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Surprise! Android 9 Pie rolling out to Galaxy Note FE (the Galaxy Note 7 sequel)

The launch of Android 9 Pie to the Galaxy Note FE appears to have started, much to our surprise.

Published onMarch 25, 2019

After the battery-explosion debacle that hit the otherwise highly-reviewed Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung refurbished parts from the Note 7 and created a semi-sequel known as the Samsung Galaxy Note FE. The “FE” stands for “Fan Edition.”

Outside some branding changes and a different battery, there isn’t much about the Galaxy Note FE that’s different from the Galaxy Note 7.

Now, it appears the Samsung Galaxy Note FE is starting to receive the Android 9 Pie upgrade (via SamMobile). Along with the usual Android 9 Pie features, the update will also include One UI, Samsung’s new Android skin that succeeds its previous skin known as Samsung Experience.

Galaxy Note FE sees strong sales in Korea, could launch globally this month

Samsung revealed its schedule for Pie updates towards the end of 2018, and the Note FE wasn’t on the list. Therefore, it’s somewhat surprising to see the upgrade hitting the nearly-two-years-old device — especially when you take into account how the company pretty much pretends that the Galaxy Note 7 never existed.

According to SamMobile, the Android 9 Pie upgrade is hitting Saudi Arabian devices now. It is likely it will hit devices in other countries very soon.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note FE and receive the Android 9 Pie update, let us know in the comments. Be sure to mention your location, too!

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