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Samsung Galaxy Android 9.0 ‘P’ update: A first, cautious preview

Ever since Google detailed Android P at its I/O 2018 developers’ conference earlier this month, we have received a lot of queries about the Samsung Galaxy Android 9.0 update release roadmap. As expected, Samsung hasn’t said anything right now about when we can expect the Android P update for Galaxy smartphones. It hasn’t even responded to calls for an explanation about why the Galaxy S9 hasn’t been included in the Android P public beta program. However, based on our experience of mapping Samsung updates, we can make a preliminary estimate.

The Samsung Galaxy Android 9.0 update release list below mentions all of the handsets that will most certainly receive this update in due course and those that won’t be upgraded to Android P. We say “certainly” based on our opinion and not on official statements from Samsung because there have been none so far with regard to the Android P update for Galaxy smartphones. The list below might change over the next few months if it’s updated based on any new information that comes in by that time.

Possible Samsung Galaxy Android 9.0 update release roadmap

  • Galaxy S9: First in line for the Android P update
  • Galaxy S9+: Idem (as above)
  • Galaxy S8: Second in line
  • Galaxy S8+: Idem
  • Galaxy Note 8: Idem
  • Galaxy A8 (2018): Idem
  • Galaxy A6 (2018): First in line for the Android P update
  • Galaxy A6+ (2018): Idem
  • Galaxy J6 (2018): Idem
  • Galaxy Tab S3: Second in line

Samsung Galaxy handsets that won’t get Android P

  • Galaxy S7: Already received two major Android updates
  • Galaxy S7 Edge: Idem (as above)
  • Galaxy A5 (2017): Idem
  • Galaxy A3 (2017): Idem
  • Galaxy J7 (2017): Oreo will be the first major Android update
  • Galaxy J5 (2017): Idem
  • Galaxy Xcover 4: Xcover devices don’t often get major Android updates

Samsung Galaxy Android 9.0 update release timeframe

As it stands in May 2018, it’s still early to speculate precisely when Samsung will release Android P for compatible devices. Some of its devices can run the beta version but Samsung’s handsets aren’t supported in Google’s Android P public beta program. Google will likely release Android P officially this fall and it’s only after that will we get a better idea of how soon Samsung might release Android P for its handsets.

Whether or not the support for Google’s Project Treble on the Galaxy S9 will make a difference remains to be seen. The project is meant to ensure the swift arrival of Android updates so many will be interested to see if that translates into a faster Android P rollout for the Galaxy S9 as well.

New Android P features

Android 9.0 or Android P as it’s referred to right now because Google is yet to confirm the official moniker, brings a few substantial innovations to the Android operating system. It brings a new gesture-based navigation system, leverages machine learning to reduce energy consumption and stricter privacy guidelines for apps. It will be interesting to see how the user interface changes particularly translate to Samsung’s Galaxy handsets when they’re fused with the company’s custom skin known as Samsung Experience.

That will only become clear once Samsung launches the Android P beta program for the Galaxy S9. If history is any indication, that’s probably going to happen towards the end of this year.

Explanation

The estimates that we have made above are in line with what has transpired over the past couple of years. Samsung has traditionally released two major Android updates for its Galaxy S, A and Note series. The Galaxy S9 will be first in line for Android P as it arrives with Android O (Oreo) and is now due to receive at least two major updates. The Galaxy Note 9 will be running Oreo as well but much like the Galaxy Note 8, it will receive Android P only after it has been released for the Galaxy S flagship.

The Galaxy S8 and Note 8 were launched with Android N (Nougat) and both have recently been updated to Android O. Android P will be their second major platform update and most likely the last. The Galaxy A8 is yet to be updated to Android O and that makes Android P its second major update.

Samsung has only released one Android platform update for devices in the J series – except for the Galaxy J3 (2016) which did not even get one. Devices like the Galaxy S7 that are already two generations old will get their final platform update to Oreo in the near future.

This might change if Samsung decides to shake up its update policy between now and next year. For example, if it makes a decision to release platform updates for popular handsets for at least three years after they’re launched. There’s no indication as yet of that happening but if it does, we’ll be the first ones to let you know.

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abdulwaheed99
abdulwaheed99

Samsung should release Android P for Galaxy S 7….Otherwise i will quit using Samsung

djares21
djares21

In my opinion Samsung s7 and s7 edge should get android P ! The hardware is much better then Samsung j6 !! Shame on you Samsung !!!

Luiz Gustavo Pereira
Luiz Gustavo Pereira

Why does samsung sells galaxy s7 in Brazil, if they do not plan to continue to give support?

bayfisher
bayfisher

The inability for samsung to remotely even push firmware security patches are in last place. being the conglomerate of the globe, its an insult to us all that we get our timely updates last at any period of time.

bayfisher
bayfisher

what does IDEM mean as it relates to the possible android P eligibility for updating.

