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LG G3 vs Galaxy S5: What Buyers Need to Know

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When it comes to choosing a smartphone this summer, there are a lot of options. With the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 both readily available around the globe and from all major carriers in the United States, consumers may be weighing their options before making a decision.

The Galaxy S5 was released back in April and had a good three month lead on the new LG G3, and many buyers didn’t want to wait. However, if users are looking for a phone this summer both are now available, and you’ll want to compare them closely.

Read: 5 Reasons to Wait for the LG G3

Here we take a look at how the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 compares to LG’s latest G3, what they both have to offer, how they differ, and explain everything buyers will need to know before forking out hard-earned money or signing a 2-year contract for either smartphone.

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Lately all the attention has been on the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 or the iPhone 6, but for those wanting to stay on Android, or don’t want a massive 5.7-inch device like the Galaxy Note 4 when it arrives in October, there are plenty of options available. Not to mention if you need a phone today, the devices we’re comparing are both available.

When it comes to which smartphone is actually “better” between the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the LG G3 there are a lot of things that come into play. Pricing or carriers is a big one, but these are similarly priced and available from all carriers.User preference, software or hardware needs, and of course the size of the device. While we don’t have all the answers, nor know what every user needs or wants, below are a five or so key features or differences that separate the two and may help consumers make the right choice.

Display

Many consumers these days are choosing a smartphone based on screen size. One example of that being a leading factor is shown by Apple finally moving the iPhone like to a bigger 4.7-inch display with the new iPhone 6. With that being said, both the LG G3 and Galaxy S5 have much bigger screens, but you’ll want to see them both in action before making a choice.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080p HD AMOLED display. To be honest, I feel it’s the best display of any smartphone this year. The colors, saturation, clarity, viewing angles, and natural whites just makes it a stunning device.

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The LG G3 though, is no slouch either. It offers the first Quad-HD display for a smartphone in the United States. That being a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution. Images are sharp and crisp, videos are big and vibrant, and it’s an excellent experience as well. Not only that, but the bezels are so slim the device is nearly the same size as the Galaxy S5, yet has a much bigger screen.

Read: LG G3 Review

However, the colors aren’t as sharp, brightness doesn’t compare to the Galaxy S5, and the viewing angles (on mine at least) are quite poor when compared to the Galaxy S5. The LG G3 screen is excellent, don’t get me wrong, but not quite as good as Samsung’s.

Design

Samsung and LG are both in the same boat when it comes to design, and materials used on smartphones. Both have been making plastic smartphones for years, ones that “look” like they’re aluminum but not. The ring around the Galaxy S5 is actually plastic, but looks like chrome, and the brushed aluminum design on the LG G3 is pretty but added to a plastic shell.

In terms of design and build quality they’re pretty much on par, with Samsung maybe having a slight edge when it comes to overall durability and build quality.

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However, there’s a few major differences between both these phones. One being the LG G3 has all the buttons on the pack, and the second being Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water-resistant. Something LG can’t claim.

The Galaxy S5 can be dropped in water for hours and hours (they suggest only 30 minutes max) and come out working just fine. We’ve seen this from various tests online and from YouTube videos. It’s extremely durable and rugged, and while the LG G3 is too, the slim bezels around the large screen may not handle drops as easily as Samsung, and it certainly won’t survive water accidents like Samsung’s Galaxy S5.

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Overall the LG G3 is a better looking device in our opinion, but everything about the Galxy S5 design had a purpose. Right down to the fingerprint scanner in the home button, and the water-resistant capabilities. If you’re more active, the Samsung is for you, that’s for sure.

Specs

While specs aren’t as important as having a device that’s fast, fluid, and will work for years to come, it’s still something many consider while making a purchase. Below are the hard numbers for those interested, but it all boils down to these devices being nearly the same under the hood with a few small changes, and software will play the biggest role in how each device performs.

Galaxy S5 Specs

  • 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080p HD AMOLED display
  • 2.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 with 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion)
  • 16 Megapixel camera and 2MP front shooter
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a new TouchWiz
  • USB 3.0, infrared port for remote
  • IP67 dust and water resistant
  • Fingerprint and heart rate sensors
  • 2.800 mAh battery

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LG G3 Specs

  • 5.5-inch 2560 × 1440 display Quad-HD display
  • 2.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion)
  • 13-megapixel camera with OIS+, laser auto-focus, 2.1-megapixel front camera
  • Android 4.4.2
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE, FM Radio Antenna, and Infrared laser for remote
  • DLNA and Miracast support
  • 3,000 mAh battery with wireless charging

As you can see from the breakdown above, these devices are extremely similar. Essentially buyers main concerns should be on the waterproof features, the camera, screen size, or simply which manufacturer has the best software. And those are in no particular order. Any one of those could and can be the deciding factor.

Read: Galaxy S5 Review

Software

The biggest difference between both of these phones is actually the software. Both run Android 4.4.2 KitKat currently, which is nearly the latest version of Android. Whether you’ve used a Galaxy device or an LG phone in the past, they’ve both been completely redesigned. Samsung’s TouchWiz is much different than years past, but also getting slower and slower as they continue to pile more features, gimmicks, and options inside.

However, there’s plenty to love from the Galaxy S5 software. It offers multi-window mode, one-handed operation controls, kids mode, and even an Ultra battery saver option for when you truly need to expend battery life. There’s tons  it can do, and read about it all in our series of Galaxy S5 how to coverage.

As you can see from the video above LG offers many of the same features. It also supports multi-window mode, a kids or guest mode, one-handed operation, as well as tons of customization. Out of the box users can completely customize the on-screen button location, color, and options, as well as tons of other small changes to how the phone and homescreens look and feel. Samsung doesn’t offer any of that, so if you like customization, head to a carrier store and try them both, see what LG offers, and make your decision.

Here’s a quick rundown of the Galaxy S5 new software right from the Samsung launch event, for those wanting to see it in action a bit more.

Deep down both of these phones are extremely powerful, fast, fluid, and run the latest Android 4.4 KitKat software from Google. They’ve been heavily skinned and changed, but under the hood they’re the same.

Personally I’m more a fan of the simple and minimalistic software LG G3 delivers, but Samsung has an array of motion controls, gesture support, and other things that make it stand out too.

Price

Of course last but certainly not least is the price. Sadly there’s no winner here either and you’ll have a tough choice to make. Verizon has the LG G3 and Galaxy S5 both for $99 with a new 2-year contract, or $599 outright. Then of course all carriers offer monthly payment plans if you’d like to get the phone free, and pay it off month by month.

