Samsung will reportedly kick off its Android 10 beta program in the U.S. next month

Samsung will reportedly kick off its Android 10 beta program in the U.S. next month
Samsung will once again launch a beta program before it starts disseminating the next Android build to its customers. Citing sources that it says have a good track record, SamMobile says that the Android 10 beta program for Samsung will kick off at the end of this month. Those in the U.S. and Europe will see the Android 10 beta surface sometime in October. The process is ahead of the timeline that Samsung had last year when it started the Android 9 beta program in November.

Last year, Samsung included its One UI interface with the Android 9 update. With One UI, Samsung moved actionable elements to the bottom of the screen so that users don't have to perform calisthenics with their fingers in order to tap on them. This year's Android 10 update will include One UI 2.0. The manufacturer ended up pushing out Android 9 to 2017's Galaxy S8 and up. This year, Android 10 should be available to Samsung flagship models starting with the Galaxy S9. Usually, Samsung will allow its high-end models to receive two major Android updates.

The One UI/Android 9 beta program did not run that long; in fact, it was the fastest Android update ever delivered by Samsung. On December 24th, 2018, the first stable build of the update started to rollout. But there are indications that, at least in the states, those with an eligible Samsung Galaxy device might be waiting until next year to receive Android 10. The day after Pixel and Essential Phone owners received the final build of Android 10, T-Mobile's support page showed that the update for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ was in the "testing stage." That meant that the development stage, which could take months, was already completed. However, a bit over a week later the carrier changed the status of the update for the two models to "development." 


Android 10 brings new features such as a system-wide Dark theme that can save your eyes from the searing effects of Android's bright white background. Enabling this feature will give you white text on a back background. The improved gestures that come with the update allow for the removal of the home and back buttons and swiping up from the bottom will take you home from anywhere. With Live Captions, the phone will provide captions for any video being viewed, and a faster loading share sheet should shave a few seconds off the time it takes to share content with family or friends.

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8 Comments

1. EvershineDan

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 20, 2019

Will the Note 10 and S10 actually gain anything from Android 10?

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nope. Samsung stays a couple steps ahead of core android.

3. EvershineDan

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 20, 2019

Then why even bother?

5. tbreezy

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Yes, they will gain all the under hood changes Android 10 comes with such as API updates, Improved provisioning tools for the work profiles, new location and privacy options etc...., which I can guarantee they are not ahead of, lol. Anyone saying they stand to gain nothing is simply lying to themselves. Don’t be fooled by Dark Mode, other OEMs hard dark mode even before Samsung.

7. PartTimePhoner

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 03, 2019

Yes. Performance improvements and Dark Mode Force that lets you force apps into dark mode (instagram counts I guess?

4. KENNE

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Some wants it... if not for anything but at least for the bragging rights that they run the latest Android. Nonetheless modifying the android skin to One UI will be faster than before since they already have Android 9.x One UI The consumer that don't want it can simply ignore it. in that way everyone gets what that want

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1918; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I was excited about this for Android 9, only to find AT&T was the only carrier not involved in that beta testing last year. I'm sure that's the case this year too. So, I'll just wait for a report the update is being sent out OTA on AT&T sometime in the next 5-6 months.

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