Android 9 Pie update tracker: When will your phone get it? (Updated May 7)

Moto G7 Android Pie

Google announced Android 9.0 Pie on August 6, 2018, and began rolling it out to Pixel phones the same day. These include the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

But what about other devices? Which ones have already received Android Pie and which ones are expected to get it in the near future? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Android 9.0 Pie update schedule, along with how to install Android Pie updates and much more.

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Key Android Pie update features

We have a complete overview of all the new features in our Android 9 Pie review. We’d suggest checking out that article to see what’s new in Android Pie, what new features it brings, all the design tweaks, and more.

  • Gesture navigation
  • Redesigned app overview screen
  • New look for quick settings
  • Optional dark/light themes
  • Digital Wellbeing
  • Adaptive Brightness
  • Adaptive Battery
  • App Actions and Slices
  • Improved notifications
  • Improved Do Not Disturb mode

Android Go Pie edition

A week after the official launch of Android 9.0 Pie, Google announced the Pie version of Android Go. The company claims it’s even smaller, faster, and more secure than the Oreo version. The OS will free up even more space on smartphones, as shown in the image below:

Google

The Pie version of Android Go also offers faster boot times, security features like verified boot, and a dashboard for tracking data consumption.

Android Pie factory images and OTA files

Android Pie factory images and OTA files are available on Google’s website. You can also download them via the links below. If you need help sideloading the update manually, check out our handy how to install Android Pie article.

Google Pixel 2 XL

Factory images

OTA files

Google Pixel 2

Factory images

OTA files

Google Pixel XL

Factory images

OTA files

Google Pixel

Factory images

OTA files

What about other Android manufacturers?

This year, the Android Pie rollout was a bit different from other major OS releases. Thanks to Google’s efforts with Project Treble, seven other phone makers — Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Essential — were able to enroll their smartphones in the Android Beta program alongside Pixels. A lot of these companies have already released Android Pie for a few of their phones.

You’ll find an overview of the devices that have (or will) receive Android Pie below. We’re constantly updating this post as new updates are launched, so make sure you visit it frequently to stay up to date with all the latest.

Essential Pie update

August 6, 2018 — Essential has always been extremely fast at issuing Android updates, and this release is no different. Minutes after Google announced Pie, Essential already started rolling out the update to the Essential Phone. Some of us actually received the update on our Essential Phones quicker than our Pixels. Not bad!

August 13, 2018 — Essential has announced via Twitter that the Android Pie update has been released for Sprint customers.

August 27, 2018 — The company took to Twitter to announce that the Android Pie update started rolling out to Telus variants of the Essential Phone.

OnePlus Pie update

August 6, 2018 — The company said in a statement that it looks forward to bringing Android Pie to the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 3, but stopped short of offering any details:

OnePlus is driven by the idea of giving people the best possible hardware and software experience and that’s why we’ve been excited about Android P for some time now, having worked closely with the Android Beta Program. We’re looking forward to bringing Android P to OnePlus 6, as well as updating OnePlus 5/5T, and OnePlus 3/3T, ensuring OnePlus users all over the world can continue to enjoy new features.

August 16, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, unofficial AOSP ports of the latest Android version are already available for some OnePlus devices. These include the OnePlus 3 and 3T, as well as the older OnePlus X and OnePlus 2.

September 3, 2018 — The company has released the Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 6, which brings Android 9.0 Pie to the device. To try it out, click here to read instructions and get links to download the software. But before you do, keep in mind that as this is a beta update, some things — including Google Pay — won’t work properly. And if you don’t like the software and want to go back to the stable Oreo version of Android, you’ll have to wipe your OnePlus 6 and then reinstall the OS — which means you’ll lose all the data that’s not backed up.

September 7, 2018 — The manufacturer has released the Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 6. The update brings Wi-Fi stability improvements, optimized background power consumption control, optimized multitasking UI, and more — see the entire changelog here.

September 15, 2018 — OnePlus has released the Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 6. The update adds the ability to launch Google Assistant or any other third-party assistant by pressing and holding the power button for 0.5 seconds. It also adds new functionality to Parallel Apps: the feature now supports Telegram, Discord, IMO, Uber, and OLA. Additionally, the beta update brings with it stability fixes for the fingerprint sensor, face unlock, and ambient display.

September 21, 2018 — OnePlus has released the stable version of the Android 9.0 Pie update for the OnePlus 6. It’s a staged rollout, which means the update will be available for a limited number of users at first and will make its way to all OnePlus 6 device over the next few weeks. The rollout isn’t based on regions — the update is instead randomly shipped out to a limited number of handsets.

October 16, 2018 — The stable version of Android 9.0 Pie is now rolling out to OnePlus 6 devices in the U.K. The update weighs about 1.5GB.

October 14, 2018 — Pete Lau, one of the founders of OnePlus, revealed on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo that the upcoming OnePlus 6T will launch with Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box. However, the OnePlus 6T’s software will be different from the current version of Pie on the OnePlus 6. It will have some new gestures as well as “a whole new UI, ”according to the OxygenOS development team.

Pete Lau also mentioned that while the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, and 5T will still receive Android 9.0 Pie, the update is taking longer than expected. Unfortunately, he didn’t share specific details on when it will be available.

November 14, 2018 — OnePlus is rolling out the Android Pie beta for the OnePlus 5 and 5T to some users in China. The update is expected to make its way to more markets soon, although there’s no word on when exactly that may happen.

November 23, 2018 — OnePlus has announced on its forum that the Android Pie Open Beta for the OnePlus 5 and 5T is “almost out.” That means it should be released soon, although a specific date was not mentioned.

December 12, 2018 — The beta version of Android Pie is now available for the OnePlus 5 and 5T. If you’re already part of the Open Beta program, you should receive the update over-the-air shortly. Otherwise, you’ll have to flash the new build yourself.

December 25, 2018 — The stable version of Android 9.0 Pie has started rolling out to the OnePlus 5 and 5T. The update includes a new UI, new navigation gestures (only on the OnePlus 5T), gaming mode 3.0, a new Do Not Disturb mode, integrated Google Lens in the camera app, and the December 2018 security patches, among other things.

February 28, 2019 — We have some good and bad news for OnePlus 3/3T owners. The good news is that, according to a OnePlus community manager, the Android Pie update for the phones is still coming. The bad news is that there’s no word on when it will be released.

April 5, 2019 — OnePlus has launched the first Android Pie beta update for the OnePlus 3/3T in China. There’s no word on when the beta will be available in other countries or when the stable version of the update will be released.

April 17, 2019 — Android 9 Pie is now available as a Community Beta build for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Those on the latest Open Beta version can download the appropriate file and update their devices through Recovery Update, while those on the latest stable version can download the file and either go through Local or Recovery Update — learn more here.

Oppo Pie update

August 6, 2018 — Oppo reached out to Android Authority to say that it does not yet have a target release date for Android Pie.

Vivo Pie update

August 8, 2018 — Vivo told Android Authority that it plans to release Android Pie in Q4 2018:

Designing for consumers’ needs continues to be Vivo’s top priority. Upgrading to the latest Android Pie operating system to deliver better mobile experience is therefore an area Vivo is working on bringing to consumers as soon as possible. Consumers can expect this update to come out in Q4 this year. We will keep you updated once we have more details to share.

December 24, 2018 — Vivo has kicked off the Android Pie closed beta program for fours of its smartphones: the X21, X21 UD, Nex A, and Nex S. However, the program is only available in China for now. There’s no word on when the stable versions of the updates will be released, but we do expect to see them sometime in the first quarter of 2019.

March 26, 2019 — The Vivo Nex S Pie update is rolling out in Asia.

April 22, 2019 — According to The Mobile Indian, the Vivo V11 Pro is now receiving Android Pie in India. The update comes in at around 3.1GB.

Sony Pie update

August 16, 2018 — Sony published a blog post detailing the nine devices in its roster that will get Android 9.0 Pie. They are:

The update process will kick off in November for the XZ devices and then start in early 2019 for the XA2 line.

October 12, 2018 — Sony is rolling out the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie to the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The update comes in just over 1GB in size and includes the latest October 2018 security patch. Also arriving in U.K.

October 18, 2018 — Sony has revealed detailed info regarding its Android Pie update schedule. The company said the XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact will get the update sooner than expected — the rollout will begin on October 26 as opposed to in November. The other handsets will get the update as per original schedule. Sony will begin to roll out the update for the XZ2 Premium from November 7, while the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and XA2 Plus will get the update from March 4 next year.

November 10, 2018 — According to Xperia Blog, Sony is rolling out Android Pie to the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZ1, and Xperia XZ1 Compact. The update includes the October security patch and is only available in select markets for now.

HTC Pie update

August 10, 2018 — HTC took to Twitter to announce that it’s bringing Android Pie to four of its smartphones: U12 Plus, U11 Plus, U11, and the Android One variant of the U11 Life. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the updates will be available. HTC said this will be announced in “due course.”

November 29, 2018 — HTC has started rolling out the Pie update to the Android One variant of the HTC U11 Life. This is the first HTC device to get the latest version of the OS. Flagships like the HTC U12 Plus are still running Oreo with no date set for a Pie upgrade.

March 11, 2019 — HTC took to Twitter to announce its Android Pie roadmap. The company says it will start rolling out the latest version of Android to the HTC U11, U11 Plus, and U12 Plus starting in Q2. A specific date was not revealed.

Huawei/Honor Pie update

August 9, 2018 — Huawei revealed on Weibo that it’s conducting internal testing of the Android 9.0 Pie update for the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei P20, Honor 10, and Honor V10.

August 21, 2018 — A Huawei South Africa spokesperson told MyBroadband that the manufacturer will release its EMUI 9.0 skin based on Android Pie at the IFA trade show in Berlin, which kicks off August 31. The spokesperson also said the company will roll out Android Pie to the Huawei P20 series in September, followed by the Mate series shortly after. We expect loads of other Huawei devices to get the update as well, although the company didn’t mention which ones and when.

