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Android 10: The rollout has begun for these smartphones

Last updated on 2019-12-01

New name: Stop sweets

On September 3, 2019, Google introduced Android 10, its new mobile operating system version. Previously, the company had traditionally named its firmware for sweets. The letter in the name was an indication of the corresponding dessert name. For example, Android 8 O is called “Oreo”, Android 9 P is also known as “Pie”. For Android 10, it was assumed that Google will therefore opt for a dessert with the initial letter Q. For a long time, therefore, “Quiche” and “Queen of Puddings” were traded as possible names. But also “Quindim” and “Quesito” from the Brazilian area were in conversation. The examples already show that the naming is strongly influenced regionally. In many other countries, however, users do not know the sometimes special desserts.

For this reason, the company has decided for a radical change: For the first time in the history of Android Google renounces a dessert name . The new Android version is therefore only “Android 10”. Also in the future, Google would like to renumber its firmware only. The era of sweets in conjunction with Android has thus come to an end.

With the new naming, the company also introduces a new logo. The Android male is an integral part of the logo in the future. And this is how it looks like:

The new features of Android 10

The successor to Android 9 Pie not only promises more security, the operating system is also optimized for the next generation of foldable smartphones and 5G smartphones. But also for regular Android devices , Android 10 delivers many new features . For example, the firmware brings a system-wide dark fashion, integrates a comprehensive gesture control and gives users more control over apps and their permissions. Among other things, you can restrict location permissions for specific applications and set usage times for apps. Security patches and other updates can be installed in the background with Android 10, without having to shut down the system.

The new features of Android 10 has tested Google ahead of the official release of the beta program. To beta 21 Android smartphones are approved by 13 different manufacturers. The finished and official new Android firmware is expected in early September 2019. Initially, the smartphones approved for the beta program can look forward to the update.

When does the update come on Android 10?

The smartphones of different manufacturers are usually supplied at very different times with Android updates. This is because manufacturers often place their own interface over the system, which also has to be adapted. As a result, it usually takes a while for updates to be ready and delivered. First manufacturers like Huawei, HMD Global (Nokia) and Xiaomi have already confirmed updates for their devices. Nokia, for example, starts distributing it in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Whether a device receives the update to Android 10, often depends on its timeliness. Fortunately, the owners of such smartphones may appreciate, whose manufacturers give an update warranty of one or even two years. Here you can easily read from the already received new versions of Android whether another update is planned. Manufacturers offering such update promises include Huawei / Honor, Motorola, OnePlus, Samsung and Sony. How long the guarantee is granted for updates and which model classes it covers is quite different.

Once again there are separate rules for smartphones with Android One . Because they come with Android in pure form and with a native interface. Manufacturers do not have to make any cumbersome adjustments to these devices. The update process is much faster and easier. Google gives a two-year update warranty on smartphones running Android One, which usually means two major new firmware versions. Android One smartphones on offer include HTC, Motorola, Nokia and Xiaomi.

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These smartphones get the update

The smartphones of the beta program

As already mentioned, Google is testing the new features of Android 10 via the beta program. Instead of just allowing pixel smartphones for the beta, Google has broadened the range of devices this year significantly wider. The advantage: After the official introduction of Android 10, the beta devices are the first to receive the update. Thus, owners of the following models can look forward to:

Google Pixel Models:

  • Pixel 3a (XL) -> Android 10 available
  • Pixel 3 (XL) -> Android 10 available
  • Pixel 2 (XL) -> Android 10 available
  • Google Pixel (XL) -> Android 10 available

Other smartphone models:

  • Asus ZenFone 5Z
  • Essential Phone
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LG G8 ThinQ
  • Nokia 8.1 -> Android 10 available
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Oppo Reno
  • realme 3 pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Tecno Spark 3 Pro
  • Vivo X27
  • Vivo Nex S and Nex A
  • Xiaomi Mi 9
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

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Update plan of the manufacturer

But many other smartphones will receive the update to Android 10. Depending on the model and manufacturer, however, it may happen that owners have to wait a bit for the update. Sometimes it can take over a year, until manufacturers have adapted the new firmware accordingly and deliver it to their devices. Fast is usually the flagship, followed by popular mid-range smartphones. Below you can read about which manufacturers want to provide Android 10 for which of their smartphones:

HTC

HTC gives no direct update warranty. In part, the manufacturer even works on the rollout of Android 9 for its luxury-class smartphones. However, the manufacturer also has models with Android One on offer. And these in turn attacks the update warranty from Google. Specifically, in the case of the Android 10 update, it concerns the following models:

  • HTC U11 life (Android One)

Huawei / Honor

The Chinese manufacturer Huawei sends with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro his top model in the beta program. The smartphone is therefore also the official update to Android 10 safe. Due to the US ban, Huawei is now the so-called future guarantee. With it, the manufacturer wants to reassure its users and point out that despite the trade dispute between the US and China in the future updates are safe. Recently, the US extended the grace period for Huawei for another three months until November 19 .

