Galaxy S9 Plus update: Android 9 Pie firmware download leaked; September patch available on Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus update

Samsung Galaxy S9+ is the 2018 flagship phone from the Korean company that is tasked with succeeding the impressive Galaxy S8+ from last year. The S9+ has officially taken over from the S8+ as far as Samsung’s software updates priorities are concerned.

Just like the Galaxy S8+ is at the forefront when it comes to receiving Android 8.0 Oreo updates, the story will be the same for the Galaxy S9+ when Android 9 P starts rolling out. While Oreo started rolling out in August 2017, it has taken Samsung until February 2018 to start rolling out the stable version of the OS to the Galaxy S8+.

Now that Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes with support for Google’s Project Treble, we expect to see some improvements in software updates from Samsung’s end. This, however, doesn’t guarantee that the S9+ will get Android 9 before this year ends, but it’s our hope that it does!

Galaxy S9+ Android 9 Pie update

When will Galaxy S9 Plus receive the Android 9 update? Well, it would. For sure. But it won’t be as soon as you might be thinking. Read on to know more.

  • The Galaxy S9 Plus is eligible for Android Pie
  • Leaked Pie firmware download available
  • Stable Android 9 to arrive later this year
Samsung Galaxy S9+ Launch OS Current OS Android 9 release?
Global Unlocked Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Expected (Dec 2018)
AT&T Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Expected (Feb 2019)
Sprint Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Expected (Feb 2019)
T-Mobile Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Expected (Feb 2019)
Verizon Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Expected (Feb 2019)
U.S. Unlocked Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Expected (March 2019)

Update [September 19, 2018]: Geeky users of the Galaxy S9+ can step ahead of the queue and grab the latest Android 9 Pie update right now. A working firmware has appeared online and even though not perfect, it still grants you the chance to try out Pie on your S9+ ahead of others.

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[Original post]: Google is expected to begin the developer preview program in March, just like it happened last year. Even though there’s a lot of hype around Project Treble, it’s unlikely to make any significant changes, especially since a lot still depends on the willingness and resources an OEM can put together towards this course.

We don’t want to get your hopes too high, but you can expect Android 9 Pie to be available, officially or unofficially, towards the end of this year, especially for the global unlocked variant with model number SM-G965F. As for the U.S. variants, both carrier and unlocked, the update may arrive afterward, perhaps even in February or March 2019, which should also be the case with Canadian variants.

The locals in South Korea could also be among the first consumers to get Android Pie on their Galaxy S9+ handsets alongside the global unlocked model. Although none of these is official, it’s our hope that Samsung will be through with rolling out Android Pie updates to all S9+ handsets across the globe by the end of Q1 2019.

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Galaxy S9+ update

International Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965F)

Android Pie release: December 2018 (Expected)

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
13 Sep 2018 G965FXXS2BRI1 Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
06 Aug 2018 G965FXXU2BRGA Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
18 July 2018 G965FXXU2BRG6 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch, removes 960fps video recording in manual mode, and more
21 June 2018 G965FXXS1BRF3 Android 8.0 June security patch
23 May 2018 G965FXXU1BRE5 Android 8.0 May security patch
28 Mar 2018 G965FXXU1ARCC Android 8.0 Improves the call stability and the quality of wallpaper
 09 Mar 2018   G965FXXU1ARC5 Android 8.0 March 2018 security patches, improved stability of Face Unlock and Camera
 NA  Pre-installed build  Android 8.0  NA

AT&T Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965U)

Android Pie release: Expected in Q1 2019

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
21 Aug 2018 G965USQS3ARG8 Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
14 Aug 2018 G965USQU3ARG7 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch, improved network performance, and more
25 June 2018 G965USQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 Security patches for April, May, and June 2018, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
28 Mar 2018 G965USQU2ARC6 Android 8.0 March 2018 security patch, improved stability of Face Unlock and Camera
16 Mar 2018 G965USQU1ARBI Android 8.0 Camera Stability improvements and FirstNet IOC2
 NA  Pre-installed build Android 8.0  NA

Sprint Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965U)

Android Pie release: Expected in Q1 2019

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
06 Aug 2018 G965USQU3ARG7 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch
04 July 2018 G965USQS2ARF9 Android 8.0 June 2018 patch and other bug fixes
21 June 2018 G965USQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 June 2018 patch, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
16 Mar 2018 G965USQU1ARB7 Android 8.0 Out-of-box bug fixes including a fix for Google Play Services pop up during setup
NA G965USQU1ARBG Android 8.0 Oreo NA

T-Mobile Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965U)

Android Pie release: Expected in Q1 2019

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
20 Aug 2018 G965USQS3ARG8 Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
13 Aug 2018 G965USQU3ARG7 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch, Super slow-mo and AR Emoji enhancements, and fix for black screen issue
09 July 2018 G965USQU2ARF7 Android 8.0 June 2017 security patch, RTT updates, Enhancements made to DIGITS, and Various bug fixes and system improvements
21 June 2018 G965USQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 June 2018 patch, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
12 Apr 2018 G965USQU2ARC6 Android 8.0 April 2018 security patch
16 Mar 2018 G965USQU1ARBG Android 8.0 Camera enhancements, various bug fixes, and software improvements
Pre-release G965USQU1ARBG Android 8.0  NA

Verizon Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965U)

Android Pie release: Expected in Q1 2019

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
21 Sep 2018 G965USQS3ARI6 Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
20 Aug 2018 G965USQS3ARG8 Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
10 Aug 2018 G965USQU3ARG7 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch, improved call performance, and bug fixes
14 June 2018 G965USQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 June 2018 security patch, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
06 June 2018 G965USQU2ARE6 Android 8.0 Security patches for March, April, and May 2018
10 March 2018 G965USQU1ARBG Android 8.0 Improved Camera performance (fixes an issue that could prevent the camera from responding or launching under certain scenarios) and bug fixes (addresses an issue that could prevent Android Pay from working, fixes an issue preventing the face unlock feature from working properly, and improves the Bluetooth connection performance).
NA Pre-installed build Android 8.0  NA

U.S. Unlocked Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965U1)

Android Pie release: March 2019 (Expected)

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
26 June 2018 G965U1UES2ARF4 Android 8.0 Installs June 2018 security patch and adds support for FM Radio, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
 NA  Pre-installed build Android 8.0  NA

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Firmware download

You can download the Galaxy S9 Plus firmware from here.

Save the downloaded file on your PC, and install it using the guide given at that page to update, reset, go back to stock, or unroot, or even uninstall TWRP on your Galaxy S9 easily.

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