Android 9 update limits the use of some Galaxy S9/S9+, Galaxy S8/S8+ handsets

Android 9 update limits the use of some Galaxy S9/S9+, Galaxy S8/S8+ handsets
According to SamMobile, the Android 9 Pie update for the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ and the Galaxy S8/S8+ brought some unintended issues to these models. Many users have complained that the files containing the latest build of Android and the One UI interface contained a bug that drains the battery on their phone, lowering battery life.

Owners of affected units say that they have seen their screen time drop by as much as 50% because the battery inside their phones run out of fuel quicker. The manufacturer has not yet commented on the complaints, and while it isn't totally unusual for the installation of a new Android build to cause a change in battery life, the extent to which these batteries are draining is obviously excessive.

Some users are suggesting that those with a 2018 or 2017 Samsung flagship negatively impacted by the update, try a factory reset to see if it helps with this issue. Another user recommends letting the battery on an affected phone recalibrate. To do this, let the battery drop down to 0% and charge it back up to 100%. Repeat this process, and the battery should improve over time.

Keep in mind that not all Galaxy S9 series and Galaxy S8 series phones have experienced this problem following the installation of the update. Those who are now forced to seek an outlet more often are hoping that another update to fix the issue is disseminated soon.

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37 Comments

1. squishypanda8

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I didn't have any major problems on any of the betas but now on the full release my battery seems to be draining faster and I'm getting some lag/freezes. Sus

5. Krazyass69

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

Ewan ko

34. matistight

Posts: 934; Member since: May 13, 2009

Not to mention the weird ass layout. Stock Pie looks way better, sadly. Wasn't the case for 8.0/8.1 in my opinion

2. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Big mistake reporting this Alan. Now all the fanboys will come claiming bias, asking how much Apple paid for you to write the article, and call the site iPA. "Update to fix one thing and break other stuff. These phones cost too much to have bugs. Apple needs to get their stuff together" Lol.

3. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

All the folks who flared up about relatively minor bugs experienced by a few iOS users on Twitter, will they be here to bash Samsung as well?

6. DolmioMan

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Nah. Android users are too insecure to criticise their own products. Funny because pretty much the only valid criticism of Apple products comes from Apple users but Android users tend to either not care about their product being sub-par or make excuses.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Operating system made by one company, hardware and again more software from another company. What's apple's excuse when it comes to their device problems?

16. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Totally agree. Google releases tons of bugs in base Android, as seen by Pixels and other "stockish" phones. So, you have bugs in the base Android, the bugs Samsung bakes in to the OS, then the bugs in their own bloat. "But Samsung releases updates 6 months late cause they're bug free"

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I don't jump on updates just because one becomes available. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Hard to beat the smoothness of an operating system that comes brand new with the phone right out of the box.

32. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You skipped over the other question I had..."What is apple's excuse for the current problems with their devices"?

35. deleon629

Posts: 441; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I up-voted and I really want to believe your comment is totally valid...But that's hard to do seeing as how I can't even do something as simple as a quick split-screen option or, even more simple, resize the windows. Pie took Android users one step closer to Apple's "take it or leave it..." approach, and this slow transition can't be denied or ignored for long.

4. inFla

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Where are all those fans that said Samsung is slow with updates because of their extensive testing to make sure there are no bugs.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Here's one, and when Samsung messes up, I'll speak on them, just like I do Apple.

15. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Really? I looked up and down this comment section and don't see you "speaking on them". Probably cause you can't phish for thumbs up doing that. "I speak the truth....if I can get those easy thumbs"

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're on my jock like crazy lol. keep looking I don't care about thumbs. if I did, I'd just give Apple credit it doesn't deserve. :)

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

I gave you a thumb for that, just to annoy someone.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOO! He really thinks I'm out for thumbs. I'm an android/Samsung/iPhone user. That's gonna get you put in a special class lol. Not a lotta thumbs in that class. I just speak my mind, that's all.

27. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

"You're on my jock like crazy lol." From a single reply to you?

30. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

From my experience in the comments, darkkjedii is usually petty unbiased. I've had my fair share of "what you talkin' 'bout?" moments but I've had more "good point" conversations with him. He's definitely not out for thumbs because many times he has the unpopular opinion. And he's definitely not out for mine because I rarely give them out these days - mostly for humor.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on T. I couldn't care less about thumbs. I'm not exactly the most popular person here.

11. yalokiy

Posts: 903; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Well, at least it's able to charge and doesn't lose network connection.

8. Alcyone

Posts: 240; Member since: May 10, 2018

Simpler fix: Clear cache partion. After every update is your best bet, never let me down.

9. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

I did a factory reset after installing the update and battery never been better. I'm using one UI since it launched in Germany.

36. deleon629

Posts: 441; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Thanks for the heads up

10. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

It is on Snapdragon variants? Never heard about issues on Exynos. I have the update from mid January and it is playing nice on Pie on S9+ Exynos variant. Are that issues on unlocked phones or carriers ones? Lot of questions and Samsung have to answer fast.

12. bugs1129

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I am on AT&T and my battery life actually went up after Pie update.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same here on my Note 9. Samsung needs to get this handled quick though, this isn't good on them.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Get your s**t together and get this fixed Samsung. So far people that have gotten the update i know have no problems, guess they are the lucky ones.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They will, they better.

23. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yep, makes me glad my note 8 hasn't updated yet.

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