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!

January 2019 Android security patch arrives for Pixel devices and the Essential Phone

Update (Jan. 7, 2:40pm ET): As is the tradition at this point, Essential has announced that the January security patch is currently rolling out to the Essential Phone. While we continue to wait for some manufacturers to announce when Android Pie will make it to various handsets, Essential is rolling out firmware updates within hours of Google.

Original post (Jan. 7, 1:43pm ET): In the midst of CES 2019, Google has begun rolling out Android’s January security patch. This month’s update appears to be primarily focused on fixing video recording issues on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in addition to other bug fixes.

The January security patch fixes 13 various vulnerabilities in the Android Open Source Project. The most severe of these security bugs could “enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.” Fortunately, things were fixed before anyone could use the vulnerabilities to harm any users.

For Pixel devices, this update “Improved audio quality when recording videos” on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. No specific bugs other than two security vulnerability fixes were noted for the rest of Google’s hardware.

Unlike with the last two months, owners of the original Pixel and Pixel XL don’t have to wait for January’s security patch. This month, Google appears to have the updates prepared and available for every Pixel device.

Of course, with the new year, we have to say goodbye to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. As Google only promises security updates for three years after the release of a phone, we have officially reached the end of support date for both handsets.

If you don’t want to wait for the January security patch to make its way to your phone or tablet, you can download the latest factory image or OTA file from the links below. From there, you can either flash a fresh build to your phone or sideload the OTA update.

December 2018 security patch arrives for Pixel, Nexus, Essential Phone, and 2016 Pixels

Update #2, December 5 at 8:39 a.m. ET: Google has posted December 2018 factory images and OTA files for the original Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. You can download them below:


Update #1, December 3 at 4:12 p.m. ET: Essential is usually quick to roll out Android security patches soon after Google releases them, and this month’s patch is no different. Essential Phone owners, the December Android security patch should be rolling out to your devices now!


Original article, December 3 at 1:05 p.m. ET: Right on schedule, Google has released Android’s December security patch. The new factory images for the various Google devices are here, while the OTA files are here.

The good news is that the Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X are still getting updates, despite the fact that the company is no longer obligated to issue security patches for the three-year-old devices.

However, the bad news is that — just like last month — the security patches for the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are not here yet. Last month, the updates for the OG Pixel devices came about two weeks after the initial batch. Is this going to be the trend from now on?

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The December patch itself includes fixes for multiple security vulnerabilities. The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in media framework that could enable a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a device. However, Google has no record of any attacker actually exploiting this vulnerability.

The patch also includes a long-awaited fix for the memory management problems present on the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL. There’s also some camera improvements, a fix for flickering always-on-display, and some Bluetooth audio enhancements. Check out the table below to see what’s getting a fix for your device(s):

If you don’t want to wait for the December security patch to make its way to your phone, you can download the latest factory image or OTA file from the links below. From there, you can either flash a fresh build to your phone or sideload the OTA update.

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Call Screen starts slowly rolling out the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

  • Google has started rolling out Assistant’s Call Screen feature to the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL.
  • Call Screen allows Assistant to answer calls on the user’s behalf and record a message for them.
  • It’s available in the U.S. only right now.

It looks like Google has started rolling out Call Screen to the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Android Police was tipped-off about the update yesterday before several others in the comments chimed-in to say they’d received it too.

The feature, which launched with the Pixel 3, allows Google Assistant to answer calls on the user’s behalf. Here, Assistant will ask the caller to explain the reason for the call, and that the message will be recorded and passed on. Pixel owners can customize Assistant’s responses, as well as listen in to the call live and answer if they wish to.

This can be particularly useful for dealing with nuisance phone calls; read more about it here.

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Google has previously said Call Screening would come to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in November, but it didn’t offer a more precise date. The rollout seems to be underway now, but given the sparse confirmations, it could take another few days (or perhaps weeks) to arrive to all users. It’s a U.S.-only feature for now.

Look out for the functionality on your Pixel 2 soon and let us know in the comments if it’s already with you. For everything else you need to know about how the gen-two Pixel stacks up against the latest model, head to our Google Pixel 2 vs Google Pixel 3 comparison.

