Now TV deals: save over 40% on a Sky Sports pass

Now TV deals are a great way to access Sky’s excellent content without signing up to a long contract. You can pick and choose access to packages like Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Sky Kids and of course Sky Sports channels on a rolling 30-day deal. We’ve gone into greater detail on all of these options in our regular Now TV passes and offers page.

If Sky Sports is on your New Year’s Most Wanted list though, this might be the best deal for you as you save a whopping 41% on the monthly price if you sign up before February 4.

This pass gets you access to the full selection of Sky Sports channels including: Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football (for Football League, La Liga and more), Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Racing, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Mix, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event.

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Don’t forget the big game from across the pond this weekend and tune into the Super Bowl live stream.

We know plenty of people that use the Now TV service as a beta test to see what’s available on Sky’s channels before signing up to a regular Sky TV deal with options for even more channels, recording live TV options, HD and 4K viewing and potentially bigger savings with a longer contract. If you’d like to check out these options, be sure to take a look at our guide below:

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The cheapest Huawei Mate 20 Pro SIM-free deal: O2 has you covered

This January has been a brilliant time to get Huawei Mate 20 Pro deals. We’ve seen endless offers ranging from big data to low monthly costs. But the one thing we hadn’t seen was a good SIM-free offer…until now. 

O2 has filled that gap, offering up the device for a one time fee of £650. That puts this deal at around £140 cheaper than the next nearest reputable retailer and £249 below the average price for a brand new Mate 20 Pro handset. You can find sites like Laptops Direct and Appliances Direct offering it cheaper on our Huawei Mate 20 SIM-free buying guide. But these are refurbished offers and only manage to drop the prices by about £10 anyway.

You do have to add a Pay As You Go plan to get it at this price but that can be as cheap as paying a tenner for a one-off top up. After that you can track down a SIM only deal to complete your cheap phone contract. 

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This cheap Mate 20 Pro price in full:

The best Mate 20 Pro contract deals

Don’t love the idea of paying a hefty fee upfront for the Mate 20 Pro? Well lucky for you there are a tonne of great contract deals floating around on this device right now.

Mobiles.co.uk has released a host of top Mate 20 Pro deals recently. Our favourite is definitely this £190 upfront and £32 a month contract with 10GB of data. That is a brilliant price for a phone that commonly sits in the £50 a month region and sometimes higher, and you can even save an extra tenner by entering the code 10OFF at the checkout.

Our hands down best pick for the device is from Mobile Phones Direct. No upfront fees, just £41 a month and a whopping 75GB of data has won this deal our Editor’s Pick and a strong recommendation from us.

Simple tech tweaks can make a big difference

With consumer behaviour and customer experience expectations rapidly changing, the retail sector must strive to keep up. It is crucial for businesses to embrace digitalisation and new technologies to remain competitive in today’s market, or it could mark the end for a business. With retailers like Coast nearing collapse, it is vital for brands to work towards – and stay – at the top of their game, to survive against market fluctuations and competitors.

Brands that fail to offer good customer experiences could, as a result, face struggles in the challenging retail landscape, which is taking no prisoners. One victim is longstanding womenswear retail chain Bonmarché – shares in the company recently dropped 18% after a warning that profits would fall short due to weak consumer demand. It is becoming clear brands now need to innovate to survive. Incorporating simple but impactful technological changes could be the answer, as these can make a big difference to a business’ operations – and its profits.  

Improving the customer experience

Digital transformation doesn’t always require huge business model changes and drastic process shake-ups. However, as it becomes clearer that customer experience is the key to driving sales, businesses should not overlook the benefits of making small changes that can greatly enhance the experiences of their customers. This is especially crucial, given that a majority of adults (56%) would choose digital resources over their significant others for recommendations on products and services. This puts the value of ‘word of mouth’ into a wider online experience perspective.

Artificial intelligence (AI) can help retailers analyse customer behaviour and journey data and assist in identifying their individual needs – so they can then be met. By starting to predict what customers want, and need, AI – in tandem with machine-learning – can elevate the whole shopping experience to another level. As it stands, only 7% of retailers currently use AI to enhance their services, and this should increase as retailers see the benefits that AI-driven technology can provide.