Most other carriers are asking $199 with a new 2-year contract, and pricing anywhere from $579 to $649 for both devices, so you’ll want to do a little research and decide which fits your budget.

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Both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and new LG G3 will likely be two of the best smartphones of 2014, so you really can’t go wrong with either option. That aside, read everything mentioned above and try them both out yourself before making a decision.

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. mofo

    08/13/2014 at 12:47 pm

    IPhone pfffft haha.. Does anyone still buy those things?

  2. Ty Hershberger

    08/13/2014 at 2:36 pm

    Had both, I prefer the S5. I agree mofo!! iPhone who!!

  3. Sapphire84

    08/13/2014 at 8:58 pm

    I have the iPhone 5 and I want to switch!!! I still can’t decide wether it be the S5 or the G3!! I need everyone’s help and opinion, but pls try not to be biased.

    Thank you!!

    • Tyler

      08/14/2014 at 10:49 pm

      I used to have an iPhone 5. Bought the S4 when it came out last year and couldn’t be happier! Whichever one you choose is going to be a HUGE upgrade from the iPhone! You really can’t go wrong. The LG is a slightly better looking phone in my opinion, but that doesn’t really mean anything. Try to decide what key features the phones offer that you would actually use on a daily basis, after the honeymoon period. It really boils down to your gut feeling when you first try both phones in the store. Good luck and welcome to Android (soon)!

      • Sapphire84

        08/14/2014 at 11:03 pm

        I read your review on the LG G3. I have the phone 5 and wanting to switch. But I’m stuck on both G3 and S5. Please help me choose the right phone for me.

        iPhone 5 bills you per data. And it’s just too much for me now.

        Like a blackberry, data is included with the plan. Meaning it has a set price already per month. Means also no going over the data plan. I had a blackberry for 3 years and loved it because of the plan and data combined into one bill. The iPhone on the other hand charges you per data overage. Which is hard to track down. And the memory of the iPhone is so crappy. I love taking lots of pictures and videos, but I can’t do that with my iPhone. I have to always keep deleting things off to make room for new ones. It’s annoying.

        I read on Rogers that for the S5 it’s $60/month. Including data. But same goes for the G3. Which I think either one of these phones will be cheaper monthly than the iPhone. I do a lot of social media and emails. Basically my phone is my personal laptop/computer. I’m always on my phone and I don’t have time to backup my phone to a computer coz I don’t own one. My phone is basically my personal on the GO camera, camcorder, computer, TV/Radio and phone all in one.

        Please help me decide between the G3 & the S5. I’ve been doing a lot of research on both phones and they’re equally tied. What makes one phone better than the other??

        Thank you.

  4. Sapphire84

    08/14/2014 at 11:07 pm

    Aside from the S5 being water resistant and the G3 phones buttons are all on the back.

  5. frank

    08/15/2014 at 10:12 am

    I just got the g3, mostly because of the extra gb of ram, and 16 gb of drive space. The s5 was $50 more with my upgrade, so that probably had a lil to do with the decision, but it is thinner, and overall about the sane size with the bigger screen. And not mentioned above is the ability to capture 4k video.
    I am very satisfied with my decision. It operates smoothly. The buttons on the back are different, but hardly noticabe since you can unlock the phone by knocking on it.

    I cant say its better than the s5, but its as good as for my purposes.

    • Sapphire84

      08/15/2014 at 10:20 am

      Thank you Frank!!

  6. Asad

    08/16/2014 at 7:50 am

    I recently switch from sony xperia p to g3, first of all o got disappointed by sony because they sent a very bugggy Jelly Bean uodate and never fix it. So I am done with Sony now.
    Now why I choose G3 because it comes with a very good camera and extra GB of ram that will really matters in comming years and device can survive better. Last but not least Starhub Singapore only offers 16 GB version of S5 that was a deal breaker.

    • Sapphire84

      08/16/2014 at 8:09 am

      Thanks!! So G3 is better than the S5? Is that what your saying?

  7. Jack Skellington

    08/18/2014 at 9:03 pm

    Technically the S5 is overall best out there right now.
    The only big thing is 2GB ram instead of 3. Though 2 still works great.
    It’s displays can be brighter or dimmer. More saturated or overall more natural. Is less reflevtive. Of course being Amoled means real blacks, even lighting, better white balance, and less space and power consumed.
    And if you want QHD and 3GB ram then get S5 LTE-A.

    And what do you mean almost same size? S5 is a bit shorter and more narrow and a lot thinner.
    Yeah G3 is not huge for its screen size but going to 5.5 was a poor move and made it a phablet.
    If people want that big then you have the Google pro. Which gives pro BTW has a larger battery despite being a good bit thinner. While G3 has same battery as g2.

    The camera of the S5 does better too. Though G3 takes a lead in night shots.
    Battery life so far is rated better for S5.
    USB 3.0 and water protection. Plus the soft touch plastic material for the S5 is one of the most comfortable on top of being thinner and lighter.
    Better headphone output.

    And one of the biggest things I think is the fact that G line and almost all mid range LG phones are Galaxy knock offs.
    The G2, God Pro and Pro 2 look like Galaxies and used similar look and feal finish. And almost every mid range LG looks like a Galaxy.
    And Optimus Ui is like a Touchwiz copy and paste even down to the features.

    Just the G3 ventures away from Galaxy design and the new Optimus Ui does not follow the new Touchwiz look. Though does maintain the older one, but a little more flat.

    All that being said both are great devices and anyone would be mostly happy with either.
    G3 is more crisp…unless you get S5 LTE-A again with 3GB ram. Plus the 16GB version of G3 only has 2GB ram too.
    G3 has slightly better speaker and better night shots in camera.

    • Sapphire84

      08/18/2014 at 9:36 pm

      THANK YOU!!!!!
      THANK YOU!!!!!
      THANK YOU!!!!!

      I AM COMPLETELY TORN BETWEEN THE S5 & THE G3!! WITH THE INFORMATION YOU JUST SUMMERIZED FOR ME HELPS ME A WHOLE LOT MORE WHEN IT COMES TO DECIDING WHICH PHONE TO GET FOR MYSELF!!!! WHAT I WANT TO KNOW FOR SURE IS “WHAT MAKES EITHER ONE OF THESE CELLPHONES BETTER THAN TE OTHER”?? EXCLUDING THE FACT THAT THE S5 IS A WATER AND DUST RESISTANT. AND THE G3 CRISP PICTURE QUALITY. I NEED A BIT MORE REASSURANCE. I GOT SUCKED INTO THE IPHONE HYPE AND ENDED UP GETTING THE IPHONE 5. AFTER 6 MONTHS I HATED IT. I DONT WANT TO MAKE THE SAME IMPULSE DECISION AGAIN.