Google Pixel 3 camera shootout

Smartphone cameras have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. The Google Pixel 3 hasn’t improved too much on the Pixel 2’s impressive performance, but it does a few key things differently. To see just how well the Pixel 3 stacks up against the rest of the premium smartphone crop, we put it up against the Pixel 2, iPhone Xs Max, LG V40, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and Huawei P20 Pro (I unfortunately did not have access to a Mate 20 Pro at the time).

In this shootout, you’ll be able to clearly see where each device leads the pack, where things are too close to call, and where things go terribly wrong. Night Sight was not officially available on my Pixel 3 at the time these shots were taken, so we’ll have to come back to that. Let’s dive right in. To truly see the differences, you can see all of the hi-res original photo samples for each device at the links below:

Exterior building

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

Both Pixels have high contrast and saturate the red in the vehicle nicely. The iPhone handles the red similarly but is a little flatter throughout. Both Pixels look slightly underexposed compared to the rest of the phones, with the shaded areas of ivy under the scaffolding particularly losing detail where the dynamic range of other phones pick up more detail.

The V40 and Note 9 struggle to clearly define the smaller text on the signs and the P20 Pro’s heavy processing doesn’t do it any favors. Huawei’s device does manage to get as much detail as the top contenders, though. Especially if you zoom into the brick wall. You can clearly see more sharpening in the newer Pixel compared to last year’s model and less noise overall.

The V40 is the worst performer here, followed by the Note 9 and P20 Pro, with the iPhone Xs Max and two Pixels at the top — which you prefer will depend on whether you like the higher contrast and darker result of the Pixels or the flatter and more evenly exposed iPhone shot.

Manhattan skyline – wide

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

On a gloomy day in NYC, the iPhone Xs Max managed to add the most texture to the flat gray sky. The Note 9 and P20 Pro had the best white balance despite the tricky lighting, while the Pixel 3 and iPhone Xs Max tried too hard to turn the sky blue (which it most definitely was not).

Zoom in on the Empire State Building and you can see the Pixels and iPhone produced very similar detail and clarity. The Note 9 and P20 Pro exhibit the same degree of sharpening which looks great at a distance but a little fake up close. The V40 is far too muddy and noisy to be a contender here.

Related: Google Pixel 3 vs Huawei P20 Pro camera comparison

Manhattan skyline – zoomed

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

The P20 Pro has a 3x optical zoom while the iPhone Xs Max, LG V40 and Note 9 all have 2x optical. The Pixels use digital zoom only. As you might expect, the 3x optical zoom on the P20 Pro reveals far more detail on the Empire State Building’s spire and it is the only camera to clearly recreate the horizontal lines on the building at the base of the Empire State. Looking at the 2x optical devices, the Note 9 and iPhone Xs Max are the best up close, producing very similar results. The Note 9 manages slightly better detail and better contrast than the iPhone.

When zooming, the Pixels struggle due to the lack of a secondary lens – but are still comparable to the LG V40 which has a 2x lens.

The Pixels struggle without a secondary lens, but their images are still comparable to the LG V40 (which has one). The Pixel 3 has significantly less noise than the Pixel 2 and resolves more detail, as seen in the glass building at the base of the Empire State. The Pixel 3’s processing starts to wade into P20 Pro territory with artificial sharpness replacing the noisy realism of the Pixel 2. I prefer this approach — less noise and sharper detail — but it likely won’t please fans of previous Pixels. The V40 is again quite muddy with plenty of artifacts surrounding the buildings.

Mural

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

This colorful mural of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat reveals a lot about how each camera saturates color. Looking at the yellow triangle in the center, the iPhone and Pixels saturate it a lot, while the P20 Pro (with Master AI enabled) sits at the other end of the spectrum. The iPhone and Pixels saturate to the same degree but the Pixel 3 plucks out slightly greater texture on the wall. In terms of realism, I’d say it’s a close race between these three phones. The Note 9 exhibits a metric ton of detail — it’s actually too much — by unrealistically enhancing the edges of every single part of the wall.

Diner interior

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

There are three parts worth noting in this dark interior: the wine glasses on the table, the window to the left of frame, and the dark area behind the bench closer to the camera.

