Samsung is already rolling out Android 10 for the US unlocked Galaxy S10 family

Samsung is already rolling out Android 10 for the US unlocked Galaxy S10 family
We probably don't have to tell you why some people might prefer buying unlocked models of Samsung's high-end smartphones over US carrier-specific variants of the same devices, but weirdly enough, software updates almost always arrive later on the former category compared to the latter group. For instance, the US unlocked Galaxy S9 and S9+ received their official Android Pie goodie packs several weeks after the same major OS revision started rolling out from the nation's top wireless service providers.

Things didn't progress any faster back in the spring of 2018, when the unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ scored their stable Android Oreo promotions in April after a false February international start and a March delivery on most carriers stateside. But in case you still haven't noticed, Samsung is turning over a new leaf and slowly becoming the company to beat in terms of software support in addition to actual sales numbers.

After getting the Android 10 ball rolling for the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e in select global markets in late November, the world's top smartphone vendor is now reportedly treating its early 2019 flagship family to a drastic UI makeover as far as unlocked variants are concerned. This over-the-air rollout quickly follows updates delivered unusually early on every single major US mobile network operator from T-Mobile to Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T.


The newer Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are only upgraded to the latest OS build on two of the nation's big four carriers, so we may have to wait another few days for the Android 10 love to spread to Sprint and T-Mobile-specific models, as well as unlocked versions of Samsung's S Pen-wielding high-enders released just a few months back.

If you're the proud owner of an unlocked S10, S10 Plus, or S10e, you should also remain patient if there's nothing big to download and install on your excellent phone yet, as these things often take a little time to reach every single unit across the country. For now, you can check to see if your handset has over 2 gigs of free internal storage space and be sure to watch our video roundup above and Samsung's own promotional recap below of some of the best new Android 10-based One UI 2 features headed your way.

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8 Comments

1. Droid1

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Just got mine on my unlocked S10E last night 12-22

3. ev0trix

Posts: 37; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

same here! but is it just me or is the main screen wallpaper color a bit off.. as in there is a hue/setting that is making it a bit "dull".

2. stferrari

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Ditto on my unlocked s10+

4. Carlitos

Posts: 695; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Dam Samsung killing it! This removes any argument that it takes forever to release new android versions.

5. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 23, 2019

Getting it right for the first time in years does not remove any argument. Let’s see them be consistent

6. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I appreciate the speed.

9. J_pots

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 25, 2019

Got my android 10 update December 16, and my phone is locked here in Canada.

10. Jkidd569

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What i dont like is the removal of the Media Volume Sync Feature toggle. Where we could seperately change the volume on a bluetooth device and the phone

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