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Galaxy S9, S8, Note 9, Note 8, Note 7 FE Wi-Fi-certified with Android Pie!

Could Samsung be working on a surprise release of Android Pie to all of its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagships (the eligible ones) in January? Well, that’s what we’d like to think. The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, and even the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition with Android Pie on-board. It’s rather early for these certifications – the Galaxy S7 got its Oreo certification in April, a month or so after the official Galaxy S8 Oreo update had been widely released!

Of course, this may just be Samsung starting work on Android Pie early because of the new user interface. Samsung’s One UI is a big refresh for the company’s Android phones, so it would make sense for more comprehensive testing to ensure that the Pie update doesn’t have any major issues after release. The problems Oreo had despite months of beta testing are still fresh in our minds, after all. And rather than start a beta program for more than just the Galaxy S9, Samsung is probably looking to get things done as quickly as possible.

Wi-Fi certifications do suggest the Pie update could come out quicker than usual for all of these flagships, but we would prefer not getting too excited since it’s not how Samsung does things. Thankfully, it won’t be long before Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners in the US, Germany, and South Korea will be able to get an early taste of Android Pie and One UI. Samsung is expected to start the Galaxy S9 Pie beta program on November 15th, with the rollout of the final update slated for January.

Here are the links for the Android Pie Wi-Fi certifications: Galaxy S9 | S9+ | S8 | S8+ | Galaxy Note 8 | Note 9 | Note 7 Fan Edition

  • Model: SM-G960F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
  • Display: 5.8 inch / 147.32 mm Super AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Model: SM-G950F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm
  • Display: 5.8 inch / 147.32 mm Super AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 8895
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Model: SM-N960F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
  • Display: 6.4 inch / 162.56 mm Super AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Model: SM-N950F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
  • Display: 6.3 inch / 160.02 mm Super AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 8895
  • Camera: 12MP
Categories: Firmware
Tags: Android 9Android PieGalaxy Note 7 Fan EditionGalaxy S8 PlusGalaxy S9 PlusSamsung Galaxy Note 8Samsung Galaxy Note 9Samsung Galaxy S8Samsung Galaxy S9

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    • It's all about support period. Two major updates for all flagships in two years, so the Note 7 FE is eligible for Pie. Still hoping they change that to three major updates for flagships now that even the J series is getting two major updates.

      • Agree, it's time to push for 3 major updates + 1 year of security ones. Still not the 6+1 years of apple, but it would be a step in the right direction. After all they (this goes to all android phone makers, btw) target the same premium prices as apple.

        • It would be a start in the right direction but still you can't call yourself a competitor when you offer 1/3rd of the major software updates your competitors offer and even then that's the best case scenario. Especially now that there is a shift in the market and people realise that they don't need to buy new phones for atleast a 2-3 years, it amplifies the fact that Google first and then all other OEMs, including Samsung, needs to offer atleast as many, or close to as many updates as their biggest competitors do. We just can't act like Apple is not doing some things right and they raise the bar to a solid level that should be considered by other companies as a reference. I can go on and say so many nasty things about Apple, but the one thing they do right is that they put effort into their software updates and they keep supporting a device until it makes no sense anymore. Can any Android phone claim that? No. Not a single one.

      • It's not about the support period either. People that had returned their Note 7 were told by Samsung that they can replace it with an S7/S7Edge. So now that they rebranded a 2016 flagship and updated it to Nougat at launch its suddently being called a 2017 device? This is a big f**k you to everybody that stayed to the Samsung brand when the incident with Note 7 happened. They had every reason to stay away from Samsung. If people thought that Note 7 was explosive wait until S7 owners explode to the news that a rebranded 2016 flagship will get the Pie update and not their flagship that was recommended by Samsung. Just wait for it.

