Samsung's Android 9 Pie update will be released in early 2019

Samsung's Android 9 Pie update will be released in early 2019
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ running Android 8.0 Oreo

Last month, when Samsung’s Android 9 Pie software leaked out almost entirely, it was presumed that a much earlier release than usual would happen. According to a post on the Samsung+ app, however, it seems the benefits of Project Treble will actually have almost no impact on Samsung’s release schedule.

Despite the fact that the Android 9 Pie beta for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is expected to commence in the near future, Samsung has announced that the final software version isn’t expected to reach Galaxy smartphones until “early next year.” Thus, the new schedule coincides more or less perfectly with the release of Android 8.0 Oreo, which reached Galaxy S8 units in early February and the Galaxy Note 8 in mid-March.

Alongside the newly-announced release date, Samsung also confirmed a few features that would make their way to the new software. These include 157 new emojis that range from a bagel with cream cheese and a mooncake, to a llama and a teddy bear. Also, users can expect the Adaptive Battery feature and support for App Actions and Slices.

While the wait for the official release may be pretty long, the support page for the Android 9 Pie beta went live a few days ago, suggesting that it will be released soon. It should be available to a limited number of Galaxy S9 and S9+ users across the US, UK, and South Korea.



1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Better late than never.

17. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

But that's the thing with Samsung always, the S8 will first get the update sometime between May and June. Now I remember why I stopped buying Samsung phones, unless they release a flagship version with Android One, then no thanks

2. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Better late than update with lot of bugs

3. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Come on... The delay is because it takes ages to re-skin Android with Samsung Experience. It has nothing to do with bug squashing. You actually have better chances to introduce fewer bugs if you keep closer to stock Android. Samsung Experience (and all other heavy skins) is just there to lock down people to the brand by making switching to competition look difficult. It has zero benefit for the customer. Only disadvantages.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Going from Android to Android is not a problem...... Samsung or not. Google saves all contact and messages if you save them to the cloud.... Come again. Note 9 vs Pixel three no contest

4. adecvat

Posts: 646; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Even Chinese updated their phones already. What take it so long?

6. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Samsung has to tweak it to add their usual stuff along with their UI.

7. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Smh, of course Samsung would take a long time to get the Pie update out.

8. sirohunter

Posts: 204; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

SO that's it for the S8 no more OS upgrades? :/

9. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Naah, I'm pretty sure it will get Pie. Just don't expect it before April.

10. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

It'll get updated. That would be pretty $#¡π¥ if they didn't update the S8 & Note 8.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I absolutely hate how split screen in done on Pie. They’ve made it too cumbersome for me.

15. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Sup bro Samsung should update first to 8.1 then android P that make sense. By the way note will delay update even more due to the note Spen software plus Samsung always updates there flagship before couple of weeks of relasing new Galaxy’s like upcoming S10 in order to buy the new S line.

12. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Having used Samsung phones for years, unfortunately that's the price you pay, slow updates. At least I've had constant monthly security updates. At this point if your going to consider a Samsung phone, you have to expect slow updates, no point in bitching about it. Until Samsung gets their act together, expect the worst in terms of fast updates

14. luis.aag90

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

There will always be worse offenders like LG and Blackberry. No excuse for the later because their skin looks like stock Android and they just have a handful of devices to support.

18. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Blackberry is pretty bad, they didn't even upgrade the dtek 50/60, still stuck on marshmallow. The priv only got one update, for the prices they charge that's pretty s**tty. I would of assumed becoming a software only company, updates would be a given.

13. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

Project Treble... just BS marketing! im saying this since day one. nothing will change and even the Android One phones are not getting Android Pie, it just confirms the BSness of Project Treble


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I think people misunderstood the Project Treble. Project Treble helps drivers get updated faster. But Android will still depend on the manufacturer's work. Definitely this problem will only be resolved if Google delivers the same update.

16. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

What a joke. "Better late than ever" my ass. This thing a out Android phones being updated later is getting old.

20. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

If my phone works as it's intended, with great battery life, i think minor software updates even if not provided are ok. Eventually we'll get the update. That's fine.

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