“The smartphone is due for the final Android Pie update in February”
Shortly after releasing Android Pie based One UI stable build for Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is has opened the One UI beta program for Galaxy Note 8 users in India and South Korea. Some users in the UK are also reporting that they’ve been able to register and download the beta. Last week Samsung had released the Android Pie rollout schedule for all its devices, where the Galaxy Note 8 was said to get the final update next month. And now with the beta program going live by mid-January, the company’s plans seem to be on track.
This is break from the company’s usual policy (starting with Galaxy Note 9) as it has previously limited the beta program to its Galaxy S range of smartphones. Registrations are now open and interested users with unlocked Galaxy Note 8 smartphones can register themselves and download the beta version from the Samsung Members app. Once you do, you’ll receive the OTA for Android 9.0 Pie carrying firmware version N950FXXU5ZSA5. One UI brings a new look and feel to Samsung’s phones while Android 9 brings plenty of new features including gesture based navigation, the ability to free up memory and storage automatically, an updated Samsung keyboard among others.
A report from SamMobile also mentions spotting One UI beta builds for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Samsung’s servers, which suggests that the Korean firm might soon confirm the beta launch for these two smartphones, although according to Samsung’s notice both devices are due for the final update in March.