Amidst the Galaxy S12 launch event, Samsung changed their software update policy from two years of Android OS upgrades to three. This means the former flagships Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series may receive up to Android 12. Samsung seems to be delivering on its promise by starting a One UI 3.0 beta program for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 a couple of months ago. The manufacturer also releasing stable Android 11 update based on One UI 3.0 for the international Exynos variants of Note 10/10+.
However, due to carrier restrictions, the US or the Snapdragon variants of Samsung phones are always last in receiving the latest firmware updates. Today, the US carrier Verizon rolled out stable Android 11 OTA update for the Note 10 and Note 10 + devices with Snapdragon processors. T-Mobile, Sprint, At&T, and other carriers are expected to release it soon. So stay tuned!
The OTA is currently live for the Verizon locked variants in the United States for the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus. It features a new firmware build number N970USQU5ETLL and N975USQU5ETLL respectively. The OTA also features December 2020 security patch level and all the Android 11 goodies. On top of that, you get Samsung’s One UI 3.0 skin with all the latest features and apps. Checkout all the One UI 3.0 features here.
The easiest way to download the One UI 3.0 firmware update is by visiting Settings -> Software update -> Download and install. Alternatively, you can download the full stock firmware using SamFirm or Frija tools and install using Odin FlashTool. See one of our tutorial on how to install full stock firmware from the links above.
Here is a screenshot of downloading the full stock Samsung firmware:
As we reported earlier, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ already received stable Android 11 update for the Exynos variants last month. This also includes the popular Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ in some parts of Europe and Asia. The North American variants will soon receive One UI 3.0 for the Snapdragon S10 series.