Last year, one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the business, Samsung, overhauled its user interface with the introduction of One UI. Its predecessor, TouchWiz, had its uses, but an abundance of bloatware left most users more frustrated than satisfied. It took Samsung some time, but they finally got rid of the unsavory elements and launched a reworked UI.
There was a bit of skepticism surround One UI, with many not trusting Samsung to finally deliver a non-intrusive OS. However, based on Android 9 Pie, One UI brought a host of welcome changes, all of which has helped enhance the smartphone experience for users.
This year, Google has ditched the dessert-themed nomenclature and has given us a rebranded Android OS — Android 10. It improves upon Android Pie’s feature set by bringing a few visual and functionality changes. It’s still early days, but the reception, so far, has been nothing short of positive.
Samsung’s basing One UI 2 on Android 10 and will bring most of the OS’ core features to supported devices. The South Korean OEM has neither revealed an extensive list of supported devices nor announced an official release date. However, if the rumors are to be believed, the beta looks closer than ever.
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December 21, 2019: Several AT&T users are receiving stable One UI 2 update based on Android 10 on their Galaxy Note 10/10+ units. The update weighs over 2.2GB but the build of the software is yet to be confirmed.
December 20, 2019: Verizon starts rolling out stable Android 10 with One UI 2 on Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. The update changelog also mentions the inclusion of two new features Smart Reply and Live Transcribe.
December 13, 2019: Only a day after releasing the stable build of Android 10-based One UI 2 for a couple of M-series devices, the South Korean OEM has started pushing out the latest version of Android for its current Note-series flagships, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.
As of now, the update, which carries software version BSL7 — N970FXXU1BSL7 (Note 10) and N975FXXU1BSL7 (Note 10+) — is only available for the LTE variant users who took part in the beta program.[Update (December 16th): The software is now being rolled out for regular users — who are running Pie-based One UI — in Germany. Global rollout expected soon.]
December 12, 2019: After releasing the highly-anticipated Android 10 to the Galaxy S10 lineup, Samsung, to everyone’s surprise, has released the stable build of One UI 2 for the Galaxy M30 and M20. The update, which brings software version M205FDDU3CSL4 to M20 and M305FDDU3CSL4 to M30, respectively, also brings the December 2019 security patch.
December 10, 2019: Samsung has started rolling out the second Android 10-based One UI 2 beta for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The update, which carries software version ZSL2, brings a bunch of bug fixes and the December 2019 security patch.
December 10, 2019: When it comes to software updates, 5G variants aren’t usually as lucky as their LTE counterparts. It’s often months before they get the opportunity to run the latest software, especially chunky Android updates. Thankfully, Samsung has embarked upon a road less taken, rolling out the latest version of Android for the Galaxy S10 5G within 2 weeks of its release for the LTE variants. The update is rolling out as version G977NKSU2BSL2 and is also bringing the December 2019 security patch.
December 02, 2019: Samsung has started rolling out the third Android 10-powered One UI 2 beta for the Galaxy Note 9. Apart from regular bug fixes, the OTA, which carries software version N960FXXU4ZSKH, also brings the December 2019 security patch.
November 28, 2019: Finally! Samsung has released the stable One UI 2 update (Android 10) for the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e. Available only in Germany at the moment, the stable update is rolling out as an OTA for both sets of users, those on beta and those on Android Pie. The stable One UI 2 comes as build BSKO, with the software version being G970FXXU3BSKO (S10e), G973FXXU3BSKO (S10), and G975FXXU3BSKO (S10+). Expect the stable One UI 2 OTA update to hot the US soil in the next few weeks while other markets should be getting the update in the next few days.
November 27, 2019: Samsung is rolling out Android 10 update in the form of One UI 2 Beta for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus handsets. The update, available for One UI Beta program members alone, comes in beta with a build version ZSKD and weighs in at around 1.8GB. It shifts the firmware version on the Galaxy S9 to G960FXXU7ZSKD and the Galaxy S9 Plus to G965FXXU7ZSKD.
November 26, 2019: Samsung starts releasing the second version of One UI 2 beta to the Galaxy Note 9. The update, which carries, software version N960FXXS4ZSK7, fixes the unintended app installation glitch and device unlocking issue after a reboot.
November 25, 2019: Soon after releasing the sixth One UI 2 beta, Samsung has started rolling out another beta update for the Galaxy S10 lineup. The beta, carrying software version ZSKL — G970FXXU3ZSKL (S10e) | G973FXXU3ZSKL (S10) | G975FXXU3ZSKL (S10 Plus) is being rolled out to fix bugs and weighs at 147 MB.
November 21, 2019: Samsung has now turned its attention towards the Galaxy Note 9 as the Android 10-based One UI 2 beta update is currently live in Korea and should reach other regions soon.
November 21, 2019: The South Korean giant has started seeding the sixth One UI 2 beta update for the Galaxy S10 series, carrying software version ZSKJ and weighing 187MB.
November 19, 2019: Android 10-based One UI 2 has been certified for the Galaxy Note 10 devices from Wi-Fi Alliance. A detailed Alliance-approved list — SM-N97XF, Dual-SIM variants, SM-N971N, SM-N976B, SM-N970U, and SM-N976V — confirm that the unlocked and Verizon variants could get the update first in the US.
November 14, 2019: Samsung has finally released the One UI 2 beta for unlocked Galaxy Note 10 users in the United States. the update carries software version ZSK3 – N970U1UEU2ZSK3 for Note 10 and N970U1UEU2ZSK3 for Note 10 Plus, and weighs 1.9GB.
