Each year, Google unveils a new version of its Android Operating system. 2018 is no exception as it is now officially confirmed that Android P is launching pretty soon as the developer previews have started arriving for the Pixel phones. The first developer preview of Android P was released for Google Pixel phones on March 7, and since it is available for only Pixel phones, this means that no Nexus phone is getting the official Android P Update.
There are still a lot of smartphone companies that still haven’t delivered the Android Oreo update to their phones which they promised, but here in this article, we will be sharing the list of smartphones that might be getting the official Android P Update. Keep in mind that this list is going to be an unofficial one as there are no confirmations as of now from any smartphone company about the update.
Before jumping straight into the list of phones, it will be worth for you to read about the new features that have been added in the latest version of Android. Also, it is not officially confirmed if the Android 9.0 is going to be the version number, but we are sure that it is.
- 1 ANDROID P UPDATE – WHAT ARE THE NEW FEATURES?
- 2 ANDROID P UPDATE – LIST OF SMARTPHONES GETTING ANDROID 9.0
ANDROID P UPDATE – WHAT ARE THE NEW FEATURES?
ALL NEW NOTIFICATION BAR
With the latest version of Android, we see some new design changes like new notification panel, new animations, new Settings menu etc. This time, there is no exception as Google has redesigned everything from the notification panel to the settings. The notification panel has been completely changed, and there are now icons inside grey circles that turn black when activated. You can see in the image above how different the notification bar is from the Android 8.1 Oreo. There is no doubt that this somehow looks a bit ‘iOS-ish’, maybe due to those rounded edges and that tab to pull down the quick settings. Upon pulling down the quick settings, you will get all the familiar options like Settings, etc. which are not visible when you do a simple swipe down.
Also, there is no more a transparent background as it has been replaced by a clear white background (or clear black, depending on the wallpaper). Well, it seems like Google has tried to make the navigation bar look as clean as possible.
IMPROVED MESSAGING NOTIFICATIONS
Android P comes with even more improved messaging notifications. So, the user can not just reply from the notification panel, but also see the previous messages. In fact, if there is an image sent by the other person, the user will be able to see that in the notification bar itself. There is also the ‘Google Reply’ integration that suggests replies automatically. Much better, right?
ANDROID P COMES WITH NOTCH SUPPORT
This is probably something that we saw coming. With manufacturing adding notches to the displays, it was necessary for Google to add notch support to Android 9.0 or P. No matter how the cutout or the notch is designed, the latest Android version with ease will handle that. To make the content easy to view, the status bar will adjust the height automatically as per the notch. The users will also be able to choose if they want to view the content on full screen even with the notch in between.
There is so much new stuff added to Android P that if we try to explain it in a single post, we will have to make a separate post for that. Anyways, some other features include Multi-Camera API, Neural Networks API 1.1, Autofill improvements, Open Mobile API for NFC payments and secure transactions, Data cost sensitivity in JobScheduler, HDR VP9 Video, HEIF image compression, and Media APIs, ImageDecoder for bitmaps and drawables, etc. There are so many other security features too.
ANDROID P UPDATE – LIST OF SMARTPHONES GETTING ANDROID 9.0
GOOGLE – ANDROID P UPDATE
It is a well-known fact that among all the phones that get latest Android updates, Google’s devices are the very first one to get it. Same is the case this time as we have seen that only the Google Pixel phones are eligible for the Android P Developer Preview. This means that whenever the official stable rollout happens, the Pixel phones are going to be the first to get it. And as mentioned in the beginning, the no Nexus phone is getting the update since their update period is now over.
Here are the Google phones that will get Android P Update –
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel
And here are the phones that aren’t getting it –
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Pixel C
- Google Nexus Player
SAMSUNG – ANDROID P UPDATE
Samsung is, well, just another smartphone manufacturer that takes ages to roll out a stable Android update for its phones. We have seen that even Oreo haven’t reached to some latest Samsung phone like Note 8, S8, etc. Anyways, it is good to know that the update will surely arrive as Samsung has officially confirmed it.
Here are the Samsung phones that will be getting official Android 9.0 Update –
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8+
- Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8 (2018)
We are not yet sure about other phones, but we hope Samsung is going to announce the list as soon as possible. Also, the Oreo update is the last major update that Galaxy S7 series is getting. So, no Android P for S7. The J series gets a major Android update, and the 2017’s J series phones have already got the Android Oreo update. So, it is pretty hard to say if Android P is making its way to J series phones.
SONY – ANDROID P UPDATE
After Google, Sony is probably on the second place regarding the speed of latest Android updates. Sony phones are pretty fast to get the latest update and talking about the list of Sony phones getting Android P, here is the list –
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
- Sony Xperia XA2
- Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
- Sony Xperia XZ1
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony always releases the list of its phones getting the latest Android update so we will have to wait for that.
MOTOROLA – ANDROID P UPDATE
After Lenovo Acquires Motorola, it is pretty rare that we see a Motorola phone getting the latest Android update as fast as Sony and Google phones. But, there is an update policy for each Motorola series. The Moto G series gets one major Android update while the Moto Z series gets two major Android updates. So, here is the list of Motorola phones getting Android P Update –
- Moto Z2 Force
- Moto Z2 Play
- Moto X4
- Moto G6
- Moto G6 Plus
- Moto Z3
The Moto G5, G5 Plus, G5S and G5S Plus are not expected to get the update as the Android Oreo update is yet to arrive for these phones.
LG – ANDROID P UPDATE
LG is just like Samsung regarding the Android updates. Late to the party but it surely arrives for the party. We have seen some LG phones getting the update after a long time and so, here is the list of LG phones getting Android 9.0 Update –
- LG G6
- LG V30
- LG V30+
- LG G7
HUAWEI – ANDROID P UPDATE
Huawei is right now the #3 smartphone maker in the world, and the company has provided Android updates for its phones pretty quick after they are officially announced. Here is the list of Huawei Phones getting the official update –
- Huawei P20
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Huawei Mate 10
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Huawei P10
ONEPLUS – ANDROID P UPDATE
OnePlus’ Oxygen OS is undoubtedly the best custom Android skin, and the company is pretty fast with its Android updates. Here are the phones that will be getting the official Android P Update –
- OnePlus 5T
- OnePlus 5
Well, the list will be updated regularly as per the new details we get. So, don’t consider the list to be complete yet. There are still a lot of phones from a lot of companies that will make it into the list so stay tuned for more updates.