Google has finally released the newest version of its mobile operating system. Originally codenamed Android Q, Android 10 is crammed with new features, including a dark mode, live captioning (though not at launch), edge-to-edge gestures as well as support for folding phones and 5G – most of which didn’t come as a surprise as Google already unveiled some of the details at its annual developer conference back in May.
If you’re using an Android phone, you’ll be able to get an upgrade although full access might still be months away. We’ve been in touch with all the major phone makers we expect to support Android 10, including those selling our WIRED Recommends best Android phones. Some have been able to give us a slightly more concrete roadmap, others didn’t have any news. We will be updating this page as we hear more.
Android releases tend to come to Google’s handsets first, so the Pixel phones are the pretty much the only devices that are able to upgrade, as the release rolled out, from September 3. However, Google released six beta versions since it announced Android 10 in March, allowing manufacturers and app developers to test the new features and prepare for the official release, so other manufacturers might be quicker to adopt it than others.
Android 10 is available for foldable phones, so, naturally, we’d expect the Samsung Galaxy Fold to adopt the new operating system when it re-launches after its initial debacle. But the South Korean company hasn’t released an Android 10 roadmap for its existing and future devices yet. In Europe, however, a company spokesperson confirmed Android 10 will begin rolling out to flagship phones later this year.
The latest beta version is available for the OnePlus 6/6T and 7 series and can be downloaded on the company’s website. Some users have been testing the core features over the last couple of months and reported various bugs around the gestures, home button and dark theme – but this is not uncommon with beta versions. When asked about the official Android 10 release, the company’s spokesperson wasn’t able to share more details about the final release.
HTC has only just started to roll out Android Pie to its U11 and U12 models – and since the Taiwanese manufacturer hasn’t been on Google’s partner list for beta versions – Android 10 is probably still a long time away.
Although Google has revoked Huawei’s Android license as a result of the US government adding the Chinese company to its trade blacklist, existing handsets will still be able to use the operating system.
Honor, which is a subsidiary of Huawei, said that the following devices will be able to access Android 10 by November:
Meanwhile, Huawei showed off its upcoming open-source operating system, Harmony OS, at a developer conference in August. Harmony OS, or Hongmeng as it is called in China, is designed to work on tablets, smart speakers, smartwatches, in-car systems but not smartphones – at least, not yet.
The Xperia XZ3 is the only Sony device that is in the Android 10 beta. Sony was fairly quick to adopt Android Pie and upgrade two of its XZ2 devices within two months. But the company hasn’t released a roadmap for Android 10 yet and hasn’t responded to WIRED’s request.
Nokia has a strong record of quick updates. HMD Global, the company which produces Nokia phones, shared its rollout plan for Android 10 in August. The new operating system will be available across Nokia’s entire smartphone portfolio – which HMD Global’s chief product officer Juho Sarvikas says is an exception, compared to other manufacturers.
These models will be upgraded in the fourth quarter of 2019:
These models are expected to follow in early 2020:
Owners of older devices will have to be a bit more patient but can expect to receive the update by the first half of 2020.
LG isn’t really playing in the big leagues of smartphones anymore, but its flagship G8 ThinQ is on the Android 10 beta. So far, only the third of six beta releases has been made available for download and testing, so we expect LG to be pretty slow to upgrade its phones to the full release.
Motorola’s G7 handsets are expected to be upgraded to Android 10, although it is not clear when this might happen yet. The company hasn’t been on the Android 10 beta either, so we shouldn’t expect its devices to be amongst the first to adopt the new operating system.
While there’s no word yet on when exactly Motorola will release the One Zoom, the new device is rumoured to make an appearance at IFA in Berlin this week. Specifications, including a four-camera setup, have appeared on Geekbench, a processor benchmark platform. The listing also states the phone will run on Android Pie.
Essential has only produced a single handset since 2017 but it’s already been updated with Android 10, the same day it was released – and just a month after Android 9 Pie was made available.
The Palo Alto company said in a tweet that the operating system will first be rolled out to “select Open Market customers”. That means customers who bought an unlocked phone from Essential or a retailer directly. If purchased through network providers like Sprint in the US, you’ll have to wait.