Recently, we have been getting many comments and emails asking when the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta program will start in countries like the UK and India. And our answer is: No one knows. That’s the disappointing truth, and this is how it has worked with previous betas as well. Samsung has never offered a concrete date for any beta release or expansion. Most info that has come out has been through the company’s untrustworthy customer care representatives.
Samsung isn’t saying anything about its expansion plans
The second phase of the Pie beta program will be launched for China, Poland, Spain, and France, in addition to India and the UK. Samsung may also include the Galaxy Note 9 in the beta program with the second phase, although it would technically be phase one for the Galaxy Note 9. Again, no one knows when beta access will be expanded to the phase two countries. Samsung launched the second phase of the Android Oreo beta program a month after its initial release last year, and it may very well be similar for Pie.
All we can do is hope Samsung picks up the pace in the coming days. It has said the public release of Android Pie will come in January for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, so there are only two months or so remaining if the end of January is Samsung’s target. Of course, it’s also worth mentioning that the January time frame is likely to be for the countries where the beta program was launched. Other countries may have to wait longer, possibly until March, although this is also speculation on our part.
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