While Samsung seeds Indian users of the Galaxy Note 9 and S9 with an update to Android 9 Pie, it’s now focusing on releasing the sale for the older-than-a-year Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. The South Korean manufacturer has now confirmed that it’s starting the beta program for the testing on Android 9 Pie on the Galaxy Note 8 so that it can soon move into a stable phase.
The news comes as a notice sent on the Samsung Members app which revealed that the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone is enrolled on to the beta testing program. As part of the testing, users in India and South Korea will be able to start testing the latest beta update on their Note 8 units. The update will also go live in Samsung’s other markets in the near future.
Interested users can sign up for the beta program inside the Samsung Members app soon after which you’ll be able to download an OTA that will bring Google’s latest Android Pie interface as a beta update on your phone. The update shifts the build number to N950FXXU5ZSA5 on the Galaxy Note 8 but might vary depending on the region your unit was purchased from.
With the latest update, users will now able to use the all-new OneUI from Samsung. The latest UI features newly designed controls at the bottom with larger search box or text at the first half, which it claims will be easier to navigate as compared to its predecessor. Apart from this, users will be able to use new gesture controls, a new pill-shaped icon for navigations, refined notifications and Quick Settings, vertical volume controls and new power menu among others.
With a beta update to Android Pie based One UI already out, it’ll only be a month till Samsung releases a stable build to Google’s newest mobile OS for Galaxy Note 8 users across the globe.