Often it comes to new Android versions, for example when phones are updated to Android 9.0 (Pie) or Android Q. For that we also have the Android 9.0 update overview, where you can see exactly if and when your phone receives an update.
But manufacturers also release security updates throughout the year, and these are often just as important. Although they do not contain major new features, you remain protected against all (critical) security breaches that appear monthly. Every week Android Planet makes a list with the updates of the past seven days. These are updates that have been rolled out in the Netherlands, although it can sometimes happen that one provider is more likely to act than the other. So sometimes you have to wait another week.
Normally we only name final updates and not tests, but for this one time we make an exception. This week, Google released the very first Developer Preview of Android Q. If you want to test the new features of Android Q, you can do that on all Pixel devices. Also read our tip for installing Android Q on Google Pixel smartphones.
Google Pixel 3 – Android Q Developer Preview 1
Google Pixel 3 XL – Android Q Developer Preview 1
Google Pixel 2 – Android Q Developer Preview 1
Google Pixel 2 XL – Android Q Developer Preview 1
Google Pixel – Android Q Developer Preview 1
Google Pixel XL – Android Q Developer Preview 1
Only a handful of security updates from Samsung this week. Remarkably, the March update appears first for the Note 9. Owners of a device from the brand new Galaxy S10 series have to wait a little longer for the update.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – security update March 2019
Samsung Galaxy A7 – security update February 2019
Only a single update from the Finns this week, but a relatively important one. The Nokia 3.1, a device of just over 100 euros, is now equipped with Android Pie. This budget smartphone is therefore ahead of top devices from LG, HTC and other major manufacturers.
Nokia 3.1 – Android 9.0 (Pie) update
As always, Sony is keeping pace, and is already rolling out security updates this week for just about all the top devices they released in 2018. The previous generations probably also follow within the foreseeable future.
Sony Xperia XZ3 – security update March 2019
Sony Xperia XZ2 – security update March 2019
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact – security update March 2019
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium – security update March 2019
There is good news for Dutch owners of the Moto G6 Plus: they can finally get started with Android Pie. That update was previously available in other countries but is now also being rolled out. Unfortunately still accompanied by a somewhat outdated security update.
Motorola Moto G6 Plus – Android 9.0 (Pie) update + security update December 2018
Xiaomi now has several Android One devices, which means that you are assured of regular updates. Even more than a year after its release, the Mi A2 can still count on fast monthly security updates.
Xiaomi Mi A2 – security update March 2019
Of all major manufacturers, LG has more difficulty with security updates than most. The manufacturer is still often behind and is also very inconsistent. The G7 ThinQ, still the newest top device from the manufacturer, has only received the February update. There is still no trace of an Android Pie update for this smartphone.
LG G7 ThinQ – security update February 2019
Is your device not in the overview? Don’t panic, because some manufacturers may release updates later. And even if your device is in the list, it sometimes takes a while to wait. It often takes a few days before an update reaches all copies of a smartphone. Keep an eye on Android Planet for the following overview of security updates, or view our overview with (expected) Android 9.0 updates.
What is custom ROM?
ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.
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