Samsung Android Pie update: Available for Galaxy S9, S9+, Note 9 and Note 8

Samsung Android 9 Pie update

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February 15, 2019: Users of the international variant of the Galaxy Note 8 can now download the stable version of Android 9 Pie. The update is available over the air and comes as software version N950FXXU5DSB2, weighing in at nearly 2GB and tags along February 2019 security patches.

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Samsung is the leading smartphone vendor in the world and as always, it is the South Korean company’s actions that will determine how fast the new Android 9 Pie update will gather pace. Google already did its part and made the AOSP available beginning August 6, 2018, and now it’s upon Samsung to make it happen.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet, this page has all details about Samsung Android 9 Pie update, what and when to expect it, the devices that will receive the OS and even more details on unofficial Pie updates via popular custom ROMs.


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Device list

Device Android Pie eligibility
Expected release date
Galaxy Note 9 Available
Galaxy Note 8 Available
Released on February 15, 2019
Galaxy S9 Available
Galaxy S9+ Available
Galaxy S8 Available (beta only)
Galaxy S8+ Available (beta only)
Galaxy S8 Active Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy S8 Lite (S Light Luxury) Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy A9 2018 Eligible March 2019
Galaxy A8s Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy A8+ Eligible March 2019
Galaxy A8 (2018) Eligible March 2019
Galaxy A8 Star (A9 Star) Eligible June 2019
Galaxy A7 2018 Eligible
Galaxy A6 Eligible March 2019
Galaxy A6+ Eligible March 2019
Galaxy J8 Eligible April 2019
Galaxy J7 2017 Eligible July 2019
Galaxy J7 Star Eligible July 2019
Galaxy J7 Neo Eligible April 2019
Galaxy J7 Duo Eligible April 2019
Galaxy J7 Prime 2 Eligible April 2019
Galaxy J6 Eligible April 2019
Galaxy J6+ Eligible April 2019
Galaxy J4 Eligible April 2019
Galaxy J4+ Eligible April 2019
Galaxy J3 V 3rd Gen Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J3 Star Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J2 (2018) Eligible April 2019
Galaxy J2 Core Eligible April 2019
Galaxy Amp Prime 3 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy On7 Prime 2018 Eligible April 2019
Galaxy On6 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy Tab S4 Eligible April 2019
Galaxy Tab S3 Eligible August 2019
Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) Eligible October 2019
Galaxy Watch Eligible Q2 2019

The Galaxy A8 2018 duo is expected to get a second major OS upgrade in Android Pie, but we don’t expect this OS on the 2017 Galaxy A family. As for the budget segment, only the 2018 series of Galaxy J handsets that have Android Oreo out of the box are guaranteed to get Pie.

If your Galaxy J device has Android Nougat or an older OS out of the box, there won’t be a Pie update for you. Like Google, Samsung usually rolls out two major OS upgrades to its premium phones and at least one to its midrange and budget models. This means that the Galaxy Note 9, S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, and Note 8 users are safe. As for the S7 series, the update to Oreo was, by design, the second and last major OS upgrade. Unless Samsung does a OnePlus, like it is probably already happening with the Galaxy A7 2017, the only way to get Pie on the S7 twins would be through custom ROMs.

In the slates family, the Galaxy Tab S4 and Tab S3 are definite contenders to receive Pie, although the update will arrive on the former ahead of the latter. The 2018 Galaxy Tab A should also join the party at some point.

So, if your device hasn’t featured in the table above, it’s safe to assume that it won’t be updated to Android Pie via official channels.

Expected release date

  • Stable Android 9 Pie available for Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 9
  • Beta version available for Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8
  • Galaxy A8s, A8 2018, A9 2018 and A7 2018 are next in line

The Galaxy S9S9+ and Note 9 received the update to Android 9 Pie stable in late December 2018 and early 2019, respectively. Since the S7 and S7 Edge have already received two OS upgrades, they’ll sit out this one. The OS will arrive on the Note 8 in February while the S8 and S8+ will join the party in March.

