Samsung’s Android Pie Update Schedule Now Available in the Members App
Much to everyone’s surprise, Samsung started rolling out the Android Pie update for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus today. Initially, the OneUI-based Android Pie build was expected to hit the airwaves sometime in January. Now that the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are out of the way lets take a look at some other devices and when they’ll receive the highly-anticipated update. Samsung posted a detailed roadmap on the Samsung Members app today that shed some light on which devices are eligible for the upgrade and when they’ll receive it.
Samsung Android Pie update schedule
The January 2019 date for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus might seem odd at first, for obvious reasons. It could be when carrier-locked variants of the devices get their update. As expected, the Galaxy Note 9 is first in line followed by last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Initially, it was speculated that the Galaxy Note 9 would receive Pie alongside the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, but it looks like Samsung moved up the date by a little.
Sadly, it is the end of the road for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users, as both devices have already received two major software upgrades. They’ll still receive quarterly security updates, though, but nothing more. This year’s schedule looks about the same as it did last year, with a few adjustments here and there. All non-Galaxy S devices will have to wait until April for their slice of the Pie.
Do bear in mind that the dates are merely approximations and the actual schedule may vary. Very often, the rollout for a device is delayed owing to the update being pulled halfway through deployment. Samsung has received a lot of flak due to their delayed OS rollout (compared to other OEMs such as OnePlus and Nokia) However, the company has made some real progress over the years by reducing the wait time, albeit by a small amount. OneUI (and Samsung Experience before it) is one of the most heavily-customised Android forks out there, so updates are bound to take longer.