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4 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy Note 8 Pie & 12 Reasons You Should

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Pie update brings new features, enhancements, bug fixes, and other changes to the former flagship. And while most of you will probably want to install it right away, others might benefit from waiting a few hours, days, or even longer.

The Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update is out of beta and it’s rolling out to select devices in select regions around the world. The roll out is happening in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It’s also hitting devices in the United States.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have all pushed the Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update to their customers. It’s also rolling out to the unlocked Note 8 in the U.S.

If you downloaded the Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie beta or if you simply followed along, you know that the update comes with some huge changes. Among them, a brand new user interface called One UI.

One UI looks a lot different than the previous UI on Android Oreo (Samsung Experience) and it will take some getting used to. That said, the UI comes with some very useful features including a brand new Night Mode that will make the device’s screen easier on your eyes.

If you’re dealing with Android Oreo problems, there’s also a chance the update solves your issues. The Galaxy Note 8 Pie update went through a beta which helped Samsung squash a bunch of problems before the official release.

That said, Note 8 Pie users are complaining about various bugs and performance issues so you’ll want to approach the Pie upgrade with caution if you’re having a great experience on Android Oreo.

If you’re on the fence, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to, and not to, install the Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update right now.

Install Android Pie for Improved Security

Install Android Pie for Improved Security

If you want to keep your Galaxy Note 8 protected you'll want to download the Android Pie update soon after it arrives for your phone. 

Samsung and its carrier partners continue to roll out monthly security updates to the Galaxy Note 8. Your Galaxy Note 8's Android Pie update will likely bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your device.

The Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update comes with the company's latest security updates and we expect upcoming releases to come with additional patches. 

If you're interested in the contents of Samsung's recent security updates, you can read more about the changes on the company's website

The Android Pie update also comes with additional security enhancements including a feature called Lockdown Mode located in your device's settings. 

With Lockdown Mode enabled you can quickly disable Smart Lock, biometrics unlock, and notifications on the lock screen so that other users can't get into the contents your phone. 

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Prasanth

    03/07/2019 at 8:13 pm

    After installing new pie update my call log is not working properly. Automatically deate call logs.what i do?

  2. Dan

    03/29/2019 at 4:38 am

    This artie is a waste of time to read it has no information in it.

  3. Kevin

    03/31/2019 at 9:05 pm

    So… you have no reasons not to update basically? With two being practically the same.

    1) OneUI is kinda ugly. Don’t install if you can’t stand their new launcher.
    2) Menus have increased loss of space due to an odd use of titles.
    3) Root/Bootloader unlock reasons.
    4) Carrier specific bs. Verizon likes to bloat.
    5) Settings that get locked out due to updates. For instance, when we lost the ability to save to a microsd a few android versions ago.
    6) You can wait for a better phone.

  4. mark

    04/05/2019 at 7:31 am

    Not happy with the UI after update on note8. My texting app has slowed down to undearable use. Is there a way to back track out of this update. Not happy with it at all. If bugs arent fixed I will be changing phone on renewal.

  5. Dave

    04/06/2019 at 2:33 pm

    Unlike this article, which provides nothing of value, here’s a valid reason to not install the update.

    If you depend on wifi calling, I don’t recommend the pie update for Note 8 at this time. When I set wifi calling to wifi preferred, it reverts back to cellular preferred.

    I live in an area of very poor cell coverage. As such, the pie update on my note 8 is completely worthless.

    As long as this update was in “testing” you would think I t-mo-ho could have managed to test high level features in a most basic sense.

  6. debby dubois

    04/11/2019 at 6:07 am

    since the update, I have lost my “split screen” ability and can’t find it now…anyone else?

    • Barry Johnson

      04/21/2019 at 9:30 pm

      I have lost split screen also did you find a fix? Thanks

    • Dean Toth

      05/28/2019 at 3:08 am

      There’s 2 answers
      1) split screen is simplified to where you just long press the app symbol while you are in the recent apps view

      2) the new way doesn’t allow saving app pairs to homescreen (only to the side dock) and also doesn’t allow resizing or swapping of split windows. To bring back the old style download the Samsung tweaking app called “goodlock” only available in the Samsung store.
      Goodlock is a UI tweaking front end app with several components, such as changing the style of the multi task view (I don’t like the new style) AND let’s you have the old split screen controls (where you can long press the split bar to drag or swap).
      Once you install goodlock, each UI tweak is then downloaded separately and all managed from the goodlock front end. You get to choose which to download. I only use the split screen and the task view tweaks, the others are fairly less useful to me, but you might try them all to see what you think.

  7. Christina Cueva

    04/15/2019 at 4:01 pm

    I hate the new Note 8 update. It just forced it on me a couple of days ago. It’s like someone stole my very good phone and gave me a piece of crap. Why do we have to swipe to get rid of screens instead of closing them? I am so tempted to switch to iPhone. I’m very angry. I don’t even want to use my phone anymore. They should have left it alone!

    • Dean Toth

      05/28/2019 at 3:17 am

      You don’t really have to ever worry about closing recent apps. The recent apps view does not mean all those apps are still running in the background. They are just screen shots to let you quickly go back to an app you are using recently.
      Even in the cases where an app is running in the background, when memory is low and you open a new app, Android automatically closes the background app to free up memory, but the image of the app is still in your recents view.
      This has been true since like 5 versions of android ago.
      It’s a myth that you have to constantly close everything in your recents view (Google that).
      However if you really want to clear all recents, try this

      download the Samsung tweaking app called “goodlock” only available in the Samsung store.
      Goodlock is a UI tweaking front end app with several components, such as changing the style of the multi task view (I don’t like the new style) AND let’s you have the old split screen controls (where you can long press the split bar to drag or swap).
      Once you install goodlock, each UI tweak is then downloaded separately and all managed from the goodlock front end. You get to choose which to download. I only use the split screen and the task view tweaks, the others are fairly less useful to me, but you might try them all to see what you think.

      The new recent tasks view this app gives you are really nice and let you view many more recents at once for easy jumping back and forth.
      It also gives you a CLEAR ALL button.

  8. Patri

    04/16/2019 at 2:28 pm

    This article is crap. I have the update on my note 8 and now I don’t receive text messages or phone calls and my messages I try to send out fail. This update is garbage and has ruined my perfectly great phone, now its junk. Samsung better fix this fast!

    • Maria

      04/19/2019 at 9:33 am

      I had the same issue when I originally updated to Pie at the end of March. Incoming calls were being rejected, texts failing. Ended up calling my provider and they directed me to the store to have a tech check it out. Needless to say they replaced my Note8 with another one and said to wait atleast a month before updating software again.

  9. John

    04/20/2019 at 4:14 pm

    Update ruined a well oiled machine. After I downloaded, my phone actually started turning off by itself. Hated the new UI. Can’t say anything good about it. Go to your settings and turn OFF automatic updates!!
    Verizon had to send a me a new Note 8 as mine had become unusable!!!

  10. Chris sims

    05/22/2019 at 2:16 am

    I updated and it fried my sd card. Cant be read by phone or laptop yet I can play the music on it through my stereo. It’s a 64gb Samsung card with all my pics on it and I did not back it up so very annoyed. Also I have the single sim version but since update it tells me I have dual sim. This is not the case. Very upset with this from Samsung as I have no way of recovering my pics or documents. My theory is that phone overheated whilst download/upgrade/install and has basically melted card.

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