With Samsung Galaxy Android 10 update rolling out to some devices 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 including Samsung.
Samsung’s started rolling out a stable version of Android 10. We’ve also seen several rumors and leaks emerge over the past few weeks.
Armed with that information, we can put together an overview for those of you curious about Android 10, Samsung’s new 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.
Samsung Galaxy January Update
Samsung is rolling out its January update which includes new security patches for Galaxy devices.
The update is currently available for the Galaxy Note 10, unlocked Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Fold, unlocked Galaxy Fold, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, unlocked Galaxy S10, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy Tab A (2017), and Galaxy Tab S5e.
Samsung’s January update includes fixes for five critical vulnerabilities in Android, several high and medium-risk issues, and fixes for 17 Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE). These are issues specific to Samsung’s Galaxy devices.
If you’re interested in the specifics, you can read more about the fixes over on Samsung’s security page.
We expect Samsung to start rolling its February update out in late January with a majority of the updates coming throughout the month of February. Look for the company to confirm the contents of the update in and around the first Monday of the month.
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
- Enterprise Models: Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A50, Galaxy Xcover4s, Galaxy Haechi
Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates
- Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S8 Lite
- Galaxy A2 Core, Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2018)
- Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star, 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 A51, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A90 5G
- 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 (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
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 looks a lot different from the version Google releases for Pixel devices because it utilizes the company’s One UI (user interface).
The company has developed two versions of the One UI. The first, One UI 2.0, is on board the company’s first batch of Android 10 updates.
Thanks to Samsung’s stable Android 10 release, we have a full list of One UI 2.0 features. 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 confirmed plans to release Good Lock 2020 with Android 10 support in early February. The customization app will include support for Dark Mode.
While older devices like the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 will get some of the software features found on newer devices like the Galaxy S10, it looks like they might miss at least one notable feature.
Bixby Routines, a popular app tasker, is currently missing in the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 Android 10 betas. The company could bring it back in a future beta, but there’s no guarantee that happens.
You can read all about the Galaxy S10’s Android 10 update in Samsung’s official user manual.
The company’s version of Android 10 also sports some additional 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.
A recent leak hints reveals some of the Galaxy S11’s new software features which are said to include Director’s View, Night Hyperlapse, Single Take Photo, Vertical Panorama, and custom filters.
We don’t know all 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 devices that should get upgraded to Android 10 in 2020:
- Galaxy S10 (Rolling Out)
- Galaxy S10 5G (Rolling Out)
- Galaxy S10+ (Rolling Out)
- Galaxy S10e (Rolling Out)
- Galaxy Note 10 (Rolling Out)
- Galaxy Fold
- Galaxy S9 (Confirmed)
- Galaxy S9+ (Confirmed)
- Galaxy Note 9 (Rolling Out)
- 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 (Rolling Out)
- Galaxy M30 (Rolling Out)
- 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.
Samsung’s 2020 budget lineup, which includes the Galaxy A11 and Galaxy M11, will run Android 10 as well. Launch dates for the devices remain unknown at this time.
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.
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 so we’d take the information with a huge grain of salt.
Official Samsung Galaxy Android 10 roadmaps we’ve seen don’t include the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active, or Galaxy Note 8 so we aren’t expecting roll outs at this point.
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 hosted an Android 10 beta of its own.
The company 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.
Registration for the Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta is now closed and those who took part in the beta should keep an eye out for the stable version of Android 10. It’s rolling out in various countries right now.
Same goes for the Galaxy Note 10. Registration for the beta is closed and the stable version of the Note 10 Android 10/One UI 2.0 update is rolling out to beta users right now.
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.
Samsung’s doing something similar with Android 10 though the beta has been far more limited.
The company released an Android 10 beta for the Galaxy Note 9. Registration for the Note 9 Android 10 beta is also closed now that the official software is rolling out.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Android 10 beta is still live though it should be coming to an end in the near future as Samsung wraps up testing. Samsung’s pushed six Android 10 beta updates to the Galaxy S9 series so far.
