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The stable Galaxy S9 Android Pie update really does seem… stable

I have no intention to jinx things for Samsung and for the millions of Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners who will soon download the official Android Pie update, but it looks like the company has managed to get a stable release out the door without bugs. The random reboots that plagued Android Oreo despite months of testing are nowhere to be seen, and neither are minor bugs or app crashes. Considering Pie has come out in nearly half the time, that’s quite impressive.

And it’s not Android Pie is a smaller update than Android Oreo. There are plenty of big and small changes in there, but Pie also brings an upgraded user interface called One UI. One UI is beautiful, especially when you turn on Night mode, and it makes one-handed easier on phones with large screens. Yet Samsung has completed beta testing quickly and pushed Android Pie out before the January release timeframe it had initially announced.

Of course, it’s still going to be January for many users as the official update is available only in a handful of markets at the moment. The Galaxy Note 9 is also likely to see the update released next month (or even in February in countries), but at least we can expect Android Pie to be stable for everyone when it does make its way worldwide.

However, it’s been merely two days since the stable Android Pie update started rolling out to the Galaxy S9 and S9+, so it’s a bit too early to give a final verdict. But my initial impressions are positive, and it may be more than enough after what Samsung fans had to endure with Oreo earlier this year.

What about you? Is the stable Android Pie release working well on your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+?

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Samchami
Samchami

Is it just me or does Blue light filter not work anymore when set to “sunset to sunrise”? As soon as I lock the phone and then unlock again the blue light filter is turned off for some reason. I assume that’s happening because GPS is disabled when device is idle on Android Pie, therefore it attempts to gather location data to determine the sunset and sunrise time but fails to do so. Can anyone confirm that?

hetleeft
hetleeft

Call recording is lost in the upgrade, I read everywhere. It is a function I really love, and hate to loose. In the Netherlands it is not forbidden to record a phone call as long as you are a partner in the conversation. Why drop this great feature?

In my opinion the dropping of this function is a downgrade instead of an upgrade. I am not happy with this! I can only upgrade with becoming root if I still want this function, so i will stay on Oreo.

Does anyone know of any official pie S9+ rom which includes call recording?

Cyril692
Cyril692

One ui is ugly with all these rounds everywhere, it gives an impression of a child’s phone. it will ruin the class and pro side of my note 9. it’s a shame especially that the new features are good. I will stay on Oreo

hunterboyhasan
hunterboyhasan

Dont update to one UI bacause charge finished so fast than experience Ui, i am very upsate with my s9+ after update

sharkyslo
sharkyslo

I am wondering, if it is possible to upgrade from Oreo to Pie via Recovery mode on S9+… Because there is still no OTA update in Slovenia…

TheAAMIRALI
TheAAMIRALI

Hey SamMobile, I’m from Pakistan and own Indian variant of S9+, so should I install the UAE firmware on my device (SM-G965F)?

gjdemon6646
gjdemon6646

Im in the UK. Can i flash a official build that isnt the UK for my S9?

Alf1996
Alf1996

Just for curiosity, is available adoptable storage function?

Biransahin
Biransahin

A good question. I don’t think so. Adoptable storage is beginning to disappear now with the large amount of on board storage available. However I’ve never tried it. With 512gb on my Note9, I don’t really feel the need. Even 128gb is huge, with an SD card as well for storage, there’s plenty of room for apps.

M99samsung
M99samsung

I flashed Germany ROM and things look stable and all good
The only problem is the new navigation system
You can’t hide navigation buttons and if you choose to use gestures, there is no quick switch to your last app (with buttons, you can swipe the home button like pixels or double tab the recent key)
Apart from that, everything else is looking good

gudodayn
gudodayn

Did Samsung improve the Exynos performance?

Exynos 9810 is taking a beating by its’ Snapdragon 845 sibling in CPU/ GPU performance department!

Biransahin
Biransahin

People should stop taking those silly benchmarks as a sign that one is better than the other. Look at the huge score of the iPhoneX, yet apart from a couple of seconds difference in loading one or two games, the Android is generally faster and keeps more apps in the memory. Benchmarks are just indicators that bear no resemblance to how we use the phone or how fast real world usage is. It doesn’t matter a whit.

MR E
MR E

Does Sammy’s version of Pie allow for hiding BOTH the navigation AND notification/ status bars?

