Samsung may not have said anything about the Android 9.0 Pie update schedule for its many devices yet, but Samsung France has taken to the Samsung Members community to detail some of the changes the update might bring. In fact, the post about the changes also suggests the update will not come before January 2019. That may not surprise anyone, but it’s disappointing nonetheless considering so many manufacturers have been testing Android Pie for their devices for a long time now.
Of course, nothing is confirmed at this point, even if it comes from one of Samsung’s official community, but it does provide us with a good idea of what to expect feature-wise from the upcoming major update.
Samsung Galaxy Android Pie update changes
Some features that are already available on the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 will come to older devices like the Galaxy Note 8 with Android Pie. For example, a space will be added automatically after a number when swipe to type is used. This is already present on the recent flagships.
It has also been confirmed that the second SIM of the dual-SIM variants will support VoLTE and VoWiFi. This was enabled on the S9 earlier this year with a software update and is also supported by the Galaxy Note 9. Additional features are also included in the Android Pie update for native apps like the voice recorder and gallery.
Updates for the Gallery will let users easily access their recorded videos. Samsung has also fixed the part about the camera app showing all of the images when the app was launched through the Camera. It will only show the photos in the Camera folder when the Gallery is opened after taking a photo through the Camera app.
It has also been confirmed that new camera features are being developed which will be available from January 2019 which is likely when Android Pie will be released by Samsung. It will also be possible to use the phone’s flash in the direct focus mode, something which the Galaxy Note 9 already allows. Android Pie for devices like the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 will bring additional features from recent flagships as well. This includes the possibility to use a floating keyboard during gaming sessions.
New features that will arrive on all devices include the phone’s ability to read the name and phone number during an incoming call and the ability to cut audio recordings and listen to the part you want from within the app.
Leaked Android Pie builds for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 have surfaced already. We have already told you that Samsung is testing the Android 9 update for the Galaxy S9 in all markets. The company is yet to confirm any details about a beta program and it may be a while before it does that. It didn’t confirm the Oreo beta for flagship devices until early November last year so all hope is not lost for the Android Pie beta yet.
Thanks to our forum member FRBonvoyage for bringing this to our attention!