With the Android Q beta nearing its end and Samsung Galaxy Android Q info starting to emerge, we want to take you through everything you should know right now Samsung’s plans for Galaxy phones and tablets.
Google’s Android Q update still doesn’t have a name as we push through the summer. The new operating system, which is still in beta testing, is slated for release sometime in the third quarter of the year which means it will arrive for Pixel devices sometime in August or September.
With the Android Q roll out getting closer 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 Q (some are even taking part in the Android Q beta), Samsung remains silent. This is par for the course.
Samsung is staying quiet, but thanks to rumors and traditions, we can put together an overview for those of you curious about Android Q.
In this guide we’re going to take you through what you should know about Android Q 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 Q. 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 Q 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 Q 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 Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30, 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.
There’s also a very good chance Samsung’s September security update, which should roll out on September 2nd, will be based on Android Pie and not Android Q.
Samsung Galaxy Android Q: What’s New
Samsung’s version of Android Q is going to 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 Q updates.
We don’t know a 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.
It should also sport some of Google’s other features which 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 Q features, we recommend checking out our walkthrough. It’ll take you through all the key changes.
It also looks like the Android Q update will bring features from the Galaxy Note 10 to older models like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
Samsung’s Android Q update will 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.
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 Q
Samsung typically keeps devices updated with major Android software updates for two years. The company could choose to change this policy for Android Q, 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 Q. Mid-range devices like the Galaxy A series from 2018 should also move from Android Pie to Android Q.
Here is a preliminary list of device we think will get upgraded to Android Q in 2019 and 2020:
- Galaxy S10
- Galaxy S10 5G
- Galaxy S10+
- Galaxy S10e
- Galaxy Note 10
- 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 Q
Any device that’s received two major software updates (Oreo and Pie) is currently on the fence when it comes to Android Q. 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 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 Q either. Neither device received an upgrade to Android Pie.
Samsung Galaxy Android Q Beta
Google’s Android Q beta program currently features 23 devices. None of them are part of the Samsung Galaxy family. Devices participating in the beta include:
- 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
Google is currently on its sixth and final Android Q beta which means the official release for Pixel devices, and other devices taking part in the beta process, is getting close.
So at this point with an official Android Q release just weeks away, we don’t expect Samsung devices to take part in the early Android Q beta process. Instead, Samsung will probably hold an Android Q beta of its own.
While we don’t have any information about Samsung’s plans, 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 Q.
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 Q 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 Q Release Date
The million dollar question: When is Samsung planning to release Android Q? Let’s start with what we know.
According to a report, Samsung is already testing Android Q on the Galaxy S10 series. This is excellent news because it means we could see a faster beta.
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.
Assuming Samsung gets its Android Q beta out in September or October, the first official Android Q 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 Q 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 Q roll out begins.
Buy If You Want the Best Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next tablet for awhile, it might be a good idea to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
While you might be tempted to go with the Galaxy Tab S4 or a cheaper model in the Galaxy Tab S series, note that these devices will see their software support end a lot quicker.
Samsung typically keeps its flagships upgraded with major software updates for two years. The company tends to extend bug fixes and security patches for a bit longer than that, but software support will eventually stop and you’ll be on your own.
The company also tends to keep some software features exclusive to newer devices due to the hardware limitations on the older models.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes with the company's best version of Android Pie and One UI. We expect it to immediately benefit from some of the software features coming to the Note 10 and it'll get a robust version of Samsung's Android Q update.
If you want the absolute best software experience from a Samsung Galaxy tablet in 2019 and the foreseeable future, you'll probably want to pickup the Galaxy Tab S6.
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