One successful example is Thread, an online start-up that has used AI to assist men in selecting clothes – and subsequently raised £16.7 million from investors. This demonstrates that retailers should look to new, AI-driven technologies to stay competitive. Interactions and conversations between humans and brands become more productive for both parties with AI-enabled technologies. This is because these technologies combine artificial intelligence and data to provide analytics – learning from and responding to a slew of data points in a way that no human ever could.

With these analytical insights available, high street retailers can provide the empathetic, responsive service that customers appreciate and increasingly demand. It’s a win-win: consumers get a customised service, and retailers benefit from their improved customer satisfaction, which builds brand loyalty and ultimately helps boost market position.

Digital transformation journey

Despite what retailers might think, AI doesn’t always have to mean going as far as installing a team of robot workers to keep up with the digital landscape. However, robot-driven technologies can certainly help. When it comes to the specific technology elements that retailers can implement to start reaping the benefits that digital transformation can offer, dynamic call numbers are just one example of how simple elements can offer huge growth benefits. Simply put, these are unique phone numbers, assigned to each visitor, that are automatically displayed on a brand’s website or in a digital advertising campaign. This simple feature gives businesses the ability to track a specific customer’s journey, and provides extended data insights into that customer, helping to deliver a tailored customer experience. 

Using a dashboard to analyse customer insights and enabling call tracking are also simple functionalities that businesses can utilise to drive growth. For example, enabling customers to text customer service departments, instead of having to call them (and most likely be put on hold or stuck in a long queue) can help speed the process up – both for customer service teams and for customers themselves. One example of a recent success is Ted Baker’s new chatbot, which is facilitating shopper communication and helping boost engagement thus maximise sales and customer loyalty. These customer-centric technologies are showing to be at the heart of recent retailer successes and are especially effective when targeting key audience demographics. 

Adopting a customer first mindset

By putting customers at the heart of a business’ operations, retailers are able to use data insights to not only enhance customer experiences, but spend money better in the long run and increase customer loyalty. For example, Allclear, an insurance specialist, freed up £20k of their marketing spend based simply on customer insights within three weeks – a prime example of how small tech tweaks truly can make all the difference.

In the extremely competitive marketplace of today, business should be looking to use every tool they have to reduce risk of failure, while increasing their chance of success. This doesn’t necessarily mean spending huge amounts of money – it simply means embracing the right technologies effectively to enhance customer experience in order to reap maximum business benefits.

Anne de Kerckhove, CEO of Freespee 

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Chromebooks are Windows’ greatest enemy, Microsoft earnings reveal

Microsoft just posted its second quarter 2019 financial results and almost everything across the board looks positive.

The company reported revenue of $32.5 billion and net income of $8.4 billion, which are both sharp increases over the company’s $28.9 billion in revenue and $7.5 billion net income from last year. 

Since last year, Microsoft reports that its Surface revenue has grown by 39% and gaming by 8% with a total 64 million active Xbox Live users during the holidays. On top of that, Intelligent Cloud revenue went up by 20%.

The only red spot on Microsoft’s earnings reports was a slip in revenue from Windows licenses. OEM Pro revenue went down by 5% this quarter and consumer licenses brought in 11% less revenue as well. 

Who’s stealing Microsoft’s business? The Chrome Caper

The software maker laid blame on continued pressure from the entry-level category, which we assume would be Chromebooks.

Considering Microsoft just released the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones just last quarter, we imagine and hope Microsoft will introduce another affordable product like the Surface Go

There’s a definite hole in the company’s product family for a truly affordable laptop and it could be what it just needs to fix the biggest weakness of its latest financial report. 

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iPhone 11 may get a triple-lens camera, but not iPhone 12’s laser 3D cameras

Apple’s iPhone 11 will have a triple-lens rear camera, but it’s the iPhone 12 that will include space-sensing laser-powered 3D camera, according to a new report today.

Everything about the 2019 iPhone, what we’re calling the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max today, focuses on the rear cameras, as detailed in a scoop by Bloomberg.

The triple-lens camera is said to add the ability to take wide-angle photos and videos, something that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and LG V40 can do, but not an iPhone.

The iPhone 11 Max seems destined to get the triple-lens rear camera first, while the standard iPhone and iPhone XR may get the three-camera hardware “eventually.”

