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The Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat update continues to roll out even as Samsung starts to roll out its highly anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update.

While attention is naturally starting to shift to Android Oreo, Android Nougat updates are rolling out every single day. Samsung’s roll out has slowed down, but it’s still extremely difficult to keep track of the company’s progress. 

This roundup will walk you through the important details about Samsung’s Galaxy Android Nougat updates and the company’s Galaxy Nougat release for popular devices and mid-range phones and tablets.

Some Galaxy Android Nougat release details are still out of reach, but our guide includes information about the Galaxy S7 Nougat update, Galaxy S6 Nougat update, Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update, Galaxy Tab Nougat update, and many more.

We’ll continue to update this as we, and others, receive more information about Samsung’s plans for Android Nougat. Check back for regular updates as we push into the year.

Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat Update

Let’s start with what we know about the Android Nougat update itself.

Each Galaxy Nougat update (updates for older devices typically aren’t as robust and carriers typically tack on their own changes) will be a bit different though we expect the core group of features to be the same across the board.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Android Nougat update’s features, take a look at our walkthrough and comparison versus the Android Marshmallow update.

You’ll also want to take a look at Samsung’s own Android Nougat guide. The consumer guide outlines the differences between Android Nougat and Marshmallow.

The guide outlines the changes in great detail and will help you prepare for the changes coming with Samsung’s upcoming upgrade for your device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Nougat Update

The Galaxy Note 8’s version of Nougat, which again is based on Android 7.1.1, looks different than the version of Nougat running on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 5.

To get a feel for the software changes on board, take a look at our walkthrough video.

Samsung and its carrier partners are rolling out Galaxy Note 8 updates and the new Nougat builds are focused on fixing problems including issues with performance.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Nougat Update

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is getting upgraded to Android Oreo, but you can get a feel for the Galaxy S8’s version of Nougat in the video below.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat Update

Samsung’s official version of Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is currently based on Android 7.0.

As for the size, the Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update is in and around 1.2GB. The exact size varies region-to-region and carrier-to-carrier.

Android 7.0 Nougat on the Samsung Galaxy S7 looks a lot like it does on Google-branded devices.

You’ll quickly notice slight changes to the UI’s color scheme. You can get a feel for these changes in the video above.

You’ll also notice some changes to the Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge camera interface. The changes are similar to those found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s version of Android.

Android-7.0-Nougat

An update to the official Samsung Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge guides goes into detail about many of the changes on board Samsung’s Android Nougat update.

The guide for the Galaxy S7 Edge, which can be found here in English, will talk you through the official version of the Nougat update.

Here are some of the key features:

  • App folders are now transparent.
  • Samsung Pass: you no longer have to remember passwords.
  • Device Maintenance: helps you optimize battery, performance, and security.
  • A Device Maintenance panel for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  • New calendar interface.
  • Improved battery usage meter.
  • You can now sleep apps to save battery life.
  • Video Enhancer tool: improves audio and video quality.

Samsung also highlighted a few features in its Nougat announcement including changes to Quick Panel and Notifications, optimizations for Multi-Window, and Samsung Pass.

Again, these are Galaxy S7 Nougat features and we expect each Nougat update from Samsung to be a little bit different.

One other thing. If you are interested in trying Bixby on your Galaxy S7 you can do so provided you’ve downloaded Nougat.

The resourceful folks on XDA-Developers have released a working version of Bixby for the Samsung Galaxy S7. The Samsung Galaxy S8 launcher is also available for the Galaxy S7.

It’s unclear if these features will officially hit the Galaxy S7 down the road. If they do, don’t be surprised if they arrive with Samsung’s version of Android Oreo.

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While Android 7.0 Nougat is treating some Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners well, Galaxy S7 Nougat problems are popping up for some users.

Galaxy S7 owners are complaining about Wi-Fi issues, broken Bluetooth, weird battery drain, lag, and more.