September 1, 2018 — Huawei announced EMUI 9.0 at IFA, which is based on Android Pie. It also kicked off its beta program, allowing users of select Huawei devices to try out the software before it is officially released. These devices include:

To sign up for the program, go to Huawei’s Friendly User Test page, download the Huawei Beta app, go to Personal > Join project, select the EMUI 9 beta program, and tap “Sign Up.” Keep in mind that Huawei may choose to limit the number of users it accepts in the program — learn more here.

September 30, 2018 — Huawei is rolling out the beta Android Pie update based on EMUI 9.0 to the Mate 10 Pro.

October 2, 2018 — Get Droid Tips reports that Huawei has released the beta Android Pie update for the Honor View 10. However, the update is only available to users in Europe for now.

November 6, 2018 — The company has announced it will roll out EMUI 9.0, based on Android Pie, to nine Huawei and Honor devices starting November 10. The phones that will get the update are:

  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
  • Honor 10
  • Honor View 10
  • Honor Play

However, Huawei has yet to confirm in which regions the update will be released first. We’ve reached out to the company regarding this and will update this post when we get a response.

December 3, 2018 — Huawei is apparently rolling out EMUI 9.0 based on Android Pie to the P20 and P20 Pro, but only in China (via BGR). The update is expected to go global soon, probably before the end of the year.

December 18, 2018 — Huawei took to Twitter to announce it will start rolling out Android Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top to a slew of devices in the next few days — globally. These include:

  • Huawei Mate 10/Mate 10 Pro/Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei P20/P20 Pro/P20 Lite
  • Honor Play
  • Honor 10
  • Honor View 10

The list of supported devices may grow over time. Devices like the Honor 8X, Huawei Mate 20 Lite, Honor 8C, and similarly-new Huawei and Honor devices are also expected to get Android Pie somewhere down the line.

January 11, 2019 — Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9 on top is now shipping out to the Honor 10, Honor View 10, and Honor Play in India.

January 17, 2019 — Android Pie with EMUI 9 on top is now rolling out to the Honor View 10 in the U.S.

January 29, 2019 — Rogers revealed via its Android Pie roadmap that it will roll out the latest version of Android to the Huawei P20/P20 Pro sometime between January 16 and February 18.

March 1, 2019 — The U.S. variant of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is now receiving Android Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top.

March 11, 2019 — As reported by Gadgets360, Honor has revealed it will start rolling out Android Pie to the Honor 8X on March 18 in India.

March 25, 2019 — Honor 8X Pie update spotted in Macedonia, more regions should be on the way.

March 26, 2019 — Honor is rolling out Android Pie for the Huawei P10, according to user reports from Android Police.

March 28, 2019 — Honor is now finally shipping out Android Pie with EMUI 9 on top to the Honor 8X in India. The update comes in at a little over 3GB.

April 14, 2019 — According to Digit, the Honor 8 Pro is now receiving Android Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top in India.

Motorola Pie update

August 15, 2018 — Motorola revealed which devices would receive the Android Pie update. Starting this fall, Android Pie will make its way to these phones:

It’s worth noting that the Moto E5 lineup isn’t on that list (despite being announced only months ago), and the entire Moto G5 lineup isn’t on the list either.

November 16, 2018 — Good news for all you Motorola One Power owners in India. The company is rolling out the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie to the device.

November 16, 2018 — According to a user on the XDA-Developers forum, the Motorola One has received Android 9.0 Pie in Mexico. The update is expected to be released in other markets soon.

November 28, 2018 — The Motorola One is now receiving the Android Pie update globally. As usual, this is a staged rollout, which means it might take a week or so for the update to make its way to every device.

November 28, 2018 — As reported by XDA-Developers, the Moto X4 has been bumped up to Android Pie in Brazil. The update is expected to make its way to other markets soon.

December 12, 2018 — Motorola is rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the Moto X4 in the U.S. It’s a phased rollout, but the update is said to make its way to all phones by January 10, 2019.

December 19, 2018 — XDA-Developers reports that Motorola has kicked off an Android Pie soak test for the Moto G6 and G6 Plus in Brazil. The Moto G6’s beta build was leaked online, so you can download it and try it out if that’s your thing.

December 31, 2018 — Motorola is now rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the Moto G6 Plus devices in India. The update should make its way to other markets soon.

January 7, 2019 — Motorola has announced that Android 9.0 Pie is now available for the Moto X4 devices in India.

January 23, 2019 — Motorola has announced the Android Pie update for the Moto Z3. The update brings all the tasty Pie feature to the device including Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Battery, and gesture navigation. Additionally, it also enables support for the upcoming 5G Moto Mod, which is slated for an early 2019 launch on Verizon’s network.

February 9, 2019 — Android Pie is rolling out to the Moto Z3 Play in the U.S. The update should make its way to other markets soon.

February 13, 2019 — According to AndroidPit, Motorola is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie to the Moto G6, G6 Play, and Z3 Play in Brazil.

March 19, 2019 — According to Tizen Help, Motorola is rolling out Android Pie to the Moto G6 in India. The update comes in at around 1.4GB.

April 3, 2019 — Three months after Motorola announced Android 9.0 Pie for the Moto Z3, Verizon is finally rolling it out to the device. The update enables support for the 5G Moto Mod and includes the March 2019 security patch.

April 18, 2019 — Motorola is rolling out Android Pie to Moto G6 Play devices in the U.S. The update also has the April 2019 security patch on board.

Nokia Pie update

August 21, 2018 — HMD Global promised back in May that all Android-running Nokia phones will be updated to Android Pie. Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas now shared more details on the topic, confirming at a New Dehli event that the Nokia 7 Plus will be the first of its devices to be updated to Android 9.0 this September. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the Nokia 7 Plus was part of the Android P beta scheme.

August 31, 2018 — Responding to a user on Twitter, HMD Global executive Juho Sarvikas said that a camera-related update with “new experiences” is coming to the Nokia 8 with Android Pie. The update will also bring ARCore to the device. Unfortunately, Sarvikas didn’t mention when the update will be available.

September 12, 2018 — The Nokia 7 Plus has received another beta Android Pie update. The changes in the latest version appear to be minimal. The update apparently brings the September security patch, a non-removable “At a Glance” widget on the home screen, data arrows inside the Wi-Fi icon in the status bar, and support for the aptX Bluetooth codec to the device. The stable version of Pie is expected to hit the device sometime this month.

September 28, 2018 — Nokia has released the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie for the Nokia 7 Plus. The update comes in at around 1.4GB.

October 4, 2018 — The recently announced Nokia 7.1 will get the Android 9.0 Pie update by the end of November. HMD Global has also confirmed to Android Authority that it plans on rolling out Android Pie to the Nokia 6.1 and 6.1 Plus in the same month, followed by the Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco by the end of 2018.

October 9, 2018 — Juho Sarvikas, Nokia’s CPO, took to Twitter to announce that the beta version of Android 9.0 Pie is available for the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

October 11, 2018 — Looks like Nokia plans on speeding things up a bit. The company shared more detailed info on its Pie update schedule (via Android Central), saying that the Nokia 7.1, 6.1 Plus, and 6.1 will get the stable version of Android Pie before the end of October. The previous plan was to release the update sometime in November. The Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco will follow soon after, with the stable version of the OS expected to roll out to the devices in November.

October 30, 2018 — Android 9.0 Pie has started rolling out to the Nokia 6.1, making it the second Nokia device to get the stable version of the OS.

October 31, 2018 — Only a day after upgrading Nokia 6.1 to Android 9.0 Pie, the company started rolling out the update to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The next devices in line to get the latest version of Android are the Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco.

November 27, 2018 — Nokia’s CPO Juho Sarvikas has announced on Twitter that Android Pie is now rolling out to the Nokia 7.1. He also said it’s a staged rollout, with some markets getting the update sooner than others.

November 30, 2018 — The Android Pie update for the Nokia 8 has been delayed for a couple of days. The original plan was to release it by the end of November. The news was announced by Nokia’s CPO Juho Sarvikas on Twitter, who said there are a “few issues to address” before the update can go live.

December 11, 2018 — Android Pie beta is now available for the Nokia 8. The stable version should be released soon, although a specific date was not announced.

December 19, 2018 — The stable version of Android Pie is now available for the Nokia 8. However, some users note that the update is lacking features like Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, and App Actions. There’s no word on when these will be added to the device.

Nokia’s CPO Juho Sarvikas said the next phone in line to get the update is the Nokia 8 Sirocco. He didn’t mention when we can expect to see it, though.

December 27, 2018 — Nokia has kicked off the Android 9.0 Pie rollout for the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The update comes in at around 1.2GB and includes new system navigation functionality, Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, and “predictive application actions” — which sounds like a fancy name for Android Pie’s App Actions feature.

January 9, 2019 — It’s finally here: Android 9.0 Pie is now rolling out to the Nokia 8 Sirocco. The update includes the December 2018 security patches and brings all the standard Pie goodies including Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Battery, and App Actions to the device.

January 23, 2019 — Nokia has shared its Android Pie update roadmap. The company said the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.1 Plus will begin receiving Android 9.0 Pie “in the next few days.” The original 2017 Nokia 6 is scheduled for its Pie release a week or two later.

The Nokia 5.1, 3.1, and 2.1 will follow and should get the update by the end of this quarter (March 31). The Nokia 1 and Nokia 3 will be the last handsets to get Android Pie, sometime in early Q2.

January 24, 2019 — As promised, Nokia has released the Android Pie update for the Nokia 5 (2017).

February 20, 2019 — Nokia has started rolling out Android Pie to the Nokia 8 in India.

February 20, 2019 — The two-year-old Nokia 6 (2017) is now getting the Android 9.0 Pie update.

February 21, 2019 — Juho Sarvikas announced on Twitter that the Android 9.0 Pie update is now available for the Nokia 2.1.