More camera tricks await, apparently. An increased pixel count may lead to software that can repair a video or photo if the intended subject gets cut out of the frame.

Other iPhone 11 upgrades planned

Live Photos, first introduced with the iPhone 6S in 2015, could get its first upgrade in four years. Instead of capturing motion three seconds before and after a photo is taken, Apple’s plans are said to be double this, bumping it up to six seconds.

Today’s report weighs in on the on-again, off-again rumor that the iPhone 11 will include USB-C instead of the traditional Lightning connector. Apparently, Apple is testing some versions of this year’s iPhone with a USB-C port.

We’ve seen alleged iPhone 11 prototypes claiming that Lightning is staying put and others indicating that USB-C will be the new charging method. It sounds like Apple isn’t even sure yet.

No-brainer upgrades are said to be coming to Apple’s processor, likely the A13 chip, and Face ID sensor. iPad Pro 2018, you may recall, got an upgraded Face ID camera.

iPhone 12 with laser-powered 3D camera?

It’s never too early to begin talking about the 2020 iPhone, or what we’re calling the iPhone 12 for now. It’s destined to include some nifty new technology, too.

Apple is said to be bringing its 3D camera technology to the rear-facing camera, but unlike TrueDepth camera’s dotmatrix projection technology, it’ll use a laser scanner.

The iPhone 12’s laser-powered 3D camera would be able to work up to 15 feet away, whereas a dotmatrix projection works at distances of 25 to 50cm, suitable for Face ID.

Apple may have more ambitious augmented reality (AR) plans in 2020, with talk of  more accurate depth perception and placement of virtual objects in today’s report.

Where will Apple’s 3D laser camera land first?

Apple’s laser-powered 3D camera was destined for the iPhone 11, say Bloomberg’s sources, but the tech was delayed. Expect a triple-lens camera this year sans lasers.

However, we could see the idea in an iPad Pro a bit earlier than the iPhone 12. The report suggests that the next iPad Pro could debut in the early part of 2020.

Apple tends to wait a little longer than a year to refresh its iPad Pro line. The iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 launched last November, so the timing on this rumor makes sense, and it means you shouldn’t expect a new iPad Pro in 2019.

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5G Samsung Galaxy S10 won’t be ready at launch, source claims

Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S10, has entered production, a source told The Investor. But reportedly, the first wave of these phones won’t include 5G-capable devices. 

The source claimed that Samsung started mass production of Galaxy S10 phones at its manufacturing lines in Korea on January 25 – but these are models running on 4G. That flips the previously-understood arrangement wherein those factories would produce the 5G variants, while facilities outside Korea would handle the 4G editions. 

“The 5G Galaxy S10 is still in the pipeline and will start being produced later during the first half,” the source told The Investor (presumably, the first half of 2019). 

A previous rumors alleged, Samsung’s 5G S10 would be released on March 29, but without any more concrete info on launch dates, it’s impossible to tell whether this represents a slipped delivery date or if it was the plan all along to roll the 5G model out later in the year. 

Anything else?

The source affirmed a few other details we’ve heard so far, like in-screen fingerprint sensors across all three Galaxy S10 models, a triple-lens camera and a pre-installed screen protector. 

“All three S10 smartphones will house a fingerprint sensor beneath the screen allowing users to identify themselves in a more convenient manner than before,” the source told The Investor, countering a rumor we heard before that the cheapest model will have a side-mounted sensor.

We’d heard rumors that two higher-end models, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, are expected to have an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor to map prints in three dimensions, while the less-expensive third version will have an optical sensor to create 2D print images. 

We’ll have to wait for further Samsung S10 leaks to get a clearer picture of what’s coming in the new S10 phones – but we’ll see who was ultimately right when Samsung officially unveils the devices at its Unpacked launch event on February 20.

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Microsoft’s dual-screen Andromeda could quickly adjust its interface using ultrasound tech

It seems that Microsoft might be planning to use a clever system of ultrasound sensors when it comes to potential dual-screen devices like Andromeda.

That possibility is hinted at by a patent uncovered by Windows Latest, which outlines a foldable device with two separate displays, with one display section having an embedded ultrasound emitter, and the other an ultrasound sensor.

The latter will also host measurement unit and calculation unit components – in other words, hardware gubbins (stop us if we’re getting too technical) to enable calculating the distance between the display portions and the angle the device is open at.