For more on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat problems, take a look at our ongoing roundup. It’ll take you through the current problems and show you where to find fixes for your frustrating Android Nougat issues.

One other note about the Galaxy S7 Nougat update: You can now root a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge running Android 7.0. One draw back? You can’t use Samsung Pay if you root.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat Update

Thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat update roll out we now know what’s officially on board the Android 7.0 Nougat updates for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and the Galaxy S6 Active.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Nougat update looks a whole lot like the Galaxy S7 Nougat update. The upgrade, which is around 1.3GB in size, delivers the new user interface the company calls the Samsung Experience. This includes rounded icons and softer colors.

It also includes Samsung Cloud, the company’s cloud storage solution. All users get 15GB of free storage space.

There are, however, some notable features that are absent. These include the Galaxy S7’s Video Enhancer and Always-On Display. All of them were missing from Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Nougat user manual.

It’s also important to note that Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users are reporting issues with their versions of Android 7.0 Nougat.

Galaxy S6 Nougat problems are similar to the issues plaguing the Galaxy S7 and include abnormal battery drain, broken Wi-Fi, issues with Bluetooth, and much more.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat Update

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update looks similar to the Android 7.0 software that’s been rolled out to the Galaxy S6.

The update’s change log confirms several key features including improvements to Multi-Window mode, UI tweaks, changes for Quick Settings and Notifications, Samsung Pass, and security patches.

The current version of the Galaxy Note 5’s Nougat update is rolling out with Samsung’s latest security patch.

For more on the Galaxy Note 5’s Nougat features, take a look at our roundup. It’ll walk you through the most important things to know.

Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat Release Date

Here’s a look at everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat release date for flagship and mid-range devices starting with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat Release

Here are a few things we know about the Samsung Galaxy Nougat S7 release date:

  • The Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat update is rolling out to select users in Korea, China and the United Kingdom, the same regions where Samsung released its Nougat beta.
  • The Nougat update is now available in Malaysia and France. It’s also rolling out in the UAE, Russia, India, Sweden, Taiwan, Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Baltic states in Europe, and Germany.
  • It’s rolling out to both devices in Canada. Carriers include Rogers, Telus, Bell, Saskatel, and Virgin.
  • T-Mobile USA is rolling out the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android Nougat updates.
  • AT&T is rolling out the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android 7.0 Nougat updates.
  • Sprint is rolling out its versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates.
  • Verizon was the fourth major U.S. carrier to start pushing out the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android Nougat updates.
  • U.S. Cellular is rolling out its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android Nougat updates. The updates mirror the other releases in the United States.
  • The Nougat update for the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is rolling out after a lengthy delay.
  • The unlocked Galaxy S7 Nougat update is also pushing out for users inside the United States. It’s available Over-the-Air right now.

In June, the Verizon pushed out key bug fix updates to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The updates, which include the latest security patches, also include bug fixes for a link sharing notification issue, a video message playback issue, a device bootup issue, and a random reset issue for VPN users.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Android Nougat update is now available.

The Galaxy S7 Active Nougat update delivers Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pass among other features. It also gets rid of the company’s AT&T Address Book.

In other parts of the world, Vodafone Australia’s rolled its Galaxy S7 Android Nougat updates out several weeks ago. The two updates deliver new features, security patches, updates for Samsung apps, and other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements.

Telstra, another Australian carrier, is also rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its flagship devices. Australian carrier Optus has also rolled out its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates.

Galaxy S6 Nougat Release

Samsung promised a Galaxy S6 Nougat release in the first half of 2017 and the company has made good on its promise.

The Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 Nougat update is rolling out to select Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users in the United Kingdom and several other markets in Europe including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey.

Nougat is also pushing out to users in the Netherlands, for multiple carriers in Canada, and to users in India.

