Samsung Galaxy J8, Galaxy Tab A 10.5, and LG Q70 receive stable Android 10 update
As the foundation of Android 11 is getting finalized, several OEMs are trying to clear their backlogs by pushing stable Android 10 updates to the eligible devices. Samsung, for example, has upgraded a bunch of Galaxy devices, including tablets, to Android 10 with the company’s own One UI 2 UI on top in the last few weeks. Two more Samsung devices – the Galaxy J8 and the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 – are now receiving the same treatment across the globe, and LG is extending the same treatment to the LG Q70.
Samsung Galaxy J8 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5
Delivering Android 10 to a budget device from 2018 is quite fascinating by Samsung’s own standards, but the company has done it anyway. The Galaxy J8 debuted with Android Oreo, and received its Android Pie update with the first iteration of One UI back in April 2019. The Android 10/One UI 2 OTA for this phone (SM-J810F variant to be precise) is currently rolling out in Russia in the form of software version J810FPUU4CTG3.
The Galayx Tab A 10.5 has also picked up the Android 10 update in a number of regions. Both the Wi-Fi (SM-T590) and the LTE (SM-T595) models are getting the update with build numbers T590XXU3CTF9 and T595XXU4CTF9, respectively. These builds also carry the July 2020 Android security patches.
The combined changelog can be found below:
Android 10 Changelog for the Samsung Galaxy J8/Tab A 10.5
One UI 2 brings you Android 10, with exciting new features from Samsung and Google based on feedback from users like you.
We recommend that you back up your important data to keep it safe during the upgrade.
Some apps, including Calculator, Samsung Internet, Samsung Health and Samsung Notes, need to be updated individually after you update your OS.
Here’s what’s new.
- Dark mode
- Enhanced image, text, and color adjustments for day and night environments.
- Darkened wallpapers, widgets, and alarms while Dark mode is on.
- Icons and colors
- Clearer app icons and system colors.
- Improved layouts for titles and buttons to eliminate wasted screen space.
- Smoother animations
- Enhanced animations with a playful touch.
- Full screen gestures
- Added new navigation gestures.
- Refined interactions
- Navigate more comfortably on large screens with minimal finger movement.
- Easily focus on what matters with clearly highlighted buttons.
- One-handed mode (only for the Galaxy J8)
- New ways to access One-handed mode: double tap the Home button or swipe down in the center of the bottom of the screen.
- Settings moved to Settings > Advanced features > One-handed mode.
- High contrast keyboards and layouts for large text have been improved.
- Listen to live speech and display it as text.
- Better text over wallpapers
- See text more clearly against wallpaper, as One UI automatically adjusts font colors based on light and dark areas and color contrast in the image below.
- Media and devices
- Replaced the SmartThings panel with the Media and Devices.
- Media: Control music and videos playing on your phone/tablet as well as other devices.
- Devices: Check and control your SmartThings devices directly from the quick panel.
- Device care
- The battery usage graph now provides more detailed information.
- Digital wellbeing
- Set goals to keep your phone/tablet usage in check.
- Use Focus mode to help avoid distractions from your phone/tablet.
- Keep an eye on your kids with new parental controls.
- Added the ability to edit the modes that appear at the bottom of the screen.
- Provided a More tab so you can quickly access hidden modes from the preview screen.
- Improved the layout so you can focus on taking pictures without the settings getting in the way.
- Customize the quick menu to get instant access to the features you use the most.
- Get more information from the app bar.
- Install add-ons from the Galaxy Store to get even more features.
- Samsung Contacts
- Added Trash feature for Contacts. Contacts that you delete will stay in the trash for 15 days before being deleted forever.
- Stickers can be added to a date without creating an event.
- Ringtones can be used for event alerts.
- More options are available for repeating reminders.
- Set location-based reminders for a specific period of time.
- Share reminders with your family group and other sharing groups.
- Set reminders for a specific date without an alert.
- My Files
- Created a Trash feature so you can restore files if you delete something by mistake.
- Added more filters you can use while searching to help you find things quickly.
- You can now copy or move multiple files and folders to different destinations at the same time.
- Added speed and time units to the unit converter.
Besides Samsung, LG is also rolling out the stable Android 10 update for the LG Q70. At the moment of writing this article, the OTA is available in Korea with the build number Q730N20c/Q730NO20c. A notice from the company reveals that LG is pushing the update to both unlocked and carrier variants of the LG Q70 starting from July 13th. It’s worth noting that LG’s UI packs in a number of extra features over the ones Google released with Android 10, including revamped accessibility shortcuts, hot key behavior, and more.