The general sense has been that the upgrade to Android 10 by most smartphone brands will be swifter this year. Google is reported to have shared the beta version of the OS with phone makers to enable them to work on their user interfaces. Samsung had started rolling out Android 10 on the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+. The Galaxy S10 is now undergoing testing for the upgrade to Android 10. There are reports that the South Korean company has also chosen the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for the OS upgrade.
Latest Models Get the Upgrade First
Smartphone brands usually follow a pattern where the models released last into the market are taken up for an upgrade and worked backward. If the old phones aren’t compatible with the new OS, the exercise stops there. Samsung releases its S series flagships in the first quarter of each year and the Note series smartphones in the last quarter. Therefore, going in the reverse chronological order, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ should be the first ones to be running the Android 10 based One UI 2.0. These will be followed by the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ launched earlier this year.
A build number N960FXXU3DSJ3, appearing in the test firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S9, has now prompted some observers to suggest that this model is in the lineup for an OS upgrade by Samsung to Android 10 and One UI 2.0. It is being pointed out that the letter ‘D’ in this build number appears to confirm that the operating system is Android 10. The letter would have been ‘C’ if it was the Android 9 build. This line of argument is strengthened by the fact that Samsung had included the Galaxy S9 in its beta program last year when the Android Pie OS was being rolled out.
Regular Security Update Patches Being Sent OTA
The South Korean major is also rolling out the over the air update patches for the Android system, as received from Google, for its Samsung Galaxy S10 and the other models released along with it. These would include the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and S10e. These devices had received some key performance improvement updates just a fortnight earlier. The software update version G97*FXXS3ASII for the Samsung Galaxy S10 series is currently being made available to users in specific countries that include the UK and the Baltic nations, as well as those in Europe, Germany, Poland, France Spain, Serbia, and Austria.
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