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