Galaxy Note 8: Idem

saboorthecool
saboorthecool

It means “same as above”
so
s8: second in line
s8+: idem (meaning same as s8)
note 8: idem (meaning same as s8+)
so android p for note 8 is second in line with all the other phones like a8, s8, and s8+

Eddygraphic
Eddygraphic

Here we go again…… Samsung flagships won’t see this update until mid 2019 like they always do, and that is just an approximate, and this most likely is going to be the last major software update for the Note 8, yes, a device they are still selling for $800+ on their website, when the iPhone 5S that came out in 2013 is getting iOS 12……

ccc17
ccc17

The A5 2017 was relased in january 2017 running 6.0 marshmallow while phones like

Huawei p10, LG g6, LG K10(budget phone), Redmi Note 4X (january),HTC U Ultra, HTC U Play released 1 month later february 2017 were running already nougat

Nice trick from Samsung to claim that we already have given you 2 updates we can’t give you more
And you make us question the Samsung update policy

3lcras
3lcras

NoteFE get 9.0?

juan15313
juan15313

hay otra forma de pagar suscripcion que no sea por cuenta paypal

FADHILCELLULAR
FADHILCELLULAR

good

JACKPLUTO
JACKPLUTO

i hope we get the s9 messenger interface becuase this old interface is annoying and boring

zoya4u
zoya4u

What is Idem (as above)?

skeetz
skeetz

I Dont Maybe lol

Andrei603
Andrei603

it means the same

bayfisher
bayfisher

couldn’t they just leave out the IDEM caveat to keep it simple.

JungSuk25
JungSuk25

Does the samsung j6 2018 got updated to android p? If this thing possible? Please update me or us. Pretty please.

saboorthecool
saboorthecool

yes

justkev2001
justkev2001

it will be perfect if the older devices get the android P update i have a Galaxy A5 2017 and i would like to receive that update.

bgpuccia2987
bgpuccia2987

It would be good, but it’s not likely.

imart143
imart143

oreo is not working properly on S9, hope P will do it right..

vNezcro
vNezcro

The S9 has a trash camera and both the S9 and S8 don’t even have a physical home button. Not interested in them at all. I have the S7 an if it doesn’t get Android P it will most likely be my last Samsung phone and I will buy another Android brand after my S7 has hit 2 years of it’s life. But if they’re not good I will stick with the S8 or S10 if it will be better.

NicuPit
NicuPit

For the S7, Android Oreo is the last O.S build to be, only security patches will be for it. Android P WILL NOT LAND ON GALAXY S7.

supra22x
supra22x

I have S8 and the camera is great, S9 camera is probably better as Samsung usually have one of the best cameras on the market, not many phones have a physical home button anymore, in future doubt many if any phones will have one, I would get a Pixel phone if having the latest Android updates is main selling point

bgpuccia2987
bgpuccia2987

“The S9 has a trash camera and both the S9 and S8 don’t even have a physical home button”

This coming from an S7 user? Hahahaha!! Sounds like envy, my friend.

androidarren
androidarren

Samsung should offer a 3rd major OS update to flagship phones. Google releases a new version of Android every year, but it takes at least another year for Samsung to adopt. This makes our Samsung phones a year beyond the most-updated Android.

NicuPit
NicuPit

That is correct, Samsung is very lazy when it comes to that. It doesn’t give a clean Google Android O.S build.

ionif
ionif

Why clean Google O.S.? Samsung Experience is ok.

utahman1971
utahman1971

Really? S7 and S7 Edge got second upgrade? Haven’t received it yet. So, no that is not true at all.

vNezcro
vNezcro

It’s different for every country and yours probably just didin’t get it yet but it is out.

Nguyenhuydiem
Nguyenhuydiem

nhà sản xuất samsung nâng cấp android 8.0 cho galaxy A8 2018 lâu thế ?

smartybones
smartybones

Why do people continually expect that a consumer product will get updated to add features that it did not have at the point of sale? so long as the device gets timely updates for bug fixes or security holes for a reasonable length of time after its release then that’s all you are entitled to. you get apple fanbois going on that the entire device range gets updates to the latest ios release, but realistically you are just getting the new icons and a increment number. they keep the new features for the latest handsets. Android as it is, you… Read more »

JonL1992
JonL1992

If the Tab S3 gets Android P that would be amazing, but Android Q will be out by that time, I’m still on 7.0 waiting for Oreo

Eddygraphic
Eddygraphic

Is kind of laughable that a phone that cost $1000 dollars like the Galaxy Note 8 will get one more major Android update and that is it, abandoned forever with a hardware that is more than capable of receiving at least 4 more major software updates just like Apple will do with the iPhone X which will get iOS 12,13,14 and 15 most likely.

Arno014
Arno014

Como a samsung ira atualizar o Note 8 no Brasil para Android 9.0 ‘P’ se nem foi atualizado para o Android 8 oreo ainda.

Biransahin
Biransahin

There’s a lot of complaints here from people who either 1, don’t have or can’t afford a Samsung flagship, or 2. Bought a Samsung knowing it’s software policy (same as every other Android maker) and then complain about it as they were obviously so dim that they bought one anyway. And there’s Apple fans who talk about 4 years plus support without pointing out that after 2 OS updates an iPhone is only suitable for the recycling bin.

Biransahin
Biransahin

There’s a lot of bitching here from people who either 1, don’t have or can’t afford a Samsung flagship, or 2. Bought a Samsung knowing it’s software policy (same as every other Android maker) and then complain about it as they were obviously so retarded that they bought one anyway. And there’s Apple sheep who talk about 4 years plus support without pointing out that after 2 OS updates an iPhone is only suitable for the recycling bin.

bgpuccia2987
bgpuccia2987

Or 3, don’t understand how a tech business is ran. If Samsung Galaxy S2 would have Android 7 or 8 running officially today, then the need for consumers to upgrade their phones wouldn’t be as big as it is today and tech companies would crash economically. However, this does not mean that you cannot keep using an S2 today, it just won’t support the latest OS, that’s it. I don’t understand this over-excitement people have concerning software updates. It looks like they’re more focused on that than on the actual usage of the device. This is the way business is… Read more »