A simple question based on that hypothesis: Why are lesser spec'd devices within the Samsung brand line up getting android 10 over the "flagship" S8?
That's not true. Google phones receive updates with the same hardware. @Tidbitty
Huge difference in software and development. Also google only gave pixel2 two major updates. It started with the newest version not the previous version like the s8 did. Google later changed it where all new devices released must be on the latest version and not the previous version. They also made it where it goes by year. If for example Android 11 released this year all versions on android devices Android 11 is a given and then 2 major updates after that. So if you really want updates without restrictions buy a Google device.
I hoping Samsung Have a heart for us S8 user's it be Nice I been a Samsung Fan in Good times and Bad time's...