The big idea is that the machine can then adjust the interface of the operating system, or switch into different modes of operation – i.e. tablet mode – depending on how the user has currently positioned the two displays.

The patent also mentions a ‘telephone mode’ which could be used when the displays are in a closed configuration, possibly pointing to the use of this tech in Microsoft’s Andromeda, the alleged “pocketable” dual-screen Surface device which could be a phone-laptop hybrid potentially due to be revealed at some point this year.

Open and shut case

Launching or closing applications is also mentioned as a possible use of this technology, meaning that when the sensors detect the device first being opened, for example, certain apps as specified by the user could be automatically fired up. Or other apps could be automatically opened (or closed) when, say, the device switches into the aforementioned phone mode.

All this needs to be implemented not just with the hardware, but also on a software level, which is why speculation has it that Microsoft is still beavering away with the software side of the equation: Andromeda OS. This is supposedly a modular revamp of Windows 10 which can be altered depending on the hardware it’s running on.

Everything is pointing to Microsoft looking to make far more flexible computing devices with an OS to match, and this potential application of ultrasound sensors fits into that larger picture quite neatly, enabling a device that can adjust itself on-the-fly depending on the exact configuration of its screens, and what the user is currently doing.

We’ve mentioned the rumored Andromeda hardware, but this could equally apply to Microsoft’s supposed dual-screen slate known by the codename Surface Centaurus. This is apparently a full-size tablet with two screens, sparking déjà vu for those who remember the decade-old Courier, a concept that was evidently well ahead of its time.

As is always the case with patents, though, remember that this concept may never get past the research stage.

If it does, however, we further imagine that the use of ultrasound technology in Microsoft’s hardware could give rise to a new Windows 10 app which is fully integrated with Photos, and allows expectant mothers to get a DIY glimpse of their unborn offspring in the comfort of their own homes. Or maybe not…

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Best USB flash drives of 2019: Memory sticks for all your data storage needs

No matter what you’re doing day-to-day, the best USB memory sticks are going to be a part of your essential kit. That’s why we compiled this list of the best USB flash drives, with a wide range of fantastic flash memory that’ll offer fast speeds, plenty of storage space and, most importantly, great value for money.

When we were putting this list together, we didn’t just look at the cheapest or smallest USB memory sticks, but also how much capacity these USB devices offered. In 2019, the best USB flash drives will carry huge amounts of data, from gigabytes of storage space to even terabytes!

The best USB memory sticks and flash drives also need to be dependable, so they don’t fail or break, making your data vanish into thin air. This means the best flash drives feature a strong build design. 

To help you choose which USB storage is right for you, we assembled this list of the best USB flash drives you can buy today.

If USB drives are either too expensive (for the amount of storage you’re planning to use) or their capacities are just not high enough (or you tend to lose them a lot), freel free to check out our list of the best external hard drives.

Patriot Supersonic Rage 2

If you want one of the fastest possible USB memory sticks, then the Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 is definitely the one for you. Sure, the price is high, but we were blown away with how fast the device is. If you need to move around large files quickly, then this is definitely worth the price.

It also comes with 128GB of storage space, which is a phenomenal amount of storage to carry around in your pocket. Just make sure you don’t lose it!

Kingston

Over the past two years or so, the rise in wholesale transportation costs has made it uneconomical for retailers to sell USB flash drives that were too small, with the cost of postage and packaging actually constituting the biggest portion of the selling price.

The Kingston Technology DataTraveler 100 Generation 3 is the most affordable 64GB USB 3.0 drive on the market with read/write speeds of 150Mbps and 70Mbps respectively. 

SanDisk Extreme CZ80

The SanDisk Extreme CZ80 is a brilliantly priced USB drive that offers plenty of storage space and file transfer speeds. Although it’s priced more towards the budget end of USB sticks, the performance is anything but budget – this is a very speedy little performer.

The slide-out design of this stick means you can tuck the USB interface into the body when not in use, minimising the risk of it getting damaged while you’re carrying it around.

Verbatim Pinstripe

This is the cheapest USB 3.0 drive on the market on a per-GB. It comes with a two-year warranty and a capless/retractable cap design. 

