This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: HTC U11 units have stopped receiving their slice of Pie, Android Q Beta 4 is now available, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Nokia 3 is now getting its slice of Pie
- Vivo Nex S is now being upgraded to Android Pie
- LG G7 ThinQ is now getting its slice of Pie on Europe as well
- Android Q Beta 4 is now out
- HTC U11 units have stopped receiving Android Pie
- Redmi K20 Pro just got Face Unlock
- Mi 9 gets DC dimming
- Redmi Note 5 Pro and 6 Pro are now getting their slice of Pie
- Latest update for the P30 Pro brings Dual Video and AR Measure
- Second batch of EMUI 9.1 is ready - 14 new devices have been added to the list
- First update for Xperia 1 is here
- Latest update for the OnePlus 7 Pro delivers camera improvements
- OnePlus 7 receives DC dimming
- May's security patch is here for the OnePlus 6/6T
- Galaxy S10's update is now on a wider roll-out
- Galaxy A30's latest update brings improved Telegram compatibility
- May's security patch arriving to the J7 Duo, J5 Pro, Galaxy Note Fan Edition, and Tab Active 2
- Galaxy J70 Pro is now getting its slice of Pie
HMD Global is known for taking their time regarding the updates. But, thankfully, they are also known for being dedicated and actually updating all of their devices.
Such is the case with the Nokia 3 which is a kinda old device and is now being upgraded to Android Pie. That's actually rather impressive considering that the phone originally launched with Android Nougat.
Apart from Android Pie, you're also getting a few Pie features such as Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, and more! Let us not forget to mention that May's security patch is included as well!
At the moment, this update is being delivered in Indonesia and India but we're expecting it to go global soon enough. Now, obviously, if this is a staged rollout, then you may have to wait for a few days or more.
Vivo Nex S
Android Pie had already been available for a couple of months now. But, only in China. Thankfully, now it's also available in India.
Apart from Android Pie, you're also getting a bunch of new features like system-wide dark mode, a new UI, and Game Box which helps you pinpoint sounds easier while gaming. Lots of minor additions and improvements are included as well.
It's been a while since we mentioned this as the Pie update has long been available in South Korea for the LG G7 ThinQ. Thankfully, now it's also arriving in Europe.
It's literally all over the place. So, you should get it soon enough regardless of your specific location. Though, that being said, if this is a staged rollout, you may have to wait for a few days.
As for the update itself, while there aren't any major changes, you're sure to get a few new features. Gesture-based navigation, Digital Wellbeing, Pie stuff.
It weighs about 1.6 gigs. So, do absolutely turn on your Wi-Fi before installing.
Android Q Beta 4 is now officially out and available for all Pixel devices. However, you may want to wait a bit more before installing it.
According to our sources, some people have complained about the latest update failing and even bricking Pixel devices. Ouch.
Now, with that being said, this IS a beta. And things commonly go wrong in beta versions. That's why we need them: to ensure that such things won't happen in stable versions as well.
Everything new that we've seen thus far in this new version is pretty much nothing but small changes. Not that this is a bad thing. But, finding something that's worthy of talking about it a bit tough, to say the least.
For example, you can now dismiss notifications by swiping in any direction, the back gesture is disabled while you're checking your open apps, and stuff like that. Nothing too big.
As we previously mentioned before, HTC U11 units had finally started receiving Android Pie. However, we recently came to notice that the update was pulled.
Why? Well, according to our sources, numerous reports have mentioned that this update "bricked" the device. And when we say bricked, we mean that it made them pretty much unsaleable. Hence the word "brick".
If you were one of the unlucky few who got caught up in this, well, you could try flashing a new ROM - if you're tech-savvy. Or you could just take it to your local tech-store/HTC repair and pray that they can fix it for you.
At the moment, we don't have any info on when a new update will come out that actually works. But, we'll let you know once we find out!
Redmi K20 Pro
The latest update for the Redmi K20 Pro is here and it brings Face Unlock to the table. However, do keep in mind that Xiaomi kinda warns against using it.
