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Following the delivery of the major Android 10 update for international versions of the Galaxy S10 earlier this month, Samsung and mobile operators are now launching Android 10 for U.S. and Canadian users. SamMobile reports that U.S. airlines T-Mobile and Sprint have started shipping the update, and there are reports that unlocked Galaxy S10s will receive the update.
Last year, U.S. variants of the Galaxy S9 had to wait 40 days longer than the international versions for their major Android update, and unlocked versions had to wait 55 days. This year, Samsung has reduced the delay to 18 days.
One of the ways that Samsung makes it difficult for Android updates is that there are usually two versions of the main flagships. The Galaxy S10 is manufactured in most European and Asian countries with Samsung's Exynos SoC, while devices in America and China are equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon SoC. Snapdragon and Exynos Galaxy S10s may look the same on the outside, but on the inside they are based on completely different chips, so Samsung needs almost twice as much development and testing to launch Android 10 for a single device. In the United States, Samsung also gives operators the option to notify the launch of an update. Because of this, we haven't seen an update of AT&T and Verizon devices yet.
Regardless of what time frame you use, Samsung has made a big improvement this year over the previous year. In the U.S., it only took the company three and a half months to bring Android 10 to the Galaxy S10, while Samsung lasted six months to get Android 9 to the Galaxy S9 last year. Google has made it easier to update Android with Project Treble, making the operating system more modular. As a result, general improvements to the update have been made.
Of course we rate Samsung here in a curve. Samsung devices still have the worst update time compared to other smartphone companies with a pulse. Apple and Google users get operating system updates on the first day, and Google says quarterly feature updates for its Pixel series are released. It took OnePlus just 18 days to bring Android 10 to its flagship device, and its devices cost hundreds less than the equivalent Samsung devices.
If you have Samsung's other major flagship, the Galaxy Note 10, you know that Android 10 is on its way for this device too. SamMobile reports that German Galaxy Note 10 users have only recently seen the update. Just like the Galaxy S10, we can expect the update to spread slowly in countries and mobile operators around the world next month.
Update: After numerous reports in the comments and elsewhere, Verizon has also received the update. Thank you all.