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Samsung's One UI night mode forces Android Auto to think it's always nighttime

With One UI, Samsung introduced a system-wide night mode for its Android Pie devices. The new feature darkens the manufacturer's proprietary software such as the Calculator and Messages apps and also alters the overall menus and interface colors, but still requires you to manually enable dark mode in other applications like Messenger or Slack. Android Auto, on the other hand, happily receives this setting and defaults to it, no matter the time of the day.

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TWRP now officially available for the Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+

Many of Samsung's phones, including its flagship Galaxy S and Note series, ship with different processors depending on where they are sold. Some models have the company's own Exynos chips, while others have Snapdragon processors. Almost one year after the phone's release, the TWRP custom recovery now has official builds for the Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+.

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Bixby button remapping is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9

Samsung really, really wants you to use Bixby. That's why it has included a physical button to access its woefully underpowered assistant on most phones since the Galaxy S8. Samsung has traditionally tried to prevent remapping that button, but the Galaxy S10 changed that. The official Bixby remapping feature from that phone is now spreading to Samsung's other devices.

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Android 9 Pie is rolling out now to unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 devices

After pretty much every carrier version of the device has already received the update, owners of unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 phones are reporting that Android 9 Pie has started to grace their units. The hefty 1.7-gigabyte update also brings with it Samsung's updated One UI as well as the January Android security patch.

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[Update x2: Rolling out now] T-Mobile's Android 9 Pie updates for Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ arrive with RCS Universal Profile in tow

It may be the last major network operator in the US to push its Android 9 Pie update out to Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ units, but T-Mobile can at least boast the inclusion of support for RCS Universal Profile 1.0 with its build.

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[Update: US Cellular on board] Verizon, Sprint, AT&T get Galaxy S9 and S9+ Android 9 Pie update

Samsung started rolling Android 9 Pie out to some variants of the Galaxy S9 across the globe this month, but scant few phones in the US have the update. That changes today with the Verizon variant, which is getting a taste of Pie as we speak.

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First US Galaxy S9 and S9+ Android 9 Pie updates rolling out to... Xfinity

After distributing its beta version to American S9 and S9+ devices at the end of November and updating international versions of the phone earlier this month, Samsung is now releasing Android 9 Pie and One UI to Comcast’s Xfinity S9s. That's a bit of a coup for Xfinity, as we're not accustomed to seeing a smaller carrier's version updated first, especially not before unlocked handsets.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 update brings better selfies

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Samsung updates its Pie roadmap: Note9 and Note8 move up a month to January and February, respectively

Samsung's Android 9 Pie rollout has been rather swift. After beta testing it along with its new One UI on the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note9, it began rolling it out to users of the first two models late in December. Back then, the company also released a Pie update roadmap with the months it expected to push the OTA for its remaining devices. Now, an updated roadmap has been spotted by SamMobile, pointing to quicker release dates for the Note9 and Note8.

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Adoptable storage is absent from Samsung's final Android 9 Pie release

The official rollout of Android 9 Pie to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ is underway, but there's one feature that didn't quite make the cut. Although it didn't actually work in the beta, there was a screen that suggested an adoptable storage option, but it's nowhere to be seen in the stable release.

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