Android 9.0 Pie: These smartphones get the update


Android 9.0 Pie is ready since August 6, 2018 in final version for Pixel devices. Which smartphones have received Google’s latest OS iteration and are still to come, we summarize here for you.

Jump to the manufacturer:

  • Google Pixel (as of December 2018)
  • Samsung (as of December 2018)
  • Huawei (as of December 2018)
  • Honor (as of December 2018)
  • HTC (as of November 2018)
  • LG (as of November 2018)
  • Lenovo / Motorola (as of December 2018)
  • Oneplus (as of: October 2018)
  • Sony (as of October 2018)
  • HMD Global / Nokia (as of December 2018)
  • BQ (as of: October 2018)
  • Who else? (Asus, Essential, …)

Although the distribution of Android 8.0 and 8.1 Oreo is as lazy as in any Android version, Google continues its annual update cycle consistently. Android 9.0 P was released as a Developer Preview or Beta version between March and July, while the second Developer Preview , which was also the first public beta, was released on May 8 at the Google I / O 2018 Developers’ Conference , the third with finished APIs came in early June . On July 25, the last beta followed . On August 6, Google launched the launch of Android 9.0 Pie and also mentioned the first devices that will receive the update by late fall

What does Android 9.0 Pie have on board?

Android p

Android 9.0 Pie has a new gesture control. (Image: Google)

Of course, the new version of Android does not just bring a new letter, which is traditionally baptized for the final release after a sweet with the corresponding initial letter. In the room were about Popsicle (popsicle), Peppermint, Petit Four or Pancake in the room, with at least Popsicle in English-speaking countries would be clear favorite. Ultimately, it has become “pie”.

Android 9.0 Pie
Android 9.0 Pie is ready. (Image: Google)

But it’s not the name that counts, it’s what’s in it. And with Android 9.0, Google has integrated all sorts of interesting things. On the one hand, the most striking feature would be the new gesture control. Instead of the on-screen buttons Google is like Apple on the iPhone X webOS. A swipe from bottom to top in the display opens the most recently used apps, a longer swipe allows the view into the app drawer.

The gesture control Android 9.0 briefly demonstrated. (Video:

With a short swipe to the right over the new, rounded navigation bar, you can switch between the most recently used apps. If you move the bar to the right, you can scroll through the applications running in the background. The back button is still left, but could possibly disappear until the final release.

Adaptive Battery to improve the battery life again
Adaptive Battery to improve the battery life again. (Screenshot: Google)

Other features include native support for the display notch, also called Notch, as well as numerous features that rely on Google’s artificial intelligence. Here are Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness to name, which can be activated for a better runtime and optimal presentation.

Android Pie Slices
Android Pie Slices. (Image: Google)

Likewise on AI basis, the two functions are App-Actions and Slices , which should help you with a better use of the system. In addition, Google cares about your well-being with Android Pie. You’ll get a dashboard where you can see which apps you use and how often. Furthermore, it is even possible to block them after a certain period of use. In the evening, the function Wind-Down function is to “put you to bed”: You tell the Google Assistant when you want to go to sleep. At the appropriate time, the system is placed in a non-interference mode, the display only shows shades of gray.

Which smartphones get Android 9.0 Pie?

All hardware partners for the Android 9.0 beta
All hardware partners for the Android 9.0 beta. (Screenshot: Google)

Now the question arises which Android smartphones receive the pie update. An initial answer to this has even been given by Google. Because this year, the beta version could not only be installed on the Pixel devices, but also on seven smartphones from other manufacturers. These are the following :

  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Oppo R15 Pro
  • Essential Phone (The final pie version appeared on the same day as the one for Google’s Pixel devices.)
  • Vivo X21
  • Oneplus 6

Android 9.0 update: Google’s pixel family will surely get it – Nexus and Pixel C are out

Google Pixel 2 XL next to Pixel 2 Photo t3n
Google Pixel 2 XL next to Pixel 2. (Photo: t3n)

Google is one of the few manufacturers that deal transparently with their software updates. Therefore, we know that the first and second generation pixel Android Pie will certainly be preserved. Equally certain, however, is that the update to Android 8.1 was the last major update for the Nexus 6P and 5X, as well as the Pixel C tablet. After all, the three devices will receive monthly security patches for another year.

