Did Samsung just let the cat out of the bag regarding an Android 10 upgrade for the Tab S4 and potentially Note 9?

My spidey senses started tingling when I read an email from the DeX Team confirming the demise of the Linux on DeX Beta:

End of Linux on DeX Beta
Thank you for supporting Linux on DeX Beta. The development of Linux on DeX was all thanks to customer interest and valuable feedback. Unfortunately, we are announcing the end of our beta program, and will no longer provide support on future OS and device releases.

NOTE — Linux on DeX will not be supported on Android 10 Beta. Once you update your device to Android OS 10, you will not be able to perform a version rollback to Android Pie. If you decide to update your device to Android 10 Beta, we recommend backing up data before updating.

Thank you,
The Linux on DeX Team

On the surface they’ve merely confirmed that the experiment either

  • A: Wasn’t as popular as they thought it would be
  • B: Was really only ever an experiment for potential future options

and as a result are shutting it down, but there’s a little more to this…

When the Beta was released in November last year, there were 2 devices on the program: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4. It’s possible that they’re targeting newer devices that were added to the program. Specifically the S10 range and S5e tablet which were able to join the Beta at a later time.

As part of entry to the program you register your device, so Samsung know exactly what device I’m using for the program when they sent that email.

One thing is pretty clear though – Samsung’s at least talking about Android 10 for the Tab S4 and that’s pretty cool.

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And so they should… Both the Note 9 and the Tab S4 are a year old. They were upgraded to Android 9 so, die to the 2 major updates policy, be upgraded to Android 10.

Daniel Narbett

Reading this on a Tab 4 – nice 🙂