Update #3, January 31, 2019, 04:55 AM ET: After Verizon kicked things off yesterday, it looks like Sprint is the second major U.S. carrier to roll out Android Pie to the Galaxy S9/S9 Plus.
The news arrives via SamMobile, citing multiple users who confirmed the update earlier today. It’s coming in at almost 1.5GB with the latest security patches and firmware version G960USQU3CSAB. It’s probably rolling out in stages so you may not receive it straight away — if you haven’t been notified already, check your software update page in your phone’s Settings menu to see if you can snag it.
All eyes are now on AT&T and T-Mobile to begin their respective deployments. We’ll let you know when we spot the Pie rollout from those carriers hitting the Samsung flagships.
Original post, January 30, 2019, 12:23 PM ET: If you own a Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy S9 or Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, be on the lookout: the stable release of Android 9 Pie is rolling out to devices now.
Although this isn’t the first carrier-branded Galaxy S9 rollout of Pie in the U.S. — that feat belongs to Xfinity Mobile, a Verizon MVNO — it certainly is the biggest. The Verizon network is the largest in the country and the Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the most popular phones from 2018.
Along with the usual Android 9 Pie features such as adaptive battery, integrated gesture navigation, etc., the Pie software hitting the Galaxy S9 today also features Samsung’s revamped Android skin now known as One UI. This new interface replaces the previous Samsung Experience, which itself replaced Samsung TouchWiz.
The latest security patch from January 2019 is also included.
If you live in the U.S. and own a Verizon S9, you should see an OTA notification at some point soon. However, this is a very large rollout so it could be a little while before you see it — just be patient.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve received Android 9 Pie on your Verizon S9!