Sprint Galaxy Note 9 & Galaxy Note 8 (Exynos) October security updates arrive

Samsung might have joined the beta testing of Android 10 way later than Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, LG, and others that had devices in the program as early as May 2019, but I won’t be surprised if more Samsung devices end the year on Android 10 than some of these vendors.

Delivering timely Android OS updates isn’t one of Samsung‘s many strengths, but the company sticks to Google’s policy of at least two major OS upgrades and regular security patches.


As of this writing, Sprint users of the Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ can join the One UI 2.0 beta program and enjoy early access to Android 10 ahead of others. The program, as seen in the screengrab above, is also open to T-Mobile and U.S. unlocked variants of these same handsets.

If you own the Galaxy Note 9 on the same network, rest assured that an update to Android 10 is in the works, too. However, your turn could wait until somewhere in Q1 2020, so yea, you still got some waiting to do.

To keep you occupied, Sprint is sending your way a small software update that bumps the security patch level from September to October 2019. The software version is N960USQS2CSI5 and no, it doesn’t bring any major changes to the Galaxy Note 9 UI.

Sprint Galaxy Note 9 October security update (Source)

The usual (unnamed) bug fixes and performance improvements should be part of this update as well, so be sure to grab it once the OTA shows up. Sprint becomes the second U.S. carrier to push the latest October patches to the Note 9 after Verizon Wireless.

Also receiving the October security update is the international Galaxy Note 8. The update is arriving as version N950FXXU7DSJ1 and is available in multiple countries across Europe, the Baltics, Nordic countries, UAE, and others where the Exynos variant was sold.


Unlike the Galaxy Note 9, there is no Android 10 love for the Note 8. Going forward, Android security updates are all you get, so make sure to download the incoming October patches upon arrival.

Regular security updates are your only hope of stumbling upon new features and stability improvements on the Note 8. But of course, you can always watch out for Android 10-based custom ROMs in future to get a taste of the new OS unofficially if you know your way around modding.

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