News: Always-Updated List of Phones That Will Get Android Pie

Always-Updated List of Phones That Will Get Android Pie

| Updated October 11, 2018 with new phones.

When will my phone get Android Pie? For the first time since Android's inception, this question shouldn't have an answer that lets you down. That's because Android Oreo introduced Project Treble, a new low-level arrangement that makes updating a lot easier. So with Pie, it's not if your phone will get it, but when.

Whether or not your phone supports Project Treble is pretty simple. If your phone came with Android Oreo, it must include Project Treble support. However, if you are not sure what the original OS version was on your phone, check out our tutorial on how to manually check for support.

Android 9.0 Pie is a major update. The latest version does have some pretty big visual changes, including gesture controls and an upgraded power menu, but what should really pique your interest is the under-the-hood changes, particularly when it comes to security. We detailed many of biggest security enhancements that are coming with Pie, but in short, Android 9.0 will make your phone much safer.

About This List

Each phone below will be labeled with one of the following: Confirmed (with the time it took for the update to be released), Beta, Rumored, Will Not Receive Pie, or No Information.

If the phone is rumored to have a Pie update coming, we will label it as Rumored. If confirmed, we will link out to either a tweet or official page to confirm the update is being pushed out. And if the OEM is running a beta program, we will link out to beta pages.

If the OEM confirmed the device will not get the latest Android version, it will be marked with Will Not Receive. And if there is no rumored or official information, it will be marked as No information.

We are also focusing on phones officially released in the US, so if you don't see your phone listed, it probably isn't officially available. Finally, we are only looking at phones released within the two years prior to Pie's release date, August 6, 2018. It is doubtful OEMs will update a phone older than that, as they are more hoping to push that customer to a new device.

Phones listed in bold currently have the stable version of Android Pie. Hopefully, this time around, every phone on this list will be bold before Android Q.

Essential

While we are currently waiting on news for Essential's second phone, Essential owners can be proud to know they received Android 9.0 Pie mere minutes after Pixel devices received it. But this should come as no surprise — the device, which is running a nearly unmodified version of Android, has been the first non-Pixel or Nexus device to receive security patches and beta updates over the past year.

Google

One of the main perks of purchasing a Pixel or Nexus is the timely Android OS updates. However, for the first time in Nexus history, the Nexus phones will not receive the latest OS update as Google moves toward the new Pixel lineup. At the time of this writing, all Pixel devices have Android 9 Pie.

HTC

HTC recently announced they will be updating many of their recent flagships to Android 9.0 Pie. They haven't given an actual timetable — only saying they'll let us know "in due course" — but they've promised updates to their three most recent US flagships. As for the U Ultra and HTC 10, we can only assume their conspicuous absence from HTC's Pie announcement indicates they won't be getting the update.

  • HTC 10: No information
  • HTC U Ultra: No information
  • HTC U11: Confirmed (no timetable)
  • HTC U11 Life: Confirmed (no timetable)
  • HTC U12+: Confirmed (no timetable)

Huawei/Honor

Rumor has it that Huawei is already working on the next version of EMUI, 9.0, which runs on top of Android Pie. Based on their track record, most of their midrange and flagship devices should receive the update. Also, many of the devices released by Huawei since the end of last year have released with Project Treble support, making upgrades even more seamless.

  • Honor 6X: No information
  • Honor 7X: No information
  • Honor View 10: Rumored
  • Huawei Mate 9: No information
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Rumored
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design: No information
  • Huawei Mate SE: No information

LG

LG is notoriously bad when it comes to updating their devices. Whether it's midrange, entry level, or even flagship, LG customers know they shouldn't expect their device to get the latest OS version for at least a year. LG is trying to change that with their new Global Software Upgrade Center. The new facility is assigned with testing OS updates faster so that they can be pushed out to their customers. But we shall see with the first significant test, Android Pie.

  • LG G6: No information
  • LG G7 ThinQ: No information
  • LG V20: No information
  • LG V30: No information
  • LG V30S ThinQ: No information
  • LG V35 ThinQ: No information
  • LG Q6: No information
  • LG Q Stylus: No information
  • LG Stylo 4: No information
  • LG Q7+: No information
  • LG X Power: No information

Motorola

Historically, Motorola is one of the best Android OEMs when it comes to quick updates. This year has been no exception, with most of their Z lineup already on Oreo. Motorola has confirmed that testing is already underway on the 9.0 Pie update. We expect updates will push out just as fast as previous years.