      • As someone here said, if Note FE gets Pie, it means that Exynos 8890 will get Pie support and the source code could be easily ported to S7 and S7 Edge. Meaning that even if Samsung doesn't update the S7 in the end, xda developers will be able to make semi-official ports

      • From previous reports it seemed that the noteFE would not have gotten any major update after oreo, this is a big surprise from sammy

    • probably numerous reasons. Firstly the newest release of Android is only the backbone of Samsung's phone software. They have now created their own version which is essentially an upgrade of base Android. Think of it as Android version 9.9. Secondly they have thousands of firmware versions to accommodate so it takes a long time to re-write all of them.

  • The biggest news here is definitely the noteFE. Pie means that at least the kernel sources for exynos 8890 will be published. I'd be happy then because developers could easily port the new touchwiz to the S7, if only it was a bit nicer

  • It's unlikely that Samsung will do this because if it does, then there will not be much sales and losses for other flagships. It's really a shame for Samsung, with this mess that's done, it's enough to see the list of Apple handsets upgraded to the ios 12. Until you realize that Samsung will never be Apple's big deal since it has updated iphone 5s to ios 12 but Samsung did not do it with the Galaxy S7 and will not update Android 9.

    • Two major updates are not enough? Just look at other manufacturers that never update their android devices and thank god that Samsung is giving you 2 updates for every smartphone you buy from them!

      Note FE released in 2017 with Nougat btw, so it deserves 2 updates Oreo and Pie.. unlike Note 7 that released in 2016 running Marshmallow.

      • well xiaomi is good at giving updates to their budget phones , even oneplus & Apple.... i dont have to say about that

      • Still, iphone 5s is 2013 device and will be supported till September 2019 (btw, got to play with one at work and it's really fast/fluid, especially on ios12). Not samsung, but all android phone makers should step up their game about software support the same way they step up the prices towards apple ones.

        • Thank you. Exactly my point on my posts. The fact that Samsung is doing a better job than other OEMs at updating their devices does not mean that it's still not a poor job. The whole ecosystem of Android is suffering from poor software update policies from Google that are archaic and non-competitive. This needs to change, we have reached that point. Samsung and Google it's almost 2019. You NEED to step up your game, period.

  • Galaxy Note FE? I swear to god if Samsung doesn't update the S7 and S7 Edge to Pie then I'm gonna burn the house down after essentialy telling everybody that got the Note 7 and having to eventually return it to replace it with an S7. People on this site should keep an eye of what's going to happen over this matter before considering buying a Samsung phone again. This is crucial.

    • What are you talking about? The Note FE was released in 2017 with Nougat so it will receive PIE.

      • You are not reading. The Note FE is a rebranded Note 7 with exactly the same hardware except a different battery. What Samsung essentially did is that they internally updated the device to Nougat and passed it as a 2017 device when it's essentially a 2016 device. So many downvotes. You people deserve for being mistreated by such companies.

        • You're complaining for not getting a THIRD major update for your phone while it's known that every Samsung phone gets only 2 major updates!

          It's Samsung policy that every phone released should get ONLY TWO major updates even if it shares same hardware like the old one as long as it's released with newer software version (FE released with Nougat). It's your problem that you didn't demand a full refund back then and waited for the next Note in 2017 which was the newer FE, instead, you went with the S7/edge and that was released in 2016 with Marshmallow which already got 2 updates Nougat and Oreo.

          • according to samsung a budget phone (J7 prime 2016) and a flagship phone (s6) are same? cause j7 prime is rocking android 8.1 with November security patch

            Or if they increased the amount of major update from 1 to 2 for budget phones, they should make it 3 for flagships

          • Then this proves 2 things. 1. The people that returned their Note 7 and got an S7 did a huge mistake, they should have bought a different brand phone. 2. Samsung's policy on 2 years of major updates is a serious issue and needs to be addressed and Google lets OEMs get away with the bare minimum (and in some cases even less than that even) which is always against the consumer. I'm not stupid, I'm just saying that we have reached a point that these archaic and non-competitive policies need to change and that we let these OEMs get away with WAY too much. It's less than smart to let OEMs like Samsung get away with this and say "it is what it is, well..." and call it a day. That's disturbing.