Samsung has announced the much-anticipated Android 10 firmware update for the Galaxy S10 (opens in new tab), Galaxy S10 Plus (opens in new tab) and Galaxy S10e (opens in new tab). But there's a catch: It hasn't confirmed the official release – it merely revealed that it will kick off an optional beta test in Korea in the near future. So there's still no word on when it will start making the rounds (opens in new tab) in the United Kingdom, the United States, or anywhere else for that matter.
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Let's not look this gift horse in the mouth, though. If history is any indication, the beta will commence in South Korea, before reaching the United Kingdom and other markets soon thereafter. After a short spurt in public testing (opens in new tab), Samsung will start rolling out the first stable release to the Galaxy S10 trio. To that end, if the beta commences this month, we could see the final version released in December.
In addition to all the usual features baked into Android 10 (opens in new tab) – including Smart Reply for supported messaging services and Focus Mode for blocking out distracting applications – Samsung's take on the update will include its brand new One UI 2.0 user interface, which is rumoured (opens in new tab) to bring a number of exciting tweaks, such as a sleeker, more fluid design and Emoji suggestions for the default Samsung Keyboard.
Notably, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is missing from the list of devices that are set to be included in the beta phase. However, seeing as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (opens in new tab) was included in the Android 9.0 Pie beta update back in 2018, there's a good chance it will be enlisted shortly after it kicks off for the Samsung Galaxy S10. As for the Samsung Galaxy Fold (opens in new tab), there's no word on whether it will be added – or when.
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