Google’s 10th version of Android is here. If you’re excited about the fun new dark mode, camera improvements, the Assistant or live captions, you’re probably wondering “will my phone get Android 10” or “when will my phone get the Android 10 update?”
You’ve come to the right place, too, as we’ll tell you everything you need to know. There’s usually a big gap from when Google releases new Android software and when phones — like a Samsung Galaxy — actually get the update. So, here’s what to expect and when you might get the Android 10 release on your device.
Google Pixel Android 10 Updates
As expected, we’re starting with Google’s very own Pixel phones. Earlier this year the company confirmed every Pixel phone they’ve ever made will get the update, and most already got it.
- Pixel, Pixel XL
- Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 4 (launched with it out of the box)
Android 10 arrived on September 3rd, and my Pixel 3 got it within an hour of the launch. They’re the first phones to enjoy the new software.
Essential Phone Android 10 Update
Android’s co-founder Andy Rubin went off and made a new smartphone company. They struggled, and may never make another flagship phone, but the Essential PH-1 is still pretty good. Plus, it gets software updates faster than any other phone on the market, aside from Google’s own Pixel phones.
The Essential Phone received Android 10 on September 3rd the same day it was released for a select few, then everyone else started getting Android 10 on September 13th. It was the first non-Pixel update.
Samsung Galaxy Android 10 Updates
The most important update for most people in the US is the Samsung Galaxy Android 10 update. Due to the fact that they’re the most popular phones. Over the last year or two they’ve gotten faster, and thanks to a long Android 10 “Q” beta that started in March, Samsung could release Android 10 and One UI 2.0 faster than any previous update.
In fact, they started the Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta in October and have already released a 3rd preview of the new software. Samsung is much further along than they were at this time last year.
- Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and S10e (beta test open to the public)
- Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+ (under testing, beta just arrived)
- Galaxy Note 9
- Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+
- Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Maybe)
Obviously there are several other Samsung Android devices from the Galaxy A series, tablets, to the older Galaxy Note 8 that should, could or might get Android 10 as well. Unfortunately, we don’t have a roadmap or any solid leaks to go by yet. So, instead, we simply listed the most important and most recent flagship devices above, all of which we’re almost certain will get Android 10.
Either way, here’s a look at what’s coming.
It looks like models in South Korea and outside the US could get Android 10 in November or December. However, carrier models in the U.S. will likely be waiting until early 2020. We hope we’re wrong, but history suggests otherwise. By then, the new Galaxy S11 will be right around the corner. I’m still hoping for a December release of Android 10 for the Galaxy S10 in the United States. Let’s go AT&T.
OnePlus Android 10 Updates
A big selling point for OnePlus is fast updates and a clean, fast, nearly stock Android experience. And, over the past 2-3 years they’ve delivered exactly that. Basically, expect your OnePlus devices to be among the first to try and enjoy Android 10. Here’s a list of the devices that will get it, starting with the OnePlus 7/7T which were the first to get it, and the 7T family launched with Android 10. Unfortunately, the 5G model will see a significant delay in updates.
- OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7T Pro (Already on 10)
- OnePlus 7 Pro 5G (Q1 2020)
- OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T (Delivered in early November)
- OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T (coming next year)
Remember, companies only have to offer support and updates for 18 months, and those with a OnePlus 3 were lucky to get Android 9 Pie. Just don’t expect a device that old to see the 10th version of Android. However, we’re already seeing Android 10 for the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, and the 7 series, which is impressively fast.
LG Android 10 Updates
Like Samsung, LG covers Android in a custom skin which makes updates cost more and take longer to complete. And, unfortunately, LG continues to get worse and worse in this department. Most LG Android Pie updates arrived several months after Samsung, 6-8 months after OnePlus, and a few took 11-12 months to arrive. In fact, some LG phones are now an entire year behind and still haven’t got Android 9 Pie, which is ridiculous.
That said, here are the phones we think or hope will get Android 10.
- LG G8 ThinQ (Private testing) date unknown
- LG G7 ThinQ, G7 variants
- LG V40, LG V50 (Private testing in South Korea)
- LG V30/35 is a maybe
- LG Q7
Remember, this list is unconfirmed but we’ll update it with more information as it becomes available. Basically, any phone released within the last 12-18 months by LG should get Android 9 eventually. Select older devices might get it too, like the LG G6, Stylo 5, & other budget devices. We’ll have to wait and see. We’re glad to see the V50 and G8 being tested already, but don’t expect it to arrive in the US until 2020.