The future guarantee is not to be confused with the update promise. Huawei generally grants owners of its upper and middle-class smartphones at least two new firmware versions. At the subsidiary company Honor it is at least one. For the following models, the manufacturer has already confirmed the update to Android 10:

  • Huawei Mate 30 -> shipped with Android 10
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro -> shipped with Android 10
  • Huawei Mate 20
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro (beta program)
  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite
  • Huawei Mate 20X 5G
  • Huawei Mate 20 RS (Porsche Design)
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 (Porsche Design)
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei P30
  • Huawei P30 Pro
  • Huawei P30 Lite
  • Huawei P Smart 2019
  • Huawei P Smart + 2019
  • Huawei P Smart Z
  • Honor 20 (beta starts Q4 2019)
  • Honor 20 Pro (beta starts Q4 2019)
  • Honor 20 Lite
  • Honor View 20 (Beta launches Q4 2019)
  • Honor 10 (beta starts Q4 2019)
  • Honor 10 Lite
  • Honor 9X Pro (beta launches Q4 2019)
  • Honor 9X (Beta launches Q4 2019)
  • Honor play

LG

LG does not guarantee its users any updates, but provides the beta program a smartphone. This will definitely get the official version of Android 10. The same is probably true for the slightly modified version of this model.

  • LG G8 ThinQ (beta program)
  • LG G8s ThinQ

Motorola

Motorola has worked very well with Google in the past, which is one of the reasons for the manufacturer’s exemplary update philosophy. The manufacturer promises two major Android updates. In addition, Motorola also has some models with Android One in the range. For the update to Android 10, therefore, some smartphones are provided:

  • Motorola One (Android One)
  • Motorola One Vision (Android One)
  • Motorola One Action (Android One)
  • Motorola Moto G7
  • Motorola Moto G7 Plus
  • Motorola Moto G6
  • Motorola Moto G6 Plus
  • Motorola Z3 Play

Nokia (HMD Global)

Manufacturer HMD Global has since the re-founding of the Nokia brand only Android One devices in the range. This is where Google’s update guarantee comes in – two years of system updates and three years of security updates are guaranteed. In addition, Nokia also offers a model for the beta program for Android 10.

At the end of August 2019, Nokia confirmed that it would like to start distributing Android 10 to smartphones as of the fourth quarter. At the same time, the manufacturer named the models for which the update is planned:

  • Nokia 9 PureView (Q4 2019)
  • Nokia 8.1 (beta program – Q4 2019) -> Android 10 available
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco (Q1 2020)
  • Nokia 7.1 (Q4 2019)
  • Nokia 7 Plus (Q1 2020)
  • Nokia 6.1 Plus (Q1 2020)
  • Nokia 6.1 (2018) (Q1 2020)
  • Nokia 5.1 (Q2 2020)
  • Nokia 5.1 Plus (Q1 2020)
  • Nokia 4.2 (Q1 2020)
  • Nokia 3.2 (Q1 2020)
  • Nokia 3.1 Plus (Q1 2020)
  • Nokia 3.1 (Q2 2020)
  • Nokia 2.2 (Q1 2020)
  • Nokia 2.1 (Q2 2020)
  • Nokia 1 Plus (Q1 2020)
  • Nokia 1 (Q2 2020)

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OnePlus

The smartphone range of OnePlus is compared to the other manufacturers quite well arranged. The better the manufacturer can take care of his model care. After all, it promises users two years of Android and three years of security updates. Therefore, the following models benefit from the update to Android 10:

  • OnePlus 7T Pro -> shipped with Android 10
  • OnePlus 7T -> shipped with Android 10
  • OnePlus 7 Pro -> Android 10 available
  • OnePlus 7 -> Android 10 available
  • OnePlus 6T (beta program, November 2019)
  • OnePlus 6 (November 2019)
  • OnePlus 5T (Q2 2020)
  • OnePlus 5 (Q2 2020)

Samsung

Not only for the top models, but also for the mid-range smartphones Samsung secures updates at least two years after its release date. Therefore, quite a lot of devices may be happy about an update to Android 10. However, Samsung is not always quick to deliver the updates.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro (Beta launches Q4 2019)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (Beta launches Q4 2019)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (Beta launches Q4 2019)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 + (Beta launches Q4 2019)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (Beta launches Q4 2019)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 +
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy A80
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
  • Samsung Galaxy A50
  • Samsung Galaxy A40
  • Samsung Galaxy A20e
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 + (2018)
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
  • Samsung Galaxy M10
  • Samsung Galaxy M20
  • Samsung Galaxy M30

Sony

Sony not only gives a two-year update promise for its key models, the manufacturer also provides a smartphone for the beta program.

  • Sony Xperia 1
  • Sony Xperia 10
  • Sony Xperia 10 Plus
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
  • Sony Xperia XZ3 (beta program)

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Xiaomi

With the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Mi Mix 3 5G two models of the Chinese manufacturer are approved for the beta program. At the same time, however, Xiaomi is already giving an outlook on other smartphones that will receive Android 10. The majority of them are even expected to be updated in the fourth quarter of this year.

  • Xiaomi Mi 9 (beta program)
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
  • Xiaomi Mi 8
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G (beta program)
  • Xiaomi Mi A3 (Android One, beta launches Q4 2019)
  • Redmi K20 Pro
  • Redmi K20
  • Redmi Note 7
  • Redmi Note 7 Pro

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