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No, Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, and Note 9 will not get Android 11 (One UI 3.0)

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As the One UI 3.0/Android 11 is approaching its release many of the older Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphone users are curious to know if their device will get this major upgrade or not.

Meanwhile, Samsung representatives are busy misrepresenting and providing users incorrect information regarding the Android version upgrade policy and schedule for the Galaxy smartphones.

Following several reports, our team confirmed with Samsung that the company will only provide Android version upgrade up to Android 11 for the Galaxy devices that launched with Android 9 Pie or later.

You’ll be surprised to know that the representative of Samsung has provided some information that doesn’t match the paragraph above and proved them manipulating without noting the built-in Android version of some older Galaxy flagships.

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According to the representative, the Galaxy Note 9, S9, and S8 devices will get Android 11 update. A support rep. even claimed that the Galaxy Note 9 device was launched with Android 9 Pie, while actually, the Galaxy Note 9 and S9 were launched pre-packed Android 8 Oreo.

Samsung’s update policy clearly shows that the devices launched with Android 9 will get three major Android OS upgrades and this information from the Samsung Support rep. raises false hope for the older flagship device owners like the Galaxy Note 9, S9, and S8.

In the past month, Samsung has rolled out One UI 2.5 for the Galaxy Note 9 and S9 devices, which adds various new features to these 2018’s flagship. Although, we favor that these devices should also receive Android 11 but unfortunately we have confirmed that there will be no One UI 3.0 update rollout for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 devices, which leaves no conversation for the S8 devices.

Below you can check my full conversation with Samsung Support India and what conclusion we’ve reached on this matter. To be mentioned, I’ve repeated the same conversation for S9 and S8 devices and it was all the same. We hope that Samsung will feed better information to its customer care representatives so they can avoid such spread of misinformation.

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What’s your take on this matter? Let us know in the comments.

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Samsung Galaxy S4 and continue to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.

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  1. Clifford Story

    November 28, 2020 at 8:48 AM

    I see posts that S9 series is getting One ui update to 2.5 have NOT seen it yet!!!!

    • Aidan

      November 28, 2020 at 1:50 PM

      As someone with an unlocked Exynos-chip S9, I can confirm that I recently received the 2.5 update on my phone!

    • Dan Buckley

      November 28, 2020 at 8:38 PM

      My unlocked Note 9 received One 2.5 update today 11/28/20.

    • Yadav

      November 29, 2020 at 1:27 AM

      Please think about update of galaxy note sir

  2. TJ Method

    November 28, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    If my Note 9 came with Android 8 and gets 3 major updates, wouldn’t that be 9, 10 & 11?

  3. Van Foster

    November 28, 2020 at 1:05 PM

    Miss communication on the the rep. Samsung should honor that for the note 9. Based on his conversation.

  4. Jud Runkle

    November 28, 2020 at 4:51 PM

    I’ve had it on S9 Plus for a few weeks and my Tab S6. US Cellular. It was supposed to get one more major upgraded but they are screwing usps out of Android 11 one ui 3.5.

  5. Carol Taliano

    November 28, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Its quite strange, after having nothing but Samsung phones, that they can’t update the s9. But I guess that just makes my decision easier when I am able to get a new phone. Won’t be another Samsung. I can’t afford a phone every 2 years, so updates are important for me.

  6. Scotty Crump

    November 28, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    What about the Note 8

  7. T J Grant

    November 28, 2020 at 9:57 PM

    So that means no updates on any Verizon Samsung for 2021!? yay, we got 5G (not in Alaska) but a brand new Note 20 Ultra with no Updates! sick of jumping back and forth between LG and Samsung every few year! Support the phones for more than 1 year, try 5 or even 7…. JS, but seriously $1500 for a phone I have to use to come to a site like this only to learn that there still isn’t any updates for my phone newer than the security updates and day 1 software leaves me knowing I may never buy another cell phone again!

  8. Jae

    November 29, 2020 at 1:36 AM

    Guess that’s why I switched to One Plus. I will never own anything Samsung makes again tv,phn,etc. Nothing like screwing the consumer. Great job Samsung no wonder your losing customers…

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One UI 4.1: Samsung Wearable, stay connected!

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Samsung Wearable

Samsung Wearables is a fantabulous app to stay connected with your wearable accessories. This Galaxy application connects your wearable devices to your smartphones.

The Application facilitates you to manage and monitor the wearable device features and applications which you have installed through Galaxy Apps. A user just needs to install the app on the smartphone, then pair it with wearable accessories.

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What features are manageable with the application?

  • Application download and settings
  • Find my Watch
  • Software updates
  • Clock settings
  • Mobile device connection and disconnection
  • Notification type and settings, etc.

The settings and features will appear in front of you when your wearable device is connected via Bluetooth to advantage of all the features. Let me tell you frankly that features will not properly work without a stable connection between your wearable device and your mobile phone.

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What things does the user need to take care of?

  • The Samsung wearable application does not support the VR gears or Gear 360
  • For enjoying the Samsung Wearable application should be installed with the latest User Interface
  • Only for the Galaxy Buds model, the galaxy wearable application can be used with your tablet
  • Do not forget to allow Galaxy wearable permissions.

