or wait for the Note9 - because the Note is what I really wanted. 1st World dilemmas! ?

    • Well I have the Galaxy S8+ with 6GB of RAM and believe me or not, I can run all the apps I want without lags or delays. I ran Asphalt 8: Airborne, Clash Royale, Clash of Clans, GTA: San Andreas, Dead Target, I even multitasked YouTube playing a video. And the online games are not cut. Meaning even when I use another app, it still connects to the server. And swapping apps is very smooth. No doubt, I have iPhone 7 Plus but it causes short delays. Oh, well. This is just based on my experience.

      • Again, I know that phone is great. but I have one of those 1 in a million dodgy ones that underperform. Should I wait for the Note9 or upgrade ASAP to the S9?

    • What apps have you got installed? Reduce using loads of widgets. Usevdev mode to turn off animation in transition and install cm cleaner light to help remove unwanted junk.

      That may help

      • No different really from when I used my S6 edge+ just a couple of different games, apps and home screen are all the same. I just know that I have a faulty device. Because it shouldn't be like this, and I've read and seen countless times online how great it is. What I wanted people's thoughts on is whether to wait for the Note9 or not.

    • I have the Note 8 and it's an awesome phone. Even the battery life is good (I was concerned about the battery before I got it). Don't wast your time with a laggy phone, not worth it.

      • That is a bit contradictory, so should I wait for the awesome Note9? or switch my laggy S8+ for the S9+ ASAP?

        • Or maybe just have it repaired or exchanged since its still under warranty. Why wouldn't they fix it