This is when you can expect your Samsung Galaxy smartphone/tablet to get Android 10

Samsung has never been one to first come to mind when one sets out to list device makers that are prompt with their Android upgrades. While the Koreans have tried to get their act together when it comes to things like the monthly security updates from Google, they are still pretty much known for dragging their feet when it comes to the big upgrades.

While the happenings of the last few weeks will beg to differ with such a record, that is still pretty much a work in progress. Also, given that Samsung wasn’t part of the extended beta testing period for Android 10 (back when it was still known as Android Q) like OnePlus, HMD Global (Nokia), Tecno and others were, the last few weeks, can be said to be that phase it missed out on.

Credit where it is due, though, Samsung has gone above and beyond to make its intentions known by releasing Android 10 test builds for several of its devices both from this year and last year. Heck, even 2017 devices, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, have often been rumoured to be joining their successors at the head of the updates table even though we remain highly sceptical that Samsung will bend backwards for the sake of the duo.

As its extensive testing gathers pace and it becomes confident about what it is presenting to the hundreds of millions out there using those devices, Samsung is expected to start seeding the stable builds of its new user interface, One UI 2.0, which is its vehicle for Android 10.

On that front, as per a leaked upgrade roadmap, Samsung’s latest premium devices will headline its Android 10 upgrade schedule from early in the new year while devices that are low in the pecking order, like the Galaxy A10, will be getting a whiff of Android 10 at around the same time that we will have already seen and heard a lot about its successor, Android 11.

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Joining the fray are devices from Samsung’s retired budget Galaxy J lineup as well as notable mentions from past generations of its Galaxy A lineup on whose back its budget ambitions have been pegged this year.

Here is when Android 10 (with Samsung One UI 2.0) is coming to your Samsung Galaxy smartphone:

January 2020

  • Samsung Galaxy A30
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

March 2020

  • Samsung Galaxy A80

April 2020

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
  • Samsung Galaxy A50
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

May 2020

  • Samsung Galaxy A10
  • Samsung Galaxy A10s
  • Samsung Galaxy A20
  • Samsung Galaxy A30s

June 2020

  • Samsung Galaxy J6
  • Samsung Galaxy A20s

July 2020

  • Samsung Galaxy J6+
  • Samsung Galaxy J8
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

August 2020

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2019)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)

September 2020

  • Galaxy Tab A 10.5

This list can be expected to change in the coming weeks and months as more devices are added and, probably, others are dropped.

Curiously missing from the above list are devices in the Galaxy M series that Samsung sells in India. An early update roadmap had those captured.

Did your device make the cut?

Note: this list, and many others that are in circulation, varies by one’s region.

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