Samsung has released the Android 9.0 (Pie) update 2019 for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The new software will be rolled out globally from today onwards.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Android Pie update available
In Germany, for example, the Galaxy S9 Android Pie update is available. The update is also available for the Galaxy S9 Plus. The update will probably be rolled out gradually in other countries from now on. It can, therefore, take a few days or weeks for devices to turn. You will automatically receive a notification as soon as your smartphone can download the update. You can also check manually by going to ‘Software update’ at settings.
The update is almost 2GB. It is therefore advisable to download it only on a Wi-Fi connection, otherwise, you are very fast through your mobile data bundle. Users who really can’t wait can download the update a little earlier via the Samsung Odin tool that you can download from the developers.. That is at your own risk: if something goes wrong, your device may be unusable.
The update appears earlier than expected. Originally Samsung promised to make the software available from January. A test version has been available in some countries for a while. Apparently, the test was good enough that the final version is already being published. Nevertheless, Samsung is still later than rivals Sony, Nokia, Huawei and OnePlus, all of which have already released several Android Pie updates.
This is new: One UI, night mode, more
Samsung is pretty late in updating its flagships but seems to have a good reason for this. They have developed a completely new interface: One UI. This replacement of Samsung Experience (the earlier TouchWiz) should make it easier to control smartphones with large, long screens with one hand. The screen is divided into two pieces.
For example, if you want to send a text message or WhatsApp, the typing window will be dropped so that you can easily key in the name of the addressee. You can also find the tabs to switch between conversations and contacts here. The conversation itself is shown above this ‘control panel’.
One UI also introduces a few functions that make you more sensible with your Samsung. For example, the screen becomes dark after sunset, which is more comfortable for your eyes. You can also personalize the color in which apps are displayed so that it is more to your liking.