Samsung has sharpened the act to update its smartphone’s software to the latest. While the release switch fo the global models remains in Samsung’s hands, that’s not so when it comes to updates for carrier models.
Carriers do their own tests and stuff before releasing the update, and as such the release date differs for the carrier and unlocked models. That’s the case with the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 too, especially those sold at Optus Australia where it lies with the carrier to test and release the update build given to them by an OEM, in this case, Samsung.
As we know the Android Pie update is still awaited for the S9 and Note 8 phones in Australia, it seems the wait is going to be over soon as Optus, the largest telecom carrier in the country, is likely to seed the update to the above-mentioned devices as early as next week.
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The Android 9.0 Pie based on the latest Samsung One UI for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy 9 Plus and the Galaxy Note 9 is currently in the testing stage and which is slated for hitting these devices in the late January or early February 2019.
With Android 9.0 Pie update the respective handsets will be easier for one-handed navigation with the Google search bar moving to the bottom of the screen.
Also, the update will ensure adaptive battery and brightness features. The interface is going to be more rounded and colorful as well with the addition of digital well-being feature to dissuade you from your over-reliance on smartphones.