February 26, 2019 — Nokia has started rolling out Android Pie to the Nokia 3.1 Plus.

March 14, 2019 — HMD Global announced on Twitter that Android 9 Pie is rolling out now to the budget Nokia 3.1 smartphone.

March 20, 2019 — HMD Global is now rolling out Android Pie to the Nokia 5.1.

Xiaomi Pie update

September 12, 2018 — MIUI 10 Open Beta firmware based on Android Pie is available for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Xiaomi Mi 8. The Mi Mix 2S beta can be flashed using recovery or fastboot methods, while the Mi 8 firmware (via XDA-Developers) is currently only available via recovery — so you’ll need to unlock your phone’s bootloader to install it using TWRP. You can find the download links for both ROMs in our dedicated post at the link.

October 16, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 on top is now available for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.

October 26, 2018 — Xiaomi has revealed the phones that will soon receive the Pie update. These include the Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint Edition (known as the Pro model outside China), the Mi 8 SE, and the Mi Max 3, all of which are expected to get the latest version of Android by the end of the year.

October 30, 2018 — Xiaomi has apparently released a closed beta build of Android Pie with MIUI 10 on top for the Pocophone F1 (via XDA-Developers). The open beta is expected to be released by the end of November, while the stable version of the OS should start hitting devices before the year comes to an end.

November 10, 2018 — Xiaomi has released the beta version of Android Pie for the Mi A2 smartphone, which is part of the Android One family — you can download it here. There’s no word on when exactly the stable version will be available.

November 16, 2018 — That was fast. Only six days after it released the beta Android Pie update for the Mi A2, Xiaomi started rolling out the stable version of the OS to the smartphone.

November 18, 2018 — As expected, Xiaomi has released the open beta version of Android Pie for the Pocophone F1. The software comes with the company’s MIUI 10 skin on top — check out how to install it by reading our dedicated post.

November 27, 2018 — According to users on Google+ and the XDA-Developers forum, the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite has received the Android Pie update.

December 5, 2018 — According to a Google+ user, Xiaomi is rolling out the Android Pie beta update to the Mi A1 smartphone. If true, it’s possible that the stable rollout will begin by the end of the year, or very early 2019 at the latest.

December 5, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie to the Mi 8 smartphone.

December 10, 2018 — Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie with MIUI 10 on top to the Pocophone F1. The update comes with the November security patch.

December 10, 2018 — According to multiple reports, Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie to the Mi A1 smartphone — less than a week after the beta version was released.

December 13, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, the global version of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is now getting the Android Pie beta update.

December 21, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, the MIUI 10 Global ROM based on Android Pie is now available for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. You can download it here.

December 20, 2018 — Xiaomi is pushing another Android 9.0 Pie build to the Mi A1 phones. The stable version released on December 10 apparently caused quite a few issues regarding LTE connectivity for some users, and this update should hopefully fix that. However, some Reddit users are already complaining about missing LTE bands, while others report receiving the update with no issues.

February 20, 2019 — Owners of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 6 Pro can sign up to test the beta version of Android Pie on their device. Slots are limited — find out everything you need to know here.

February 22, 2019 — According to XDA-Developers, Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie to the Mi Max 3 and Mi 8 Lite in China.

March 10, 2019 — XDA-Developers reports that Xiaomi is rolling out MIUI 10 based on Android Pie to Mi Max 3 devices globally.

March 18, 2019 — According to XDA-Developers, Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie to the global variants of the Mi 8 Lite.

May 6, 2019 — According to XDA-Developers, Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie with MIUI 10 on top to the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The update comes in at around 1.7GB.

Samsung Pie update

October 20, 2018 — Thanks to a teaser the company posted in the Samsung+ app (via Pocketnow), we have a better idea on when the Android Pie update will be available for devices such as the Galaxy S9. The teaser revealed that the latest version of the OS will start rolling out “early next year.” Unfortunately, a more specific time frame was not given.

November 6, 2018 — Samsung has confirmed it will reveal the Android Pie beta software at its developer conference, which starts tomorrow (November 7) and ends a day later. The company is likely to launch the beta program for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus users shortly after.

November 8, 2018 — Samsung will kick off the beta program for the newest iteration of its Android skin called One UI — based on Android Pie — this November in the U.S., Germany, and Korea, followed by more countries in Europe and Asia in the future. The stable version of the software is expected to roll out to the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 in January.

November 9, 2018 — Samsung has confirmed to Android Authority that its new One UI Android skin — based on Android Pie — will also come to the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8. These three devices are expected to get the update shortly after it hits the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9, which is expected to happen in January.

November 15, 2018 — It’s official! Samsung has kicked off the One UI beta program for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus owners. The program is currently available in the U.S., South Korea, and potentially a few other countries. You can check out how to sign up at the link.

November 28, 2018 — Samsung has apparently opened up Android Pie beta registrations for the Galaxy Note 9 in the U.S. through the Samsung+ app. However, the company then quickly pulled them. There’s no word on why, but there’s a chance the Pie beta registration notification in the app appeared by mistake — learn more here.

December 4, 2018 — Samsung has informed Android Authority that Android 9 Pie One UI beta registrations for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are now open via the Samsung+ app. However, they are only available for the unlocked variant of the device (SM-N960U1). Registrations are limited, so you’ll have to hurry up if you want to join the beta program.

December 11, 2018 — Samsung is pushing out a new update to all Samsung Galaxy Note 9 owners beta testing Android 9 Pie. The update has the December 2018 security patch on board along with bug fixes related to things like Night Mode and Samsung Pass — learn more here.

December 24, 2018 — Samsung decided to speed things up and is now rolling out the stable version of Android Pie with One UI on top to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The update is currently available in Germany, but it should make its way to other markets soon. It comes in at around 1.7GB.

December 24, 2018 — Samsung has updated the Members app with its Android 9 Pie update roadmap, revealing which devices will get the latest version of the OS and when. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will receive Android 9 Pie in January 2019. Even though the update is rolling out to the phones starting today, the carrier variants might not see it for another month. The next phone on the list is the Galaxy Note 9, which looks to receive the Android 9 Pie update in February 2019. It will be followed by the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8, all of which will get bumped up to Android 9 Pie — along with One UI — in March 2019.

The update roadmap also reveals that the Android 9 Pie rollout is expected to go from April 2019 with Samsung’s Galaxy A7, A8, A8 Plus, and A9 (2018) through October 2019 with the Galaxy Tab A 10.5. A slew of devices will also get the update between April and October, such as the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy A8 Star — learn more here.

January 2, 2019 — Samsung has already changed its Android Pie update roadmap, but it’s not all bad news. Some devices, like the Galaxy Note 9 and Note 8, are now expected to get the update even sooner. There are also a few new devices on the list including the Galaxy J7 Neo and Galaxy J8.

However, some Samsung phones — like the Galaxy A8 (2018 model) — were removed from the list, which means they aren’t expected to get the Pie update anymore. You can check out the entire list below:

  • Galaxy Note 9 (January 2019)
  • Galaxy S9 (January 2019)
  • Galaxy S9+ (January 2019)
  • Galaxy Note 8 (February 2019)
  • Galaxy S8 (March 2019)
  • Galaxy S8+ (March 2019)
  • Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A6 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A6+ (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A7 2018 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A8 Star (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A8+ 2018 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A9 2018 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy J2 (2018) (April 2019)
  • Galaxy J2 Core (April 2019)
  • Galaxy J4 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy J6+ (April 2019)
  • Galaxy On7 (2018) (April 2019)
  • Galaxy J4+ (May 2019)
  • Galaxy J6 (May 2019)
  • Galaxy J8 (May 2019)
  • Galaxy J7 2017 (July 2019)
  • Galaxy J7 Duo (July 2019)
  • Galaxy J7 Neo (July 2019)
  • Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 (August 2019)
  • Galaxy Tab A 2017 (October 2019)
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (October 2019)

January 4, 2019 — Samsung is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie with One UI on top to the Galaxy Note 9. The update has been released Germany for the Exynos chipset variant, but there’s a chance it’s being deployed in other regions as well.

January 12, 2019 — After rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy S9 series in Germany back in December, Samsung is now shipping out the update in Malaysia as well. The latest version of the OS should make its way to all Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus handsets globally by the end of the month.

January 12, 2019 — After Germany, the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie for the Galaxy Note 9 is now also available in the UAE, according to SamMobile. The update is expected to make its way to all Note 9 devices globally by the end of the month.

January 14, 2019 — The Android Pie update for the Galaxy Note 9 may be delayed. The update started rolling out in Germany two weeks ago and in the UAE a couple of days ago, suggesting this was the start of its major rollout. However, this may not be the case, as Samsung’s Turkish portal Guncelmiyiz indicates the update will instead roll out from February 1. Initially, it was expected that all Note 9 devices globally will get Pie by the end of January. Nothing has been confirmed yet, so things can still go either way.

January 15, 2019 — The beta version of Android 9 Pie is now available for the Galaxy Note 8. To try it out, open the Samsung Members app and accept the invitation for the beta program. Once you are in, you’ll receive the update that’s around 1.8GB in size.

January 16, 2019 — According to The Mobile Indian, Samsung is rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 in India.

January 16, 2019 — According to SamMobile, registrations for the One UI beta program (based on Android Pie) are now open for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in India and possibly a few other countries including South Korea and the U.K. You can sign up via the Samsung Members app.

January 18, 2019 — The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified the Galaxy A7, A8, and A9 (2018) for Android 9 Pie, which means all three of Samsung’s 2018 mid-range offerings are one step closer to the latest Android platform update. However, these devices will not get the One UI overlay, as that will only make its way to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Note 8, S9 and S9 Plus, and Note 9.