You see, most devices which support this kind of feature for security reasons come with dedicated hardware which ensures that it's indeed you who is trying to unlock the phone. The Redmi K20 Pro doesn't have that. Instead, it relies on its front camera and software to do it.
The result of this combination means that someone who looks like you may be able to unlock your phone. In fact, even a photo may work. Overall, if you're worried about security, maybe you should rely on a PIN or unlock pattern instead of 2D Face Unlock.
Both the update and the phone itself are currently only available in China. However, the K20 Pro is expected to become globally available in the 12th of the month as Mi 9T Pro.
By the way, this update weighs almost 400 megabytes. So, consider turning on your Wi-Fi before updating.
Xiaomi MI 9
The latest update for the Xiaomi Mi 9 arrived a few days ago and brought DC dimming to the table. It's currently rolling out in China and apart from DC dimming, there are also improvements in terms of stability, power saving, and more!
Now, as for DC dimming, without getting too much into technical details, it's basically made to prevent screen flickering. Flickering is an issue that may cause headaches for some people - even if you can't see it. Just do keep in mind that OLED displays don't play well with DC dimming in low-brightness levels.
We're expecting that this update will become available for the global variant soon enough. Till then, patience is your friend.
Note 5 Pro And 6 Pro
A common issue with budget devices is that they often take a long time to receive the latest updates. In the worst case scenario, they never get the latest updates at all.
Thankfully, in our case, while it certainly took a while, both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and 6 Pro are now receiving the "currently" latest version of Android. This update is currently rolling out in India and weighs 1.6 gigs. So, do definitely turn on your Wi-Fi.
Apart from Android Pie, you can also expect to get a few new features like Face Unlock and Digital Wellbeing. May's security patch is included as well but that's to be expected.
There is a good chance that this is a staged rollout. So, some of you may have to wait for a while to receive it. To the best of our knowledge, this update is currently being delivered on India and it should become globally available soon.
That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up!
Another update for the P30 Pro is here and it brings Dual Video along with AR Measure to the table. Also, not sure if it's the same update or not, but we've noticed that color improvements have also been added lately.
Apart from that, AR Measure is pretty much self explanatory. By using the camera, this feature allows you to measure distance, area of surface, the height of a person, stuff like that. How accurate is it? Well, according to Huawei, the margin of error is about 1%.
As for Dual Video, that's a feature which allows you to use both the zoom camera and the "normal" lens at the same time. That effectively allows you to film zoomed-in videos without having to sacrifice image quality.
The second open beta of EMUI 9.1 is here and 14 more devices have been added to the supported list. Those include:
- Huawei Mate 10
- Mate 10 Pro
- Mate 10 Porsche Design
- Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
- P20 Pro
- Nova 3
- Nova 3i
- Maiman 7
- Enjoy 9 Plus
- Honor 10
- Huawei Honor V10
- Honor Play
- Honor 8X
If you wish to try out a Beta version, make sure that you have at least 6 gigs of free memory and the latest EMUI version. Other than that, it goes without saying that your phone needs to be charged up to a certain percentage so that it won't turn off while installing the update.
Also, as this is a beta, bugs are guaranteed to be all over the place. Especially the early versions. So, if you're willing to install a beta, make sure that you don't use your phone as your daily driver or at least that your daily driver doesn't play a super important rule. After all, you would't want to miss your morning alarm, right?
The first ever update for the Xperia 1 is now live and it brings June's security patch with it. But, unfortunately, that's all we know about it.
See, Sony hasn't provided a changelog. So, there's no way for us to know the details just yet.
If anyone of you owns the device and has discovered the changes, do please let us know about them in the comments section down below!
OnePlus 7 Pro
The latest update for the OnePlus 7 Pro is here and it brings a few camera improvements along with general bug fixes and general system optimizations. It's a staged rollout over the air - which means that some of you may have to wait for a while before receiving it.
To be more specific with the improvements, the changelog mentions that:
- Contrast and color performance is better
- White balance consistency of the triple camera setup is now improved
- Auto focus is generally more stable and accurate now
- The "green" tone in low light shots is now gone
- HDR noise is gone as well
- Clarity and noise reduction is now better for all cameras
And that's pretty much it for the camera. As for the system, Ambient Display issues have been fixed, double tap to wake is more optimized, audio quality from 3rd party apps is now better, and the touch sensitivity of the screen has been improved as well.
