Android is continually developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance, and it has seen a number of updates to its base operating system since the initial release
The Android Operating System has remained one of the most reliable and competitive in the mobile market with a timely upgrade to follow. Currently, the latest update in the Google Store is the Android Pie, apart from the Android Q that is still in the pipeline (although reported to be in the beta version at the moment).
Android Pie as at the time of writing this article has recorded approximately 10.4 percent adoption rate across all Android-enabled devices that is reportedly numbering as much as 2.5 billion. In other words, more than 260 million Android devices have adopted the Android version 9.0 also known as ‘Android Pie’. Amazing right? I guess yes.
To avoid drifting from the purpose of writing this article- to list the early adopters (by brand) of the Android Pie in no particular order. Below is the list of the foremost smartphone brands to jump on the Android Pie.
1. HMD Global (Nokia)
Time to roll out first stable U.S. Pie update: 53 days (September 28, 2018)
HMD Global wasn’t the fastest Android OEM to update a phone to Pie, that honor goes to Essential. However, HMD did roll out the update to the Nokia 8, Nokia 5.1 Plus, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus, and Nokia 6.1 all before the end of the year. The Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 5, meanwhile, received it before the end of January.
Time to roll out first stable U.S. Pie update: day one (August 6, 2018)
Essential might not have nailed much since it released its first and only smartphone in 2017, the Essential PH-1 or ‘Essential Phone,’ but it certainly nailed the Android Pie update. Technically speaking, Essential updated its entire unlocked smartphone catalog to Android Pie mere minutes after the software launched. For some, it even hit the PH-1 before Google’s own Pixel phones.
Time to roll out first stable U.S. Pie update: 71 days (October 16, 2018)
It took Xiaomi a little while to get going, but it put in a strong finish as we left 2018: the Chinese company managed to get the Mi A2, Mi A2, Mi Mix 2s, Mi 8, Mi 8 Pro, Mi Mix 3 and Pocophone F1 Up-and-running with Pie by the end of December.
Time to roll out first stable U.S. Pie update: 46 days (September 21, 2018)
OnePlus will have pleased OnePlus 6 (then its main device) fans with the second-fastest Pie rollout on the list, though it would need another three months to update its OnePlus 5 and 5T with the stable Android Pie update on December 25.
Time to roll out first stable U.S. Pie update: 140 days (December 24, 2018)
Up until now (and excluding Essential) the manufacturers occupying places two-through-five were closely matched in their update performance, but here we start to see the gap widen. Samsung didn’t get the update out until late December: four and a half months after Android Pie first landed.
6. Huawei / Honor
Time to roll out first stable U.S. Pie update: 164 days (January 17, 2019)
Huawei’s updates are a little murky, as they can be announced in China months before they arrive elsewhere. Despite a global announcement on December 18, it seems Huawei didn’t get its first Pie update out in the U.S. until January with the Honor View 10.
Time to roll out first stable U.S. Pie update: 67 days (October 12, 2018)
It feels like Sony is in the shadow of many other Android manufacturers when it comes to hardware these days, yet it excels in updates. The company was comparatively nippy with its first Android Pie update (it took around two months to upgrade the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact) but it also had at least four major devices updated by November 10, 2018.
8. Lenovo/ Motorola
Time to roll out first stable U.S. Pie update: 114 days (November 28, 2018)
Lenovo/ Motorola has a large catalog but it still only managed to get a couple of updates out before the new year. The Android One-based Motorola One was expected to get an early-ish update, which still took until November, while the Moto X4 update came in mid-December.
Time to roll out first stable U.S. Pie update: 134 days (December 18, 2018)
Asus made the Zenfone 5 update available on its website on December 18, but it didn’t roll out the OTA until January 3, just missing 2018. It followed with the Zenfone 5Z on January 30. Asus also kicked off the Android Pie beta program for the Zenfone Max Pro M2 in January and provided a Pie roadmap in February. That’s two major Pie updates since it launched on August 6, and little else, for Asus.
Time to roll out first stable U.S. Pie update: 102 days (November 16, 2018)
LG beat Samsung and Huawei in the U.S. with an early Pie update to the LG G7 One in just over 100 days. LG would perhaps be higher up in the charts if this wasn’t the only LG device to get Pie we’d come across. LG has earlier informed that the update should hit global G7 ThinQ devices by the end of Q1 (March) at the latest and has offered a roadmap featuring many handsets and stretching all the way to the end of 2019. However, The company was not able to launch the device until a few days ago. Well a little bit late than speculated, which is better than a disappointment.