A Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Pie update is coming next year, but a release will likely come after the update rolls out to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9.
The Galaxy S8 was last year’s flagship which meant it got the flagship treatment. It was the only device capable of running Samsung’s Android Oreo beta and it was the first device to receive official version of Android Oreo earlier this year. With Android Pie, this changes.
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 now hold the top spots which means they’ll be first in line to Android 9.0 and Samsung’s new user interface. Both updates have leaked and it looks like the Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta will launch sometime later this month.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ take a backseat to the Galaxy S9, but the devices will still get upgraded to Android Pie. Unfortunately, there’s a chance the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active miss out on some of the software’s biggest changes.
We don’t have an official change log just yet, but thanks to a series of leaks we know what Samsung’s version of Android Pie will look like.
The company is currently testing a variety of changes and it sounds like the company is planning to bring software features from newer models to older devices like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.
We’re still weeks away from the Galaxy S8 Android Pie release, but there are plenty of reasons why you should be excited for Android 9.0. We’ll share those with you here.
We also want to share a few things that might disappoint Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active users. Have a look.
Get Excited for Bug Fixes, Enhancements & Security
Lots of Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active users are still struggling with bugs and performance issues on Android Oreo. Android Pie won’t fix them all, but we expect the update to bring improvements.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed the update means we don’t have an official change log just yet. That said, we expect the company, and its carrier partners, to tack on bug fixes, security patches and improvements, and performance enhancements. Major updates always have them.
For example, Samsung’s version of Android 8.0 Oreo delivered improved speed and security for Samsung Pay. It also made improvements to Find My Mobile and Samsung DeX. Carriers also released their own bug fixes and enhancements.
Huge Android updates like Pie have also been known to correct battery drain problems, lag, and issues with connectivity (GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth).
If you’re struggling on Android Oreo right now, or if you’re concerned about security, Android 9.0 Pie should help.