Samsung Android 9 Pie update: Android 9 Pie beta with One UI begins rolling out to Galaxy S9 and S9+

Samsung Android 9 Pie update

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.

Update [Nov 15]: Samsung has started rolling out One UI beta based on Android 9 Pie in Korea, one of the markets that had been promised early access to the software. Others are the U.S. and Germany, which should join the party in the next few hours or days for that matter.

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Device list

Device Android Pie eligibility Expected release date
Galaxy Note 9 Eligible Q1 2019
Galaxy Note 8 Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy S9 Eligible Q1 2019 (Beta available)
Galaxy S9+ Eligible Q1 2019 (Beta available)
Galaxy S8 Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy S8+ Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy S8 Active Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy S8 Lite (S Light Luxury) Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy A9 2018 Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy A8+ Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy A8 (2018) Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy A8 Star (A9 Star) Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy A7 2018 Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy A6 Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy A6+ Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy J8 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J7 2018 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J7 Star Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J7 Duo Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J7 Prime 2 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J6 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J6+ Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J4 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J4+ Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J3 2018 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J3 Star Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J2 Core Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy Amp Prime 3 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy On7 Prime 2018 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy On6 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy Tab S4 Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy Tab S3 Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy Watch Eligible Q2 2019

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, the only way to get Pie on the S7 twins would be through custom ROMs.

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.

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.

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Expected release date

  • Beta program begins
  • Official update slated for January 2019

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are now receiving Samsung One UI based on Android 9 Pie beta in Korea. The update is expected in the U.S., China, Europe, and India in the next few days, beginning November 20th. According to Samsung, the stable update will arrive in January 2019, but this is only true for the S9 and S9+. Whether the Galaxy Note 9 will join them during the same month is unknown, but we do know it will be next in line and later on the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 will join the party, probably in Q2 2019.

It’s after the update rolls out to the flagship sets from 2018 and 2017 that it will start showing up on the likes of Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, Galaxy A7 2018Galaxy A6, and eventually land on the Galaxy J 2018 series somewhere in Q3 2019. Now that’s a long wait huh!

Will Google’s Project Treble help ease things up? Maybe, maybe not! At the end of the day, the ball is still in Samsung’s court, with or without Treble.

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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Unofficial Android Pie update

As pointed out earlier, not all Samsung devices will be updated to Android Pie. For popular devices that will be missing out on the official update to Pie such as Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, you can always look out for unofficial updates thanks to the many custom ROM developers out there. LineageOS is one of the most popular ones and with the upcoming LineageOS 16, some Samsung devices should be able to climb aboard the Pie ship unofficially.

Related: LineageOS 16: Expected release date and device list

Galaxy S9 Pie update

  • Expected in January 2019
  • Beta testing begins in Korea

Update: Samsung has started testing Android 9 Pie beta in Korea. Other markets are expected to join the coming days.


Samsung Galaxy S7 got Nougat in January 2017 while Galaxy S8 got Oreo in February 2018. With Project Treble at full play, we expect to see Android 9 Pie update arrive on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in January 2019 or even a little earlier.

If you can’t wait, there’s a leaked firmware that recently appeared online and is already available for download for Galaxy S9+ users and is coming soon for the standard S9. With this firmware, which is the official version, BTW, you can get early access to Samsung Experience 10.0 based on Android 9 Pie, but being an unfinished product, you will encounter some problems along the way. There are also working Pie GSI ROMs compatible with the S9 and S9+.

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Galaxy S8 Pie update

  • Expected in Q2 2018

The Galaxy S7 received Android Oreo in April 2018, which is about the same time next year that we expect to see Android 9 Pie arriving on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Unlike the Galaxy S9, we don’t expect the S8 to join the beta program before getting the stable update, just like it happened for the S7 with respect to Oreo.

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 May or even June 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

  • Expected in Q1 2019

Despite being Samsung’s flagship device at the time, the Galaxy Note 8 got Oreo after the S8 and S8+. We don’t expect Samsung to change anything, meaning the Galaxy Note 9 will receive Android Pie after the OS rolls out to the S9 and S9+, probably somewhere in February or March 2019.

In fact, you’ll agree with this given that there’s already a leaked, working firmware for the Galaxy S9+ yet the same doesn’t exist for the Note 9, suggesting that work is already underway for the former as the latter waits in the shadows.

