The Android Pie update roadmap looks great for Nokia users

The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android Pie, started rolling out to smartphones in summer 2018, 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: we’ve listed all of the mainstream Android Pie phones on the market, and included guidance on when you can expect the update to come to other popular handsets.

Google’s Pixel line of phones, were, of course, amongst the first mobiles to receive the Android Pie update. The Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2Google 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 gooey 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 started rolling out the Android Pie update to the HTC U11 Life in late 2018, and has confirmed that the following phones will also receive the update:

Unfortunately, there’s been no word yet on when exactly the rollout will happen.

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Huawei Android Pie phones

Huawei Mate 20

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.

In November, the company announced on Weibo (via GizChina) that the EMUI 9.0 update (based on Android Pie) will be pushed to the following handsets:

The following Honor-branded smartphones are also receiving the EMUI 9.0 update:

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.

LG says LG G7 ThinQ users can expect to be bumped up to Pie at some point in Q1 2019, but there’s currently little else to go on. Bizarrely, the LG V40 ThinQ ships with Android Oreo.

Motorola Android Pie phones

Motorola Android 9 Pie Moto G6 Moto E5

Motorola started rolling out the Android Pie update to the Moto Z3 in January 2019, which also adds support for the previously-announced Moto Mod 5G. The magnetic modular attachment, which clips to the back of the Moto Z3, contains a Snapdragon 855 SoC, which includes the all-important Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, supporting downloads speeds of up to 5Gbps, and boasting four 5G antennas.

The Moto Z3 shipped with the Snapdragon 835 chip, so the add-on is designed to allow owners to retrofit their phone, rather than buying a brand new 5G handset.

You should receive a notification message for the update but if you don’t, Motorola says you can manually update by going to Settings > System > System Updates > Download and Install. You can find out more about the update and all of the new features it introduces here.

In 2018, Motorola confirmed that the following phones will also receive the Android Pie update:

Unfortunately, we don’t have any sort of timeframe for these handsets, but you can keep an eye on this page for the latest developments.

Nokia Android Pie phones

The Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 got the update in September and October respectively, while the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco are currently receiving Pie.

Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.1 Plus users, meanwhile, can expect the Android Pie update before the end of January.

Next up will be the Nokia 6, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1, and Nokia 2, which can expect the software update by the end of March 2019. Only the Nokia 3 and Nokia 1 phones will have to wait beyond that, with the rollout expected to be completed somewhere between April and the end of June.

OnePlus Android Pie phones

The OnePlus 6T shipped with Android Pie, and OnePlus started rolling out the update to UK-based OnePlus 6 users in October.

In December, the Android Pie update came to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T too, though it isn’t yet clear when the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will get some love. Hopefully it won’t be long.

Samsung Android Pie phones

Samsung is still in the process of testing Android Pie on a selection of its higher end handsets, but the hope is that the South Korean firm will roll it out properly at some point in late January.

The most noteworthy changes regard the UI. The recently unveiled One UI skin runs 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.

Android Pie – and, by extension, One UI – is set to roll out to the Samsung Galaxy S9Samsung 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 current flagship, the 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 following handsets:

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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