Samsung’s Android 10 roll out is slowing down, but we’re still getting questions from Galaxy users who are still running Android Pie. Some of those questions are coming from Galaxy Note 8 users who are wondering about the device’s future and today we want to address those concerns.
As we push deeper into 2020, Samsung continues to push its Android 10 and One UI 2.0 upgrade to Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
Older models like the Galaxy Note 8 are currently stuck on Android 10 and many users are curious about the company’s plans for the former flagship.
Specifically, Galaxy Note 8 users want to know if they’re getting Android 10, when a roll out could take place, and what happens if the Galaxy Note 8 gets left behind on Android Pie.
In this walkthrough we’ll fill you in on what you can expect from Samsung if you own a Galaxy Note 8.
Galaxy Note 8 Updates
If Samsung decides to keep the Galaxy Note 8 on Android Pie, that doesn’t mean software support for the device will end.
The Galaxy Note 8 is still on Samsung’s list for “Monthly Security Updates” which means it will receive software upgrades for the foreseeable future. The Galaxy Note 8 was recently upgraded with Samsung’s April security update.
It’s unclear how long the device will start on this list, but once it moves, it’ll land on the company’s “Quarterly Security Updates” list. After that, it’ll move onto the “Other Regular Security Updates” list.
This means, you can expect Samsung to extend software support to the Galaxy Note 8 through 2020 and probably well into next year.
Samsung’s monthly updates patch up potential security exploits, but they sometimes bring bug fixes and new features as well.
Galaxy Note 8 Android 10 Beta
Prior to 2018, Samsung kept its Galaxy Beta Program exclusive to flagship Galaxy S phones. That changed last year when Samsung pushed the Android Pie beta to several devices including mid-range Galaxy phones.
In 2019, Samsung pushed Android 10 beta software to the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy Note 9, but it has left other models out of the Galaxy Beta Program.
If Samsung decides to push Android 10 and One UI 2.0 to the Galaxy Note 8, there’s a chance it rolls out a beta before the release. That said, we aren’t expecting a beta.
The company didn’t push Android 10 beta software to newer models like the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy A series so it would be surprising to see a release for the Galaxy Note 8.
We haven’t heard anything about a Galaxy Note 8 Android 10 beta so the chances of a release are slim to none at this point.
Galaxy Note 8 Android 10 Update
Samsung likes to keep its Galaxy devices updated with major Android software updates for two years before dropping support.
The Galaxy Note 8 started on Android Nougat and then got bumped to Android Oreo in 2018 and Android Pie in 2019.
So unless Samsung changes its policy in 2020, and at this point it doesn’t look like it will, the Galaxy Note 8 will probably stick around on Android Pie.
We’ve seen several Android 10 roadmaps emerge and none of them list the Galaxy Note 8. Plans can change, but the fact that it’s missing isn’t a good sign.
As far as we know, the Galaxy Note 8 Android 10 update isn’t in development. We haven’t seen any credible reports, benchmarks, or leaks.
Samsung itself has also told some outlets that it currently has no plans push Android 10 to the Galaxy Note 8 or Galaxy S8 series. This information was passed along during the company’s Galaxy S20 Unpacked event.
Despite this, Samsung’s customer service reps continue to tell Galaxy Note 8 users that Android 10 is coming to the Galaxy Note 8. Galaxy Note 8 owners should take this information with an immense grain of salt.
Over the years, Samsung reps have “confirmed” a number of Android updates only for those updates to stay in the shadows. We’ve seen it happen plenty of times.
Galaxy Note 8 Android 10 Release Date
If Samsung decides to surprise Galaxy Note 8 users with an Android 10 update, and that’s a huge if, the official release probably won’t come anytime soon.
Samsung’s still working to deliver Android 10 updates to its mid-range devices and tablets. Several Android 10 updates are also in testing behind the scenes right now.
The Galaxy Note 8 hasn’t been certified running Android 10 yet and that’s something that typically happens weeks before an update officially rolls out.
So, until that happens, it’s safe to assume a release is a long way away, if it even comes at all.
If Samsung decides to official keep the Galaxy Note 8 on Android Pie, you’ll still be able to get Android 10/One UI 2.0 features on your device.
The Galaxy Note 8 development community is still very active and developers will almost certainly bring at least some Android 10 and One UI 2.0 features over to the device.
If you aren’t familiar with rooting and custom ROMs, you might want to get acquainted right now because that might be the only way to get Android 10’s features on your Galaxy Note 8.
The Galaxy Note 8 forums on XDA-Developers is a great place to start if you’re interested in keeping your Note 8 for the long haul.
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If you don’t want to utilize unofficial software, and want access to Android 10 and Samsung’s upcoming Android 11 update, you’ll need to upgrade to a newer model like the Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 10, or Galaxy S10.
You’ll also want to consider waiting for the Galaxy Note 20. It should launch in August.
Install Android 10 for Better Security
If security is important to you (and it should be) you should think about installing the Galaxy S10 Android 10 update soon after it arrives for your phone.
Samsung continues to push important security patches to the Galaxy S10 series and your Android 10 update should bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your device.
We expect upcoming versions of Android 10 to come with newer security patches. Remember, Samsung releases critical patches every month.
If you're curious about Samsung's security updates, you can read more about the changes on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download an older security update from a previous month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android 10 on your phone.
Android 10 also brings several improvements to device security and you can read about those right here in Google's change log.
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