Samsung 'may' start updating phones to Android Pie in January 2019
Essential was of course the first company to roll out a stable piece of Pie to a third-party Android device, followed by OnePlus, HMD Global, and Huawei. Many others, including Sony, Motorola, and HTC, made promises (more or less vague), while Samsung... has yet to even acknowledge the existence of Android 9.0.
That’s hardly surprising considering how much time the world’s largest smartphone vendor needed to start sending Oreo goodies to the Galaxy S8. But early Galaxy S9+ testing made us dream with our eyes open.
Unfortunately, a recent message purportedly dispatched to Samsung Members in France seems to suggest Pie rollouts will not be underway earlier than January 2019. Apparently, that’s when new camera features “may” be discovered by Galaxy S9 and Note 9 users, with the Note 8 and S8 to follow further down the line.
Currently, Samsung appears to be working not just on optimizing standard Android Pie features, but also developing a bunch of proprietary tweaks and add-ons. There’s obviously still hope for an official, public beta program, although we have no idea when applications might start being accepted.
For what it’s worth, we now know a few extra Samsung Experience 10 upgrades in the pipeline, including a native Truecaller-style function for caller identification, VoLTE/VoWiFi support for the second SIM card on the Galaxy Note 8 Duos, and various voice recorder improvements.