Update, October 9 2019 (4:17AM ET): Samsung revealed One UI 2.0 beta details for South Korean Galaxy S10 series owners yesterday. We didn’t have to wait long at all for US details, as Samsung’s US division has now shared information.

An official forum post, spotted by TizenHelp, confirms that Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10 Plus owners in the US will be able to join the One UI 2.0 beta. The post also notes that Sprint, T-Mobile, and unlocked devices are the only eligible phones for now. So the likes of AT&T and Verizon customers will need to wait. There’s no word on an official launch date though.

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Samsung’s One UI 2.0 is based on Android 10, so you can likely expect a few Google features in this beta as well. Prominent Android 10 features include revised permissions, Project Mainline for security updates via the Play Store, and a better sharing menu.

Original article, October 8 2019 (12:53PM ET): According to an official post on Samsung’s community forums earlier today, the One UI 2.0 beta — based on Android 10 — is coming very soon (via @jtinseoul on Twitter). Samsung confirmed that South Korean variants of the Samsung Galaxy S10 family will be the first to use the beta.

For the sake of clarity, the Galaxy S10 family will include the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e. The Galaxy S10 5G won’t be included with this first rollout.

Presumably, Samsung will adhere to what it did last year with the initial rollout of its then-new One UI Android skin by sending out the beta to South Korean models and then slowly pushing it out to other countries — including the United States — shortly thereafter.

Check out the announcement image for the One UI 2.0 beta rollout below:

As with last year’s beta, there will be a small number of invitations posted to the Samsung Members app for Korean models of the Galaxy S10 family. These limited number of slots will likely fill up quickly, and then Samsung will open up new slots in other countries.

Samsung doesn’t give a definitive date for when the One UI 2.0 beta slots will open up, but it does say “coming soon.” It’s a safe bet we’ll see this happen before the end of the month.

Related: Top ten Samsung One UI features you should know

Interestingly, Samsung’s latest flagships — the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus — don’t appear to be a part of this first beta stage. It’s likely these devices will eventually be a part of the beta, but just not at first, it seems.

Regardless, if Samsung does roll this beta out by the end of October it will be nominally faster than it rolled out One UI last year. That beta program didn’t begin until mid-November, so it’s very likely we’ll see a stable rollout of Android 10 to specific Samsung flagships much quicker than we saw Android 9 Pie roll out last year.

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Author: C. Scott Brown