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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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namfat
namfat

I don’t see Note 9 in the list? Do it missing or it can not update to Android 9.0?

sushmoyhossain
sushmoyhossain

J4+ and j6+ is gonna get android pie??

miki99m
miki99m

The Galaxy A7 2018 will receive android 9?

enginorsel
enginorsel

Exactly, it may also receive android 10 because it launched with oreo and A series receive 2 major. But samsung is cheating.. A7 2016 launched with 5.1.1 and 7.0 is its last update and a7 2017 needs to be launched with 7.0 but it launched with 6.0.1 with samsung experience nougat ui (there is no different between 6.0.1 and 7.0 with a7 17. Only numbers…) But A7 2018 is launched with OREO. If see older phones updates, A7 2018 needs to be launched at least nougat, not oreo. And its Samsungs injustics…

kiudroid
kiudroid

ñote 9 quando sera liberado

enzo ferreyra
enzo ferreyra

for s9 plus snapdragon g9650ds when

j0jun
j0jun

I wonder when is my Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 will receive Android 9 Pie update?

meyemmabasso
meyemmabasso

Mi A5 17 tuvo este Timeframe update release. ¿Qué significaría? ¿Que sería compatible para correr Android 9.0 Pie? No lo comprendo… La verdad No sé a qué se refiere con esta update .Si alguien pudiera explicarme, le estaré muy agradecida.
¿Es compatible para correr la beta de Android Pie 9.0 o no?

mohdsharuk
mohdsharuk

Samsung j7 pro 730f Oreo update date receive please

g73giorgio
g73giorgio

I don’t know why we bother… J7 2017 won’t get 9.0. I thought Samsung had got the message but … no. And you know what? I get that Samsung phones are pretty feature-packed, have had things that 8.0 and 9.0 versions of Android are now getting but I do care about security updates.

Samsung has built up a momentum.. Let’s hope they don’t lose that. Because if they do, no security patches or big updates will save the day.

miztrniceguy
miztrniceguy

What about Samsung Tablets? My 2017 Tab S3 still has 8.0. Pretty pathetic for s $500 tablet. My S9+ (ATT) still doesn’t have 8.1, but my mother in law got it 6 weeks ago on her J7. Same Carrier. Love the phones, but the updates suck donkey balls

sigitdido
sigitdido

Will ge Samsung Galaxy A8 star get update Android 9.0 ?

saboorthecool
saboorthecool

Yes

rawa muhammad
rawa muhammad

G

Swapnil8222
Swapnil8222

Galaxy A9 pro update 8.0 date

Saranan Majilya
Saranan Majilya

After viewing UX10 I observed all the icon size are large. It looks very ugly on hd screen. And new update of Samsung Music following the same. The album thumbnails are look very big and ugly like seen on a vga screen. Is Samsung think theirs user are all low vision?

saboorthecool
saboorthecool

I think it’s resizable like usual from display settings

resoo
resoo

ples halp me sm-j730gm & sm-j730fm after update on oreo 8.1.0 touchscreen not working, touchscreen not recognize . mising OEM . pls help

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 »

saboorthecool
saboorthecool

I have A8 and oreo update is already here

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

meyemmabasso
meyemmabasso

Mi A5 17 tuvo este Timeframe update release. ¿Qué significaría? ¿Que sería compatible para correr Android 9.0 Pie? No lo comprendo… La verdad No sé a qué se refiere con esta update .Si alguien pudiera explicarme, le estaré muy agradecida.
¿Es compatible para correr la beta de Android Pie 9.0 o no?

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

cakirbay21
cakirbay21

geç kalmışsın bile

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.

saboorthecool
saboorthecool

it’s for all flagships including mid-range apparently cuz A8 is getting Pie and the A8 released with Nougat

j0jun
j0jun

How about for my Note 9 exynos version from the Philippines does it be able to receive last major OS update to Android 10 Q?

muhammadmujahidiqbal
muhammadmujahidiqbal

you must buy S8

peterson12350
peterson12350

So Stop using samsung cause there are no possible reasons why S7 can’t upgrate to Pie.