Sprint is the first US carrier to roll out Android Pie for Galaxy Note 8

Sprint is the first US carrier to roll out Android Pie for Galaxy Note 8
Sprint might not be America's most popular wireless service provider (it's actually dead last among the nation's "big four" carriers in user numbers), but when it comes to major software updates for new and old phones, the "Now Network" is certainly not the worst mobile operator to be subscribed to. Mere hours after hearing the first online whispers of Pie goodies rolling out to the Sprint-locked Galaxy S8 and S8+, it seems the Galaxy Note 8 is already following suit.

While the carrier is yet to publish official release notes for these over-the-air Android 9.0 updates on its Community webpage, as is customary, dozens of happy customers are reporting the long overdue OS promotions have indeed started, with several Redditors backing their claims by publicly sharing screenshots of the download notification and first part of the changelog.

Unsurprisingly, you're looking at a massive set of UI revisions and performance enhancements here, apparently tipping the scales at more than 1.7GB and also including the newest available security patches from Google. Of course, the 2017-released Galaxy Note 8 is still a powerhouse, even by 2019 standards, packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB RAM, and at least 64 gigs of storage space perfectly capable of accommodating the high-ender's second (and most likely final) major software update.

Impressively, Sprint seems to have managed to beat all its rivals to the punch as far as stable Android Pie updates are concerned for both the Galaxy Note 8 and S8/S8+ duo. The carrier actually came second in the race to OS build 9.0 for the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9, but this time around, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile subscribers are the ones left waiting. The same obviously goes for users of unlocked Note 8, S8, and S8+ units, which will probably get Android 9.0 last in the US.

It's also worth pointing out that this first carrier-specific Pie makeover for the Galaxy Note 8 arrives two months after the start of a US public beta program and more than a month after "international" units began receiving these software goodies in stable form.

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