Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 starts receiving Android 9 Pie update in the U.S.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 starts receiving Android 9 Pie update in the U.S.
Samsung has already released the long-awaited Android 9 Pie update for Galaxy S9/S9+ in the United States, but carrier-branded models were the only ones to receive it. All major network operators in the country, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have already updated their Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices to Android 9 Pie, which is disappointing for owners of the unlocked variants.

Although Samsung usually released updates to unlocked smartphones first, the company has another policy in the U.S. where carriers are the first to offer these major Android OS updates. It makes perfect sense since, without the help of these carriers, no important brand can achieve success on such a competitive market, especially when it comes to flagship devices.

No matter, we've just been tipped that Samsung has finally kicked off the roll-out of Android 9 Pie update to the unlocked Galaxy S9 available in the U.S. Although we can't confirm it yet, there's a high chance that the unlocked Galaxy S9+ is getting the update as well.

In case you're wondering, this is quite a sizable update, so make sure you have enough free storage available. As you can see in the screenshot attached to the article, the update weighs in at around 1.8GB and contains the January security patch, as well as the new One UI (user interface).

Thanks Shanon!

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



7. Krazyass69

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

As of this moment my phone is updating to pie (galaxy s9 unlocked)

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1420; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

when was this 'policy' initiated? it is the reason i went to an unlocked version because At&T kept screwing up the updates... this sucks now that i have bought an unlocked note 9

4. mbp432

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

It's about damn time you Panzis!!!

3. hopper

Posts: 80; Member since: May 08, 2017

So people purchased outright are fools for getting updates at last even after playing for their phone upfront unlike carriers who pay monthly... Come on samsung no wonder why people are carving for pixels

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1420; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

whoever signed that policy screwed a lot of people... that was one of the reasons to get an unlocked phone... foregoing all that carrier crap

2. someguy2261

Posts: 262; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Unlocked s9+ still no updated.

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