OneUI-Based Android Pie Beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Goes Live in India and Germany
At a time when devices that are well below half the price of a Galaxy S9/Note 9 are running Pie, Samsung is still struggling with rolling out its OneUI-based update. Last week, the company opened up registrations for the Android Pie beta program for the Galaxy Note 9. The update never came, but it confirmed that Samsung would launch the beta program for the Galaxy Note 9 in the coming week. Today, it has started rolling out in Germany and India. Registrations are now open through the Samsung Members app. We’d recommend that you wait for the final release as beta builds are often buggy, but if you absolutely have to, make it quick, as there only a limited number of slots available.
Samsung is rolling out firmware version N960FXXU2ZRKQ for the Galaxy Note 9. It features the November 2018 security patch, but that’s not what people have been waiting for. This firmware update brings Android 9.0 Pie customised with Samsung’s OneUI. All of the features that are part and parcel of Android 9 Pie are included in this release. You can now try registering for the beta through the Samsung Members app in Germany and India. Users in other markets will have to try their luck in a few days. There is no way to sideload the build at this point in time. However, they almost always make their way to the internet, and we should see something from independent devs in the coming weeks.
Traditionally, the Samsung Galaxy Note series isn’t a part of their beta program. The Galaxy Note 8 wasn’t a part of the Oreo beta program launched last year, and neither were its predecessors. One would expect that the Galaxy Note 9 One UI beta could make its debut in South Korea, considering that it is Samsung’s base of operations. Samsung is attempting to bring the program it to all markets which include the United States, South Korea, Germany, Poland, Spain, China, France, India and the United Kingdom.