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Samsung already working on Android 11 as Galaxy S10+ visits Geekbench

Google took the veil off the first developer preview of Android 11 earlier this month, and it looks like Samsung is already testing the new software on the Galaxy S10+. At least according to a recent entry in the Geekbench database, revealing the Galaxy S10+, model number SM-G975F, running Android R. The next version of Google’s mobile OS will likely be officially known as Android 11, but for now, the developer preview follows Google’s alphabetical naming convention and is being referred to as Android R.

The Geekbench entry doesn’t reveal any unusual details about the OS, evidently, nor does it suggest when the final OS version will be ready for a public release. But assuming that the database entry is legitimate, what it tells us is that Samsung was very quick to pick up the first developer preview and test it on its hardware.

This could translate into a timely Android 11 roll-out towards the end of the year, not necessarily for the Galaxy S10+ but for one of Samsung’s more recent flagship series, at least. Now, keep in mind that there’s always a chance – albeit remote – for a Geekbench entry to be spoofed, so we advised that not much has been set in stone so far, no even by Google.

Samsung might establish a winning tradition

Samsung was surprisingly quick to bring Android 10 to some of its smartphones before the end of 2019, especially given the relatively slow roll-out from previous years. Support has been stellar over the past six months, with a few exceptions such as the Galaxy Fold, and as yet, there’s no reason to believe that Samsung won’t try to bring us Android R as swiftly as it did Android 10. Just don’t expect any miracles before Google itself introduces the final Android 11 version to the masses.

As to what devices you can expect to receive the next version of Android OS, well, nothing has changed and Samsung continues to guarantee two major software updates for most of its devices. Therefore, if your Galaxy smartphone shipped with at least Android Pie out of the box then it’s technically guaranteed to receive Android 11 at some point. If it already got its two major software updates then it probably won’t make the cut for a third one.

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IMGurmeet Singh
IMGurmeet Singh

Good.Also Its time to make major changes to the ui.

siaho
siaho

Android 10 rollout was faster, but the changes in the UI was small update worthy, i.e. nothing massively changed. OneUI 1.0 was massively more effort to pull out and is normal that it took more time. Will use the moment to say that samsung need to offer 5 years FULL support instead of 2 years full and 1 year security only (basically releasing their phones with outdated OS, release the current version later and updating with the next OS). They price the same and even surpass apple price wise offering 1/3rd the apple support. Same apple that updated last summer… Read more »

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

But what is the point update old phones to newer os if phone become useless? Two years ago I tried to use my iPhone 6s, but after few minutes I just gave up. Compared to the Galaxy S7, iPhone was truly useless. They should make a special lite version of os which can handle all the apps (apps getting bigger and needs more power to run smoothly).

TECHFRIEND
TECHFRIEND

Samsung should launch a Gold membership service to those that want to Android updates. $100-$150 per device. With their software development house, I’m so surprised that it’s so difficult to upgrade an OS. Can’t be. Offer betas. Hire staff to test it. Other smaller companies have exhibited greater support & Sammy needs to match this support or at least create a system for those who want to pay to upgrade to the new OS. I understand that Samsung is primarily a hardware producer- still, when they’re always Top 3 annually… it makes no sense. OS upgrades are very desirable for… Read more »

justinut0909
justinut0909

Your idea is ridiculous. We pay more than $1000 for a phone and still have to pay for software update? Im pretty sure that everyone will boycott Samsung if they apply your idea lol.

justinut0909
justinut0909

The policy should be 3 major updates. Note 8 and S8 hardwares are still good enough but Samsung just ignores them. Some guys on xda can port Android 10 on these devices but Samsung cant. Its laziness. And since they charge more than $1000 for their flagships, they should offer longer support.

Coentje44
Coentje44

Maybe its just running the Android R GSI?