The Android 10 update gets a retro Galaxy and Note release

The Android 10 update gets a retro Galaxy and Note release
You think that Samsung surprised us by releasing the Android 10 update for the unlocked model of the Galaxy Note 9 in the US? Well, while we are waiting for the company to make the same oldie but goldie move for the Galaxy S9 models, the retro update trend continues with... the Galaxy S II and Note 3.

That's right, the enterprising folks over at XDA-Devs have manged to shoehorn Android 10 on these Samsung flagships from way back when Android phones were still flagships when they could hit the 480p display and dual-core processor mark.

That happened with the Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1, albeit still as an experimental phase, akin to what developers were doing with the immortal HTC HD2 for years on end. The Note 3's Android 10 edition even has its Radio Interface Layer updated, so you can use it as a phone, too.

While the S II enjoys no such luck on its Android 10 build, sitting pretty mainly as a proof of concept, you can finally brag about your 8-year-old phone getting the latest when your iPhone-laden friends boast with their five years of continuous iOS updates. Bazinga! 

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Galaxy S II
  • Display 4.3 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2
Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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6 Comments

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

love note 3!!!!!!!!!

2. DennisBlaine

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 05, 2015

"Surprised" by the Note 9 upgrade? Not at all. It was totally expected. One model back is not unexpected. The Note 8 and the S8 would be a nice gesture. but not a real surprise.

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 925; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Don't compare iOS updates with android updates .... most of iOS updates are fake or the one which android users get through play store.

3. tbreezy

Posts: 272; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Lol, what exactly is a fake update!?

4. srgonu

Posts: 573; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Stripping all the features and updating only the version number for the sake of it.

6. Alter

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

The updates in this article are kinda fake

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