Android 10 for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus : Rumour Roundup
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are last year flagships from Samsung and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Both the flagships got the Android 9 Pie update with One UI skin. The next major update for these devices is Android 10.
The tenth anniversary update is coming with many remarkable new features for Samsung flagships. Samsung is also designing One UI 2 skin based on Android 10 UI and so on. According to leaks, the developement is in early stages.
Google released the Android 10 update on September 3rd and rolledout for Pixel series devices on the same day. Later, Essential and OnePlus also began the rollout of Android 10 for their flagship devices. Earlier, the Search giant started the Beta program of Android Q in March, 2019 and rolledout the third beta for LG G8 ThinQ, Sony Xperia XZ3 and other flagships along with Pixel series. As Samsung didn’t participate in the beta program, no early beta rollout for either Galaxy S10 or S9 flagships.
When will Android 10 Beta hit Galaxy S9 ?
Samsung usually starts its own beta program in November for its latest flagship devices and in December or January for one-year old flagships. Most likely, the South Korean tech giant will open the registrations for Android 10 for Galaxy S9 and S9+ in its home country and the US in the last week of December, according to tech analysts.
The One UI 2 Beta rollout may begin in the first or second weeks of January for S9 and S9+ in select regions. Full rollout might start in the ending of Q1 of 2020. However, carrier locked Galaxy S9 users might have to wait until April or May 2020 to taste the latest android update. We will post the confirmed rollout schedule here, as soon as Samsung has announced it.
What’s New in Android 10 ?
The Tenth anniversary android update from Google sports some exciting features like Bubbles, Full Gesture navigation, native support for Desktop mode and 5G, Battery saver scheduler, Parental Controls and Focus mode for Digital Wellbeing and many more. Now we will roundup some key features of the Android 10 update.
Android 10 Bubbles
Google introduced the Picture in Picture mode and Splitscreen features in previous updates to make multi-tasking easy on Android. Now the tenth anniversary update comes with the Bubbles feature to improve multi-tasking experience. The feature works similar to Facebook’s chatheads. Users can chat using small bubble like Windows which appear on app icons when the chat is active and also simultaneously browse Web or watch a video in the remaining screen real estate.
Parental Controls and Focus mode
To promote healthy smart phone use and prevent addiction in children, Google added the Parental Controls component to Digital Wellbeing in Android 10. Using the feature, Parents can ristrict their children’s screen-on time, specific app usage time and even lock some apps.
Focus mode is another great feature to get rid of notifications and alerts while trying to concentrate on work or watching a movie on smartphone. When the user turns-on the Focus mode a shortcut to turn-off the mode will be created on homescreen. The feature is basically a refined version of Do Not Disturb of feature of previous android versions. However, users can customize which app notifications to be blocked when the mode is on. After turning the mode off, all hidden notifications will appear.
Full gesture Navigation
Samsung brings Pie’s Gesture navigation feature as part of One UI 1.1 update last year for Galaxy S9 users. Now in Android 10, Google much refined the navigation with the removal of navbar, so that users have to gestures only to navigate throughout Android. Users can even customize the back gesture sensitivity in Android 10.
In Full Gesture navigation option, there will be small bar like Home button only. If user decides to revert to old-style navigation, he can change in the navigation section of Settings menu. Then, the Overview and Back buttons will appear.
Battery saver schedule
Google introduced the Battery saver feature with the Android Lollipop update in 2014 and refined in subsequent updates. In Android 10 update, Google added scheduler feature to the battery saver. Users can set schedule options by going into Settings > Battery > Battery Saver > Tap a schedule.
Users can choose in options of No Battery schedule, Based On Your Routine, Based on Percentage. When the user set the Based On Your Routine option, android will analyze the user’s behaviour using AI and automatically enables and disable the saver, according to user’s needs.
Update on 6/12/2019 :
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ users in India and South Korea received the first beta update about a week ago and the second beta is already in its way, according to post in Samsung Community. There is no news about what fixes or refinements coming with the Beta 2 but we expect fixes for some serious bugs delivered in the first beta.
Samsung recently started the stable rollout for Galaxy S10 series in limited regions after thorough testing through seven beta rollouts. So Galaxy S9 users are long way before they get stable rollout. The beta program of One UI 2.0 may begin for the US unlocked Galaxy S9 users in the next week or so, according to some leaks.
Update on 27/11/2019 :
The Beta rollout for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices has started, at last. According to Sammobile, the South Korean tech giant kicks off the beta program of Android 10 for S9 and S9+ users in India and South Korea, few hours ago. Interested users can download the Beta after getting registered through Samsung Members app.
The size of the Beta is about 1.9 GB and includes all the standard features of Android 10 and also improved Night mode feature which is exclusive to Samsung. The Night mode feature refines low-light Camera performance of both rear and front cameras of Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices. Please share what new features you got after installing the first beta in the comment box below.
We will update this post soon with more news about Android 10 for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in coming days.