This year, Android reaches version 10 and runs on more than 2.5 billion active devices. A lot has changed since version 1.0, when smartphones were just a starting point. Now they are an integral part of our lives – they help us stay in touch, organize our days or find a restaurant in a new place.
As said by the company, looking ahead, we continue to work with our partners to shape the future of mobile and make smartphones even more useful. As people constantly carry their phones and give them a lot of personal information, we want to make sure that they always have control over their data and how it is shared. And as people spend more time on their devices, creating tools to help them balance with technology continues to be our priority. That’s why we’re putting more focus on three key areas for our next release, Android Q: innovation, security and privacy and digital well-being.
New mobile experiences
With more than 180 device manufacturers, Android has been at the forefront of new mobile technologies. Many of them – such as the first OLED displays, predictive text input, high density and large screens with edge-to-edge glass – arrived first on Android.
This year, new industry trends, such as folding screens for phones and 5G, are pushing the boundaries of what smartphones can do. Android Q is designed to support the potential of foldable devices – from multitasking to adapting to different screen sizes when you unfold the phone. As the first operating system which support 5G, Android Q provides application developers with number of tools to accelerate connectivity and improve experiences such as gaming and augmented reality.
Samsung will distribute updates for its Galaxy smartphones and tablets after the completion of Android 10 Q by Google. AS gives you an outlook on which devices will get an update and when it should start.
Android 10 Q: These Samsung smartphones get the update
Although Samsung is not participating in the beta phase of Android 10 Q, it will of course provide updates for many of its smartphones once the new operating system is complete. If you look at the last few years, you can say with relative certainty that a smartphone launched with Android 8 Oreo or Android 9 Pie will receive the update in any case. Samsung always distributes two big Android versions for its smartphones.
The following Android smartphones from Samsung should be there:
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus (2018)
- Samsung Galaxy A80
- Samsung Galaxy A70
- Samsung Galaxy A50
- Samsung Galaxy A40
- Samsung Galaxy A30
- Samsung Galaxy A20
- Samsung Galaxy A20e
- Samsung Galaxy A10
- Samsung Galaxy J6
- Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy J8
- Samsung Galaxy J8 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy M10
- Samsung Galaxy M20
- Samsung Galaxy M30
As you can see, quite a number of Galaxy smartphones that will most likely receive the update. Google will probably have Android 10 Q ready and release in August 2019. As usual, Samsung will need a few months to test and release the updates. A beta test towards the end of 2019 and a release for the flagship smartphones in early 2020 is realistic.
Android 10 Q: These Samsung tablets will receive the update
But not only Galaxy smartphones from Samsung get the update to Android 10 Q, but also some Galaxy tablets:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)
Here it might even take a little longer until the update to Android 10 Q is available. Samsung should first equip the newer models with the current operating system and only then the older tablets – SamMobile believes. Currently still very popular versions like the Galaxy Tab S3 should be omitted. Officially, Samsung hasn’t yet said which devices will be updated to Android 10 Q. As soon as that happens, we will update this article. Is your smartphone and tablet included?
Will my smartphone or Galaxy tablet receive the Android Q update?
Android Q, the tenth major version of Android, was made official by Google at its Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco on May 7, and many Galaxy smartphone owners will now wonder if their device will be upgraded to Android Q. Samsung is still deploying Android Pie to its devices, so it will be some time before we have any news about the Android Q update. Samsung will eventually tell us which devices are eligible for the Android Q update, but you can find out right away if your Galaxy will be on the list.
Will my smartphone or Galaxy tablet have Android Q?
Your smartphone or Galaxy tablet is likely to get Android Q if it comes with Android 8.0 Oreo. This is because Samsung offers two major Android OS updates to most of its devices, which means that any Galaxy phone or tablet that was launched with Android 7.0 Nougat or earlier will not be eligible to receive Android Q. This puts flagships like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 out of the running, even though they may be fully capable of running Android Q. The same applies to any Galaxy device launched before 2018, because it was only last year that Samsung started releasing Android phones with Oreo in its box.
So which Galaxy devices can we expect to get Android Q? Here is a preliminary list:
- Galaxy two-part card
- Galaxy S10e/S10/S10/S10+ Galaxy
- Galaxy S9/S9+ Galaxy
- Galaxy Note 9
- Galaxy A9 (2018)
- Galaxy A7 (2018)
- Galaxy A6 (2018)/A6+ (2018)
- Galaxy A80
- Galaxy A70
- Galaxy A50
- Galaxy A40
- Galaxy A30
- Galaxy A20
- Galaxy A20e
- Galaxy A10
- Galaxy J6/J6+ Galaxy
- Galaxy J8/J8+ Galaxy
- Galaxy M10
- Galaxy M20
- Galaxy M30
- Galaxy S4 Tab
- Galaxy S5e Tab
- Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
- Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)
The above list is based on Samsung’s traditional update policy, and the company’s official list of eligible devices may be different. It will take a few months before this official list is released, however, so the best way to check the Android Q eligibility of your Galaxy phone at this time is to check the version of Android it has taken out of its box.
An Android Q beta program will come at some point
Samsung is expected to eventually launch a beta program that will allow users in some countries to test Android Q before the official stable version. Samsung has launched the Android Pie beta program for a number of devices, and we should see something similar with the Android Q beta program. And this beta program should soon be available, as competing manufacturers will allow their customers to test Android Q starting this month.
Devices not eligible for Android Q will still receive security updates.
Even if your smartphone or Galaxy tablet does not receive Android Q, it will continue to receive security updates until it is no older than three years old. Some devices launched more than three years ago will also receive security updates from time to time; most will only receive these updates when necessary, but some, such as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy A5 (2016), will have them on a quarterly basis even in their fourth year.