Samsung Galaxy Android 9.0 Pie update: A first, cautious preview
The Samsung Galaxy Android 9.0 update release list below mentions all of the handsets that will most certainly receive this update in due course and those that won’t be upgraded to Android P. We say “certainly” based on our opinion and not on official statements from Samsung because there have been none so far with regard to the Android Pie update for Galaxy smartphones. The list below might change over the next few months if it’s updated based on any new information that comes in by that time.
Possible Samsung Galaxy Android 9.0 update release roadmap
- Galaxy S9: First in line for the Android Pie update
- Galaxy S9+: Idem (as above)
- Galaxy S8: Second in line
- Galaxy S8+: Idem
- Galaxy Note 8: Idem
- Galaxy A8 (2018): Idem
- Galaxy A6 (2018): First in line for the Android Pie update
- Galaxy A6+ (2018): Idem
- Galaxy J6 (2018): Idem
- Galaxy Tab S3: Second in line
Samsung Devices that will not get Android P 9.0 update
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
- Samsung Galaxy S7(G930, G930F, G930W8, G930FD)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 (all variants)
- Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)(A720F, A720DS)
- Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)(A520F)
- Samsung Galaxy C7 and C7 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy C5 and C5 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A(17)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A(16)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2
- Samsung Galaxy J7(2016)
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Core
- Samsung Galaxy On Max
New Android Pie features
Android 9.0 Pie brings a few substantial innovations to the Android operating system. It brings a new gesture-based navigation system, leverages machine learning to reduce energy consumption and stricter privacy guidelines for apps. It will be interesting to see how the user interface changes particularly translate to Samsung’s Galaxy handsets when they’re fused with the company’s custom skin known as Samsung Experience.
The assessments that we have made above are in accordance with what has unfolded over the recent years. Samsung has generally launch two Android updates for its Galaxy S, An and Note series. The Galaxy S9 will be top priority for Android Pie as it touches base with Android O (Oreo) and is presently due to get no less than two android updates. The Galaxy Note 9 will run Oreo also yet much like the Galaxy Note 8, it will get Android Pie simply after it has been discharged for the Galaxy S leader.
The Galaxy S8 and Note 8 were launched with Android N (Nougat) and both have recently been updated to Android Oreo. Android Pie will be their second major platform update and most likely the last. The Galaxy A8 is yet to be updated to Android O and that makes Android Pie its second major update.
Samsung has only released one Android platform update for devices in the J series – except for the Galaxy J3 (2016) which did not even get one. Devices like the Galaxy S7 that are already two generations old will get their final platform update to Oreo in the near future.
This might change if Samsung decides to shake up its update policy between now and next year. For example, if it makes a decision to release platform updates for popular handsets for at least three years after they’re launched. There’s no indication as yet of that happening but if it does, we’ll be the first ones to let you know.