Samsung starts stable Android Pie update for Galaxy Note 8, but the US must wait

Samsung starts stable Android Pie update for Galaxy Note 8, but the US must wait
Samsung was certainly not the fastest Android device manufacturer to roll out an official 9.0 goodie pack for a 2018 flagship model, but after taking care of Galaxy S9, S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 users worldwide, the company is now delivering a timely new major OS update for the Galaxy Note 8. Released all the way back in the fall of 2017, the S Pen-wielding 6.3-inch powerhouse got some unexpected Android Pie beta love last month, and by the looks of things, those public tests went well.

So well that the stable Android 9.0 Pie rollout is already underway, according to SamMobile, at least in countries like Bulgaria and Slovakia. If recent history is any indication, it might take Samsung a good few weeks to spread these Pie-flavored UI tweaks, performance enhancements, and stability optimizations around the world. But the update is likely to expand gradually to more and more regions in a matter of days, so be on the lookout for that over-the-air download notification.

Naturally, public beta program participants will get first dibs on the official Android Pie update across supported regions, while owners of US carrier-locked Galaxy Note 8 variants may have to continue playing the waiting game for quite a bit longer. The Galaxy S9, for instance, kicked off its stable 9.0 deployment before Christmas, but America's "big four" wireless service providers needed an extra month or so to apply their proprietary software optimizations on top of Google's standard upgrades and Samsung's own One UI improvements.


Right now, we don't have a Galaxy Note 8-specific list of software changes to share, but there's really no reason to expect major differences between this phone's Pie treats and those previously released for the newer Note 9, S9, and S9+. If you don't know what One UI is all about, you may want to check out our thorough comparison with Experience 9, Samsung's previous Android skin version.

Meanwhile, if you're burning with impatience to ditch your old handset's equally old Android Oreo build, you could try taking a look in your "System updates" menu under "Settings." There's an option to "Check for system updates", and if you're incredibly lucky, you might be able to download the stable Android Pie package manually.

Up next, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ should be able to make the jump to OS version 9.0 by the end of the month as well, at least in a handful of regions.

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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20 Comments

1. hateftotti

Posts: 230; Member since: May 03, 2011

Hope have it next week. Have checked it on S9 Plus and it is awesome

2. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Welcome to 2018, shamesung :)

5. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Welcome to civilization idiot..

6. pimpin83z

Posts: 565; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

But it already came with 2018 features out the box when it was released in 2017. Nice try though.

3. someguy2261

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Unlocked S9+ here still no update all carriers Have it now. Another reason not to buy there phones. The list keeps getting bigger and bigger. Phone arenas should make a post named" reasons not to but new galaxy devices. 1.updates , virtually have to wait till you buy a new phone. 2. Curved screens are garbage and break with almost no force. 3. Way more expensive then other devices easily as good and a lot better in many aspects. (Like one plus 6t)5 4. Lose value like crazy, when i brought my S9+ almost 900 , 2 months later I could have got it for 500. Now it might be worth 350. While oneplus 6t cost 530 when it came out 4 months ago , now you still have to pay 500. 5.Im sure there's much much more I just can't remember. Help me out what are other reasons you should not buy galaxy devices?

4. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

The final samsung phone i will ever own is the S8. very minimal lags, but LOTS of dropped frame everywhere on the UI. I thought my unit was defective so i went on and replace the unit only to find out it was really the software. It was really slow and turning the animations off didn't help neither. i came from the Z2 and the s8 felt slow lol.

7. pimpin83z

Posts: 565; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Upgrade to the Note then. Better processor & more RAM (though that's changed with this years' S models).

18. Onespot

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Two word for your comment bull s**t. Curve screen breaks? I am using s8 plus since one year it fell on multiple occasion and the glass didn't break. I guess maybe you are referring a tempered glass scenario. Way more expensive? What abt APPLE? Lg? Sony? Etc

8. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

1. Thats bull crap, yeah updates are slow but i would rather have a stable update and not have to have 20 more update to fix updates. 2. Have never broken a screen yet. Try taking care of your ohone better. 3, no they are not as good or they wouldn't be cheaper. 4. Yes Samsung phone do drop , been that way for years , so if you don't have to have it when it first comes out , wait. Again take care of your phones and you will get top price when you sell. When i sold my note 5 2 years ago i still got $500 for it but, it still looked brand new, not a mark on it, like i just took it out of the box. 5. Will be best phone of the year tell note 10 comes out.

9. someguy2261

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

1.Take it easy buddy sorry crap Samsung but it sucks . I do take care of my phones , but when drop, the curved screen performs 200% worst then flat screen, and has nothing to do with me taking care of my phone. 2. If somebody paid you 500 for your 2 year old note they are just plain dumb, and they got suckerd. 3. BEST PHONE OF THE YEAR is going to Nokia or Oneplus7 . Sucker ,buy the s10 it will fit you right you're an ass and that phone is an ass.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1376; Member since: May 17, 2017

So, don’t buy one. Why crap all over someone else’s choice? Last time I checked, we are all free to buy whatever device we want.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They knew my phone was in new condition and taken very well care of. They still have it and it still works great. And you are the Sucker if you think Nokia or oneplus 7 will be phone of the year. Oh , and i am not a buddy to you or anyone.

19. Onespot

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Oneplus is good, i admit but don't say s**t about samsung flagship phones, they are good and yes samsung is dumb and bad in making budget phones

11. someguy2261

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Freedom of speech , plus i love to read others opinions as to not buy a phone and all the flaws it has so I can be more aware of what I buy.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly, freedom of speech

16. Blazers

Posts: 746; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I'm not a fan of the One UI notification shade. I prefer the simplistic version of Samsung Experience.

17. someguy2261

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

He started.

20. Seatech21

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 01, 2018

Exactly why I stick with the Pixel 3 XL.

21. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

got it on my unlocked s9+ a couple days ago!

22. Jaacoast1

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Just received the Pie Update on my Galaxy Note 8 on the Sprint Network...

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