All phones handle the glasses similarly. The Note 9’s effort is a little noisy, but maintains fine detail the best. The Pixels are noisier and demonstrate less sharpness, but the Pixel 3 slightly outperforms its predecessor. The iPhone really struggles to define the edges of the glasses or napkins with the image breaking down noticeably. The P20 Pro shot is the worst of the bunch. Given the gloomy interior, all phones performed pretty admirably.

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

The window is where things get interesting. The Pixel 3 is by far the best here, capturing the most realistic and detailed scene. The Pixel 2 is more blown out and demonstrates far less dynamic range. The P20 Pro is less detailed, but still quite realistic. The iPhone has better clarity but the flat coloring generates a bizarre otherworldly scene. Once again, the V40’s aggressive processing produces a comically bizarre-looking result. The Note 9 is just plain fuzzy.

As for the third factor (the back of the bench), this is a clear way to distinguish dynamic range capabilities. The more detail and better exposed this shaded area is, the more a phone can do to level out exposure in a scene with multiple light levels. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 2 are the obvious winners here, with a wider well-exposed area and more texture in the details. The Huawei P20 Pro follows with fair quality, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40, and iPhone Xs Max fail miserably. Balancing out the glasses against the window and the bench, the Pixel 3 is the clear winner here.

Evening exterior

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

At first glance, the street scene at dusk shows just how far low light performance and noise reduction has come. There’s still plenty of light in this scene though and it proves tricky for more than a few of these phones. The P20 Pro does the best job of not blowing out the shop’s interior, though it leans heavily on processing to define features around the neon open sign to the right of the open door. The V40 and Note 9 follow not too far behind. While the Pixel 2, Pixel 3 and iPhone Xs Max all blow out the interior highlights, all three show much greater detail on the shelves inside. The three results are almost indistinguishable up close.

The Note 9 resolves the least detail on the white window ledges at the top of the building and is much darker than the other shots. The V40 doesn’t capture much more detail on the ledges but does lighten up the left side of the building noticeably. The P20 Pro provides marginally better detail, but only the Pixels and the iPhone offered realistic-looking detail, where we can clearly make out the brickwork. The iPhone exhibits less noise in this area, however, and overall comes out on top.

The P20 Pro provides marginally better detail but it isn’t until you get to the Pixels and iPhone that realistic-looking detail is visible.

One more subject I would like to touch on is motion blur. Because these shots are taken in the dark, the shutter speed usually needs to slow down, which might affect the image if there are moving objects or you just happen to have shaky hands. The LG V40 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 can’t manage freezing the moving cars, for example. This would look cool if done on purpose and the shutter speed was even slower, but it just looks like a mishap here. For these specific photos, much of the detail is lost. This could be simple over-softening, though.

Portrait mode

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

First up, faces. The first thing to notice here is the iPhone Xs Max’s exposure is darker than the Android phones. It also over-saturates the skin, making it far pinker than the rest. The Note 9 and P20 Pro show evidence of a residual beauty mode, even though I had all settings turned off, with the pores on my nose noticeably less visible on the Note 9. Both the P20 Pro and Note 9 are also softer on detail. Sharpness is better on the Pixel 3 than the Pixel 2, most easily seen in the whiskers of my beard while the iPhone sits somewhere in the middle. The Pixel 3 wins this part.

Now, on to portrait mode background blurring.

Before we move onto edge detection around my hair, let’s look at the earbud cables in these portrait mode selfies. Only the Pixel 3 manages to keep them entirely in the foreground, but that was also the only shot where they lay close to my face. The Note 9 does a decent job keeping the earbud cables in focus. The iPhone Xs Max and P20 Pro do a comically bad job of blurring them out. The V40 gets the wires wrong, but does a better job of obfuscating them than most.

My unruly hair is the ultimate test for portrait mode edge detection and I’m yet to see any phone do a really good job of it.

My unruly hair is the ultimate test for portrait mode edge detection and I’ve yet to see any phone do a really good job with it. Surprisingly the LG V40 managed the best here, with only a little weird blurring going on where the skyline in the back meets my hair. Notably, the wild strands at the top of my head remain in focus, something no other phone got right.

