It looks like a Samsung Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta is getting close and the beta will let select Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users try out Android 9.0 and its features ahead of the official release.
Some Android manufacturers have already moved on from Android Oreo, but Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out continues as we push toward the end of the year.
Fortunately, it looks like the company is almost ready to make the transition from Oreo to Android 9.0 Pie. Samsung is reportedly working on at least two Android Pie updates behind the scenes and an early version of one of those updates appears to be on the way.
Samsung wasn’t part of Google’s Android Pie beta program, but the company looks like it’s gearing up for a Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta.
The company hasn’t made any official announcements, but several changes to its EULA and FAQ pages for its beta program indicate that it’s prepping a test version of the new operating system.
With that in mind, here’s everything we currently know about the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta.
Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta
Samsung’s updated its EULA and FAQ with information about the upcoming Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta.
The FAQ claims that users who participate in the Galaxy Beta Program have the “first opportunity to experience new features and the latest User Experience (UX) based on the Android 9.0 Pie OS.”
That’s not entirely true because Android Pie has leaked out for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, but the beta represents the first official release from Samsung.
According to Samsung, only select Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models can test Android 9.0 Pie via the Galaxy Beta Program.
The company lists the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ for Sprint or T-Mobile, non-operator-locked devices, and open-market versions of the two flagships.
We expect the beta to include the United States, South Korea, and Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models in Europe. We could also see it extend to other countries in North America and Asia. That said, it likely won’t encompass every Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+ model around the globe.
The Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta, like the betas before it, will be free and it will give Galaxy S9 users a chance to not only try the software early, but also report bugs and performance issues to Samsung.
Once the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta ends, Samsung will release the official version of Android Pie for millions of Galaxy S9 models around the world.
Once the official version is released, Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta testers will need to move to the official software.
Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta Release Date
Samsung hasn’t announced a release date for the Galaxy S9 Android Pie, but the updates to the EULA and FAQ mean a release is probably right around the corner.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta arrived in early November and stretched into 2018 as the company worked to squash bugs and deliver a new experience for Galaxy users.
The Galaxy S9 Android Pie update’s release date is currently rumored for early 2019 so we could see Samsung follow a similar timeline in 2018.
How to Signup for the Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta
The Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta isn’t live just yet, but here’s how you’ll signup for and join the beta if you decide to try the early software on your phone.
If you wish to participate in the beta, you first need to download the Samsung Members app, known as Samsung+ in North America.
You can download the appropriate app via the Galaxy Apps store or through the Google Play Store.
From there you’ll need to launch the Samsung+ application and submit your Galaxy Beta Program application form through the Registration menu at the top of the app. If the beta isn’t live in your region or for your device, you won’t see this option.
If you have a Samsung Account and meet all of Samsung’s participation criteria, the registration process will complete. If you don’t have a Samsung account, you’ll need to create one through Samsung’s website.
Once the registration process is complete, you’ll need to head into your device’s Settings and go to Software update > download updates to pull the beta from Samsung’s servers.
How to Prepare for the Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta
This is a beta and early software often causes major problems. In its FAQ Samsung warns that “unexpected data loss can occur during Beta program.”
Ahead of the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta you’ll want to backup all of your files. You can use Samsung’s Smart Switch to backup your important data.
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