Google has released Android Pie for the Pixel devices, but many manufacturers have to bring the update to other smartphones. In this overview you can read which Android devices will soon receive an Android 9.0 update.
The big Android 9.0 update overview
There are hundreds of Android smartphones in the Netherlands for sale, making it sometimes difficult to see the forest through the trees. In this list you will find at a glance which devices receive the Android 9.0 update. Sometimes that information comes directly from the manufacturer, sometimes it is an expectation or rumor. We regularly update this overview, so you always know whether or not your smartphone gets an update.
In brackets we have indicated if and when a smartphone gets an update. Above all: everything is subject to change. The plans of manufacturers sometimes want to change, so an update later or not at all appears. It also often takes several weeks or months before an update is available worldwide. If you see that your smartphone has already been updated in Brazil, this does not mean that the update is also available in the Netherlands.
When can I download the Android Pie update?
Google released the first Developer Preview of Android Pie in March. Meanwhile, the final version has been released, but unfortunately only for the Pixel phones. Now it is up to manufacturers to make the software available for their smartphones. How long this lasts varies, unfortunately, per manufacturer. It is true that Android Pie from the first beta was also to use on other devices. Those smartphones quickly got a definitive Android Pie update. These include the OnePlus 6, Nokia 7 Plus and Sony Xperia XZ2.
This Android 9.0 update overview was last updated on December 19, 2018 .
With a smartphone from Google you can count on receiving Android updates first. Unfortunately, 2018 is the year that the search company drops some of its old smartphones. From this year only Pixel devices will be updated, which are officially not sold in the Netherlands. If you still have a Nexus, you will fall outside the boat with Android Pie.
The update policy of Samsung has repeatedly been in the news in recent years, following a bottom procedure by the Consumers’ Association. Although much has been complained about in the past, Samsung is nowadays fast and complete with its updates. Because the company releases many smartphones, it is not yet certain which smartphone gets what, but this is what we expect.
Huawei was once dramatic in updating smartphones, but the Chinese company has improved its life. For all smartphones with a suggested retail price above 300 euros, monthly security updates are guaranteed, and at least one big Android update. If you have a cheaper device, you will get security updates but not always a larger update.
Compliments for Nokia, which has by far the best update policy from all manufacturers. The Finnish manufacturer guarantees two years of support for all its smartphones. Even the cheapest-priced aircraft of less than a hundred euros will not only receive an update to Android Pie, but also to Android Q in 2019. What follows is a long list.
In 2017 the OnePlus update process was difficult, but for Android 9.0 the company promises improvement. The OnePlus 6 is one of the first smartphones on which you could try the Android Pie Developer Preview, and we expect the company to quickly roll out new software. Moreover, the company unexpectedly also releases updates for the ‘older’ OnePlus 3 and 3T.
Recently, Motorola has clarified its update policy. The company promises security updates for virtually all of its smartphones, and larger updates for a handful of devices. Unfortunately older devices fall outside the boat: they have already got their update to Android 8.0 this year, and that’s it.
Sony is among the major manufacturers in updating its smartphones. Not only does the company support many older devices, but new software usually also appears quickly. Moreover, with the Xperia XZ3 it has one of the first smartphones that launches directly with Pie.
In the past, HTC was very fluent in updating its smartphones, but recently that has been rather unstable. We dare to say that the most recent flagships of the company get an update. However, the company does not make any statements about older, cheaper smartphones.
LG’s update policy is not to write home about. The manufacturer is relatively slow and quite incomplete with its updates. The most recent flagships are probably being updated, but we do not dare to say more.
- LG G7 ThinQ (gets an update)
- LG V30 (gets an update)
- LG Q7 (might get an update)
- LG G6 (gets an update)
- LG Q6 (does not get an update)
- LG V20 (update uncertain)
- LG G5 (update uncertain)
From the beginning of 2018, Xiaomi is officially active on the Dutch market. Smartphones from the company will be sold via Kruidvat, although there are also some webshops that sell devices from the Chinese company. Only from the Android One devices we know for sure that they will receive an update.
For some time, BlackBerry no longer releases its smartphones, but has licensed it to TCL Mobile. That is the same Chinese parent company behind the Alcatel smartphones. With ‘the new BlackBerry’, secure software for business users is central. The company is therefore reasonably good at updating its smartphones. Plans for Android P are still unknown.
The Wileyfox aircraft used to run CyanogenOS, a modified version of Android. Because Cyanogen has now stopped, all Wileyfox smartphones have been given a standard version of Android. Usually the company is pretty fast with updates, but because they have not released new smartphones for a while, we are not sure if existing smartphones are still being updated.
What’s new in the Android 9.0 update?
Android 9.0 (Pie) offers quite a few improvements that give the operating system a fresh look. Google also provides better support for new hardware, such as dual cameras and screens with a notch. Finally, there are many improvements aimed at protecting your privacy and healthier handling of your smartphone.
- Improved notifications have been extended with pictures and more details
- Complete new ministry by sweeping and swiping
- More privacy by restricting apps in the background
- Support for multiple camera sensors
- Suitable for screens with a notch a section at the top of a display
- Settings screen is more colorful
- Fast settings panel has been simplified and works faster
- Indoor navigation has been considerably improved
- Android Pie is more energy-efficient and offers better battery life
- Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness
Is your device not in the list? No panic, many manufacturers have not yet officially shared their plans. Respond below with the name of your device, and we will find out for you if you can expect an update!
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