Vodafone Australia is also rolling out its long-awaited Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Nougat updates. The carrier’s also pushed out its Galaxy S6 Edge+ Android Nougat update after a bit of a delay. They include:

  • Android 7 (Nougat) OS upgrade
  • Samsung Android Security Updates (Till April 2017)
  • Samsung applications update
  • Other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements

Australian carrier Telstra is also rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to its Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ models.

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update is now available on Bell, Koodo Mobile, Rogers, Sasktel, Telus, Videotron, and Virgin in Canada.

In the United States, Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to push out a Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update and its also the first carrier to push out the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Nougat updates.

AT&T’s rolled out a Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update of its own. The update can be up to 1.51GB in size.

AT&T is also rolling out its Galaxy S6 Nougat update to the regular model, the Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Galaxy S6 Active. The AT&T Galaxy S6 Nougat update delivers new features and the latest security patches.

The carrier notes that its stripped AT&T Address Book, MobiTV, and AT&T Live from Android 7.0 Nougat.

Verizon is also rolling out its Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update. The Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge+ Nougat update is (surprise, surprise) similar to the other Nougat upgrades rolling out in the United States and it brings improvements to multitasking, battery management and more.

The carrier is also now rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The Verizon Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge updates bring performance enhancements and more to the former flagships.

T-Mobile is finally rolling the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Nougat updates out to users across the United States. The updates are based on Android 7.0 and they include the latest security patches.

While you wait for your Galaxy S6 Android Nougat build, take a look at our reasons to and not to install your Galaxy S6 Nougat update.

Galaxy Note 5 Nougat Release

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is rolling out in countries around the world.

The Galaxy Note 5 Nougat release is ongoing in Turkey, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Israel, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, India for the SM-G920G, and in South Korea for select users.

Android 7.0 Nougat is also now pushing out to the Galaxy Note 5 in Europe. The European version of the update is similar to the upgrade that’s landed in North America and Asia.

It’s also reportedly pushing out to the SM-N208 which is the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 5. It’s also known as the Galaxy Note 5 Duos.

The Galaxy Note 5 Android Nougat update is also be available in Canada with Bell, Koodo Mobile, Rogers, Sasktel, Telus, Videotron, and Virgin.

The Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is also available in the United States.

The Sprint Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update is now available out and the 1.4GB download is packed with new features and enhancements.

Sprint’s release has been joined by the AT&T Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update and the Verizon Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update.

The AT&T Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.0 update is also 1.4GB and it brings a similar feature-set to the former flagship. AT&T’s version of Nougat also brings Samsung Cloud, Samsung Pass, and the March security patch along with it.

T-Mobile is also now rolling out its version of the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update. The update should be available via Settings right now.

Elsewhere, Australian carrier Vodafone’s rolling out its Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update. The carrier’s update delivers these changes to the popular device:

  1. Android 7.0 (Nougat) OS upgrade
  2. Samsung Android Security Updates (2017 March)
  3. Samsung applications update
  4. Other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements

Fellow Australian carrier Telstra’s pushed out a Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update as well.

For more on the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update and its release, please take a look at our roundup of the most exciting details.

Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy A5, Galaxy J3, & More

While the focus is still on the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 Nougat updates, Samsung’s pushing Android 7.0 Nougat out to other Galaxy-branded devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nougat update is pushing for the 8-inch and 9.7-inch models in Europe. Specifically, the updates are rolling out to the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 (SM-T715) in Italy and the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (SM-T810) in Germany.

The Galaxy Tab S2 update is also rolling out in the United States. The update is now live for the 8-inch model and the 9.7-inch model. T-Mobile’s pushed it out to its Galaxy Tab S2. AT&T and Verizon have pushed it out to their Galaxy Tab S2 models as well.

Canadian carrier Rogers rolled its Galaxy Tab S2 Nougat update on June 5th. Telus, another Canadian carrier, also rolled its update out on June 5th.