  8. Lilith_Black

    08/19/2014 at 9:32 am

    I personally would go for LG G3.
    1. Personal experience with Samsung Galaxy S3,S4 and Note 3 has been choke full of bloat that makes the phone lag and overheat causing severe battery drain and frequent crashes (unusable till root and removal of bloat) This did not improve in S5 looking at the RAM usage.

    2. LG G2 got praised for its battery life (despite the same overload) – – >seems to have better power management here.

    3. Design is much better on G3 (the size-screen ratio is astounding)

    4. Rear buttons work now (I hated the previous ones on G2)

    5. 3GB RAM on G3 vs 2GB on S5: I will take the former.

    6. Irritating flaps on S5(I’m not interested in waterproofing my phone)

    7. G3 comes with wireless charging capability out of box.

    8. Simplistic camera interface and faster auto focus on G3

    • Sapphire84

      08/19/2014 at 9:53 am

      THNK YOU SO MUCH Lilith_Black!! BATTERY LIFE IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME SINCE IM ALWAYS ON THE GO AND ALWAYS ON MY PHONE! I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT I HAVE DECIDED TO GO WITH THE LG G3!!! I WILL POST AN UPDATE VERY SOON!! THANK YOU!!

  9. Paco Villa

    08/29/2014 at 5:54 pm

    I own both S5 and G3 (I’m a bit of a technofile here) and a very big deal breaker for me was the 2Gb of Ram and 16Gb of space on S5. I know waterproof and heart rates may be appealing to some, but the qHD screen, 3Gb of ram and 32gb of space totaly got me. i run a lot of apps at once since I buy t ebay, sell on my country trhough a webpage, answer mails on gmail and outlook, paypal, browse internet, use facebook and whatsapp, twitter, instagram and 9gag and most of the time they’re running on background or at least waiting on recent apps, and S5 became laggy most of the times. I would totally recommend G3 on its 3gb/32gb version. If you can get it unlocked you’ll be in heaven.

    • Sapphire2784

      08/29/2014 at 7:20 pm

      I went with the NOTE 3 instead!! Lol!!

      • Jed

        09/28/2014 at 10:22 am

        Just before the new note came out… Lol

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Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Update Info (2020)

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With the official Android 11 roll out underway, we want to take you through everything you should know right now Samsung’s plans for Galaxy phones and tablets.

In September, Google pushed its next operating system, Android 11, to Pixel users. That was huge news for the Pixel community and it’s also big news for those who own other Android-powered devices. It means an official release is getting closer for those phones and tablets.

With Android 11 rolling out and Samsung’s Android 10 roll out slowing down, Galaxy smartphone and tablet users are starting to think about the future.

While some Android OEMs started talking about Android 11 months ago, Samsung remained silent. That changed after the launch of the Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung’s confirmed early Android 11 plans. And thanks to that information along with rumors and traditions, we can put together an overview for those of you curious about Android 11.

In this guide we’re going to take you through what you should know about Android 11 if you currently own, or if you’re planning to buy a Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, or another Galaxy device.

We’ll take you through what we know about Samsung’s version of Android 11. We’ll take you through what we know about the release date and we’ll outline which devices will get an upgrade to the new version of Android.

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Let’s start with what’s coming out before the official version of Android 11. Samsung is still rolling out Android 10 updates and it’s also pushing monthly updates to its stable of Galaxy phones and tablets.

Samsung Galaxy September Update

Samsung’s September update is pushing out right now.

The update is rolling out to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy M01s, Galaxy M31, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab Active Pro, and Galaxy Tab S6 and you can expect it to hit more devices in the near future.

The company’s September update includes a ton of patches including 15 fixes that are for issues related to Samsung’s own software.

If you own a Galaxy Tab S6, your upgrade should include software features from the new Galaxy Tab S7. Namely, Wireless DeX and the ability to request Wi-Fi passwords from people on your network if they’re in your contacts list.

If you want to learn more about Samsung’s September security update, head on over to the company’s website.

As a reminder, here’s the current breakdown of Samsung’s current Android security update coverage:

Current Models for Monthly Security Updates

  • Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy Note8, Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10 5G, Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy Note10+ 5G, Galaxy Note10 Lite, Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Note20 5G, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
  • Enterprise Models: Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A50, Galaxy XCover4s, Galaxy XCover FieldPro, Galaxy XCover Pro

Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates

  • Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active
  • Galaxy A2 Core, Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A90 5G
  • Galaxy A01, Galaxy A01 Core, Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A41, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A71 5G
  • Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J6+
  • Galaxy M10, Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40
  • Galaxy M01, Galaxy M11, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M31s, Galaxy M51
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 Plus (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), Galaxy Tab A7, Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab Active Pro
  • Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy View2
  • W20 5G

Current Models for Other Regular Security Updates

  • Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
  • Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star
  • Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J3 Top, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J5 Prime, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8
  • Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh

So while devices like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 probably won’t get Android 11, they will get security patches and bug fixes for the foreseeable future.

The company’s pushed One UI 2.1, the interface that arrived on board the Galaxy S20 series, to a number of devices including the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy A51, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy M01s, and Galaxy M31.

These updates brought a variety of changes including:

  • Quick Share
  • Music Share
  • Single Take
  • AR Zone
  • Pro Video Recording

That said, the One UI 2.1 update for older devices was missing at least one feature that’s present on Galaxy S20 models: Bixby Routines.

The company’s also released another version of One UI, dubbed One UI 2.5, that brings a number of improvements to Galaxy devices. The software debuted on board the Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung is pushing One UI 2.5 to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite, and Galaxy Tab S6 with more releases on the way.

The company is also planning to bring One UI 2.5 to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, and Galaxy Fold. It’s unclear when these updates will roll out.

One UI 2.5 is a fairly minor update, but it does bring a few notable changes including the ability for your device to remember the angle you used for your last selfie.

The camera app will also remember the last shooting mode you used (video, etc). There’s also support for full-screen navigation gestures in third-party launchers.

Samsung Galaxy Android 11: What’s New

Samsung’s version of Android 11 will look a lot different than the version Google releases for Pixel devices because it will utilize the company’s new One UI 3.0 user interface.

