Stable Android 10 rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+
In the past, Samsung used to take many months to roll out new Android version updates even to its flagship phones. Since 2018, however, the company has significantly improved its record in this field. Project Treble’s contribution has made itself felt. Before, flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could see five-six months pass before receiving their Android 8.0 Oreo update, for example. This was improved with the Samsung Galaxy S9 series and the Android 9 Pie update. The pace of improvement was kept up in 2019 and Samsung was quicker than ever to first roll out an Android 10-based One UI 2.0 beta program for the Galaxy S10 series. The Galaxy S10 phones were the first to get the stable update, and the same was later rolled out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones. The company hasn’t forgotten its older flagships. The Galaxy S9 series received a One UI 2.0 beta at the end of November. Now, Samsung has started rolling out the stable Android 10 update for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users in Germany as well as for Xfinity Mobile users in the US.
This update is for those users who are currently on Android 9, and not for One UI 2.0 beta users. Beta users will probably receive the update soon, though. It’s also fair to expect the update to make its way to other markets in the coming days and weeks. The Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ is between 1.8GB to 1.9GB in size, and is rolling out as an OTA update. Users can check for the update by going to the Software update menu in their phone’s settings app. It can also be installed as a firmware update through a Windows PC. One UI 2.0 brings all of the standard Android 10 features including fully gestural navigation, better location-based privacy controls, and more.
It’s worth noting that Samsung has now rolled out the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 updates for the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Note 10 series, Galaxy S9 series, as well as the Galaxy Note 9. (The Galaxy Note 9 received the stable Android 10 update last month.) This means that among Samsung’s top-tier flagships, only the Samsung Galaxy Fold is left to receive the update. According to Samsung’s official roll-out schedule, the foldable phone should receive its update in April. By that time, Samsung will have released its first vertical folding clamshell phone in the form of the Galaxy Z Flip.