The annual cycle of Android rolls on, with the latest version of the Google mobile software being called Android 9 Pie.
Android P was first revealed at Google I/O 2018 on 8 May 2018, and like previous versions, launched as a public beta shortly after. Android Pie has officially released on 6 August 2018.
Of course that doesn't mean you'll get it straight away. As for when all other handsets will get the official Android 9 Pie release, Google said it'll come to devices that participated in Google's beta program sometime around autumn 2018 or after and that process has already started.
Android 9 Pie update for Google Pixel devices
Pixel devices are always the first to get Android 9 Pie. The official rollout started in August 2018, so you should have the new software already if you have any of the Pixel devices. If you join the new Android 9 Pie beta, you can test additional features that are not ready.
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
It looks like support for Android 9 Pie will end there. There was no developer preview for older Google or Nexus devices, and Google has confirmed that there's no final release support for these devices.
We have Android Pie on our Pixel and Pixel 2 devices.
Asus Android 9 Pie update
Asus is only really just getting back into gear with phones in Europe, but has launched a lot of phones with very little commitment to speedy updates. Here's what we've heard about so far:
- Asus ZenFone 5Z - January 2019
- Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 - February 2019
- Asus ZenFone Max M2 - January 2019
- Asus ZenFone Pro M2 - January 2019
The update to Android 9 Pie on Essential happened on 6 August when Google pushed the update.
- Essential EN1 - from 6 August 2018
HTC's update record with Android actually isn't too bad. That's if you discount the huge number of device variants that the company produced in its heyday; more recently, the move to Oreo was pretty smooth and HTC has always promised a two-step update.
We're pleased as pie to confirm updates to Android Pie for the HTC U12+, U11+, U11, and U11 life (Android One). Timeframes for roll-out will be announced in due course.— HTC (@htc) August 10, 2018
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Exact dates remain to be seen, but the following devices are confirmed:
- HTC 12+
- HTC U11
- HTC U11+
- HTC U11 Life - from 29 November 2018
Huawei's record of device updates hasn't always been the best. However, more recently it has become more interested in launching devices on the latest version and toning back EMUI. Some Android P beta testing has already been conducted on some devices, with EMUI 9.0 expected to come with Android Pie.
Huawei has made a stand and confirmed the following devices, with the roll-out starting on 9 November, although we've yet to actually see any updates happen. Further details of the push were confirmed on 18 December.
- Huawei Mate 10 - from 18 December
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro - from 18 December
- Huawei P20 - from 18 December
- Huawei P20 Pro - from 18 December
- Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10
- Porsche Design Mate RS
Honor has launched a lot of phones recently and has so far said nothing about phones getting the update - although we suspect it's in the same boat as Huawei with EMUI - that Android Pie will come with EMUI 9. Some beta testing has taken place on recent launches, so we suspect these devices are a safe bet of a Pie update.
These are the devices officially confirmed, with the roll-out from 9 November, although confirmation then appeared that it was from 18 December.
- Honor 10 - from 18 December
- Honor View 10 - from 18 December
- Honor Play - from 18 December
- LG G7 One - from 19 November
- LG G7 ThinQ - in beta, Q1 2019 roll-out
- Motorola One - from 12 December 2018
- Motorola One Power - from 16 November
- Moto Z3
- Moto Z3 Play
- Moto Z2 Force Edition
- Moto Z2 Play
- Moto X4 - from 12 December
- Moto G6 Plus
- Moto G6
- Moto G6 Play
Nokia is actually in a very strong position when it comes to updates. The company seems to have grasped the idea of speed, being one of the first to adopt Oreo. It's also running Android One across its new portfolio, so we you'll be seeing updates across the board.
Hi, Android Pie will be available for the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 8. Roll-out will be phased as usual to secure quality delivery. Nokia 7 Plus is part of the Android One program, which guarantees two years of software updates, including Pie.— Nokia Mobile (@Nokiamobile) August 8, 2018
The fact that the Nokia 7 Plus was on the beta is a very good sign, because devices that participated in Google's beta program, including HMD/Nokia and Android One devices, will update to Android 9 Pie this autumn. The roll-out to Nokia 7 Plus started on 28 September 2018.
At the launch of the Nokia 7.1, HMD Global confirmed that the rollout for the Nokia 6.1, 8 and 8 Sirocco was also about to begin.
Devices expected to get Android 9 Pie:
- Nokia 3
- Nokia 5
- Nokia 5.1 Plus - from 27 December 2018
- Nokia 6 (2017)
- Nokia 6.1 (2018) - from 30 October 2018
- Nokia 7 Plus - from 28 September 2018
- Nokia 8 - November 2018
- Nokia 8 Sirocco - 9 January 2019
OnePlus has a small portfolio compared to some other manufacturers, but it was on the Android 9 Pie beta for the OnePlus 6. OnePlus has actually moved fast, pushing Android Pie out for the OnePlus 6, with others to follow. The staged rollout started on Friday 21 September.
Devices confirmed to get Android 9 Pie:
- OnePlus 6 - from 21 September, 16 October for UK
- OnePlus 5 - from 25 December
- OnePlus 5T - from 25 December
- OnePlus 3
- OnePlus 3T
Samsung Android 9 update
Samsung is a different beast altogether and it looks like there's a complete change in UI coming to Samsung. The Samsung One UI has been demonstrated and confirmed for a number of devices, along with Android 9 Pie. The dates may differ in different regions, but we do at least have some concrete information about Samsung's Pie update:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - January 2019, from 27 December in beta in India and US
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ - January 2019
- Samsung Galaxy S9 - January 2019
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - February 2019
- Samsung Galaxy S8+ - March 2019
- Samsung Galaxy S8 - March 2019
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 - April 2019
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 - August 2019
- Samsung Galaxy A6 - April 2019
- Samsung Galaxy A7 - April 2019
- Samsung Galaxy A8 - April 2019
- Samsung Galaxy A9 - April 2019
The fact that the Sony Xperia XZ2 was on the beta is a good sign, as is the fact that the Xperia XZ3 launched on Android Pie.
Sony has confirmed Android 9 Pie will come to the following devices:
- Sony Xperia XZ2 - Roll out started 12 October
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact - Roll out started 12 October
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium - from 7 November 2018
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium - from 14 November 2018
- Sony Xperia XZ1 - from 14 November 2018
- Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact - from 14 November 2018
- Sony Xperia XA2 - 4 March 2019
- Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra - 4 March 2019
- Sony Xperia XA2 Plus - 4 March 2019
With Xiaomi coming to the UK from 8 November, we've added the Chinese company here to keep track of updates. The company's phones run MIUI, a skin over the top of Android, but we'll be sure to chase down the details of when Pie is coming to its phones.
- Xiaomi Mi 2A - from 18 December
- Pocophone F1 - from 10 December