While we have some information, we don’t have the full picture because Samsung’s version of Android 11 is still in development. That said, it should bring a lot of Google’s features with it.

Google’s version of Android 11 includes features like:

  • Improved Quick Replies.
  • Mute notification sounds & vibrations during video capture recording.
  • Chat Bubbles.
  • Native Screen Recording.
  • Bluetooth improvements for headphones.
  • Memory Input/Output improvements.
  • Biometric Authentication Strength
  • Low Latency support.
  • Variable refresh rates.
  • Resume on Reboot.
  • And a whole lot more.

You can learn more about Android 11 on Google’s website.

As for Samsung’s version of Android 11 with One UI 3.0, we now have a full change log thanks to the company’s beta program.

As expected, the software is loaded up with changes. Here’s the first Galaxy Android 11/One UI 3.0 change log from the beta, courtesy of XDA-Developers:

Home screen

  • Touch and hold an app to add an associated widget.
  • Turn the screen off by double-tapping on an empty are of the Home screen. You can turn this on in Settings > Advanced features > Motion and gestures.

Lock screen

  • Dynamic Lock screen now has more categories,, and you can select more than one.
  • Lock screen widgets are improved.

Quick panel

  • See your conversations and media more conveniently in their own sections when you swipe down from the top of the screen.

AOD

  • Always On Display widgets are improved.

Accessibility

  • Get quick access to the most important accessibility settings during device setup.
  • Get recommended accessibility features based on what you use.
  • Set the Accessibility shortcut more easily in settings.
  • Sound detectors now work with your SmartThings devices such as TVs and lights to give you more visible alerts when the doorbell rings or a baby is crying.

Samsung Keyboard

  • You can find the keyboard in settings more easily under General management in Settings, and the settings have been reorganized to put the most important ones first.

Samsung DeX

  • You can now connect to supported TVs wirelessly.
  • New touchpad multi-gestures let you change screen zoom and font size more easily.

Internet

  • Added ability to block websites from redirecting you when you tap the Back button.
  • Added warnings and blocking options for websites that shot too many pop-ups or notifications.
  • Rearranged menus to make things easier to find.
  • Added several new add-ons, including one that translates websites.
  • Added option hide the status bar for a more immersive browsing experience.
  • Increased maximum number of open tabs to 99.
  • Added ability to lock and reorder tabs.
  • Improved design for tab bar which is now supported on all devices.
  • Ended support for Samsung Internet edge panel.

Contacts & Phone

  • Added the ability to edit multiple linked contacts at one time.
  • Added an option to help you quickly delete duplicate contacts.
  • Enhanced the search experience.
  • Extended the storage period of the Trash bin from 15 to 30 days.

Phone/Call background

  • Added the ability to customize the call screen with your own pictures and videos.

Messages

  • Created a Trash bin to store recently deleted messages.

Call & Text on other devices

  • Added the ability to turn Call & text on other devices on or off with Bixby Routines.

Calendar

  • Events with the same start time are now shown together in month and agenda view.
  • Reorganized options for adding and editing events.
  • Improved layout for full screen alerts.

Reminder

  • Improved layout for full screen alerts

Digital wellbeing and Parental controls

  • Added trends to your weekly report. You can see how your usage has changed since the previous week and check your usage time for each feature.
  • Added phone usage time while driving to the weekly report.
  • Added a lock screen widget so you can check your screen time without unlocking your phone.
  • Added separate profiles for personal and work modes so you can track your screen time separately.

Camera

  • Improved auto-focus and auto exposure functionality and usability.
  • Improved stabilization when taking pictures of the moon at high zoom levels.

Photo editor

  • Added the ability to revert edited pictures back to their original versions.

Bixby Routine

  • Grouped preset routines help you get started quickly and learn how to build your own routines easily.
  • You can now see what actions are reversed when a routine ends.
  • New conditions have been added, such as a specific start time, the disconnection of a Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network, a call from a specific number, and more.
  • New actions have been added, including talking to Bixby and accessibility actions.
  • You can add a customized icon for each routine and add routines to the Lock screen for quick access.

The software is a work in progress and there’s always a chance Samsung adds, or subtracts, features from this list as the beta progresses.

For instance, Google’s smart home controls are reportedly missing from the pre-beta software, but we could see them added into the final version of the software. Time will tell.

Samsung’s also working on the software that will power the upcoming Galaxy S21 series. The firmware was, as expected, is based on Android 11.

We don’t know what the software will look like, but the devices will almost certainly be powered by a new version of One UI, probably dubbed One UI 3.1.

These Galaxy Devices Will Get Android 11

Samsung typically keeps devices updated with major Android software updates for two years. Fortunately, it looks like the company will change this policy for Android 11.

The company says it’s committed to providing three years of major software upgrades going forward. This is obviously a huge development.

Initially it looked like this might only apply to higher profile devices, but according to Samsung, lengthier support will also be extended to other devices.

Here’s the full list:

  • Galaxy S series: Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20 in addition to Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite and upcoming S series devices.
  • Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 5G, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 Lite and upcoming Note series devices.
  • Galaxy Foldable devices: Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Fold and upcoming Z series devices
  • Galaxy A series: Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A90 5G and select upcoming A series devices.
  • Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7 5G, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and upcoming Tab S series devices.

As for Android 11, Popular phones like the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S10Galaxy S10+Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Note 10 are shoo-ins. The Galaxy Note 20 will make the move to Android 11 as well.

As for the company’s tablets, the Galaxy Tab S6 and Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) will get upgraded to Android 11. You can also expect the new Galaxy Tab S7 to get upgraded as well.

Mid-range phones and tablets from 2019 should also move from Android 10 to Android 11.

Here is a preliminary list of device we think will get upgraded to Android 11 in 2020 and 2021:

  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20+
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 20
  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S10 5G
  • Galaxy S10+
  • Galaxy S10e
  • Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy Note 10
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Galaxy Fold
  • Galaxy Z Flip
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Galaxy A10
  • Galaxy A10e
  • Galaxy A10s
  • Galaxy A11
  • Galaxy A20
  • Galaxy A20e
  • Galaxy A20s
  • Galaxy A21
  • Galaxy A21s
  • Galaxy A30
  • Galaxy A30s
  • Galaxy A31
  • Galaxy A40
  • Galaxy A41
  • Galaxy A50
  • Galaxy A50s
  • Galaxy A51
  • Galaxy A60
  • Galaxy A70
  • Galaxy A70s
  • Galaxy A71
  • Galaxy A80
  • Galaxy A8s
  • Galaxy M01
  • Galaxy M11
  • Galaxy M21
  • Galaxy M30s
  • Galaxy M31
  • Galaxy M40
  • Galaxy Tab S7
  • Galaxy Tab S6
  • Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Galaxy Tab S5e
  • Galaxy Tab Active Pro
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
  • Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019)
  • Galaxy Tab A 8 Plus (2019)
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These Galaxy Devices Might Not Get Android 11

Any Galaxy device that’s not on that list is currently on the fence when it comes to Android 11. That means popular devices like the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 series are very much in danger of getting left behind on Android 10.

