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We missed Samsung’s biggest hint at Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie beta program

For a long time, Galaxy Note 9 owners had been wondering whether Samsung would be including the device in the One UI/Android Pie beta program. Samsung has never offered beta testing for a Note flagship before so there was no precedent for it. The first hint we received at the possibility of a Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie beta was through test firmware discovered on Samsung’s servers, but we realize the company may have offered us a hint right at the announcement of One UI and Android Pie at the Samsung Developer Conference.

Samsung’s hint at Galaxy Note 9 Pie beta program came at SDC 2018

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When Samsung took the stage to talk about One UI and Android Pie, it said that the update would be coming to both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 in January. Before Pie, every new Android version was first released for the Galaxy S flagship, with the Galaxy Note from the previous year having to wait a month or two to get the same update. So for Samsung to officially say both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 would be updated to Pie in January was pretty much the only hint we needed that Samsung might bring the Note 9 into the One UI beta program.

Of course, it’s easy for us to say this in hindsight. No one picked up on the possibility of Samsung finally bringing its Note lineup into the fold with its beta tests, but it’s great to see the company finally treating owners of both its flagships equally. Now we just need to wait and see how long it will take Samsung to bring the official Pie update to every country once the beta tests are over. The initial release will most likely be for countries where the beta program is available, but there are signs that things could be much faster overall this time around.

  • Model: SM-N960F
  • Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
  • Display: 6.4" (162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 CMOS Dual OIS (F1.5/F2.4) & Telephoto: 12MP AF F2.4)

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hakan_710
hakan_710

I am checking samsung ota fw server everday. They have note 8 pie with N950FXXU5DRL2. I’ve been following you since 2012. I remember Faryaab or Martin shared test build for Galaxy s3 in 2013. We want note 8 pie beta build. May be you can help us?

Klajdiii
Klajdiii

With vpn not working i teyit evrythink with that.jus need to wait jan for official version,so sad 😢😢

acruzlu02
acruzlu02

Any word on the US carriers One UI beta? Or is it only for unlocked users?

rmbln01
rmbln01

Tried changing my CSC to DBT thinking I could register to beta program (just like what i did with my S7E when they released oreo beta program in the UK).
I got the pie beta notification but when i tried to register it says my sim card is not compatible.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I got Android updates pretty fast for my previous Notes without ever seeing a beta. Lol. I wish I could get on the program but it’s not in my country. I wonder if I uninstalled Samsung Members, then logged on with a VPN to Germany, reinstalled Samsung Members, would that work?? Probably not!!

Cliff822
Cliff822

It don’t I tried. The app detects what kind of note you are using and if you not on the right one your sol

Biransahin
Biransahin

Ah thanks. Good to know. I won’t bother 👍👍

ivnad95
ivnad95

You need a SIM from Germany in order to change the csc. With the german carrier SIM in your phone reset it, then download the Samsung Members App and you will see the Beta banner. You don’t need a VPN for that