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Samsung Galaxy Android 9.0 Pie update: A first, cautious preview

Ever since Google detailed Android Pie 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 Pie 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 Pie 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 Pie 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.

Update: Android 9.0 screenshots for Galaxy S9 have been leaked. Samsung is currently testing the Android Pie update for the Galaxy S9 in all markets.

Possible Samsung Galaxy Android 9.0 update release roadmap

  • Galaxy S9: First in line for the Android Pie 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 Pie update
  • Galaxy A6+ (2018): Idem
  • Galaxy J6 (2018): Idem
  • Galaxy Tab S3: Second in line

Samsung Galaxy handsets that won’t get Android Pie

  • 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 Pie for compatible devices. Some of its devices can run the beta version but Samsung’s handsets aren’t supported in Google’s Android Pie public beta program. Google will likely release Android Pie officially this fall and it’s only after that will we get a better idea of how soon Samsung might release Android Pie 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 Pie features

Android 9.0 Pie 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 Pie 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 Pie 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 Oreo. Android Pie 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 Pie 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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Kaio Luan
Kaio Luan

Era pro j7 neo tv 2017 receber o android 9 ele recebeu o 8.1 era pra receber o 9 tbm
eu acho q ele seja compativel com o android 9 mais e a samsung q nn quer atualizare
isso e foda e eu nn tenho dinheiro pra comprar um j6

kongacute
kongacute

What about Note FE?

ALI GBR
ALI GBR

need updates on Android j7

Ayyub Razaa
Ayyub Razaa

need updates on Android 9 … j8

gino76ph
gino76ph

I plan on getting the Galaxy A8 as it has been getting very good reviews. But I have major concerns. I’m a bit worried that the Oreo update is coming in too staggared, the Android Pie update may not come soon (unlike Sony’s roadmap). Will it come at the last quarter of this year? Or “early 2019”? My other concern is that although Samsung had made great improvements on it’s UX/UI optimizations, security updates and helpful features consumers are left out of major Android releases in a way the company is still considered slow with said updates i.e. whenever a… Read more »

usm2021
usm2021

ICAN SM-C7 PRO UPDATE WITH 9.0 PLS SEND ME UPDATE

Lucipin
Lucipin

I do not need updates on Android 9 … A5 2017 works great on Android 8.0

skeetz
skeetz

Android 9 better than Oreo though

amrati00
amrati00

I will smash my s7 edge

Gerson argenis hidalgo me
Gerson argenis hidalgo me

y el A7 2017? no esta en ninguna de las 2 listas

xenixas
xenixas

had s2 s3 s4 s5 s6edge s7edge now having s9plus all gets one or two main updates :/ its time to change samsung to other brand 🙂 explore

above8
above8

ANY PLAN OF UPDATES FOR NOTE 5

hayat6325
hayat6325

no maximum updated 7.0

wassim06
wassim06

why not s7 !!

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Samsung gives two major upgrades for all flagships, and S7 has already received Nougat and Oreo, so that’s it unless Samsung changes its policy.

muhammadmujahidiqbal
muhammadmujahidiqbal

you must buy S8

WatermelonPL
WatermelonPL

Why not on A5 2017? Too weak? My runs 8.0 and has fantastic performance!

skeetz
skeetz

Yeah 2017 models arn’t that old should get Pie!

zdravko.skeledzic
zdravko.skeledzic

S7 and S7 Edge are state of the art devices that can easily compete with current flagships. Since Pie is not some revolutionary change, it would be logical that Samsung release Pie upgrade for these, as security update.

willows
willows

Want to get latest update from samsung you must buy new device every year, samsung just want to sell their device

kapilrtn
kapilrtn

Samsung should release Android P for Galaxy S 7

skeetz
skeetz

It should just release it full stop for all, if you want to download do it if not dont?….they are lazy!!!

thesuperunknown
thesuperunknown

SAMSUNG so disappointing to see how they force their customers to reach deep into their pockets and buy the next upgrade while the rest deliver it free of charge.
its well known that plenty of models (such as the glorious S7Edge) do support the sofware yet are not on the plan to evolve the experience.

Inovatioin is a strongly use word on every launch event, its time to truly Inovate guys and deliver like the rest!!

i dare you 😉

buike4jesus
buike4jesus

I wish android P will come on C9 pro. It will be mucheck appreciated

vininmady
vininmady

s3 neo GT-I9300I i need update android ,

iamdanish12
iamdanish12

why there is not any firmware of AT&t phone

MI Sagor
MI Sagor

Samsung must release Android P for S7 & S7 edge.

NicuPit
NicuPit

It won’t release Android P because Samsung says it’s an old flagship now, to update it tO ANDROID P.That is their policy, you have to buy a Samsung Flagship every year, because they are making phones every year.It s how the Samsung employees have work every day, If not hey would stay at home, and o money for them.

ahmadakhan
ahmadakhan

samsung galaxy s7 or s7 edge should get Android P because they have good hardware

nabeel malik
nabeel malik

my samsung not comeing update j5 pro 2017 i wait new update

mohamed zouihil
mohamed zouihil

MY J5 PRO 2017 HAS received the latest update, NOW HE’S RUNING ANDROID OREO 8.1.0

abdulwaheed99
abdulwaheed99

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

allysonveras
allysonveras

Yes

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 !!!

baba000001
baba000001

agree with u