Galaxy S9 update: Android 9 Pie update coming soon; September patch available on Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S9 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 Pie 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 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 9.0 before this year ends, but it’s our hope that it does!

Android 9 Pie update

When will Galaxy S9 receive Android 9 update? Well, it will definitely get it, but it won’t be anytime soon. Read on to know more.

  • Android 9 Pie eligible
  • Android 9 to arrive later this year
Category 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 (Mar 2019)

Update [September 19, 2018]: A leaked Galaxy S9+ Android Pie firmware has appeared online and it appears to be working pretty okay. Even though there’s no similar firmware for the standard S9, the fact that the S9+ has one means that it won’t be long before the S9 also jumps aboard. We’ll keep you up to date!

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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-G960F. 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.

International Galaxy S9 (SM-G960F)

Android 9 Pie release: December 2018 (Expected)

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
13 Sep 2018 G960FXXS2BRI1 Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
06 Aug 2018 G960FXXU2BRGA Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
18 July 2018 G960FXXU2BRG6 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch, removes 960fps video recording in manual mode, and more
21 June 2018 G960FXXS1BRF3 Android 8.0 June 2018 security patch
23 May 2018 G960FXXU1BRE5 Android 8.0 May 2018 security patch
28 Mar 2018 G960FXXU1ARCC Android 8.0 Improves the call stability and the quality of wallpaper
09 Mar 2018  G960FXXU1ARC5 Android 8.0 Oreo March 2018 security patch, improved stability of Face Unlock and Camera
NA  Pre-installed build  Android 8.0 Oreo  Original software

AT&T Galaxy S9 (SM-G960U)

Android 9 Pie release: February 2019 (Expected)

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
21 Aug 2018 G960USQS3ARG8 Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
14 Aug 2018 G960USQU3ARG7 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch, improved network performance, and more
25 June 2018 G960USQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 Security patches for April, May, and June 2018, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
28 Mar 2018 G960USQU2ARC6 Android 8.0 March 2018 security patch, improved stability of Face Unlock and Camera
16 Mar 2018 G960USQU1ARBI Android 8.0 Camera Stability improvements and FirstNet IOC2
 NA Pre-installed build Android 8.0 Oreo NA

Sprint Galaxy S9 (SM-G960U)

Android 9 Pie release: February 2019 (Expected)

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
07 August 2018 G960USQU3ARG7 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch
21 June 2018 G96oUSQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 June 2018 security patch, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
16 Mar 2018 G960USQU1ARBG Android 8.0 Out-of-box bug fixes including resolution for Google Play Services pop up during setup
NA G960USQU1ARB7 Android 8.0 Oreo NA

T-Mobile Galaxy S9 (SM-G960U)

Android 9 Pie release: February 2019 (Expected)

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
20 Aug 2018 G960USQS3ARG8 Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
13 Aug 2018 G960USQU3ARG7 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch, Super slow-mo and AR Emoji enhancements, and fix for the black screen issue
09 July 2018 G960USQU2ARF7 Android 8.0 June 2018 security patch, RTT updates, Enhancements made to DIGITS, and Various bug fixes and system improvements
21 June 2018 G960USQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 June 2018 security patch, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
13 April 2018 G960USQU2ARC6 Android 8.0 April 2018 security patch.
13 Mar 2018 G960USQU1ARBG Android 8.0 Stability of face unlock and camera has been improved. Still on February 2018 patch.
NA Pre-installed build Android 8.0 Oreo NA

Verizon Galaxy S9 (SM-G960U)

Android 9 Pie release: February 2019 (Expected)

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
21 Sep 2018 G960USQS3ARI6 Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
20 Aug 2018 G960USQS3ARG8 Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
10 Aug 2018 G960USQU3ARG7 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch, improved call performance, and bug fixes
14 Jun 2018 G960USQS2ARF4 Android 8.0 June 2018 security patch, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
06 June 2018 G960USQU2ARE6 Android 8.0 Security patches for March, April, and May 2018
10 March 2018 G960USQU1ARBG 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-G960U1)

Android 9 Pie release: March 2019 (Expected)

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
26 June 2018 G960U1UES2ARF4 Android 8.0 June 2018 security patch, enables FM Radio, Iris recognition fix and UFS fix
NA Pre-installed build Android 8.0 NA

Let us know via the comments section below if you have any questions or issues regarding software updates for the Galaxy S9.


Firmware download

You can download the Galaxy S9 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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