January 27, 2019 — Android Pie update with One UI scheduled for February 11 on Rogers
Samsung’s One UI update with Android Pie has been graduating from betas to stable release in countries around the world, but we should soon be seeing the update rolling out in North America with the announcement that Rogers will be updating the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ to Android Pie on February 11.
While one Canadian carrier may not seem like a big deal, this is a great sign for all American and Canadian S9 users, as these variants of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ software are developed side by side. If the version for Rogers is rolling through its final testing, hopefully the update will be ready soon for the rest of the U.S. and Canada carriers. Bugs could still arise between now and February 11, but it’s progress and a small sign that maybe the wait for Pie will soon be over.
Want to know what’s coming with the Samsung One UI update? Sneak a peek here!
December 25 — Samsung One UI update with Android Pie rolls out to Galaxy S9 in some markets
Samsung users have been waiting for Android Pie for months, and for some S9 users, that wait is finally over. The One UI update — build number G960FXXU2CRLI — has begun rolling out to S9 and S9+ users in several countries in Europe and the Middle East. This is a wonderful Christmas surprise, as the One UI update wasn’t slates to roll out to the S9 until January, but you won’t find up complaining.
Featuring the many, many features of Android Pie and Samsung’s biggest design update in years, this is a big update with a lot to unlock in it, but luckily, we’ve had weeks with the One UI update already thanks to the One UI Beta program. You can see a full list of new and improved features in the official change log.
Read more: Everything you need to know about Samsung One UI and Android Pie update
November 13, 2018 — Galaxy S9 released in gradient ‘Ice Blue’ color in China
The Galaxy S9 is one of the year’s best-looking phones, and for our readers in China, it’s now available in its most striking color yet — Ice Blue.
This is Samsung’s first attempt at a gradient color, with Ice Blue having a deep blue hue at the top that gradually transitions into white. It really is something.
Sales for the Ice Blue Galaxy S9/S9+ begin in China today, and at this time, there aren’t plans for bringing it to any other countries. I wouldn’t hold your breath too long for a North American release, but with the Galaxy S10 right around the corner, we could see it made available in a similar style with (hopefully) broader availability.
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July 31, 2018 — Characters from Frozen get their own AR Emoji pack
Joining the ranks of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, The Incredibles, and more, the latest Disney-themed AR Emoji pack coming to the S9/S9+ brings your favorite characters from Frozen to life.
After you download the Disney Frozen AR Emoji pack from the Galaxy Apps Store, you’ll be able to transform yourself into Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff.
July 20, 2018 — New update brings 480 FPS manual slow-mo video recording
One of the big camera features for the Galaxy S9 is the ability to record things in 960 FPS ultra slow-mo. With a new update that’s rolling out to the S9 and S9+ now, there’s a new option for recording manual slow-motion videos at 480 FPS for 0.4 seconds worth of footage.
While 480 FPS isn’t quite as impressive as 960 FPS, the big difference here is that you can choose when to start recording slow-motion footage unlike the 960 FPS mode that automatically chooses for you. Also, 480 FPS video is limited to 720p.
The update is rolling out to handsets now, so be sure to keep an eye out for it.
July 9, 2018 — The U.S. unlocked Galaxy S9 is now down to $699.95 on Amazon
An unlocked Galaxy S9 typically costs $720, but on Amazon, that price has been reduced to just $699.95.
A savings of $20 isn’t particularly huge for a phone this expensive, but this is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen so far for an official U.S. unlocked variant of the S9 with Samsung’s warranty.
It’s unclear if this new pricing is only temporary or will be sticking around for a while, but if you want to grab one for yourself, click/tap that button below.
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June 27, 2018 — The unlocked Galaxy S9 now supports FM radio
Way back in January at the beginning of the year, Samsung announced it was partnering with NextRadio to bring free FM radio to the Galaxy S9 in both the U.S. and Canada.
The unlocked version of the S9/S9+ has still been without this FM functionality, but after a software update began rolling out on June 25 that upgraded the version number to G965U1UES2ARF4/G960U1UES2ARF4, a few Redditors quickly noticed that this finally turned on the FM radio chip.
To use this, download and install the NextRadio app from the Google Play Store, enable the Basic / FM Only Mode to make sure you’re not using any data, and plug in a pair of wired headphones/earbuds as these act as the antenna for the FM signal.
June 22, 2018 — We go hands-on with the Sunrise Gold Galaxy S9!
If you’re interested in getting one of the hot new Galaxy S9 colors, we have you covered with some Sunrise Gold.
What do you think?
May 16, 2018 — Samsung announces two new colors and ARCore is finally available
The S9 series launched in a handful of stunning colors and Samsung’s now adding two more to the list with Sunrise Gold and Burgundy Red.
If you’re interested in the Sunrise Gold variant, you’ll be able to pick it up starting this June in Australia, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. The eye-catching Burgundy Red will, unfortunately, see a much more limited release, with availability only planned for China and Korea later this month.
In addition to the new colors, it was also discovered that both the S9 and S9+ finally support Google’s ARCore!