Although it seems obvious, to date we only had proof that Samsung will begin imminently the testing process with the first Beta of Android 9 Pie for the Galaxy S9 in the US. However, this software version is not compatible with the European model because of the difference in hardware between both models. However, the Asian firm also prepares a Beta for the European model , mainly distinguished by the adoption of the Samsung Exynos processor .
Today, a year ago, Samsung launched the Android Oreo Beta for the Galaxy S8 . Currently, the Galaxy S9 is on the verge of receiving the first dose of Android Pie in the testing phase . If everything goes according to plan, it will be imminent, although initially it will be available in the US. However, in Europe there will also be adapted version of the Beta of Android 9 Pie for the Galaxy S9, as they advance from the Dutch portal GalaxyClub .
Android 9 Pie for the European Galaxy S9
So far, all references and leaks of the Android 9 Pie Beta for the Galaxy S9 revolved around the model marketed in the US and other very specific regions of the globe. A version that is identified by the type of integrated processor and connectivity.
This is precisely why the SoC Qualcomm model software of the international model, equipped with Samsung Exynos processor, is not compatible with each other. This forces the technology to compile different firmwares.
This will be done when the official update of Android 9 Pie for the Galaxy S9 is released -previously for the beginning of 2019-, and this will also happen in the initial phase of testing with the Beta, according to what was discovered by the source consulted.
This Beta will be available in the coming days, weeks at the most, in the US through the Beta registration program through the Samsung + app. The same will happen with the European version, this one through Samsung Members . However, there is still another key information to know, such as the date of launch of this Beta firmware, something that, if we follow previous models, would occur gradually in the United Kingdom, Germany or Spain, although this information is subject to the changes that the brand considers appropriate.
Double tap on Always On Display
In the same way, the filtration of the Beta version of Android Pie for the top of Samsung range continues to offer us small glimpses of the novelties that will include the next big software update.
As the attached video shows, the Always On Display feature will receive a small, but interesting change. That is none other than the option to press on the screen off to display information on the display such as the time and icons corresponding to applications that have active notifications.