In November, Google released a camera update for its Pixel devices that significantly improves low-light capabilities. Especially Pixel 2 and 3 benefit from it: Pixel 3 and older: Google released night vision update for better photos in the dark

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 + and Note 9: Android 9.0 will arrive in January 2019

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. (Photo: t3n)

Samsung communicates its update warranty less open, but it has been shown in the past that at least the current and last year’s models are lifted to the latest OS version. The biscuit update (Oreo) is available for example for the Galaxy S8 (Plus), the Galaxy Note 8 and more. The Samsung Galaxy S7 from 2016 has also been supplied with the software since May. Another update will not receive it with high probability. Accordingly, we can assume that the following devices get Android 9.0:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy A6
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
With Android Pie comes Samsung's new user interface One UI. (Screenshot Samsung
With Android Pie comes Samsung’s new user interface One UI. (Screenshot: Samsung)

Samsung announced in November 2018 that it would supply its 2018 top-of-the-line Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 with the pie update in January, featuring the new One UI user interface . Improvements include, according to the manufacturer, a better one-hand operation and more efficiency. Since November and December, curious and daredevils can test a beta version for the S9 (Plus) and Note 9.

Android 9.0 Pie for Huawei devices: P20 Pro and P20 sure – Mate 10 too

huawei p20

Unfortunately, Huawei’s update strategy is even less transparent than Samsung’s. As for the updates on Android Pie, the current top-of-the-range models are sure to get their update, while it is rather uncertain in the previous year’s models. The P10 and P10 Plus as well as the other middle-class and entry-level devices could remain at their current level, whereby in the course of the Ifa 2018 of two major updates per device was mentioned. Certainly, the 2017 Mate 10 (Pro) will also get a piece of the Pie, as well as the P20 Lite – but with a considerable delay. Although we could hope for an earlier release here again because of treble. With Android 9, Huawei brings its own user interface to EMUI version 9.

  • Huawei Mate 20 (Pie ex factory)
  • Huawei Mate 20 X (Pie ex works)
  • Huawei Mate 20 lite
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Pie ex works)
  • Huawei P20 Pro ( Rollout from November 10, 2018 – since December 19 in Germany)
  • Huawei P20 (Rollout started in Germany)
  • Huawei P20 Lite
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Edition (rollout started in Germany)
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Rollout started in Germany)
  • Huawei Mate 10 (rollout started in Germany)
  • Huawei P10 (Rollout from November 10, 2018)
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design
  • Huawei P10 lite
  • Mate 10 RS Porsche Design (Rollout from 10th November 2018)
  • Huawei Mate 10 lite

For other models, it is rather uncertain. Huawei tends to miss his devices just a big OS update.

Honor: Android 9.0 Pie for “10” and more

 Honor 10: Lots of display and notch on the front
Honor 10: Lots of display and notch on the front. (Image: Honor)

Honor had a two-year update warranty on their devices a while ago. However, it seems to refer primarily to the top models – and even with these it seems to be partly a game of chance. At the beginning of the Honor 8 it was said that there is no Oreo update, after all the company finally published it. Accordingly, we are careful with the forecast for the pie updates.

The following Honor devices are likely to receive the update:

  • Honor View 20 (device teased, coming January 22, 2019, Pie ex works)
  • Honor 10 (Rollout started in Germany)
  • Honor Play (rollout in Germany started)
  • Honor 8X
  • Honor View 10 (rollout started in Germany)
  • Honor 9 (uncertain)
  • Honor 8 (certainly not more)

HMD Global: All Nokia models with Android One with guaranteed updates

Nokia smartphones with Android One are all Android 9.0
Nokia smartphones with Android One are all Android 9.0. (Image: HMD Global)

It looks more positive at HMD Global: The manufacturers of Nokia smartphones believe that customers have a right to updates. And that’s what they mean. Already in September 2017, the company promised to update all Nokia devices to Android 9.0. In late February 2018, the company announced with the launch of new models to switch to Google’s Android One , in order to deliver faster updates in this way. In August 2018, HMD Global’s chief product officer, Juho Sarvikas, promised to bring the Nokia 7 Plus to Pie in September as part of an event – other models are also expected to receive the update in a timely manner. HMD Global has kept its word for the 7 Plus. In late November, HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juhu Sarvikas said the updates for the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco were delayed.

  • Nokia 3.1
  • Nokia 5.1
  • Nokia 3
  • Nokia 3.1 (2018)
  • Nokia 5
  • Nokia 5.1 Plus
  • Nokia 6 (2017)
  • Nokia 6.1 (2018)
  • Nokia 6.1 Plus
  • Nokia 7 Plus (The update has been distributed since September 28th )
  • Nokia 8 (update has been distributed since 19 December)
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco (delayed)
  • Nokia 8.1 (2018) (Pie from the factory)
  • Nokia 1 (based on Android Go – update situation uncertain)
  • Nokia 2 (based on Android Go – Update situation uncertain)

Sony: Xperia XZ3 comes with Pie factory

Group photo: Sony's new Xperia XZ2 family at MWC 2018 Photo t3n
Group photo: Sony’s new Xperia XZ2 family at MWC 2018. (Photo: t3n)

Sony is one of the hardware partners offering a beta of Android P for its flagship 2018 model, the Xperia XZ2. Therefore, it is very likely that this device will also get the final pie version. The same is most likely true for the compact offshoot, the Xperia XZ2 compact . The 2017 top models are likely to get their pie update – the first update wave is scheduled to start in November 2018. The first model of the manufacturer with Android 9 Pie, however, is the Ifa 2018 presented Xperia XZ3 .

