A couple of short months after getting an invite to an international public beta program
, the high-end Galaxy S10 family started being officially updated to Android 10
on several major networks in the US and Canada just yesterday. Of course, Samsung's flagship handsets from the first half of 2019 had already been allowed to join the stable Android 10 club in many European markets
back in late November, and now believe it or not, the third US carrier-specific rollout is underway.
Hot on T-Mobile and Sprint's heels, Verizon has started to send over-the-air Android 10 updates to Galaxy S10
, and S10e
users, as confirmed on Big Red's dedicated support webpages
for all three
Snapdragon 855 powerhouses
. In theory, the "System Update 10" should be ready for a quick download and installation on your Verizon-locked S10-series device as we speak, but in reality, you may have to wait a few more days before the OS promotion reaches every single unit across the nation.
Unfortunately, the state-of-the-art Galaxy S10 5G
on the nation's largest wireless network is still stuck with Android 9.0 Pie and Google's October security patches, although we feel pretty confident that's also going to change relatively soon. In case you're wondering, all the other members of the ultra-high-end GS10 family are jumping directly to the December 1 Android security patch level in addition to the latest (and hopefully, smoothest) OS version.
The massive update includes everything from gesture improvements for a quicker and more intuitive navigation than ever to Smart Reply functionality recommending appropriate actions in apps like Google Maps and responses to messages, as well as a refreshed Camera UX, new Focus Mode, Live Transcribe, and loads of other big and small changes, some of which you can check out in action in Samsung's official One UI 2 introduction video above.
While it's certainly true that the second iteration of the company's latest Android skin is more focused on refinement than radical UI alterations, Samsung still undoubtedly deserves praise for how fast these updates have been developed, stabilized, and optimized. The same goes for Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, which leaves AT&T as the only major US carrier keeping its Galaxy S10 users waiting longer than it might seem necessary. And now the race is on for what wireless service provider will be able to officially update the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+