Samsung started rolling out the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update to the Galaxy Note 10 series late last month. First released in some Asian and European markets. the rollout has now reached the US. Both models — vanilla Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ — are now receiving the big Android update stateside. The new update is rolling out to the carrier-locked versions of the two phones with firmware version N97xUSQU7GULD. The same software package for the unlocked versions comes with firmware version N97xU1UEU7GULD.
According to a SamMobile report, the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ are also receiving the Android 12 update in Canada. The new firmware version in the country is N97xWVLU7GULD.
The updates in both markets bundle the January 2022 Android security patch. It is a pretty important SMR (security maintenance release) since it contains fixes for over 60 vulnerabilities from Samsung and Google, including a handful of critical ones. However, we are more interested in the new Android version, as well as One UI 4.0.
As we have detailed here, the latest iteration of Samsung’s custom Android skin brings plenty of new features and enhancements to its Galaxy smartphones and tablets. There are some UI changes, improved stock apps, a new widget picker UI, improved dark mode, and more. In short, this update will change the look and feel of your Galaxy Note 10/Note 10+ on the software level.
Galaxy Note 10 will not receive Android updates anymore
When Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 10 duo back in August 2019, it promised only two major Android OS updates for the phones. But it later upgraded its software support policy to extend that commitment to three updates. All flagship models launched since 2019, as well as a few mid-rangers, will now receive three generations of Android updates.
However, even with that extended support, the Galaxy Note 10 series has reached its end of life. Well, at least in terms of major Android updates. Launched with Android 9 Pie, the phones have already received updates to Android 10, Android 11, and now, Android 12.
Going forward, Samsung will only release security patches to the two S Pen-wielding Galaxy flagships. Those updates will come monthly for the next few months before the frequency drops to every three months and eventually the devices fade into oblivion.
Nonetheless, if you’re using a Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10+ in the US or Canada, the Android 12 update should be available for you anytime now if it hasn’t already. You can navigate to Settings > Software update > Download and install on your phone to check for the update manually.