Huawei Android 10 Updates
Despite some recent trouble with governments, Huawei is still one of the biggest and most popular smartphone manufacturers on the planet. And while we know they’re working on HarmonyOS to replace Android, they recently confirmed plenty of details about upcoming Huawei Android 10 updates.
- P30, P30 Pro
- Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X & 5G
- P20, P20 Pro
- P10, P10 Pro, P10 Porsche Design
- Honor 8x, 9x, Honor 10
- Honor 20, 20 Pro, View20, View20 Lite
- and more
Huawei makes so many phones in the high-end flagship category that competes with the Galaxy S10 or iPhone Xs, all the way to budget devices. Then, they have a secondary sister brand, Honor, with more excellent mid-range phones. This is just the shortlist, and we’re probably missing a few that will absolutely get Android 10.
We don’t know when, but you can expect these to start in November-December, and US models to maybe get Android 10 within the first few months of 2020.
Motorola Android 10 Updates
A few years ago Motorola woulda been at the top of this list, quickly updating devices to the latest version of Android. Sadly, those days are long gone. And while they’re still fairly quick to updates, we don’t have too much information yet to share. Here’s what we expect, though.
- Moto Z4
- Moto Z3, Z3 Play
- Moto G7, G7 Power, G7 Play, G7 Plus
- Moto E6
- Motorola One, One Power, One Action
- Moto X4 Android One
- Moto G6 (maybe)
For what it’s worth, in the summer of 2019 nearly a year after Android 9 Pie came out, Motorola canceled the Moto Z2 Force update for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint models of the phone. The phone wasn’t even 2 years old, and they only pushed Pie out to the Verizon edition. So don’t expect updates to the Z2 at all, and we’re already worried about the Z3 getting Android 10.
However, we don’t think most of the devices on our list above should see updates sometime within the first 2-4 months of 2020. The only exception is the Motorola One lineup, which are guaranteed Android 10, and will likely get it before the end of 2019.
Nokia Android 10 Updates
Nokia might not be the powerhouse they once were, but they actually make excellent affordable Android smartphones that ALWAYS get software updates. In fact, they just received an award for being the #1 phone brand globally for software updates and security. Realistically though, they haven’t been around long enough to have to choose whether or not they want to spend money and resources to update an older phone. The Nokia reboot is still new, but they’re already off to a great start with Android 10.
Here’s the full breakdown.
- Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 9 Pureview (all first)
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Nokia 8 Sirocco
- Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus
- Nokia 5.1, 5.1 Plus
- Nokia 4.2
- Nokia 3.2, Nokia 3.1, 3.1 Plus, Nokia 2.2, Nokia 2.1
- Nokia 1, 1 Plus
HDM Global plans on delivering three major Android 10 updates before the end of the year, several within the first few months of 2020, and eventually the last few cheapest budget devices or older models in Q2 of next year.
This is impressive, and we’re hoping they stick to that roadmap. We’re already seeing leaked versions of Android 10 for the Nokia 9, and rumors suggest a mid-December release is right on track.
Sony, HTC and Other Android 10 Updates
Unfortunately, brands like HTC just don’t deserve a full breakdown, as they’re not really trying too hard anymore. There are several other important brands that will release Android 10 to some devices, at some point, and a few might even surprise you with quick releases. Here’s another list of a few we think are worth mentioning.
- HTC U12, U12+ (who knows what else)
- Sony Xperia XZ2, XZ3, and most variants
- ASUS ROG Phone, ROG 2
- ZTE Axon 9 Pro
- BlackBerry KEY 2, KEY 2 LE
- Vivo NEX S, NEX A, X27
- Oppo Reno models
- Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi Mix 3
- RealMe 3 Pro
This list could go on and on, but we wanted to focus mostly on the bigger high-end brands, US models, and popular phones for the masses. That said, several other incredible devices like the Vivo NEX S, Razer Phone 2 or budget RealMe phones should see Android 10 later this year or early next year.
Keep in mind that Android 10 is still pretty new, and we’ll start getting more information about release dates and beta programs as 2019 comes to a close. For now, enjoy Android 10 on your Pixel, Essential, or OnePlus phone, join betas if they’re available, or check back often to see if your device gets added to the list. If you are using Android 10, here’s a guide for any potential problems.
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