Samsung confirms Android Pie update roadmap for Galaxy S8/S8+, Note 9, other phones

Samsung confirms Android Pie update roadmap for Galaxy S8/S8+, Note 9, other phones
Samsung has just kicked off the roll-out of Android Pie for Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, although the update is only available in several countries. However, if you have another Samsung smartphone that you think it qualifies for an Android Pie update here is the company's roadmap as published earlier today.

Spotted by SamMobile, the timeframes for these updates are mentioned by the South Korean company in the Samsung Members app, but there's no word on which region will get it first.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is scheduled to receive the update in February 2019, not in January as we originally thought. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will come next in March, along with the Note 8, while the Galaxy A8/A8+, A7 2018, A9 2018 and Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 will get the update in April.

In May, Samsung plans to release Android Pie updates for the Galaxy J4/J4+, J6/J6+, and A8 Star. Then, Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 and Galaxy J7 Duo will be updated to Android Pie in July and August, respectively.

Three Samsung devices will get the update in September: Galaxy Xcover4, Galaxy J3 2017, and Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-inch. Finally, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2017, Galaxy Tab Active2, and Galaxy Tab A 10.5-inch are the last to receive the update in October 2019.

Even though these are official timeframes, the dates can change at any time if Samsung feels that the update is not ready for release. Some updates may even be canceled, so don't get too excited if you don't own a flagship smartphone.



1. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I know Samsung likes to take their time with updates to make sure they're bug free, but with a company worth this much, how about you hire more people and deliver faster updates? Or how about you start the Beta programs a bit earlier and make them more accessible to other countries? And here's a genius idea, STOP RELEASING NEW PHONES WITH LAST YEAR'S SOFTWARE!! Excuse me for the rant, but this isn't acceptable anymore. Samsung's fanboys excuse always was that Samsung releases so many models that it's harder for them to deliver quick updates, yet here we have Huawei, releasing phones with the latest OS version, and insuring quicker updates than Samsung, all while releasing hundreds of phones every year and they have one of the most heavily customized skins on the market.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great post bro, 100% true. This update thing is a major weakness for Samsung. The only thing I’ll give them, is as of late, the updates have been very bug free...not perfect, but excellent.

5. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I would go as far as to call their updates as perfect, as I don't remember when it was the last time I had issues after updating any of my previous Samsung phones. I might get over the fact of them being slower than everyone else, but releasing phones with last year's software version is what frustrates me the most.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That kills me too man. It’s just a bad move all the way around. Even if they have to change the release schedule, just do it.

23. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 382; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I have to agree, especially with their A series which I'm a fan off. My A8 shipped oreo and came with nougat!!! Wtf. At least the updates have been flawless for me with no bugs

27. srgonu

Posts: 565; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Not sure why a company has to make so many models if they can't keep up with updates and also confuses users.

9. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

quality, not quantity


Posts: 943; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

How are the likes of Huawei, LG and other android developers compared to Samsung? I know One Plus are good.

14. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Like to take their time? Samsung makes lots of models of phones and tablets It's hard to update fast when you have to rollout updates for multiple products. Comparing Dams uh ng update process to Apple or Google who make one phone in limited configurations which makes updating easier, is disingenuous. And every time you guys talk about Samsung update process you just sound hateful. If you want meaningless constant updating, get a iPhone or Pixel and then tou can ha e all the updates you want. Those updates on Samsung honestly are less meaningful because Samsung phones are packed with features that even Google many times dont natively support. The last Samsung phone I had that was updated to a latest Android, I didn't see much siddernce in capability or festures. As Bill Gatea stated, the best way to enjoy the full benefit of the latest OS is to buy the hardware with it preinstalled. Period. Uograding will never give you 100% of the benefit anyways. And where you live updates should be a huge issue because the Exynos models are directly updated by Samsung and they far and away quicker than US models. I think people just like to complain about the most petty things.

17. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Stop crying ffs. I sound hateful towards Samsung only for fanboys like yourself. I have the Note 9, Tab S4, and Gear S3, but yeah, I hate Samsung lol And no one even compared them to Apple or Google, I mentioned Huawei, who and using your very biased excuse, release hundreds of new models every year, more than Samsung, with a heavier skin than Samsung's Experience, yet they deliver updates on a higher rate than Samsung does. And seriously dude, you need the chill the F up, you seem like you can't catch a breath whenever you're responding to someone who dared and criticized your Gods in South Korea, like do you ever check your spelling mistakes while typing a comment? I get it missing out on one, two, maybe three mistakes, but damn it man, it's like a challenge going through your crazy essays.

22. Carlitos

Posts: 679; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Not that North Korean companies are gods but honestly with the amount of bugs other companies have releasing new updates to a lesser population , it doesn't really matter if they do release earlier. Specially when it's features that Samsung UI already has. I'm also glad they have improved their release time with the recent S9 updates, but again it's not really that big of a deal at, when it comes to general consumer.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


25. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Great post

26. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I agree with the releasing of phones with a generation of last year's software... And isn't Samsung working closely with Google? On the flip side I kinda appreciate the longer wait due to the update being virtually bug free. Plus the Samsung flagships have most of the features packed in all ready that the pixel is trying to achieve with it's latest software. Hell my iPhone Xs Max has updated 4 times since its new software release to squash bugs that could have been taken care with a little more time and troubleshooting. I hate to compare these two but it is what it is..

29. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

It's just a software update, it's not going to change your life. The wait is perfectly acceptable, if you want early updates with a higher chance of bugs buy something else.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung, hook me up in February, and not April please.

4. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 382; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Suprised to not see the A6 or A6+ on the list

6. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

My One Plus 6 runs Android Pie since like 3 months ago. Bug-free. Samsung should ensure that at least their current flagships run the latest Android.

8. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Thats because your One Plus doesn't have as much features to mess with as the "Experience UI"

11. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

And not as many phones to update.

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

It's because the Kne Plus isnt a US phone and its updated by the original OEM and tou dont have to wait for the carrier process. Also how many phones do they make? Like 2? Samsung makes how many models? The more you have the longer it takes.

18. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

edit: wrong reply

16. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The OP6 OS isn't totally rewritten down to the framework like Samsung, and doesn't have the software features Samsung phones have. Those changes take time.

19. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Odd because I had to roll back my OP6 to Oreo because of Bluetooth issues. My wife’s 6T on Pie has the same bt issues, but afaik she doesn’t have the option of rolling back because it was released with Pie.

12. gamehead unregistered

Better late than never

13. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Samsung really needs to get to a point, they directly update their phones and make carriers that want apps on them to make them available in the app stores. Because carriers cant be where they cant sell phones. Because Samsung can sell phone directly to customers and have the same system as Best Buy has as an example, where you CV an buy a phone doe a carrier and add the line or transfer your service to another device. I know the main reason they domt do this, is because outside Korea, they domt have many or any retail stores. Samsung should invest I'm having their own stores. But the Note 9 just came out, so Feb is good. But it womt be avail at most carriers until 2 quarters later, or Fter the next model release because they hope tou just buy the next model Nyways. But Samsung has been doing this long enough to have better options for their customers.

20. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Samsung sucks and fans will never accept it.

21. Tipus

Posts: 899; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Nah, your comment sucks and that's ok :))

24. Ichimoku

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Christmas bring peaceful atmosphere to the world and to the Phone Arena comment section. I am glad

28. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Slightly annoying that the Note 9 gets the update after the S9/S9+. Otherwise it's fine, no rush.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.