The Samsung Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta is rolling out which means select Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users can now try Android 9.0 and the company’s new One UI.
Some Android manufacturers have already moved on from Android Oreo, but Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out continues as we push toward the end of the year. Fortunately, it looks like the company is finally ready to make the transition from Oreo to Android 9.0 Pie.
Samsung is working on several Android Pie updates behind the scenes and an early version of one of those updates is now available to try ahead of the official release.
With that in mind, here’s everything we currently know about the Samsung Galaxy Android Pie and One UI beta.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta is live.
Owners of select Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models can now test Android 9.0 Pie and the company’s new One UI via the Galaxy Beta Program.
Galaxy S9 users in the United States, South Korea, and Germany get first dibs on the beta though it’ll extend to other countries including China, France, India, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
As of right now, it looks like other devices have been left out of the beta process.
The Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta is free and it gives users a chance to not only try the software early, but also report bugs and performance issues to Samsung.
Once the Galaxy Android Pie beta ends, Samsung will release the official version of Android Pie for millions of models around the world. And once the official version is released, Galaxy Android Pie beta testers will need to move on to the official software.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Pie Beta Release Date
The Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta is rolling out to Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users in South Korea and the United States and we expect updates for users in Germany to follow.
It looks like the second wave of Android Pie betas won’t be too far behind. It appears that the beta will hit the United Kingdom on November 20th, just a few days after the first wave.
We expect betas for China, France, India, Poland, Spain to follow.
The Galaxy Android Pie update’s release date is confirmed for January so we expect the beta to last through December as the company works to fix issues and test features.
How to Signup for the Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta
If you’re interested in trying the beta you’ll need to signup for Samsung’s Galaxy beta program.
If you wish to participate in the beta, you first need to download the Samsung Members app, known as Samsung+ in North America. You can download the appropriate app via the Galaxy Apps store or through the Google Play Store.
If you already have the Samsung Members apps or Samsung+ app on board your device you’ll need to update it. Samsung recently updated the apps to support the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta.
Once you get the app on board you’ll need to launch the Samsung+/Samsung Members application and submit your Galaxy Beta Program application form through the Registration menu at the top of the app. If the beta isn’t live in your region or for your device, you won’t see this option.
If you have a Samsung Account and meet all of Samsung’s participation criteria, the registration process will complete. If you don’t have a Samsung account, you’ll need to create one through Samsung’s website.
Once the registration process is complete, you’ll need to head into your device’s Settings and go to Software update > download updates to pull the beta from Samsung’s servers.
For more info, check out our full guide.
How to Prepare for the Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta
This is a beta and early software often causes major problems. In its FAQ Samsung warns that “unexpected data loss can occur during Beta program.”
Ahead of the Galaxy Android Pie beta you’ll want to backup all of your files. You can use Samsung’s Smart Switch to backup your important data.
Prospective Android Pie beta testers are also strongly encouraged to download the latest app updates as they will help with the transition from Oreo to beta software.
For more, check out our guide.
Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta Features
Samsung’s announcements outlined some of the Galaxy Android Pie beta’s features, but we don’t have a full change log just yet. We do however have an in-depth sneak peak thanks to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie leaks.
If the Galaxy Android Pie beta mirrors the leaked versions, you can expect the following features:
- AMOLED dark mode (Night Theme).
- New card style UI with curved edges.
- Redesigned Quick Settings with rounded buttons.
- Updated lock screen w/ a new clock design.
- Improvements to the Samsung Dialer.
- Revamped Samsung Messages.
- Bixby Home UI changes including curved borders and a new night theme.
The Galaxy S9’s Android Pie update also delivers the Galaxy Note 9’s Flaw Detection feature.
Samsung will release several iterations of the Android Pie beta so we could see the company add and subtract features as time goes on.
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