In Australia, Vodafone’s pushed out its version of the Galaxy Tab S2 Android Nougat update. The upgrade is rolling out to the 9.7-inch model, also known as the SM-T815Y. The update comes with:

  1. Android Nougat (7.0) OS upgrade
  2. Samsung Android Security Updates (May 2017)
  3. Samsung applications update
  4. Other global bug fixes, stability and performance improvements

Samsung’s also now pushing out the Galaxy Tab A Nougat update to the 10-inch model. It’s pushing to the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+LTE variants.

The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Nougat update is also pushing out to the T585 variant in Europe with Dutch, Italian and German owners confirming availability in their countries.

Samsung appears to be working on a Nougat update for the Galaxy Tab A 9.7. The upgrade’s popped up at the Wi-Fi Alliance, a sign the upgrade is moving closer to a public release.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Tab, take a look at our reasons to and not to install the Nougat update when it arrives for your device.
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Samsung’s rolling out the Galaxy A5 2016 Nougat update to users in Russia. The update is available Over-the-Air. The upgrade is also rolling out to the Galaxy A5 2016 in India, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, and the Netherlands. The update reportedly comes with the latest security patches.

The Galaxy A5 Nougat update brings the UI changes that arrived with Samsung’s other Nougat releases. It also brings Samsung Cloud support, the changes to the camera interface, and the popular Device Maintenance mode.

Samsung’s also moving Nougat out to the Galaxy A7 (2016) in India and the Galaxy A7 (2017) in Asia. We expect both updates to move onto other regions in the near future.

The Galaxy A7 Android Nougat update delivers the UI changes, improved Multi-Window, Dual Messenger to the Galaxy A7 2017, Samsung Pass, and various performance improvements.

The company’s also now pushing out the Galaxy A3 (2016) Android Nougat update. The firmware is reportedly available in Europe (Germany) though its feature-set is reportedly limited. Nougat’s popular blue light filter seems to be missing.

Samsung is also now rolling Nougat out to the Galaxy A3 2017 in Russia. We’re hearing that it’s rolling out to the SM-A320F variant, the Galaxy J7 (2016), the Galaxy A9 Pro, and the Galaxy J3 on AT&T.

Galaxy Note 4 Nougat Update

A Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Nougat update hasn’t been confirmed and the device has been left off various Nougat upgrade schedules. (Samsung Turkey’s, T-Mobile’s, etc).

An Android Nougat roadmap from Samsung Turkey.

The Samsung Turkey Nougat roadmap, seen in the image here, was pretty spot on and it didn’t include a Galaxy Note 4 Nougat update.

Nothing is confirmed but there’s a very good chance the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will stay on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update.

Galaxy S5 Nougat Update

The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge might not get Android Nougat but one variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo update that appeared to be in testing is reportedly rolling out to the device in Canada. It’s expected to hit other markets in the near future.

Other Galaxy S5 variants including the regular model and the Galaxy S5 Active aren’t expected to get Android Nougat. Both devices fall outside of Samsung’s two-year software support window.

Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1.1 Update

The company’s current crop of Android Nougat updates are based on Android 7.0, but Samsung’s rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to select devices.

The Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, the first Galaxy device to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, has been joined by several devices including a few Galaxy Tab models, the Galaxy J5, the Galaxy J7, and the Galaxy C9 Pro.

At this point it looks like Samsung is pushing Android 7.1.1 Nougat to devices that are still lingering around on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

As of right now, we don’t expect devices like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, or Galaxy S6 to get bumped to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Samsung March Security Update

Earlier this month Samsung confirmed its March security update.

The company’s latest patch delivers nine patches for critical vulnerabilities discovered in the Android operating system. It also comes with five patches for vulnerabilities found in Samsung’s own software.

Samsung’s March patch is rolling out to several devices including the Galaxy J3 (2017) and Galaxy J2 Prime. We also expect it to arrive in upcoming Android Oreo updates for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

For more on the March security patch and Samsung’s older security updates, take a look at the rundown on the company’s website.

Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Update

Android 8.0 Oreo is up next for many Galaxy smartphone and tablet users.

