Samsung is currently testing the Android 9.0 Pie update on two devices: The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9. The two flagships are likely first in line to Google’s current operating system though we still don’t know when Samsung will release the first batch of updates.
It could be weeks, if not months, before Samsung officially releases its version of Android 9.0 Pie (complete with its new Experience 10 UI), but there’s a way to skip the wait and try Android 9.0 Pie and its features right now.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users have had access to Android Pie for weeks and now Galaxy Note 9 owners can get their own taste of pie. All it takes is the right Galaxy Note 9 model, some time, and some patience.
The leaked Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update is a beta from Samsung. It’s official software, but it’s not the final version of the update. This means it can, and probably will, cause issues.
If you’re fine with that, here’s how to get the Android 9.0 Pie update with Samsung Experience 10 up and running on a Galaxy Note 9 right now.
How to Install the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie Update
As of right now, the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update is limited to Snapdragon models. You must have the Snapdragon 845 model to run this software. If you’ve got an Exynos-powered Galaxy Note 9, you’ll have to wait.
If you don’t know which Galaxy Note 9 model you own, you can use an app like CPU-Z to quickly figure out the model and processor.
Before you start the installation make sure all of your data is backed up because there’s a chance something gets fouled up during the process. You can do this via Samsung Smart Switch or Samsung Cloud.
Once you’ve backed up your data and determined you’ve got the right Galaxy Note 9 model, head to these instructions from XDA-Developers and follow them step-by-step.
If the instructions don’t make sense to you or you’re feeling uncomfortable with the process, you’ll probably want to hang around on Android 8.1 Oreo for a little while longer.
Again, this is unfinished software and the leaker notes that it’s plagued with bugs. You might experience frequent crashes and some apps might not work normally. If you rely on your device throughout the day, this software might not be for you.
If you aren’t sure about making the move, here are a few reasons why you should, or perhaps shouldn’t, install this version of Android Pie on your Galaxy Note 9:
Who Should Install Android Pie Right Now
Impatient Galaxy Note 9 users who don’t want to wait weeks for Samsung to deliver Android Pie.
Those who feel comfortable installing leaked software.
Who Shouldn’t Install Android Pie Right Now
Anyone who feels uncomfortable with the installation.
Those of you who hate dealing with problems.
Those who don’t know how to properly downgrade to Oreo. Downgrading can be difficult.
Samsung will continue testing the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update behind the scenes which means we could see a more stable version of Android 9.0 arrive ahead of the official release. For now, most Galaxy Note 9 users should stick around on Android Oreo.
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It's not on board the Galaxy S8/Galaxy Note 8/Galaxy S7 Android Oreo updates, but Google's Project Treble, one of Oreo's key ingredients, is on board the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. That's excellent news.
In a nutshell, Project Treble's goal is to help cut down the amount of time it takes for companies to release major Android software updates. This is obviously a huge problem with Samsung and its Galaxy smartphones.
Android Oreo started rolling out for Pixel and Nexus devices back in August, 2017. Samsung's first Android Oreo update landed in early 2018.
According to Google "Project Treble separates the vendor implementation (device-specific, lower-level software written by silicon manufacturers) from the Android OS framework via a new vendor interface." A formal vendor interface doesn't exist in earlier versions of Android .
So what does Project Treble mean for Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S9 that come with Project Treble? It means Samsung will be able to release Android updates without having to wait for its chip manufacturers (Qualcomm) to send an update. And that could translate into a much faster Android Pie upgrade for the Galaxy S9 and other Galaxy devices.
Qualcomm's also promised "fast commercial availability of the next version of Android." The company says that by "having early access to Android P, Qualcomm Technologies optimized its software on Snapdragon 845, 660 and 636 Mobile Platforms to ensure readiness for OEMs to upgrade to Android P at the time of launch." The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ both utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chip.