Officially called Android 10, the next major version of Android launched September 3, 2019. The Android 10 update began rolling out to all Pixel phones, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL.
What about other devices? Which ones already have Android 10, and which ones are expected to get the update at some point? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Android 10 update schedule.
Key Android 10 update features
We’ll have a complete overview of all the new features in our Android 10 review. In the meantime, check out our video above to see what’s new in Android 10, what new features it brings, all the design tweaks, and much more.
If you’re short on time, here’s a list of features we’ve seen so far:
- Improved privacy controls
- New gesture navigation
- Google Assistant “handles”
- Accent colors and theming options
- System-wide dark theme
- Native screen recording
- Native desktop mode
- Grouped silent notifications
- QR codes to connect to Wi-Fi
- Google Pay in the power menu
The feature that has everyone talking isn’t even a feature — it’s a name change. Google is no longer naming its mobile operating system after sweet treats. Instead, the company is moving to version numbers, starting with Android 10. Check out our article to learn more about what caused the change and some of the thinking behind it.
1. Essential Android 10 update
September 3, 2019: On Twitter, Essential announced Android 10 is now rolling out to the Essential Phone. The company noted the update is rolling out “for select open market customers.” Android 10 should be available for all Essential Phone owners in the coming days.
2. OnePlus Android 10 update
Last year was a turning point for OnePlus in regards to updates. The OnePlus 6T launched with Android 9 Pie pre-installed, while the OnePlus 5, 5T, and 6 received the update by the end of the year. It took until May 2019 for the OnePlus 3 and 3T to get Pie, but it’s a miracle the phones received their third major Android updates in the first place.
Expect the OnePlus 7 Pro to get first dibs on Android 10, followed by the OnePlus 6 and 6T. It’s a toss-up with the OnePlus 5 and 5T, since both phones already received two major Android updates. Perhaps OnePlus will surprise everyone and update the two 2017 flagships with the newest version of Android, even if the waiting game might be a much longer one.
Android 10 launch ETA: September 2019
September 3, 2019: On the same day as the official Android 10 launch, OnePlus announced an Android 10 open beta for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. This is not a stable release, but a good first step towards hitting that ETA we mentioned above. More details here.
September 4, 2019: OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 6 and 6T will get Android 10 by the end of this month. The company also released open beta builds for the two phones, which are “meant to prepare your devices for the Android 10 update” — learn more here.
September 18, 2019: OnePlus has released the second Android 10 open beta update for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. The update appears to mostly involve bug fixes and small design tweaks — learn more here.
September 21, 2019: Great news for all you OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro owners out there. The company is now rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to both devices.
October 2, 2019: Around two weeks ago, OnePlus started rolling out the Android 10 update for the OnePlus 7 series. However, according to users on Reddit as well as the official OnePlus forums, many people still don’t have the update. OnePlus did say the Android 10 upgrade would be a slow rollout, but that usually means over the span of a few days. At this point, it’s been 12 days since OnePlus announced the launch, which suggests there’s been some sort of delay. It’s possible OnePlus halted the rollout entirely. Read the full story here.
October 10, 2019: OnePlus has announced that every OnePlus device from the OnePlus 5 forward will get a stable version of Android 10. Older devices will need to wait quite a while to get it, but the update will come. The OnePlus 6 and 6T will get the beta update by the end of October 2019, while the stable variant will be rolled out a month later. The OnePlus 5 and 5T should receive the stable update in the second quarter of 2020.
October 14, 2019: OnePlus is rolling out Android 10 to the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro — for real this time. In a community post, the Chinese brand confirmed that “version 10.0 was paused due to certain bugs” and that Oxygen 10.0.1 is now rolling out. It should reach all devices in a few days — learn more here.
3. Samsung Android 10 update
Samsung doesn’t have the best update track record, but the company turned over a new leaf in 2018 when it announced Pie for almost 30 of its devices. Better yet, Samsung mostly stuck to its update roadmap. It took a bit longer than we wanted, but phones like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 received Pie before the end of January.
With Android 10, Samsung could announce a similar roadmap. That means Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 owners might have to wait until next year to get the update, with other Samsung devices getting the update at some point after.
However, we did hear a rumor that T-Mobile is already testing an Android 10 build for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 lines. If true, this could mean we might see an Android 10 release for the main Samsung flagships sooner than we expected.