The company is currently rolling Android 8.0 Oreo out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and the update is expected to move onto the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7, and others in the near future.

Nothing is confirmed, but it could also come to several mid-range phones and tablets with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 both rumored to be getting the upgrade down the road. We aren’t expecting either to get Android 8.0 Oreo, but the door is certainly open.

For a full list, take a look at our Samsung Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo roundup.

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If you value your security, and we assume all of you do, you should think about installing the Galaxy S8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone. 

Samsung continues to release important security patches for Galaxy-branded devices and your Galaxy S8's Android 8.0 Oreo update should bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your phone. 

The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update delivers the company's latest security updates and we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches.

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 another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S8 for the first time. 

The Galaxy S8 Oreo update also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay, Samsung's popular mobile payment solution. If you use Samsung Pay, you should probably download the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone. 

It also comes with some enhancements to Find My Mobile including the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.

On top of those features, Oreo comes with enhancements to the device's Biometrics. Features that use biometrics like your face, fingerprints, and irises are only available when you use a secure screen lock type (pattern, PIN, or password).

If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), the device will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass. 

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    08/25/2016 at 5:38 pm

    Didn’t someone say that the Note 7 would be released within Android 7.0 upgrade? seems like no one’s telling the truth. If Google doesn’t know. Then should nothing at all?

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    08/27/2016 at 12:06 pm

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    10/16/2016 at 12:25 am

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    10/17/2016 at 8:02 am

    Will Note 4 get the new update Nougat, being that the NOTE 7 is history?

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    10/23/2016 at 4:33 pm

    Including tablets? My Tab Pro 12.2 never received Marshmallow at the first place.I think it’s gonna die in 5.1.1.

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    01/09/2017 at 11:50 am

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  32. Darinda

    02/25/2017 at 12:59 pm

    When you finally get to something almost relevant to the headline title and mention different UI colours, why do you use a video comparing a Samsung to an iPhone?! Wouldn’t it be better to compare same model handsets on different OS?!

    Certainly doesn’t help your credibility…

  33. Boo

    02/26/2017 at 5:29 am

    They keep posting this stuff over and over as they buses it as click bait people click thinking there something new they get money and so on they keep posting this stuff it keeps it on top on Google so more clicks.

  34. Ahuba Kahuba

    02/26/2017 at 8:25 pm

    Son of a bitch has nothing better to do than to post the same shit over and over again…stop posting the same shit if it cant be done then take the website down immediately!

  35. Vladimir

    02/28/2017 at 7:28 pm

    The worst update on samsung is this one before 2 days … it crashes and dont bring me back on main screen after i close program, the keyboard become more strange and uncomfortable, programs stop working or just crash… what can i say…. worst update ever… i prefer the last one….

  36. Petar

    03/04/2017 at 2:14 am

    hello
    some problems with my s7
    i update my S7 with N 7.0
    -new design of some fetures (requires adaption)
    -led notification dont have customization.
    -when i change led notification on whatsapp to green ALL phone nitification are green.
    – i cant turn off whtsapp notification POP UP. (i can but then no sound notification)
    MARSHMALLOW NOT HAD THAT KIND OF PROBLEMS
    Best regards Petar

  37. Christopher

    03/07/2017 at 2:07 am

    What month is “TEM”?????

  38. Chris

    03/09/2017 at 10:05 am

    “App folders are now transparent.”

    I hope you mean “translucent”. Otherwise, that sounds like a terrible ‘feature’.

  39. Jon Lovetto

    03/10/2017 at 11:41 am

    HATE the new update, and so do a lot of people. How do we revert back to our previous operating system, or where do I send the invoice to for this useless phone I have now. I would NEVER have purchased this phone with this operating system. Wouldn’t want it even if you paid me to take it. It’s frustrating, and not in a learning curve kind of way. This update actually went backwards in functionality. Please send me instructions on how I can restore my old operating system.

