Now that Android 9.0 Pie is rolling out to devices around the world we want to give Samsung Galaxy owners a look at what we know, and what we think we know, about the company’s plans for 2018 and beyond.
Android P is officially called Android 9.0 Pie and it’s available for Google Pixel devices (Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL) and devices from select Android OEM’s.
With Android 9.0 Pie official and with the Android Oreo roll out slowing down, owners of Samsung’s Galaxy-branded phones and tablets are starting to wonder about the future.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed every Galaxy Android 9.0 Pie update, but thanks to early announcements, rumors and leaks, we can start to piece together its plans for Galaxy phones and tablets.
In this guide we’re going to take you through a few things you should know about Android Pie if you own a Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, or another Galaxy device.
Let’s start with a few things you should know about the immediate future.
Android 8.1 Oreo
Android Pie is an exciting update, but it’ll be weeks before Samsung rolls out the first (official) Android 9.0 update to Galaxy devices. For now, the company’s focused on getting Android Oreo to devices lingering on Nougat.
Samsung started with the Galaxy S8, but the Android Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 has started to spread to other flagships and mid-range devices.
Earlier this year the company ditched Android 8.0 Oreo in favor of Android 8.1 Oreo, a newer version of the operating system.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the company’s new flagship, is running Android 8.1 Oreo. The Galaxy Note 9 is joined by the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab A 10.5, two newer tablets that also run the Android 8.1 Oreo update out of the box.
The Android 8.1 update has also spread to mid-range devices like the Galaxy J7 series and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series. We expect more devices to move from Android Nougat to Android 8.1 Oreo this fall.
Devices running Android 8.0 Oreo probably won’t get upgraded to Android 8.1. Instead, we expect Samsung to move eligible devices from Android 8.0 to Android 9.0 Pie.
Samsung Galaxy December Updates
Samsung continues to roll out monthly security updates and the latest update, based on Android Oreo, delivers fixes for six critical vulnerabilities and forty fixes for Samsung’s own Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE).
The company’s December security update isn’t rolling out just yet but we expect it to expand to others over the course of the month.
For more on the contents of Samsung’s security patches, have a look at Samsung’s security bulletin.
Samsung’s put together a list of devices getting monthly and quarterly security updates. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have removed from the list. So have the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.
As we push toward the release of Android Pie, here are the devices set to get security updates for the foreseeable future.
Monthly Security Updates
- Galaxy S series (S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, S7, S7 edge, S7 Active)
- Galaxy Note series (Note 9, Note 8)
- Galaxy A series (A5 (2016), A5 (2017), A8 (2018))
Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates
- Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017)
- Galaxy A6 (2018), Galaxy A6+ (2018), Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star
- Galaxy J2 (2018)), Galaxy J2 Core (2018)
- Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J3 Top
- Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7+ (2017)
- Galaxy J4, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J8
- Galaxy Tab S2 L Refresh, Galaxy Tab S2 S Refresh, Galaxy Tab S3 9.7, Galaxy Tab S4 10.5
- Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016), Galaxy Tab E (8.0) Refresh, Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5
- Galaxy Note FE
- Galaxy S8 Lite
If you get an update in December, chances are it’s a security update rather than a new version of Android Oreo or Android Pie.
Samsung Galaxy Android Pie: What’s New
Thanks to the Galaxy S9 beta we have our first look at Samsung’s version of Android 9.0 which includes a new user interface dubbed One UI. The company currently calls its UI Samsung Experience and many devices are running Samsung Experience 9.5 or Experience 9.0.
Android 9.0 and One UI highlights include:
- Night Mode
- Unicode 11.0
- New card style UI with curved edges.
- Redesigned Quick Settings with rounded buttons.
- Updated lock screen w/ a new clock design.
- Improvements to the Samsung Dialer.
- Improvements to Always on Display
- Revamped Samsung Messages.
- Bixby Home UI changes including curved borders.
- Floating keyboard.
The Galaxy S9’s Android Pie update also brings the Galaxy Note 9’s Scene Optimizer for the camera which automatically enhances colors to fit the photo’s environment.
We also expect the update to bring the Galaxy Note 9’s Flaw Detection feature. If you’re unfamiliar, the Galaxy Note 9’s software will detect flaws like blurriness, blinking, and smudges in your photos.
Overall, the look and feel is a lot different than Android Oreo’s. And while we expect many of these UI changes to stick, Samsung’s feature list could change over time as the company tests the update.
There’s also chatter about features from the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 making it to older devices like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.
The Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly get a feature where a space is automatically added after a number when swipe to type is being used.
These Galaxy Devices Will Get Android Pie
Samsung hasn’t confirmed a full list of devices getting Android Pie, but we can make some predictions based on Samsung’s software update policy.
The company typically keeps devices updated with major Android software updates for two years. Samsung could alter this policy for Android Pie, but it hasn’t confirmed anything yet.
If it sticks to this protocol, here are the devices that will almost certainly make the move from Android Oreo to Android Pie in 2018 or 2019:
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8+
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
- Galaxy A6 Plus (2018)
- Galaxy J6 Plus
- Galaxy J6
- Galaxy J4 Plus
- Galaxy Tab S4
- Galaxy Tab S3
Devices like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge that have received two major software updates (Nougat, Oreo), are currently on the fence when it comes to Android Pie.
Older devices like that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 probably won’t get upgraded to Android Pie. Neither device has received Android Oreo.
These Galaxy Devices Might Not Get Android Pie
As for the rest of Samsung’s lineup, here are a few devices that might not make the move from Android Oreo to Android Pie in 2018 or 2019:
- Galaxy S7
- Galaxy S7 Edge
- Galaxy S7 Active
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy A5 (2017)
- Galaxy A3 (2017)
- Galaxy J7 (2017)
- Galaxy J5 (2017)
- Galaxy J5 (2016)
- Galaxy A5 (2016)
- Galaxy A3 (2016)
Again, Samsung typically provides two major Android updates before killing off support. It could make some major changes with Android Pie, but nothing is confirmed.
Samsung Galaxy Android Pie Beta
While OEMs like Sony partnered with Google and Qualcomm to offer an early preview of Android Pie, Samsung wasn’t part of this early beta program.
The list of supported phones included Google Pixel/XL, Google Pixel 2/XL, OnePlus 6, Essential PH-1, Sony Xperia XZ2, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, and the Vivo X21/UD.
Samsung wasn’t part of Google’s Android Pie beta program, but the company has released its own Android 9.0 beta for select Galaxy devices.
The Galaxy S9 beta is available in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and South Korea with a release for other markets including coming later in the month.
Samsung has also released an Android Pie beta for the Galaxy Note 9 and it’s now available in Germany, India, and the United States with an expansion likely coming in December.
For more on the beta, take a look at our guide.
Samsung Galaxy Android Pie Release Date
If you own a Galaxy phone or tablet you won’t get the official version of Android Pie until next year.
At its annual developer conference Samsung confirmed plans to release Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 in January, 2019 with other devices to follow.
The company didn’t provide a specific day and that will likely depend on how well the update does in beta testing this year. Some Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 models won’t get the update until February or later.
The good news is that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 have already been certified with Android Pie on board which is a great sign as we push toward January.
The Galaxy S8, and Galaxy Note 8 have also been certified with Android Pie on board.
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