The Galaxy Note 9 comes preinstalled with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and on top of it is Samsung’s Experience 9.5 that brings a flurry of customizations and features to the phone. Among the features that the Note 9 comes with is the support for super slow-motion video recording, just like the Galaxy S9 and S9+, however, Samsung will obviously be rolling out regular updates aimed at not only making this feature better but also improving the overall experience of the Galaxy Note 9.
On this page, we have everything you need to know about Galaxy Note 9 software updates. Whether you want to know about the latest Android security update and what else it brings to the fold or maybe you wanna find out when your Note 9 will make the switch to the latest and greatest from Google, Android 9 Pie; we have got your back. You’ll find changelogs, download links, as well as firmware versions of all updates that are released for the Note 9, be it carrier variants or the unlocked models.
Update [Dec 11]: One UI beta 2 based on Android 9 Pie is now available in markets where the initial rollout was released, India and Europe. The update includes the December 2018 security patch and a flurry of bug fixes that push the file size to a little over 550MB, as seen in the screengrab below, which also contains the full changelog.
Software update timeline
International Galaxy Note 9
|04 Dec 2018||N960FXXU2ZRKQ | Android 9.0||Installs One UI beta based on Android 9 Pie|
|13 Nov 2018||N960FXXS2ARK2 | Android 8.1||November 2018 security update|
|26 Oct 2018||N960FXXS2ARJ4 | Android 8.1||October 2018 security update|
|12 Oct 2018||N960FXXU2ARJ1 | Android 8.1||The same changelog as the previous ARI9 update, at least for those who hadn’t received the camera updates. Still on September 2018 security patch|
|28 Sep 2018||N960FXXU2ARI9 | Android 8.1||Improves camera picture quality, the brightness of faces in backlit environments, Day/Night HDR control accuracy, low light brightness, and Signal Noise Ratio|
|12 Sep 2018||N960FXXS2ARH6 | Android 8.1||September 2018 security patch|
|24 Aug 2018||N960FXXU1ARH5 | Android 8.1||August 2018 security patch (pre-installed)|
AT&T Galaxy Note 9
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|21 Sep 2018||N960USQS1ARI5 | Android 8.1||September 2018 security patch|
|24 Aug 2018||N960USQU1ARH4 | Android 8.1||August 2018 security patch|
|16 Oct 2018||N960USQU1ARG6 | Android 8.1||Pre-installed|
Sprint Galaxy Note 9
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|18 Sep 2018||N960USQS1ARH6 | Android 8.1||September 2018 security update|
|24 Aug 2018||N960USQU1ARH4 | Android 8.1||August 2018 security patch and stability improvements|
|16 Aug 2018||N960USQU1ARH2 | Android 8.1||Pre-installed|
T-Mobile Galaxy Note 9
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|19 Sep 2018||N960USQS1ARH6 | Android 8.1||September 2018 security update|
|24 Aug 2018||N960USQU1ARH2 | Android 8.1||August 2018 security patch|
|16 Aug 2018||N960USQU1ARFL | Android 8.1||Pre-installed|
Verizon Galaxy Note 9
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|13 Nov 2018||N960USQS1ARJ9 | Android 8.1||November 2018 security patch|
|25 Oct 2018||N960USQU1ARJ5 | Android 8.1||October 2018 security patch|
|18 Sep 2018||N960USQS1ARH6 | Android 8.1||September 2o18 security patch|
|17 Aug 2018||N960USQU1ARH2 | Android 8.1||August 2018 security patch (pre-installed)|
Galaxy Note 9 Android 9 Pie update
Expected release date: Q1 2019
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 started receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update in mid-March 2018, something that should give us an idea of when to expect the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Google’s Project Treble, but we all know this will only work if OEMs are also committed to rolling out timely updates.
Samsung’s Android Pie updates will be the company’s ultimate test with respect to timely updates, especially now that the Galaxy Note 9 has Project Treble out of the box. Still, we don’t expect much of a change, meaning we can only be hopeful of an earlier-than-March launch in Q1 2019.
Samsung One UI
For the uninitiated, Samsung has once again changed its Android skin from Experience to One UI. Given the skin is part of Android 9 Pie, the Galaxy Note 9 will also get it. You can check out more about this new skin on this page.
To get an idea of what to expect, check out the preview below.
- Android 9 Pie: All the best features you should know
- What inspired Android Pie update?
- Android Pie Digital Wellbeing: All you need to know
- Android Pie App Actions: All you need to know
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