M.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Good question! Just checked my wife’s phone, nav bars yes, in fact she’s using the small bar shaped nav bars at the bottom, she loves it, but I haven’t found anything to hide the notification status bar.

sentinelvdx
sentinelvdx

Mine (S9+ Duos from UAE SM-G965F) Is running Pie since December 24th and still couldn’t find any bug or issue. It’s really stable

Biransahin
Biransahin

My wife’s S9 plus is running very smoothly. Reporting no bugs whatsoever…

pepo187
pepo187

I flashed final build and have no problems at all. Best update Samsung ever delivered. I remember major updates on previous Samsung flagships how terrible and unstable they were and most important battery drain was always high. On my S9 Plus I got average 4h screen till I get to 20% now with Android 9 I did record of 4 h 50min. I was amazed.

Ibti Arshad
Ibti Arshad

If i flash Other country firmware (Pie) So any effect On knox & other mobile staff’s?

mada222
mada222

No effect

Ibti Arshad
Ibti Arshad

May i flash Other country Firmware (Android Pie) is that any issue ? I have Pak firmware & i want to install United Arab Emirates Firmware..

Biransahin
Biransahin

Once your device is G965F, it will be fine, not sure about 965FD, so if you have that you should check first. UAE firmware is perfectly fine with 965F.

Ibti Arshad
Ibti Arshad

I have SM-G965FD 😐

Biransahin
Biransahin

Then I’m not sure, it might be better not to take a chance until you can find out for sure.

mada222
mada222

965fd the same 965f u can flash the firmware

mada222
mada222

Samsung was in a hurry in this release i don’t know why.
But this firmware is not stable like oreo still have alot of bugs.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

When I started this beta. Bixby lost ALL the functionality that I used with it. With the promise that it will return on stable release. So has it all come back? Can you ask it to show subscriptions on YouTube?
Ask it to update apps?
Check for software updates on the phone?
Even play a play list from Google Play?

Biransahin
Biransahin

My wife uses Bixby a lot and she says it’s working fine for her. As to your specific requests I don’t know. I haven’t read of any problems either. Update it and find out I suppose.

tariq123
tariq123

I have get release date android pie for samsung Galaxy Note 9 please

cabbe86
cabbe86

Shame . To update note8 in March.. Stupidity.

sai121
sai121

Ok, so should it get updates before note 9?

cabbe86
cabbe86

No, but like Sony. Update all big devices same time or same week . No ages after.. Samsung has gone low in my eyes and I hope they go bankruptcy. But never gonna happen. Still stupid people buy their phones included me🤣

Biransahin
Biransahin

That’s normal. It’s always this way. The newer devices comes first.

cabbe86
cabbe86

Yes, but if trey update like Sony. It would be much better

MarinAndy
MarinAndy

Note 8 is 1 year old phone, and s8 almost 2, so to make it run smooth is better not to hurry.

Manitu1705
Manitu1705

Still problems with sd card.

Biransahin
Biransahin

No problem with my wife’s SD card access. Try unmounting, restart and remount it again.

Manitu1705
Manitu1705

All done. Deleted Partition on sd card and formatted new in s9+. After first reboot same issues. Spotify Samsung Music Gallery etc. lost storage. Tried a 64 128 and 256 GB card. Exactly the same on all.

PJaya
PJaya

Cannot wait for tablet how One UI is show

Banex88
Banex88

Hello , I have one suggestion for sammobile to organize one question pool.
Would you like Samsung to add customized option to use bixby button to launch something else . Yes or No , and then to send officially to Samsung developers results of pool if answer Yes it’s over 55% .

locarno
locarno

Still waiting for XEO update.

I think project treble helped with fast release.

abbashp10
abbashp10

im still waiting to get pie for my s9+ in Iran (THR)

Aap2000
Aap2000

I am like you

Biransahin
Biransahin

Flash it if it’s 965F..

PJaya
PJaya

IRAN comment again, every year IRAN will ask update

m2geek
m2geek

I can barely wait for this to come out for the Note 9 – so so excited!

tariq123
tariq123

How get release date android pie for samsung Galaxy Note 9

siaho
siaho

Would have been great for them to release the android 9 for note 9 same time as s9 (as after all android 9 was already out when note 9 was released). Still, I am sure it won’t take long for initial release, I am more worried for the previous years major updates rollout among all the regions. Hope they avoid that this time.