Overall, lots of changes in this update. We don't have any info on the update's size, so, maybe you should turn on your Wi-Fi - just to be safe.
The OnePlus 7 because officially available just a few days ago and its first update is already available. Do keep in mind that while it's available in Europe, UK, India, and China, we do not expect to see it in the US for quite some time - not from any official US carrier at least.
Anyway, back to the update. Now you get DC dimming and the new Fnatic gaming mode. Apart from that, April's security patch is included as well. Yeah, it's a bit of a shame that we don't get at least May's patch.
Furthermore, there are also a few minor improvements in the camera, scrolling smoothness, the fingerprint sensor, and more! General bug fixes are a given.
In case that you don't know about DC dimming, most displays work with PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). That's basically just turning the pixels or the backlight, depending on the display, rapidly on and off on a certain frequency. Lower frequency, lower brightness.
DC dimming on the other hand, simply reduces the voltage and/or amperage of each pixel (on OLED) which effectively reduces brightness. Just do keep in mind that OLED displays don't play well with low voltage levels.
Another update for the OnePlus 6 is here. It brings May's security patch to the table along with some general bug fixes and improvements.
Other than that, there are also a few general improvements and minor features. to be more specific:
- Photo quality is better on the selfie department
- Password UI is better for hidden space
- Quick Pairing support has been added for Bullets Wireless 2
- General stability and compatibility improvements of Bluetooth
As per usual with OnePlus, this is a staged rollout. So, some of you may have to wait for a while before receiving this update.
As you probably already know, the Samsung Galaxy S10 May's original update allegedly brought numerous issues to the table - including freezing and random restarts. Samsung then shortly paused the update and released a re-worked version.
Now, that re-worked version is being pushed on a wider scale to numerous people at once. So, we can safely assume that this latest version is actually working just fine.
Some people seem to still be running the buggy version. So, don't forget to update as soon as the notification hits you cause that will solve a few problems for sure.
This latest version weighs about 122 megabytes and is arriving OTA in waves. So, if you haven't got it already, it should be there soon.
The latest update for the Samsung Galaxy A30 is here and it brings June's security patch with it. Yes, you've read that right! You get to install the latest security patch into the first days of the month!
Apart from that, you also get slow motion video recording for the camera and improved compatibility with Telegram. The A series had previously been removed from Telegram's compatibility list due to some bug. But, it seems like everything's in order now.
In case that you don't know about it, Telegram is more or less just another messaging app - much like Facebook's Messenger. You get the point.
Now, as mentioned above, the changelog mentions that slow-mo video recording is included in this update. However, Sam Mobile has mentioned that even though they installed the latest version, that feature was nowhere to be found.
And to be fair, Sam Mobile is a rather reputable source. So, do let us know: have you received the update? And did you find that feature?
It's currently being pushed in India and weighs just a bit less than half a gigabyte. We're expecting that it'll soon become globally available.
Galaxy J7 Duo, J5 Pro, Note Fan Edition, And Tab Active 2
The latest update for the above mentioned devices may not bring any new features, but it does bring May's security patch along with it. And that's very important as well.
After all, 21 vulnerabilities that got patch had been there in the first place only for Samsung Galaxy devices. And obviously, the latest update fixes those issues.
The update should be arriving over the air. If you haven't got it already, then you can head over to the sources at the bottom of this article and visit Sam Mobile to manually download and install it.
Galaxy J7 Pro
According to our sources, numerous users in Russia have started reporting that their Galaxy J7 Pro units are now receiving Android Pie. And it did take a while. But, hey, it's not a flagship, so, we're glad that it got the update in the first place.
Apart from Android Pie, as per usual, you'll also get Samsung's One UI and a newer security patch. To be more specific, May's patch.
As for features, you can expect to get numerous options that are included in both Android Pie and One UI. Dark Mode, Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, and Gesture Based Navigation, to mention some of them.
This is a phased rollout. So, it may take a while before all of you receive it. Could be days or even weeks. So, be patient.
That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up!
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