Android 10 launch ETA: January 2020
September 17, 2019: Looks like Samsung will soon release its first Android 10 beta update. Rumors have it that the company will roll it out in the US and Europe in early October. There’s no word on which devices will get it, but it’s a good bet we’ll see it on new flagship series such as the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S10.
4. Nokia Android 10 update
Nokia flexed its update game something proper in 2018, with most of its flagships getting Android 9 Pie by the end of the year. Some lower-end and older smartphones had to wait until this year to get Pie, but Nokia made it clear it’s taking updates seriously.
Thankfully, things don’t look to change much with Android 10. According to Nokia, it’ll update its devices with Android 10 in five waves. The company will spread out the waves from the fourth quarter of 2019 through the second quarter of 2020. Expect flagship and high-end mid-rangers to get priority, followed by mid-range and low-end smartphones in Nokia’s lineup.
Android 10 launch ETA: October 2019
September 27, 2019: HMD Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas confirmed on Twitter that the Nokia 2.1, Nokia 1 Plus, and Nokia 1 will all receive the Android 10 (Go Edition) update. However, it’s going to take some time before the update reaches the phones — lean more here.
October 9, 2019: Android 10 is now rolling out to the Nokia 8.1. The news was announced by Juho Sarvikas via his Twitter account.
October 14, 2019: Android 10 beta builds for Nokia phones have leaked. These include the Nokia 6.1, 6.1 Plus, 7 Plus, and Nokia 7.1. They are internal builds, which means they are definitely not designed for public use. Although there are straightforward instructions on how to flash one of these Android 10 Nokia beta builds to your device — learn more here — we’d advise against doing so if you use that phone as your daily driver. Anyway, if the beta builds have popped up online, the stable versions should be released relatively soon.
5. Huawei/Honor Android 10 update
Huawei was surprisingly prompt with Pie, pushing out the update to various flagships by the end of 2018. Even a handful of Honor flagships received Pie alongside the Huawei flagships, though updates slowed down significantly in 2019.
Unfortunately for Huawei, the company is in somewhat of a pickle. Even though it announced the Android 10-based EMUI 10 beta, we don’t know if the beta will be available globally or only in China. Huawei promised its line of flagships and some Honor devices will get Android 10, but that was before the U.S. trade ban kicked in. At best, Huawei’s update situation is very murky.
Android 10 launch ETA: November 2019
September 9, 2019: At IFA 2019, Huawei revealed its roadmap for the EMUI 10 update, which is based on Android 10. Huawei will first roll out the latest version of Android to the P30 and P30 Pro in November. The update will then make its way to the Mate 20 phones as well as the Honor 20 and View 20 a month later. The P30 Lite, P20 series, and Mate 10 series will get the update in March 2020, while the rest of supported Huawei/Honor phones will receive it sometime in Q2 next year.
6. Xiaomi Android 10 update
September 3, 2019: Surprisingly, Xiaomi is already rolling out Android 10 to the Redmi K20 Pro. According to XDA-Developers’ Mishaal Rahman, the update is only available in China. That said, K20 Pro owners around the world should expect to get Android 10 very soon.
September 24, 2019: According to users of Xiaomi’s Mi Community forum, the stable version of Android 10 is rolling out to Redmi K20 Pro devices in India.
September 30, 2019: According to a Xiaomi support representative (via PiunikaWeb), the Android 10 update will start rolling out to the Mi A2 Lite in the UK next week.
7. Motorola Android 10 update
Even though Motorola rolled out Pie to a good number of its smartphones, it took until the last day of December for a non-Android One smartphone to get the update. Even worse, Pie rolled out to one of Motorola’s mid-range smartphones before it rolled out to the Moto Z3.
Also read: Best Motorola phones
We expect a similarly sporadic roadmap from Motorola for Android 10. The company’s Android One smartphones will likely be first in line, followed by its non-Android One devices.
Android 10 launch ETA: November 2019
8. Sony Android 10 update
Even with a struggling smartphone business, Sony’s been quietly consistent when it comes to updates in recent years. That quiet consistency didn’t change in 2018, when it updated its Xperia XZ1 and XZ2 flagships before Thanksgiving.
We don’t have reason to believe Sony will tarnish its solid update track record with Android 10. As usual, flagships will get first dibs on the update, followed by mid-rangers.
