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."
Samsung flagships starting with the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and up will soon be eligible to join the company's Android 10 beta program
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.