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4 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy S9 Pie & 12 Reasons You Should

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Android Pie update could have a huge impact on your device’s performance. Some Galaxy S9 owners should install the software the second it arrives for your phone but others might want to hold out for a few hours, a few days, or longer.

Samsung promised to roll the Galaxy S9 Android Pie update out in January but the company started the roll out a little early in late December. After a bit of a wait, the update is finally starting to move out to Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models in regions around the world.

While the roll out initially focused on those participating in the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta, it has since moved on to devices and regions that weren’t part of the beta program.

As of right now, the Galaxy S9 Android Pie update is rolling out in France, Germany, Italy, India, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United States and a bunch of other countries.

The U.S. the update is pushing out to Verizon’s Galaxy S9 and S9+, Sprint’s Galaxy S9 and S9+, AT&T’s Galaxy S9 and S9+, T-Mobile’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, U.S. Cellular’s Galaxy S9, and devices on Comcast’s Xfinity network.

If you’ve followed the Galaxy S9 Android Pie update’s path to the official release you know that it comes with a long list of changes for the flagship devices.

The most obvious change on board Android Pie is the new One UI, a new user interface that brings wholesale changes to the look and feel of Samsung’s skin.

Other features on board include a Night Mode, a floating keyboard, new emojis, improvements to Always on Display, features from the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung DeX enhancements, and a whole lot more.

The Samsung Galaxy S9’s Android Pie update is a fairly large download. The update should be around 1.5-2GB for most Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models. It’ll be smaller for those of you jumping from the Pie beta to official software.

Android Pie is a big jump from Android Oreo and it could have a tremendous impact on your phone’s performance. While some of you might see improvements, others will run into issues.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Pie problems are popping up and they include issues with Bixby, abnormal battery drain, issues with Bluetooth and GPS, problems with apps, user interface lag, installation problems, and more.

Samsung is rolling out a massive bug fix update, but it could take weeks for the company’s first major Android Pie bug fix update to reach every single region.

There are plenty of reasons to install the Android Pie update when it arrives for your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+. That said, there are some reasons why you might want to hold off and wait.

This guide will take Galaxy S9 users through the best reasons to, and not to, install Android 9.0 Pie today.

Install Android Pie for Better Security

Install Android Pie for Better Security

If you value your security you should think about installing the Galaxy S9 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone. 

Samsung continues to push important security patches for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ and your Android Pie update will bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your phone. 

The Galaxy S9 Android Pie update delivers the company's latest security updates and we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches.

If you're curious about Samsung's security updates, you can read more about the changes on Samsung's website

If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android Pie on your Galaxy S9 for the first time. 

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

If 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 device. 

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Fahad

    02/12/2019 at 3:37 am

    Altaf

  2. Zeno Marin

    02/17/2019 at 2:44 pm

    “Like Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness uses AI to learn your habits. And like its name suggests, it’s focused on the brightness of your display.” And this comes with a horendous bug/issue! Instead of going straight to the required brightnes, according to the surrounding, the screen goes completly dim. Terrible! You have to manually compensate for this idiotic AI feature! This is a known issue and you are presenting it as an “advantage” and an achievement?…

    UI – completly broken. A lot of themes no longer work, especially dark ones and overall thte default icons are terrible. There are also some removed features – the enahce audio during call has been removed for instance.

    And the most nagging issue – one in three times I am requested to unlock my phone by using the pattern instead of the fingerprint unlock.

    Shame on SAMSUNG for such catastrophic testing and shame on the development team who released this junk and ruined my experience by turning an almost perfect phone into an aggravating piece of junk!

  3. Ty

    02/22/2019 at 11:07 pm

    This update isn’t the android UI that I know and love.

  4. Samir

    03/04/2019 at 7:41 pm

    My S9 update was a complete disaster from auto reject of all calls, visit to UbreakIfix store, GPS not working, Wifi not working anymore and worst of all, the refresh deleted all of my latest contacts, Voicemails that I saved, and Chrome bookmarks with all account info.

    Needless to say, I will never update another Samsung phone. Samsung tech support wants me to ship the phone to them for 9 days turnaround without any loaner (yeah it’s in Warranty too.) I made the mistake of buying it outright directly from Samsung (another big mistake.)

  5. Kahn

    03/09/2019 at 1:50 pm

    The new method to close apps is horrible. Instead of seeing a stack of all the apps in an easily to see format on one screen where the last app you used is at the bottom and you can swipe left or right to close, is now a horrible format. Every damn app has it’s own page and it doesn’t always show the last app you used. To close an app you have to flip through every single page to find the app you want to close and swipe up. Terrible design.

    Contacts sorting by letter rarely works. Every other letter is displaced and if I click on the little dot where the C should be, I still end up seeing all the D contacts.

    As so many others have mentioned, the icons are designed by Fisher Price I think. In fact with names like KitKat, Oreo, Pie, I don’t think I have an adult phone, but more like a kids toy. The icons really cater to the 2 year old fan base, but anyone else, it’s just horrible.

  6. Ed Clark

    03/18/2019 at 12:09 pm

    I hate the new update. Why does it have to change everything about the phone operations? I use this for work. Lost all my Wi-Fi connections some contacts and voicemails. The icons are laughable. I this someone else mention fisher price, I would have to agree.

  7. Gary Head

    03/19/2019 at 12:11 pm

    This update has removed the video pro mode. This has ruined the phone for people like me who bought the phone for this feature. I have contacted Citizens advice and trading standards in the UK who have stated Samsung are legally obliged to return this feature or pay compensation under UK law. I imagine this is the same for all EU member countries

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