  40. Ahuba Kahuba

    03/10/2017 at 4:09 pm

    Someone help me take this site down….this guy is an idiot posting the same shit everyday…

    Site should be removed..

  41. Tim Siffrinn

    03/16/2017 at 3:46 pm

    Wifes phone just updated to 7.0, Pittsburgh PA

  42. Sadeepa Prasanga

    03/16/2017 at 4:29 pm

    Not yet received the android 7 for s6 edge +. What is the reason for that?

  43. Ashish

    03/21/2017 at 2:34 am

    Im from India I dint receive any update for my s6 edge

  44. OMERTA

    03/21/2017 at 11:38 am

    Nougat for SMN920C now out in the wild. If no notification has shown, like mine, do a manual update & it should work

  45. Harshit Arora

    03/22/2017 at 8:17 pm

    No update rolling out in India (S6 Edge).

  46. Radu

    03/24/2017 at 11:35 am

    Do you know when the nougat update for the s6 SM-G920F, unlocked will come?
    On the others phones bought from vodafone…etc the s6 runs nougat.
    It will come before the end of March or it will come like the other updates of s6 in summer?

  47. Ali

    03/27/2017 at 10:45 am

    Never try nougat on note 5. My battery consumes in half a day. İts terrible.l m thinking of selling my dear note 5 because of this problem.

  48. giulio

    03/29/2017 at 4:45 am

    prejudice to me or notes 4 n910f and I was in China on business and to Hong Kong and I are upgraded to 7.0 nougat why ??

  49. Kyle

    03/30/2017 at 5:58 pm

    Since the update the LED Indictor light that let’s me know I have a text message does not blink anymore.

  50. Adam Van De Water

    03/31/2017 at 7:15 am

    I downloaded this new update, all the updates automatically changed my system around and now my LED light for notifications says it is set up and turned on but it does not do anything when I get messages.

  51. Dale Pilling

    04/01/2017 at 12:24 am

    I got the option to download the nougat and security upgrade for my note 5 in Australia today 01/04 which I did. It was over 1000mb

  52. Amor

    04/02/2017 at 9:31 pm

    Samsung galaxy A7 2016 Anroid Nougat update When?????

  53. Joseph Pruitt

    04/04/2017 at 12:48 pm

    What about the Galaxy S7 Unlocked Edition (G930U)? I can’t get any info out of Samsung on this carrier free model.

  54. Bruce E Wirt

    04/04/2017 at 10:16 pm

    when is the new nugen released going to be for the S6 for Sprint in the United States

    • Adam

      04/05/2017 at 12:53 am

      Today, if you have the s6+…

  55. Adam

    04/05/2017 at 12:52 am

    My Sprint Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ just got nougat! Finally in the US.

  56. Jesstyashmom

    04/05/2017 at 9:02 am

    My Note 5 just rolled out the update on Sprint. Looks different. I guess it will just take time to get used to the ui.

  57. Pawan

    04/05/2017 at 11:17 am

    Sir i m using samsun galaxy j7 prime. I want to upade my mobile in nougat but my mobile is wark in marsmallo. When i faund nougat in my mobile update.

  58. Karen

    04/07/2017 at 2:35 pm

    This update totally messed up my phone. DO NOT UPDATE SPRINT SAMSUNG GALAXY S7. I hate it. It got rid of “logs” on the phone. You now have additional clicks to call from “recents”.

    It changes what I type. I used to type a few letters & autofill knew what I was typing. It erased everything it knew & now it changes what I write. I used to type “Br” & it knew I wanted to write Bridgeport. Now I have to type “Brid” before it gives me Bridgeport. In forms, I used to type in the first letter of my name & it filled in my name. Now I have to type in 5 letters of my last name before my last name appears.

    Sprint tells you to restart your phone weekly. After the update, ALL the icons disappear from my screen for the apps I moved to my SD card.

    There’s more, but you get the gist. I HATE the update.

