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

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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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Biransahin
8 hours 40 minutes ago
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.

aledepon
2 days 21 hours ago
aledepon

“:Galaxy S7: Already received two major Android updates”

Made my day…..!!!
Where is the second major Android update, anyone saw it?
LOL

vishnunuk
3 days 5 hours ago
vishnunuk
Apple is gives you software support for 4 to 5 years. Samsung software support ends after 18 Months. Probably my last Samsung phone will be my S9 Plus. I am planning to move to iOS. Now mobile phones are matured they can handle all day to day tasks very well. No matter it costs $150(Moto C father’s phone) or $1100+(My S9+ 256GB).. Now software support is more important. Samsung have no unique software experience or feature.. they always change everything. S7 user may not get a feature he love on his s8 or S9. No consistency.. I bought S2 back… Read more »
OrbTech
3 days 3 hours ago
OrbTech

You’re right.. I have the S7 edge. I want Android just go for the Pixel or Nokia, other than that install a custom ROM…

Su0h
2 days 22 hours ago
Su0h

Quick reminder that Apple does make your phone slower on purpose so you buy a new iPhone sooner. At least Samsung isn’t backstabbing me after giving them a sh*t ton of money. and if you don’t like the samsung software you always can install a new rom and tweak it the way you like it

aledepon
2 days 20 hours ago
aledepon

Speaking of Apple…
Each update of and old device in more slower that the previous version of ios
Its the way the force ppl to get newer devices!
Try to use same phones like i did with on two iphone 5s devices
One on ios 9.0.3 and the second on ios 11.3
And you will see what i mean!

Biransahin
9 hours 2 minutes ago
Biransahin
If you knew all that already and returned an S2, why did you buy an S9 plus? Are you retarded? Why didn’t you buy something else? Who keeps a phone that long anyway? I change my Note every year so I always only see one upgrade, I never get to the second one.. As regards iPhone is concerned, after two OS updates the iPhone is garbage and you need to buy a new one. At least Samsung is honest about it.. My guess, you can’t afford it and the $150 Moto is in actual fact YOUR phone so you complain… Read more »
kalparker
3 days 7 hours ago
kalparker

Two updates, so that is two years of support. Why can’t the standardize their OS to be more like stock Android, then more of their phones can be updated more easily. But they want people to get new phones.

Biransahin
8 hours 55 minutes ago
Biransahin

Why? 1.Google only supports its phones for 2 years. 2. Stock Android is as exciting as watching paint dry which is why less than 0.1% of phone buyers bought Nexus or buy Pixel now. 3. Of course they want people to buy new phones, if Samsung said, “Keep this phone and don’t buy another one.” there’d be no Samsung after a while. You’re not exactly the brightest star in the heavens, are you? 🤔

ghadir595
3 days 17 hours ago
ghadir595

I said before Galaxy s7edge is not Samsung product

Ian Grech
4 days 12 hours ago
Ian Grech

Only 2 updates for such pricey phones is unacceptable. That is why from this year I will be moving to Apple. At least you get 4 to 5 years of updates which is perfect. It also shows respect for customers who invested in their products as well. All Samsung sees from customers are their money, period.

Biransahin
8 hours 46 minutes ago
Biransahin
Not really. If it was unacceptable nobody would buy them, and as Samsung is the biggest seller globally, that alone proves that’s not the case. As the vast majority of flagship buyers change every year or two they don’t care. 99% of phone buyers are not tech nerds so they don’t really know or care as long as the phone works. You know that 300 million new smart phones are purchased every year anf compare that to amount of views even the most popular tech YouTubers get and you can see that their opinions or the opinions of us here… Read more »
asgharkhall
4 days 14 hours ago
asgharkhall

Dont need P for S7 ..S7 is handy for P & offcourese we will install P Rom.

Crazy Johnny
4 days 16 hours ago
Crazy Johnny

Um, Note 8 just got Oreo and we are talking about the End-of-Life Android version (P) for a phone that’s less than a year old. And it probably won’t get the update until a year after it’s official release, LOL!

SteveTud
4 days 14 hours ago
SteveTud

That’s why i’m moving on, i’m Sick to death of waiting !

Kimmatanglawin
4 days 18 hours ago
Kimmatanglawin

How about the Note Fan edition? Will it be included in the list?

mimine
4 days 20 hours ago
mimine

My galaxy s8 + will be the last samsung mobile I bought.

zlatan09
4 days 20 hours ago
zlatan09

We will see Android P on Galaxy S8 in the middle of 2021. 😀 😀

Jonjon666666
4 days 21 hours ago
Jonjon666666

What with gaalaxy a7 17?

justauskis
4 days 23 hours ago
justauskis

What? S7 did not get 2 updates yet 😀 at least not in UK.

Jonjon666666
4 days 21 hours ago
Jonjon666666

Yes it is. But not all over the world. The oreo is in the way…

Haohan Wendy
5 days 1 hour ago
Haohan Wendy

Congratulation…Samsung Galaxy S9 will get android P…but wait September 2019 or Delay to 2020 hahahah

Umut Kurt
5 days 1 hour ago
Umut Kurt

Turkey is no longer the A7 2017 update of June 13 android oreo should come early should come too late now Samsung

5 days 2 hours ago
Alffian D

How about galaxy C ?

SlurfYouTube12345
5 days 2 hours ago
SlurfYouTube12345

It would be really great, if Samsung will give the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Android “P”.

The S7 flagship series is not the slowest phone on the market. Everyone would impressed about Samsung if the customers get the update in 2019.

mohsinm20a
4 days 23 hours ago
mohsinm20a

Dont joke bro…. its mid of may and we still didnt receive the oreo update on full scale … how can you expect Android P

djcbs
5 days 2 hours ago
djcbs

Unless Samsung completely reverts Google’s c*nt move where Substratum is concerned, I won’t be updating the S9 to Android P. Or, in Google’s version, iDroid.

I like my phones without gesture navigation (software buttons are bad enough) and without customisation limitations. That’s why I kept using Samsung after the S7 and as long as Samsung keeps their philosophy of ignoring Google’s idiotic UI decisions, I’ll keep buying their phones.

amarpra
5 days 2 hours ago
amarpra

Expected to get February 2019 – Galaxy S8

artongashi123
5 days 3 hours ago
artongashi123

J7 2017 didnt get any major software update (get your facts right ) whoever wrote this article is a joke.

bgpuccia2987
5 days 2 hours ago
bgpuccia2987

If you own a J7, then you shouldn’t worry about updates to begin with.

devilbooy
5 days 3 hours ago
devilbooy

Samsung : Galaxy S7: Already received two major Android updates
Me : opening XDA And Flashing a rom with new Android

OrbTech
5 days 2 hours ago
OrbTech

Lol I’m so disappointed

5 days 57 minutes ago
Jafar Sadeghi

Stock roms are better and stable than custom roms. Unfortunately

ionif
5 days 3 hours ago
ionif

J7 2017 didn’t got major update yet.. still nougat.

HideSystem
5 days 3 hours ago
HideSystem

A8+ 2018 SM-A730F ??????

PJaya
5 days 3 hours ago
PJaya

Again, want HIDE from SYSTEM?

RazerZ7
5 days 4 hours ago
RazerZ7

S7 Edge…
Processor Exynos 8890, octa-core, 4gb RAM, high-end…
But you can no longer receive the update because you’ve already won two major updates HAHAHAHAHAHA
Samsung is a joke.

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