With Samsung Galaxy Android 10 update in beta testing and new info starting to emerge, we want to take you through everything you should know right now Samsung’s Android 10 plans for Galaxy phones and tablets.
After months of testing, the new operating system is out for Google’s Pixel devices and devices from select Android OEM’s.
With the Android 10 roll out underway and Samsung’s Android Pie roll out slowing down, Galaxy users are starting to think about the future.
Samsung has confirmed some early Android 10 details and we’ve also seen several rumors and leaks. Armed with that information, we can put together an overview for those of you curious about Android 10, Samsung’s One UI and their release for Galaxy devices around the world.
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.
First, let’s start with what’s coming to your device before Android 10.
Samsung Galaxy November Update
Google and Samsung have confirmed the contents of the November update and the update brings patches for nine critical vulnerabilities in Android 10 and a whopping 39 fixes for Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE). You can read about Samsung’s patches right here.
Samsung’s pushed the November update to the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy J5 Pro, Galaxy J7 Prime 2, Galaxy Tab S6, and Galaxy Tab S4.
The November update is also available to those enrolled in Samsung’s Android 10 beta program. It comes on board the latest update to the Android 10/One UI 2.0 beta.
We expect additional updates in the days ahead.
As a reminder, here’s the breakdown of Samsung’s current Android security update coverage:
Current Models for Monthly Security Updates
- Galaxy Fold, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G
- Galaxy Note8, Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10 5G, Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy Note10+ 5G
- Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A50, Galaxy Xcover4s
Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates
- Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S8 Lite
- Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2018)
- Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
- Galaxy A2 Core, 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 J2 (2018), Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 Top
- Galaxy J4, Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6+
- Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8
- Galaxy M10, Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40
- Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 Plus (2019), Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab Active Pro
- Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh, Galaxy View2
Current Models for Other Regular Security Updates
- Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy Note FE
- Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J5 Prime, Galaxy J7 (2016), Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo
- Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016), Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab S3
- Galaxy Xcover 4
While devices like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 probably 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 will look a lot different from the version Google releases for Pixel devices because it will utilize the company’s One UI (user interface).
The company is working on two new versions of the One UI. The first, One UI 2.0, is launching on board the company’s first batch of Android 10 updates.
Thanks to Samsung’s Android 10 beta, we know quite a bit about One UI 2.0. Some of the highlights on board Samsung’s update 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
The company’s version of Android 10 will also sport some additional features from Google’s version of Android 10 including Focus Mode and Digital Wellbeing. Other potential features 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.
The company’s also rumored to have new models in the Galaxy A series up its sleeve for 2020 and two of those devices, the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A91, are reportedly launching with Android 10 on board.
We don’t know what the differences between One UI 2.0 and One UI 2.1 are right now, but you can expect those details to emerge once we get closer to the Galaxy S11’s launch.
These Galaxy Devices Will Get Android 10
Samsung typically keeps devices updated with major Android software updates for two years. The company could choose to change this policy for Android 10, but don’t hold your breath.
As for the company’s tablets, the Galaxy Tab S6 and Galaxy Tab S5e will undoubtedly get upgraded to Android 10. Mid-range devices like the Galaxy A series from 2018 should also move from Android Pie to Android 10.
Here is a preliminary list of device we think will get upgraded to Android 10 in 2019 and 2020:
- Galaxy S10 (Confirmed)
- Galaxy S10 5G (Confirmed)
- Galaxy S10+ (Confirmed)
- Galaxy S10e (Confirmed)
- Galaxy Note 10 (Confirmed)
- Galaxy Fold
- Galaxy S9
- Galaxy S9+
- Galaxy Note 9
- Galaxy A9 (2018)
- Galaxy A7 (2018)
- Galaxy A6 (2018)
- Galaxy A6+ (2018)
- Galaxy A80
- Galaxy A70
- Galaxy A50
- Galaxy A40
- Galaxy A30
- Galaxy A20
- Galaxy A20e
- Galaxy A10
- Galaxy J6
- Galaxy J6+
- Galaxy J8
- Galaxy J8+
- Galaxy M10
- Galaxy M20
- Galaxy M30
- Galaxy Tab S4
- Galaxy Tab S5e
- Galaxy Tab S6
- Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
- Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)
A purported Galaxy Android 10 roadmap from Android Pure seems to confirm some of our suspicions. The roadmap lists off a number of these devices.
The roadmap doesn’t reveal any target dates for the roll out.
These Galaxy Devices Might Not 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 are in danger of getting left behind on Android Pie.
