Samsung is the leader of the industry in a bunch of different areas, however, it fails at staying at the top when it comes to Android updates. The South Korean giant is completely aware of this problem and it considers solving it through the use of its next release, the Galaxy S10. There are some online benchmarking tools which showed us how Samsung is testing software which will guarantee constant updates.
Forbes recently suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will represent the end of fragmented Android updates for those who use the tech giant’s flagship phones which will make it a great occasion to mark 10 years of the Galaxy family.
The Galaxy S10 line is expected to arrive early next year. That’s why it is no surprise that Samsung is still trying to improve in both the software and hardware areas. Because software can be worked on and changed until right before the launch, it allows for constant work to be put into it.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Problems
We can safely say that in the past, Samsung had clear problems in this area. Google tried to solve this blunder through Android One. This carefully thought and the designed program is able of allowing Google itself to manage the upgrades, thus requiring less work from the manufacturer which can use the time for other important factors.
That might change soon with the Samsung Galaxy S10, according to Forbes, as the company appears to be quietly working to make the Android software update process much faster for device owners. This was uncovered by Dutch tech blog GalaxyClub, which cited information from the GFXBench database indicating that Samsung waited less than a month before testing Google’s latest operating system, Android 9.0 Pie, on the Galaxy S9 Plus.
Samsung can’t rely on Google’s idea, of course, as it has to stick with its own UI, Samsung Experience (the former TouchWiz). What Samsung looks to change is to make Android updates easier to embed by changing the OS’s underlying structure. Maybe that’s why we heard voices about how the Galaxy S9+ is running Android 9 Pie.
Gordon Kelly, a writer for Forbes, wrote that this is an important development because Samsung only started beta testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 in November 2017, three months after the platform’s initial release, and waited until March of this year to roll out the software to Galaxy S8 owners. That, he added, happened one week after Android 9.0 Pie’s first public beta version was released.
Why is that important? Well, for Samsung to run the latest Android version on an already released device it means that the South Korean company has increased significantly its development pace.
In order to prove the leak’s legitimacy, Kelly added a note to what GFXBench had to say. Previously, the latter described the update as an ‘invalid Android Samsung ss Edition’ and Gordon Kelly believes that it represents a natural reaction of the benchmarking software to what Samsung does with its UI, which is heavily customized for the Galaxy S9 Plus and other such devices.
Indeed, having the opportunity to get fast and prompt Android updates for all users of Samsung Galaxy S10 is a major refurbish for the Galaxy S family. However, as Kelly puts it, the company had few other cards left to play. That’s because the rest of the companies are starting to make big moves as well. Google has the Project Treble which works on separating stock Android software from third-party user interfaces, while Android One is currently working on rolling out unadulterated versions of Android and software updates which don’t stagger.
This is the point where Samsung doesn’t afford to relax and take it easy, so it has to change with the times, especially because the Galaxy S9 sales were really disappointing, according to an article published by Mashable in July.
Samsung Galaxy S10, according to Digital Trends, is expected to arrive with a range of selling points and specs upgrades. Most probably, launching sometime early next year, Samsung’s most expected device will feature something in the lines of an in-display fingerprint reader, improved battery life, a full 3D camera and 5G technology as well.