January 24, 2019 — Samsung is now rolling out the second Android Pie beta update to the Galaxy Note 8. It comes in at around 700MB and addresses a number of issues including the camera app crashing when using slow motion or super slow motion. However, some bugs from the first beta have not been fixed with this update — learn more here.

January 25, 2019 — The Samsung support U.K. Twitter channel has confirmed the company is now rolling out Android Pie to the S9 and S9 Plus in the U.K. The update is landing on SIM-free models but should arrive to carrier-branded devices in the near future.

January 25, 2019 — Owners of an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 in the U.S. can now sign up for the Android 9 Pie beta. To do so, open the Samsung+ app on your device, find and tap the Android 9 Pie beta notification, and follow on-screen instructions.

January 28, 2019 — Android Pie is now rolling out to the unlocked variants of the Galaxy Note 9 in the U.K. The update comes in at 1.6GB.

January 29, 2019 — Rogers revealed its Android Pie road map, which shows that the carrier will roll out the latest version of Android to the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9/S9 Plus on February 4 and February 11. Additionally, multiple users on Reddit (via SamMobile) reported that the Galaxy S9 on Xfinity Mobile has received its Pie update. This is the first carrier-locked U.S. model to receive the update.

January 31, 2019 — AT&T-branded Galaxy Note 9s are apparently now receiving the Android 9 Pie update, which comes in at around 1.8GB.

January 31, 2019 — Both Verizon and Sprint have started rolling out Android Pie with Samsung’s new One UI skin on top to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

February 4, 2019 — Sprint has started shipping out Android Pie with One UI on top to the Galaxy Note 9. The update comes in at around 1.9GB.

February 7, 2019 — Samsung is now rolling out the third Android Pie beta to the Galaxy Note 8. The update comes in at around 680MB and has the February security patch on board. It addresses a number of bugs like the fingerprint sensor not working with Samsung Pay and the Air Command icon not showing up when you remove the S Pen — learn more here.

February 7, 2019 — According to MobileSyrup, Android Pie with One UI on top is rolling out to Galaxy Note 9 devices in Canada. The update has been released by most carriers including Rogers, Fido, and Telus.

February 7, 2019 — Most Canadian carriers are rolling out the Android Pie update to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, according to MobileSyrup.

February 10, 2019 — T-Mobile has started rolling out Android Pie to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The update is around 2GB in size and includes support for the RCS 1.0 universal profile, putting the S9 and S9 Plus among the few handsets to embrace the new messaging standard.

However, the carrier then quickly pulled the update, likely due to some last minute bugs. There’s no word on when the rollout will resume, but we probably won’t have to wait long.

February 12, 2019 — Samsung is now rolling out the fourth beta update to the Galaxy Note 8. It comes in at around 580MB and addresses a few issues, with the biggest one related to editing hotspot names.

February 15, 2019 — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 owners are finally receiving a sweet slice of Pie. The stable update is being rolled out in Bulgaria, Slovakia, and India. It should make its way to other markets soon.

February 18, 2019 — It looks like Android Pie is rolling out to the unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in the U.S. The update has been spotted on Reddit, at PhoneArena, and via a tip from one of our readers. It brings the new One UI skin to the devices and includes the January 2019 security patches.

February 20, 2019 — According to a thread on Reddit, the stable version of Android 9 Pie is rolling out to the Galaxy S8 in a few European countries — Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands. The update comes in at around 1.6GB and is expected to be released in plenty of other countries soon.

February 25, 2019 — After being rolled out in a number of European countries, Android Pie with One UI is now hitting Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices in India.

March 1, 2019 — T-Mobile has started rolling out Android Pie with One UI on top to the Galaxy Note 9.

March 8, 2019 — According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out Android Pie to the mid-range Galaxy A8 Plus (2018). However, the update is limited to Russia for now.

March 12, 2019 — Verizon has finally started rolling out Android Pie with One UI on top to the Galaxy Note 9. The update has the February 2019 security patch on board.

March 12, 2019 — The unlocked variants of the Galaxy Note 9 are now receiving Android Pie in the U.S., according to PhoneArena. The update comes in at around 1.7GB.

March 13, 2019 — The Galaxy A9 (2018) is getting the Android Pie update, but only in Poland for now, as reported by SamMobile.

March 14, 2019 — SamMobile reports that Samsung is rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy A7 (2018) in Russia. The update should be released in other markets soon.

March 22, 2019 — The Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus is receiving Android Pie and the March 2019 security patches, according to XDA.

March 25, 2019 — Samsung has rolled out Android Pie to the Galaxy Note 7 FE (the non-overheating Galaxy Note 7).

March 26, 2019 — Sprint is rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 (via Android Police).

March 29, 2019 — AT&T and T-Mobile are rolling out Android Pie with One UI to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. AT&T has also rolled out the Pie update to the Note 8, and we can expect the T-Mobile update to arrive any day now.

April 3, 2019 — Verizon is rolling Android Pie with One UI to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 starting tomorrow, April 4. The update also includes the March 2019 security patch for all three phones.

April 5, 2019 — According to PhoneArena, T-Mobile has joined in on the fun and started rolling out Android Pie to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

April 9, 2019 — Android 9.0 Pie is rolling out to the unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 in the U.S. The update brings along the usual Android 9 Pie upgrades along with the new One UI from Samsung and the March 2019 Android security patch.

April 9, 2019 — According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy J8 in Russia. The update is expected to reach other markets soon.

April 11, 2019 — SamMobile reports that the Galaxy J6 is now receiving Android Pie in Italy. The update is expected to reach other markets soon.

April 11, 2019 — Samsung is rolling out Android Pie to the LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab S4, but only in France for now, according to SamMobile. We expect the update to be released in other markets soon.

April 18, 2019 — After Italy, Samsung has now started rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy J6 in India as well, as reported by SamMobile. The update comes with the company’s One UI skin on board.

April 24, 2019 — Great news for Galaxy Tab S4 owners in the U.S. According to Android Police, the Wi-Fi variant of the tablet (model SM-T830) is now receiving Android Pie with One UI on top. Additionally, both Verizon and AT&T are rolling out the latest version of Android to their LTE variants of the Galaxy Tab S4.

April 25, 2019 — According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is receiving Android Pie in India. The update comes in at around 1.2GB and includes Samsung’s new One UI.

April 27, 2019 — SamMobile reports that Samsung is rolling out Android Pie with One UI to the Galaxy J4, J4 Plus, and J6 Plus in various markets. The Galaxy J4 Plus is being updated in Panama, while the Plus model is getting Pie in Vietnam, Thailand, and Ukraine. The Galaxy J6 Plus is receiving the update in Germany, Iraq, and India.

May 1, 2019 — According to SamMobile, both T-Mobile and Sprint have released the Android Pie update for the Galaxy Tab S4.

LG Pie update

November 16, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, LG has released the Android 9.0 Pie update for the G7 One in Canada. The update could also be available in a number of other countries — or will be soon.

November 20, 2018 — LG has kicked off the Android Pie preview program for the G7 ThinQ, but only in South Korea. The company didn’t share any details about an international release for the program or when the stable version of the OS will be available.

December 30, 2018 — LG has revealed its update roadmap for the first quarter of 2019 (January – March). The company plans to roll out the latest version of Android to the G7 ThinQ in that time frame, while the V40 ThinQ is only expected to get a performance update. That means the V40 likely won’t get Android Pie before Q2 2019.

January 18, 2019 — LG is rolling out Android Pie to the G7 ThinQ, but only in South Korea for now. The update should hit all G7 ThinQ devices globally by the end of Q1 (March) at the latest.

Additionally, LG revealed when we can expect to see Pie on its other devices. Here’s the list:

  • LG G7 ThinQ — Q1 2019 (ends March 31)
  • LG V35 ThinQ — Q1 2019 (ends March 31)
  • LG V40 ThinQ — Q2 2019 (ends June 30)
  • LG V30S ThinQ — Q2 2019 (ends June 30)
  • LG V30 — Q2 2019 (ends June 30)
  • LG G6 — Q3 2019 (ends September 30)
  • LG V20 — Q3 2019 (ends September 30)
  • LG Q8 — Q3 2019 (ends September 30)
  • LG Q9 — Q4 2019 (ends December 31)
  • LG X5 — Q4 2019 (ends December 31)

April 23, 2019 — According to My LG Phones, LG is rolling out Android Pie to the V35 ThinQ, but only in South Korea for now. The update is expected to make its way to other markets soon.

Asus Pie update

November 20, 2018 — Asus has announced that it will roll out Android Pie to the Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL) at the end of January 2019.

December 9, 2018 — According to an Asus customer service representative, Android 9 Pie for the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is expected to be released by the end of February 2019.

December 18, 2018 — The Android Pie update for the Asus Zenfone 5 is now available (via XDA-Developers). You can download it from the company’s website.

December 27, 2018 — It looks like Asus has decided to speed things up. The company is apparently rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the Asus Zenfone 5Z, but only in Taiwan. We expect the update to be released globally by the end of January 2019, as originally planned.

January 3, 2019 — Asus has started rolling out the Android Pie update to the Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL) over-the-air.

January 28, 2019 — Good news for Zenfone 5Z owners is India: Asus is rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the device in the country. We expect the update to make its way to other markets soon.

January 30, 2019 — As promised, Asus is now rolling out Android Pie to the Zenfone 5Z globally. The update will be pushed out in batches, so it may take some time before it reaches your device.

January 4, 2019 — Asus has kicked off the Android Pie beta program for the Zenfone Max Pro M2. You can learn more about it here.

February 27, 2019 — Asus has revealed a list of phones that will be upgraded to Android Pie. However, the company did not share a time frame for each device. You can check out the entire list of phones below, some of which have already received the Pie update.

