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Samsung needs to show some seriousness about the Android Pie update

November has just begun, and Samsung smartphone owners are still waiting for news on the Android Pie update. Forget the official update: We don’t even know when the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta will begin. We could look at when previous beta programs started and hope the Pie beta kicks off at around the same time. But then Project Treble didn’t exist before Android Oreo. And while we know Treble isn’t as helpful for software updates as we might think, it’s disappointing to see Samsung keeping mum on the matter.

Samsung’s still lagging with major Android updates

We have seen Samsung tease the Android Pie update through the Samsung Members/Samsung+ community, with a hint that the update could roll out officially in January 2019. But while Samsung is just teasing the update, other manufacturers have already released Pie for many devices. It would be unfair to compare Samsung with Nokia or OnePlus, who use stock Android without any of the UI modifications we see on Galaxy devices. But Sony smartphones do have some level of customization, yet the Japanese company has released Pie for at least three devices already.

Now, the kind of changes Samsung is making to its software for Android Pie go much deeper. The same goes for Xiaomi, Oppo, or Vivo phones. And since none of those three Chinese OEMs have updated any device with Pie, we guess we can cut Samsung some slack. Still, that doesn’t excuse the fact that Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 owners are still in the dark about when they will see the major OS upgrade arrive on their phones.

If there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s not coming with Pie

We also agree that like all major Android upgrades, the latest one isn’t that important because most of the features that are coming to stock Android now have already been around on Samsung devices. Oh, and that regular consumers don’t really care about software updates. That doesn’t make the current state of affairs less disappointing, though. And if Samsung can run a beta program for testing newer versions of Android, the company surely isn’t just thinking of regular consumers, right?

Samsung’s user interface might be the best out there, but its relationship with Android updates is still rather lacking. We’ve seen Samsung releasing security updates more frequently in recent months, and we can only hope things will improve when it comes to major OS upgrades for Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

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TwistedPrime
TwistedPrime

Xiaomi mi 8 and Poco F1 has Pie

siaho
siaho

TBH it should be not fair to compare samsung to the Chinese phones as they are a lot cheaper. Samsung is asking premium price and they should hire experienced and capable developers that can handle the enormous changes in reasonable time frame. The decision to heavy modify the software is their choice and no excuse (I would argue that if one person can do a lot of modifications to stock software and come up with something like viper ROM+kernel in a month or two, samsung with their highly payed developers team can do it too) + there are other manufacturers… Read more »

siaho
siaho

ALso I hope they atleast try to fix the exynos 9810 control(hotplug/freq scaling) in the pie update. As Andrei from anandtech showed in articles and custom kernels – it can be improved massively with NO battery life penalty at all.

zhrs123
zhrs123

Mi mix2s update Android pie with miui 10 stable version.

Tokher
Tokher

I wish to see more updates on My S7 Edge.
I wish Samsung update S7 Edge to Pie.

siaho
siaho

With you on that one, the phone is perfectly capable to run android 9 and one year more full support won’t hurt. After all apple updated to ios 12 the 2013 iphone 5s… s7e is 2016 model and the price was in the same range as the iphones.

AdL2012
AdL2012

Shame Samsung for late software update.
Project Treble is only on the paper….shame again!

manecki
manecki

And what update again march 2019. Not suprise

med01baha
med01baha

yeah …

dreadsta
dreadsta

I’ve been using Samsung phones since the Galaxy S5 and buying a new one every year or so. Every year around this time I get disappointed about software releases. Just a timeline would be nice. They need to stop releasing 100 phones a year if they cant provide timely updates.

ash55
ash55

Samsung is lagging in Software big time. If Huwaei with its ugly skin can get Pie why if samsung taking so long? Even in camera it’s lagging behind iPhone, Pixel and Huwaei.

fatehi
fatehi

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fatehi
fatehi

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med01baha
med01baha

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fatehi
fatehi

No.. This is beta firmware for UK

med01baha
med01baha

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deardevil
deardevil

Huawei has already phones with android 9. i don’t get why Samsung that are always showing results about the profit every year,but can’t hire enough crew to develop in time android pie to be released quick apparently,
i know everybody says Samsung goes deeper to transform and adapt android pie to touchwiz,but if they can release an updated phone every year to every series (galaxy S,A,Note..) they have, why can’t they hire enough people for dev the major updates?i simply can’t get that part.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

Software will be Samsungs biggest downfall. Every other OEM is focusing on optimising software now to work better with hardware.

fatehi
fatehi

Galaxy beta program will be startingt in WED 7 Nov. // SAMSUNG DEVELOPER CONFERENCE DAY

Mehdi0507
Mehdi0507

That would make sense. But I hope it will start maybe earlier.

fatehi
fatehi

No,I am sure WED 7, THU 8 NOVEMBER.