As for other models, it looks like Samsung will skip an Android 10 beta for the Galaxy A series. The company has seemingly confirmed the bad news on its community forums in South Korea.
There’s also bad news for Galaxy Fold owners as the company says it won’t release an Android 10/One UI 2.0 for the expensive foldable device.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise given how badly the device has lagged behind other Galaxy devices when it comes to software updates.
Samsung Galaxy Android 10 Release Date
The million dollar question: “When is Samsung planning to release Android 10 for my device?” Let’s start with what we know.
Galaxy S10 Android 10 Update
Samsung has started rolling the official Galaxy S10 Android 10 update out to those in the One UI beta program and those on Android Pie.
The update is currently available in three regions and it will start hitting other places in the coming weeks as the company expands the roll out. Here’s where the Galaxy S10 Android 10 update is available right now:
- Czech Republic
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are currently pushing the Galaxy S10 Android 10 update in the United States. Other carriers follow suit in the near future.
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 available in South Korea and will hit other regions in the coming weeks.
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:
- Baltic countries
- Czech Republic
- Nordic countries
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile are currently pushing Android 10 to their Galaxy Note 10 models and we expect AT&T to follow suit in the near future. The update’s also moving out to unlocked models in the U.S.
It’s also worth noting that T-Mobile is shipping out its Galaxy Note 10+ 5G with Android 10 on board, making it the first Galaxy device to ship with the operating system.
As for other Galaxy S10 5G models, it looks like Android 10 will hit those devices in 2020.
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 Germany, India, and Turkey.
Galaxy M Android 10 Update
Surprisingly, Samsung has started rolling out Android 10 to two mid-range devices.
The Galaxy M30 and Galaxy M20 Android 10 roll outs have begun. The two updates are currently rolling out in India.
Turkey’s also rolling out the Galaxy M20 Android 10 update and we expect the roll outs to pickup steam as we cruise into the new year.
Galaxy A Android 10 Update
Samsung is pushing the Android 10 update out to the Galaxy A40s, another mid-range phone.
The software, which includes One UI 2.0, is currently pushing to users in Asia (China, Hong Kong) and it should hit other regions in the near future.
Other Galaxy Android 10 Updates
The Galaxy Fold Android 10 update is currently in development which means a release should now be a few weeks away. We expect a release sometime in 2020.
The Galaxy M30s and Galaxy M40 have also been certified running Android 10 which means a release for those devices is right around the corner.
Samsung Israel claims the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 will be followed by the Galaxy Note 9. It also says the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A70 will get Android 10 in April while some devices, like the Galaxy Tab S4, will have to wait until September, 2020.
Samsung Turkey has also outlined its plans for Android 10 though most of the dates look like they’re placeholders dependent on internal testing.
The regional arm says it will roll Android 10 and One UI 2.0 out to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy A30 in January. After that, it says it will push Android 10 to the Galaxy A80 and Galaxy A70 on April 1st and the Galaxy Tab S6 on April 1st.
It’s worth noting that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy A80 have both picked up certifications running Android 10 which means a release is probably around the corner.
A new roadmap that comes directly from Samsung puts the Galaxy S9 Android 10 release in February. The company hasn’t provided a specific date.
This is a target date, but given that the Galaxy S9 Android 10 update has been in beta testing for several months, we’d be surprised if it rolled out any later than next month.
As for Galaxy devices tied to specific carriers, release dates will, of course, vary.
Install Android 10 for Better Security
If security is important to you (and it should be) you should think about installing the Galaxy S10 Android 10 update soon after it arrives for your phone.
Samsung continues to push important security patches to the Galaxy S10 series and your Android 10 update will bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your device.
The Galaxy S10 Android 10 update brings Samsung's latest security updates and we expect upcoming versions of Android 10 to come with newer security patches. Remember, Samsung releases critical patches every month.
If you're curious about Samsung's security updates, you can read more about the changes on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download an older security update from a previous month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android 10 on your phone.
Android 10 also brings several improvements to device security and you can read about those right here in Google's change log.
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