  • Zenfone 4 Max (ZC554KL)
  • Zenfone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL)
  • Zenfone 4 Max (ZC520KL)
  • Zenfone Live (ZB553KL)
  • Zenfone 4 Max (ZB520KL)
  • Zenfone Max Plus (M1) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB570TL)
  • Zenfone 5Q (ZC600KL)
  • Zenfone Live (L1) Clear Soft Bumper (ZA550KZ / ZA551KL)
  • Zenfone Max Pro (ZB602KL)
  • Zenfone Max Pro (ZB601KL)
  • Zenfone Max (M1) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB555KL / ZB556KL)
  • Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL)
  • Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL)
  • ROG Phone (ZS600KL)
  • Zenfone Max Pro (M2) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB631KL/ ZB630KL)
  • Zenfone Max (M2) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB633KL / ZB632KL)

February 28, 2019 — Asus India has announced that it’s kicking off the Android Pie beta program for the Zenfone Max Pro M1. You can sign up here.

March 18, 2019 — Asus has posted a video on Facebook, apologizing to users for missing the promised Android Pie release window for the Zenfone Max Pro M1, Zenfone Max Pro M2, and Zenfone Max M2. The company now promises these three phones will get the update by April 15 at the latest.

April 11, 2019 — As promised, Asus is rolling out Android Pie to the Zenfone Max Pro M1, Zenfone Max M2, and Zenfone Max Pro M2 in India.

Nubia Pie update

November 30, 2018 — Unfortunately, the company has announced that the Nubia Z17 will not be upgraded to Android Pie. Nubia will instead focus its efforts on other devices in its lineup.

BLU Pie update

January 10, 2019 — BLU has kicked off its Android Pie beta program for the Vivo XI+. Owners of the device can sign up on the company’s website to try out the software before it’s officially rolled out.

Razer Pie update

February 19, 2019 — Razer has revealed the Android Pie update roadmap for its gaming-centered Razer Phone 2. On February 27, the latest version of Android will start rolling out to the unlocked variants of the device. Most carriers will start shipping out the update on March 13 with the exception of AT&T, which will release it on April 4.

To see how the beta version of Android Pie performs on the Razer Phone 2, check out our hands-on post at the link.

Looking back at the Android P beta rollout

Android 9 Pie review app overview recent apps

Google released the first Android P developer preview on March 7, 2018. Following that alpha release, Google revealed the first Android P beta build (developer preview 2) at Google I/O 2018 on May 8, also announcing other non-Pixel devices would be compatible with the Android P beta.

The third Android P preview (beta 2) released June 6, 2018. This build featured the final APIs and official SDK. Following that, the fourth Android P preview launched on July 2, 2018. It included the latest Android security patches as well as some bug fixes and minor tweaks.

Google released the fifth Android P developer preview (beta 4) on July 25. This release candidate build includes final APIs and system behaviors. Google released the final, public version of Android 9.0 Pie on August 6.

You can see an overview of what each build featured:

The Android P beta was available for the following devices:

Additionally, Nokia brought the Android P update (beta) to three of its other phones: the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7, and Nokia 8 Sirocco, though only in China.


Android 9.0 Pie recent news:

That’s everything we know about the Android 9.0 Pie update so far. Did we miss anything? Sound off in the comments!

Google and Apple removed three dating apps that let minors sign up

Google has removed three dating apps from the Play Store.

Google and Apple have removed three dating apps from their respective app stores after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned that children were allowed to use them.

In a warning letter to the app developers, the FTC alleged that dating apps Meet24, FastMeet, and Meet4U allowed children as young as 12 years old to sign up for their services. The apps are from Ukraine-based Wildec LLC and allegedly collected users’ birthdates, email addresses, photographs, and real-time location data.

Even though the three apps’ privacy policies supposedly prohibited sign-ups for those under the age of 13, the apps didn’t actively block those who indicated they were under 13. Meet24, FastMeet, and Meet4U also allegedly didn’t block others from contacting those who indicated they were under 13 during the sign-up process.

Compounding matters, several individuals reportedly faced criminal charges for using the apps to contact or attempt to contact minors.

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According to the FTC, Meet24, FastMeet, and Meet4U might violate the FTC’s COPPA Rule. The rule requires companies that collect personal information from those under 13 to notify parents of the data gathering and to clearly post privacy policies.

The FTC also believes the three apps violate the agency’s FTC Act, which prohibits unfair practices that could cause consumer injury.

Wildec’s three dating apps are no longer available on the Google Play Store and App Store, according to an FTC press release. The commission raised the possibility that updated versions of the three apps could show up in the future, but “only for adults.”

Android Authority reached out to Google and Apple regarding the app removals, but didn’t hear back from either company by press time.

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May 2019 security patch now rolling out to Pixel devices

Fixing the latest bugs and exploits in Android every month.

Google has detailed the latest Android Security Bulletin and released the fixes for Nexus and Pixel devices.

These are exploits and other security concerns that affect Android as a whole. Issues with the operating system, kernel patches, and driver updates may not affect any particular device, but these need to be fixed in the Android base by the folks maintaining the operating system code. That means Google, and they’ve detailed the things they have improved for this month.

Updated factory images for Pixel and Nexus devices that are supported are available, and over-the-air updates are rolling out to users. If you don’t want to wait, you can download and flash the factory image or OTA update file manually, and here are some handy instructions to get you started.

How to manually update your Nexus or Pixel

The company that made your phone uses these patches to send an update out to you.

These changes have been released to the people making Android phones for at least 30 days, but Google can’t force anyone to deliver them to you. If you’re using a phone from Samsung, LG, or anyone besides Google, you’ll need to wait for them to send an update and shouldn’t try to flash any of the above files.

Of course, Google has safety checks in place to prevent any problems on your phone because of any security exploits. Verify Apps and SafetyNet are at work anytime you add an app to your phone, and seamless updates to Google Play Services will keep them up to date regardless of any hold up from a manufacturer or carrier. Details and incident numbers can be found in the yearly Android Security Review (.pdf file).

Highlights for May 2019

May 2019’s update comes with two patch dates: 4/01/2019 and 4/05/2019.

For all Android devices, highlights for this month’s patch include:

  • Critical fixes for the system.
  • A critical fix for the media framework.
  • A Moderate fixe for the System Framework.
  • Closed source fixes from Qualcomm, Broadcom, and NVIDIA.

Pixel devices, get no separate security fixes this month, but the quarterly OTA is here and Google says to expect “many functional updates and improvements to various parts of the Android platform and supported Pixel devices.” We always look forward to those sorts of updates.

Highlights for April 2019

April 2019’s update comes with two patch dates: 4/01/2019 and 4/05/2019.

For all Android devices, highlights for this month’s patch include:

  • High fixes for the framework.
  • Critical fixes for the media framework.
  • High fixes for the system.
  • Critical to high fixes for Qualcomm components.

In regards to Pixel devices, there are three updates specifically for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL:

  • Improved voice-unlock performance.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity can be adjusted during eSIM activation.
  • Removed screen flash when ambient display wakes up.

Lastly, if you have an original Pixel or Pixel XL, this patch improves Bluetooth connectivity for the two phones.

Highlights for March 2019

March 2019’s update comes with two patch dates: 3/01/2019 and 3/05/2019.

  • Moderate and high fixes for the framework.
  • Critical and high fixes for the media framework.
  • Critical and high fixes for the system.

Looking specifically at the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, this update also brings some device-specific fixes for them — specifically faster performance for the camera app, improved Bluetooth reliability, and better storage performance.

A lot of Pixel 3 users have made their complaints heard regarding sluggish performance with the Pixel 3’s otherwise excellent camera, so hopefully this patch addresses those concerns.

Previous bulletin highlights

Highlights for February 2019

February 2019’s update comes with two patch dates: 2/01/2019 and 2/05/2019.

  • Critical bug fixes to the framework.
  • High and moderate vulnerability patches for the library.
  • High and critical fixes to the system.

This month’s update also includes a couple of user-facing changes we weren’t expecting.

On the settings page, you’ll now see a new option titled About phone that was previously hidden in the System menu. On Pixel phones, system updates will now automatically pause when your device is being used and then resumes the download when your phone goes back to being idle. Alternatively, you can choose to manually resume the update while using it.

Here are summaries and highlights of recent patches from the monthly Android Security Bulletin. As with the current bulletin, these issues were also mitigated by Google’s Verify Apps, Safety Net, and seamless updates to Google Play Services.

Highlights for January 2019

January 2019’s update comes with two patch dates: 1/01/2019 and 1/05/2019.

  • High bug fixes for the framework.
  • Critical to high fixes for the system.
  • High vulnerability patches for kernel components.

In regards to the Pixel 3 and 3 XL specifically, the January security patch also includes improvements for audio quality when recording video.

Highlights for December 2018

December 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 12/01/2018 and 12/05/2018.

  • Moderate-to-critical bug fixes for the system, media framework, and framework.
  • Patches that address local vulnerabilities as well as the normal remote vulnerabilities.
  • Improved camera and memory performance for the Pixel series.

It’s worth noting that December 2018 security patches for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C are listed at the Android developer site even though those devices are officially no longer supported as of November 2018.

Highlights for November 2018

November 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 11/01/2018 and 11/05/2018.

  • Moderate-to-critical bug fixes for the system, media framework, and framework.
  • Improved picture-in-picture performance for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 series.
  • Improved stability for notifications for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 series.

One big thing to note is that this is the last guaranteed security patch for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C per Google’s support page.

Highlights for October 2018

October 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 10/01/2018 and 10/05/2018.

  • High-to-critical bug fixes for the system and media framework.
  • Improved Android Auto stability on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL.
  • Better fast-charging for the original Pixel and PIxel XL.
  • Other Pixel-specific updates that you can find here.

Highlights for September 2018

September 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 09/01/2018 and 09/05/2018.

  • Several patches mitigate an exploit that could allow a malicious app to read protected data is installed.
  • Qualcomm has patched several critical and high priority issues in its closed-source components.
  • Google also patched Pixel 2-specific issues to improve charging and car audio. Details can be seen here.

