It’s Android 9 Pie season but guess who’s not showed up to the party, yet?
Android’s biggest device maker, Samsung, is yet to release Android 9 Pie to any of its devices. Even the ones it has been asking for over Kshs 100,000 for, like the Galaxy Note 9.
Shameful as that might be, there are no surprises. This is Samsung staying true to its colours. Most of us who have owned Samsung’s flagship Android smartphones over the years have come to expect the previous year’s Android upgrade showing up the following year and, perhaps, playing cat and mouse games with update trackers for weeks on end between January and March of every new year.
From the look of things, and Samsungs own admission at its developer conference in San Francisco, 2019 will be a new year but we’ll still have to put up with the same old Samsung.
January 2019 is when users/owners of Samsung’s 2018 heavy hitters Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9, can expect to join the league of people with devices that cost less than half the amount money they had to part with to get their slow-update machines. Sigh.
The Android Pie update is expected to include Samsung’s new user interface, dubbed One, which borrows a bit from the stock Pie’s looks while still staying as Samsung-y as ever and focusing its energy on, well, focus, interaction and comfort. By then, of course, we will be heavily invested in Galaxy S10 leaks, rumours and gossip to probably notice. And that is assuming Samsung keeps its word. It’s notorious for not doing that even though that is not a problem that users of the Galaxy S9/S9+ (why no Note 9?) in the United States, Germany, (South) Korea, and, later, China, France, India, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom, will have since they can already sign up to test it. Lucky ********s.