Here are a few Samsung Galaxy devices that could stick around on Android Pie:
- Galaxy Note 8
- Galaxy S8
- Galaxy S8+
- Galaxy S8 Active
- Galaxy A8
- Galaxy A5 (2017)
- Galaxy A3 (2017)
- Galaxy J3 (2017)
- Galaxy J5 (2017)
- Galaxy J5 Pro (2017)
- Galaxy J7 (2017)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017)
It’s worth noting that the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+ aren’t listed on Samsung’s alleged Android 10 roadmap.
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.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Android 10 Beta
Google’s Android Q beta program featured 23 devices. None of were part of the Samsung Galaxy family. Devices that participated in the beta included:
- Pixel XL
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Asus Zenfone 5z
- Essential PH-1
- Nokia 8.1
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- LG G8
- OnePlus 6T
- Oppo Reno
- Realme 3 Pro
- Sony Xperia XZ3
- Tecno Spark 3 Pro
- Vivo X27
- Vivo NEX S
- Vivo NEX A
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
Samsung devices weren’t part of this early beta, but the company is holding a beta of its own.
Samsung typically holds a public beta ahead of the official release. It did so with Android Nougat, Android Oreo, and Android Pie. And it has done so with Android 10.
The company’s released the Android 10 beta for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, and Galaxy S10 5G, in South Korea, Germany, the United States, France, India, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Samsung used to keep its Android betas exclusive to its Galaxy S flagship models. Back in 2016, the Android Nougat beta exclusive to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. And 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 Pie beta started with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, but Samsung also released it for the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy A series.
The company opened up the beta to Galaxy Note 9 users in November with betas for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy A series following in 2019.
The Galaxy Note 10 Android 10 beta is official and the software is heading out to users in China, Germany, South Korea, India, and the United States. In the United States, the update is available for the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.
Samsung is also reportedly cooking up an Android 10 beta for the Galaxy Note 9. The release isn’t official yet, but all signs point to a release sometime in the days ahead.
We haven’t heard anything about a beta for other Galaxy devices, but don’t be surprised if Samsung releases an Android 10 beta for older models like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at some point.
Samsung Galaxy Android 10 Release Date
The million dollar question: When is Samsung planning to release Android 10? Let’s start with what we know.
We know that Samsung is currently testing Android 10 on the Galaxy S10 series and the Galaxy Note 10. T-Mobile confirms this and says the updates are currently in the “Manufacturer Development” phase.
The Galaxy S10 series (Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G) was recently certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance running Android 10. This doesn’t mean an official release is right around the corner, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
Samsung is also in the process of developing Android 10 for the Galaxy M30 and Galaxy M20.
The two devices have been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance with the Android 10 update onboard and Samsung is reporting testing the software behind the scenes.
This is interesting because these devices aren’t high-end models. They’re mid-range phones and mid-range Samsung phones typically get Android software months after flagships do.
With Samsung’s Android 10 update now in beta, and updates for mid-range devices already in testing, the first official Android 10 updates could arrive before the end of the year.
In a recent blog post, Google states that “many manufacturers such as ASUS, LG, Motorola, OPPO, Realme, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Transsion, and Vivo have committed to updating some of their devices to Android 10 by the end of the year.”
We still expect flagships like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 to get upgraded first followed by the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, and mid-range models.
While some Galaxy models will likely get the official version of Android 10 in late 2019, many others will have to wait until 2020. Samsung’s Android roll outs always take months to complete.
As for Galaxy devices tied to specific carriers, release dates will, of course, vary. Some carriers, like Rogers in Canada, like to keep their customers up to date so you’ll want to keep an eye out for details once the Android 10 roll out begins.
Wait Until Early 2020, If You Can
If you can't wait until 2020, it's time to move on. However, if you can wait a few more weeks, it might be a good idea to hang around.
We haven't heard anything about a surprise launch in late 2019 or a much faster Galaxy S11 launch in 2020 so you can expect the device to arrive in the usual window next year.
Samsung typically launches its new Galaxy S flagship in the early part of the year. This year, the company announced the Galaxy S10 in February and released the device globally in March.
Galaxy S11 launch rumors put Samsung's event in the third week of February which means the device will likely hit shelves sometime in March.
Evan Blass (@evleaks) backs up these rumors and claims the device will launch in the traditional mid-to-late February time frame.
These dates will likely stick so if you'll be in the market for a new phone in November, December, or January, you'll need to pick something else.
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