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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may soon join Android Pie beta program, reveals test firmware

The beta builds of Android's latest version, with Samsung's upcoming One UI, were rolled out to Galaxy S9 and S9+ last week.

  • Published: November 23, 2018 5:05 PM IST
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Earlier this month, Samsung held its developer keynote in San Francisco, California, where the company showed a prototype of its much-anticipated and long-rumored foldable smartphone. While the device was clearly the highlight of the keynote, the chaebol also introduced One UI, a revamped version of the custom Android overlay that’s based on the latest Android Pie release.

As announced at the developer conference, One UI was recently rolled out for the flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship smartphones, as part of Samsung’s Android Pie beta program. However, it seems that the company is planning the same beta program for its top-of-the-line Galaxy Note 9 phablet as well.

According to SamMobile, Samsung is currently testing firmware builds N960FXXU2ZRKE and N60NKSU2ZRKF for the Galaxy Note 9. While that may not seem particularly interesting, what’s worth noting is the alphabet ‘Z’ in the builds’ identifiers. It has been used by Samsung for identifying beta firmwares since the company started the beta program with the Galaxy S6.

The report further notes that Samsung Galaxy S9’s One UI build (which started rolling out a few days back) comes with identifier G960FXXU2ZRKA. Also, no similar firmware was ever spotted for a Galaxy Note flagship during the beta program.

Since the Android Pie beta program for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ commenced only a week back, Samsung still has time to include Galaxy Note 9 in the beta program.

Watch: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 First Look

With One UI, Samsung is focusing on scalability, where the user interface will adapt equally well on both small screen smartphones and tablets. One UI puts quite some emphasis on one handed use.

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  • Published Date: November 23, 2018 5:05 PM IST