Samsung snubs the Galaxy Fold, while dropping the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8
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News about Samsung's One UI 2.0 roll-out has been steadily trickling out, and there are three high-profile omissions. According to several roadmaps spotted by SamMobile and Max Winebach of XDA Developers, Samsung will not be releasing One UI 2.0, its in-house version of Android 10, to devices that were released over two years ago.
Samsung has previously been taken to court in the Netherlands over issuing two-years of software updates, such is the dissatisfaction among some consumers about this company policy. It is worth mentioning that Samsung does comply with Google's mandate of Android OEMs issuing at least two years of security updates to their devices, though.
So, while the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 are capable of running Android 10, they will officially remain on Android 9.0 Pie. Community developers, like those on XDA Developers, may port Android 10 to the three devices in some capacity, though.
Meanwhile, European, Indian and Israeli One UI 2.0 roadmaps have confirmed another curious decision by Samsung. While Samsung has already started rolling out the OS upgrade to some devices, the Galaxy Fold is scheduled to receive Android 10 in April during the same phase as the Galaxy A series and Tab S6. This means that Samsung's most expensive handset will be left on Android 9.0 Pie for an additional three to four months than the company's other recent flagships. Clearly, paying around US$2,000 does not buy you prompt software updates.