Samsung has already released the Android Pie update for many of its devices, but such is the breadth and depth of its lineup that many models are yet to receive the update. While the waiting list mostly contains older budget and midrange devices, it also includes the Galaxy S8 Active and Tab S3 – both of which were flagships during their time.
It appears Samsung is finally gearing up to release the Pie update for the Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy S8 Active soon. Multiple variants of these two devices have received Wi-Fi certification with Android Pie onboard, indicating the release may not be too far. US Carrier variants of the Galaxy S8 Active, SM-G892U and SM-G892A, and several Tab S3 variants – SM-T820, SM-T825, SM-T825C, SM-T825X, SM-T825Y, and SM-T827 – have received the certification yesterday. Although not a rule, it usually takes a month or two after Wi-Fi certification for an update to hit the market.
To recap, the Galaxy S8 Active is a rugged variant of the 2018 flagship and is sold in a handful of markets. While the Galaxy S8/S8+ started receiving the Pie update in February itself, the Active variant has been kept waiting. On the tablet side of things, Samsung kickstarted the Android Pie rollout with the Galaxy Tab S4 last month, making way for the Galaxy Tab S3.
The Android Pie is a major update and brings many changes and improvements to the table. Primary among them is the company’s brand new One UI, which includes a system-wide Night Mode, camera UI tweaks, and other features. You can read our One UI (Android Pie) feature focus series to learn in-depth about all the new features included in the update.