It’s official: Samsung will be launching the Android 10 beta program for Galaxy S10 owners in the near future to let them test out the newest version of Android before its worldwide release. Naturally, some of you may be wondering whether Samsung will include other devices in the Android 10 and One UI 2.0 beta program. Well, while we can’t confirm anything unless Samsung says anything officially, the Android 10 beta is likely to be available for all four of the company’s flagship lineups from 2018 and 2019.
Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Note 10 are likely candidates
That would mean the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9+. How did we come to this conclusion? It’s simple: Samsung’s Android Pie beta program, which introduced One UI, was made available for the flagship devices from 2018 and the year prior to that. It was actually the first time the company opened up a beta program for a new version of Android to anything but the latest Galaxy S flagship, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t do the same this year.
Now, there is an elephant in the room that needs to be addressed: the Galaxy Fold. And we have to say we’re not really sure Samsung will include its foldable device in the beta testing phase for Android 10. Frankly, it could go either way. Samsung doesn’t seem to be testing Android 10 for the Fold yet, and only time will tell if Galaxy Fold owners will be able to partake in the beta program.
The 5G Galaxy S10 and Note 10 may or may not get beta access
The same goes for 5G variants of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10. South Korea has only 5G variants of the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ on sale, so there will technically be a beta for the 5G models. But, whether that beta will be extended to other markets remains to be seen. Samsung’s teaser for the Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta does not mention the Galaxy S10 5G, for example, so we would not recommend holding your breath until we hear something directly from the horse’s mouth.
As for when the beta program will launch for the Galaxy S10 and the other flagships, your guess is as good as ours. When Samsung teased the Android Pie beta program for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ last year, it ended up making it go live less than a day later, so fingers crossed our wait for the Android 10 beta will be similarly short.