The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the best Android phones around, but one thing it8217;s lacking at present is Android 9.0 Pie, or Android P in short. That could be about to change, if the latest leak is to be believed.
Eagle-eyed Dutch Samsung fan blog GalaxyClub.nl points out that the Galaxy S9 Plus has popped up in the GFXBench database with an Android P reference, which suggests that the South Korean company is testing Google8217;s latest mobile OS on the device ahead of releasing an upgrade.
It would be extremely odd if the S9 and S9 Plus didn8217;t make the leap to Pie together, and the leak also bodes well for the newly released Note 9 and the rumoured Galaxy S10, as it means Samsung is accelerating its delivery of Android updates.
Android 9.0 Pie was only sent live by about a month ago, so to see it already being tested is a major step forward for Samsung. Galaxy S8 owners will no doubt remember that their phone didn8217;t get Android 8.0 Oreo until early-2018 (February or March, depending on region), or nearly a year after it was first released.
Typically, manufacturers like Samsung augment Google8217;s stock Android software with a number of their own features to give their handsets a differentiated user experience, slowing down the update process.
Related: When does my phone get Android Pie?
Only a handful of phones have already been treated to a taste of Pie, namely the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL – all Google8217;s own efforts. The just announced Sony Xperia XZ3 is shipping with Android 9.o, but hasn8217;t been released yet, while select Moto and OnePlus handsets have been confirmed for the upgrade, along with more niche devices like Andy Rubin8217;s Essential phone series.
While we can8217;t confirm that the leak is legitimate, GalaxyClub has a decent track record when it comes to spying all things Samsung, so we wouldn8217;t be surprised if the S9 and S9 Plus get their slice of Pie sooner rather than later.
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