Now that Android 9.0 Pie is rolling out to select Galaxy models around the world we want to give Samsung Galaxy owners a look at what we know, and think we know, about the company’s plans for 2019 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 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 what you should know about Android Pie if you own a Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, or another Galaxy phone or tablet.
Let’s start with a few things you should know about Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out.
Android 8.1 Oreo
Android Pie is an exciting update, but it’ll take months for Samsung to roll out Android 9.0 updates for all Galaxy devices. In fact, the company is still focused on getting Android Oreo out to devices lingering on Android Nougat.
Samsung started with the Galaxy S8, but the Android Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 has started to spread to flagships and most mid-range devices.
In the fall of 2018, 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 in early 2019.
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 February Update
Samsung continues to roll out monthly security updates and the latest update, the February security update, delivers fixes for five critical vulnerabilities, dozens of fixes for moderate vulnerabilities, and 12 fixes for Samsung’s own Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE).
The company’s February security update is rolling out to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy J6+, Galaxy J3 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2018). It’s also available via the Galaxy S8 beta.
We expect the February patches to hit flagships and mid-range devices 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 been removed from the list. So have the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.
That said, Samsung is pushing out the January security update to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The update is rolling out in the Middle East.
As we push toward the full blown release of Android Pie, here are the devices set to get security updates for the foreseeable future.
Monthly Security Updates
- Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+
- Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9
- Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018)
Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates
- Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
- Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2018)
- Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
- Galaxy J2 (2018), Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Top
- Galaxy J4, Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6+
- Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8
- Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20
- Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5, Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab S3 9.7, Galaxy Tab S4 10.5, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh
Current Models for Other Regular Security Updates
- Galaxy A3 (2016)
- Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy J5 Prime, Galaxy J7 (2016), Galaxy J7 Prime
- Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016), Galaxy Tab S2 L Refresh, Galaxy Tab S2 S Refresh
Samsung Galaxy Android Pie: What’s New
Thanks to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 Pie updates we have our official look at Samsung’s version of Android 9.0 which includes a new user interface dubbed One UI. It looks a lot different than Samsung’s previous iterations.
The UI was formerly known as Samsung Experience and TouchWiz and most devices are currently running Samsung Experience 9.5 or Experience 9.0.
Highlights from Android 9.0 Pie and the One UI 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.
- Lift to wake.
Samsung’s version of Android Pie also comes with Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, and many of the other base-level features Google brought to the operating system. You can read more about those in our Android 9.0 Pie versus Android Oreo walkthrough.
The Galaxy S9’s Android Pie update brings the Galaxy Note 9’s Scene Optimizer for the camera which automatically enhances colors to fit the photo’s environment.
It also delivers the Galaxy Note 9’s Flaw Detection feature. If you’re unfamiliar, the Galaxy Note 9’s software detects flaws like blurriness, blinking, and smudges in your photos.
Samsung is also rolling out the first major bug fix update to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 and it brings some essential changes to the devices. These changes include:
- The ability to schedule Night Mode.
- Wi-Fi stability improvements.
- Improvements to NFC.
- Improvements to Email.
- Gesture stability.
The update is huge, a 350MB+ download for most users, and it’s currently rolling out in Europe and Asia. We expect it to hit other markets in the near future.
These Galaxy Devices Will Get Android Pie
Samsung 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 2019:
- Galaxy S10
- 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
Samsung is reportedly working on the firmware for the Galaxy S10 which will almost certainly run Android Pie out of the box.
The company’s also confirmed Android Pie for the upcoming Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20. The updates will roll out sometime in August.
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 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)
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. They aren’t included on Samsung’s official Android Pie roadmaps.
Older devices like that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 probably won’t get upgraded to Android Pie. Neither device has received an upgrade to Android Oreo.
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 released its own Android 9.0 beta for select Galaxy devices.
At one point the Android Pie beta was limited to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, but Samsung’s launched an Android Pie beta for Galaxy S8 users in South Korea, India, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
The company recently released the fourth version of the Galaxy S8 Pie beta.