Here are a few Samsung Galaxy devices that could stick around on Android 10:

  • Galaxy S9
  • Galaxy S9+
  • Galaxy Note 9
  • Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Galaxy A8+ (2018)
  • Galaxy A7 (2018)
  • Galaxy A6 (2018)
  • Galaxy A6+ (2018)
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)

Older models like Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 probably won’t get upgraded to Android 11 either. Neither device has been upgraded to Android 10.

Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Beta

Google’s Android 11 beta included the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and the Pixel 4a.

Other companies that took part in the Android 11 beta included OnePlus (OnePlus 8 series), Xiomi (Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and the POCO F2 Pro), and OPPO (Find X2 and Find X2 Pro).

As for Samsung, it will host its own Android 11 beta for Galaxy devices.

The company has launched its Android 11 beta program. The program has started in the pre-release phase which requires users to register to become a Samsung developer partner. You can do that over on its website.

Samsung’s Android 11 pre-beta is limited to Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra models in South Korea and the United States, but the company will open the beta up to users in China, Germany, India, Poland, and the United Kingdom once the pre-beta process ends.

As for the start of the public Android 11 beta, it looks like it could happen soon. An update for the company’s Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app includes support for Android 11.

Samsung used to keep its Android betas exclusive to its Galaxy S flagship models. In 2016, the Android Nougat beta was exclusive to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users. In 2017, Samsung limited the Android Oreo beta to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

It took a different approach with Android Pie. Instead of keeping it limited to Galaxy S flagships, Samsung expanded the Android Pie/One UI beta to former flagships and mid-range devices. The Android 10 beta reverted back to the old days with a far more limited release.

While we don’t know how the Android 11 beta will work exactly, you can expect the Galaxy Note 20 to take part at some point. We also expect to see a release for Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 models down the road.

For more on the Samsung Galaxy Android 11 beta program, take a look at our guide.

Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Release Date

So when will Samsung release its first Android 11 update? Let’s start with what we know.

Now that the Galaxy Android 11 beta program is live, we know that the company is hard at work on updates for the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The Galaxy S20+ Android 11 update recently appeared in a benchmark on HTML5test which is a sign that testing is underway behind the scenes. The device being tested was running the company’s unreleased Samsung Internet 13.0.

The company is reportedly testing Android 11 on the Galaxy S10+. Earlier this year the device showed up in a Geekbench benchmark.

Last year, Samsung pushed its first public Android 10 beta in October, or, several weeks after Google pushed the official version of Android 10 to Pixel devices. With the official version of Android 11 out for Pixel devices, the public beta is getting close.

Samsung says the Galaxy S20 series will be the first to Android 11 and we expect the Galaxy Note 20 series to follow closely behind. These devices will followed by older models like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10.

And while a lot of Galaxy models will probably get Android 11 in the second half 2020, many others will have to wait until 2021. Samsung’s Android roll outs typically span across several months.

We’ll continue to update this post with new information as the year goes on so make sure to check back in with us.

5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S21 & 5 Reasons Not To

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You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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While you might have your sights on the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, the Galaxy S10 series, the Galaxy Note 10 series, or another device, some of you might want to think about holding out for the Samsung Galaxy S21/Samsung Galaxy S30.

The Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra are the company’s current flagships and they’re certainly worth of consideration if you’re on the hunt for a new smartphone in 2020.

If you’re looking to stay in the Galaxy family, you’ll also want to check out Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ from last year. They’re dependable devices and they’re much cheaper than they once were.

Outside of the Galaxy family you’ll want to take note of devices like Apple’s flagship iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. They’re excellent alternatives to Samsung’s top names.

If you’d prefer to stick with Android, make sure you look into the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and Google’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL as well.

You’ll also want to take note of some of the phones that will arrive later this year. The list includes the 5G-powered iPhone 12 and the Google Pixel 5.

We’re also hearing about the phones coming in 2021. We’ve heard a lot about Apple’s iPhone 13 and we’ve also heard about the Samsung’s Galaxy S20’s successors.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Rumors

According to one leaker, the next Galaxy S is dubbed “Project U” behind the scenes. Presumably called Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30, the new models will almost certainly take the popular Galaxy S series to greater heights with improved hardware and software.

According to Samsung-centric blog SamMobile, Samsung is developing three versions of the Galaxy S21 which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that that’s been the company’s formula for a couple of years now.

The models in development are reportedly dubbed SM-G991, SM-G996, and SM-G998. These likely correspond to the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

One rumor suggests Samsung will stop selling phones with a bundled charger as soon as next year in an effort to keep costs down. Apple is reportedly doing the same with the iPhone this year.

Another rumor suggests Samsung is currently testing screen sizes for the largest Galaxy S21 model with 6.911″, 7.076″, and 7.095″ supposedly under consideration right now.

While the Galaxy Note 20 is built out of “glasstic,” one leaker claims the smallest Galaxy S21 is not made out of the material, at least not yet.

One report claims Samsung will bring the Galaxy Note’s S Pen stylus to the Galaxy S line starting with the Galaxy S21 Ultra model.

Ice Universe, a respected leaker, says that while the S Pen might come to the Galaxy S21, it won’t prevent Samsung from releasing a Galaxy Note 21.

Another leaker says the Galaxy S21 won’t take a significant leap from the Galaxy S20 series. He says the devices are more like “S20.5” or “S20s.” Galaxy S20 sales numbers haven’t been great so it’ll be interesting to see if that plan sticks.

We’ve seen a steady stream of Galaxy S21 rumors and that means we can start to piece together some expectations. From there, we can help you make a decision about whether to buy a new phone now or take a wait and see approach as we push deeper into the year.

The Galaxy S21 release date is months away and many of you can’t or simply won’t want to wait until 2021 to upgrade. That said, the Galaxy S21 should definitely be on your radar if you’re planning to upgrade your phone later in the year.

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You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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With the Samsung Galaxy Android 10 update rolling out and new info starting to emerge, we want to take you through everything you should know right now about Samsung’s Android 10 plans for Galaxy phones and tablets.

