Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 Devices Finally Receiving Android 9 Pie Update

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Android 9 Pie was first released to the public on August 6th 2018, and was quickly made available for production devices including Google's own Pixel smartphones and OnePlus devices. However, the largest smartphone OEM in the world has been extremely slow with its public rollout of the major OS update.

One would think that unlocked versions of Samsung devices would be among the first to receive Android 9 Pie, as they don't have carrier bloatware attached, but that just hasn't been the case for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Carrier-locked models (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular) began receiving the OS update earlier this month, and the update for unlocked models began pushing out over-the-air (OTA) during the past few days.

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If anything, we would have expected to see the carrier unlocked versions to receive Android 9 Pie months ago, but that’s just not how Samsung rolls. Instead, customers have been waiting six months for the major OS update – just days before the company announces its Galaxy S10 family. This is a rather disappointing showing for the largest Android OEM on the planet, which definitely has the resources to push out Android updates at a faster clip.

With that being said, the Android 9 Pie update – complete with the new One UI – weighs in a large 1.7GB according to Android Police, and is available for both the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. The update also includes updated security patches as of January 1st 2019.

For those that want to manually invoke the update, you can navigate to Settings --> Software Update --> Download Updates Manually to get jump ahead of everyone else.

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As for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users, you should start receiving the final/production Android 9 Pie update later this month according to Samsung’s release schedule (devices currently only have access to the Beta 4 release).

With that being said, Samsung would probably hope that you not worry too much about the Android 9 Pie update for your “old” Galaxy phone and instead focus your attention on the new and shiny Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ that will be announced on Wednesday. The devices will all include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and will reportedly feature up to a 6.4-inch display, dual selfie cameras, triple rear cameras, 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage.