Just in time for the holidays, Samsung has begun to launch its Android Pie update for the Galaxy S9. SamMobile was the first to notice the German release, while other users on Twitter and Reddit saw the update become available on Netherlands and Slovakia too. Along with updates made by Google, the Android Pie in S9 also brings Samsung's One UI, a new user experience that is intended to make apps easier to use on larger phones, among other improvements.
While this latest update has come to Samsung devices much faster than previous versions of Android, the South Korean company is still behind companies like Nokia, OnePlus and even HTC with its update schedule. Google previously tried to accelerate the adoption of new versions of Android with Project Treble, but despite the introduction of the program in early 2017, only 21.5% of Android devices were running Android Oreo or later in late October this year .
Samsung is getting faster by issuing its updates to Android. Galaxy S8 owners had to wait seven months after the original Oreo launch before it was available for their devices, while Android Nougat took at least five months to reach the Galaxy S7. At its annual developer conference, Samsung said it hoped to launch the Pie in January 2019, when we would expect the global launch of the new software.