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 October Update
Samsung is rolling out its October update.
The company’s pushed the software to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 FE, unlocked Galaxy S20 models, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, unlocked Galaxy S10 models, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, unlocked Galaxy Note 20 models, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, unlocked Galaxy Note 10 models, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy A50, and the Galaxy Tab S7.
Samsung’s version of the October update includes patches for five critical security risks, dozens of fixes for moderate and high security risks, and 21 fixes for issues with the company’s own software.
If you want to learn more about Samsung’s October 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 S20 FE, Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- 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 Note8
- 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 Active3
- 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 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
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.
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 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 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, Galaxy M21, and Galaxy M31.
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 Z Flip, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy A71, and Galaxy A51.
The company is also planning to bring One UI 2.5 to the Galaxy Fold. It’s unclear when the 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:
- Galaxy Note 8
- Galaxy S8
- Galaxy S8+
- Galaxy S8 Active
- Galaxy A8
- Galaxy A5 (2017)
- Galaxy A3 (2017)
- Galaxy J3 (2017)
- Galaxy J5 (2017)
- Galaxy J5 Pro (2017)
- Galaxy J7 (2017)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017)
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.
- Stunning 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone technology
- Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID
- Tenth-generation Intel Core i3 processor
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics
- Fast SSD storage
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:
- Czech Republic
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
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:
- Baltic countries
- Czech Republic
- Nordic countries
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
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:
- South Africa
- 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.
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 open beta is currently limited to Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra models in South Korea, United States, India, China, and Germany, but it will expand to users in Poland and the United Kingdom.
The beta is also heading to the Galaxy Note 20 series. Signups are currently live in the United States, India, and Germany which means a release in those regions should come soon.
We could also see the Galaxy Note 10 series and the Galaxy S10 series take part in the Android 11 beta at some point down the road.
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.
The official version of Android 11 will most likely start rolling out to Galaxy S20 models in December after a lengthy stint in beta testing.
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.
Qualcomm will reportedly announce the Snapdragon 875 in December.
Leaker Ice Universe says the new Exynos processor will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved.
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.
This has been confirmed by a certification at the Chinese telecom authority 3C which lists the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery capacity as 4855mAh.
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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