  • Moto E4: No information
  • Moto E4 Plus: No information
  • Moto E5 Play: No information
  • Moto E5 Plus: No information
  • Moto G4 Plus: No information
  • Moto G5 Plus: No information
  • Moto G5S Plus: No information
  • Moto G6 Play: Confirmed (Fall 2018)
  • Moto G6 Plus: Confirmed (Fall 2018)
  • Moto X4: Confirmed (Fall 2018)
  • Moto Z: No information
  • Moto Z Droid: No information
  • Moto Z Force Droid: No information
  • Moto Z Play: No information
  • Moto Z Play Droid: No information
  • Moto Z2 Force Edition: Confirmed (Fall 2018)
  • Moto Z2 Play: Confirmed (Fall 2018)
  • Moto Z3 Play: Confirmed (Fall 2018)
  • Moto Z3: Confirmed (Fall 2018)

Nokia

The iconic brand has only been revived for a little over a year, but it has already proven itself far better at updates than most OEMs. Not only do all Nokia devices get regular monthly security patches, but system updates as well. Additionally, since all the Nokia devices released in 2018 have been a part of the Android One program, updates are handled by Google leading to even faster updates than those pushed out by HMD.

  • Nokia 1: No information
  • Nokia 2: No information
  • Nokia 3.1: No information
  • Nokia 6: Beta
  • Nokia 6.1: No information
  • Nokia 7.1: Confirmed

OnePlus

Over the past few years, OnePlus has taken some criticism for their Android OS update practices. To correct the problem, OnePlus laid out a plan on how they will handle maintenance and updates from now on. The schedule applies to all devices from the OnePlus 3.

  • OnePlus 3: No information
  • OnePlus 3T: No information
  • OnePlus 5: No information
  • OnePlus 5T: No information
  • OnePlus 6: Confirmed (Sept. 21st, 2018 - 6 weeks, 4 days)

Samsung

With the best selling Android devices, Samsung significantly increases usage rate of the latest version of Android when they push out updates. Unfortunately, Samsung has only been decent at updates, releasing OS updates about six months after initial release. Hopefully, Project Treble fixes that for Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 users.

  • Galaxy Note 7 FE: No information
  • Galaxy Note 8: No information
  • Galaxy Note 9: No information
  • Galaxy S7: No information
  • Galaxy S7 Edge: No information
  • Galaxy S8: No information
  • Galaxy S8+: No information
  • Galaxy S9: No information
  • Galaxy S9+: No information

Sony

While not nearly as popular as other OEMs in the US, Sony has had an improving track record when it comes to updates. Sony has recently confirmed that Android Pie is coming to the devices indicated below, but there's no word on their other recent devices, so we can only assume the phones with "No information" below won't be getting the update.

  • Xperia L1: No information
  • Xperia L2: No information
  • Xperia X: No information
  • Xperia X Compact: No information
  • Xperia X Performance: No information
  • Xperia XA1: No information
  • Xperia XA1 Plus: No information
  • Xperia XA1 Ultra: No information
  • Xperia XA2: Confirmed (Early 2019)
  • Xperia XA2 Ultra: Confirmed (Early 2019)
  • Xperia XA2 Plus: Confirmed (Early 2019)
  • Xperia XZ: No information
  • Xperia XZ1: Confirmed (November 2018)
  • Xperia XZ1 Compact: Confirmed (November 2018)
  • Xperia XZ Premium: Confirmed (November 2018)
  • Xperia XZs: No information
  • Xperia XZ2: Confirmed (November 2018)
  • Xperia XZ2 Compact: Confirmed (November 2018)
  • Xperia XZ2 Premium: Confirmed (November 2018)

ZTE

Recently, ZTE has had some trouble in the US market, even getting banned by the US government for seven years. After some negotiations, it appears the ban is lifted, and ZTE will be able to resume normal operations soon. How this turn out will dramatically shape the speed at which their phones sold in the US receive updates (or if they receive them at all). But as of now, we are still waiting.

  • Tempo Go: No information
  • Axon M: No information
  • Axon 7: No information
  • Axon 7 Mini: No information
  • ZMAX Pro: No information
  • ZMAX 2: No information
  • Blade V8 Pro: No information

We'll keep updating this page as we find new information and update timetables for the devices listed above, so check back soon! In the meantime, if you have a phone that was released in the US in the last two years and it isn't shown here, let us know in the comment section below and we'll look into its Pie status.

Cover image by Jon Knight/Gadget Hacks

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