Android 10 launch ETA: October 2019
9. LG Android 10 update
With the Software Upgrade Center, LG’s poor update track record was supposed to be a thing of the past. Instead, it took until January for any of the company’s smartphones to get a whiff of Pie. Even worse, it took until May for U.S. versions of LG’s smartphones to get the update.
Also read: Best LG phones you can buy
Android 10 launch ETA: January 2020
October 15, 2019: LG has announced the start of the Android 10 public preview program in its home country of South Korea. The company plans to release the official update by the end of the year. The tech giant hasn’t committed to an international release date yet, but it looks like we can expect the Android 10 update to come to the West in early 2020. Until then, the first device to get the preview is LG’s G8 ThinQ, followed by the V50 ThinQ next mont
10. HTC Android 10 update
HTC hit a new low for updates in 2018, when the company pushed out Pie to just one of its smartphones. We’d have to wait until June for HTC’s current U12 Plus flagship to get Pie, followed by the U11 and U11 Plus.
HTC’s update game will likely remain just as bad with Android 10. The Android One version of the U11 Life will probably get Android 10 before we’re done with 2019, followed by HTC’s flagships sometime next year.
Android 10 launch ETA: November 2019
11. Asus Android 10 update
It took a bit for Asus to push out Pie, but the company’s been steadily pushing out the update to its phones since December 2018. It was surprising to see so many of Asus’ smartphones on its update roadmap, but it was more of a pleasant surprise. You’d expect phones like the Zenfone 4 to be forgotten, but nope — Asus rolled out the Pie beta in June.
With Android 10, expect Asus to make a similar commitment. That means you might have to wait until the new year to get the update, but at least it’s coming (probably).
Android 10 launch ETA: December 2019
12. Oppo Android 10 update
Oppo remained quiet on its Pie update plans until March, when the company announced the Pie-based ColorOS 6 skin. In China, the rollout began in April with the Reno. Other Oppo smartphones also received the update, albeit in beta form.
We’re not sure why it’s taken Oppo so long to push out Pie, but expect a similarly-slow rollout for Android 10.
Android 10 launch ETA: April 2020
October 2, 2019: Oppo has released the beta version of Android 10 for the Oppo Reno, according to GizChina. The update is only available in China for now.
13. Vivo Android 10 update
Vivo technically fulfilled its promise of updating its phones with Pie by the end of 2018. However, we wouldn’t see the stable release until March. Even stranger, Pie rolled out to only a handful of Vivo smartphones.
With such a strange update schedule, we wouldn’t be surprised if Vivo started rolling out the stable version of Android 10 next year. Then again, the Vivo X27 is part of the Android 10 beta program, so we could see it a bit sooner.
Android 10 launch ETA: March 2020
14. Realme Android 10 update
Realme burst onto the scene in 2018 with a slew of smartphones, but the company’s struggled to deliver timely updates. We didn’t see the stable version of Pie roll out to Realme smartphones until May, a long wait for anyone that cares about updates.
Here’s hoping Realme doesn’t wait nearly as long to push out Android 10. Signs are pointing up, seeing how the Realme 3 Pro is part of the Android 10 beta program. We understand Realme a relatively new brand, so here’s hoping its slow pace with updates picks up.
Android 10 launch ETA: May 2020
September 13, 2019: Realme has revealed its Android 10 roadmap. The company will first roll out Android 10 to the Realme 3 Pro, Realme 5 Pro, Realme X, and Realme XT in Q1 2020. The update will then make its way to the Realme 3, 3i, and 5 in Q2, and to the Realme 2 Pro in Q3.
Other Android 10-related coverage:
- October 15, 2019: Android 10 permissions: What’s new and how to use them!
- October 14, 2019: How to get Android 10 on Galaxy S10 phones with One UI 2.0 beta
- October 12, 2019: It’s been 3 weeks since Android 10 ‘rolled out’ to the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro
- October 8, 2019: Google is cracking down on new phones launching without Android 10
- October 4, 2019: Android 10 shows how many apps request my location at all times
- October 3, 2019: Paranoid Android 10 is here for OnePlus 7 Pro, Redmi K20
- October 1, 2019: Here’s a first, real look at Android 10 Live Caption feature in action
- September 29, 2019: Here’s how to downgrade Android 10 back to Android 9 Pie
- September 25, 2019: Android Go based on Android 10 is official
- September 25, 2019: Google rolls out new Android 10 update for Pixel 3, Pixel 3a
Have you received the Android 10 update on your phone? If not, when do you hope to get it?