Samsung is offering up a holiday treat for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ owners. The South Korean electronics maker had previously said it would deliver an Android 9 Pie update to the Galaxy S9 by January, but rather than wait another week (or longer), the update is starting to roll out now to both the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+.
In case you pay attention to such things, the update for the Galaxy S9 changes the software version to G960FXXU2CRLI, and for the Galaxy S9+ it changes the software version to G965FXXU2CRLI. It appears that both are rolling out to users in Germany before the rest of the world. If you live in Germany and own either device, head to Settings > Software update and tap Download updates manually.
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The serving of Android 9 Pie also comes with a side of upgrades to Samsung's One UI skin.
"One UI brings you Android Pie, with exciting new features and a whole new look and feel based on user feedback from users in Samsung and Google," the release notes state. "We recommend that you back up your important data to keep it safe before the upgrade. Some apps, including Calculator, Samsung Internet, Samsung Health, Samsung Notes, Samsung Members, and Samsung Pay need to be updated individually after you update your OS."
Be warned that the update is pretty large—it reportedly checks in at over 1.7GB. It's packed with a bunch of new features and updates, including new clock styles, reorganized menus that are supposed to be easier to navigate, a new drawer menu to manage contacts, improvements to Bixby (Samsung's own voice assistant), and more.
While the update is rolling out to Germany first, it wouldn't hurt to periodically check to see if it's available in your area if you live somewhere else.