Samsung revises Android Pie update schedule for Galaxy S8, also adding Galaxy M20 and M10

Samsung revises Android Pie update schedule for Galaxy S8, also adding Galaxy M20 and M10
Samsung has undoubtedly put a lot of effort into its simplified proprietary user interface for Android 9.0 Pie, which naturally meant the company’s first official update to the newest OS version arrived significantly later than similar enhancements for high-end phones from other brands.

But things seem to be progressing surprisingly quickly, with stable Pie-flavored goodies already available worldwide for the Galaxy Note 9 in addition to the Galaxy S9 and S9+, and public beta tests underway on the Galaxy Note 8, S8, and S8+.

There’s reason to believe those beta programs are also making solid advancements of their own, based on a newly revised Android Pie OS update schedule. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now expected to receive official updates by the end of next month, as is the Note 8.

Previously, the Galaxy Note 8 was slated for a February switch from Oreo to Pie, with the S8 and S8+ projected to follow suit in March. Similar changes have been made for several other devices, including the Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy A6, A6+, A7, A8+, A9, J4+, J6, J8, and Galaxy Tab A (2017), all of which should score their next big OS promotion earlier than initially anticipated.

But perhaps most intriguingly, the unreleased Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 are today making their debut on Samsung’s Pie OS update roadmap, targeting August UI makeovers. That’s... far from ideal, considering the visual flair of these two impending mid-rangers.

This also confirms the notched Galaxy M series will hit stores with an outdated Android build pre-installed around six months after Google first distributed Pies for its in-house Pixel devices.

Of course, you’ll have to keep in mind software updating plans are in a constant state of flux, especially for an always busy device manufacturer like Samsung. But if the current aim is to release Android 9.0 for the Galaxy M20 and M10 in August, it’s probably wise not to expect any movement on that front before July at the earliest.

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11 Comments

1. stulla

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Samsung is stubborn and will drive away lots of people with their ridiculous update policies

3. Panzer

Posts: 279; Member since: May 13, 2016

No most people don't care. And those of us who do care know that they will push it out when it is ready. I purposely left the Nexus line due to lack of features and buggy updates. Samsung will be just fine it has been like this for years.

4. nodes

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Last year even with beta program Samsung update had fatal bugs resulted in pulling the update and delayed it even further. At least now they are still in 6 months late, hope it's much better this year, though with the major changes to UI, i expect a decent amount of bugs.

5. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 356; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

That was for the s8 from my recollection, all other oreo updates for other Models has been bug free. I'd rather have a delayed software upgrade then one that is buggy and needs continuous further updates to rectify those issues.

8. nodes

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Because S8 is the first Samsung phone which got Oreo update, of course Note 8 and all other following phones won't get the same bugs. As for the user actually using the phone, it's pretty lame.

7. Elvis358

Posts: 203; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Than why eaven bother to update it in August. Let it leave where it is on Oreo. XD. Samsung fanboys!

11. sean8102

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 25, 2019

He is right though when he says most people don't care. The LARGE majority of smartphone users don't even know what the hell Android Pie is. As long as their phone runs their apps, and browses the web they don't care. And I gotta say after getting the Pie beta on my S8+ this morning its not much to get excited about. The only interesting things in the update are Samsung specific (new UI, dark mode) the changes to the core OS from Google are quite underwhelming IMO.

2. tokuzumi

Posts: 1821; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Every time I read "Galaxy Tab S4", I see it as "Galaxy S4", and think it's weird they are updating a 6 year old phone, but not the S5-S7.

6. Elvis358

Posts: 203; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Is this s**t? No it's just Samsung releasing a smartphone in 2019 with last year's OS version and will upgrade to new when android 10 will probably come out. Nice Samsung just nice.

9. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Weird that after reading this I figured I check manually for pie update on my note 9 & voila! There it was

10. p51d007

Posts: 700; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

7-8 months after google released pie, even "flagships" have not received the update. And, if you have a carrier based phone (especially in the U.S.), you may not even get it.

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