Samsung releases second Android Pie beta for the Galaxy S9

Samsung has just started rolling out the second Android Pie beta for the Galaxy S9. This is not the second phase, mind you. There’s no word as yet on when the beta will be expanding to additional markets. It’s a new beta build that’s rolling out now for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

The latest beta build will certainly bring some improvements as Samsung continues to tweak the update. That’s the main reason for launching a beta program. Samsung takes in feedback from the testers and makes any fixes that may be required. This is to ensure a problem-free public launch when the time comes.

Samsung rolling out second Android Pie beta for the Galaxy S9

Samsung is now rolling out firmware version G960FXXU2ZRKL for the Galaxy S9. It’s the second Android Pie beta build for the device. It weighs just over 700MB and comes with the November 2018 security patch. The changelog mentions that this build improves front camera performance. The brightness of faces will be improved in backlit conditions. The rest is all generic as the changelog mentions improvements for the overall security and stability of the device.

We’ll be sure to put the second Android Pie beta through its paces to find out what else has changed since the first beta. Check out our One UI (Android Pie) feature focus series to find out more about this update. Samsung will likely be releasing another couple of beta builds before it releases Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 in January 2019.

The One UI (Android Pie) beta program was only limited to the Galaxy S9/S9+ initially. However, it appears that the program may soon be opened up to the Galaxy Note 9. Samsung briefly opened registrations for the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie beta program. This suggests that the device could soon be a part of this program as well. We’ll let you know when that happens.

  • Model: SM-G960F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
  • Display: 5.8 inch / 147.32 mm Super AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12MP
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