Samsung kicks off global Android 10 updates for Note 10 and Note 10+

Samsung kicks off global Android 10 updates for Note 10 and Note 10+
While one very specific version of the Galaxy Note 10+ runs the newest iteration of the world's most popular mobile OS out the box, all other members of Samsung's latest S Pen-wielding handset family obviously came preloaded with Android 9.0 Pie a few months ago. 

As much as Note 10 and Note 10+ owners may have wanted to believe their hot new devices would be updated to Android 10 by the end of the year, Samsung could only vow to deliver this stable goodie pack in January 2020 across markets as diverse as Israel and India.

But surprise, surprise, the official rollout is reportedly already underway, at least in Germany for both Note 10 and Note 10+ users who participated in the company's public beta program. Everyone else needs to wait before getting a piece of the action, although if recent Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e updates are any indication, an expansion to non-beta testers across various European and Asian territories should happen fairly quickly. 

By the way, the S10 lineup was initially scheduled for a January 2020 jump to Android 10 as well, so all things considered, today's deployment is not all that shocking. Especially after Samsung also kicked off its first stable Android 10 rollout for a mid-range duo in India just the other day.

When to expect the Note 10 and Note 10+ to receive Android 10 in the US


We'll be honest with you, we have absolutely no concrete, official information on Android 10 US release timelines for any Samsung phones. But we can certainly make a few educated guesses based on how fast things have been progressing internationally. For starters, you obviously shouldn't expect the Note 10 lineup to beat the Galaxy S10 family to the punch anywhere around the world.


That's just how these things go, and it really doesn't matter that the Note 10+ is newer or pricier than the Galaxy S10+. Secondly, you'll want to keep in mind that Samsung needs to work together with US carriers to "optimize" this fresh batch of software tweaks and performance enhancements for every individual S10 and Note 10 variant. Of course, there are also unlocked models sold stateside that don't require any involvement from wireless service providers in this optimization process, but for reasons we have never been able to comprehend, these unlocked versions of Samsung flagships often take longer to score major OS promotions.

All in all, January 2020 still feels like the most realistic Android 10 ETA for many US-specific Note 10 and Note 10+ versions, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that carriers (we're looking at you, T-Mobile) will at least get the ball rolling for the S10 series in time for Christmas.

What is Android 10 all about?


The answer to that question differs significantly from device manufacturer to manufacturer, as Samsung, for instance, tends to stray pretty far from Google's stock Android vision with its proprietary skins. One UI replaced TouchWiz last year to almost universal acclaim, and the second iteration of Samsung's newest user interface for Android handsets goes a little lighter on the modifications, focusing on "everyday simplicity."


That doesn't mean your Android 10 changelog will be short, including everything from new full screen gestures (borrowed from Google) to a few small but important one-handed mode improvements, as well as various security enhancements (biometrics included), expanded digital wellbeing tools, a more detailed battery usage graph, and a whole bunch of revised built-in apps and tools like Samsung Internet, Contacts, Calendar, Reminder, and Calculator.

In terms of the overall look and feel of your OS, there aren't a lot of radical changes in the pipeline, but you should nevertheless expect the update to tip the scales at well over 1GB with loads of under-the-hood improvements in tow that you'll undoubtedly learn to appreciate with time.

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17 Comments

1. samgsam

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

They still haven't rolled in India. I'm on Beta 5 and still the camera quality sucks and battery life is poor. I wish I had opted for an iPhone this time.

3. MsPooks

Posts: 312; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

1. YOU opted to be a beta tester. 2. Why would you compare beta software (which you chose) to a company that doesn't even give you the option? Have you even seen the buggy mess stable iOS 13 has been? "I wish I had opted to stay on stable Android 9 this time," is what you meant to say.

4. Xavier1415

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

That's what he/she really wanted to say lol they can't even be good at trolling smh. How you get mad at Samsung for YOU choosing to be a beta tester smh Jesus Christ ppl.. just stop.

18. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 105; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Why’d you have to even through iOS into the conversation lol You people are sick.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You chose beta software (to download it yourself), now you're complaining that beta software, that's supposed to be buggy...is buggy. That's stupid dude.

6. legar123

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Come on. He said its beta 5

7. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Hehehe

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't care, if it's beta 55....it's beta. iOS 13.3 has beta stability, and iOS 13 has been out since September. Talk about that.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Maybe he enjoys downloading beta software. That's probably why he wishes he bought an iPhone this time, because even their final releases are like betas - buggy as hell.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly.

19. Ranjithmn

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2019

Forget about NOT downloading beta next time, dude straight away decided to switch OS rather than to another brand of android.

8. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Android 10 and one ui 2 is not exciting, coz it's more of the same. The only advantage I can see is Gmail dark mode, otherwise there's nothing there for me.

9. MsPooks

Posts: 312; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

That's the kicker: ask anybody what feature they're desperately waiting for from Android 10, and you'll get crickets. Android is pretty robust at this point, and most "improvements" are just ways for Google to get more hooks into your data.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's cause it already has everything.

15. bigsimpd

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Happy holidays bro.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same to you brother.

14. bigsimpd

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Bring on the S11+ can't wait to see it!

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