Worth nothing that Verbatim – a very well known Japanese storage and memory manufacturer – sells it on its website and usually has pretty good deals on the device.

PNY Turbo 256GB

Another memory vendor that turned into a player in the USB market as well. which features a capped design as well as read/write speeds of 80Mbps and 20Mbps respectively. 

These are not super fast speeds and if you want something with more oomph then check out some of the other USB drives in this roundup.

Patriot Supersonic Mega

A USB 3.1 drive (compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0) from one of the most established memory players on the market but a relative newcomer to this segment.

It has a zinc alloy body with aluminium accent and reaches read/write speeds of 380Mbps and 70Mbps respectively. No slouch and one that comes with a five-year warranty.

Samsung T3 SSD

We’re solidly in premium territory with this model; not only does it offer absurdly high read speeds of up to 450Mbps thanks to Samsung’s own 3D V-NAND technology, it also comes with a three-year warranty and has a USB Type C connector. Note that it is much bigger than a traditional flash drive and costs about five times a spinning hard drive of a similar capacity.

In comparison, a 1TB SSD like the Samsung EVO 850 costs just £240. It comes with V-NAND based like the Samsung Portable T1 and it does boast speeds of 530Mbps and 520Mbps in read/write mode respectively. Note that you will need to get a separate enclosure to get it to work with a standard USB port.

SanDisk Ultra Fit CZ43

If you don’t want a USB stick jutting out of your laptop or tablet while you use it, then a low profile USB stick is a good choice, and the SanDisk Ultra Fit CZ43 is an excellent choice. It’s small and light enough to easy carry around, and when it’s plugged into your laptop it doesn’t stick out much from the body.

It’s also very cheap, at around £10 for the 32GB version, with 64GB and 128GB versions also available. It’s not quite as fast as many of the other USB memory sticks we mention here, but if you want a small form factor USB stick, it’s worth the trade-off.

How to choose your USB memory sticks?

  • It’s not worth looking for memory sticks with capacities smaller than 64GB simply because the price premium you pay for twice or four times the storage is tiny.
  • Make sure you include delivery price when doing the numbers as quite often you end up paying more for the postage than the drive itself, particularly for low cost models.
  • USB 2.0 is sufficient for smaller capacities but not for bigger ones where write speeds can be sluggish. Larger flash drives (128GB or more) often come only with a USB 3.0 connector.
  • If you plan to move files to and from portable devices (tablets or smartphones), consider a memory stick with a microUSB connector and a full size USB one.
  • Avoid buying your memory sticks from vendors with few feedbacks on auction websites as these drives might turn out to be fake. All the vendors listed below are tried and trusted ones.
  • Above 128GB, you might want to consider a SSD if you want ruggedness, portability, versatility and better performance without the cost.
  • Note that all the capacities are likely to be much less than stated when they are formatted and when mounted on an operating system.

5 ways for brands to engage with Generation Z

Generation Z, born between 1996 and 2015, is fuelled by technology in all areas of their life. As a generation that has never known a world without the internet, their expectations are high – they want it to connect them, entertain them, sell to them and build their digital brand. And that’s just for starters. To Gen Z, there is no “internet” or “online.” Unlike their predecessors, they don’t see the digital world purely as a source for information, but rather as a way to stay connected to everyone, everywhere, all the time. Their connection to the digital world is so ubiquitous and seamless that the digital experience is their human experience, finds a new international study conducted by The Center for Generational Kinetics and WP Engine.

Gen Z is well on its way to becoming the largest generation of consumers by the year 2020. So how do businesses cater successfully to this internet-native generation with online services that meet with their requirements and keep them coming back? What’s needed is a change in mindset, tailoring online services to make them personalised and predictive. By reviewing their existing platforms, experimenting with new forms of communication and focusing on content, brands can forge meaningful relationships with Gen Z consumers – ones that will continue to develop as their purchasing power grows.

Embrace new tech

Gen Z has a powerful tech-centric view of the future. When thinking about how websites will function five years from now, more than three quarters (78%) of Gen Z believe that internet authentication will be done without keyboards via biometrics, 63% believe that everyone will have their own personalised virtual digital assistant (Siri, Alexa, etc.) for all their online needs and 78% believe that all software, websites and digital experiences will have digital learning and AI capabilities. By reviewing their existing platforms at the back end to ensure they are user-friendly and predictive, and regularly experimenting with new forms of technology, brands can make sure they are keeping up with these expectations.

