Following the leaks of Samsung Experience 10 firmware update for S-series phones, the same is now available for the latest Note series flagship. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 now gets Android 9.0 Pie firmware update as well. This is a leaked Beta update for Android P available via OTA. So download the OTA zip and see how to update Galaxy Note 9 to Android 9.0 Pie based on Samsung Experience 10 with build number N960USQU1CRJ1.
The new Samsung Experience 10 for the Note 9 (SM-N960U/U1) comes with a new firmware build number N960USQU1CRJ1. As usual, Samsung’s Android 9.0 Pie Beta is exclusive to the United States variants for now. So only the Snapdragon variants of the Galaxy Note 9 (SM-G960U) and Unlocked Note 9 (SM-G965U1) can install the OTA update and thus upgrade to Android P.
It features all the Android P goodies such as Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, Slice, Actions, Night Mode, revamped UI across the system and much more. Though it may not include Google’s swipe gestures from Pixel phones. Samsung already has a solution of its own called Edge Gestures with Good Lock 2018 plugin via One Hand Operations +.
Here is a list of bugs present in the Galaxy S9 Android 9 Pie leaked beta that may also exist on the Note 9.
- Secure Folder (works) Needs a factory reset.
- Smart View (NOT working)
- Dolby Atmos (not fully optimized)
- Samsung Pay (may NOT work for some)
- Night Theme Toggle (not fully optimized)
- Navigation Gesture (not fully optimized)
- Samsung DeX (not fully optimized)
- Samsung Theme (not fully optimized)
- Samsung Gear Device incompatibility. (may NOT work for some)
- Bluetooth Media Audio (not fully optimized)
- USB Host Mode (may NOT work for some)
Download Android 9.0 Pie for Galaxy Note 9 with Samsung Experience 10 Beta
The following is an early build of the Android 9 Pie based on SE 10 for Galaxy Note 9. So you may expect some bugs. Moreover, the OTA is for the Snapdragon variants only. Do not try it on Exynos. Also note that in order to get back to Android 8.0 Oreo, you will need to clean flash full stock firmware via Odin.
Download Android 9.0 Pie OTA update:
- Note 9 SM-N960U | Download SS-N960USQS1ARI5-to-U1CRJ1-UP
Download full stock firmware:
- Galaxy Note 9 : N960USQS1ARI5 Odin firmware
- OR Latest Odin flashing tool v3.13.1 file
Thanks to Samsung Firmware Science for the OTA.
How to update Galaxy Note 9 to Android 9.0 Pie Beta (Samsung Experience 10)
In order to update, your device needs to be on the full stock firmware with build number N960USQS1ARI5 based on Android 8.0 Oreo. If not, then you will also need to perform a clean firmware flash using Odin.
Later, flash the Android 9.0 Pie OTA update zip via stock recovery or ADB sideload method for Android 9.0 Pie with build number N960USQU1CRJ1.
While OTA installation via stock recovery install should work perfectly fine, here is the ADB sideload method:
- Make sure your device is a Snapdragon Note 9 variant.
- Enable OEM Unlock, and USB Debugging from Developer Options on your device. To do so, go to Settings > Developer Options > enable USB Debugging from there.
- Make sure to setup ADB and Fastboot on Windows, Mac OS, Linux or Chrome OS.
OTA installation via ADB sideload method:
Step 1: First, flash the N960USQS1ARI5 stock firmware build onto your Note 9 device. If your phone is already on that build, skip this step and proceed.
Step 2: Download the Android P Beta OTA file from above. Transfer files to PC, Mac Book, or Linux machine.
Step 3: Connect Android phone to PC. Now open a command prompt or terminal window on your PC where the OTA update zip is present. To do so, type cmd in address bar and hit Enter key.
Step 4: Reboot your Galaxy phone into Recovery mode. To do so, issue the following command through cmd or terminal.
adb reboot recovery
Step 5: Now go to device recovery and select “Apply updates from ADB”.
Step 6: Navigate to the location where you have placed the OTA file on your PC. It’s time to flash the OTA by issuing the following command. (Note that you type the exact name with its proper extension.)
adb sideload <filename>.zip
Note: Here it will be adb sideload update.zip Put the exact file name in the <filename> section without “<>” and proper extension.
Step 7: Approve the update and wait till the upgrade completes.
Reboot device to system. Alternatively, while, on Mac OS, you can issue “./adb sideload <filename>.zip” command or on Linux type “sudo adb sideload <filename>.zip” to flash the OTA. Check out the complete tutorial from here.
For detailed instructions, visit: How to install Samsung Experience 10 onto Galaxy S9 (Plus)
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Soon the official Samsung Beta Program will start for the United States with Snapdragon variants. Later beta update will roll out for Exynos variants after a couple of Beta OTA updates for S9 (SM-G960F/FD) and S9 Plus (SM-G965F/FD), and even the Note 9 (via leaks). So stay tuned.