Samsung is now rolling out the One UI 2.5 update to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. The update arrives just a couple of days after hitting the Galaxy Note 9 smartphones. The Galaxy S9 series and Galaxy Note 9, launched in 2018, came with Android Oreo out of the box. Now, the newly released One UI 2.5 UI will be their last big update.
At the moment, the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy S9 series is rolling out to users in Germany. The latest update carries the build numbers G960FXXUCFTJ2 and G965FXXUCFTJ2 for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones respectively. It comes in around 700MB size and includes the latest October 2020 Android security patch.
One UI 2.5 update now available for the Galaxy S9 series
It is expected to expand to other regions very soon. Meanwhile, users can manually check for the latest update by going to Settings > Software update > Download. If there the new update is available, tap on the "Download and install" option. Samsung has introduced a bunch of new features with the One UI 2.5 update.
While the Galaxy S9 smartphones already support DeX mode, the latest brings the all-new wireless DeX support. Users can use any smart TV for running the DeX wirelessly. The default Samsung Keyboard app gets the split keyboard functionality when using in landscape mode.
Moreover, the keyboard's search function can be used with Youtube as well. In the camera department, the One UI 2.5 update gets a few new options to further enhance the video recording experience. The Pro video mode will have options for choosing the resolution and frame rate for recording video.
Also, the Single Take mode gets a new option to select the recording duration. The Galaxy S9 users can now send SOS messages every 30 minutes for 24 hours to pre-selected emergency contacts from the default Messages app. These SOS messages will also include GPS data for sharing the exact location.
During the Galaxy Note 20 launch in August this year, Samsung promised to offer three years of software support for all Galaxy flagships starting with the Galaxy S10 series. This makes the new One UI 2.5 update, which is still based on Android 10, the last OS upgrade for both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 users.
Going forward, the Galaxy S9 will continue to receive monthly Android security patches for a few more months. After that, even the security patches will be limited to one update for every three months.