Samsung does the unthinkable with Android 10 update for US unlocked Galaxy Note 9

Samsung does the unthinkable with Android 10 update for US unlocked Galaxy Note 9
Well, this is unusual. The official US unlocked variant of the Galaxy Note 9 has reportedly started receiving its stable Android 10 update a few weeks after the same rollout got underway in Europe

That's actually not the most surprising part of the story, although compared to some of Samsung's Android Pie deliveries last year, the turnaround is definitely pretty impressive. What never happens, however, and is in fact happening here is a major OS promotion making its way over-the-air to a US unlocked Galaxy flagship before carriers can take care of the same device.

Technically, the Galaxy Note 9 has scored Android 10 goodies with One UI 2.0 tweaks on top on a few US carriers already, but we're not talking about any of the nation's "big four" industry players. Instead, US Cellular, Xfinity Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, and Comcast apparently managed to beat Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to the punch, and now the same can be said about unlocked models purchased directly from Samsung, as well as authorized retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo Video.

These are units carrying the SM-N960U label, mind you, and they're unsurprisingly receiving massive updates tipping the scales at close to 2GB, including all the standard (Samsung-modified) Android 10 good stuff, as well as January security patches. 

Let's just hope this change of pace for the Galaxy Note 9 doesn't mean mobile network operators have bumped into any serious glitches while "optimizing" their Android 10 updates. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are also yet to make the jump as far as both US unlocked and major carrier-locked models are concerned, but if everything goes according to Samsung's latest plans, all that should change very soon.


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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



22. Mrmark

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

I'm tired of tech community using Cons of phone won't get updates if you buy this brand

21. Blazers

Posts: 793; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

2yrs of updates aren't unthinkable......that should be the MINIMUM standard. Samsung giving us Android10 for the S8/Note 8 series, now that's unthinkable.

17. mawais1

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 04, 2020

i got mine yesterday .. i have unlocked note 9 in USA

16. wackawacka

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 29, 2019

My unlocked 960U1 S9 on Visible got the update yesterday. Seems to be working fine. The "dark mode everywhere" is nice.

13. NomadicOne

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

Just updated my unlocked S9+ to UI 2.0 android 10 (US).

6. ReverendOlaf

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

Unlocked US s9+ user (not in beta) downloading Android 10 update right now.

8. Nintendroid

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

Same here, let's go!

5. Neckbeard

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

Meanwhile I'm sitting here with my Essential phone on Android 10 since it dropped early last year. *Shrug*

9. neotaoisttechnopagan

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

While contributing nothing to this conversation I might add. *shrug* We have the device we chose, as do you. Don't bring your unnecessary trolling to the forum because you feel the need to be holier than thou.

10. Neckbeard

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

Not trying to make anyone feel bad, I'm just saying that Android 10 has been out for a "lesser" phone. Why aren't phone manufacturers trying to consider longevity first and utility last? *Shrug again"

19. bucknassty

Posts: 1420; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

*shrug* we've had android 10 features for years...

20. cevon3239

Posts: 208; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Your phone got updated because it has boring vanilla Android, which makes it an iPhone that runs Android. I can wait for an update. Whether my phone gets an update or not, the software will still mostly stay the same and a Note 9 with zero updates will still be a better phone than your device. You sound like the other guys who use an iPhone and brag about quick updates. Yet a 5 year old iPhone with the latest iOS version still is the same phone it was 5 years ago. A number is pointless if it doesn't bring real value. It's like a penny vs a dollar. Which one has more value?

12. Ollie808

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

Same here. Great phone and always up-to-date.

14. Grekko1

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

I made an account just to give you kudos xD I wanted to grab the essential a few years back but Sprint was sold out and I needed a phone

23. palmguy

Posts: 991; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Same here with the most current month of security updates. Only paid $99 for it last year off eBay. Who needs to lease to own a thousand dollar phone? :-P

3. BryWeasley

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

This is bull! I don't pay thru the nose to be one of the last to get the update. Thanks, Verizon!

7. stalonage

Posts: 1; Member since: May 09, 2014

Maybe not blame and blame yourself for not buying a carrier locked/branded phone

15. SilverEagleVTX

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 04, 2020

I bought an Unlocked Note 8, and no carrier could enable advanced calling, which for me is talking on the phone while watching the data on boards. I was told the only way to enable it was to go with a carrier locked phone, because then you can use all the carrier features like advanced calling. Samsung told me it was the carriers, the carriers told me it was Samsung. I have the Note for the business features of the S-pen. If it weren't for that I'd have another brand. Samsung customer service is horrible to non-existent, and Verizon service is the most expensive out there. But in the areas I go, none of the other carriers, Sprint, T-mobile, or AT&T have satisfactory service. At my farm I have 4G with Verizon and can search the internet faster than friends that have home AT&T internet service. Also on the back roads I have to travel, Verizon has the best coverage as of Feb. 2019 when I last tried T-mobile, Sprint, and AT&T. So far everyone of them will give you at least 10 days to see if the service is acceptable, and kudos to all of them for giving me a full refund when I had no signal where I needed it most. They all work well in cities, but get out in the country and it's a crap shoot. So sometimes, due to your business needs, you have to use products, and services, that you are not pleased with, but it's the best option you can find at the time. I will be checking them again Feb 2021, just like insurance, one always needs to comparison shop to find what works best for you. Price many times is not the top consideration. I would not have spent $1300 on a cell phone had I not needed the capabilities for my business. I love Pie, so I'd rather Verizon take their time, then let other users test it first, I'll read the reviews, and if I like it, I'll enable updates. I don't like to be the first to the table; Let the others get sick first, and I'll know to eat something else.

18. Howardsmechanical

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 04, 2020

If your phone is working don't be in a hurry to receive updates. They updated my note 10 plus and it doing everything except working , the screen is flickering like a disco light, my email want open up and over half of my apps want open , they told me to do a factory reset, I did and it worked for one day , got back intouch with them now they want me to take it to some unbreak store for them to try to fix it. This phone been a problem every since I purchased it in October of 2019.

1. gd761

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I had Upgraded from OREO to Pie and it had Disabled VoLTE and Slingbox as well as a few other things. Because of that, I had Downgraded from Pie back to OREO. I just wonder if I Upgrade My Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 this time to Android 10 if I will have the Same Problems. If I do have Problems, back to OREO IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!

4. BryWeasley

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 03, 2020

I lost VoLTE (I forgot I even had it) & I'm not sure what else upgrading to Pie. I've heard other Note 9 users say the Android 10 upgrade brought VoLTE back. So it may be worth a shot. I'm on a Verizon Note 9 & still impatiently waiting for the update.

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