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Samsung Galaxy Android Pie update changes and features detailed

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!

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TodesUrteil82
TodesUrteil82

Sorry to have to be the bearer of bad news to you all, but as a long time samsung supporter for roughly 10 years, with a s7, s8 and s9 I can without a doubt say the chances of anyone receiving pie on their s9 by january 2019 is zero. Samsung has always released the latest premium device first with the new firmware before the rest receive it. Thus the chances are the s9+, s9 etc. will receive it March to July 2019, if we are lucky, as the s10 will be released, what, February, March, April? Then slowly pie… Read more »

ccc17
ccc17

Ios 12 has landed to iphone 5s.Why are android phones limited to only 2 major updates?What is the point anymore of buying an android phone?

djcbs
djcbs

January 2019 works fine for me. I’m not updating any of my other phones to 9.0 Poop and with that timeframe it’ll give me enough time to evaluate how Samsung changed the crapfest Google produced. It’s also close to February and the release of the S10 wich will have a significant impact on my decisions. Presently I’m in a limbo between getting the S10 or going back to the S7. I don’t want to keep using the S9 (too big, bad fingerprint scanner placement). So if Pie only launches in January 2019,I’ll be able to delay the update long enough… Read more »

Biransahin
Biransahin

Abhijeet, for some reason this article makes me feel like walking around to the local coffee bar for a latte and a slice of cake. 😉 I seem to remember that all the OS updates I’ve had to the newest phone has usually arrived for me before the end of the year. Hopefully it’ll be the same again. One thing though is that Samsungs updates have always been virtually bug free, so I don’t mind waiting until it’s just right. It takes time, particularly with specialised Samsung Experience versions like on the Note which probably takes more work to do.

PJaya
PJaya

As i remember, on samsung device era ICS, camera apps does not show media from other folder, not sure which android it show what ever folder on last media, now it fix back again show only media from camera

GS7edge
GS7edge

Competition is getting tougher and Samsung should have focus on the software department to release updates for all devices as soon as possible. Releasing millions of devices is fine as long as all of them are updated fast enough.

fcaroll
fcaroll

The real question is: has samsung a real software department?

Yousef206
Yousef206

Does samsung have*

fcaroll
fcaroll

Thanks for agreeing with me mate 😉

Biransahin
Biransahin

Well spotted. His level of grammar reflects his level of intelligence.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Well, I think if you look at the firmware section on this site and see the constant 24/7 stream of software updates arriving for multiple devices it’s pretty obvious that Samsung have a software department. What a dumb comment. But I’m not surprised by it.

locarno
locarno

“include the phone’s ability to read the name and phone number during an incoming call”

I don’t understand this feature. I have it on S7 Edge.

med01baha
med01baha

Yeah many free apps can do it in play store

61530041
61530041

Shame on you samsung till jan 2019??? All other brands have started rolling out the new update
Keep going like this and lose customer 🙂

Wilksie
Wilksie

I’m pretty sure it’s always been released around December/January? It’s not stopped people buying their phones yet.

I have the S8+ so will expect it around March. January for flagships and a few months later for the previous years model. It’s how they always seem to do it.

Now Project Treble is included with newly released Oreo onwards (not devices that was upgraded to Oreo, just phones that launched with it), then I can see things getting a little quicker on the release front. Maybe November/December in the future?

med01baha
med01baha

It’s fake treble 😏😏 with just A partiton but not A/B partition
Other OEM finish beta programme But samsung can’t start beta programme still octobre and surely Novembre

rmbln01
rmbln01

On the contrary, that won’t be the reason for samsung losing customers as majority of them don’t really care about software updates.

kkb2018
kkb2018

Updates are overrated!

fcaroll
fcaroll

Updates would be overrated if samsung offered decent software. That would lower the need of updates

fcaroll
fcaroll

The most funny thing is that they need a new android version to add a space when swipe-typing or to fix a wrong gallery behaviour. They should fix those thing through app updates but they will leave you and your old phone with those ridiculous bugs

med01baha
med01baha

Sure slowly samsung slawly😤🤯😡
I can’t understund S9 cost over 1000$ with no Android pie in time like other smartphone cost 200$
Where is project treble samsung

Yousef206
Yousef206

Where the hell do you live the s9+ costs like 630$ in my country !

Biransahin
Biransahin

You actually think that the millions of people who buy Samsung phones every year are tech geeks like us? 99.99% of customers don’t know or don’t care about OS updates and security patches once their phones work? Don’t be so naive.. Lol!!