Don’t neglect your website

Despite this generation’s eagerness to access the web using a myriad of different devices, they still show a clear preference for a company’s website over a mobile app when making purchases (69%). Gen Z has grown up in the hyper-personalised world of targeted advertisements and social platforms. 40% of Gen Z said they would stop visiting a website if it didn’t anticipate what they needed, liked, or wanted, and 38% would provide their personal data to enable a more personalised experience over an anonymous one. 

Gen Z is 25% more likely than Boomers and Gen X to choose a digital world where websites or apps can predict and provide what users need at all times. By providing personalised, convenient digital experiences to Gen Z, brands can ensure they remain both attractive and relevant, creating in the process not just one version of their website but as many as there are consumers using it.

Content matters

Close to a third (29%) of Gen Z prefer to be entertained by a company’s online content, in comparison to 94% of Baby Boomers who prefer to be informed. Meanwhile, nearly three quarters (74%) of Gen Z are more likely to purchase from a company that provides consistent and relevant content (videos, blogs, social media posts, magazines). 

Gen Z is also fiercely committed to authenticity when considering the brands they use and buy from. 82% of Gen Z trust a company more if the images they use are not photoshopped and 84% if they use actual customers in their ads. By providing entertaining content in a transparent way, brands can build a trusted connection with Gen Zers, encouraging them to share their experiences, albeit to specific people on specific channels – unlike Millennials who tend to see digital interactions as a communal experience to be shared more broadly.

Be authentic

Gen Z values online authenticity much more so than previous generations, expecting it not just in the interactions they have with others through social media sites but from retailers as well. 39% of Gen Z want a retailer or shopping website to guarantee that reviews are from real people. And not only do they want these to be vetted and backed with a guarantee of authenticity, but they have a strong sense of scepticism and can spot imposters immediately. 

By giving Gen Zers the honesty and openness they demand, this generation will reward brands by sharing information about themselves, and are more than happy to be served digital ads, as long as they are authentic and personalised to them.

Stand for something

As shoppers, Gen Z demands that brands be both socially accountable and imbued with a sense of authenticity in their interactions. 65% of Gen Z are more likely to buy from a company that contributes to social causes, while nearly a third (30%) have stopped buying from a company that contributes to a social cause with which they disagree. It is no longer enough for brands to just provide a product or service. To form an emotional connection with the latest generation of shoppers, businesses must now identify and support the causes that matter to them too.

The online world represents different things to different generations. To Gen Z, their human experience is their digital experience and they are dependent on it. They believe the future will be personalised across websites, apps and platforms and they want to access those unique experiences in new and interesting ways. By understanding their expectations and connecting with them in the right way, brands can future-proof their businesses and win over a whole new generation of loyal customers.

Fabio Torlini, Managing Director of Europe at WP Engine

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Samsung starts slowly rolling out Android 9 Pie to US Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus owners

Samsung started officially rolling out Android 9 Pie to owners of its flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus in Europe, Turkey and elsewhere in December 2018. Now it’s finally letting US users upgrade to the latest version of the mobile operating system, but it’s going to be a slow process.

Android 9 Pie will be rolled out to Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus and Galaxy Note 9 owners with Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile subscribers being the first. Those on other carrier providers will see the update “in the coming days and weeks,” the company told The Verge

Xfinity subscribers are also get first access to Samsung’s One UI, the company’s new user interface with a decluttered, cleaned-up look. It’s designed to make using Samsung handsets one-handed easier, but its specific split-in-half philosophy may have also paved the way for potential foldable phones. 

What’s next?

It’s not exactly clear when other carriers will get the update, which complicates an already-stratified Android Pie rollout scheme. We had originally anticipated the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus to get updated in January, so Samsung is barely making its own deadline. 

The Note 9 was slated to follow in February, with 2017’s flagship phones (Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8) getting it in March. The mid-range phones are next, with the 2018 models of the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8 Plus getting Android Pie in April, and so on.

Of course, those are just the initial dates, and much like with the Galaxy S9’s update, we could see Android Pie rolling out internationally before hitting the US. And then trickling out among carriers. Sorry, Samsung owners!

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