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4 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy Note 9 Pie & 11 Reasons You Should

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The Android Pie update could have a significant impact on your Galaxy Note 9’s performance. While many of you should install the update as soon as it arrives, others are better off waiting a few hours, a few days, or longer before moving from Android Oreo to Android 9.0 and Samsung’s new One UI.

Samsung promised to fire up the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie roll out in January and the company kept its promise. The Galaxy Note 9 Pie update is rolling out right now though it’s currently limited to a few regions around the world.

Right now, the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update is pushing out to Galaxy Note 9 users in Germany, the United Kingdom, South Korea, India, the United States, and many other regions around the world.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are rolling the update out in the United States. The update has also landed for the unlocked Galaxy Note 9 in the U.S.

If you installed the Galaxy Note 9 Pie beta or have been following the update to the official release, you know that it’s a major upgrade for the company’s flagship.

The biggest change on board is Samsung’s new One UI (user interface) which changes the look and feel of the software formally known as Samsung Experience and TouchWiz. One UI brings a new Night Mode and many other changes.

Other features on board Android Pie include a new Dolby Atmos gaming option, a floating keyboard, new emoji characters, and security enhancements. If you own an AT&T Galaxy Note 9 you’ll also start seeing “5G E” instead of LTE.

The Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update is a sizable download. When the update arrives for your device you’re probably looking at a 1.5-2GB download. If you downloaded the beta, the update will be much smaller.

Android Pie comes with some big changes and it could have a huge impact on your Galaxy Note 9’s performance. While some of you will likely see improvements, others will see bugs and performance issues.

There’s a growing list of Galaxy Note 9 Pie problems. Galaxy Note 9 users are complaining about lag, weird battery drain, connectivity issues, issues with first and third-party apps, crashes, installation issues, and more.

There are plenty of reasons to install Android Pie and the One UI when they arrive for your Galaxy Note 9. That said, there are also some reasons to hold off, at least temporarily.

This guide will take you through the best reasons to, and not to, install the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update right now.

Install Android Pie for Improved Security

Install Android Pie for Improved Security

If you want to protect the data stored on your Galaxy Note 9 you'll probably want to install Android Pie soon after it arrives. 

Samsung continues to push important security patches to the Galaxy Note 9 and the Android Pie update brings the latest security patches from Samsung and Google. 

The Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update delivers the company's latest security updates and we expect upcoming releases to come with additional updates. 

If you're interested in the changes, you can read more about them over on Samsung's website

If you failed to download a previous software update, you'll get the patches and fixes from updates you skipped when you install Android Pie on your device. 

Android Pie also comes with additional security enhancements including Lockdown Mode which is located in your security settings. 

When you enable the Lockdown option via your settings you can quickly disable Smart Lock, biometrics unlock, and notifications on the lock screen so that prying eyes can't use them to access your phone. 

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Brooke

    03/03/2019 at 2:30 pm

    Please bring back the hide/show button for navigation bar. How can I focus on my kdrama with the nav bar on the side.

  2. Jigar ukani

    03/10/2019 at 9:48 am

    After update the pie version on note 9 my auto call record option not working is there any one have the way to solve this problem.

  3. Chazz

    03/13/2019 at 12:45 am

    After installing Android pie on my note 9 I can’t have multiple Google search tabs open meaning I can only visit one website at a time unless I use the chrome app. It’s really inconvenient and I don’t feel like constantly switching through tabs in chrome.

  4. KarR

    03/15/2019 at 4:28 pm

    As if I wasn’t already utterly disappointed in the Note 9 this PIE update has been a real drag! Not only did I lose the wallpaper & theme I loved I have noticed other changes that make me wish I never bought this phone. I can no longer swipe down from the top left corner to minimize an app which would also allow me to close it but keep it open via a circle icon so that I could quickly and easily switch between apps. If this isn’t happening to anyone else PLEASE leave me a reply and let me know how you were able to find it in settings. I also HATE that the home button, back button, and the other one are always viewable now! What’s the point of a huge “full” screen if these buttons are now up all the time!? Seriously thinking about going back to iPhone.

  5. DLM

    03/16/2019 at 4:34 pm

    And more items noticed:
    On the home screen, the small clock that’s always on display (used to be top right corner) is now top left corner – and the reason for that is… what?

    Screen is much too dark to be able to see it outdoors anymore (15-year-old stepson may have found a fix for that by disabling EVERYTHING and putting the screen to brightest resolution possible, but still – shouldn’t have had to do that).

    In the phone book/contacts, the right side used to have A-Z so you could quickly & easily select the letter corresponding to the name of the contact you wanted to call. No longer there. If you touch the screen, it will (BRIEFLY!!!) flash on, but when you touch it to try to go to a letter, it disappears and you end up calling whoever’s name happened to be sitting next to that letter.

    Messages screen, the option buttons are now at the bottom instead of the top, making it very awkward to see and/or find and use – put them back at the top! And while they are at it, why make the top half of the messages screen a blank box with the word “Messages” on it? I KNOW I’m in messages. Just show the damned messages, and move the “conversations” and “contacts” back to the top as well!

    Incoming call screen is now a roiling mass of acid-flashback sworls, and there doesn’t appear to be any way to change it to a simple solid color. Extremely annoying!

    Clock on the lock screen is no longer large & centered, and there is no option to make it larger and centered. There are options, but none that are LARGE and CENTERED like before.

    Overall, very annoying when you’ve become accustomed to things being a certain way, in a certain place, and (finally) being set up the way the USER wants them, only to have them undone and be unable to change them to a more USABLE format!

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