Next in line will be the Galaxy A9 2018, A8 2018, A8+ 2018, A7 2018, and Galaxy Tab S4, whose updates to Pie are slated for April 2019. Later on, Samsung will turn attention to the budget models beginning May 2019 with the Galaxy J4, J4+, J6, J6+ as well as sneak the A8 Star in there. The J7 2017 and J7 Duo will join the party in July and August respectively while the J3 2017, Tab S3, and Xcover 4 will get Pie in September 2019.

As for the Galaxy Tab Active 2, Tab A 2017 and Tab A 10.5, the stable update to Pie will arrive in October 2019. Here is the full Samsung Android 9 Pie release roadmap.

Related: Will Android Pie updates roll out as easy as pie?

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What to expect

Samsung has a new take on Android 9 Pie known as One UI, a shift from the Experience UI that came with Oreo. With this custom skin, Android Pie won’t look any similar to how Google made it, as you see on the likes of Google Pixel and Essential Phone mainly because the latter pair has no extensive customizations on top of AOSP.

RelatedSamsung One UI device list and release date

Either way, you can still expect to come across core Android Pie features like app actions and slices, gestures, digital wellbeing, smart replies, better notification management, and so on. Also, Always On Display is expected to receive some upgrades, where the notifications are now colored and no longer sit inside a circle. The AOD time and icons are not centered anymore and it appears Samsung has made some tweaks to the font as well.

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The main addition, however, is a new dark theme alongside plenty of other noticeable UI changes. You can check out all the new Android Pie features here. If interested, you can also take a quick peek at what the future holds in Android Q.

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Galaxy S9 Pie update

  • Released on December 24, 2018, in Europe
  • Released on Jan 30, 2019, on Verizon Wireless (U.S.), a day after Xfinity

Following weeks of testing, Samsung finally released the first stable version of Android 9 Pie with One UI on top for Galaxy S9 and S9+ on December 24, 2018. The first carrier variant in the U.S. got the Pie update on January 29, 2019, and a day later the OS arrived on Verizon Wireless. More carriers should start rolling out the OS in February 2019.

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Galaxy S8 Pie update

  • Android 9 to release in March 2019 (stable build)
  • Beta version available already

Samsung opened up on its plans to release the Android Pie update. The timeline puts the Galaxy S8 Android Pie rollout to March 2019, which is a bit earlier than the time the S7 got its second OS upgrade to Oreo. You can download the S8 Pie beta update from here, BTW.

Like with the case of Oreo, it will take some time before the Pie update arrives on the Galaxy S8 Active as well as other carrier variants of the S8 and S8+, which could see some devices joining the party in April or even May 2019. The update to Android 9 Pie will be the second and last major OS upgrade for the S8 series.

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Galaxy S7 Pie update

  • Not eligible for Android 9 Pie update

Samsung usually rolls out two major OS upgrades to its flagship phones in the S series. With the update to Oreo, the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and S7 Active were receiving their second and last major OS upgrade, meaning they won’t be getting any official update to Pie.

On the brighter side, you can watch out for unofficial Android 9 Pie updates for these devices on this page and this page and hopefully, you’ll get lucky at some point in future.

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Galaxy Note 9 Pie update

  • Stable Pie update released for the global variant
  • AT&T begins rolling out Pie in the U.S. (Jan 31)

Samsung released the stable version of its Android Pie update for Note 9 in Europe on the fourth day of 2019. Identified as software version N960FXXU2CRLT, or CRLT in short, the update first rolled out in Germany and later on found its way to other parts of the world that use the N960F variant. Those in the U.S. had to wait until the final day of January 2019, with AT&T leading the race.

The rest of the carriers, including Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, should begin their own rollouts pretty soon.

Related: Galaxy Note 9 Android 9 Pie update news

Galaxy Note 8 Pie update

  • Android Pie available for model SM-N950F as from Feb 15, 2019
  • More variants/regions to join soon

Samsung has released the stable version of Android 9 Pie for the international Galaxy Note 8 with model number SM-N950F. Next in line should be the U.S. market, with expectations high that the rollout will commence before the end of February 2019.

