With the Android 10 update out of beta 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 soon, it will roll out to devices from 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.
While some Android OEMs are talking about Android 10, Samsung remains silent. This is par for the course.
Samsung is staying quiet, but thanks to rumors, leaks, and traditions, we can put together an overview for those of you curious about Android 10.
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 and we know about Samsung’s version of the update.
Samsung Galaxy August Security Update
You’ll get at least one more version of Android Pie before Android 10 arrives.
Google and Samsung are rolling out the August security update and it comes with fixes for seven critical vulnerabilities in the Android operating system and fixes for 17 vulnerabilities that impact Galaxy devices.
The update is currently rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S10, the unlocked Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50, Galaxy M40, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M20, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J5 Prime, and Galaxy J7 Pro and we expect the update to hit other Galaxy devices in the weeks ahead.
Samsung’s September security update, which should roll out on September 2nd, will likely be based on Android Pie and not Android 10.
Here’s the breakdown of Samsung’s current Android security update coverage:
Current Models for Monthly Security Updates
- Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G
- Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9
- Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018)
Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates
- Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
- Galaxy A5 (2016), 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 A20, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A80
- 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 M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M40
- Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 Plus (2019), Galaxy Tab Active2
- Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh, Galaxy View2
- Galaxy Xcover 4s
Current Models for Other Regular Security Updates
- Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017)
- 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 S2 L Refresh, Galaxy Tab S2 S Refresh, 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 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 reportedly working on two new versions of the One UI. The first, One UI 2.0, is reportedly launching on board the company’s first batch of Android 10 updates.
We don’t know a whole lot about One UI 2.0 right now because it’s still in development, but it’s expected to bring Google’s Digital Wellbeing improvements including Focus Mode.
The leak shows off new gestures, new Quick Settings tiles, new security settings, and some of the Note 10 features Samsung’s apparently bringing to the Galaxy S10 series. The list includes Link to Windows and the native screen recorder.
You can get a look at the update in action in the video below:
Samsung’s Android 10 update will also reportedly have the Note 10’s new DeX feature that allows you to use DeX with an existing Windows 7, Windows 10, or macOS machine.
It should also sport some additional features from Google’s version of Android 10. The list includes:
- 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
- Galaxy S10 5G
- Galaxy S10+
- Galaxy S10e
- Galaxy Note 10
- 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)
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)
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 them are 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 will probably hold an Android 10 beta of its own.
We don’t have any information about Samsung’s plans, but the company typically holds a public beta ahead of the official release. It did so with Android Nougat, Android Oreo, and Android Pie so there’s no reason to expect a change with Android 10.
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.
So while we don’t know how the Android 10 beta will work exactly, you can expect the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 to take part and for the company to push it to other popular models like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9.
Unfortunately, Samsung’s betas are usually limited to select regions. Big markets like the United States are always on the list, but smaller markets are typically left out.
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.
Last year, Samsung pushed its first Android Pie beta in October or several weeks after Google released the official version of Android 9.0 to Pixel devices.
The company then 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.
If Samsung gets its Android 10 beta out in September or October, the first official Android 10 updates would probably arrive in November or December after several weeks of testing.
We 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 probably get Android 10 in late 2019, many others will have to wait until 2020. Samsung’s 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, post Android update schedules for their customers so you’ll want to keep an eye out for details once the Android 10 roll out begins.
Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Q Beta
The first Galaxy Android Q updates are months away and the official release might not land until the end of the year. Fortunately, some of you will be able to try the update long before that via a beta.
We don't have any official details, but you can expect Samsung to bring an Android Q beta to select devices ahead of the public release.
Last year, select OEMs joined Pixel devices in the early, pre-release Android Pie beta.
Samsung devices weren't part of this beta, but the company offered its own Android Pie beta through its Galaxy Beta Program. Samsung's beta came months after the official Android Pie release.
It looks like the company is sticking to this game plan for Android Q because Samsung isn't part of Google's early Android Q beta program. Still, you can expect Samsung to release an Android Q beta for select devices down the road.
Samsung's expanded its beta program to non-flagships. The company released the Android Pie beta for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy A series. The company used to limit the beta to its flagship Galaxy S phone.
In other words, you can expect the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and others to take part in the Android Q beta when the time comes.
Keep an eye out for information about the beta in late August and September.
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