Here’s Every Phone Getting Android Pie (And When)

Here’s Every Phone Getting Android Pie (And When)

Unlike iOS where everyone receives an operating system update at the same time, Android updates are a bit… scattered. Google devices always get the update first, but devices from other manufacturers can take weeks or months to receive an update if they do at all.

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That has to do with a special mixture of the hardware requirements of the new operating system and the software that the phone manufacturer has already installed on your device. Most third-party phones are running a slightly modified version of Android with phone manufacturer and carrier tweaks, so they have to make those tweaks to the new version of the OS before they push it out to you.

If you’re still waiting for your piece of Android Pie to arrive on your phone, CNET recently rounded up when you might see it. For some Android users, the wait is only a week or two more, while others could be waiting much much longer.


If you have a Google Pixel or an Essential phone then you can get Android Pie now. Both Pixel and Essential devices have the full version of the operating system available now. The update for the Nokia 7 Plus also started rolling out to users last month.

“This Spring”

Motorola will be offering the update to a number of its devices sometime “this [spring].” The update won’t be coming to every Motorola device out there. Instead, it will be released to the Moto Z3, Moto Z3 Play, Moto Z2 Force Edition, Moto Z2 Play, Moto X4, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6, and Moto G6 Play.

The OpenPlus 5/5T and 3/3T will be receiving the update “in the coming months” which puts it square in spring time.


The Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus are set to receive the Android Pie update this month.


Sony plans on rolling out the update for some of its devices in November, specifically the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 premium, XZ2 Compact, XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact.

The Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco are also expected to receive the Android Pie update in November.

Early 2019

The remainder of Sony phones expected to received Android Pie will receive it in “early 2019” those phones include the XA2, XA2 Ultra, and XA2 Plus.


HTC has promised the update will come to the HTC U12+, U11, U11+, and U11 life “in due course” which could really mean anything, but we’re hoping means sooner rather than later.

Samsung and LG are also expected to offer updates for their devices, but neither has announced when those might come down the pipeline.


  • I still really hate Android P. There’s a huge list of reasons why. I’m sure whoever is reading this (you) can Google it. It’s essentially a downgrade. It’s a shame that they added many great accessibility features while ruining everything else.

    • I updated to P and for my use there’s no notable difference in daily use except I enabled the new app switcher button. I do see a few subtle differences, but my phone just works the same. I can still make/take calls, send/receive messages, search the ‘net, watch YT, play music, cast stuff, run Carly on my car, use navigation etc. etc. just like I did before. I do get upgrades when they happen because they sometimes enable new stuff which doesn’t come to the older OS you might be stuck with.

      Samsung’s lack of an upgrade announcement is why I shy’d away from them a long time ago – buy a flagship and get stuck in OS limbo for who knows how long.

      • Imagine if they took away app sideloading (something that might happen soon). I wouldn’t be able to watch YT in the background because I use a sideloaded app for that.

        In the case of Oreo, they removed system overlays making an app I use to darken the screen a bit useless. It doesn’t put an overlay on the status bar anymore.

        This impacts me. I can’t use my phone like I did before the upgrade. “. I do get upgrades when they happen because they sometimes enable new stuff which doesn’t come to the older OS you might be stuck with.” You say this but are some of those things really worth losing something else? Look at AccuBattery. There have been deprecations that just remove AccuBattery functionality, just in the case of my screen tinting app.

        Google removed expanded quick settings toggles. That’s a LOT of functionality just gone. I can’t switch witch WiFi network I’m on as easily anymore. They also made commodities for notches but kept them for screens without a notch or rounded corners. Not to mention Google’s obsession with making their entire UI white.

        I hope you understood what I’m trying to say.

    • Specifically after reading this comment, I went looking (on google) for issues and reasons why one would not update to Android P. I found that certain Pixel models have issues with fast charging, and there’s an issue where pressing back in recents takes you to the home screen (instead of back to your most recent app) which Google has said there will be a fix for.

      So I want to know, what else is there? I did Google, and couldn’t find much. Could you at least link me to an article or something? I still don’t understand why you would consider it a downgrade.

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