When it comes to adopting the latest iterations of Google’s Android operating system, Samsung is usually one of the last major OEMs to jump on the bandwagon with its devices. While companies like Sony and OnePlus enter the fray early in beta gestation period for Android releases, Samsung is keen on taking a wait and see approach.
With that being said, Samsung is now making its intentions known when it comes to releasing Android 10 to its customers. Google released the initial shipping version of Android 10 on September 3rd, but Samsung says that its very first beta is “coming soon”. At least initially, the beta will be available to the following devices:
- Galaxy S10e
- Galaxy S10
- Galaxy S10+
Samsung is further whittling down that list to only include devices that are factory unlocked running on Sprint or T-Mobile wireless networks. It’s interesting that the newly released Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ aren’t included on the list, but it’s likely that Samsung is looking to focus on a small subset of devices at this time, and could open the beta up further as testing continues.
Taking things a step further, Samsung supported both the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 families with Android 9 Pie. It stands to reason that support will likely be dropped for the Galaxy S8 once Samsung’s full-scale Android 10 rollout ramps up (likely some time in 2020).
In addition to bringing Android 10 into the mix, this beta will also include Samsung’s next-generation One UI 2 interface layered on top. If you want to get in on the Android 10/One UI 2 experience, be sure to keep an eye on the Samsung Members app for a banner to enroll in the beta.