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Updated December 5, 2018: Samsung’s latest One UI Beta program based on Android 9 is now live for the Galaxy Note 9 – Snapdragon, Exynos, and unlocked variants. Here we have the official Android 9.0 Pie update zip for the Unlocked Note 9 US variant along with the previously available alpha build for the non-unlocked Snapdragon variant. It features the new firmware build number N960U1UEU1ZRKP for the Note 9 SM-N960U1 variant , with Baseband version N960U1OYM1ZRKP.
Original post: Following the leaks of One UI, formerly known as 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 +.
What’s new One UI Beta upgrade with Android Pie
- – Content, settings, and other information have been reorganized to keep you focused on the task at hand.
- – Interactive elements have been moved to the bottom of the screen so they’re always within reach.
- – New designs and features such as Night mode help keep your eyes comfortable.
- – You can reply to messages directly in the notification panel.
- – Image thumbnails are included in message notifications.
- – In an app’s notification settings, tap once to turn on or off all the notifications in a category.
- – New Unicode 11.0 emojis are available.
- New adaptive theme changes your keyboard look based on the colors of the surrounding app. – Floating keyboard is available in all apps and has new size and transparency settings.
- – You can set a custom touch and hold delay.
Device Care (formerly Device Maintenance)
- – Performance modes are streamlined and integrated into Power saving modes.
- – The Device Maintenance edge panel is discontinued.
Always On Display
- – New clock styles have been added, including the option to show a calendar with your schedule.
- – Charging information has been added to let you know how much time is remaining until fully charged.
- – Menus have been reorganized to make settings easier to find.
- – Continue using your phone while DeX is being displayed on a monitor or TV.
- – Use Samsung DeX with supported HDMI adapters. No need for a DeX Station.
- – Search is improved, and you can now search within apps.
- – You can now sort your call history by incoming and outgoing calls. – Your call history can include up to 2000 entries (increased from 500).
- – The new drawer makes it easier to manage contacts from various accounts.
- – The added Scene optimizer automatically enhances the camera’s color settings to fit the scene.
- – Photo Editor PRO’s editing tools have been added to Gallery, so you can make all your edits and touchups without leaving the app.
- – The new Storage analysis tool has been added to help you monitor your storage usage and save space.
- – You can now show or hide items on the My Files Home screen.
- – Your daily step count will be shown in the notification panel. To hide it, press and hold the notification, then turn off Current steps.
Download Note 9 One UI Beta OTA Update (Android 9.0 Pie)
Following is the official Android 9.0 Pie OTA
update.zip for the unlocked Note 9. You can use it on any unlocked variant running on stock firmware build N960U1UES1ARJ9. Alternatively, you can convert your locked device by flashing the ARJ9 and latest flash the One UI beta OTA update zip from below.
- Unlocked Note 9 SM-N960U1 Android Pie
- Download SS-N960U1UES1ARJ9-to-EU1ZRKP-UP
Previous alpha build:
This 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
You may also need:
- Galaxy Note 9 : N960USQS1ARI5 Odin firmware
- OR Latest Odin flashing tool v3.13.1 file
How to update Galaxy Note 9 to Android 9.0 Pie Beta (One UI Beta)
In order to update, your device needs to be on the full stock firmware with build number N960U1UES1ARJ9 based on Android 8.1 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 N960U1UEU1ZRKP.
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 N960U1UES1ARJ9 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.
Thanks to Samsung Firmware Science for the OTA.