  59. Leyaku Ansari

    04/11/2017 at 1:12 am

    Please,
    Release a Galaxy Note 4 update . Android 7.0 it’s better than note 5 .and it is very good Phone

  60. liz

    04/11/2017 at 1:51 pm

    the edge lighting and color changes needs to come back.

  61. kishan

    04/12/2017 at 3:54 am

    Is samsung galaxy a9 pro not going to get the update ????

  62. Rick

    04/15/2017 at 9:44 pm

    I see no mention of Nougat for Galaxy Tab S 10.5 wifi…..some talking heads say this device will receive it, some say maybe……some say nope, never going to happen. I like most of us probably tire of all this Samsung device updating and all the guessing. From now on I will accept if I do receive Nougat for my Tab S 10.5……fine…if not……thats ok , too.

  63. Gordon Bonenfant

    04/17/2017 at 12:18 am

    Samsung Galaxy Note 5 nougat update on Bell (Canada) mobile network was just released.

  64. Nathan Stainbrook

    04/18/2017 at 6:22 am

    Got my Nougat update pushed to my Verizon Galaxy Note 5 this morning.

  65. Jeannie Countiss

    04/18/2017 at 9:27 am

    The Android update today, April 18, is terrible !
    Screen display is difficult to read and smaller print. Regret I did the update. The worst update ever!

  66. Alizaman

    04/18/2017 at 11:46 am

    Samsung disapoint me too much late nougat update in A5 2017 that is almost flagship phone samsung need urgently realise nougay 7.1.1 directly All other phones are ahead then samsug please take immegiately step i love only samsung

  67. NN

    04/19/2017 at 5:18 am

    Nougat update released for samsung s6 G920I

  68. K.

    04/19/2017 at 5:12 pm

    Android OS 7.0 totally screws up Facebook on Galaxy Note 5. Samsung can’t fix the bug either. Nougat is crap. Samsung support is crap. I’m tired of getting messaged that Facebook is shutting down when I can’t even log in. Thank you Samsung for releasing your PIECE of crap Nougat.

  69. MDSN

    04/21/2017 at 8:15 pm

    Why is the BRI region specific (Taiwan) Note 5s not getting the nougat update? Anyone else noticed how the BRI firmware is last to get security patches and updates from Samsung? When you buy a top of the range smartphone, you do have an expectation that software will be at the most recent security patch level and OS not lagging 2 years behind the rest of the market! Samsung’s treatment of its customers particularly region specific treatment is deplorable.

  70. Sally Boyle

    04/22/2017 at 3:24 am

    I want to say I absolutely love love my phone now since the new nougat upgrade on my Galaxy S5 I hate hate hate it it is so difficult to see you cannot change a lot of the features in fact I have actually thought about changing to a different company and I have had Verizon for so many years I can’t even count them my daughter even works for Verizon. I have done a lot of research to try and fix things or I can see them or make it better and I can’t find anything where you can fix it. I run a business and my phone is like my computer and I’ve had a lot of issues with that the last couple days because of this. I am losing out on business because of the way things are pulling up even with my glasses on I can’t see the items I have it set too large but there is some things you cannot even change or set. Anybody could help me out I would appreciate it thank you one whenever your notification shows up on your front screen they are in white they are real little. I go to text somebody all of that has changed it’s hard to get up a contact that you want to text. Do not like the keyboard and all the white. So much more the S Pen should have stayed the way it was supposed to be easier this way no it’s not I believe that you should be able to change your upgrades and do some things that you want to do on them if you like things the way they are on some leave it if you’d like to change some of them to a better way that’s fine but I think it should be up to the person who uses the phone not up to Verizon.

  71. Goutham

    04/23/2017 at 8:38 pm

    Please release fast 7.0 nougat for galaxy s6 (sm-g920i).

