Samsung passed up a golden opportunity with the Galaxy Note 9. Just days before the Note 9 shipped, Google officially launched Android 9 Pie, bringing a brand-new way to navigate, smarter notifications, and indoor mapping with Wi-Fi RTT. The world’s most dominant mobile platform reinvented itself to stay ahead of the ever-changing smartphone landscape.

But you wouldn’t know it by looking at the Note 9. Samsung launched its new $1,000 phone with Android Oreo 8.1, an OS that’s technically newer but nearly indistinguishable from the one that’s running on the . And instead of making a statement to the Android community that it will not only make the best hardware but pair it

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