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Galaxy Note 9 owners on Oreo can now update to Android Pie in Germany

Samsung finally released the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update for users on Android Oreo (those who didn’t take part in the Pie beta program), starting with the UAE and some neighboring countries. While it’s unclear if this will be the beginning of a wider rollout, Samsung has just extended availability of the update to non-beta users in Germany. The update is now available for download over the air.

Worldwide rollout incoming?

Germany was the first market where Samsung released the Note 9 Pie update, but until today, it was only for beta participants. Again, it remains to be seen if the worldwide rollout will be here soon. Samsung Turkey, for example, is now saying the Note 9 will get Pie on February 1 while it had earlier said the update would be out by January 15. We never expected Samsung to release the update everywhere before the end of January, but it wouldΒ be disappointing if some countries have to wait until February or March even for unlocked units.

note 9 oreo to pie germany

If you own a Galaxy Note 9, open the Settings app, tap Software update, then tap the Download updates manually option. The update is almost 1.6GB in size (with software version N960FXXU2CSA2), so make sure to use a Wi-Fi network or a data plan with enough bandwidth before starting the download. We’ll update our readers once the Android Pie firmware start showing up on our firmware database.

Have you received the stable Pie update on your Note 9? If yes, do tell us which country you’re in, and don’t forget to check out everything that’s new with the Android Pie and One UI update for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9!

P.S.: This update does not bring Pro mode video recording or a schedule option for Night mode, if you’re wondering.Β 

  • 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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siaho
siaho

Also side note to the people updating or those who will in the future: After update the phone will need a few days to finish a lot of background task = it will become much smoother and faster performer with better battery life. Just something to keep in mind with such a big updates (it’s also valid to lesser extend for security patches).

salo21
salo21

Still no update πŸ™
Im from Germany

ashknany66
ashknany66

yes,now im on pie…oreo was really better imo…UHQ upscaler for supported Bluetooth audio devices (Level U Pro) not works anymore!and and camera and picture quality is reduced and there is no pro mode for video recording.i hope they fix this major bugs as soon as possible!

ashknany66
ashknany66

Before Update We Can Take video Pro we can adjust the video in same time after update we lose This Option

siaho
siaho

Side loaded as I am in the multi-csc of the released German firmware/rom – I am pleased so far. Waiting for my official csc to do a clean install – just to make sure all is good. Otherwise – smooth, fast. I don’t like few things tho – the missing multiwindow functionality (it’s there, but a lot more like google’s implementation that is vastly inferior to how samsung did it in nougat/oreo), the missing pro mode for videos in camera (that should be fixed, I think) and the new icons (that can be manually changed via theme). From there I… Read more »

Erik9722
Erik9722

Is the NEE included in that as well and where did you get the ROM? πŸ™‚

siaho
siaho

Wait a little bit longer, it will arrive soon. It’s not worth to update manually at this point (too soon to official rollout in a lot of countries). This is my advice. I am a power user with a lot of experience and will do a clean install after 9 release in my region, i.e. it’s no harm done to test for me. Otherwise I would not do it, especially when in a week or two it will arrive for us both.

Puriak
Puriak

What do you mean by “clean install” ?

siaho
siaho

Flashing the official android 9 pie files released from samsung, manually via computer and without home_csc (i.e. without keeping the files). This will wipe all of the data and oreo system and flash the android 9. The phone will end up running pie installed not ontop of oreo, but alone and needing full setup like it’s coming from the store. Look at it as: I have windows 7 and update to windows 10 ontop of it VS I format my drive and install clean windows 10. Keep in mind that this is NOT necessary, the chances nowdays for something to… Read more »

Puriak
Puriak

i updated from Oreo to Pie OTA (because the firmware files doesn’t available yet ) and doing a hard reset (wipe data and factory reset) afterward,do you think its better (is there any differences at all) to flash it via odin when the firmware files arrive here? i dont want to install and setup everything again! πŸ˜…

siaho
siaho

No, not really – only if you face some issues that are not reported (i.e. it’s not a bug coming from the operating system itself and faced by a lot of users).

chi-hin
chi-hin

Can someone tell me if the Kernel (Exynos version) has been updated and if there is increased performance/battery life? Still deciding between Exynos and Snapdragon variant.

jmagoon
jmagoon

Go snapdragon I tried the exynos one.. battery and standby time are trash

siaho
siaho

The performance is increased. Not only subjectively during normal usage, but also benchmarks proved (tho I am more pleased with the real world noticeable improvement). It’s smoother/faster and I find the digitizer (touchscreen) to perform better. As benchmarks goes, the anandtechs Andrei primary bench “pcmark” that he refers to more close to real life is massive improvement i 4 from 6 sub categories bumping the result from 5200 points overall to 6000 points, but more importantly is that 4 of the weak subtests like “writing” that are referred as how smooth you perceive the device – see massive bump and… Read more »

Cyril692
Cyril692

I will wait a year to update my note 9

geops
geops

Extra voice option during call missing in pie???

Puriak
Puriak

yes,now im on pie…oreo was really better imo…UHQ upscaler for supported Bluetooth audio devices (Level U Pro) not works anymore!and and camera and picture quality is reduced and there is no pro mode for video recording.i hope they fix this major bugs as soon as possible!

Puriak
Puriak

and when you connect Bluetooth headphone and wired audio jack at the same time Bluetooth headphone will automatically disconnect,but on Oreo you have option to switch between different output sources.

insaner
insaner

Use Samsung Members to write down this problem…

Gunter2
Gunter2

Yes. All my colleagues are getting their Note9 Pie now!

Biransahin
Biransahin

Btw, it usually doesn’t take this long to arrive on your servers, I think. πŸ€”

Biransahin
Biransahin

I just live chatted to a rep on Samsung Members, Turkey who just said the release date is still 15 January as far as he knows and there is no notice to say 15 January has changed. We will see. When it comes, it comes.. I’m patient! πŸ™‚

Gunter2
Gunter2

Ah well, it’s good to be patient! LOL

Thorstgold
Thorstgold

Works like a charm, but it had a little flaw after the upgrade.

I had to manually reset the cache of the Galaxy App Store and Reset the access rights, because it wouldn’t install any Apps from the Galaxy App Store (Samsung Email, Music…etc)

After doing that, everything is just fine.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Thanks for the, heads-up! Good to know. πŸ‘πŸ‘

royr719
royr719

Is this for the unlocked snapdragon version? Will I be able to download using a german vpn?

Biransahin
Biransahin

These updates are all for Exynos unlocked models , don’t attempt to install this on your phone. You won’t be able to use a VPN though the firmware will be available on Sammobile for installation with ODIN. But don’t do it.

Gunter2
Gunter2

It’s for Exynos devices only. Sorry.

siaho
siaho

It will be released soon for the snapdragons too, so be prepared. πŸ™‚

Rajan88
Rajan88

Bhai what for indian customers?? i own s9 plus? They are really slow on giving updates.

Shimy
Shimy

I was wondering!
thanks

babarmalik
babarmalik

Not yet in pakistan πŸ™

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

You can flash it and u will get PAK csc on first start it is multi csc builds now