Highlights for August 2018

August 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 08/01/2018 and 08/05/2018.

  • The bulk of the fixes in April are patches to the Android runtime, Android framework, and media framework parts of the OS to prevent remote attackers from using specialized code to initiate attacks.
  • Android hardware vendors are doing their part, too and we see new fixes from NVIDIA and Qualcomm that will make our gear safer.
  • Google also patched several Pixel-specific issues. These can be seen here.

Highlights for June 2018

June 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 06/01/2018 and 06/05/2018.

  • Once again the Android Media Framework sees patches to prevent the latest exploits from gaining elevated privileges, as does the Application Framework.
  • LG, Qualcomm, MediaTek, and NVIDIA all provide important fixes for their assorted binaries across all devices, and critical issues with the bootloader were patched by Qualcomm and LG.
  • Google also patched a number of Nexus and Pixel-specific issues in this month’s bulletin as well as made usability tweaks for those devices. Those can be seen here.

Highlights for May 2018

May 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 05/01/2018 and 05/05/2018.

  • The most severe issues addressed are in the Android runtime and Media framework, and would allow a remote user to gain elevated privileges if not fixed.
  • Qualcomm and NVIDIA both provide important fixes for their assorted binaries across all devices, and Qualcomm has addressed a critical bug in the WLAN driver of their chips.
  • Google also patched a number of Nexus and Pixel-specific issues in this month’s bulletin, which can be seen here.

Highlights for April 2018

April 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 04/01/2018 and 04/05/2018.

  • As with other months, the bulk of the fixes in April are patches to the Android runtime, Android framework, and media framework parts of the OS to prevent remote attackers from using specialized code to initiate attacks.
  • Google specifically calls out Qualcomm in this month’s bulletin for “their dedicated efforts to improve the security of mobile devices.” This is a result of Qualcomm’s inclusion of all patches sent upstream to Android (both closed and open source) between 2014 and 2016, which are now part of the public record.
  • Google also patched a number of Nexus and Pixel-specific issues in this month’s bulletin, which can be seen here.

Highlights for March 2018

March 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 03/01/2018, and 03/05/2018.

  • The most severe vulnerabilities addressed in this month’s patch are again tied to the media framework and an attacker’s ability to run arbitrary code using a specially crafted media file. This has been and always will be an issue for all operating systems until a better way to package up media files is invented.
  • This patch also includes patches made to the upstream Linux kernel to address vulnerable issues in the USB driver
  • As usual, Android hardware vendors are doing their part, too and we see new fixes from NVIDIA and Qualcomm that will make our gear safer.

If you get an update with a patch date of 03/05/2018, you also have every issue addressed by the 03/01/2018 update in place.

Highlights for February 2018

February 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 02/01/2018, and 02/05/2018.

  • The most severe vulnerability addressed in this month’s small patch is once again tied to the media framework and an attacker’s ability to run arbitrary code using a specially crafted media file.
  • A second fix in the 02/01 patch blocks a malicious app from escalating its privileges or running code as a privileged user.
  • The 02/05 update entails device-specific patches from HTC, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and the Linux Kernel maintainers to address issues in the Bootloader, Wi-Fi driver(s), and media framework.

If you get an update with a patch date of 02/05/2018, you also have every issue addressed by the 02/01/2018 update in place.

Highlights for January 2018

January 2018’s update comes with two patch dates: 01/01/2018, and 01/05/2018.

  • January 2018’s most severe vulnerability addressed is a patch for the Android runtime that could let an attacker gain access to certain OS features without user interaction
  • Vulnerabilities that allowed code execution through the Media Framework were patched, like every month.
  • A vulnerability specific to the LG bootloader that allowed elevated privileges was patched. Life’s Good, once again.
  • A vulnerability specific to the NVIDIA driver that allowed elevated privileges was found and fixed
  • Qualcomm provided a handful of closed-source fixes in addition to patches for the display driver and bootloader

If you get an update with a patch date of 01/05/2018, you also have every issue addressed by the 01/01/2018 update in place.

Highlights for December 2017

December 2017’s update comes with two patch dates: 12/01/2017, and 12/05/2017.

  • If your device didn’t get updated with the November 6 patch last month, December’s update also comes with a fix for the KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability.
  • A vulnerability with Android’s framework that allowed malicious apps to get past user interactions requirements to access greater permissions has been squashed.
  • The media framework has also been updated to patch a threat that allowed a remote attacker to send out an arbitrary code to your device.
  • Components for numerous MediaTek, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm components have been updated with security fixes.

If you get an update with a patch date of 12/05/2017, you also have every issue addressed by the 12/01/2017 update in place.

Highlights for November 2017

November 2017’s update comes with three patch dates: 11/01/2017, 11/05/2017 and 11/06/2017.

  • This month’s patch updates the network stack to patch the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit.
  • The Android framework has once again been patched to prevent an exploit that bypass user interaction requirements in order to gain access to additional permissions.
  • The media framework and the Android system itself were again patched to combat the ever-present attacks through media containers. This has been a monthly thing for over a year and will certainly continue.
  • Critical updates were applied as far back as Android 5.02 for OEMs to use to patch their existing devices if they wish.
  • Broadcom, MediaTek, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm have each patched a number of drivers that could potentially allow remote attackers to execute code.

If you get an update with a patch date of 10/05/2017, you also have every issue addressed by the 10/01/2017 update in place. Devices that receive a patch with the 11/06/2017 date have all the November fixes in place as well as all previous patches. This is something new and we’re hopeful that it continues.

Highlights for October 2017

October 2017’s update comes with two patch dates: 10/01/2017 and 10/05/2017.

  • This month’s patch updates several critical components to prevent privileged code execution, both locally and remote.
  • The Android framework has been patched to prevent an exploit that bypass user interaction requirements in order to gain access to additional permissions.
  • The media framework and the Android system itself were patched to prevent execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.
  • Critical updates were applied as far back as Android 4.4
  • Broadcom, MediaTek, and Qualcomm have each patched a number of drivers that could potentially allow remote attackers to execute code.

If you get an update with a patch date of 10/05/2017, you also have every issue addressed by the 10/01/2017 update in place.

Highlights for September 2017

September 2017’s update comes with two patch dates: 09/01/2017 and 09/05/2017.

  • The main issue this month revolves, once again, around a vulnerability in the media framework that, when paired with exploitative code, could remotely execute malware on a user’s device.
  • Some of these patches go back to Android 4.4 KitKat.
  • A runtime bug has been patched that would allow a remote user to execute code that could cause an app to hang.
  • Broadcom has once again issued a number of patches for its Wi-Fi drivers.
  • MediaTek and Qualcomm have each patched a number of drivers that could potentially allow remote attackers to execute code.

If you get an update with a patch date of 09/05/2017, you also have every issue addressed by the 09/01/2017 update in place.

Highlights for August 2017

August 2017’s update comes with two patch dates: 08/01/2017 and 08/05/2017.

  • A moderate issue in the Android runtime that could enable privileged code execution has been patched.
  • Again we see numerous issues that could allow remote code execution through the media libraries patched, with some changes going back to Android 4.4.
  • Qualcomm has patched numerous escalation of privilege issues in the Snapdragon platform. These include moderate vulnerability patches for video, the GPU, and USB input/output. Since these include closed source changes, new versions are available from Qualcomm for your device manufacturer to implement as needed.
  • MediaTek and Broadcom have also supplied patched device drivers for a range of issues rated from low to moderate. Any of these binaries that are applicable to Nexus or Pixel devices are available at the Google Developer site.

If you get an update with a patch date of 08/05/2017, you also have every issue addressed by the 08/01/2017 update in place.

Archives of all previous Android Security Bulletins are available at the Android Security website.

See the Android Security website for details on all bulletins

The ultimate guide to replacing your smartphone battery

Is your smartphone battery running out in just a couple of hours? If you find yourself reaching for the charger multiple times a day, it might be time to replace your battery. Even with the days of removable batteries behind us, there are still are a lot of options. In this guide we will show you how and how much it costs to install a new battery on your phone.

If you’ve owned your smartphone for more than two years, you might have noticed its battery life is just not the same. The lifespan of a battery is typically defined by how many charge cycles it will last. A charge cycle is a period where a battery’s whole capacity is used, then it is charged back to full (companies like Apple define it as using 50 percent, then charging it back to full, then using 50 percent again). After 500 charge cycles, most lithium-ion batteries’ performance starts to degrade, regardless of how you use the device. It is one of the main reasons you should consider cell phone battery replacement on an aging device.

Common signs you need to replace your smartphone battery

google pixel 3 battery details

Of course, the most obvious sign you might need a cell phone battery replacement is drastically reduced battery life. If your phone barely makes it past the 10-hour mark, and you don’t do anything too intensive like streaming or playing games, consider replacement.

Random shut offs are also a common symptom. If your smartphone turns off at 30 percent or even 50 percent, the health of your battery has likely deteriorated significantly. Boot loops are also a common sign. If you have an older smartphone that restarts constantly after hitting a certain battery threshold, this is usually due to an aging lithium-ion battery.

The easiest way to recognize the source of the issue is to note when the problem occurs. If you have a newer device and it boot loops after an update or when closing apps, it is most likely a software issue.

accubattery

If your case is not that extreme, you still might want to check your battery’s health. We recommend using AccuBattery. It compares the design capacity of your battery to its estimated current capacity, showing you how much has been lost overtime. Just charge your phone after installing it and the app will do the rest.

AccuBattery also offers plenty of other features such as measuring charging speed, how much power apps use, how long your device will last on standby, and much more. If the capacity results are not great, it might be time for a battery replacement. The good news is you can do this even if you have a smartphone with a non-removable battery!

How to replace your smartphone battery

The days of easy to replace batteries are mostly over now.

Replacing your smartphone battery used to be as easy as turning off your phone, removing the old battery, and putting the new one in. If your smartphone still has a removable battery, that’s all you need to do.

