Android Pie update rolling out for the US Unlocked Galaxy Note 9
It's hard owing a carrier-unlocked Samsung device in the US. Yes, you get a carrier-specific bloatware-free device that you can use with any provider, but you're almost always a few weeks behind in terms of major (and even minor) software upgrades. All variants of the Galaxy Note 9 have long received their Android Pie update except for the carrier-unlocked ones. Today, Samsung has started rolling out the latest iteration of Android to unlocked models of its flagship phablet in the United States.
Multiple users in the US have reported that the Android Pie update is finally rolling out in the country. It bears firmware version N960U1UEUCSB3 and is rolling out over-the-air. The update weighs just under 1.7GB and brings the February 2019 security patch. All of the features that are part and parcel of Android Pie are included in this major update. That’s in addition to One UI, which is Samsung’s new user interface for its devices. OneUI brings forth a lot of changes in the form of UI changes for several system apps, a system-wide dark mode and more
It may take a while for the firmware to go live for all users. You can check for the update manually by going to the Software update section of the Settings app. All devices should be running Android Pie by next week, ideally. Compared to last year, it took a lot less time for the update to arrive on Samsung devices. The success, in part, can be attributed to Project Treble. One may argue that Samsung users have to wait a lot longer compared to OnePlus or Nokia users, but given the degree of customisation that Samsung offers with their Android fork, one can't blame the company for not jumping the gun with their updates.