Related: Galaxy Note 9 Android 9 Pie update news

Galaxy Note 8 Pie update

  • Expected in Q2 2019

The Galaxy Note 8 got Oreo in March 2018 and given that it doesn’t have anything to do with Google Project Treble, we don’t expect any drastic changes on the release date. In fact, Android 9 Pie update may arrive on the Galaxy Note 8 somewhere in mid-Q2 2019, unless has Samsung has plans to surprise us, which is unlikely.

Related: Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update news

Galaxy Note FE Pie update

  • Eligible for Android Pie update
  • The update may release in 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 Q2 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 is expected to release Android 9 Pie updates to the Galaxy A9 2018, A9 Star and A9 Star Lite in Q2 2019, but we cannot guarantee this will materialize. 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 expected in Q2 2019

Samsung Galaxy A 2017 series started receiving the update to Android Oreo in Q2 2018. This was their second major OS upgrade following their debut with Marshmallow. The Galaxy A8 and A8+ came preinstalled with Android Nougat and had to wait for Oreo until Q3 2018, however, we expect the update to Android 9 Pie to come a little earlier, just like the case of the A 2017 family.

In short, we are looking at a Q2 2019 release date for Android Pie updates on the 2018 Galaxy A8 and A8+. On the other hand, the Treble-backed Galaxy A8 Star could get the nod to receive Android 9 Pie at about the same time or a little earlier.

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 may commence in Q2 2019 or Q3 2019

So far, Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 is the only device in the Galaxy A7 family that is eligible for an update to Android 9 Pie. The device comes with Oreo out of the box and since it’s eligible for at least two major OS upgrades, we expect the first of them, Android Pie, to be released somewhere in Q2 or Q3 2019.

As for the Galaxy A7 2017, it has reached the end of the road having recently received a second major OS upgrade that installed Android Oreo, up from the original Android Marshmallow that powers the phone out of the box.

Galaxy A6 Pie update

  • Eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Rollout expected in Q3 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, but the date is unknown. The fact that the duo has Treble could play a hand in quick updates, where Pie could arrive somewhere in Q3 2019, but we cannot guarantee this will be the case.

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 Q3 2019

The Galaxy J8 is the first of its kind and like other 2018 phones from Samsung, it has Android Oreo preinstalled. Like any other Galaxy J series device, the J8 is eligible for 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, but not significant enough to change the expected release date from Q3 2019 to something earlier.

Related: Galaxy J8 Android 9 Pie update news

Galaxy J7 Pie update

  • 2018 edition is eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Rollout expected in Q3 2019

It’s only in Q3 2018 that Samsung started rolling out Android Oreo to the Galaxy J7 2017 family. Despite the presence of Project Treble, the Galaxy J7 2018 family of devices is still expected to receive the update to Android 9 Pie somewhere in Q3 2019. While it would be a welcome idea if the OS rolls out earlier, it’s good to keep in mind that it’s Samsung we are talking about here, so no need to get any hopes high.

There won’t be Pie updates for any Galaxy J7 from 2017 and before. This is because devices in this series get one major OS upgrade and for the 2017 models, it will be Oreo and that’s it!. In short, if your Galaxy J7 device has Oreo out of the box, be sure Pie is coming your way, otherwise, don’t get your hopes high for no reason.

Related: Galaxy J7 Android 9 Pie update news

Galaxy J6 Pie update

  • Eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Rollout may commence in Q3 2019

The Galaxy J6 and J6+ are the first of their kind and 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. When exactly the OS will be released remains unknown, but we are hopeful Project Treble will help speed things up and perhaps see the Pie update arrive in Q2 2019 or thereabout.

Galaxy J5 Pie update

  • Not 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

  • Eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Rollout expected in Q3 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.

However, given the duo’s entry-level status, it will definitely be among the last to be considered for an update to Pie, something that could see buyers of the phone wait up to Q3 2019 before getting a taste of Pie on the J4 or J4+. Hopefully, not!

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

  • Pie Go edition expected on J2 Core

Samsungs first Android Go device is expected to get an update to Android 9 Pie Go Edition somewhere in Q2 or Q3 2019, but we don’t have any guarantees whatsoever. As for the other Galaxy J variants, no Pie update is expected officially.

Related: Galaxy J2 Android 9 Pie update news

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