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Samsung snubs the Galaxy Fold, while dropping the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8

No Android 10 love for the Galaxy Note 8 or S8. (Image source: Android Authority)
No Android 10 love for the Galaxy Note 8 or S8. (Image source: Android Authority)
The Galaxy S10 series may have already started receiving Android 10 in some regions, but Galaxy Fold owners are not so fortunate. One UI 2.0 roadmaps state that the device still has another four months to wait before it sees an OS upgrade, despite being Samsung's most expensive smartphone. The Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 are unlikely ever to see Android 10, either.

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.

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One UI 2.0 - Israel roadmap (Image source: SamMobile)
One UI 2.0 - Israel roadmap (Image source: SamMobile)
One UI 2.0 - Europe roadmap (Image source: @MaxWinebach)
One UI 2.0 - Europe roadmap (Image source: @MaxWinebach)
One UI 2.0 - India roadmap (Image source: SamMobile)
One UI 2.0 - India roadmap (Image source: SamMobile)

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Alex Alderson, 2019-12- 1 (Update: 2019-12- 3)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.