[Update: Live for Verizon units] Samsung Galaxy S9 One UI 2.5 update rollout imminent as test build pops up
This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..
Original story (published on September 09, 2020) follows:
Samsung’s skins on top of Android have grown tremendously over the past few generations. Today, Samsung makes one of the most refined Android experiences in the market today.
The latest edition of the same, One UI 2.5, officially debuted with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series of devices. The skin has since been rolled out to the Galaxy S20 family of devices and you can check out our dedicated tracker for more coverage of the same.
There are a number of Samsung’s recent devices that are still eligible for an update to this version of One UI and you can check out if your device is in line for this update here.
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 was unveiled back in early 2018 and was the Korean giant’s flagship device of said year. The device remains a solid choice for people in the market for a capable device, even in 2020 and more so, bearing in mind the price-cuts it has seen since.
The S9 is still officially supported by Samsung and as such, it currently runs Samsung’s One UI 2.1 and is in line for an update to One UI 2.5.
Today, it is coming to light that an update to One UI 2.5 is rather imminent for the Galaxy S9 device. This, based on new reports of a test build of a major update for this device listed on CheckFirm.
A user-shared screenshot of CheckFirm on the Korean variant of the Galaxy S9 lists a major update with version number G960NKSU3FTI2. Considering that the device currently runs on firmware version number G960NKSU3ETH3, this is a pretty huge update. Seeing as Android 11 for this device is still a few months away, this could only be One UI 2.5 for the device.
We still don’t have official word from Samsung on the possible timelines for this update so we don’t know when to expect the official rollout, much less the rollout to other regional variants.
We shall continue to keep an eye on this story and update as and when we get more details. You might want to keep an eye on our One UI 2.5 tracker for when that update drops.
Update 1 (September 14)
IST 01:59 pm: According to information shared by a moderator on Samsung’s community forum, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are exected to get the One UI 2.5 update in October. See more details here.
Update 2 (October 19)
IST 02:06 pm: Samsung has begun rolling out the much-awaited One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus as firmware version G96xFXXUCFTJ2. It’s currently live for users in Germany with other markets expected to get it soon according to a fresh report.
Update 3 (October 23)
IST 05:26 pm: Based on a user report, it seems that Samsung has now started rolling out the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy S9 series in Portugal.
Update 4 (October 26)
IST 05:12 pm: A new user report claims that Samsung has released the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy S9 in Ukraine. Of course, it’s likely that the S9+ is also getting the update in the region.
IST 06:18 pm: Fresh reports also indicate that the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ is live in Croatia and Nigeria.
Update 5 (October 28)
IST 12:57 pm: Samsung has started seeding the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus in India as well. The update is available as build number FTJ2 and also brings the October patch with a download size of 710.57 MB.
Thank you for the tip, Vikas Chaudhary!
IST 07:27 pm: The One UI 2.5 rollout for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ is expanding to more regions. A new report indicate that users in Pakistan have begun receiving the update.
Update 6 (November 04)
IST 04:48 pm: The One UI 2.5 update is now live for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ in the UK. Users with unlocked models of the two devices are beginning to receive the new skin from Samsung. An individual took to Reddit to confirm receiving the update.
Further, it also seems that the update is live in the Netherlands as a Galaxy S9 user has confirmed receiving the new update on Reddit.
Update 7 (November 05)
IST 01:28 pm: The One UI 2.5 update has now been released in Serbia for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus. It’s rolling out with a download size of 688.95 MB and also brings the October patch.
Update 8 (November 18)
IST 01:11 pm: According to a user report, it appears that the One UI 2.5 update is now rolling out for the AT&T variants of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in the U.S. The update bears the build number FTK2 and brings the November patch.
Update 9 (November 20)
IST 06:17 pm: According to a Verizon Galaxy S9+ user, the One UI 2.5 update has begun rolling out for the device in the U.S. Of course, it’s likely that it must be out for the standard Galaxy S9 as well.
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