Required permissions in brief?

  • Contacts, it is used to provide services that need to be linked with the account using registered Samsung account information.
  • The phone is used to check device-unique identification information for updating apps and installing plug-in apps.
  • The location is used to search for nearby devices for gearing and paring through Bluetooth.
  • The last one is storage, used to transmit and receive the stored files with Gears.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which is completely pairable and compatible with my Samsung Galaxy S21. It facilitates me to download and change lots of watch faces, and I can monitor all my notifications and update the wearable device. So if you have the wearable accessory you have to try it.

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Samsung One UI 5.0 (Android 13) Features Wishlist [May 2022]

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Google Android 13 Beta 2 went live last week, but Samsung is yet to release any preview builds based on the upcoming update. However, the Galaxy device owners will be able to test the new Android 13 changes and features through the One UI 5.0 Beta program shortly.

Many Galaxy smartphones and tablets are eligible to try out the One UI 5.0 custom software system. And as usual, Samsung’s high-end models will be the first to taste it. But what features and improvements Samsung will be bringing for us?

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I know every Samsung fan is excited to know all One UI 5.0 changes. But I guess, we will have to wait till July, when the first One UI 5.0 beta is expected to release. Meanwhile, SammyFans is here with the wishlist of features that we and other Samsung users desire to have on our phones with the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 upgrade.

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Samsung One UI 5.0 Features Wishlist

One UI 5.0 Effective RAM Plus

With the One UI 4.1 update, the Samsung RAM Plus feature added customization capabilities, bringing extra RAM up to 8GB. But users expect that that feature should become really effective with the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 upgrade that will boost the performance, significantly. Read more

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Samsung One UI 5.0 RAM Plus

One UI 5.0 Themed icons for third-party apps

Samsung One UI 4.1 has a color palette that syncs with your phone’s wallpaper and when enabled, it not only applies to menus, buttons, and backgrounds but also to Google and Samsung app icons on your phone.

But that is not enough, users want these themes to be functional for third-party applications on their phones as well. Fortunately, this is going to be true. Android 13 Beta reveals that just like Samsung and Google Apps adopt the Material You theme on your One UI phone, third-party apps will also. Read more

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One UI 5.0 Enhanced Photo Picker

Google Android 13 has an enhanced photo picker that is likely to come in One UI 5.0 as well.  With the new OS, the Photo Picker feature is being split to provide more controls over the files that can be accessed by different apps.

There are now different categories for Files and media, Photos and videos, and Music and audio. It will allow users to select specific files to share with different apps, as opposed to an ‘all-or-nothing’ method. Read more

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One UI 5.0 Faster Game Loading

Android 13 introduces a faster game loading experience, which is also expected to come with Samsung’s One UI 5.0 upgrade. This feature enables games to pass the top-level state of the game and indicate whether it can be interrupted or not.

It even allows games to convey their current functional state to the operating system and the OS further reduces the load times through power management and CPU. Read more

One UI 5.0 New Charging Animation

Samsung brought a completely new charging animation with Android 12-based One UI 4.0. But the few months old One UI 4.1 doesn’t have any changes in the charging animation, it continues to use the One UI 4.0’s.

Meanwhile, users get really bored of the same thick and green-colored circular animation and are expecting some modification on this side also. Read more

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  • More to be added soon! Stay tuned.

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One UI 4.1: Samsung Shop, here is everything you need!

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Samsung Shop

Samsung shop is a really fabulous one. Here is everything you need. If you want to buy new smartphones, bought a new house, want to renovate your place, or buy a gift for your little ones. Samsung Shop provides you with great offers and deals.

Samsung Shop has already been top-ranked among the world’s most trusted brands in several countries. Here you are eligible to shop for all Samsung smartphones and premium products such as TVs, Home Theaters, Home Appliances, headphones, speakers, etc.

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Here you can find the right Samsung product for you. The shop facilitates you to Chat, Click and Buy. The user is eligible to discover best-selling Samsung products and get discounts and deals on smartphones, appliances, and more.

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Samsung Shop

Why a person should prefer Samsung Shop?

  • Here you can learn about your favorite Samsung products
  • Have a discount and deals at a single doorstep
  • Easily shop online
  • You can track your order updates, delivery details, and current locations
  • Enjoy free shipping on selected products
  • Collect your favorite in one place and add them to your wish list
  • The purchase and checkout are faster than remember you
  • With Samsung, you can easily maintain a secure spot to manage your payment information.

Samsung Shop

Under mobile phones and accessories, you can save your latest Galaxy smartphone. Many things are available here such as Galaxy watches and wearables and more. Even if you have the facility to get a television designed according to your lifestyle, do not get amazed, it is true.

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Discover the deals not only on TV but other home appliances, such as washing machines, air conditioners, microwaves, kitchen appliances, and more. Get the best deals on the computing device display, ultra-wide, curved, and gaming monitors. Shop for gaming SSDs, memory cards, flash drives, and more. Samsung truly makes the world a wonderful place to live in.

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