In this guide we’re going to take you through what you should know about Android 10 if you currently own or if you’re planning to buy a Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, or another Galaxy phone or tablet.

We’ll take you through what we know about Samsung’s version of Android 10. We’ll take you through what we know about the release date and we’ll outline which devices should, and shouldn’t, get an upgrade to the new version of Android.

Samsung Galaxy September Update

Samsung’s September update is pushing out right now.

The update has landed for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab Active Pro, and Galaxy Tab S6. You can expect it to hit more devices in the days ahead.

The company’s September update includes a ton of patches including 15 fixes that are for issues related to Samsung’s own software.

If you own a Galaxy Tab S6, your update should include software features from the company’s new Galaxy Tab S7. Namely, Wireless DeX and the ability to request Wi-Fi passwords from people on your network if they’re in your contacts list.

If you want to learn more about Samsung’s September security update, head on over to the company’s website.

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As a reminder, here’s the current breakdown of Samsung’s current Android security update coverage:

Current Models for Monthly Security Updates

  • Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy Note8, Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10 5G, Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy Note10+ 5G, Galaxy Note10 Lite, Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Note20 5G, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
  • Enterprise Models: Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A50, Galaxy XCover4s, Galaxy XCover FieldPro, Galaxy XCover Pro

Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates

  • Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active
  • Galaxy A2 Core, Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A90 5G
  • Galaxy A01, Galaxy A01 Core, Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A41, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A71 5G
  • Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J6+
  • Galaxy M10, Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40
  • Galaxy M01, Galaxy M11, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M31s, Galaxy M51
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 Plus (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), Galaxy Tab A7, Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab Active Pro
  • Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy View2
  • W20 5G

Current Models for Other Regular Security Updates

  • Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
  • Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star
  • Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J3 Top, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J5 Prime, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8
  • Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh

So while devices like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 won’t get Android 10, they will get security patches and bug fixes for the foreseeable future.

Samsung Galaxy Android 10: What’s New

Samsung’s version of Android 10 looks a lot different than Google’s version because it utilizes the company’s One UI user interface.

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The company’s developed multiple versions of the One UI. The first, One UI 2.0, is on board all of Samsung’s Android 10 updates. Some of the highlights on board include:

  • A new streamlined design.
  • Enhanced Dark Mode.
  • Improvements to Device Care.
  • Enhanced Biometrics.
  • New features for One-handed Mode.
  • Full screen gestures.
  • Improvements to apps like Calendar, Reminder, and My Files.
  • DeX for PC. (Galaxy S9 & Galaxy Note 9).

Samsung’s also released Good Lock 2020 with Android 10 support. The customization app includes support for Dark Mode.

Samsung’s version of Android 10 also sports features from Google’s version of Android 10 including Focus Mode and improvements to Digital Wellbeing. Others include:

  • Improved Privacy Protection & Controls
  • Privacy Manager
  • Expanded Location Controls
  • Multi-Tasking Bubbles
  • Support for Foldable Displays
  • Sharing Shortcuts
  • Smart Reply, Suggested Actions
  • Live Caption
  • Settings Panels
  • Gestural Navigation
  • Theme Controls
  • Notification Assistant
  • Improved Peer-to-Peer and Internet Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Performance Mode
  • Dynamic Depth Formats for Photos
  • New Audio and Video Codecs
  • Native MIDI APIs
  • Improved Vulkan Graphics & Neural Network APIs

If you’re curious about Google’s Android 10 features, we recommend checking out our walkthrough. It’ll take you through all the key changes.

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series debuted with Android 10 and a new version One UI, dubbed One UI 2.1, on board.

Samsung’s pushed the One UI 2.1 out to the Galaxy S10 series and Galaxy Note 10 series. This means these devices now have official access to Galaxy S20 software features like Single Take and Pro Mode for Video.

One UI 2.1 has also rolled out to the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy A71, and Galaxy A51. It’s also pushing out to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9.

The Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 One UI 2.1 updates bring a variety of changes including:

  • Quick Share
  • Music Share
  • Single Take
  • AR Zone
  • Pro Video Recording

The One UI 2.1 update for older devices is missing at least one feature that’s present on Galaxy S20 models: Bixby Routines.

On top of that, the company has released a new version of One UI, dubbed One UI 2.5, that brings several improvements to Galaxy devices. The software debuted on board the new Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung is pushing One UI 2.5 to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy Tab S6.

The company is also planning to bring One UI 2.5 to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, and Galaxy Fold. It’s unclear when these updates will roll out.

One UI 2.5 is a minor update, but it does bring a few notable changes including the ability for your device to remember the angle you used for your last selfie.

The camera app will also remember the last shooting mode you used (video, etc). There’s also support for full-screen navigation gestures in third-party launchers.

These Galaxy Devices Will Get Android 10

Samsung typically keeps devices updated with major Android software updates for two years. That’s changing as the company says it’s now committed to providing three years of major software upgrades going forward.

Initially it looked like this might only apply to higher profile devices, but lengthier support will also be extended to a number of other devices.

Here’s the full list directly from Samsung:

  • Galaxy S series: Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20 in addition to Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite and upcoming S series devices.
  • Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 5G, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 Lite and upcoming Note series devices.
  • Galaxy Foldable devices: Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Fold and upcoming Z series devices
  • Galaxy A series: Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A90 5G and select upcoming A series devices.
  • Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7 5G, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and upcoming Tab S series devices.

As for the devices moving to Android 10 in 2020, here’s what we know so far:

  • Galaxy S10 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10 5G (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10+ (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10e (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10 Lite (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 10 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Fold (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S9 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S9+ (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 9 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A9 (2018) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A7 (2018) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A6 (2018) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A6+ (2018) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A80 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A70 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A70s (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A71 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A50 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A50s (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A40 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A40s (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A30 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A20 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A20e (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A10 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A10s (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy J6 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy J6+
  • Galaxy J8 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy J8+
  • Galaxy M10
  • Galaxy M20 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy M30 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy M30s (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy M40 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab S4 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab S5e (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab S6 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)

These Galaxy Devices Probably Won’t Get Android 10

Any device that’s received two major software updates (Oreo and Pie) is currently on the fence when it comes to Android 10. This means popular devices like the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 will most likely get left behind on Android Pie.

Here are a few Samsung Galaxy devices that will probably stick around on Android Pie:

The Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+ aren’t listed on Samsung’s Android 10 roadmaps.

