Galaxy S9 Plus Android Pie update: Beta 3 released; Unlocked US variant gets November security fix

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus update

Samsung has started rolling out One UI beta based on Android 9 Pie in the U.S., one of the markets that had been promised early access to the software. Others are Korea, some markets in Europe, India, and China.

The screengrab below shows the changelog for the third beta update in the U.S., which weighs in at about 590MB and brings along December Android security patches and lots of bug fixes. Lots of them.

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Software update timeline

International Galaxy S9+

Android Pie release: Beta available to some users; Rollout of stable version for public expected in Q1 2019

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
13 Nov 2018 G965FXXS2BRJ6 Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch
06 Nov 2018 G965USQU3BRJ5 Android 8.0 System enhancements and performance improvements
16 Oct 2018 G965FXXU2BRJ3 Android 8.0 October 2018 security patch and camera improvements
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
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AT&T Galaxy S9+

Android Pie release: Stable version expected in Q1 2019; beta not available

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
26 Nov 2018 G965USQS3ARI6 Android 8.0 November 2018 security update
08 Nov 2018 G965USQU3BRJ5 Android 8.0 October 2018 security patch, Real-Time Text and Bring Your Own Device/Common MR, and Network performance enhancements
27 Sep 2018 G965USQS3ARI6 Android 8.0 September 2018security patch
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+

Android Pie release: Beta available to some users; Rollout of stable version for public 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+

Android Pie release: Beta available to some users; Rollout of stable version for public expected in Q1 2019

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
19 Nov 2018 G965USQS3BRJ6 Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch
04 Nov 2018 G965USQU3BRJ5 Android 8.0 Wi-Fi enhancements, bug fixes,  and system improvements (October 2018 security patch)
21 Oct 2018 G965USQS3ARIB Android 8.0 September/October 2018 security update
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
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Verizon Galaxy S9+

Android Pie release: Stable version expected in Q1 2019; beta not available

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
14 Nov 2018 G965USQS3BRJ6 Android 8.0 November security fix
06 Nov 2018 G965USQU3BRJ5 Android 8.0 October 2018 security patch, system stability improvements, and bug fixes
16 Oct 2018 G965USQS3ARIB Android 8.0 October 2018 security update
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+

Android Pie release: Beta available to some users; Rollout of stable version for public expected in Q1 2019

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
09 Dec 2018 G965U1UEU3ARK5 Android 8.0 Security fixes for the months of October and November 2018
28 Sep 2018 G965U1UES3ARI1 Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
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

Galaxy S9+ Android 9 Pie update

  • Galaxy S9+ is Android 9 Pie eligible
  • Android 9 Pie beta 2 is available as beta in the U.S. and Europe
  • Stable version expected in January 2019
Model Launch OS Current OS Android 9 Pie release?
Global Unlocked S9+ Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Beta available, stable version expected in Jan 2018
AT&T S9+ Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Expected in Feb 2019
Sprint S9+ Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Beta available, stable version expected in Jan 2018
T-Mobile S9+ Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Expected in Feb 2019
Verizon S9+ Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Beta available, stable version expected in Jan 2018
U.S. Unlocked S9+ Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Beta available, stable version expected in Jan 2018

The WFA recently cleared multiple Galaxy S9+ handsets with Android 9 Pie on board, suggesting the company has received the go-ahead to upgrade the phone to Pie. The stable update is expected in January 2019, but the beta version is already available in Korea and is expected to arrive in the U.S. and Germany later this week. As for Europe, China and India, the update will begin rolling out in the next few days.

How do I join the One UI Beta programme?

Regions that are not taking part in the beta program will have to wait until January 2019, which is when the stable One UI based on Android 9 Pie will begin rolling out to the public.

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.

For any queries and help regarding the Galaxy S9 update issue and problems, just give us a shout using the comments section below.

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