Samsung is gradually upgrading its most important devices to Android 9.0 (Pie). Since this weekend, the latest Android version is available for the Galaxy A9, Galaxy A7 (2018) and Galaxy A6. Various cheaper devices will be updated in the coming months.
Android Pie for Galaxy A9, A7 and A6
Various readers let Android Planet know that three Samsung smartphones are currently being upgraded to Android Pie. It is first of all about the Galaxy A9, the striking device with four cameras on the back, which appeared at the end of last year. The Pie update introduces One UI, the new Android skin from Samsung.
Even if you have a Galaxy A7 (2018), you can (soon) get started with Android Pie. The update is only available for Vodafone A7 devices at the time of writing, but will soon be available for unbranded devices.
Finally, Samsung started the roll-out of Pie for the Galaxy A6, a cheaper device that also appeared last year. It is important to know that for the Galaxy A6 Plus, a slightly larger powerful phone, a Pie update is not yet available. That too must follow soon.
More about Android Pie and One UI
With Android 9.0 (Pie) and One UI, the phones are equipped with the latest software. Among other things, the update adds a night mode that gives the display warmer colors in the evening, which is more comfortable for your eyes. Previously, Samsung already released an Android Pie update for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The Galaxy Note 9, S8 and S8 Plus now also run on Pie. The Galaxy A8 (2018) was updated last week.
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The new Android 9.0 Pie comes with many new features :
- Android Pie helps minimize background activity in the apps you use least, it's the super power you can't even see.
- With your permission, Autofill remembers your logins to get you into your favorite apps at supersonic speed.
- Picture-in-Picture allows you to see two apps at once, it's like having super strength and laser vision.
- Notification Dots: Press the notification dots to quickly see what's new, and easily clear them by swiping away.
- Android Instant Apps: Teleport directly into new apps right from your browser, no installation needed.
- Google Play Protect: Working to keep your device and data safe from misbehaving apps by scanning over 50 billion apps per day, even the ones you haven't installed yet!
- Whether you're talking, playing, working or streaming, you can feel confident about keeping your battery strong and full of life.
- Share the feels with a fully redesigned emoji set, including over 60 new emoji.
- Better RAM Management.
- It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
- OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
- Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
- New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
- State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
- and other cool features.
Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to Oreo 8.0.
Step 1:Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.
Step 2:Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.
Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.
Step 3:Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.
Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android Pie 9.0 file first. Download Android Pie_9.0.zip