Related: Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update news

Galaxy Note FE Pie update

  • Eligible for Android Pie update
  • The update may release in Q2 or Q3 2019

Going by the book, the Galaxy Note FE is supposed to receive a second major OS upgrade that is Android 9 Pie. Unlike the device it takes after, the Galaxy Note 7, the Note FE came preinstalled with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box and has since been upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, the first major OS upgrade.

Although it might not have been sold in many markets, the flagship status of the Galaxy Note FE means that it qualifies for a second major OS upgrade, which is Android 9 Pie. However, the wait for the update to arrive might go all the way up to Q3 2019, which won’t surprise us, BTW.

Galaxy A9 Pie update

  • All 2018 editions are eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Rollout expected in March 2019

The Galaxy A9 2018, Galaxy A9 Star and A9 Star Lite might not be that popular but the devices are expected to receive at least one major OS upgrade and that’s Android 9 Pie. There are chances the Galaxy A9 2018 and A9 Star will also receive an update to Android Q, but that’s a story for another day.

Samsung says Android 9 Pie update to the Galaxy A9 2018 will be ready in March 2019, but the same cannot be said of the A9 Star and A9 Star Lite. As for the 2016 duo of Galaxy A9 and A9 Pro, there won’t be an upgrade to Pie, unless the Android development community comes up with something for you.

Galaxy A8 Pie update

  • All 2018 models are eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Rollout to begin in March 2019

The Galaxy A8 2018 and A8+ came preinstalled with Android Nougat and had to wait for Oreo until Q3 2018, however, Sammy says an update to Pie will begin in March 2019. The story is the same for the A8 Star.

The A8 2018’s nearest predecessor, the Galaxy A8 2016, was launched with Android Marshmallow and recently got an update to Oreo, the second and last major OS upgrade.

Related: Galaxy A8 Android 9 Pie update news

Galaxy A7 Pie update

  • 2018 edition is eligible for Pie
  • Rollout to commence in March 2019

So far, Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 is the only device in the Galaxy A7 family that is guaranteed an update to Android 9 Pie. The device comes with Oreo out of the box and the first OS update to Android Pie will arrive in March 2019. Unexpectedly, the A7 2017 has been spotted on Geekbench with Android 9 Pie prompting suggestions that it might be up for a third major OS upgrade.

The device comes preinstalled with Android Marshmallow and got an update to Oreo in Q3 2018, the second major OS upgrade.

Galaxy A6 Pie update

  • Eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Rollout to begin in March 2019

Samsung’s Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ have Android 8.0 Oreo preinstalled. With this in mind, they are definitely going to receive Android 9 Pie update and according to Samsung, the rollout will begin in March 2019. The fact that the duo has Project Treble could be a factor at play, but for now, no one knows if this date will indeed actualize.

Related: Galaxy A6 Android 9 Pie update news

Galaxy A5 Pie update

  • Not eligible for Android 9 Pie update

Samsung hasn’t released any Galaxy A5 handset in 2018. The last of this kind to come around was the Galaxy A5 2017 and so far, the device has received two major OS upgrades, the latest of them, Android 8.0 Oreo, having rolled out in Q2 2018. With that said, the only other way you can get Android 9 Pie on your Galaxy A5 2017 handset is if a Pie-based custom ROM will be made available, which we can’t tell for now. You can keep an eye on these pages for such news, though.

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Galaxy A3 Pie update

  • Not eligible

Like the Galaxy A5, Samsung hasn’t refreshed the Galaxy A3 series. The outgoing Galaxy A3 2017 has received two major OS upgrades, including being the first to get Oreo with respect to the Galaxy A 2017 family of devices. With this in mind, don’t look forward to an update to Android 9 Pie officially, but maybe something could come up unofficially. If it does, we’ll update any of the pages below, so make a point of keeping an eye on them.

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Galaxy J8 Pie update

  • Eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Rollout expected in April 2019

The Galaxy J8 is the first of its kind and like other 2018 phones from Samsung, it has Android Oreo preinstalled. Similar to other Galaxy J series devices, the J8 is eligible for at least a single OS upgrade and that will be Android 9 Pie. The fact that it has Treble out of the box should help speed things up, hence Samsung’s schedule of April 2019 release date.