Most current Android smartphones come with non-removable batteries, so the task has gotten more difficult. It’s by no means impossible, but it’s no small feat either.

If you want to go the DIY route, you will have to take your smartphone apart, detaching the screen and other parts before getting to the battery. Since most parts are glued together, you would also have to remove and then reapply adhesive. Do not attempt this if you do not have the right tools. The basic ones you need are a suction handle, flat opening tool, tweezers, heat gun to melt adhesive, and a screwdriver. Replacement adhesive is also a must.

Don’t use just any tools lying around in your house — you can damage your phone.

(iFixit)Replacing a battery requires a bit more work than it once did.

Unfortunately, buying an official battery from an OEM is almost impossible, so we advise you stick to proven battery retailers with good ratings for repair kits and batteries, like iFixit. They also provide detailed battery replacement guides on their website.

If you already have the necessary tools and have found the appropriate tutorial for your smartphone model, it’s important to first have your battery below 25 percent. Charged lithium-ion batteries can catch fire or explode if accidentally punctured. If your battery is swollen when you open your device, you shouldn’t proceed with the replacement, especially if you are inexperienced. Take the phone to an authorized repair shop instead.

Even if that’s not the case, you have to be careful. Take the Samsung Galaxy S7 for example. Battery replacement can be quite difficult thanks to plenty of adhesive, all of which will need to be reapplied. You will also have to disconnect and reconnect the loudspeaker assembly. If you are not careful when doing so, you might need to take your phone apart once again to reconnect it. Other phones require you to disconnect even more parts. DIY battery replacements also usually void waterproofing.

So, if you feel like you don’t have the patience or skill, it’s best to take or mail your smartphone to an authorized service center. For most manufacturers battery replacement costs under $100 out of warranty, and the process takes around five to seven business days when you mail in your cell phone.

Here are links for popular Android manufacturers (and Apple) that will point you to the nearest authorized service center or give you instructions how to mail in your device for a battery replacement:

Google

Samsung

HTC

  • You will need to email or live chat with HTC support, who can then point you to authorized centers or assist you in mailing your phone. You can do so here.

LG

Motorola

Sony

Nokia

Apple

  • Walk in and make an appointment at any Apple Store
  • Mail in.

When is battery replacement not worth it?

If you’ve grown attached to your smartphone and just can’t stand current devices, it makes sense to try to prolong its lifespan, but whether replacing the battery is worth can depend. If you have an older flagship device you would like to continue using for a while, it can be a good investment. If you have a lower-end device, the price and hassle might outweigh the benefits. Most battery replacements at authorized service centers are relatively cheap, but so are new budget phones with updated specs and software.

The Moto G Play, for example, costs only $199. This is why the better and more convenient option for some is to simply buy a new smartphone, but at the end of the day it’s down to personal preference.

Cell phone battery replacement is not nearly as easy as it used to be, but hopefully now you know there’s hope for your expensive flagship even after years of use.

What is your opinion on smartphone batteries nowadays? Have you attempted a DIY battery replacement before? Share your experiences with us in the comment

Win an exclusive piece of Google and Android history!

Every year at Mobile World Congress, the Android Garden is where Google presents its best products and services, from Android (obviously) to Google Assistant, Maps, and Photos. However, Google and its partners also provide one of the biggest challenges for all attendees who want to participate in something super fun: the Android Partner Walk. Specifically, the challenge to collect two exclusive pins per company, which are only available on certain days.

These pins have become the unofficial trade of MWC, with everyone from attendees to Googlers themselves vying to complete their collection of pins unique to that year’s show. I’ve witnessed trading so intense it resembles a bazaar, and have been forced trade several duplicate pins to secure one pin that’s been eluding me.

That brings us to this year’s contest. For one lucky Android Central reader, we’ve got a full collection from this year’s MWC to give away!

That’s not all — with Google I/O kicking off tomorrow with the expected announcement of the Pixel 3a, Nest Hub Max and of course, Android Q, we have an amazing top prize for one lucky winner. Each year, Google launches an I/O-specific figurine that can only be acquired during the conference.

We’re privileged to be able to experience events like MWC and Google I/O, and it wouldn’t be possible without you, our loyal readers. To say thank you, we’re giving a few of you the chance to have your very own piece of Google and Android history.

Our top prize features:

  • Collection of exclusive Android pins from MWC
  • One Google I/O 2019 figurine
  • A $200 Google Store gift card

Nine lucky runners up will win a Google I/O 2019 figurine.

So how do you enter? The widget below has the entry options, but we’re doing things a little differently this time. Alongside the usual options, you can gain extra entries by finding entry codes on content we publish over the next few days.

We’re not going to tell you which posts have the entry codes but here’s a big clue: they’re all related to Google I/O. Bookmark this page, and once you find a code, simply come back here and enter it alongside the corresponding number in the widget. To get you started, here’s your first code:

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The Linux Power User bundle is just $19 today (deal ending!)

Linux Power User Bundle

Looking to bolster your career in software development? Or would you just like to try your hand at a new operating system? If so, we may have just the thing for you.

The popular Linux Power User Bundle is part of a massive promotion right now. It’s on offer for only $19.

Linux operating systems have become increasingly popular in commercial computing environments, which means systems administrators have also become very in-demand. Adopters include tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and Amazon.

What’s in the Linux Power User Bundle?

Over 22 hours of expert-led instruction, that’s what. The bundle is made up of five specialized learning kits designed to teach Linux to even a complete noob. Here’s a summary:

Linux Power User Bundle

The bundle is currently rocking a five-star rating. At only $19 instead of the cumulative $600 value, you get each hour of training for under $1.

The deal ends very soon, so don’t miss out. Tap the button below to find out more.

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OnePlus 7 Pro confirmed to feature UFS 3.0 flash storage

OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the first phones to offer UFS 3.0 flash storage.

OnePlus isn’t waiting around for its May 14 launch event to reveal details on the OnePlus 7 Pro. In a tweet, Pete Lau has confirmed that the OnePlus 7 Pro will feature UFS 3.0 flash storage, making the device one of the first in the world to be based on the new standard. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold foldable phone also uses the same standard, but with its recent setbacks it’s unlikely the phone will go on sale before the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Samsung revealed at the end of last year that UFS 3.0 would deliver more than double the bandwidth as its predecessor (UFS 2.1), going up to 2.9GB/s. UFS 3.0 modules also consume less power, making it a win-win.

With the OnePlus 7 Pro also set to sport a 90Hz display, the device is going to break new ground for buttery-smooth interactions. The QHD+ display also has HDR10+, and the phone will offer stereo speakers. The OnePlus 7 Pro is turning out to be quite an upgrade, and we’ll undoubtedly hear more about the device in the coming days.

Deal: Name your price for project management certification training

Pay What You Want Project Management Mastery Bundle

You could be making six figures right now as a certified project manager. Almost every professional industry needs highly efficient team leaders who guide important projects from start to finish.

It’s never too late to start your career, but you’ll need certifications. If you’re looking to launch your project management future, or even just beef up your resume, you should check out the Pay What You Want: Project Management Mastery Bundle.

The Project Management Mastery Bundle contains six courses and over 20 hours of online video instruction. It’s designed to teach you the skills you need to ace the PMP certification exam and become a professional project manager.

The Project Management Mastery Bundle:

Using the Pay What You Want model, all you have to do is beat the average price, which is displayed, to access the full bundle. Alternatively, you can drop as little as $1 and still gain access to the vital Project Management Basics course.

Normally, buying all six of these courses on their own would cost over $1,300, but with the Pay What You Want bundle, you can save as much as 99 percent.

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OnePlus 7 Pro’s QHD+ display is certified for HDR10+

You’ll be able to stream HDR10 content on the OnePlus 7 Pro.

With the OnePlus 7 Pro launching just over a week from now, the company is starting to reveal more information about the flagship. We already know that the phone will have a QHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate, and OnePlus has detailed that the screen is certified for HDR10+. Calling it a “display of the future,” the OnePlus 7 Pro joins a handful of flagships that offer HDR10+:

HDR10+ provides frame-by-frame adjustments for the optimum representation of contrast from the HDR source content. HDR10+ also produces 4000 nits of peak brightness, a massive increase of 3,000 nits compared to HDR10. Being an open format, it’s license and royalty free and therefore easily adoptable by manufacturers and content producers with quality maintained through an HDR10+ certification and logo program.

The display on the device has already picked up an A+ rating from DisplayMate, with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau noting that the panel will set a “benchmark for the smartphone industry:”

HDR10+ is the future of not just television displays, but also smartphone displays as well. We hope that our newest device will set a new benchmark for the smartphone industry and open up a new world of visual fluidity for users. We’re glad we are leading the ranks in sharing quality technology with the world.

Elsewhere, the OnePlus 7 Pro will have three cameras at the back with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a retractable selfie camera that creates an all-screen front. The phone is now up for pre-booking in India, and it is slated to retail for ₹49,999 ($725) in the country once it goes on sale next week. You’ll have to shell out $749 in global markets to get your hands on the device.

Update: An earlier version of the article referenced HDR10 playback for Netflix and YouTube. OnePlus clarified that it’s not ready to share content partnerships just yet, so we’ll have to wait until May 14 to know more on this front.

Getting started with Samsung SmartThings

Your smart home journey can begin with something as simple as buying a few smart bulbs and changing the ambiance of a room, and go to a point where you can control everything in your house without physically interacting with anything. Choosing between hundreds of products and figuring out the right ecosystem can quickly get very confusing. Samsung hopes to alleviate that confusion by providing a singular point of control for all your smart home products with Samsung SmartThings. Here’s everything you need to know!


What is Samsung SmartThings?

