Despite the sudden revelation that Razer intends to move away from the smartphone business, it seems that at the very least, the Razer Phone 2 will be getting an OS update to Android Pie 9.0. The update is slated for release on 27 February 2019.
9to5Google has obtained a Razer Phone 2 and showcased what the phone is like with the new OS update. And from what we can see, it looks a lot like a stock Android Experience. Which, isn’t actually saying much, considering the Razer Phone 2’s Android 8.1 Oreo UI already looks a lot like stock Android Oreo 8.0.
A few things are worth mentioning here, though. First, the Razer Phone 2’s default launcher doesn’t support a long-swipe to get to the app drawer, according to 9to5Google. It’s an odd decision, and there’s no mention of any other method to get to the app drawer. Another is that the “back” button is always present. On most other Android Pie 9.0 devices, the button only appears when a “back” action is possible.
All things considered, it’s nice of Razer to push the Android Pie 9.0 update to its second generation phone, just as word about the company closing its phone business began spreading. That said, it may be the last major phone-related update we see from Razer, be it hardware or software.