  72. Yash Joshi

    04/24/2017 at 6:19 am

    I still didn’t get nougat update for my Samsung Galaxy S6 ( SM-G920I ) with security patch of February 1st 2017 so how much time it will take to hit my phone

  73. juan vera

    04/24/2017 at 3:40 pm

    la samsung galaxy tab s 8.4 (sm-t705m) se actualizara a android NOUGAT 7.0¿¿¿????

  74. juan vera

    04/24/2017 at 3:42 pm

    La lengüeta de Samsung galaxy tab s 8,4 (sm-t705m) se actualizara un 7.0¿¿¿ TURRÓN androide ????

  75. Al in Arizona

    04/27/2017 at 10:33 am

    Android V 7.0 is the smart phone equivalent of Windows v8.0. We have two Samsung cells. I (stupidly) accepted the “Android push update” yesterday on my Note 5. V 7.0 problems were immediately apparent: a significant part of an encrypted file simply vanished; permissions were set (or reset … who knows?) to cause a repetitive pop-up related to my calendar; location tags on my photos (NOT WANTED!) became apparently mandatory… I don’t know if I’ve overcome that issue or not; the phone directory screen is now confusingly crowded with “information” I neither needed nor wanted and the ‘contacts search’ function is abysmal; the “Settings” page lost its summary layout and now displays a detailed list that must be scrolled and read to find specific items. Then, this morning, to make matters really, really bad, I could not make an outgoing phone call until I had powered the phone off and on. Prior to rebooting my (now stupid) smart phone and attempt to dial any number was immediately “hung up”. Fortunately, my wife’s cell is still running V 6.0.1. I will NOT allow the push to happen on her phone. I called T-Mobile to determine if/how to reinstall V 6 on my Note 5 and was told it is impossible to “go backward”. I am not a happy camper. Over the past couple of years I had become a fan of Android, even to the extent of hoping a version of that OS might be made available to replace Windows on my two desktop computers and seven laptops. No longer.

  76. Shyam

    04/29/2017 at 12:37 am

    Got the s6 edge nougat update (OTA) yesterday at night . The nougat version works awesome. Finally ,the update is officially launched in my country India.

  77. khairullah

    05/03/2017 at 10:53 pm

    please update nougat for tab s2 SM T719Y,because grafick suck on the game

  78. Randy

    05/10/2017 at 10:40 am

    This site is so slow to load it is useless!

  79. J

    05/24/2017 at 3:01 am

    The don’t understand why they would remove the main feature on the Samsung Galaxy Edge 6 plus… Which for me was the side panel lighting. It was very nice to know who was calling before you answered. I’m hoping they add this feature again.

  80. Steve Williams

    06/09/2017 at 12:21 pm

    I would hustvlike to point out that if you root as explained earlier after the nougat update you can’t use android pay, if your a sky Q customer you will loose multi room as you can’t use their app on a rooted phone there’s a couple more now tv is another. Just thought I’d add this. Hope someone find it helpful

  81. Danny

    06/12/2017 at 2:43 am

  82. Vail Talon

    09/11/2017 at 8:18 am

    Did anyone else start to have issues with receiving notifications after installing the Device Maintenance version 1.0.27.12? I noticed that once my phone was sleeping I was no longer getting SMS notifications, notification sounds were not working for multiple applications. I rolled back this update and my phone began working as expected again. (Samsung GS6 – Android 7.0)

  83. akash

    11/26/2017 at 10:41 am

    Please update Samsung J3 6

  84. chrisgail

    08/03/2019 at 4:46 am

    This is also a very good post which I really enjoy reading. It is not everyday that I have the possibility to see something like this.

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Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Update Info (2020)

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With the official Android 11 roll out from Google 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’s 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 S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, 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:

  • 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 One UI 3.0, we now have a full change log for Samsung’s version of Android 11 thanks to the company’s beta program. As expected, the software is loaded up with changes. Here’s the 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.

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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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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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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In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the best reasons to go with another device.

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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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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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Samsung Galaxy Android 10 Release Date

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.

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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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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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