New One UI/Android Pie beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 available
The Samsung Experience Beta program for the Galaxy Note 9 is rolling on into the new year. It is intended to deliver the stable, fully-optimized build based on Android 9.0 and with the new UI for this device. The program's most recent result is the Beta 4 update. This should be available to most users already on Beta 3, which, in turn, is being rolled out to users in several countries worldwide.
It may be somewhat disappointing, however, to some members of the beta program that this update is short on new features for them to test. Instead, it brings bug-fixes for a range of issues identified from Beta 3. They include touchscreen problems, as well as the inability of the keyboard app to respond in the lower right corner of the Note 9's screen. In addition, some Beta 3 users have found that the long-pressing of the home button does not do what it should when navigation features are on. This should also be addressed in Beta 4.
Due to these moderately serious usability issues, SamMobile considers Beta 4 the Galaxy Note 9's first hotfix beta. On the other hand, it does include the latest security patch (January 1, 2019) from Google. Nevertheless, this update may cast doubt on the progress Samsung are making with the stable version of this ROM. It is now said to be released in mid-January, a deadline that is starting to look increasingly pressing now.