Samsung is rolling out Android 9 Pie beta update to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users in India. The update brings with it the new One UI from Samsung. The Android 9 Pie beta update for the Galaxy S9 comes bearing the build number G960FXXU2ZRL5 and that for the Galaxy S9+ comes bearing the build number G960FXXU2ZRL5. Update for both smartphones is 1800MB in size. Only the people registered in the Beta Program will be able to receive this update. If you haven’t registered in the Beta Program and if you wish to enroll now, you can do so.
Here’s How You Can Register and Download the Beta Update
- Download and open Samsung Members application
- Sign in to your Samsung account (create an account if you don’t already have one)
- Go to Notices
- Tap on the banner that says Registrations Open for One UI Beta Program, and then you’ll be taken to a confirmation page
- Click on Registration on the confirmation page to enroll yourself in the beta program
- Now go to Software Updates in your phone’s settings and click on Download Updates Manually to get the Android 9 Pie beta update.
Note – If you don’t receive the Android 9 Pie beta update after clicking on Download Updates Manually, click on the same options a couple more times until you see the update prompt. Also, make sure that you are running the latest stable version of Android 8.1 Oreo on your S9 and S9+ before attempting to update to Android 9 Pie beta.
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The beta updates usually have many bugs which may hinder normal functionality. Therefore, it is not recommended as a daily driver. The stable Android 9 Pie beta update is expected to roll out in January 2019 for the Galaxy S9 and the S9+.
Samsung rolled out the first beta build of the Android 9 Pie for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ on 15th November 2018 to users in South Korea. The update was later rolled out to users in the USA and several other regions. Recently, Samsung has rolled out a third beta update of the Android 9 Pie to Galaxy S9 and S9+ users in the USA, and the same version is now rolling out as the first beta update in India.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the update brings with it the new One UI from Samsung. The One UI has an entirely new UI design including redesigned applications. One UI also packs more features than the ongoing Experience UI. There are more customization options now. According to Samsung, One UI is focused on providing ease of use and a clear UI to the user. Although looks are subjective, I personally think the One UI is currently the best-looking UI customization in Android OS.