2 days ago, Samsung started allowing devices from the Galaxy S10 family (Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10 5G) to enrol in its Android 10 beta progamme.
There was a catch, though. Only those in the device maker’s home country, Korea, could enrol their devices. Even then, the testing for the software that will eventually roll out to Samsung devices in coming months was limited to just 1,000 device units.
Starting today, that is changing.
Users of the said Samsung smartphones outside Korea are now also able to enrol for the beta programme even though as of now, only those residing in Germany and the United States are confirmed to be eligible. Samsung’s statement on the same, sent moments ago, is not clear on the countries where users are eligible only making passing mention of the same in the press release’s addendum.
As has been widely speculated in recent weeks, the planned Android 10 update for Samsung devices will bring with it an improved version of its overlay, One UI.
One UI 2.0, brings with it pretty much everything we expect about Android 10 in the familiar colourful Samsung interface.
In One UI 2.0, users can expect fewer intrusions – from calls, messages and other notifications – while going about other things on their devices thanks to how those will be presented. They can also expect the same improvements to the digital wellbeing experience that are hitting other devices with Android 10 as well as an “enhanced” system-wide dark mode.
While the Galaxy Note 10/Note 10+, Samsung’s latest premium smartphone, is missing in action, this is not surprising at all. Last year, Samsung sidestepped the Galaxy Note 9 as well during One UI’s beta testing phase.
As the year comes to a close, Android device makers are rushing to finalize updates for their devices that they can push in early 2020.
Huawei recently started testing Android 10 on its flagship devices as well and fellow Chinese device maker Xiaomi is expected to start testing the same outside China this week. After months of testing, another device maker, HMD Global, is pushing the Android 10 update to one of its devices this week with more set to follow in coming weeks and months.
Enrolling for the beta programme is via the Samsung Members application.