Samsung is one of the many Android OEMs that have a bad rap for pushing out updates to its Android devices at a snail’s pace. It’s all the more confusing, because even small companies like OnePlus and HMD, often manage to roll out updates several weeks’ even months before the South Korean giant.
Recently, however, in a sign that may suggest things may get slightly better for Samsung customers moving forward, the company is testing the latest Android update (android Pie) for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus internally.
This is believed to have been first spotted by SamMobile, the S9 Plus device has been listed on benchmarking site, Gfxbench, running the Android 9.0 Pie, giving a clue that for once, the company might release the update in a relatively timelier manner that it has done in the past. Both devices were brought out-of-the-box with Android 8.0 Oreo.
As seen on the site (in the accompanying screenshot above), the listing shows the S9 Plus running ‘Invalid Android Samsung ss Edition’, but as SamMobile noted it, it indicates that the firmware in the device is an official test ROM from Samsung rather than any unofficial third-party software.
However, even though Samsung has started testing the new software on its devices, there’s no guarantee that the Android 9.0 Pie update for either of the two devices will come any time soon. But given that the company is already believed to be testing the update, customers and users alike will be hoping that the new software update will be rolled out sooner rather than later as they used to.
Still, with the Korean giant yet to say anything officially on the front, it will be fascinating to see when that finally happens.