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4 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy S8 Pie & 12 Reasons You Should

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Pie update is rolling out and it could appear on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ in the near future. When it does, you might be tempted to install it right away. While there are certainly benefits to installing Android Pie the second it arrives, some of you might want to wait.

Samsung promised a Galaxy S8 Android Pie update in early 2019 and the company’s delivered. The update has left beta testing and it’s moving out to select models in select regions right now including the United States.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have all pushed updates to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. U.S. Cellular should roll out its version of the update soon enough.

The Galaxy S8 Android Pie roll out is gaining speed and we expect it to hit other devices in other regions in the near future. If you own a Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, or Galaxy S8 Active, you should keep an eye out.

If you downloaded the Galaxy S8 Pie beta or you’ve been following along, you know that the update comes with some massive changes including a brand new user interface. Samsung’s One UI looks a lot different than the Samsung Experience UI on Android Pie.

Other changes include new emojis, improvements to Always On Display, a new floating keyboard, lift to wake, and improvements to notifications. It’s an exciting upgrade to say the least.

Of course, Android Pie isn’t perfect. Galaxy S8 users are complaining about bugs and performance issues. Some of these problems carried over from Oreo and the Pie beta, others are brand new. If you’re having a great experience on Android Oreo you should be careful with Android Pie.

With that in mind, we want to take you through the best reasons to upgrade your Galaxy S8 to Android Pie and the best reasons to hold out for a few hours, a few days, or longer.

Install Android Pie for Better Security

Install Android Pie for Better Security

If you store sensitive data on your device and/or want to protect yourself from potential harm, you'll want to download your Android Pie update soon after it arrives for your phone. 

Samsung continues to roll out monthly security updates to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active and the Android Pie update brings the latest batch of security patches from Samsung itself and Google. 

If you're interested in the contents of Samsung's recent security updates, you can read more about the changes on the company's website

Android Pie also comes with some security enhancements aimed at protecting you and your data. One of these features is called Lockdown Mode.

With Lockdown Mode enabled you can quickly disable Smart Lock, biometrics unlock, and notifications on the lock screen so that other users can't get into your phone. 

Once you get Android Pie on board, you'll find the Lockdown Mode toggle in your Settings.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Barbara Woodin

    04/03/2019 at 8:06 am

    HATE THIS UPDATE – LOOKS LIKE A CHEAP VERSION OF AN OLD VIDEO GAME

    • Ross wollenhaupt

      05/02/2019 at 9:45 pm

      Do not install rotten pie One UI crap! It ruined my Samsung note 8. I am so mad, this is completely unacceptable. Everything about my expensive phone is gone and sound and bluetooth are crap now. Damnit!!!

  2. G Devlin

    04/03/2019 at 1:00 pm

    My phone used to help me, now its just hell, call reporting gone. Getting called all day by scammers on numbers previously blocked..warnings gone.
    Single press functions are now 3 presses to all points of the screen.. graphics haaaaaaaaaaaa.. joke phone now..
    Much more and this s8 is in the bin..

  3. Katie

    04/04/2019 at 6:36 pm

    It’s like I have a whole different phone now. There are features missing croom the S9. I used to love my phone, now it sucks w/this update. I can’t multitask with two different screens on at the same time. One of the reasons I liked my phone. Maybe an iPhone will do this.

  4. Tor

    04/08/2019 at 12:56 am

    This update sucks. Like my android how it was. First, I could schedule text messages which helped remind me to do things for myself and people. Second, I could place a background photo on my text screen something an iPhone doesn’t allow. Third, the entire screen when you open up messages is covered with an envelope saying if you have unread messages or not. Just put the phone back to how it was. The apps look like technology hasn’t caught up. I cannot have two screens open at once. If Samsung is looking to make their android like an iPhone I might as well have the real deal and not the off brand iPhone.

    • Kristy

      05/16/2019 at 7:11 pm

      Agreed, but you can still schedule messages. It’s under the +

  5. Mh

    04/11/2019 at 11:17 am

    After updating to Pie and the latest Bixby version, There is NO SETTINGS->Advance settings-> Bixby button to remap! Why do they do this? How can I this Bixby thing off my phone and use the button for an app I like and want to use?

  6. Mike

    04/11/2019 at 3:45 pm

    That’s not the half of it! I made the mistake of updating to Pie on my S9 and now the Pro mode in Video recording is GONE! I am livid! I use this regularly.
    So, if you use Video and you make use of the Pro mode, which is still available in the photo mode by the way, then DON’T DO IT!
    I’m currently fighting with Samsung to either put it right NOW or replace my phone with Oreo as standard. Then I just won’t upgrade.
    They can’t do this. Multi-national/multi-billion dollar industry can’t just ride rough shod over us.

  7. Scott

    04/18/2019 at 12:06 pm

    Um, no… Just about every un-sponsored post I’ve seen on this update addresses the MANY issues and overwhelmingly negative reception to this update. Mine just updated automatically last night and I’ve spent all morning putting it back to how it was.

    For those in need, here’s how to do it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0qEM5j34QI&t=431s

  8. Brent

    04/22/2019 at 7:37 am

    I cannot connect my Note 8 to my car screen via USB anymore, only Bluetooth! Praying for update soon to rectify this!

  9. Pete

    04/25/2019 at 3:18 pm

    DO NOT LIKE THIS UPDATE! I’m having trouble setting different tones for the different notifications. I don’t like the cartoonish icons. App icons are moved around and are different colors than they were before. My S8 was easy to navigate before. Not so much now.

  10. zAVER dINO

    04/26/2019 at 12:24 am

    Why don’t you simply tell us how PREVENT TO UPDATE to this rotten pie instead of preparing people to eat šit??

  11. Y1KES

    04/29/2019 at 6:42 am

    From what I’ve heard Pie on the S8 is like Marshmallow was on the S4. I kept KitKat on the S4 while most that updated said it never worked quite right again. Just got the notification-I’m waiting.

  12. Herb

    05/02/2019 at 5:32 pm

    Yet another extremely negative post about android 9 downgrade. That what the latest android software update is, a downgrade. I hate it! All the best parts of android that I used are no longer available. Previous posters have mentioned them. Whose idiotic idea was this? That person should be fired! What the hell is Samsung trying to do? Kill their business? They’re off to,a good start!

  13. Not AFAN

    05/07/2019 at 6:57 am

    Another unhappy customer! I got rotten pie upgrade the night before my vacation. I missed many, many important pictures. My battery life is now terrible.

    Time to switch to Apple!

  14. G.REED

    05/14/2019 at 8:35 am

    Enabling developer mode helped a few of the bugs, but my major issue is that tethering doesn’t work anymore! 8 worked great USB tethering to my chromebook, now I have to use my phone as a hotspot, and there is a huge slowdown doing this!

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