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Samsung Android 11 update: Device list and expected release date

Samsung is well known for offering comprehensive support to all its devices for at least two years after its initial release. This support could come in the form of security patches or major OS updates depending on your device. While many users wait for an Android 10 update, Google has already started rolling out an Android 11 (developer preview) to its Pixel users. This initial build is designed to make developers aware of the significant changes in the OS so that they can get their apps ready for the official rollout.

If you are wondering when your Samsung device will get the Android 11 update, you have landed at the perfect place. We have compiled a list of all Samsung devices from the past two years and some more, along with their potential release dates. Let’s dive into it.

Samsung Android 11 Release Date

Samsung is known to provide at least two major OS updates to all its flagship devices. Alongside two major OS updates, the company tends to supply security patches for consequent years in a quarterly fashion. Based on the company’s previous track record with flagship smartphones, we can clearly say that devices like the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and the S20 Ultra series will be getting an Android 11 update in Q1 2021. These devices run Android 10 right out of the box which makes it highly likely that they will be getting an Android 10 update in the future.

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Samsung’s foldable lineup of smartphones is also expected to get Android 11 stable updates in early 2021. These devices currently include Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. The Z Flip runs on Android 10 right out of the box while the Galaxy Fold will be getting an Android 10 update this year. Android 11 would be the first major OS update for the Z Flip while it would end up being the second major update for the Galaxy Fold.

Other than S20, Z Flip, the S10 and Note 10 sets are also in the line to receive Android 11 before the A-series and M-series phones, but before these 2019 flagships, Samsung will have one more device to prepare Android 11 (presumably One UI 3) for, the next Galaxy Note handset that will be the successor the Note 10 lineup — it could be called Galaxy Note 20, BTW!

Once Samsung is done with the S-series, Note-series, and foldable phones, we expect Samsung to release the Android 11 update for M-series and A-series handsets, with Galaxy A71 and A51 seemingly first in the line. Sadly, the Galaxy S9 (and S9+) and Note 9 won’t receive the Android 11 update.

When will the first Android 11 beta from Samsung arrive?

Samsung starts testing out betas for a new Android OS as soon as Google releases an official stable build. Google is expected to release the official stable update of Android 11 in Q3 2020. This means that you can see the beta enrollment of Android 11 for the above-stated devices anytime during Q4 2020.

If you are expecting an OTA update for your Samsung device to get your hands on Android 11, the beta program might be the earliest way to do so. The first device to receive Android 11 beta would be the S20 (and Galaxy Note 20?), but Z Flip could also make it to the first batch of devices to get the beta.

Samsung Android 11 Device List

Here is our expected release date table for the Android 11 update for Samsung Galaxy phones.

Device Name Expected Release Date
Galaxy S Series
Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra November 2020
Galaxy S20 5G January 2021
Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+ Q1 2021
Galaxy S10 5G Q1 2021
Galaxy S10 Lite Q1 2021
Galaxy S9 and S9+ Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy Note series
Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+ November 2020
Galaxy Note 10 5G Q1 2021
Galaxy Note 10 Lite Q1 2021
Galaxy Note 9 Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy Fold and Z Flip
Galaxy Fold Q1 2021
Galaxy Fold 5G Q1 2021
Galaxy Z Flip January 2021
Galaxy A series
Galaxy A01 Q3 2021 (Launched with Android 10, shall get one major update in Android 11.)
Galaxy A10 Not Eligible (Launched with Android 9, Android 10 is its single major update.)
Galaxy A10e Not Eligible (Launched with Android 9, Android 10 is its single major update.)
Galaxy A10s Not Eligible (Launched with Android 9, Android 10 is its single major update.)
Galaxy A20 Not Eligible (Launched with Android 9, Android 10 is its single major update.)
Galaxy A20e Not Eligible (Launched with Android 9, Android 10 is its single major update.)
Galaxy A20s Q2 2021
Galaxy A30 Q3 2021
Galaxy A30s Q3 2021
Galaxy A40 Q3 2021
Galaxy A50 Q3 2021
Galaxy A50s Q3 2021
Galaxy A51 Q2 2021
Galaxy A6, A6+ Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy A60 Not Eligible (Released with Pie, Android 10 later this Year)
Galaxy A6s Not Eligible (Released with Nougat, didn’t even receive Android 9 Pie)
Galaxy A7 Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy A70 Q2 2021
Galaxy A70s Q2 2021
Galaxy A71 Q2 2021
Galaxy A8 Star Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy A8, A8+ Not Eligible (Released with Nougat, Android Pie is its last update)
Galaxy A80 Q2 2021
Galaxy A8s Q2 2021
Galaxy A9 Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy A90 5G Q1 2021
Galaxy J Series
Galaxy J2 Core Not Eligible
Galaxy J2 Pro Not Eligible (Released with Nougat, didn’t even receive Android 9 Pie)
Galaxy J3 Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy J4 Core Not Eligible
Galaxy J4, J4+ Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy J6, J6+ Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy J7 (2018) Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy J7 Duo (2018) Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy J7 Prime 2 (2018) Not Eligible (Released with Nougat, Android Pie was its last update)
Galaxy J8 (2018) Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy M Series
Galaxy M10 Not Eligible (Launched with Android Oreo, Android Pie is its single major update.)
Galaxy M10s Not Eligible (Launched with Android 9, Android 10 is its single major update.)
Galaxy M20 Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy M30 Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy M30s Q2 2021
Galaxy M31 Q1 2021
Galaxy M40 Q2 2021
Galaxy Xcover series
Galaxy Xcover 4s May not receive Android 11
Galaxy Xcover Field Pro May not receive Android 11
Galaxy Xcover Pro Q2 2021
Galaxy Tab A Series
Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) May not receive Android 11
Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) May not receive Android 11
Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2018) May not receive Android 11
Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) May not receive Android 11
Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen (2019) Q3 2021
Galaxy Tab Active Pro (2019) Q2 2021
Galaxy Tab Advanced 2 (2018) Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy Tab S Series
Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 (2018) Not Eligible (Android 10 is its second and last major update)
Galaxy Tab S5e Q2 2021
Galaxy Tab S6 Q1 2021

One UI 3

Many companies take a minimalistic approach when it comes to operating systems, aiming to deliver as authentic an experience as possible. Samsung, on the other hand, takes pride in putting a highly-customized skin on top of Google’s stock Android, asserting that it only enhances the overall experience of their smartphones.

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With Android Pie, Samsung completely overhauled its user interface, replacing the infamous TouchWiz with One UI. In November 2019, Samsung rolled out Android 10 for the Galaxy S10 in the form of One UI 2, bringing all of Android 10’s standout features alongside Samsung’s own mixture of magic. If all goes according to plan, Samsung will keep improving its One UI and release the third iteration in the shape of One UI 3.0, which would be based on Android 11.

Why the delay in Samsung Android 11 update

Samsung’s current custom skin, One UI, is a lot lighter than its predecessor — TouchWiz — but it still is a long way from resembling Google’s stock Android. The South Korean OEM bundles in a bunch of features, which, more often than not, enhance the smartphone experience for end-users.

As you’d expect, bundling in these features means that Samsung generally spends a lot of time perfecting them, making sure they are ready to fire on cue. After rigorous beta tests and trial-and-error rounds, Samsung finally rolls out the stable build to its latest flagships. This year, the Android 11-based One UI 3 is expected to roll out to the Galaxy S20 trio before trickling down to other devices. And since Samsung will conduct multiple rounds of testing to perfect the OS, the rollout is likely to commence at least a month after Google releases Android 11 for supported Pixel devices.


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