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T-Mobile Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 finally get One UI 2.1 firmware update for locked and unlocked variants

Samsung’s most anticipated One UI 2.1 firmware update is now rolling out in the United States for T-Mobile carrier locked smartphones along with the unlocked variants. The Exynos variants of Galaxy S10 series, Note 10 series, Galaxy S9 series and the Note 9 have already received the same globally in the European and Asian market. Good news for the Verizon, T-Mobile and unlocked Snapdragon variants of Galaxy S9 (SM-G960U/U1) and S9+ (SM-G965U/U1) and Note 9 (SM-N960U/U1) devices receiving One UI 2.1 firmware update in USA.

One UI 2.1 for T-Mobile Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus feature new firmware build numbers G960USQU7ETG3 and G965USQU7ETG3 respectively. As for the T-Mobile Note 9, it comes with build N960USQU7ETG3. The update also feature July 2020 security patch level. So if you are getting a July OTA, it may most likely be based on One UI 2.1. Verizon released the same update for the Note 9 and Galaxy S9 series a couple of days ago. It’s time for the Sprint, T-Mobile, and Unlocked variants. As for the unlocked variants, the build numbers are – G960U1UEU4ETG3 for the S9 (SM-G960U1), G965U1UEU4ETG3 for the S9 (SM-G966U1) Plus, and N960U1UEU4ETG3 for the Note 9 (SM-N960U1).

The reason why One UI 2.1 update is so important for the S9 and Note 9 is because it includes features from Galaxy S20 series. Also that Galaxy S9 and Note 9 will never see Android 11. So One UI 2.1 this is your best bet. This is because Samsung only pushes 2 major Android upgrades.

One UI 2.1 update features

OneUI 2.1 features Single Take that can automatically shoot photos and videos with all of the cameras and functions. Then pulls out the best shots and moments in one single album. However, Single Take may consume a whole lot of space on your phone.

Quick share is another cool feature. It is like the Airdrop (from Apple iPhones) or the Nearby Sharing feature from Google for the Samsung devices. The update also brings latest July 2020 security patch level. So if your carrier just pushed the July update, it may very well be OneUI 2.1. You will also see updated Gallery app with new functions, updated Samsung keyboard, Music Share feature, and AR Emoji. The complete changelog is listed below.

Most anticipated features come to the stock Samsung Camera app with Pro mode for videos. This allows the user to set ISO, exposure, etc. while video recording as well. Other camera updates induce AR zone, single take, professional video, own filters, selfie sound, time lapse for the night and a mode for recording videos with the front camera in FHD / UHD at 60 fps.

Here are all the new One UI 2.1 features and changes that can be expected for the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Note that not all features will come to the Snapdragon Note 9 series. Read about all the One UI 2.1 features from our Samsung Galaxy S10 series post.

System

  • Quick Share
  • Music Share
  • Deep sleeping apps
  • Changes in few settings pages
  • More screen zoom options
  • Created seperated keyboard category.
  • Added Live Captions in missing features.
  • Changed the design of the list a bit.

Camera

  • Single Take
  • Pro Video
  • AR Zone (Picture Link, updated AR Emoji)
  • AR Doodle
  • My Filters
  • Shot Suggestions
  • Selfie Tone
  • Smooth zoom transition
  • Recording with shutter button in Photo mode
  • Swipe down gesture on the shutter button
  • Night Mode on selfie camera
  • Zooming in Night Mode
  • Changed “Night Mode on telephoto” to “Zooming in Night Mode” because it almost always just crops from normal camera

Apps

  • My Files – Network Storage
  • Gallery – Quick Crop and Clean View
  • Messages – Categories and custom chat backgrounds
  • Samsung Dex – Snapping windows with mouse
  • Link to Windows/Your Phone – Shared clippoard
  • Added Clean View to Gallery app
  • Added Dex and Your Phone apps
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Keyboard

  • New design
  • Better haptic feedback (for example when deleting text)
  • Undo/Redo gestures
  • Spotify and Netflix integration
  • Search, Translate and Samsung Pass were added
  • Changes in Handwriting mode

However, there are still some features missing from the One UI 2.1 that should have been added from the Galaxy S20. Here is a list of missing features:

  • Night Hyperlapse
  • Switching lenses, when recording
  • 30s shutter speed
  • Smart selfie angle
  • Live Captions

Download One UI 2.1 update for Snapdragon Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9

You can update your S9 and Note 9 to One UI 2.1 using two methods:

  1. Download the OTA update by going to Settings > System Updates > Download OTA updates manually.
  2. Flash the full stock firmware using Odin FlashTool. Here is how to download and install One UI 2.1 firmware update. Note that the latest build may take some time to show up. So stay tuned!

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