Google’s confirmed a brand new Android P update and we expect many Galaxy devices to get upgraded to the software after Android Oreo. In fact, Android P could arrive a little faster than Android 8.0.
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 and Galaxy S8+ and the next batch of updates is expected in mid-to-late March.
The company’s Android Oreo release still has a long way to go, but we already have a read on the next major upgrade for Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
Earlier this month Google confirmed Android P, presumed to be Android 9.0 and known internally as Pistachio Ice Cream, for its stable of Pixel devices. The company also released a Developer Preview (also known as a beta) for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.
Android P will replace Android Oreo later this year and it’ll deliver an assortment of changes including new features, enhancements, tweaks, and fixes. It’s an exciting upgrade for Pixel users and it’ll be an exciting upgrade for Samsung Galaxy users as well.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed Android P and those announcements probably won’t come for many months. That said, some Galaxy users are curious about what might happen down the road so today we’ve put together a potential 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 Sooner Than Oreo
It's not on board the Samsung Galaxy S8's Android Oreo update, but Google's Project Treble, one of Oreo's key ingredients, is on board the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ and 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.
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.