The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android Pie, started rolling out to smartphones in early August, bringing with it a range of tweaks and major new features including a brighter UI, gesture navigation, an adaptive battery mode and updated volume controls.
Google’s Pixel line of phones, were, of course, amongst the first handsets to receive the Android Pie update. The Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL and − of course − the brand new Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL, are all on the latest version of Android. The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, meanwhile, miss out, having been released in 2015.
And a steadily increasing number of Android phone manufacturers have either already brought Pie to their handsets, or teased the software update’s impending arrival. Read on to find out which phones will receive the Android Pie update, and when to expect it to arrive.
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Essential Android Pie phones
Essential took everybody by surprise by making the Android Pie update available to Essential Phone users on day one of the software’s release − spraying egg all over the faces of its bigger-name rivals in the process.
One of the key reasons for this might just be that Essential has its work cut out convincing people that its phone is actually worth buying. The company has reportedly shelved plans for a second device, and keeping its current flagship updated might be the best way to try to drum up sales.
HTC Android Pie phones
HTC may be struggling with bigger issues at the moment, but it has confirmed that the following phones will receive the Android Pie update:
Unfortunately, there’s been no word yet on when exactly the rollout will happen.
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Huawei Android Pie phones
Huawei has dipped its fingers into Android Pie out in China, where the software update is being tested on several handsets, while the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Huawei Mate 20 come with Android Pie already onboard.
- Huawei P20
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Huawei Mate 10
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
- Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
The following Honor-branded smartphones will also start to receive the EMUI 9.0 update on November 10:
However, Huawei is yet to confirm whether this update will roll out globally, or if it will initially be limited to China.
LG Android Pie phones
Another company that’s struggling to shift handsets is LG, but unlike HTC the South Korean firm has been very quiet on the Android Pie front. Bizarrely, the new LG V40 ThinQ ships with Android Oreo, but Android Police reports that the handset will be updated to Pie “soon”.
Motorola Android Pie phones
Motorola has announced that the following phones will receive the Android Pie update:
So far, all we have to go on in terms of timeframe is this autumn, but you can keep an eye on this page for the latest developments.
Nokia Android Pie phones
“We are extremely delighted to start the roll out of Android 9 Pie on Nokia 7 Plus – making us among the first to offer the latest innovations from Google, including Android One exclusive features such as App Notifications, to the value flagship tier,” said Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global’s chief product officer.
Nokia has also confirmed that the following phones will be upgraded to Android P:
OnePlus Android Pie phones
OnePlus started rolling out the Android 9 Pie update to UK-based OnePlus 6 users on October 16.
The company first made the Pie update available with the OxygenOS 9.0 update on September 21, around a month and a half after the update first landed. However, it was a limited, random rollout, and OnePlus told users that leveraging a VPN in an attempt to trigger the update wouldn’t necessarily work.
The OnePlus 6 will be followed by the 5 and 5T, followed by the 3 and 3T, though OnePlus is yet to reveal exactly when the update will roll out.
Unfortunately, a Weibo post from OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says the firm’s engineers “still need some time” to bring Android Pie over to the OnePlus 5 series and OnePlus 3 series.
Samsung Android Pie phones
Samsung has just launched its Android Pie beta program. Unfortunately for everyone based in the UK, it will only be open to users based in South Korea, the US and Germany.
XDA-Developers has taken screenshots of the changelog, which you can view below.
The most noteworthy changes, however, regard the UI. Signing up to the beta will unlock access to the recently unveiled One UI skin, which will run on top of Android Pie on Samsung devices. It’s designed to make larger phones easier and more comfortable to use, and also introduces a Night Mode and re-organises the Settings menu.
Currently, only Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus users are eligible for the Android Pie beta. To register, open the Samsung Members app and tap the Notices button. Then enrol, and download the Android Pie beta build by diving into the Settings menu on your handset, tapping Software Update and selecting Download Updates Manually.
Samsung says the update should take around 10 minutes, and it recommends backing up your data before diving in.
Android Pie – and, by extension, One UI – is also set to roll out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, as well as slightly older Samsung devices, including 2017’s Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
Unfortunately, owners of the firm’s lower-end phones, as this leaked update roadmap reveals, might have to wait a fair while for a slice of Pie − Oreo, which came out a year ago, is only due to reach some of these phones as late as March 2019.
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Sony Android Pie phones
Sony’s new flagship, the recently released Sony Xperia XZ3, runs Android Pie out of the box. However, the company has also rolled out the Android 9 Pie update to users of the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact. Sony had initially said the the handsets would get the Pie update in November, but the update started appearing as early as October 12. Great news.
What’s more, in a blog post, the company reavealed that more early updates are coming, and the rest of the handsets earmarked for Android Pie are “bang on schedule.”
The following handsets started getting the update on October 26:
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, meanwhile, was treated to the Android Pie update on November 7.
And finally, the models listed below will be bumped up from March 4, 2019:
Sony has also published a detailed infographic explaining why it can take so long for Android version updates to reach non-Google phones, which you can find here. You can read a breakdown of the process here.
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