With the unveiling of Android ‘P’ by Google, many Galaxy phone users are wondering if they will get the update. Samsung itself does not let anything go of course, of course. But based on our experience with mapping Samsung’s updates , we can already make a cautious estimate.
Below we will keep lists, with the Galaxy phones that the update almost certainly get, and devices where this is not the case. And by ‘certainty’ we mean in this case ‘the chance is very big according to us’. It goes without saying that the information here is not based on official statements by Samsung itself. In addition, the list below may and will change over the coming months if we update it based on new information.
At the very bottom you will also find an overview of the Android P 9.0 related news, which will come over more and more in the coming period.
Possible Samsung Galaxy Android P 9.0 update
Galaxy S9: First in line for the Android P update
Galaxy S9+: Idem (as above)
Galaxy S8: Second in line
Galaxy S8+: Idem
Galaxy Note 8: Idem
Galaxy A8 (2018): Idem
Galaxy A6 (2018): First in line for the Android P update
Galaxy A6+ (2018): Idem
Galaxy J6 (2018): Idem
Galaxy Tab S3: Second in line
Samsung Galaxy handsets that won’t get Android P 9.0
Galaxy S7: Already received two major Android updates
Galaxy S7 Edge: Idem (as above)
Galaxy A5 (2017): Idem
Galaxy A3 (2017): Idem
Galaxy J7 (2017): Oreo will be the first major Android update
Galaxy J5 (2017): Idem
Galaxy Xcover 4: Xcover devices don’t often get major Android updates
It is now – in May 2018 – still abundantly early to speculate when Galaxy will receive the Android P 9.0 update. A hand full of phones can run the beta version, but for the general public Google will release the new version by the autumn. Hopefully by that time we will also receive first indications when Samsung wants to offer the updates.
The extent to which the presence of Google’s Project Treble on new phones such as the Galaxy S9 will ensure faster Android updates will have to prove by then. So far, we only notice that Galaxy S9 updates are smaller than, for example, Galaxy S8 updates . Will it all go faster soon? First see, then believe.
Android P 9.0 brings substantial innovations to the Android operating system. This allows you to perform more actions with gestures, applications are subject to a stricter privacy regime, and energy consumption must be reduced further. How all this will soon translate to Galaxy phones is difficult to predict. Samsung is usually reluctant to change the interface on an existing telephone on a large scale – most users are simply not waiting for it.
Presumably we have to wait for a first beta program – probably on the Galaxy S9 – before we get a picture of what Android P 9.0 will look like on Samsung phones, and what there is to experience innovations and changes.
As we have said, our estimates are not completely out of the blue. For years Samsung’s S, A and Note series have received two major Android updates from the release. The Galaxy S9 is released this year with Android 8.0 O (reo) on board, making the update to Android P the first major Android update. The Galaxy S8 and Note 8 were launched with Android N (ougat), and not so long ago both got an update to Android O (reo). For those devices, Android P 9.0 is the second major Android update. The Galaxy A8 still needs the Oreo update, but the update to ‘P’ will be the second major update in 2019.
So far, Samsung has always released one big Android update for devices in the J-series – except for the J3 from 2016, which did not get one. And phones like the Galaxy S7 get this year with the update to Android Oreo their second big update. A third, to Android P 9.0, is therefore probably no longer included.