Samsung is getting ready to launch the Android Pie beta program for the Galaxy S9, with recent evidence indicating that the company is now the final stage ahead of the go-ahead.
XDA has come across updated EULA and FAQ pages mentioning Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 in the United States, and it’s believed these are being prepared for the beta program that the South Korean company would launch.
With this program, Samsung will allow a limited number of Galaxy S9 owners to install Android Pie beta versions on their devices, with the goal of sharing feedback for improving the overall experience before the public debut.
Updates will be released monthly to enrolled devices, and Samsung will thus use the bug reports to refine the experience with Android Pie before the update is shipped to all devices.
Possible launch next month
There are no specifics as to when the beta program could kick off or when Android Pie may be released to phones worldwide, but the timing that the company used in the previous years could provide us with an estimate as to when to expect them.
For example, the beta program for new versions of Android typically starts in November, and this is what happened last year for Oreo too. Most likely, Android Pie will go live for beta testers during the same month, and Samsung could use its conference next month to announce the first build.
As for the public launch, Samsung typically begins releasing new Android versions to its flagships in the spring, so it’s safe to say that Pie won’t be ready by the end of the year. In fact, Samsung clearly can’t finalize development in just two months, so expect it in the first quarter of 2019.
The beta program will come with limited seats, so once available, you better register fast because otherwise, you may not get the opportunity to see what’s included in this update.