The Note 9 did perhaps the best job at gradually blurring out my hair realistically (rather than having the hard edge between foreground and background hair most phones demonstrate), but I think the overall image is just too soft. The iPhone attempts a similar graduated effect but fails at it. Both the Pixels do a decent job at cutting my head out, but the effect is unrealistic. The P20 Pro does a decent job until you get to my right cheek when everything goes to crap fast.

While no phone did an exceptional job, it’s still interesting to see the approach each camera takes: whether it tries to differentiate between hair at the front of my head and hair at the back, or if it takes all of my hair as foreground and only tries to separate the actual background.

All phones did a nice job on the actual background, but I prefer the added detail in the water closer to the bottom of the frame in the shots by the iPhone, Pixel 3 and Note 9 to the generic background blur of the V40. Given the iPhone’s issues with skin and horrendous earbud treatment, it’s out of the running for me. The Note 9 managed the background and earbud wires well but the super soft skin is wrong. That leaves me with the Pixel 3, which handled the earbuds well (perhaps through unfair advantage), did a pretty good job on my hair, and handled the background nicely with plenty of good detail in the face.

Old building

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

In the high contrast shot of the corner of the old brick building, none of the cameras manage to get much out of the cloudy sky. The iPhone Xs Max fails the most miserably, completely blowing out the right-hand side of the shot while turning the left hand side unnaturally blue. The P20 Pro gets the best texture across the sky, followed by the Note 9. Note: In all of these shots, the focal point was on the front-most corner of the building.

Looking at the rest of the shot, the P20 Pro turned the sky too gray, messed with the white balance and made the building a little too orange. I suspect this was the work of Master AI, but I can’t recall if it kicked in or not when I took the shot. The other phones handled colors much better, barring the iPhone which overexposed the shot.

If we zoom into the set of windows at the corner above the white wall, we can see only the iPhone managed to properly outline the columns inside and does a good job at creating realistic detail on the building’s exterior. Both Pixels are very close to the iPhone and look almost identical to one another. The Note 9 and P20 Pro exhibit similar sharpening around the brickwork and windows, with just a bit more contrast in the P20 Pro. Neither looks terribly good up close. The V40 is muddy and lacks detail once again. This one definitely goes to the iPhone and the Pixels.

Fruit and vegetable stand

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

All six phones did a great job with the produce stand at night, mainly differing in saturation and white balance. Looking at the pickles and tomatoes on the corner, the Pixel 3 does a much better job than the Pixel 2, handling both the highlights on the tomatoes and detail on the pickles better. There’s also a bit less noise. The iPhone handles the highlights well too, but doesn’t get as much detail as the Pixel 3. The V40 is a little soft and washed out, but not terribly so. The Note 9 produces a slightly more lively palette, but lacks details on the pickles. The P20 Pro processes too hard as usual, with too much contrast and no real detail.

Dynamic range is important in night time photography (especially when artificial light is present). With darkness and harsh lights, shadows are tough to deal with. To see performance in this matter just look at that shadow under the shelf above the pickles, right below the watermelon in the center. How much can you see down there?

All six phones did a great job of the fruit and veg stand at night, but I’m giving this one to the Pixel 3.

The Huawei P20 Pro’s aggressive approach to crushing blacks performs the worst in this area. The contrast is too high, so the shaded area is almost totally blacked out. The iPhone Xs seems to do pretty well at this, and the Pixel 3 is probably the next best contender. The other phones provide varying degrees of OK.

Looking at the top left corner of the shot, the P20 Pro again crushes the blacks in the hanging flowers and is altogether too contrasty. The Note 9 and Pixel 2 get a little noisy on the white underside of the roof but both offer similar levels of detail. The iPhone displays less noise than the Note 9 or Pixel 2. The V40 does a surprisingly good job in this section, with little noise and good detail, but the contrasty processing lets it down a bit, producing an unrealistic effect under scrutiny. The Pixel 3 produces less noise and more detail than the Pixel 2 in this section and is altogether a more balanced and pleasing result overall. I’m giving this one to the Pixel 3.

