Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Get Android Pie on T-Mobile

Feb 11, 2019
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Barring T-Mobile, every one of the ‘big four’ carriers in the US rolled out the much-awaited OneUI-based Android Pie update for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus (and the Galaxy Note 9 in some cases). Today, T-Mobile joins that list. The ‘un-carrier’ just released the Android Pie update for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

As far as the actual update is concerned, you’ll get Samsung’s One UI interface that brings forth a host of changes and features. You get a system-wide Dark Theme, a redesigned UI for several apps such as Samsung Messages, a redesigned camera app and a lot more. Here is the full changelog:

Related Android Pie Beta Rolling Out for the OnePlus 3/3T

Longer battery life

  • Battery Saver keeps your charge going longer than ever by turning off features like the Always-On display. Plus, you have more control over when it comes on.
  • Adaptive Battery makes your phone go longer on each charge. It learns how you like to use your phone, so apps you don’t use won’t drain as much power.
  • Background restrictions in Settings can stop certain apps that use too much battery, so you can have more control.

 

Control your on-screen time

  • App dashboard shows daily view of the time spent on your phone, how frequently you use different apps, and how many notifications you get.
  • Wind Down sets a daily schedule to get your phone ready for bed. Grayscale fades your screen to gray while Do Not Disturb silences notifications for a restful sleep.
  • App timers let you set daily time limits for your apps. When you reach the limit, the app is paused for the rest of the day.

 

Media

  • Multiple Bluetooth connections can connect up to five Bluetooth devices and switch between these devices seamlessly. Incoming phone calls will be sent to all connected Bluetooth devices that can accept, so you’ll never miss a call.
  • Volume memory for Bluetooth devices will remember the last volume you set for each of your Bluetooth devices. No more blasting music too loudly when you reconnect to your car or headphones.
  • HDR built-in support, for the High Dynamic Range (HDR) VP9 Profile 2, lets you watch HDR-enabled movies on YouTube and Google Play Movies. HDR improves the brightness and color range of video to improve the picture quality and experience.

 

Notifications

  • Messaging apps can suggest quick replies in the notification, so you can respond in a tap.
  • Turn off notifications from a range of apps, so you only receive helpful ones.

 

Usability

  • Screenshots can now be taken from the power menu and draw, annotate, or crop them quickly.
  • New system navigation helps make it simpler to search and move between apps. Swipe up from anywhere to see full-screen previews of recently used apps, swipe left and right to easily navigate between them, and tap on one to jump in.
  • App Actions predicts what you’ll want to do next based on your context and displays that action right on your phone, saving you time.
  • Slices are interactive snippets of your favorite apps can be surfaced in different places, like Google Search.
  • Overview Selection opens when you long-press text or an image, and you can see actions based on what you’ve selected (for example, an option to route to an address with Google Maps or share for an image).

The Android Pie update weighs in at a hefty 1.9GB and comes with software version G960USQS3CSAB and G965USQU3CSAB for the S9 and S9+ respectively. It also brings RCS Universal Profile 1.0 support, which will allow users to send photos, videos, emojis and more via standard messaging, which brings Android Messages somewhat on par with iMessage. Google’s eventual transition towards universal RCS adaptation might is still in infancy. It’s good to see major carriers supporting RCS on their devices, as it will incentivise the smaller ones to do the same. You can check for the update on your phone by going into the Software update menu in the Settings app and tapping Download updates manually.

Source: Android Police

Products mentioned in this post

Galaxy Note 9
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USD 725
Galaxy S9
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