Samsung SmartThings is actually a broad, all-encompassing brand name that covers both hardware and software. The biggest selling point of the SmartThings system is Samsung’s attempt to provide a single, unified point of control for all your smart home devices. It does so with not only its own devices, but by supporting an impressive number of third-party products that can all be managed with the SmartThings app. Samsung also makes it very easy to sort through and find the best smart devices for you.


Best Samsung SmartThings devices

Samsung has quite a few devices on offer that come under the SmartThings brand, but the biggest selling point of SmartThings is its compatibility with a slew of third-party products. Apart from ensuring that you won’t get locked into a single ecosystem, this wide compatibility also means that you won’t have a hard time trying to find devices that suit your needs. 

There are over 350 products currently listed as “Works with SmartThings.” These include everything from smart lights and switches, security cameras, doorbells, outlets, door locks, thermostats, and speakers, to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, water valve controls, vents, garage doors, irrigation systems, and so much more. There are way too many really good options to list them all, but here are some of our favorites.

Samsung SmartThings Hub and SmartThing Wi-Fi

samsung smartthings wi-fi hub

The Samsung SmartThings Hub is now in its third iteration, and serves as the foundation of the smart home system that you’re building. This is also the one device that is essential for you to build a Samsung SmartThings system. It connects wirelessly to all your smart home devices and lets you monitor and control them using a single app. The Hub needs an active internet connection to work.

Of course, if you don’t want to deal with the inconvenience of a separate hub and Wi-Fi router, Samsung has you covered with the aptly named Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi. This is an AC1300 mesh Wi-Fi router that doubles as a hub. A single router provides coverage for a 1,500 sq. ft. area, but you can add more for larger homes.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub will set you back $67.99 while a single SmartThings Wi-Fi router is priced at $117.99. You can also pick up a three-pack of Wi-Fi routers for $249.94.

See also: The best smart hubs you can buy


Best Samsung SmartThings sensors

Samsung SmartThings multipurpose sensor

Samsung SmartThings multipurpose sensor

There are a few different types of Samsung SmartThings Sensors that Samsung has available to help you get started on your home automation journey.

The Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor is an all-in-one sensor that can detect vibration, orientation, tilt, temperature, and when something opens and closes. You can place it on doors, drawers, windows, cabinets, and more. The fact that it senses vibration allows the sensor to differentiate between when a door is being opened and if there is a knock on the door. You can set up alerts for all these activities, and anything else you can come up with.

The use of the Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor is self-explanatory. You can set it up to receive alerts if there is any unexpected movement in your house or in a particular room. Keep children out of off-limit areas, and of course, make sure that nothing untoward is happening when no one is supposed to be at home. You can also connect it to smart lights to have them turn on or off when there is any movement.


Philips Hue smart bulbs

philips hue wite bulbs

The Philips Hue is probably the best choice for anyone looking to get into the smart lighting game. A hub is required, but that’s what the Samsung SmartThings hub is for. The wide variety of lights that Philips has on offer can all be controlled by the SmartThings app. If you have a smart speaker, these bulbs can also be controlled using the Google Home and Amazon Echo devices.

When looking at buying options, you don’t need to get a starter kit, as the Hue Bridge won’t be required. A pack of four white bulbs will set you back $40.99, but if you’re looking to add some color to your life, a single premium smart bulb (with 16 million colors) is priced at $37.

Ecobee4 thermostat

ecobee4 thermostat

If you’re a fan of the Amazon Echo, you’ll be happy to learn the Ecobee4 has Alexa built in for easy integration into your smart home. More importantly, in this case, it is compatible with Samsung Smart Things. Included with the thermostat is a room sensor (and you can buy more) that lets you check and prioritize which rooms need heating or cooling. You can control everything with the SmartThings app even if you aren’t at home. The Ecobee4 thermostat is priced at $198.99.

Schlage Connect Doorlock

schlage smart doorlock

Better home security is one of the best reasons to invest in smart home products, and the Schlage Connect doorlock is a great place to start. You can lock or unlock the door remotely using a smartphone and the SmartThings app. You can also set who can or cannot use that door by providing access codes that can be entered via the touchscreen. The Schlage Connect doorlock is priced at $199.99.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

ring video doorbell pro

Along with a smart lock, another way to bolster your smart home security is with a video doorbell. Leading the way is the Ringe Video Doorbell Pro. It lets you see, hear, and talk to anyone who shows up at your door by using your smartphone, tablet, or even a smart TV. It supports up to 1080p video and provides crystal-clear video at night as well. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is priced at $249.

Arlo Pro 2 wireless security cameras

Netgear Arlo Pro

The final product that should help cover most of your home security needs is the Arlo Pro 2 camera. These wireless cameras are designed to work both inside and outside your house and feature night vision and two-way audio that will let you scare off intruders. You can watch live video streams remotely and also access up to three days of recordings. Two Arlo Pro 2 cameras are priced at $349.99, but you can take advantage of significant discounts with larger multi-camera bundles.

Amazon Echo

You may have noticed that a lot of the smart devices mentioned above offer voice control via Alexa or Google Assistant. While Google is doing a great job to catch up with Amazon, the number of Alexa-supported devices is incredible, and includes everything mentioned so far. It’s not the best speaker in the world in terms of sound, but it will get the job done. If you’re looking to get some type of voice control with your SmartThings system, getting the Amazon Echo is a great way to go about it. 


Getting started with Samsung SmartThings

The SmartThings app



Samsung introduced the SmartThings app last year, that consolidates over 40 of Samsung’s various smart home and smart device apps into one. Apart from controlling your SmartThings products, the new app also lets you manage other devices like Smart TVs, smart refrigerators, smart washers, and every other smart product that Samsung currently offers. 

The SmartThings app has improved a lot since it was first released and is a lot more capable now. If you’re new to the SmartThings world, I’d recommend getting acquainted with the new app from the start. However, if you’ve been using SmartThings for a while, you probably have everything set up with the SmartThings Classic app already. It’s completely okay to continue using the older app in this case. In fact, the Classic app still has a few features that haven’t made it over to the new app yet. 

For the guides below, we’ll be taking a closer look at the new SmartThings app first. Once you download the app from the Google Play Store, you will have to sign in with a Samsung account. If you have a Samsung smartphone, smart TV, or other smart devices from the company, you should have an account already. If not, all you need is an email address and a password to create one. 

Setting up the Samsung SmartThings Hub



  • Connect the Hub to the Wi-Fi router using the ethernet cable that is provided. If you get the new 3rd generation hub, you can also wirelessly connect to the router. This step won’t be necessary if you get the SmartThings Wi-Fi. 
  • Launch the app and tap on the large plus icon (Add device button) to get started. You will see a list of compatible Samsung devices and another section that houses third-party brands. 
  • In the Samsung section, tap on “Wi-Fi/Hub.” 
  • A list of hubs will pop up. Tap on your device type and follow the on-screen instructions. 

Adding a device



  • Plug in and turn on the smart devices that you want to connect to the SmartThings hub. 
  • Launch the app and tap on the large plus icon (Add device button). 
  • You can tap on the “Auto detect” button to let the app quickly find compatible devices. Keep in mind though that this doesn’t always work as expected. Until the app gets the required software improvements, the manual route may be the better way to go. 
  • On the devices page, find the brand of your product and tap on it. For example, to connect the Ring video doorbell, tap on “Ring,” then tap on “Doorbell,” and follow the on-screen instructions. 
  • Rinse and repeat for all the smart products you want to add. 

Setting up voice control

  • Amazon Alexa — Samsung SmartThings is fully compatible with Alexa and is the reason we recommend getting an Echo device for voice control. All you have to do is go to Alexa’s Skills store, search for SmartThings, and enable it. Then go to the Smart Home screen in the Alexa app and tap on Discover, which will show you all the devices that can be controlled using Alexa. 
  • Google Assistant — You can use the Google Assistant via your smartphone or Google Home. In the Google Home app, go to Home Control -> Devices, tap on the plus sign at the bottom right and tap on SmartThings. Log in to your Samsung account and tap on Authorize. 

Setting up Scenes and Automation



  • Launch the app and open the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines icon on the left side). Tap on the relevant section and follow the on-screen instructions. 
  • Scenes — Scenes lets you set up multiple devices to function together with a simple tap on your phone or a voice command. For instance, you can set up a scene where all the lights and your smart TV turn on in the living room. 
  • Automation — Automation takes the concept of scenes one step further. This lets you create “if this then that” scenarios. So, with a motion sensor on a bedroom door, you can have the lights turn on automatically in the room every time the door is open. You can set up conditions based on time, device status, user location, and more. 

Setting up SmartApps (SmartThings Classic app)



  • Launch the SmartThings Classic app. You will need to sign in with your Samsung account if you haven’t done so already. 
  • Navigation to the Automation tab to access Routines (the same as Automation in the new app) and SmartApps.  
  • SmartApps — Routines can be difficult and confusing to set up if you’re a beginner. This is where SmartApps prove to be a big help. These are common tasks that the smart devices are capable of that you can enable with a tap. A great example is “Ready for Rain,” that warns you if doors and windows are open in case there is poor weather on the way.
  • Assuming you have the right sensors, there are numerous SmartApps options created by SmartThings as well as third-party developers. Go to the SmartApps section, find the devices you have, and you’ll be able to find all the SmartApps that are available for it. 

Is Samsung SmartThings for me?

Unfortunately, SmartThings isn’t for everybody. Samsung has done a great job with trying to simplify the setup process so that everyone can do it. However, some amount of technical knowhow is recommended, especially when (not if) you have to troubleshoot problems. As great as the final result is – having multiple devices perform various functions at the touch of a button – setting everything up can be a long and tedious process. The SmartThings app isn’t perfect either, and there are quite a few bugs and glitches that need to be fixed. 

However, smart homes appear to be the next big thing, at least in the technology bubble that we live in. Samsung SmartThings certainly has a leg up in this space, courtesy of the incredible support that is available for third-party smart devices. If “smart everything” really is the future, SmartThings is offering up a great way to get there. 

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