This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and S20 FE get One UI 3.0, newer Snapdragon devices that launch with Android 11 will allegedly get 3 major updates, and more!
What's New this Week?
- Oppo Reno4 5G is now receiving the latest version of Android
- Xperia 1 II gets the latest version of Android in Taiwan
- OriginOS beta is here for the vivo NEX 3S, X50, and S7
- ROG Phone II gets support for 90FPS in PUBG
- Snapdragon 888 phones will allegedly be eligible for up to 3 major updates
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is now receiving One UI 3.0 on a global level
- Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A90 are now receiving One UI 2.5
- S20 FE gets One UI 3.0 in Russia
Oppo Reno4 5G
As time goes on, more and more devices are getting upgraded to Android 11. This time, it looks like the Oppo Reno4 5G takes its turn as it's now receiving the latest version of Android with ColorOS 11.
The update includes everything new in Android 11 and ColorOS 11 as well along with most probably a newer security patch as well. This includes numerous improvements and UI changes with new features as well.
At the moment, it's only available in Australia. But it's safe to assume that soon enough everyone will get it.
Sony Xperia 1 II
Android 11 now available for Sony Xperia 1 II users in Taiwan and we assume that the same will soon apply to the rest of the world. Surprisingly enough, it only weighs 933 megabytes.
The changelog includes:
- Cinema Pro app adds support for 4K HDR 120fps slow motion video recording (previously 4K HDR 60fps)
- Photo Pro app adds new MR mode to set/save frequently used options
- 5G+4G dual SIM dual-standby capability (previously 4G+4G dual-standby)
- BatteryCare now provides custom options for 80% and 90%.
- Screen recording added to notification bar
- New wallpapers
- Long press power button brings smart home control
- Wi-Fi and hotspot can be turned on at same time
- Modem (baseband version) updated
Along with the usual under the hood improvements and bug fixes. That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up, so, stay tuned!
vivo NEX 3S, X50, and S7
vivo announced OriginOS, their new user interface exactly a month ago. And now the vivo NEX 3S, X50, and S7 are all receiving a public beta.
The update includes Android 11 along with all of its feature and also new gestures, widgets, under-the-hood improvements, and plenty of visual changes as well.
Beta as it is, this is most likely an incremental update. It may take a while before all of you get it.
Asus ROG Phone II
High-refresh displays are dope no matter if we are talking about phones or computers. The thing is that they are also of little use if the device itself can't run the games at high framerates.
Such was the case with the ROG Phone II as it has a 120Hz display while PUBG is locked at 60 FPS. This means that you are only using half the potential of the screen. But, thankfully, the latest update gives it support for up to 90FPS.
And while that's still not taking full advantage of the 120Hz screen, it's much better than 60FPS. Let us not forget that mobile devices are, well, mobile. Pushing 120 frames per second is no easy task even for computers – never mind phones.
That aside, the update also includes:
- Support for the Kunai 3 controller
- VoLTE support for T-Mobile in the US and BSLN in India
- Fix for WhatsApp crashing during a call
- And auto-activation of lock touch
And as per usual, you'll also come across general bug fixes and December's security patch. The update is rolling out in batches, so, some of you are gonna have to wait a bit longer before you get your turn.
Great news for, well, every Android user. Google and Qualcomm are teaming up for the sake of improving Android updates. After all, it's no secret that we currently have it much worse in terms of software support compared to Apple and even Microsoft users.
Both companies are making a few changes under the hood to make upgrades much easier for manufacturers and much faster for us. Devices that launch with Android 11 and a Qualcomm chipset should be supported.
So far, no mention has been made about phones with non-Qualcomm chipsets. But seeing how a big part of the project relies on both hardware and software alike, chances are that Mediatek chipsets or other chipsets, in general, will not benefit from this.
Only time will tell, though. So, stay tuned and if anything else comes, we'll let you know about it.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Good news for Samsung Galaxy Note 20 owners. The One UI 3.0 update is available in both the U.S and all around the world as well.
Of course, this doesn't mean that all of you are going to get the update now. This is an incremental rollout, so, some of you are going to have to wait a little bit longer until your turn comes.
This update includes a stable version of Android 11 along with all the features that come with it. Some of the most noteworthy ones are:
- Numerous UI changes and minor additions
- Better AOD (Always On Display) widgets
- Wireless DeX support
- Better camera autofocus and stabilization
- Numerous additions to Bixby Routines
- And more
The update should soon be ready for everyone in the upcoming days or weeks. So, feel free to let us and everyone else know how you like it in the comments section down below!
Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A90
Another day, another One UI update for Samsung devices. This time, we are talking about the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A90.
To be more specific, the update is available in Sri Lanka for the A50 and in South Korea for the A90. But it's safe to assume t hat the update is going to become globally available soon enough now.
Apart from all the goodies that One UI 2.5 brings to the table, such as a Wi-Fi quality indicator, Samsung keyboard improvements, Bitmoji stickers for AOD, and a few other additions, you also get the latest Android security patch.
The update weighs about 1.2 gigs for both devices. So, we'd recommend making sure that Wi-Fi is enabled before downloading it.
Galaxy S20 FE
Great news for Galaxy S20 FE owners. One UI 3.0 update is now available for your device – at least in Russia. But, with that said, we can safely assume that the update will soon be available in numerous regions both inside and outside Europe.
The update includes all of Android 11's and One UI 3.0's features along with December's security patch. We are talking about wireless DeX support, better camera autofocus and stabilization, more additions to Bixby Routines, and more.
Do keep in mind that this is another incremental update. So, there is a good chance that some of you are gonna have to wait a bit more until you get your turn.
That's all for now. More firmware news next Friday! Feel like we forgot to mention something important? Got anything wrong? Then let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!