November 13, 2019: Samsung has decided to roll out Android 10 for the budget offerings as soon as possible. The Wi-Fi Alliance has already certified Android 10-based One UI 2 beta for M20 and M30, sporting software version M205FDDU3CSK3 and M305FDDU2CSK3, respectively.
November 08, 2019: Samsung id rolling out the third One UI 2 update for unlocked Galaxy S10 devices in the US. The update carries software version ZSK3 — G970U1UEU2ZSK3 for S10e, G973U1UEU2ZSK3 for S10, and G975U1UEU2ZSK3 for S10 Plus — and brings a host of fixes and stability improvements.
November 08, 2019: Samsung has started rolling out One UI 2 beta for the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus in India. The software carries version ZSK4 — N970FXXU1ZSK4 for Note 10 and N970FXXU1ZSK4 for Note 10 Plus —the OTA allows Indian Note 10 users to kick off the beta program straight from the latest version itself, making sure they aren’t lagging behind other regions. Apart from the Android 10-based One UI 2, the update also brings the November 2019 security patch.
November 06, 2019: The second version of One UI 2 beta is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in South Korea. The update, which carries software version G977NKSU2ZSK3 and weighs 553MB, brings a bunch of refinements and general bug fixes.
November 02, 2019: All models ((F/U/U1/W/etc.) of the Galaxy S10 family have been cleared by Wi-Fi Alliance to receive the latest, stable version of Android 10. We expect it to hit the shelves by the end of November.
November 07, 2019: As per Sammobile, Samsung is on the verge of announcing One UI 2 beta program for the 2018-make Galaxy Note 9. As per their sources, the first beta rollout could carry software version N960FXXU4ZSK2 and could make its way to devices in the coming weeks.
November 07, 2019: After rolling out the second One UI 2 beta update for the Galaxy S10 5G in South Korea, Samsung has released an identical update for the LTE S10 devices in India. The update, which carries software version ZSK3, squashes a host of reported bugs while stabilizing some of the apps in the process.
October 25, 2019: Based on Android 10, the One UI 2 beta update is now also available for the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus users, coming in as version ZSFJ. At the moment, the rollout is limited to Europe only but it’s been announced for the US too, where only the unlocked variants will get the update that is the part of One UI 2 beta program.
October 25, 2019: Galaxy S10 users in South Korea, the US (unlocked and locked), and other European regions are receiving the second version of One UI 2 beta. Apart from various fixes and improvements, the update also brings the November 2019 security patch.
October 25, 2019: Samsung has rolled out One UI 2 beta for the Galaxy S10 devices in India. The S10 users in the region are kicking off the program with the second version of the beta, rather than the first release like the other countries. Samsung has also opened One UI 2 beta registration for the Galaxy S10 5G in South Korea. The rollout is set to commence from October 25th.
October 23, 2019: After announcing One UI 2 beta program for the Galaxy Note 10 in Korea, Samsung has officially confirmed it for the United States. As we know, One UI beta program for the Galaxy S10 was made available to T-Mobile and Sprint users as well as owners of unlocked S10s. Note 10, on the other hand, will only be available to unlocked Note 10 and Note 10 Plus users in the United States.
October 12, 2019: Samsung has released its first One UI 2 update today. The Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e users in Korea are receiving the One UI 2 beta update based on Android 10 today. The update is said to release in the US and Germany on October 14th.
October 09, 2019: It took them a little while but Samsung US has released details of One UI 2 beta program for the Galaxy S10 users in the US. The S10 handsets (except 5G edition) at Sprint and T-Mobile, and the US Unlocked variant, are eligible for One UI 2 beta program. Users will be able to participate in the beta program via the Samsung members app to get the first taste of the Android 10 beta update. Registrations will be opened up, soon. Samsung has announced the One UI 2 update for Europe too.
October 08, 2019: Samsung has announced the One UI 2 beta program for the S10 users in Korea. The Android 10 based update will be available soon as beat for the S10e, S10, and S10+, while one for the S10 5G will be announced later.
One UI 2 beta release
- S10, S10+, and S10e have begun receiving the stable One UI 2 update (Nov 28)
- One UI 2 beta has been released for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus (Nov 27)
- One UI 2 beta rolls out for Galaxy Note 9 handsets in Korea (Nov 21)
- One UI 2 beta released for Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ (Oct 25), Indian beta also out (Nov 8)
- One UI 2 also released for the S10 5G (in Korea only, Oct 25)
Usually, Samsung isn’t the fastest when it comes to rolling out software updates. But the company is set to turn over a new leaf with Android 10.
As suggested by last month’s leak and many other isolated reports, the company already has a stable beta in place and could announce the beta program before the month of September runs out. The first beta could roll out in the US and some European countries in October. [Update: Announced for Korea (only!) on October 8.]
One UI 2 stable release
- Stable update now available for Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e in Germany (Nov28)
- The US release is expected in the next few weeks
- Should be available for the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus next (in the next few days/weeks)
- Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, Note 9 and Note 9 Plus next to receive stable One UI 2 updates. [Beta is live for all four devices]
- Check out Samsung Android 10 release roadmap here.
Now that the stable One UI 2 update is available for the Galaxy S10 handsets in Germany, we expect Samsung to roll out one for the Note 10 handsets too pretty soon — it could take them anything between few days to a few weeks, though!
Last year, the South Korean conglomerate released the first stable Android 9 build for Galaxy S9 on December 24th, while Note 9 got the same One UI update later in the month. It wasn’t the fastest release by any means, but Samsung finally paid heed to the importance of pushing out software updates as fast as possible.
This year, the company seems to be on a journey to redeem itself. If the beta indeed hits the shelves within October, a stable release should be just around the corner. Samsung could release the stable build of One UI 2 for the S10 and Note 10 devices within November.