Android Pie 9.0 is now officially the latest version of Android, and the update has been rolling around in the world from the past few months in the form of Beta updates. The Android Pie update comes with a major overhaul of the Android Oreo 8.1. Samsung has been quite busy recently with the launch of various devices such as the Galaxy Note 9 Flagship and the Galaxy A8 Star. WIth the Android Pie now out, it must be making Samsung users wonder whether their Galaxy smartphone will get the Android Pie update or not.
Samsung delivered Regular security patches delivered for the Note, S, A, and C series as well and was at its ace game when it came for monthly patches. Hence, with that track record, so will get something similar and for big OS updates, if Project Treble is implemented, we can see Samsung delivering updates at a much quicker pace. However, do mark that devices launched before 2017 and 2016 have very thin chances of making it to the Android Pie servings.
- Android Pie 9.0: Features
- 1) Dark Mode for AMOLED screens
- 2) The arrival of Notch Support
- 3) New updates to the Messaging and Notifications
- 4) Performance enhancements
- 5) Enhanced Auto-fill
- 6) Strict permissions for apps
- 7) Support for Multiple Camera API
- 8) Screen Shot option in the Power-Off menu and New icons for the Settings menu
- 9) New Image compression and improved video codecs
- 10) Neural network API implementation
- List of Samsung Galaxy S series eligible for Android Pie 9.0 Update
- List of Samsung Galaxy Note series eligible for Android Pie 9.0 Update
- List of Samsung Galaxy C series eligible for Android Pie 9.0 Update
- List of Samsung Galaxy A series eligible for Android Pie 9.0 Update
- List of Samsung Galaxy J series eligible for Android Pie 9.0
- Samsung Devices that will not get Android Pie 9.0 update
Android Pie 9.0: Features
1) Dark Mode for AMOLED screens
Dark mode is one of the things that OLED display smartphone owners have been asking for for a long time and looks like Google is at last listening. And we might see a fully built-in Dark-Mode shipping with Android Pie. As we all know the use of White in Android’s UI started heavily with the Android Lolipop days and since then has been a big headache for OLED screen smartphone users. With dark mode, most of the UI of Android Pie is black thus saving battery on smartphones sporting an OLED display. Efficiency is what here we’re looking.
2) The arrival of Notch Support
As most smartphones coming in 2018 will have a notch display, such as the Moto X5, Huawei P20, Asus Zenfone 5 2018 series and more(OnePlus 6) to come. Google has finally decided to add a notch support feature which will take care of that display area where the notch protrudes out in the screen. So, no more, rectangles while watching your videos in full-screen. The developer preview itself supports the ability to emulate a fake notch whether it a small thin one or a large one like the iPhone X, it is there to serve your cravings for the new notch trend.
3) New updates to the Messaging and Notifications
This new feature in the developer preview allows the users to see a preview of the previously sent message from the conversation – and will enable users to send a reply direct from the notification itself.
4) Performance enhancements
Increased performance for ART(Android runtime) and apps written in Android’s new coding language Kotlin.
5) Enhanced Auto-fill
With the help of machine learning, Google has perfected the Auto-fill from what we have seen on Android Oreo. Thus making it easier and efficient for password managers to enter your correct credentials at the right place.
6) Strict permissions for apps
Google has also implemented limited permissions for apps that are idle and in the background to not to use them. These include restricted access to the Camera, the Mic of your device as well as other important sensors that might be getting used for suspicious activities like spying and similar, so maybe sad news for CIA and NSA.
7) Support for Multiple Camera API
dual-cameras and now even triple camera’s will be the new trend, and Google has ensured with Android P that apps have granular access to them with its new Multi-camera API.
With Android P, the power-off menu gains the ability to take a screen-shot, so now no more weird button combo fails.
Along with this we also get a more colorful settings panel now, which similar to an OEM Skin, gone are the black and white vector icons. Instead, we have more colorful icons conveying the meaning of that particular setting.
9) New Image compression and improved video codecs
The Future is HDR videos, and Android P takes care of that by including HDR VP9 Video(Profile 2) formats, as well as various other video codec formats, are now supported out of the box. HEIF image compression brings efficiency as less download size as well as less data on your storage is the whole point here.
10) Neural network API implementation
With the rise of AI assistants and AI-based products, Android P comes with baked Neural network API’s. This will help in expanding on device machine learning with a whole host of new elements.
You can read about the entire Android P’s new list of features in detail by visiting this link here. And with Samsung adding over its skin on top of Android Pie 9.0, once shall not expect the update to arrive anytime before October 2018 or by the end of 2018. Furthermore, this time frame will even be expanding to early 2019 for budget and upper mid-range devices.
List of Samsung Galaxy S series eligible for Android Pie 9.0 Update
List of Samsung Galaxy Note series eligible for Android Pie 9.0 Update
List of Samsung Galaxy C series eligible for Android Pie 9.0 Update
- Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy C10 Pro (Unannounced)
List of Samsung Galaxy A series eligible for Android Pie 9.0 Update
- Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2017
- Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2018
- Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018
- Samsung Galaxy A8 Star
History says Stick with the Pro variants that are at least promised the major updates. And till the time the next version comes up, you’ll be on Android Pie, for sure.
List of Samsung Galaxy J series eligible for Android Pie 9.0
- Galaxy J7 2018
- Galaxy J7 Pro 2018
- Galaxy J8 2018
- Galaxy J3 2018
Samsung Devices that will not get Android Pie 9.0 update
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
- Samsung Galaxy S7(G930, G930F, G930W8, G930FD)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 (all variants)
- Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)(A720F, A720DS)
- Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)(A520F)
- Samsung Galaxy C7 and C7 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy C5 and C5 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A(17)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A(16)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2
- Samsung Galaxy J7(2016)
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Core
- Samsung Galaxy On Max
Moreover, talking about the lower tier Samsung devices they have very slim chances of ever seeing Android Pie, as none of the last years have seen an update. And some leaks of the Galaxy J series suggests devices running on Android Nougat. Even if launched with Oreo, Samsung is not known for updating its entry-level and budget devices.
Other than that, do not expect the Android Pie update anytime soon, unless by the end of 2018 and early 2019. There are not even 10% devices running on Android Oreo 8.0, let alone 8.1. However, all the new Samsung’s upper-midrange devices launching in 2018 will ship with Android Oreo 8.0 with Samsung experience 9.0 out of the box. So, no products might come with Android Pie, unless it has the Pixel name in it.
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