Samsung updates the Galaxy Note 9 with One UI 2.1 and June 2020 patches
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 debuted in 2018 with Samsung Experience 9.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The device received its second major Android OS update (probably the last one as well) in the form of One UI 2.0 on top of Android 10 a few months ago. The arrival of One UI 2.1 to the Galaxy Note 9 was confirmed by a Korean Samsung community moderator later on. And now, the company is finally rolling out the One UI 2.1 update to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 via stable channel.
The One UI 2.1 OTA for the Galaxy Note 9 is currently rolling out to users in Germany. The firmware version is N960FXXU5ETF5, which is intended for the international variant powered by the Exynos 9810 SoC. The Android security patch level (SPL) has been bumped to June 2020 in this build. Apart from the new security patches, the changelog itself is pretty generic, but we hope the update bundles a handful of features that made their debut with the Galaxy S20 series.
Interestingly, the bootloader version isn’t incremented in this update. Thus experienced users have the freedom to perform a manual downgrade to any One UI 2.0-based firmware with bootloader version 5 after installing the OTA, but we would still advise caution before doing so.
It’s worth noting that the aforementioned build is not at all compatible with the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy Note 9 variants available in the USA, so stay away from cross-flashing. In case you haven’t received the update on your device yet, you can download it using a community-made tool named Frija which grabs the firmware directly from Samsung’s Firmware Update Server.
As mentioned earlier, the update is currently only available to users in Germany, but it should roll out in more European countries as well as other regions in the coming days. We expect Samsung to roll out a similar update for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ in the near future.