Galaxy S9+ with Android 9.0 Pie leak may hint at faster Samsung updates

Galaxy S9+ with Android 9.0 Pie leak may hint at faster Samsung updates
Google released the retail version of its latest Android 9.0 Pie software update on August 6th, and Samsung is already testing it on its flagship Galaxy S9, it seems. The world's largest phone maker has its own heavily skinned interface that has been offering many functionalities that Google just now introduces into Android, but still, it will supposedly be nicer to have them on a "system level."

A suspected Galaxy S9+ running Android 9.0 Pie has appeared in the cross-platform GFXBench database with the telltale sign "INVALID Android Samsung-ss Edition." This often denotes a Samsung device running official test firmware, excluding the notion that this might be a custom ROM/AOSP device. 

In any case, the S9 and S9+ are Samsung's first flagships that shipped with Android 8.0 Oreo hence Project Treble out of the box. As a reminder, Google's Project Treble aims to speed up Android software updates on non-Google phones by isolating the core functions from the manufacturer's overlay, thus reducing the amount of code that has to be developed and tested before each new Android version. 

Could Samsung deliver a collective surprise and update the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to Android 9.0 Pie in the next three months or so, as Project Treble presentations were promising? We cross our fingers, as this would be a watershed moment for the Android universe.

source: GFXBEnch via GalaxyClub

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)



1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Maybe. One-day faster is a great improvement after all.

2. yalokiy

Posts: 1116; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Let's see, they are on project treble now, so improvement is expected.

3. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Nice joke article. Samsung and fast updates can never be friends.

8. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Neither can you & making sense.

9. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Alright keyboard comedian.

11. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

everyone has to be different if not everyone would have a pixel so deal with it we are the ones creating this mess when it clearly shows android 8.0 miles better than ios 12... s9+ even smoother than or 100% lag free than ios 12 so what exactly are u talking about updates for cant you wait its not like the phone is broken.

4. kshavm

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

That's Android 9 build yes, but it's not from Samsung. The S9+ has a treble ROM available on XDA, and someone just ran the GFXbench app with that installed. So, this is actually a custom ROM (Android Pie GSI) that you guys are taking for granted as an initial build from Samsung (internal testing? hah!). You may want to update this article as in no way does this mean faster updates by Samsung. Even Nexus 5 has this ROM working, but that doesn't mean Nexus 5 will get Android Pie update from Google (pls don't write a title 'Nexus 5 Android Pie is in the works' on this, please.

6. adecvat

Posts: 659; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Invalid Samsung android Hmm, irony :D

7. andrewc31394

Posts: 304; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I don't have a Samsung device anymore, but I hope this is true as the sooner one OEM updates their devices perhaps it'll put some pressure on others to update their devices faster as well

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung’s update frequency does suck, but once you get the update, it adds a slew of features and doesn’t break anything. My other fav OEM updates way faster, but rarely do they add anything new, and are mostly patches and fixes for things the previous update broke. Guess it is what it is, but Samsung phones are so damn loaded, they don’t need updates as much anyway. My 512 Blue Note 9 is killing it, and already received its first update.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm hopeful, but won't hold my breath. It's going to have to churn through the US carriers. So while the exynos variants will get updates, the snapdragon based ones in the US will have to wait an additional 3+ months.

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