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 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 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 Note flagship, was the first Samsung device to Android 8.1 Oreo. It was joined by the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab A 10.5. The Note 9 is now running Pie.
The Galaxy Tab S4 was recently bumped up to Android Pie while the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is still running Android 8.1 Oreo. The Android 8.1 update has also spread to mid-range devices like the Galaxy J7 series
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 April Security Update
Samsung’s confirmed its April security update and it’s starting to roll out to some Galaxy models.
The company’s April patch is starting with the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J5 Prime, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J2 Pro Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy Tab S3, and Galaxy A30 and we expect it to land for more devices in April and May.
There are patches for five critical vulnerabilities discovered in Android and patches for 15 Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE). While some of the updates will be based on Android Pie, others will be based on Android Oreo.
The Galaxy A30’s April update brings improvements to earphone sounds and other updates will likely bring some bug fixes of their own.
For more on the contents of the April security update, check out 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 pushed out the January security update to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. So just because a device isn’t listed doesn’t mean it won’t get updates down the road.
Here are the devices set to get security updates for the foreseeable future:
Monthly Security Updates
- Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e
- Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9
- Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018)
Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates
- Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
- Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2018)
- Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
- Galaxy A2 Core, Galaxy A10, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A70
- 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 M30
- Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A Plus 8 (2019), Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab S4 10.5, Galaxy S5e 10.5, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh, Galaxy View 2
Current Models for Other Regular Security Updates
- Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017)
- 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, Galaxy Tab S3 9.7
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.
- Bixby button remapping.
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.
Samsung’s also pushing out a newer version of Android Pie. The update, which is currently rolling out in Europe, brings a new selfie feature that takes photos with narrower field of view.
The phone now defaults to a 68-degree FOV but you can go back and forth between 68 and 80-degree FOV. Don’t be surprised if some of these features come to the Galaxy Note 9 down the road.
This new version also brings improved stability for Wi-Fi and Samsung’s Contacts, Messages, and Video Editor applications.
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:
- 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 Note FE
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
- Galaxy A6 Plus (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy J8
- Samsung Galaxy J6+
- Samsung Galaxy J6
- Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
The company’s also confirmed Android Pie upgrades for the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20. Those updates will roll out sometime in August.
Android Pie also powers the Galaxy S10 and the upcoming Galaxy Fold. It should also run on the rumored Galaxy Note 10, the Galaxy Note 9 successor that’s expected to launch later this year, probably in late 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 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 and a release for older models like the Galaxy S7 still appears unlikely.
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, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy Note 8, but Samsung launched an Android Pie beta for the Galaxy A series in select countries.
We could see additional betas popup later in the year as the Android Pie roll out expands to other devices and other countries around the world.
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.
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, AT&T and U.S. Cellular.
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 many countries including:
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
The Android Pie update is also pushing out to the unlocked Galaxy Note 9 in the United States. The update is 1.7GB and includes new security patches.
Rogers, a Canadian carrier, says it’s rolling out its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie updates as well. Fellow Canadian carrier Telus is also rolling out the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 Pie updates.
Samsung is 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 Note 8 Pie update is also moving out to users in:
- Saudi Arabia
- United States
- Many others
Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to the Galaxy Note 8’s Android Pie update though AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon have since joined it. It’s also pushing out to the unlocked Galaxy Note 8 in the U.S.
Samsung’s also released Android Pie for the Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition). The device, which replaced the Galaxy Note 7, is getting the update in the Middle East.
Samsung is also pushing out the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ Android Pie update and the software is pushing to users in Germany, the Netherlands, Nordic countries, and other regions right now. The other regions include:
- United States
- Many others
Sprint was the first US-based Galaxy S8 carrier to Android Pie but it has since been joined by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon (Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+). It’s also rolling out to the unlocked Galaxy S8 model in the U.S.
Samsung’s also rolling Android Pie out to the Galaxy A8+ (2018) in Russia and India, the Galaxy A8 (2018) update in Russia, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands, the Galaxy A9 (2018) update in Poland, and the Galaxy A7 (2018) in Russia.
Android Pie is also rolling out to the Galaxy A6+ in Poland and we expect it to hit other regions soon.
The upgrades are starting in those regions, but we expect them to expand to other regions in the near future. We also expect Android Pie to hit other Galaxy A models soon.
The Galaxy J Android Pie update is rolling out as well and it’s starting with the Galaxy J8 and Galaxy J6. The Galaxy J8 Pie update is rolling out in Russia and the Galaxy J6 update is hitting users in Europe. We expect additional updates to follow.
On top of that, Samsung’s pushed the Galaxy Tab Android Pie update to the Galaxy Tab S4. The update is starting in Europe and it will spread in the coming weeks.
T-Mobile’s confirmed Android Pie for the Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy J7 Star and Galaxy A6. These updates are currently in the same “Manufacturer Development” stage.
Samsung’s also started testing Android Pie on other mid-range devices. The Galaxy J2 Core and the Galaxy J4 have been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance running the Android Pie update.
Samsung Turkey’s confirmed several upcoming Android Pie updates. The company’s set an April 19th target date for the Galaxy Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A8+ (2018), and Galaxy Tab S4. It also plans to push out the Galaxy J4 Pie update on April 26th.
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 – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy S8+ – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy Note 8 – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy Note FE – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy A9 (2018) – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy A8 (2018) – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy A8+ (2018) – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy A7 (2018) – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy A6+ – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy J8 – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy Tab S4 – Rolling Out Now
- Galaxy J4 – May, 2019
- Galaxy J4+ – May, 2019
- Galaxy J6 – Rolling Out Now
- 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.
Samsung Galaxy Android Q Update
Samsung hasn’t confirmed plans for Android Q and it will probably take awhile for the company to do so. Google’s planning six Android Q beta releases culminating with a final release sometime in Q3. The third quarter stretches from July 1st to September 30th.
We expect the first Galaxy Android Q updates to start rolling out in late 2019 or early 2020. Look for the company to start with the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, and the upcoming Galaxy Note 10.
Head right here for more about Samsung’s Android Q release.
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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