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

Update #3: Samsung has now released the stable Android Pie build for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. It has sent out the update ahead of schedule, not that anyone’s complaining.

Update #2: Samsung has launched the One UI (Android Pie) beta program for the Galaxy S9. Click here for our hands-on with One UI for the Galaxy S9. It has confirmed that the Android 9 Pie update will be released for the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9/S9+ in January 2019.

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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 #1: 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 Note 9
  • 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
  • Galaxy J7 (2017) (Since J7 (2016) received two major updates)

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 J5 (2017): Idem
  • Galaxy A5 (2017): Already received two major Android updates
  • Galaxy A7 (2017): Already received two major Android updates
  • 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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gwraith
gwraith

gwraith

234Sojib
234Sojib

g925i pie not abvlabil

bayfisher
bayfisher

Its sad that samsung left out carrier locked, but its due to carrier bloat and testing is why.

johnfocus
johnfocus

Pie Icons looks like Nokia from 2009 , ugly

bayfisher
bayfisher

fine with me, with nova, themes, icon packs, and adb tool i will have it looking as i desire.

kartepe4128
kartepe4128

GALAXY C7010 pro not Turkish languice?

stondec
stondec

I guess, according to the author, the Note 9 will not be getting Android Pie!

bayfisher
bayfisher

of course the note 9 is getting it next month. Note 9 is in the second beta stage as of today.

nihalsimran
nihalsimran

Pai beta program

enrico9800
enrico9800

SM-A605FN ITV get android 9?

meganix
meganix

yes in Q2 2019 i have this model

sarikul
sarikul

samsung g570f update but proble tach not work..s8+ update when same problem…..

Sabrina m
Sabrina m

Poderia me dizer por que depois que atualizei para ANDROID 8.1 EXPERIENCE 9.5 SAMSUNG GALAXY J7 NEO,parou de funcionar o touch isso é normal?
Tem como me ajudar…

chino221
chino221

Não é normal, você tem um problema com a tela do seu celular. Isso só acontece com telefones celulares com uma tela reparada

bobfrantic
bobfrantic

I sure hope the auto hide of the navbar will return in Pie! I hate gestures…

bayfisher
bayfisher

i despise gestures. I will have my bar auto hide using adb fastboot tool to hide the bar. gestures gets old after a while.

taha don
taha don

when c5 will get oreo update?

utvic99
utvic99

There’s no Note 9 or Note FE on this list, and they are receiving the update. Please fix that so as to not cause misunderstanding among some viewers.
And also you could put S7 and S7 edge on the “May or may not get” because Note FE is getting the update, which means there’s at least a slight chance for S7 to get it as well. But that’s just my suggestion.

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…

boriel octavianus
boriel octavianus

Sotoy lo kontlo ..

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