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Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta leaks ahead of official launch

An early Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta build has been leaked online ahead of the beta program’s impending launch. Some evidence surfaced recently which suggested that Samsung will soon launch the Android 9 Pie beta program for the Galaxy S9 and S9+. We have already seen leaked alpha builds of Android 9 Pie for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9. Some of the minor issues in the alpha builds have been addressed in this beta.

Samsung will be introducing a system-wide night theme with the Android Pie update. The alpha build had white cards on top of a black background which didn’t really look good. That has been changed in this beta so gray cards are now displayed on a black background.

Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta leaked online

The gestures in settings were broken in earlier builds and they have been fixed in this beta. Swiping up in the position of a button on the nav bar works now. When this is enabled, the nav bar will be hidden completely and apps will stretch all the way to the bottom of the display.

This beta build includes Samsung Members and the Samsung Beta Services apps. It’s a good indication that this is indeed a copy of the beta that will be rolled out in the near future. Samsung will enable users to sign up for the beta once it goes live. The beta may initially be launched in South Korea and the United Kingdom. It will have users sign up for the beta through the Samsung Members app.

It’s also mentioned that the Galaxy S9 will receive some software features from the Galaxy Note 9 – Scene Optimizer and Flaw Detection to be precise. These are camera features that use AI to improve the imaging experience on the device. These features were launched with the Galaxy Note 9.

The app icons have received a fresh coat of paint as well. Also check how Samsung apps on Pie look compared to their Oreo counterparts to get a sense of what has changed. The overall UI changes are significant and from the looks of it, the changes will have Samsung fans divided.

Samsung is yet to confirm when it will officially launch the Android 9 Pie beta program for the Galaxy S9.


  • Model: SM-G960F
  • Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS OIS (F1.5/F2.4)

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ghantasrinivas
ghantasrinivas

icons and ui very bad

Chouaibimalek
Chouaibimalek

The new icons is very ugly WTF with you Samsung!?!?

Saranan Majilya
Saranan Majilya

Waste of screen space and lost the classic clean interface. But this is beta. Hope final would be clean and classic.

zhrs123
zhrs123

Did Someone too tolerant of Samsung? It’s not just a beta version of SE10,the whole design team has clearly changed from the team designed the Galaxy S8 hardware and software(SE8) before ,which is awful.Also just use theme and icon pack?NOT every Android users like to mess up their phones.If the official software design style is beautiful,why you have to use third-party team theme?They can not be better to official by using theme tool.I chosen Samsung instead of HUAWEI because HUAWEI official design is a mess.If official version of SE10 is like this,I should change my Android phone to SONY or… Read more »

praths360
praths360

The new icons look so bad the looks like kid made them please keep the old icons

siaho
siaho

Yep, they are literally ugly while the old icons are pleasant to the eyes.

61530041
61530041

The oldd icon look moree classic and beauty
This new icon like for childrenπŸ˜‚

MarinAndy
MarinAndy

I think i am the only one who loves those icons πŸ™‚ The beta is only for S9? I own a S8 and i’d love to get it.

RufoNN
RufoNN

It seems to be worse than the currently used icons icons is better with each new version of these icons can be used for many years when there is no need to change the icon

RufoNN
RufoNN

It is currently used pisdi icons icons is better than these icons can be used for many years and there is no need to change the icon when each new version

robinh999
robinh999

and actually I love changes, and it seems like it is very nice (but the icons that looks like gs7 marshmallow and nougat) When IOS 7 came out everyone hated it but now we agree it looks better than iOS 6.. lets see how final version would look

robinh999
robinh999

is beta for note 9 also included or we only know for galaxy s9?

adamfilipmiiko
adamfilipmiiko

Is the beta for the exynos version? If so, any download links? Might be blind..

Biransahin
Biransahin

Why are people losing their minds here? Are they insane? 1. It’s just a beta. 2. There are literally thousands of themes and icons in the theme store. Some people are just Iike negative moaning old women. Lol. Btw, the system wide dark mode….. Definitely looking forward to seeing that.

superf
superf

This is clearly a step backwards in design… Samsung get serious for a moment.

ssking
ssking

Wtf are you doing samsung?

GS7edge
GS7edge

What happened to the beautiful Samsung Experience icons? Bring them back!

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s just a beta. No need to lose your mind. Lol. You have thousands of icon choices in the theme store. Chill man, CHILL! πŸ™‚

utvic99
utvic99

All the good ones cost, and I’m not willing (and I’m sure many aren’t either) to spend 2 bucks on an icon pack that only changes system app icons anyway

Biransahin
Biransahin

There are lots of great free themes and icons. You would know that if you had the phone.

utvic99
utvic99

I’ve had an S7 Edge for almost 2 years, and I have yet to find a really good theme or icon pack that is free, other than the High Contrast one offered by Samsung. There are some awesome wallpapers though.
Maybe it’s just my taste, maybe other people (including you) prefer some of the free themes unlike me

GS7edge
GS7edge

I love the stock SE 8/9 icons. They are so beautiful. If Samsung add the stock icons to the theme store then it will be fine.

Khlad
Khlad

Icons looks too childish like stock android, wth is going on

funnyfunfunnyfun
funnyfunfunnyfun

The icons and the whole UI are so disgusting. I don’t know wtf is going on? Samsung! wtf is bubble design??? it’s so ugly. It’s probably the most ugliest UI Samsung has ever design. I don’t actually like the icons on my s8 as well, I think the icon and UI in android 6/ android 7 on s6/s7 is the best😍
I am switching to iPhone/Huawei or even Xiaomi after my s8 dies

Biransahin
Biransahin

Are you an idiot? There are literally thousands of themes and icon styles in the theme store. My guess, you’ve never had a Samsung. If you had you wouldn’t have made such a stupid comment. πŸ™‚

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

They really ruined the UI and Icons

Martin R.
Martin R.

Thabk god for Icon themes….

suyash1629
suyash1629

please give credit to source (OP of xda thread) thanks.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

They never do and it’s frustrating.

Yousef206
Yousef206

That looks way better not sure about these icons tho..

Vuk995
Vuk995

Icons arr similar to those on 6.0lolipop, if you remeber, when notification panel was blue and yellow, to me looks like those… i dont like new baack home recent keys, i barely got used to theee on Nougat and Oreo, but Pie are ugly

Martin R.
Martin R.

Thank god for icon themes then….

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Martin, never offer themes as an alternative for poor stock design. Most of your SamMobile comrades here don’t use themes, either. πŸ˜›

Martin R.
Martin R.

That is true… Still it is handy we have thos Themes…

samsungfan99
samsungfan99

Those icons are god awful.