Android 9 Pie is already available for Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets, but unofficially. When Samsung is planning to begin rolling out the Pie update to these two phones remains unknown, but if the latest developments are anything, the Korean company has already started internal tests, meaning the rollout could happen soon, even if it’s the beta version.
Folks at XDA Developers have obtained an early Android 9 Pie build meant for the Galaxy S9+ and even gone ahead and installed the firmware. Apparently, the update is working pretty fine for the Snapdragon 845 variant of the phone and as expected, there are plenty of UI changes brought about by the new Samsung Experience 10 that runs on top of Pie.
Among the most prominent UI changes is the introduction of a proper AMOLED dark mode, but you might not be impressed with the overly-rounded design of just about everything, including Samsung’s stock apps. There are new layouts for the Camera, Quick Settings menu and notification shade, a refreshed lock screen and clock design, and a new horizontal scrolling effect for recent apps.
Samsung also has its own gesture pill that will be activated when you hide the navigation bar. In the spot where a virtual button would have been, you’ll have to swipe up instead, but of course, you can always tweak these settings to your own liking.
Considering the early timing of this Android Pie build for the Galaxy S9+, we can as well assert that Google’s Project Treble is hard at work. Hopefully, we are right and that the full rollout commences soon. To get going with the currently available version of Pie on your S9+, check out the full details on XDA Developers via the links below.