The Galaxy S8 has appeared in a GeekBench benchmark showing Android 10 on board, but this doesn’t confirm a release for the aging device.

In fact, it looks like the Galaxy S8 in question was running the LineageOS custom ROM. An official Android 10 update for the Galaxy S8 series is reportedly not in development at this time.

Samsung customer service reps have repeatedly told disgruntled Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 users that their devices will get upgraded to Android 10 down the road, but Samsung reps are extremely unreliable.

Samsung itself has reportedly confirmed plans to leave these devices behind on Android Pie so barring a change of heart, these devices won’t get an official version of Android 10.

Older devices like Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge probably won’t get upgraded to Android 10 either. Neither device received an upgrade to Android Pie.

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The million dollar question: “When is Samsung planning to release Android 10 for my device?” Here’s what we know.

Galaxy S10 Android 10 Update

Samsung is rolling the official Galaxy S10 Android 10 update out to those on Android Pie. The update is widely available in many regions:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Kuwait
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • South Korea
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam
  • Others

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have pushed the Galaxy S10 Android 10 update in the United States. T-Mobile’s also pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy S10 5G.

If you own an unlocked Galaxy S10 model in the United States, you should see Android 10. It’s rolling out to unlocked models right now.

As for Canada, the update is currently available on most carriers. If you own a Galaxy S10, you’ll want to check your phone for the download.

Samsung is also now pushing Android 10 and the One UI 2.0 to the Galaxy S10 5G. It’s also pushing Android 10 with One UI 2.1 to the Galaxy S10 Lite.

Galaxy Note 10 Android 10 Update

The stable version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Android 10 update is rolling out to the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G right now.

The upgrade is currently rolling out to those who participated in the Galaxy Note 10 Android 10 beta program and those running Android Pie. Here’s the list of places where the Galaxy Note 10 Android 10 update is currently available:

  • Austria
  • Baltic countries
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Nordic countries
  • Panama
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Others

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are currently pushing Android 10 to their Galaxy Note 10 models. The update’s also moving out to unlocked models in the U.S.

Galaxy Fold Android 10 Update

The Samsung Galaxy Fold Android 10 update is finally rolling out in the United States and the update includes features from Samsung’s One UI 2.1.

It’s also pushing out in other regions so if you bought Samsung’s foldable phone you should keep an eye out for your upgrade as it should arrive in the near future.

Galaxy Note 9 Android 10 Update

Samsung’s now pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy Note 9 and it’s available for beta testers and those currently running Android Pie in Canada, Germany, India, Turkey, and many other countries.

The Galaxy Note 9 Android 10 update is also moving out in the United States where it has landed for devices on smaller carriers like Comcast, Spectrum Mobile, US Cellular, and Xfinity Mobile.

It’s also pushing out to Galaxy Note 9 users on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and to unlocked Galaxy Note 9 models.

Galaxy S9 Android 10 Update

The Galaxy S9 Android 10 update has left beta and the official software is now pushing to users in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Many others

In the United States, the Galaxy S9 update is pushing to users on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular and Xfinity Mobile.

The update is also available for the unlocked model.

Galaxy M Android 10 Update

Samsung is also pushing Android 10 to mid-range devices.

The Galaxy M40 Android 10 update has made the move to Android 10.

The Galaxy M30 and Galaxy M20 Android 10 roll outs have begun. The two updates are currently rolling out in Germany, Greece, India, and Luxembourg. The Galaxy M30s Android 10 update is also pushing out.

Turkey’s also rolling out the Galaxy M20 Android 10 update and we expect the roll outs to pickup steam as we push deeper into the year.

If you can’t wait for the OTA, you can manually install Android 10 right now. If you own a Galaxy M20, head here. If you own a Galaxy M30, head here.

Galaxy A Android 10 Update

The company is pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy A80, the Galaxy A71, the Galaxy A70, the Galaxy A70s, the Galaxy A51, the Galaxy A50, the Galaxy A50s, the Galaxy A40s, the Galaxy A30, the Galaxy A20e, the Galaxy A20s, the unlocked Galaxy A20s, the Galaxy A20, the Galaxy A10, the Galaxy A10s, the Galaxy A7 (2018), the Galaxy A6+, and the Galaxy A6 (2018).

Galaxy J Android 10 Update

Samsung is pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy J series with the Galaxy J8 and Galaxy J8 picking up the update.

Galaxy Tab Android 10 Update

The Galaxy Tab S6 Android 10 update is rolling out in several countries and the upgrade brings the company’s One UI 2.1 along with it.

Verizon is also pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy Tab S6 in the United States though it looks like the update brings One UI 2.0 and not One UI 2.1.

Samsung has pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy Tab A 10.1, Galaxy Tab A 8.0, Galaxy Tab S4 LTE and Galaxy Tab S5e after a lengthy wait.

Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Update

Google’s released the official version of Android 11 and Samsung is currently working on its own version of the update.

The Android 11 update is available for the Google Pixel 4a, Pixel 4/Pixel 4XL, Pixel 3a/Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL, and Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL.

As for Samsung, the company has confirmed the start of its Android 11 beta program. The program is currently in the pre-release phase which requires users to register to become a Samsung developer partner.

Samsung’s Android 11 pre-beta is limited to Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra models in South Korea and the United States, but the open beta will expand to users in China, Germany, India, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

The company is testing Android 11 on the Galaxy S10+. The device showed up in a Geekbench benchmark with Android 11 on board earlier this year.

Look for the Galaxy Note 20 series, Galaxy Note 10 series, and the Galaxy S10 series to take part in the Android 11 beta at some point down the road.

Also of note: Samsung’s version of Android 11 has the company’s new One UI 3.0 on board. We initially thought One UI 3 would arrive alongside the Galaxy S21 next year, but Samsung will issue it with its first batch of Android 11 updates. We now expect One UI 3.1 to roll out alongside the Galaxy S21 series.

We don’t expect the official release for Galaxy devices anytime soon, but users should keep an eye out for more information as we push deeper into the year.

While you wait, have a look at our early guide to Samsung’s Galaxy Android 11 release. We’ve also put together a guide to Samsung’s Android 11 beta.

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You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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Samsung’s confirmed its Android 11 beta program and it’s running it a little bit different than it has in past years.

After staying silent for several months, Samsung’s finally talking about its plans for Android 11.

The company has confirmed an Android 11 beta program for Galaxy devices and the confirmation came a lot earlier than usual. Samsung typically announces its plans after Google’s pushed the official version of its new operating system to Pixel devices. This year, the company’s revealed its plans ahead the official Android 11 release.

