News: Always-Updated List of Phones That Will Get Android 10

Always-Updated List of Phones That Will Get Android 10

| Updated Nov. 15, 2019 with new information.

Android 10 is officially out, but a lot of phones won't get it in 2019, and others may not get it at all. While Project Treble helped to speed up software updates to some extent, it'll be some time before non-Pixel phones receive Android 10. With this page, you'll at least know when.

Despite all the improvements to Android's updating process, only 10.4% of devices were updated to Android Pie (9.0) as of nine months after its release. That's better than it was with Oreo (8.0), so hopefully this trend continues with Android 10.

The thing is, most users will want Android 10. With a real system-wide dark mode, new gesture controls, plenty of privacy enhancements, and much more, this isn't something to miss out on. So if you think your phone might get Android 10, check the list below to find out when. We'll keep updating this page as we find more devices that will support Android 10, so keep coming back to check.

About This List

For each phone on this list, we'll label it as either "Confirmed" (with an official date or the time it took for the update to be released), "Beta" (with latest version number it supports), "Rumored," or "No Information." When a US variant of the phone officially receives Android 10 after the update is released, its name will be bold.

As with our previous list, we'll focus solely on smartphones officially released in the US. This means we will exclude Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and other Chinese brands. Even if the phone's international version is available through official retailers (e.g., Huawei P30 via B&H), it won't be on our list as it's still not technically an official release. Typically, these versions don't include US warranty.

ASUS

ASUS was pretty bad when it came to updating its devices to Pie. This year, they're getting the ball rolling by recruiting for an Android 10 beta program of its own. Until November 24, applicants will be able to sign up to receive OTA updates of the beta version of the latest version of ZenUI (presumably 7.0) running on top of Android 10. This program will include both the ZenFone 6 and 5Z. There is also a similar program for the top tier ROG Phone II.

Essential

While consumers are unsure if Essential will ever release another phone, the company founded by Android's co-founder, Andy Rubin, has been downright impressive when it comes to software updates on its two-year-old device.

The Essential PH-1 is the only non-Pixel phone to receive updates on the same day they're released, including monthly security patches. For context, the Essential PH-1 received Android Pie within two hours of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL receiving the official build. This year is no different, with the PH-1 on the stable version of Android 10 less than an hour after Google released the official build on Pixel devices.

Google

Besides running stock Android, the biggest reason to use a Pixel device is a guarantee that, for three years, you will receive every monthly security patch, and for two years, both major software updates. Pixel phones are the first to run the latest version of Android and the first to run the Beta program.

As with previous years, Google updated every phone in the lineup. Even the mid-range Pixel 3a and 3a XL has received Android 10. If you have a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL, you should remember that this is the last guaranteed software update for your device, so it's possible that it will not be able to run Android 11. If you want the latest updates, you should look to upgrade in the next year.

Nokia

With nearly its entire lineup in the Android One program, Nokia has been one of the best OEMs at updating its devices. Last year, HMD promised nearly the entire US lineup would get Android 9 Pie, and they delivered. This year, HMD is promising that all but a few older devices (such as the Nokia 2) will get Android 10 between the end of 2019 and the second half of 2020. It's safe to say, if you want a low-end phone that continues to get support, Nokia is one of the best options.

OnePlus

OnePlus has laid out a policy similar to Android One, which promises two years of software updates and three years of security patches for all of its phones. That means every phone starting with the OnePlus 5 will get Android 10.

OnePlus released their Open Beta version of Android 10 to the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro on the same day Google made the update official. It should be a few months before the stable version gets released to all their devices, but based on last year, expect them all to come in a timely fashion. So far, OnePlus is on schedule, with both of last year's flagships (OnePlus 6 and 6T) as well this year's (OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T) already on Android 10.

Samsung

If you check out our Android Pie tracker, you'll see that Samsung was one of the better OEMs for updating their phones. The company managed to get all of its flagship phones from the past two years on Android Pie within six months. But that isn't good enough for Samsung. According to one carrier, Android 10 is coming much sooner β€” at least, to its most recent devices.

T-Mobile confirms that as of September 4, Samsung is already testing Android 10 on a few of its devices. And According to Sammobile, the beta program for the Galaxy Note 10 series will start late September. So there's a good chance Samsung updates its 2019 lineup of phones to Android 10 before the end of October, a huge improvement for Samsung from last year.

Sony

While Sony struggles to make its presence known in the US, it has been pretty good at updates. The majority of its flagships have received Android 9, and Sony has promised that several of its phones will get Android 10 in the coming months. Sony released its list for which phones will get it, and as of now, it's limited to the XZ series and its successor (Xperia 1 and 5).

Cover photo by Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

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