US Unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 Pie update finally released

US unlocked models of Samsung’s flagships tend to receive major updates after their carrier counterparts. That’s why owners of the unlocked Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 have had to wait for a long time. The wait is finally over for them today as Samsung has rolled out the US unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 Pie update.

The update is rolling out over-the-air for the unlocked Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8 in the country. Samsung released the update for the unlocked Galaxy Note 9 in the United States just last month.

US Unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 Pie update is out

Samsung is rolling out firmware version N950U1UEU5DSC1 for the unlocked Galaxy Note 8 in the United States. It weighs in at just over 1.5GB. The rollout appears to have begun a couple of hours ago so it shouldn’t be long before the OTA notification arrives for most users in the US. Users can either wait for it to arrive to download it from our firmware section.

The same goes for the unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ which are now receiving firmware version G950U1UEU5DSC1 and G955U1UEU5DSC1 respectively. They’re also available for download from our database. The Android Pie update for these devices comes with the security patch for March 2019, not April.

Expect to find all of the features present in Android Pie in this update. It also brings One UI which is Samsung’s new custom skin for Android. It brings a lot of useful cosmetic changes in addition to a system-wide dark mode that I personally have never switched off ever since I updated my Galaxy Note 9 to Pie. Do check out our One UI feature focus series to learn more about all of the new features in this update.

  • Model: SM-G950U1
  • Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Camera: 12 MP, Dual Pixel F1.7 OIS

  • Model: SM-G955U1
  • Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
  • Display: 6.2” (158.1mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Camera: 12 MP, Dual Pixel F1.7 OIS

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  • Isn't it crazy how it took so long for the unlocked devices in the US to get One UI ? In Europe our unlocked device always gets the OS upgrade before the carrier versions. I can't understand the reason, unless it's that more people in Europe get unlocked rather than carrier versions, or else it's Samsungs own Exynos that gets finished faster.

    • I'm not sure how the European unlocked is set up, but the US unlocked is equipped to work on all carriers in the US. It makes sense to me that all carriers would need to update first, before they could make the update available for the unlocked. Before buying the phone, I thought it would be the opposite. That's why I chose the unlocked version in the first place. But, who knows? Maybe it's a Snapdragon thing.

      • Yes, of course all unlocked phones are equipped to work on all carriers platforms in Europe and Asia and that's the whole reason for buying an unlocked device. This is why I'm surprised at the opposite experience in the US. You could be right, maybe it's a Snapdragon thing, though I can't think why. Well at last you're getting it anyway so enjoy!

  • What about those that downloaded the Beta software? We don’t have OTA for the final and Google approved version. Do we have to flash the firmware?

    • I'm running an SM-G950U1 (XAA) here in the US on T-Mobile. I've been part of the Pie beta all along (all three betas) and yesterday I was upgraded OTA to the Pie release. You can always download the Pie firmware here, and use Odin, but it's easier to let the OTA happen.

    • It will probably come shortly. It usually hits phones over a few days depending on when the carriers handling the OTA get around to doing it.

  • hi, I have the SM-G950U , I have Android 7, there is no actualization for unlocked, can I install the 950U1 unlocked version? or what can I do? thanks

  • "Users can either wait for it to arrive to download it from our firmware section."

    Who would like to wait ?

  • My US Unlocked Note 8 still says "The latest updates have already been installed". You would think it would be available to everyone simultaneously. I'm in no hurry, though. I've read where some people are having issues with the update. But, a lot of that could just be user error.

  • my samsung note 8 PDA N950FXXU5CSA3 still not get pie update. how can i get pie update plz help.