Samsung has a wide variety of smartphones and tablets selling in Kenya. Be it that you want something in the sub-Sh 10,000 category or you are after flagship hardware in the regions of Sh 100,000, they’ve got your back.
Having such a huge collection of phones is one reason Samsung is the leading vendor in the world. Also, this collection ensures that consumers always find something that fits their price range, which is good for both parties. However, trouble sets in like rain when the time for software updates comes knocking on the door.
With so many phones to push software updates to it always takes Samsung longer than other OEMs to roll out major Android OS updates. The latest and greatest version available today is Android 9 Pie with the new One UI on top. The OS has been around since early August 2018, which is when Google started rolling it out to its line of Pixel phones.
While other relatively smaller vendors like OnePlus, HMD Global, Essential and Xiaomi had some of their devices running Android 9 Pie before December 2018, users of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S9 in select markets had to wait until Christmas to get the nod.
Those using the premium Note 9 had to wait even longer, with the update beginning to show up in early January 2019. To date, plenty of other users of these two devices across the globe, including here in Kenya, are yet to receive the Pie OTA update. Since not so many Kenyans have the luxury of owning phones like the Galaxy S9 and Note 9, those using other Samsung Galaxy phones are probably asking questions about if and when their devices will receive the update to Android Pie.
Well, it seems Samsung got wind of these concerns and through its official Members app, the Korean company provided a list of devices that are being lined up for an update to Pie alongside their expected release dates.
I wouldn’t be too quick to buy into the info on release dates, especially since nothing is ever confirmed with software updates until they are actually released. It’s easy to mention a date, but it’s another thing keeping the promise. Still, these dates should give us an idea of if and when to expect an update to Pie on these Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, whichever you own.
Note: This list will be updated constantly to reflect the latest info available at the moment.
⇒ January 2019
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9
⇒ February 2019
Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+
⇒ March 2019
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5, Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 2018, Galaxy A8 2018, Galaxy A8+ 2018, Galaxy A9 2018,
⇒ April 2019
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6+, Galaxy J7 Prime 2, Galaxy J8, and Galaxy On7 Prime
⇒ June 2019
Samsung Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy J7 Neo, and Galaxy J7 Pro
⇒ July 2019
Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo
⇒ August 2019
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy M10, and Galaxy M20
⇒ September 2019
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2017
⇒ October 2019
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)
As pointed out, it is never easy keeping a promise related to software release dates, but these dates should give you an idea of when your phone will get Pie. Again, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the final list, but we will update it if and when we get new information.