Galaxy S9 should land Android 9 faster

The new features that the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update brings to the table, and to the newly-announced Galaxy S9 and S9+ in particular, aren't overwhelming, but one of them is of particular note - Project Treble

It is Google's final push to remedy slow Android updates by separating the basic, core Android framework, from the manufacturer image, thus allowing it to be updated much faster than before, as it will be uniform across the board.

There are a few Project Treble phones currently on the market, like Huawei's Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, but those not launched with Oreo from the get-go, like Samsung's 2017 darlings Galaxy S8 or Note 8, won't be among them, even after their respective Oreo updates. The reason is that these were never crafted with the thought to have their Android core split from Samsung's Experience UI overlay.

If you want major Android software updates to happen faster on Samsung's handsets (and who can say they don't, given their average time between updates), you'd have to splurge for the Galaxy S9 and S9+, as, since those have been conceived with Oreo in mind, they are confirmed to support Project Treble. Thus, when Google takes center stage in May to announce Android 9.0 P, you can finally see new features and perks that your spring Samsung flagship will get much faster than what's usually a multi-month delay.

source: SamMobile

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3. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Android 9.0 in galaxy s9 in march 2019

24. DronGupta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

So true

4. DolmioMan

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

We hear this every year and it’s always a 6 month wait.

8. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

That's because treble was never implemented on any other Samsung phone before, it's only now from the S9 that treble has been implemented.

19. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

That does not mean Samsung will adhere to it. Nobody can actually force them even though it's actually been made easier for it to happen.

22. duckofdeath unregistered

Yeah, it's still optional. Which means the network provider will keep delaying and blocking updates just to keep selling new phones with their attached two year contracts.

25. Marcwand3l

Posts: 456; Member since: May 08, 2017

Yeah duckofdeath you are a complete noob that doesn't understand what Project Terble is and what it does. And it's not optional, if the phone ships with Oreo out of the box support for Project Treble is mandatory.

7. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Gotta miss the days of Google Play editions....

10. gamehead unregistered

I hope so

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Who knows if Project Treble will actually be effective in expediting the process...

13. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Project treble fail

12. jm405

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

I'll believe when I see it

14. Vega007

Posts: 92; Member since: May 18, 2017

I learned that when the word "should" is in the sentence, just throw it away.

20. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I highly doubt it. I love my Galaxy S8 but the updates have always been so annoyingly slow with all the S's. Every time someone says "hey it'll be faster this year" but still remains so slow. I swear it's actually gotten worse, I remember when I had an S5 it shipped with 4.4.2 and it even got a small 4.4.4 update (late, but still nice) then into 5.0, AND 5.1. My S7 I just got rid of only got one android version update from 6.0 to 7.0 in the time I had it...

21. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

"but those launched with Oreo from the get-go, like Samsung's 2017 darlings Galaxy S8 or Note 8, won't be among those even after their respective Oreo updates." Does this look right to you Daniel/PhoneArena?

23. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Fixed, thanks :)

27. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

No problem ;)

26. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'm not so overly concerned about delayed updates. Give manufacturers time to polish things otherwise you'll end up getting a public beta. Besides security updates, Samsung UI is already so feature rich.

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