Low light bar interior

Google Pixel 3 camera
Google Pixel 2 camera
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera
iPhone Xs Max camera
Huawei P20 Pro camera
LG V40 camera

The bar interior shows just how far smartphone cameras have come in low light situations. The Pixels handled the lamp very well, again with less noise and better detail in the Pixel 3. The V40 brings out the shadows just as well, but over-processes too much, highlighting edges at the cost of realism. The Note 9 seems a little soft and the P20 Pro completely blows out the lamplight. Both phones get the white balance wrong. The iPhone balances out the extremes very well but captures the least lively lamp shade.

White balance isn’t just about being warmer or cooler, it’s also about the tint — the balance between green and purple. See how the V40 image looks really purple? It is way off. You can tell the difference in things like the skin and the paper by the lamp.

The bar interior shows just how far smartphone cameras have come in low light situations.

The iPhone struggles to bring out the alcohol bottles on the bottom shelf but is arguably more authentic looking than some. The Pixel 2 lightens things up a bit but is again quite noisy. The Pixel 3 reduces that visible grain and adds a little sharpening for better definition without going overboard. The Note 9 has a natural look in this area, even with the yellowish white balance. However, it can’t produce as much detail as the P20 Pro, which for a change doesn’t overdo the processing. As expected, the V40 does, and ends up looking a little cartoonish. All in all, every phone did great in this very tricky situation but I’m giving this one to the Pixel 3 as well.

Conclusion

The story the images above tell is pretty consistent. For starters, each phone performed very well across a variety of different scenarios, barring perhaps the LG V40. These days you need to really nitpick a flagship phone’s camera to claim it’s significantly better than the rest — they’re all just that good.

I would happily trade in a perfect shot every now and then for an almost-perfect shot every single time – that is what the Pixel 3 provides.

Some conclusions are clear, as you likely noticed with the recurring observations I made about phones in different sections. These results are not one-off accidents, but because of how each company has tuned its image processing and the capabilities of the hardware. While each camera performed exceedingly well in several specific areas or lighting conditions, I can confidently say the Google Pixel 3 performed the most reliably the most often. I, like most people, would happily trade in a perfect shot every now and then for an almost-perfect shot every single time — that’s what the Pixel 3 offers. For that fact alone it is my choice here.

Note: We’ll be comparing the Pixel 3 to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro soon enough, and as soon as Night Sight is officially available we’ll be revisiting the Pixel 3 camera.

Next: Here’s what the Pixel 3’s Night Sight can do

That didn’t take long: You can now download the Pixel 3 version of Google Camera

Pixel 3 XL hands on

  • Users with older versions of the Google Pixel can now download the latest Pixel 3 Google Camera APK.
  • The app comes with some new features and changes to the UI.
  • Some of the Google Pixel 3 camera’s main features, such as Top Shot and Night Mode, are not included.

An APK of the latest version of the Google Camera app is now available to download (spotted by Android Police). The new version of the app brings some big UI changes and new features to the camera of older Google Pixel phones.

Unfortunately, new Google Pixel 3 camera modes such as Top Shot, Photobooth, and Night Sight are still exclusive to the latest phones.

Google Camera screenshot 3
Google Camera screenshot 2
Google Camera screenshot

Nonetheless, the additions the app brings to older Pixel models are still useful. The biggest change is that the Google Camera app now has support for RAW images. This is great news for those who like to really tinker with their photos. You can turn RAW support on in the “advanced” section of the settings menu.

Another change comes to the face retouching option found in portrait mode. Instead of simply having the option to turn retouching on or off, you can now set the type of retouching to either natural or soft. Google also made a slight change to the way you take panoramas within the app. It now directs you to create the panorama using arrows, not alignable dots like in the old version.

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UI changes include a new way to switch between camera modes. Much like on the iPhone, you now just have to scroll to the left or the right in a menu above the shutter button to change to a different mode. Clicking on “More” in this menu brings up other camera functions such as Photo Sphere, AR Stickers, and Lens. 

If you want to give the latest version of Google Camera a try, you can download the APK here. While it is currently only available for Google Pixel users, last year, it didn’t take long for people to port the app so it could work on other devices.