In this guide we’ll go over everything you need to know about Android 9 Pie and if your phone will get the update. As expected, Google released its next version of Android in August. Now, owners are wondering “will my phone get Android Pie?” and we have some answers.
While there are tons of exciting new Android Pie features in the news, sadly, most phones won’t get it anytime soon. In fact, most manufacturers are still wrapping up the Android 8.0 Oreo update from last year.
Google recently made lots of changes to help manufacturers release updates faster than usual, and the long Android P beta test surely helped. That said, we’re still not sure how fast updates will arrive from most manufacturers. It’s not all bad news though, and here’s a breakdown of all the phones getting Android Pie that we know of. We’ll update this list as we learn more.
Rather than detail a huge list of every phone getting Android 9 Pie, we’ll tell you what we know so far, and what we’ve heard from manufacturers themselves. Starting with the devices that have Android 9 already, the Google Pixel and Essential Phone.
Google Android Pie Updates
As expected, Google’s Pixel devices are the first phones to get Android 9 Pie. If you have any of Google’s Pixel phones you’re already enjoying a slice of Pie. If not, download it right here. Here’s the short list.
- Pixel / Pixel XL
- Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
Unfortunately, the older Nexus 5X and 6P will not get Android Pie. Your Pixel phones will get Android 9.0.1 or 9.1 first too. The benefits of having a Pixel, I guess.
Essential Phone Pie Updates
The co-founder of Android himself, Andy Rubin, recently started a new smartphone company. The Essential Phone (PH-1) is its first device, and it received the Android 9 Pie update on the same day Google released it. That’s the fastest we’ve ever seen an update arrive. If you have the Essential phone you’re already enjoying Pie.
Samsung Galaxy Android Pie Updates
The most important one of all is the Samsung Galaxy Android Pie update. Mainly because millions and millions of people use a Samsung phone. Unfortunately, Samsung is completely silent on the matter, and they will be for the foreseeable future.
What we do know, is that almost any device released within the last 18 months “should” get an update to Android 9 Pie. Not just from Samsung, but from anyone. Or any high-end phone, at least. That means you can expect updates to Pie for the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, Note 8, Galaxy S9, Note 9, Galaxy A8, A7, J8, Tab S4, and others.
Expect a Galaxy S9 and Note 9 Android 9 beta test sometime in November or December. Realistically though, we doubt updates will hit devices in the US until around February or March of 2019. Samsung is notorious for taking its sweet sweet time.
LG Android Pie Updates
Like Samsung, LG covers Android in a custom skin which makes updates take a lot longer than everyone else. And while we’ve seen fast updates from them before, lately they’re showing up late. A prime example is the LG V20 Android Oreo update, which hit devices 11 months after Google released the update.
Here’s everything we know so far about LG Android 9 Pie updates, and a list of devices we believe will get it.
- LG G7 ThinQ
- LG V30 / V35 / V40
- LG V20
- LG G6
- LG Q8, Q7
- LG K30, Q Stylus & other budget devices (maybe)
Remember, this list is unconfirmed but we’ll update it with more information as it becomes available. Basically, any phone released within the last 12-18 months by LG should get Android 9 eventually. Select older devices might get it too, like the LG G5, but we’re not sure.
OnePlus Android Pie Updates
Over the past 2-3 years, OnePlus has consistently been one of the best smartphone brands. They release awesome phones at affordable prices and deliver quick software updates. In fact, they recently confirmed a slew of OnePlus Android 9 updates are coming soon. Here’s the list, starting with the OnePlus 6 first.
- OnePlus 6 (first to get Android Pie, & the 6T when it gets released)
- OnePlus 5/5T
- OnePlus 3/3T
We believe the OnePlus 6 Android 9 Pie update will arrive before the end of September. Then, look out for OnePlus 5, 5T, 3 and 3T beta tests in September and October before those phones start getting the new software too. Some of these updates might not arrive until early 2019, but we have a feeling the company will be one of the fastest to deliver Android 9 to its customers.
Motorola Android Pie Updates
The Motorola of old loved talking about fast updates and smooth stock Android software experiences. These days, that’s no longer the case. While Motorola is very transparent and recently confirmed 8 devices will get Android 9 Pie updates, they’re leaving a lot of phone owners behind.
- Moto Z3
- Moto Z3 Play
- Moto Z2 Force
- Moto Z2 Play
- Moto X4
- Moto G6
- Moto G6 Plus
- Moto G6 Play
It’s nice to see Motorola supporting popular budget phones like the Moto G6, but this is an incomplete list. The Moto G5 and G5 Plus are barely a year old and apparently won’t get an update. Nor will the 4-month old Moto E5 from 2018. We’re hoping the company will add to this list, but for now, those 8 phones will see Android 9 Pie sometime later this year or in 2019.
