Samsung starts Android 10 update at a record pace: Only three months late – Ars Technica

Actual improvement — International Exynos models get Android 10, but the US will have to wait. Ron Amadeo – Dec 2, 2019 11: 00 pm UTC The Samsung Galaxy S10. Ron Amadeo The big new design change is the bigger display with a hole punch for the camera. Ron Amadeo The bezels here are pretty minimal. Ron Amadeo Here’s the back. There’s no fingerprint reader, since it now has an in-screen sensor. Ron Amadeo There are a lot of cameras. Main, wide angle, and telephoto, followed by a flash and a heart rate sensor. Ron Amadeo There is a bit of a camera bump. Ron Amadeo The bottom has a USB-C port, a speaker, and a glorious headphone jack. Ron Amadeo You can see how the display curves to meet the side of the phone. Why? Ron Amadeo The top just has the SIM and MicroSD slot, along with a noise-cancelling microphone. Ron Amadeo Here are the power and volume buttons. Ron Amadeo The always-on display. The problem here is there’s no fingerprint indicator. Ron Amadeo Samsung is starting the slow and arduous process of updating its flagship smartphone to the latest version of Android: Android 10. This is just the beginning of the Android 10 rollout for Samsung, which, according to tracking from SamMobile, starts with Exynos-powered Galaxy S10s in European and Asian countries, including Germany, South Korea, the UK, India, Poland, and Spain. Android 10 came out on September 3, and with the first devices landing the update on November 28, Samsung took 86 days to begin to roll out stable builds of Android 10 across its user base. Samsung still has a long way to go to release Android 10 to everyone with a Galaxy S10, though. Devices in Europe, Africa, and most of Asia ship with a Samsung Exynos SoC, while devices in North America, South America, and China ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. So far, only the Exynos units have gotten the update. If Samsung follows last year’s update timing, it will need another 40 days before its devices in the US get the update, which requires both a Qualcomm build of Samsung’s software along with approval and “validation” meddling from US carriers. Samsung’s direct “unlocked” customers get the worst end of the update stick and typically get the update last. In 2018, unlocked customers had to wait 55 days after the first rollout to get the update. For the record, Samsung’s roadmap lists “January” as the Android 10 update timeframe for the Galaxy S10, but that does not specify SoC or carrier concerns. Samsung is actually improving compared to last year. The company took 141 days to first ship the 2018 Android update (Android 9 Pie) to its 2018 flagship, the Galaxy S9. Samsung taking three months to ship an OS update in 2019 might not sound impressive, but for Samsung, it’s a big improvement. With recent core OS changes like Project Treble, Google has been making Android easier to update, and it seems like these
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