Related: Galaxy J8 Android 9 Pie update news

Galaxy J7 Pie update

  • Android Pie coming to J7 Pro, J7 Duo and J7 Neo
  • Rollout expected in June/July 2019

It’s only in Q3 2018 that Samsung started rolling out Android Oreo to the Galaxy J7 2017 family, the first OS upgrade. Lately, Galaxy J7 handsets have been receiving two major OS upgrades and apparently, the story will be the same for the Galaxy J7 Pro, whose update is slated for June or July 2019.

The 2017 J7 edition will also be joined on the Pie bandwagon by the Galaxy J7 Duo and Galaxy J7 Neo, both of which will receive a slice of Pie in July 2019 as well.

Related: Galaxy J7 Android 9 Pie update news

Galaxy J6 Pie update

  • Galaxy J6 and J6+ are both eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Rollout expected in April 2019

The Galaxy J6 and J6+ come with Android Oreo preinstalled. The duo, as expected, is eligible for at least one major OS upgrade and that will be Android 9 Pie. Samsung says the J6 and J6+ will get the update in April 2019.

It remains to be seen whether this release window will materialize.

Galaxy J5 Pie update

  • No current model is eligible for Pie

Samsung hasn’t announced refreshed versions of the Galaxy J5 family. The last to come around was the Galaxy J5 2017 and none from the edition will be upgraded to Android 9 Pie. Since the Galaxy J5 2017 series has Nougat out of the box and is entitled to one major OS upgrade, the best devices in this series can do is Android Oreo, which is already rolling out.

If Samsung unveils the Galaxy J5 2018, it will be preinstalled with Android Oreo and hence eligible for an update to Android 9 Pie, but until then, no J5 handset will be receiving the new OS.

Galaxy J4 Pie update

  • Galaxy J4 and J4+ are eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Rollout expected in April 2019

Both Samsung Galaxy J4 and J4+ are eligible for Android 9 Pie updates. This is because the two have Oreo preinstalled and since they are eligible for a single OS upgrade during their lifetime, they are guaranteed to receive Android Pie.

According to Samsung, the J4 and J4+ will get Pie in April 2019.

Galaxy J3 Pie update

  • The 2018 models are eligible for Pie
  • OS rollout may commence in Q3 2019

None of the Galaxy J3 handsets from 2017 will be updated to Android 9 Pie. However, all Galaxy J3 2018 variants that come preinstalled with Android Oreo are guaranteed to receive an update to Android Pie. Being the budget device it is, owners of eligible Galaxy J3 handsets can expect to receive Pie somewhere in Q3 2019, which is a really long wait.

Related: Galaxy J3 Android 9 Pie update news

Galaxy J2 Pie update

  • Android 9 Pie is coming to the J2 2018 and J2 Core
  • Pie Go edition expected on J2 Core
  • Rollout to begin in April 2019

Samsung’s first Android Go device is expected to get an update to Android 9 Pie Go Edition and so does the Galaxy J2 2018. Samsung says the duo will switch to Pie this April 2019, but it remains to be seen whether the company will live up to its promise.

As for the other Galaxy J2 variants, no Pie update is expected officially.

Related: Galaxy J2 Android 9 Pie update news

Galaxy Tab S4 update

  • Eligible for Android Pie
  • Rollout expected in March 2019

Samsung says the update to Android 9 Pie for the Galaxy Tab S4 will begin in March 2019. This is the company’s 2018 flagship slate and it makes sense that Samsung would want to push Pie to the device alongside other popular devices.

Galaxy Tab S3 update

  • Eligible for Android Pie
  • Rollout scheduled to arrive in August 2019

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will be receiving its second and last major OS upgrade to Android 9 Pie with One UI in August 2019, this is according to the most up-to-date plans the company recently published.

Galaxy Tab A update

  • Both 2017 and 2018 editions are eligible
  • Rollout expected in September 2019

Both the Galaxy Tab A 2017 and Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) are eligible for an update to Android 9 Pie. According to Samsung, though, the former will get the nod in September followed by the latter in October 2019.

Which Samsung Galaxy device do you own? Does it appear on this list? Let us know in your comments below.

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