HTC Android Pie Updates
Next on our list is HTC. Unlike Samsung, they’re telling us exactly what HTC phones will get Android 9 Pie.
- HTC U12+
- HTC U11
- HTC U11+
- HTC U11 Life (Android One)
These are the phones HTC will update to Android 9 Pie sometime in 2018 or 2019. The company said timelines will get released in “due course” so basically we have no clue when. If past updates are any indication, don’t expect Android 9 until next year from HTC. Plus, we’re hoping they add a few other phones to this list.
Nokia Android Pie Updates
If you didn’t know, Nokia is back and they make excellent budget Android smartphones. The company recently confirmed on Twitter some important upcoming updates.
Hi, Android Pie will be available for the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 8. Roll-out will be phased as usual to secure quality delivery. Nokia 7 Plus is part of the Android One program, which guarantees two years of software updates, including Pie.
— Nokia Mobile (@Nokiamobile) August 8, 2018
The company will deliver Pie to the phones mentioned above, although we’re not sure when. Google had 11 smartphone manufacturers join the Android P beta program, and Nokia was one of them. They’ve been testing Android 9 Pie since March, so we’re hopeful they’ll be quick to software updates.
Look out for the Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 to get Android 9 Pie first, before the end of 2018. Then, the company will slowly deliver it for other phones including Android One for the Nokia 7 Plus.
Sony Android Pie Updates
Another one of the 11 manufacturers that took part in the early beta program was Sony, with the Sony Xperia XZ2. That technically means we can expect the update earlier than previous years, right? Sony gave the best timeline for updates, and here’s what you need to know.
Starting in November:
- Xperia XZ2
- Xperia XZ2 Premium
- Xperia XZ2 Compact
- Xperia XZ Premium
- XZ1 Compact
- XA2 Ultra
- XA2 Plus
Sony’s latest XZ2 devices will all see Android 9 Pie starting in November and December, then eventually other phones will get it too. Keep in mind that these are rough estimates, and updates in the United States typically arrive later than other regions around the globe.
Huawei Android Pie Updates (and Honor)
Huawei and Honor make way too many phones to list. That said, the company is one of the better lately when it comes to software updates. However, just like Samsung and LG, Huawei covers Android in a heavy skin that takes months to develop. They haven’t made any announcements, but here’s a list we believe will get Pie.
- Huawei P20 / P20 Plus
- Huawei P10, Mate 10
- Honor 8, Honor 9, Honor View 10
- Honor 7X (maybe)
- Huawei Mate 9
Obviously, Huawei and Honor have a lot more phones than this short list. That said, the company hasn’t shared too many details yet so we’ll keep the list short. As soon as we know more information we’ll update this post with all the details.
A Few More Pie Updates
While not as popular, or big in the United States, there are several other manufacturers working hard to deliver updates. We’re talking about BlackBerry, or devices like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, the Oppo R15 Pro, and the Vivo X21. Not to mention the Vivo NEX, Oppo R17, and more.
In the future, we’ll update this list with phones from ASUS, ZTE, and anyone else that makes announcements regarding upgrade plans. For now, just know that most devices released within the last 12-18 months should get an update at some point in 2018 or 2019.
While everyone waits for more information, below are 10 Android Pie update tips to help you prepare for this latest software.
Android Pie Release Date
As we said earlier, Google announced Android P back in March. Since then, we've seen five developer previews and four betas for a bunch of devices. That was all for testing and ensuring the software is ready to go once they release it to the public.
So, when will Google release Android 9.0 P to the general public? Well, that all starts today, or August 6th for those reading this later. In a surprise turn of events, Google released Android 9.0 Pie (That's the official name) on August 6th earlier than anyone expected.
On the Android Developer Blog Google suggested late August. They released a timeline that confirmed the beta 4 and 5 in July, with a release date around August/September. And while we heard rumors of August 20th, that ended up wrong.
Keep in mind that August 6th (or whenever it arrives for Pixels) is only for Google's Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel 2 devices. Today, the official update is sent to manufacturers.
Now, the real waiting begins. We'll have to wait months on end for Samsung to develop, build, test, test some more, issue betas, fix what's broken, then deliver Android 9.0 to devices like the Galaxy S9 in 2019.
We're hopeful that Android P updates will come faster, but we're still pretty sure most big manufacturers won't deliver them until sometime in early 2019. So while Android Pie is here today, unless you have a Pixel, Essential Phone, OnePlus, or a few other brands, you won't get Android 9 until early 2019.
Hopefully they prove me wrong.
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