It took a while, but the Galaxy Note 9 is now finally climbing to this month’s security patch level. The April 2021 firmware began reaching select variants of the device just yesterday, sporting release designation N9600ZHS7FUD1. This initial deployment wave was mostly targeted at South America, with the sole exception being China. Though the latter is always on its own software release schedule, but overall, it stands to reason the rollout will reach more countries any time now.
As per usual, the easiest way to attempt shortening this month’s wait is to proceed to your smartphone’s Settings app, tap the Software update menu item near the bottom, and then go with the prominently featured Download and install option on the final screen. Keep in mind that this nifty trick won’t kickstart any national software rollout, but it might initiate a download that’s already been waiting for you.
How many more security updates does the Galaxy Note 9 have in the tank?
The April 1st, 2021 security update is the only novelty bundled with this particular firmware version. That’s hardly a surprise, seeing how the Galaxy Note 9 will be turning three later this year. And yet it still has quite a bit to give, especially compared to today’s entry-level devices. And so does Samsung, as a matter of fact; while the Galaxy Note 9 won’t have a place in line for the official Android 12 upgrade, Samsung already promised to keep its 2018 flagship updated for at least another 16 months.
That’s four more monthly updates and just as many quarterly patches. So, by the time the Galaxy Note 9 loses software support, its entire family will probably be discontinued. Well, save for the regular security revisions, that is.