Samsung Galaxy Android Pie Release Date
If you own a Galaxy phone or tablet that’s relatively new, you’ll likely get Android Pie in 2019.
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.
Samsung’s pushing the Android Pie update to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ and the official version is rolling out in several regions including:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
- United States
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Android Pie update is rolling out in the U.S. and it’s available for carrier-locked models on Comcast’s Xfinity network, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.
RCS Universal Profile 1.0 support allow you to send emojis, videos, photos, and more via standard messaging which means you no longer need to use an app like WhatsApp to do so.
The Android Pie update is also pushing to unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models in the United States. The update is a 1.8GB download.
Samsung has also released Android Pie for the Galaxy Note 9 and it’s available in Germany, the Netherlands, India, South Korea, the UAE, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
AT&T is rolling out the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update right now and the update is 1.8GB. Sprint is also rolling out its version of the Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update. The update should also be hitting Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie beta testers located in the U.S..
T-Mobile’s confirmed its Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie updates though the software remains in testing behind the scenes with no release date.
Rogers, a Canadian carrier, says it’s rolling out its Galaxy S9 and GalaxyNote 9 Android Pie updates as well. Fellow Canadian carrier Telus hasn’t posted any firm dates yet though we expect most Canadian carriers to get these updates in February.
Samsung is also now pushing the Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update. The upgrade is rolling out in Bulgaria and Slovakia, two regions that weren’t part of the beta program, though the final version of the software is also available to beta testers as well.
The Galaxy S8 has been certified running Android Pie and according to Samsung’s roadmaps the device will get Android Pie in February or March.
T-Mobile’s confirmed Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie updates though the carrier says they’re still in the manufacturer testing stage which means they’re several weeks away from an official release.
T-Mobile’s also confirmed Android Pie for the Galaxy J7 Star and Galaxy A6. Both updates are currently in the same “Manufacturer Development” stage.
Samsung’s also started testing Android Pie on the Galaxy A series. The Galaxy A7 (2018) has been spotted on Geekbench running the Android Pie update. The Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A9 (2018) have also been certified with Android Pie.
Likewise, Galaxy J2 Core and the Galaxy J4 have been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance running the Android Pie update.
These appearances doesn’t mean that these updates will roll out in February, but this early testing means the update could arrive for cheaper devices fairly early on in 2019.
Here’s how Samsung’s official Android Pie release date breakdown looks:
- Galaxy S9 – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy S9+ – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy Note 9 – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy S8 – February, 2019
- Galaxy S8+ – February, 2019
- Galaxy Note 8 – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy A8 (2018) – March, 2019
- Galaxy A8+ (2018) – March, 2019
- Galaxy A7 (2018) – March, 2019
- Galaxy A9 (2018) – March, 2019
- Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 – April, 2019
- Galaxy J4 – May, 2019
- Galaxy J4+ – May, 2019
- Galaxy J6 – April, 2019
- Galaxy J6+ – April, 2019
- Galaxy A8 Star – May, 2019
- Galaxy J7 (2017) – July, 2019
- Galaxy J7 Duo – August, 2019
- Galaxy Xcover 4 – September, 2019
- Galaxy J3 (2017) – September, 2019
- Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 – September, 2019
- Galaxy Tab A (2017) – October, 2019
- Galaxy Tab Active 2 – October, 2019
- Galaxy Tab A 10.5 – October, 2019
These are all target dates and are subject to change based on the results of the public betas and Samsung’s own internal testing.
Install Android Pie for Better Security
If you value your security you should think about installing the Galaxy S9 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
Samsung continues to push important security patches for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ and your Android Pie update will bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your phone.
The Galaxy S9 Android Pie update delivers the company's latest security updates and we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches.
If you're curious about Samsung's security updates, you can read more about the changes on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android Pie on your Galaxy S9 for the first time.
The Android Pie update also comes with additional security enhancements including Lockdown Mode which is located in your security settings.
If you enable the Lockdown option via your settings you can quickly disable Smart Lock, biometrics unlock, and notifications on the lock screen so that prying eyes can't use them to access your device.
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