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Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie beta launched in US (Update: Open again!)
Update, December 4, 2018 (12:27 PM ET): Samsung just informed Android Authority that registration for the Android 9 Pie One UI beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is up and running again. You’ll need to register via the Samsung+ app.
According to Samsung, the registration is only for unlocked variants of the Note 9 (SM-N960U1) and “access is on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.” As such, if you want to give Pie a shot on your Note 9, we suggest registering as soon as possible.
Follow our instructions here on how to get up and running!
Original Article, November 28, 2018 (04:56 AM ET): Samsung opened up Android Pie beta registrations for the Galaxy Note 9 in the U.S earlier today. According to XDA Developers, Note 9 owners could sign-up to test the new software, featuring Samsung’s latest One UI interface, through the Samsung+ app. However, registrations may have now been pulled.
XDA reported the One UI beta notification showed up in the latest Samsung+ APK (188.8.131.52 beta) and that both Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Note 9 users had so far managed to sign up. However, commenters and SamMobile suggest the notification no longer appears in the app.
Smartphone manufacturers have pulled numerous software rollouts in the past after discovering a particular problematic bug. Seeing as this wasn’t the software rollout, though, only registrations for it, the issue likely lies somewhere else.
As far as we can tell, Samsung hadn’t officially announced the Note 9 beta through any of its social or PR channels, so perhaps the Pie beta registration notification only appeared in error.
The Galaxy Note 9 beta is a particularly exciting prospect as it would mark the first time Samsung has officially launched the program on a Note smartphone. We hope it’s still planned and that this is only a temporary setback.
You can get the latest version of the Samsung+ app here in case the notification reappears unannounced. We’ve reached out to Samsung for comment on the matter.