Vivo has confirmed that Android 9.0 Pie will be released to its users in the fourth quarter of 2018. The final confirmation comes days after Google officially introduced Android Pie as the next major mobile platform. The search giant released the latest Android version to its Pixel family earlier this week and after the introduction of the Android Pie debuted for the four Pixel models, Andy Rubin-helmed Essential Products launched a similar experience with Essential Phone users.
In contrast, Vivo has not specified which of its devices will receive the new experience. The Android Pie update has been speculated first to hit the Vivo X21, a smartphone that was part of the Android P Beta program.
Without confirming a specific schedule, Vivo said in a statement that the Android 9.0 Pie update would be rolled out to its users in the fourth quarter of 2018, reports Android Authority. The Chinese company has not published any models. However, because the confirmation came in response to a question about the Vivo X21, this model could be the first to receive Android Pie sometime before the end of the year. It is also safe to say that besides the X21, the company could offer the latest Android experience for the Nex models that debuted in June with an exciting selfie camera. The company also launched the Vivo Nex in India last month.
Vivo is one of the seven OEM partners that have tested Android Pie on their primary devices for the final release. Google at the I/O 2018 developer conference in May announced the arrival of Android P Beta on models such as the Essential PH-1, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21, Vivo X21 UD and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. The list contains the Vivo X21 and Vivo X21 UD very well.
Unlike Vivo, which has not revealed any specific details surrounding the update rollout, Essential Products has already started using Android 9.0 Pie for its Essential Phone users. The Palo Alto, California-based company is also working with carriers in the US to push the new Android version to carrier-locked Essential Phone models. Also, Xiaomi has even started testing MIUI 10 Beta based on Android Pie for the Mi Mix 2S.