Android 10 release date confirmed: Here's when Google will release it to Pixel phones

Android 10 release date confirmed: Here's when Google will release it to Pixel phones
It seems that Android 10 will be officially released for Pixel phones on September 3, 2019. This will be the official debut of Android 10 on phones, but of course, it will take a bit longer for all the other Android manufacturers to update their devices.

This piece of saucy info comes straight from the horse's mouth - two independent Google Support agents have confirmed with us and a reader of ours that, yes, the next major software update will be released to Pixel devices in eight days' time. Who knew that you could learn so much by simply asking...

The update will most certainly arrive to all Pixel devices, including the Pixel 3/3XL, 3a/3a XL, as well as older troopers like the Pixel 2/2 XL. As a pleasant surprise, the original Pixel and Pixel XL, which were released all the way back in 2016, will also get Android 10 despite being outside of their two-year support window. That's a neat bonus for the early adopters of Google smartphone lineup, which were promised two years of software updates and three years of security support.

A change of heart at Mountain View

It's been merely a few days since we willy-nilly parted ways with Android's sweet naming scheme of old. Forever gone are the dessert names that became a signature feature of the operating system. As a reminder, there have been a total of 14 dessert-theme Android releases. These are Android 1.5 Cupcake, Android 1.6 Donut, Android 2.0-2.1 Eclair, Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0-3.2 Honeycomb, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean, Android 4.4 KitKat, Android 5.0-5.1 Lollipop, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android 7.0-7.1 Nougat, Android 8.0-8.1 Oreo, and Android 9 Pie. Speculation about Android 10's dessert name hit a wall as just few compatible sweets started with "Q", the letter that was slated to grace 2019's Android release. 

All we know about Android 10 so far

Among the new features that will grace Android with the arrival of its next version are native support for foldable phones, 5G, Live Captions, Smart Reply, Suggested Actions, as well as improved security and privacy features. Other features that are worth mentioning are seamless background updates, improved suite of digital well-being and parental controls functionalities, and finally, the coveted dark mode.

To learn more about all of Android 10's upcoming features, check out our dedicated feature round-up here.

But when will my phone receive Android 10?

As usual, it takes Android manufacturers some time to prepare the major Android software updates for their devices. Samsung, for example, usually takes three to four months to develop, test, and distribute the goods to its userbase. In case you're using one of Samsung's current or former flagships, then you're in for a patient wait. Here's when we expect some of the more popular Samsung phones to receive Android 10 with One UI 2.0:
Thanks for the tips, Daniel and Muhdnurhizan!



35. danny_a2005

Posts: 377; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Well it's September 2nd now. I'm waiting for the update tomorrow

34. ankit1432

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 28, 2019

Recently upgraded to Android 9 and now Android 10 or Android Q is on the way. Well done Google

22. PGHammer

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 25, 2016

The problem with the sweets names does not fit global branding - Google itself admits it! Google had a problem - and stepped up and owned it. So who are they following? Of all companies - Microsoft. Oh noes - not Microsoft! I came to Q with the later end of beta 3 (after they fixed the issues preventing deployment on the 3a and 3a XL - which is what I own). When production Q drops, my mom and myself will be waiting (I own a 3a, and Mom has an original Pixel - this is the first time that either of us have been in the front of the queue). Still - both of us?

19. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Does support for 5G means a Note 9 will be able to get 5G without any radio hardware change?

23. yalokiy

Posts: 1145; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Nope, you can't download new hardware to a phone. 5G requires a 5G modem which not even every Note 10 has.

17. Kuzmanovv

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 21, 2019

I'm also pleased with the Android numbering. Who lacks sweet / savory names to enroll in a cooking course ☺. The changes to the logo and the inscription are good too, even I think they're late, but along with Android 10 is fine

16. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Lol the note 10 won’t get the update until 7 months later

21. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Note 10 is already on a superior OS.

26. cpike84

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

No it really isn't. It's one thing to say it is but you don't give any examples on how it's superior. After a weekend with it I found myself changing all the Samsung apps to use Google's default apps instead. Reached a point where I gave up on the Note last night and factory reset it and went back to my Pixel 2XL. As someone whose owned many different Samsung and stock Android phones, I know that stock Android is best. Google's keyboard is far superior, their phone app much better, the launcher, browser, just about everything.

29. cpike84

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

I feel like a child who can't make up their mind at this point, but I'm going to give the Note 10+ another shot. After I got used to the screen and charging speed of the Note 10+ I find it's difficult to go back to the Pixel's slow charge rate and smaller screen. Now I just have to go through making the Note 10+ look and feel like a stock Android experience, and then I'll have the best of both worlds on one device.

14. EverythingTech

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 25, 2018

Not so. I've been on beta since the start as a daily driver. The last three have been highly stable. Sorry you missed out.

10. Derekjeter

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I would have thought they would release much more features with it.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 2021; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'll believe it when I see it, but hopefully Q does indeed start rolling out next week. IMs from a tech support rep are not historically known for being accurate, or even based in reality.

4. washinma44

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 27, 2018

@yalokiy, this is a very true statement. I have ran the Q beta since the beginning of the cycle. And I must say by far this is the most big ridden build I have ever witness this close to launch. And I am running it on a Pixel 3XL

3. yalokiy

Posts: 1145; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

As usual, new major OS update brings some untracked issues in the first 2 months. I would only update after two minor updates past a major one a released.

11. cpike84

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Is this coming from your first-hand experience? Just curious, because besides the bugs found in beta builds (which I stopped using 3 years ago), I've never had an issue with an official Android OS launch. I've had a Nexux 6p and Pixel 2XL that have gone through 4 new Android releases and none have encountered bugs, even while running these on day 1 of release.

12. yalokiy

Posts: 1145; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It's enough to read the news about pixel devices to get the statistics. If you were lucky not to encounter any bugs, it doesn't mean others didn't. Also, Google had officially confirmed many of the bugs reported by users. First hand experience: I've owned Nexus 5x for a year.

13. cpike84

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

I've ran into more bugs with my Note 10+ in the last three days than I ever have on any pure Android device. I'll likely be returning the Note 10+ and waiting for the Pixel 4 XL. The stock Android experience is still better than the alternatives.

20. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

In my experience, stock android is the just buggy.

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 709; Member since: May 02, 2016

I thought they will announce it beside the Pixel 4/ 4XL. !

1. Phonehex

Posts: 775; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I really prefer the simpler numbered naming scheme over the childish sweet names .

7. TBomb

Posts: 1749; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Happy you got your wish then? At least they tried to be creative...

25. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Don't be bitter, have some sweet :p

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