Google announced Andrmooid Pie on August 6, and as expected, the Google Pixel devices were the first to get updated to the latest version of Android. But, what about all the other smartphones from various manufacturers? This particular article is all about the phones that are getting or are expected to get the Android Pie Update officially, and we have tried to include phones from every popular smartphone company. Still, if you think we missed any, feel free to let us know via the comments section.
Before jumping straight into the list, we think it is worth talking about the new features that the Android Pie has. These new features make it stand out from all the previous Android versions. As we know, every Android version has something unique that differentiates it from the previous generation.
Android Lollipop was first to have a material design, Android Marshmallow was the first to have control over individual App permissions, Android Nougat brought the Split Screen feature, Enhanced Doze mode, along with several new design changes and then came Android Oreo that completely changed the overall design of notification panel and the settings.
Android Pie brings the new accessibility menu that makes tasks like taking screenshots or using the one hand mode much easier to perform. With Android 9 Pie, there is now OCR support for S2S in the camera and even a picture. So, while pointing the camera to the image that has text, you can select the text, and it will be read aloud. Same is the case with the pictures in the gallery. Finally, there is the Sound Amplifier that lets the user tweak over a 100 settings to improve the overall audio output.
With each Android version, we get some new battery related features. Android Pie is no exception as we get Adaptive Battery feature that learns how you use the apps, thanks to machine learning. So, once it learns how you use apps, it knows which apps you might use in the next few hours. So, it can then optimize the battery in such a way that the apps you won’t be using in the next few hours won’t be able to use much of the battery. The battery saver is also enhanced a lot in Android Pie.
Finally, there are background restrictions that let you restrict certain apps from using the battery in the background.
DIGITAL WELLBEING –
Digital Wellbeing is a pretty unique feature in Android Pie that shows how much you use a certain app. It shows how frequently you’re using any application and how many notifications you’re getting. The Do Not Disturb mode now not only mutes the notifications but also the other visual interruptions. There is now a feature called ‘Wind Down’ which turns the screen to grayscale so that the blue light doesn’t affect your sleep. Finally, there is a very interesting feature called App Timer. With this, you can set a time for which you want to use any application. Once you reach that limit, the app will be paused for the rest of the day.
Well, we already know about this feature as it was introduced with the Developer Preview. As all the smartphone manufacturers are now going for notched displays, Android Pie comes with the Notch support, so it supports the phones with notches to use all of the screen space.
Android Pie brings some new features related to Media like Multiple Bluetooth connections that let the users connect up to 5 Bluetooth devices and also switch between them seamlessly. There is sound delay reporting that ensures that the video and audio are in sync while you’re watching media using headphones. If you had previously set the sound for any Bluetooth device, then that sound level will be retained once you reconnect that Bluetooth device. Some other media features include HEIF photos support, HD Audio, and HDR VP9 Profile 2 support.
Some other features of Android Pie include Redesigned Quick Settings, the Screenshots editor, Rotation Button, New Animations for App opening and closing, Volume Controls, Slices, App Actions and more.
LIST OF PHONES GETTING ANDROID PIE UPDATE
NOTE – WE HAVE LISTED ONLY THOSE PHONES IN THIS ARTICLE THAT ARE CONFIRMED TO GET THE ANDROID PIE UPDATE
You were waiting for this, right? Well, now it’s time to list the phones that are getting or are expected to get the Android Pie Update officially. It is worth mentioning that most of the phones listed below are expected to get the update so there are 50-50 chances that the update will arrive for them.
Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel 2 XL
Google, when launched the Google Pixel phones in 2016, announced that the first gen Pixel devices would get up to 2 years of guaranteed Android updates. Google has already said that after October 2018, there won’t be any guaranteed Android updates for the first generation Pixel phones. Android Pie is already available for all the four Pixel devices launched till now, and we already know that Pixel 3 and 3 XL are launching with Android Pie out of the box. So, the phones from Google that are getting Android Pie Update are –
When the Essential Phone was officially announced last year, it was said that it would get official Android updates for next three years. Just like the Pixel phones, the Essential PH-1 has already got the official Android Pie Update.
SONY XPERIA XZ2 PREMIUM
SONY XPERIA XZ2
SONY XPERIA XZ2 COMPACT
SONY XPERIA XZ PREMIUM
SONY XPERIA XZ1
SONY XPERIA XZ1 COMPACT
Sony is one of those smartphone companies that are first to update their phones to the latest Android version. Sony has officially revealed which devices will be getting the Android Pie update and the devices listed above are getting the update from November this year whereas phones like the Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and XA2 Plus will get the update in early2019.
NOKIA 8 SIROCCO
NOKIA 7 PLUS
NOKIA 6.1 PLUS (NOKIA X6)
NOKIA 5.1 PLUS (NOKIA X5)
Nokia is probably the only company after Google right now that is providing fast Android updates to its phones, thanks to Android One branding. In fact, it is reported that all the Nokia phones, starting with Nokia 1, will get official Android Pie Update. That’s really great news for all the Nokia fans out there, right?