Samsung’s Android 11 beta program allows you try out Android 11 features and the company’s brand new One UI 3.0 interface. You’ll also be able to help Samsung squash bugs and performance issues before it releases the official firmware. The company also says beta testers will be able to provide suggestions about the new UX.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed all of the pertinent information yet, but we can give you a rough outline based on official info, traditions, and our own expectations.

In this guide we’ll take you through everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Android 11/One UI 3 beta. Our walkthrough includes information about the beta’s release date, regions, the signup, and more.

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Samsung Android 11 Pre-Beta

This year, Samsung’s launched a pre-beta phase for developers. The company says this phase will “help ensure application store applications are compatible with the beta software before the public beta period.”

This isn’t an open beta that’s available to all users. Instead, Samsung says it’s limited to partner developers that want to perform compatibility testing with specific service providers and device models.

How to Signup for the Android 11 Pre-Beta

In order to participate in the pre-beta process, you’ll need to apply to become a Samsung partner developer.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner developer, you can submit an application on Samsung’s beta site. Scroll down to the bottom and click on “Apply for Partnership” and follow the instructions.

Samsung says it will get back to applicants within 5 business days after applying.

If your application is approved, you’ll be able to learn about the installation through the “ONE UI BETA FOR PARTNER” tab on the company’s beta page.

Samsung Android 11 Pre-Beta Devices

Samsung’s Android 11 pre-beta phase is limited to specific Galaxy devices.

As of right now, the company is focused on the Galaxy S20 series which includes the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra LTE/5G.

It’s unclear if other devices will join the Galaxy S20 series in the pre-beta process, but at this point, you shouldn’t hold your breath.

Samsung Android 11 Pre-Beta Regions & Carriers

The pre-beta is limited to two regions.

Developer partners in South Korea and the United States can take part in the pre-beta phase. And in order to join, you’ll need to own an unlocked Galaxy S20 model or a model tied to a specific carrier.

In the United States, you’ll need a Galaxy S20 model attached to Sprint or T-Mobile. In South Korea, you’ll need a device that works with KT, LGU+, or SKT.

Samsung Android 11 Public Beta

Samsung’s started with a pre-beta phase, but at some point it will open up the Android 11 beta to the public. If you can’t participate in the pre-beta process, you’ll be able to take part in the public beta whenever it becomes available.

The company hasn’t said how long the pre-beta process will last, but it looks like the Android 11/One UI 3 beta might open up to the general public in the near future.

An update for the company’s Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app includes support for Android 11 and that means we could see a public release soon.

Like the pre-beta, the public beta will be limited in scope. The public beta will be available to users in China, Germany, India, Poland, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

While the company might start with the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, there’s a good chance the public beta expands to other devices.

It probably won’t open up to the company’s entire portfolio of devices, bu you can expect the Galaxy Note 20 to take part at some point. We also expect a release for Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 models down the road.

For more about Android 11, head on over to our walkthrough.

5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S21 & 5 Reasons Not To

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Wait for Even Better Performance

You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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Google’s Android 11 is out of beta and available for Google’s Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a. The operating system went through extensive testing, but issues have slipped through the cracks into the final release.

After a fairly lengthy wait, Android 11 is finally live for Pixel devices. The update is pretty extensive and comes with a long list of changes including built-in screen recording, improved notifications, and a variety of under-the-hood improvements.

While some Pixel owners should install the Android 11 update right now, others might benefit from waiting.

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Android 11 has been out for a short time, but we’re already hearing and seeing complaints about bugs and performance issues. Some of these issues are brand new, some have carried over from Android 10.

If you’re thinking about downloading the Android 11 update on your Pixel, you should be familiar with these issues before you tap download.

In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of Android 11 problems. We’ll also provide you with some potential fixes, show you where to find feedback about the Android 11 update, show you where to report bugs, and tell you about what’s coming next from Google.

Prepare for Android 11

You might be tempted to install Android 11 right now. However, before you tap download, make sure you prepare yourself, and your device, for the move up from Android 10.

You can’t predict exactly how Android 11 will run on your Pixel. Some of you might see a performance boost, others will run into bugs or performance issues. Preparing for the installation will help you cut down the number of potential issues you might encounter.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the pre-installation process we use before we install new Android software on our Pixel devices.

If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process, you’ll want to make sure all of your files are all properly backed up.

Data loss issues are rare these days, but this is still an important step to take before you make the transition from Android 10 to Android 11.

Pixel Android 11 Problems

The beta squashed a number of bugs and performance issues ahead of the public release, but the final version of Android 11 is causing problems for some Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4 users.

Some Pixel users are running into installation issues. If you’re experiencing issues with the Android 11 installation process, take a look at our guide.

Pixel users are also complaining about a variety of other problems including connectivity issues, abnormal battery drain, touchscreen issues, UI lag, sound issues, and more.

It’s a short list, but we expect the list to grow as more people download and install the new operating system.

Where to Find Feedback & Report Problems

We’ll start to see more feedback about the Android 11 update on sites like Twitter and YouTube.

You’ll also find useful Android 11 feedback on Google’s Pixel Help Forums and sites like XDA-Developers.

Short-term feedback is extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from Android 11 users if you’re feeling leery about the move to the operating system.

If you do run into an Android 11-related issue on your Pixel you’ll want to report your issue to Google. You can do so via the company’s website or via the Pixel Help Forums.

How to Fix Pixel Android 11 Problems

If encounter problems on your Pixel you can’t rely on Google to fix them. New Android 11 builds won’t come every week and every new release will have its own set of problems.

If you encounter a bug or performance issue, you’ll want to try fixing it on your own before getting in touch with Google’s customer service.

We’ve put together guides that will take you through the most common issues impacting the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4. You can start there.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem there, you’ll want to take a look at Google’s Pixel help forum or XDA’s Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4a forums.

What’s Next

We haven’t heard anything about Android 11.1 yet. And given that Google failed to release Android 10.1, there’s a chance we don’t get a big maintenance update in 2020 or 2021.

The only Android 11 updates on our radar right now are Google’s monthly updates. These updates always bring new security patches and bug patches. And that means the first batch of bug fixes for Android 11 issues could roll out in October.

We expect Google’s October Android 11 update to roll out early next month. The company almost always rolls its monthly updates out on the first Monday.

If you’re dealing with Android 11 issues keep your eyes out for it.

5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S21 & 5 Reasons Not To

Wait for Even Better Performance

Wait for Even Better Performance

You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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