Google’s Android P update is getting closer and we expect a long list of Galaxy devices to get upgraded to move on from Android Oreo. In fact, Android 9.0 P could arrive a little faster than Android 8.0 Oreo.
Most Galaxy users are focused on Android Oreo and rightfully so. The Android 8.0 Oreo update is currently pushing out to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A series, and the Galaxy S7 with a new wave of updates planned for the summer.
Now that many Galaxy users have successfully upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo they’re wondering about the future and what’s coming next.
You can expect a slew of Android 8.0 Oreo bug fix updates, monthly security patches, and an Android 8.1 Oreo roll out. You can also expect an Android 9.0 P update for some, but not all, Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
Earlier this year Google confirmed Android P, also known as Android 9.0, and known internally as Pistachio Ice Cream. The company’s released a beta for its Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. The beta is also available for select OEMs like Sony. Samsung didn’t make the cut.
Android P is a substantial update and it will deliver an assortment of changes including new features, enhancements, tweaks, and fixes. It’s an exciting upgrade for Pixel users and it should be an exciting upgrade for Samsung Galaxy users as well.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed Android P updates yet and those announcements probably won’t come for a few more weeks. That said, some Galaxy users are curious about what might happen down the road so we’ve put together an early Samsung Galaxy Android P roadmap.
In this early guide to the Samsung Galaxy Android P update we’ll take you through some things you should, and shouldn’t, expect from the update and the release.
Some parts of the release are extremely difficult to predict at this stage, but we can make some educated guesses using the Samsung’s standard release protocol for Android updates.
Expect Android P to Arrive Faster Than Oreo
It's not on board the Galaxy S8/Galaxy Note 8/Galaxy S7 Android Oreo updates (at least not yet), but Google's Project Treble, one of Oreo's key ingredients, is on board the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. That's excellent news.
In a nutshell, Project Treble's goal is to help cut down the amount of time it takes for companies to release major Android software updates. This is obviously a huge problem with Samsung and its Galaxy smartphones.
Android Oreo started rolling out for Pixel and Nexus devices back in August, 2017. Samsung's first Android Oreo update landed in early 2018.
According to Google "Project Treble separates the vendor implementation (device-specific, lower-level software written by silicon manufacturers) from the Android OS framework via a new vendor interface." A formal vendor interface doesn't exist in earlier versions of Android .
So what does Project Treble mean for Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S9 that come with Project Treble? It means Samsung will be able to release Android updates without having to wait for its chip manufacturers (Qualcomm) to send an update. And that could translate into a much faster Android P upgrade for the Galaxy S9 and other Galaxy devices.
Qualcomm's also promised "fast commercial availability of the next version of Android." The company says that by "having early access to Android P, Qualcomm Technologies optimized its software on Snapdragon 845, 660 and 636 Mobile Platforms to ensure readiness for OEMs to upgrade to Android P at the time of launch." The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ both utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chip.
We'll believe it when we see it, but the days of getting Android updates months after Nexus and Pixel devices could end with Android P.