  • Sony Xperia XZ3 (Pie from the factory)
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium ( Pie from 7th November )
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 (Pie update is distributed since mid-October)
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact (Pie is distributed since mid-October)
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 (update from October 26th)
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (Update from October 26th)
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Premium (update from October 26th)
  • Sony Xperia XA2 (from March 2019)
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra (from March 2019)
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (from March 2019)

Lenovo Motorola: G6 series gets Android 9.0 safely

The Moto G6 receives Android Pie guaranteed Image Motorola
The Moto G6 receives Android Pie guaranteed. (Image: Motorola)

Motorola had already officially confirmed before the release of Android 9, to equip his 2018 G-series with Pie. In August , the company named additional devices that will receive the pie update. In late August Motorola had announced its first Android One device, which is still delivered with Oreo, but should receive in October his piece Pie.

  • Motorola One (pie-update is distributed)
  • Moto G6
  • Moto G6 Plus
  • Moto G6 Play
  • Moto X4
  • Moto Z3 Play
  • Moto Z3
  • Moto Z2 Play
  • Moto Z2 Force Edition

Oneplus: The Android 9.0 Update even for the 3 (T)

Oneplus 6 Photo
Oneplus 6. (Photo:

Oneplus has provided a guarantee for future updates since July 2018: all devices from the Oneplus 3 will receive major updates for a period of two years, and will be provided with security patches for a full three years. Which devices will receive in the fall Android 9.0 Pie, therefore, is already considered safe. For the Oneplus 6, since September 21, the big update for installation is ready, the 6T is shipped with Pie from the factory.

  • Onepus 6T (Pie ex factory)
  • Oneplus 6 (The update has been distributed since September)
  • Oneplus 5T ( Beta ready since December 12th )
  • Oneplus 5 ( see above )
  • Oneplus 3T (safe)
  • Oneplus 3 (safe)

In addition to the Google-side updates, the devices also get a new gaming mode, a revised “Do Not Disturb” mode with customizable settings, and the ability to customize the accent color with the pie update.

HTC: Reliable so far with updates

 HTC U11 Plus Photo
HTC U11 Plus. (Photo:

Even though HTC is not doing well economically, the company will seek to update its devices. The Taiwanese are known to have strong ties to Google and have been fairly reliable in delivering timely updates. The 2017 models will certainly get the pie update – possibly the 2016er devices.

  • HTC U12 Life
  • HTC U11
  • HTC U11 Plus
  • HTC U11 Life (Android Pie based on Android One is distributed since the end of November )
  • HTC U12 +

LG praised in terms of updates improvement

The LG G7 Thinq in New Platinum Gray Picture LG
The LG G7 Thinq in New Platinum Gray. (Picture: LG)

LG does not have a very good reputation for updates. In April 2018, the company announced the Software Upgrade Center, which aims to deliver more stable and faster firmware updates. However, LG has not lost a syllable on Android Pie. Nevertheless, we expect the G6, V30 and the G7 Thinq announced in May to receive a corresponding update. The LG G7 One, which is not available in Germany and is based on Android One, is now receiving the pie update.

  • LG V40 Thinq
  • LG G7 Fit
  • LG G7 Thinq
  • LG V30
  • LG G6

BQ: P update thanks to Android One

 BQ relies on Android One and gives an update warranty Image BQ
BQ relies on Android One and gives an update warranty. (Image: BQ)

At the beginning of 2018, the Spanish technology company BQ opted for Google’s Android One for its devices, just like HMD Global. Thanks to the software platform, the manufacturer is likely to provide all current models with the pie update. According to Google, all Android One devices will receive two major updates – at least that was explained during the MWC 2018.

According to statements BQs should be provided for all smartphones at least one update to the latest OS version and – if technically possible – also a second major update. In addition, BQ has committed to provide Google’s Android security patches for each model “for at least two years from the launch date every two months.”

For the following smartphones Android Pie should be safe:

  • BQ Aquaris X2
  • BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
  • BQ Aquaris X.
  • BQ Aquaris X Pro
  • BQ Aquaris U2
  • BQ Aquaris U2 Lite
  • BQ Aquaris V
  • BQ Aquaris V Plus
  • BQ Aquaris VS
  • BQ Aquaris VS Plus

Who else? Asus, Xiaomi, Essential, Oppo

Also Asus , Xiaomi and other companies will supply some of their devices with Android Pie. However, the Asus Zenfone 5 models , which were shown in March, should also be among the pie candidates. Xiaomi’s Mi 8 and A1 are now receiving their updates on Pie, with the latter model only getting a beta version. We will continue to add new details to this article as a company comments on its plans.


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