Samsung 'may' start updating phones to Android Pie in January 2019

Samsung 'may' start updating phones to Android Pie in January 2019
Even though Android Pie is still not a thing, according to Google’s official OS distribution numbers, a slew of non-Pixel phones have already started to receive the delicious new software update.

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.

source: SamMobile



1. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Even with Project Treble, Sammy is delaying updates to add its own true caller version bloat. Very good.

2. cocoy

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I don't mind if it take too long to receive an update as long as there were no issues.

4. Pcworld1976

Posts: 177; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

They always give problems

3. Pcworld1976

Posts: 177; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

Lol, stupid company

7. cocoy

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Why did you call Samsung stupid. It is as if you're calling the people (employees & stockholders) there stupid. Let's be civil, who knows they were helping some charitable institutions, the taxes they paid may also be helping some unfortunate people. Peace :)

11. Pcworld1976

Posts: 177; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

you're right stupid users

14. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Also, stupid trolls.

6. Staphmou

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2018

Shame on you Samsung, your flagships are still not on pie. It's the last time I buy a Samsung phone

8. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

what does PIe add for a samsung phone???

12. D34ever

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

What does Pie add to ANY phone? OS updates are overrated. I'm more interested in security updates. However, issuing timely updates shows that the OEM understands that this is an important issue with its customers. I don't think Samsung gets it. They are living on borrowed time. The Chinese OEMs are stealing market share by the boat load. Some are much quicker in issuing OS updates than Samsung. So it's just a matter of time before Samsung becomes "just another" Android OEM.

13. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

my s9+ is on the September security update... what does the October security update bring?

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Wow....don't dangle that carrot in front of us for 3 months. But in all seriousness, the software on my S9 is fine right now. I have a Pixel with 9.0, and there isn't an OS feature on my Pixel I really wish was on my S9. As long as Samsung releases the update that has no major bugs, I'll be happy.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Android already has a decent phone app for spam blocking and caller ID built in so why is that needed or the cause of a delayed update, a couple apps really?

15. gamehead unregistered

Better late than never, but why the long wait?

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Last few OS updates have been minor Multitasking & Power Saving features have been available on S devices for most of the decade. I could multitask on S4 & S5, I can picture in picture any app on my S8+

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