HTC U11 Life (Android One)
HTC is a brand that is trying its best to make a comeback in the Android smartphone market. The latest offering from the company is the U12+, which is one of the best flagship devices you can get at the moment. HTC has officially listed all the phones that will be updated to Android Pie, and these include the last year’s U11, U11+, U11 Life and this year’s U12+. It is weird that the company doesn’t list HTC U Ultra of last year. In fact, most of the HTC users were expecting that HTC 10 will also get the update, but this doesn’t seem the case if we look at the official list from the company.
OnePlus is killing it in the flagship segment, and the OnePlus 6 is still the best value for money flagship you can get at the moment. With a great team working on Oxygen OS, it is 100% confirmed that last the update will arrive to OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, 5T and the 6. In fact, the company has officially confirmed that two-year-old OnePlus 3 and 3T will get Android P Update.
Motorola One Power
Moto Z3 Play
Moto Z2 Force
Moto Z2 Play
Moto G6 Plus
Moto G6 Play
Motorola is no longer the brand known for its fast Android updates. We are still waiting for Oreo to arrive to the last year’s G series phones so expect Android P rollout to happen for Motorola devices from next year only. There might be exceptions like the Z series, the phones of which are expected to get Android Pie Update by the end of 2018. We don’t expect the Android P update to arrive to G series phones of last year as Motorola likes to provide just one major Android update to its G series phones. The Oreo update will be, therefore, the last major Android update for the Moto G5, G5 Plus, G5S and G5S Plus.
ASUS ZENFONE 5Z
ASUS ZENFONE 5
ASUS ZENFONE 5 LITE
ASUS ZENFONE MAX PRO M1
ASUS ZENFONE 4 PRO
Asus surprised everyone when the company announced Zenfone 5Z as the cheapest Snapdragon 845-powered smartphone. The company is expected to roll out Android Pie update for its Zenfone 4 Pro and Zenfone 5 series for sure. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, which is a budget device from the company, is guaranteed to get Android P update.
HUAWEI P20 PRO
HUAWEI NOVA 3
HUAWEI MATE 10 PRO
HUAWEI MATE 10
HUAWEI NOVA 3i
HUAWEI MATE 9
HUAWEI MATE 9 PRO
Huawei is yet to announce which of its phones are getting the Android P update but we are sure that all of its flagships from last year will get the update. These include the Huawei P10, P10 Plus, Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and this year’s P20, P20 Pro, & Nova 3. Still, Huawei likes to updates its older phones as well so expect the update to arrive to some phones like Mate 9 too.
Honor View 10
Just like Huawei devices, the Honor phones run on the EMUI out of the box, so expect all the flagships from last year to get Android Pie Update.
SOME J AND A SERIES PHONES OF 2018 (NOT CONFIRMED)
Well, at first we didn’t want to add Samsung phones to the list has the company recently announced the Oreo rollout schedule for its phones. This means that Android P update will arrive to the Samsung devices only next year since this year, the company is going to be busy providing Oreo to its eligible phones. Just Samsung things, you know!
Xiaomi Mi 8
Xiaomi Mi 8 EE
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Xiaomi Mi 6
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Xiaomi Mi A2
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
Xiaomi Redmi 6
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Xiaomi surprised everyone when rolled out the MIUI 9 update for its older phones, and with the MIUI 10 in the works, we expect Android Pie to arrive to most of the Xiaomi devices launched in past couple of years. Still, this is going to take some time. The Android One phones including the Xiaomi Mi A1, Mi A2, and the Mi A2 Lite are receiving the Android Pie Update.
Blackberry Evolve X
Blackberry has announced the Key2, Evolve, and Evolve X this year with Android Oreo, so we expect Android P to arrive to all these devices. We are not sure about last year’s phones.
LG G7 ThinQ
LG G7+ ThinQ
LG V35 ThinQ
LG V30S ThinQ
LG, just like HTC, is trying its best to improve its smartphone sales and this year’s LG G7 ThinQ is a great phone indeed that recently launched in India with superb pricing. When it comes to Android updates, LG is pretty consistent in updating all of its last year’s flagships to the latest Android version. Hence, expect the update to hit LG G6 and all the flagships launched after that. We are not sure about the mid-range and budget phones at the moment.
OPPO & VIVO
Oppo Find X
Oppo R15 Pro
We decided to add phones from both Oppo and Vivo in the same list as just a handful of phones from these companies will be getting the Android Pie update. These include the latest flagships from both the brands like Find X, Nex, as well as the older flagships.
Wait! Does this company even exist in 2018?
SOME FINAL WORDS
Well, some smartphone companies may not be mentioned in this article, but we will be updating the article once we get information about the update for more devices. The comments section is all yours so feel free to let us know if we missed any device or any company in this article.