The excitement of major OS updates is over for all Galaxy S10, Note 10 models

The excitement of major OS updates is over for all Galaxy S10, Note 10 models

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Samsung’s announcement that it will provide some smartphones with three generations of Android OS upgrades in 2019 impressed a lot of us, and we were even happier to learn later that Samsung is increasing the total number of major operating system upgrades for its flagships and some mid-range models up to four, mainly outside of Android Google itself.

The policy of three major OS upgrades was applicable to flagship devices released before 2021, and this meant that Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 builds would go from Android 9 Pie (which was what they released at launch) to Android 12. However, things were not as clear cut as you might expect.

The Galaxy S10 Lite and on Galaxy Note 10 Litedespite having some mid-range/slightly older hardware, they were also technically part of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 lineup, but both phones launched with Android 10. Meaning both phones were eligible for Android 13and Samsung has already rolled out this update for both Lite models in most markets.

Android 14 is not coming to any Galaxy S10 or Note 10 models

And with Android 13 already available for S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite, none of the Galaxy S10 or Note 10 models are eligible for more major OS upgrades. Galaxy S10 Lite or Galaxy Note 10 Lite could, could get some One UI 5.1 features after One UI 5.1 debuted with the Galaxy S23 series next year, but at the time of writing this is only speculation and not guaranteed.

Security updates are the only thing you can expect going forward if you own a Galaxy S10 or Note 10 series phone. Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10/S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Note 10/Note 10 5G and Galaxy Note 10+/Galaxy Note 10+ 5G will receive quarterly security updates for a year or more. Meanwhile, the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite will receive monthly security updates until the end of next year.

Want more major OS upgrades? Upgrade to a Samsung phone released in 2021 or later

Any owner of a Galaxy S10 or Galaxy Note 10 series smartphone who wants to use Android 14 and above will need to upgrade to a Galaxy phone released in 2021 and later, but not necessarily a flagship telephone. Mid-range phones like the Galaxy A33, Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A73 from 2022 and last year’s Galaxy A52 or Galaxy A72 are also eligible for four generations of Android upgrades so there are many choices.

And thanks to the holiday season, there may still be time to pick up a new Samsung Galaxy device at a lower price than usual. See our holiday guide for recommendations if you’re interested in letting go of your Galaxy S10 or Note 10 smartphone, or if you’re looking to upgrade to a newer device altogether.

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