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Samsung Galaxy S10 series receives One UI 2.0 beta 6 with December security patch

Samsung has been testing its flavor of Android 10, One UI 2.0, for about a month already across its latest flagship phones. Just a few days after the Galaxy S10 series received the fifth beta, the company is already pushing out the sixth pre-release to its testers on the S10, S10+, and S10e. As the software is nearing its graduation to the stable release channel, there are fewer and fewer changes, and so only some bug fixes and a promotion to the December security patch found their way into this update.

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One UI 2.0 beta 5 update hitting Galaxy S10 as S9 and Note 9 get ready to join beta program

In less than a week after releasing the fourth One UI 2.0 beta, Samsung has pushed out another one for Galaxy S10 owners. As usual, a bunch of bugs have been fixed, and the list appears to be getting shorter as the beta program shows signs of winding down. Samsung also made an announcement on its Korean forum announcing the start of the Android 10 beta program for Galaxy S9 and Note 9 devices.

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One UI 2.0 beta 4 starts hitting Galaxy S10 units

Samsung’s early 2019 flagship lineup has begun receiving its fourth beta update with fixes to several issues that previous releases introduced. This is supposed to be a simultaneous rollout in all markets where One UI 2.0 beta is currently live for the Galaxy S10 variants. For now, we’ve got confirmation from both the US and the UK, while SamMobile could verify the update’s rollout in Germany.

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(Update: Note 10 US rollout) One UI 2.0 beta 2 released with fixes and November patch, Note 10 and S10 5G join the fray

The One UI 2.0 beta release brought Android 10 to the Galaxy S10 line last week, but the S10 5G and the Note 10 series couldn’t make the cut. The two omitted models are now being brought under Samsung’s beta program in different parts of the world, as per SamMobile’s learnings. These devices are joining the program while, concurrently, S10 units already in the test program are getting the second beta.

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The menu navigation button has finally been retired in Android 10

In the olden days of Android phones, there were more than just three navigation keys. Some devices had a dedicated search key, and most phones had a menu button that acted like a system-wide right-click key. However, the menu key has been deprecated for years, and it has finally been laid to rest with Android 10.

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Android backups to Google Drive have been disabled on many phones for months — no proper fix in sight

For over nine months now, Android users have been complaining about an issue with backups to Google Drive. The phone simply stops backing up data without a warning and the only workaround available isn't sustainable, while the only potential fix requires some adb commands. Google has yet to acknowledge or address the problem.

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 Android 10 beta now open for sign-ups

ASUS’ ROG Phone 2 is an absolute beast of a phone owing to its 120Hz AMOLED display, 6000mAh battery, and of course the Snapdragon 855 Plus chip. The niche gaming phone now stands next in line to receive the newest flavor of Android, after its mainstream ZenFone-branded peers underwent a similar treatment not too long ago. ASUS has begun taking applications for Zen UI closed beta from anyone meeting a prescribed set of requirements. This will presumably be followed by a public beta before a stable version of Android 10 is released.

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Android 10 adds handy clipboard pasting pop-up suggestions, starting with the Pixel 4

When you copy something from an app then switch to another and tap on a text entry box, the next thing you're likely to do is paste what you just copied. We often run into this scenario when using our phones and they could be a little smarter about it. Chrome already suggests pasting a link you just copied and now a similar feature is coming to Android on a system-wide level.

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One UI 2.0 Beta 3 update is rolling out for the Galaxy S10 (Update: rolling out in US)

Samsung kicked off the Android 10 beta program for the Galaxy S10 family last month, and it's already released a couple of updates. Today, there is a new OTA rolling out for the S10s in South Korea and the UK — this will be the third update for Korea, but only the second for the UK and other regions that follow the same cadence. As for the US, there are still no signs of the third update.

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Pixel phones can now vibrate before ramping up the volume

Starting this month, Pixel owners will gain an additional sound option that controls how their phones behave when a call comes in. Awkwardly referred by Google as the ramping ringer feature, it lets the phone vibrate for a few seconds first before the ringtone volume goes up in an increasingly louder fashion.

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