Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta: 5 Things to Know

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Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

It looks like a Samsung Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta is getting close and the beta will let select Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users try out Android 9.0 and its features ahead of the official release.

Some Android manufacturers have already moved on from Android Oreo, but Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out continues as we push toward the end of the year.

Fortunately, it looks like the company is almost ready to make the transition from Oreo to Android 9.0 Pie. Samsung is reportedly working on at least two Android Pie updates behind the scenes and an early version of one of those updates appears to be on the way.

Samsung wasn’t part of Google’s Android Pie beta program, but the company looks like it’s gearing up for a Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta.

The company hasn’t made any official announcements, but several changes to its EULA and FAQ pages for its beta program indicate that it’s prepping a test version of the new operating system.

With that in mind, here’s everything we currently know about the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta.

Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta

Samsung’s updated its EULA and FAQ with information about the upcoming Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta.

The FAQ claims that users who participate in the Galaxy Beta Program have the “first opportunity to experience new features and the latest User Experience (UX) based on the Android 9.0 Pie OS.”

That’s not entirely true because Android Pie has leaked out for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, but the beta represents the first official release from Samsung.

According to Samsung, only select Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models can test Android 9.0 Pie via the Galaxy Beta Program.

The company lists the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ for Sprint or T-Mobile, non-operator-locked devices, and open-market versions of the two flagships.

As of right now, it looks like the flagship Galaxy Note 9 and other Galaxy models will be left out of Android Pie beta testing.

We expect the beta to include the United States, South Korea, and Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models in Europe. We could also see it extend to other countries in North America and Asia. That said, it likely won’t encompass every Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+ model around the globe.

The Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta, like the betas before it, will be free and it will give Galaxy S9 users a chance to not only try the software early, but also report bugs and performance issues to Samsung.

Once the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta ends, Samsung will release the official version of Android Pie for millions of Galaxy S9 models around the world.

Once the official version is released, Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta testers will need to move to the official software.

Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta Release Date

Samsung hasn’t announced a release date for the Galaxy S9 Android Pie, but the updates to the EULA and FAQ mean a release is probably right around the corner.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta arrived in early November and stretched into 2018 as the company worked to squash bugs and deliver a new experience for Galaxy users.

Samsung will reportedly launch the beta before the end of October, but plans can change quickly so there’s no guarantee we see it this month.

The Galaxy S9 Android Pie update’s release date is currently rumored for early 2019 so we could see Samsung follow a similar timeline in 2018.

How to Signup for the Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta

The Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta isn’t live just yet, but here’s how you’ll signup for and join the beta if you decide to try the early software on your phone.

If you wish to participate in the beta, you first need to download the Samsung Members app, known as Samsung+ in North America.

You can download the appropriate app via the Galaxy Apps store or through the Google Play Store.

From there you’ll need to launch the Samsung+ application and submit your Galaxy Beta Program application form through the Registration menu at the top of the app. If the beta isn’t live in your region or for your device, you won’t see this option.

If you have a Samsung Account and meet all of Samsung’s participation criteria, the registration process will complete. If you don’t have a Samsung account, you’ll need to create one through Samsung’s website.

Once the registration process is complete, you’ll need to head into your device’s Settings and go to Software update > download updates to pull the beta from Samsung’s servers.

How to Prepare for the Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta

This is a beta and early software often causes major problems. In its FAQ Samsung warns that “unexpected data loss can occur during Beta program.”

Ahead of the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta you’ll want to backup all of your files. You can use Samsung’s Smart Switch to backup your important data.

Prospective Android Pie beta testers are also strongly encouraged to download the latest app updates as they will help with the transition from Oreo to beta software.

Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta Features

The FAQ doesn’t outline the features coming with the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta, but we already have a sneak peak thanks to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie leaks.

If the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta mirrors the leaked versions, you can expect to see some of the following features:

  • AMOLED Dark Theme (Night Theme).
  • New card style UI with curved edges.
  • Redesigned Quick Settings with rounded buttons.
  • Updated lock screen w/ a new clock design.
  • Improvements to the Samsung Dialer.
  • Revamped Samsung Messages.
  • Bixby Home UI changes including curved borders and a new night theme.

The Galaxy S9’s Android Pie update is also slated to deliver the Galaxy Note 9’s Flaw Detection feature.

Samsung will release several iterations of the Android Pie beta so we could see the company add and subtract features as time goes on.

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If you store sensitive data on your Galaxy S7, and we assume most of you do, you’ll probably want to install the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone. 

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Oreo updates come with important security updates from Samsung and Google. If you’re curious about the contents of Samsung’s latest security updates, you can read more about these changes on Samsung’s website. 

On top of the latest patches from Samsung and Google, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Oreo update also brings some other important security features to help protect you and your device from harm. 

The company’s Oreo update delivers security improvements to Samsung Pay, the Galaxy S7’s popular mobile payment solution. 

The Galaxy S7 Oreo update also comes with enhancements to the handy Find My Mobile solution.

Samsung’s updates to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and the ability to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.

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Galaxy S9 Android Pie Beta: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


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