This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T global is now receiving MIUI 12 (Android 10-based), 27 Huawei devices are set to receive EMUI 11, and more!
What's New this Week?
- 27 Huawei and Honor devices are set to get EMUI 11 beta
- OnePlus Nord gets OxygenOS 10.5.9
- Redmi Note 8T global gets MIUI 12
- Galaxy A70s gets One UI 2.5
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 is already receiving November’s patch
- Another One UI 3.0 beta is now here for the Galaxy S20
- Yet another update is here for the Galaxy Active 2
- Galaxy 7 and 7 Edge are now receiving September’s security patch
- One UI 3.0 beta is now available in India and Germany – U.S open for registrations
EMUI 11 beta
According to our sources, EMUI 11 beta may be the last Android version we'll see from Huawei before Harmony OS becomes a thing.
Until that time comes, 27 Huawei and Honor devices are set to get EMUI 11 beta some time in the near future. These are the:
- Huawei P40
- P40 Pro
- P40 Pro+
- Mate 30
- Mate 30 5G
- Mate 30 Pro 5G
- Mate 30 Pro RS
- nova 7 5G
- nova 7 Pro 5G
- nova 6
- nova 6 5G
- Mate Xs
- P30 pro
- Mate 20
- Mate 20 Pro
- Mate 20 RS
- Mate 20X
- Mate 20X 5G
- Mate X
- nova 5 Pro
- V30 PRO
- 30 Pro
- 30 Pro+
- 20 PRO
- MatePad Pro
- MatePad Pro 5G
- MatePad 10.8
- M6 10.8
- M6 8.4
We assume that the main reason Huawei is planning on switching to their own OS is due to the ban that U.S imposed upon them. But only time will tell.
Another update is here for the OnePlus Nord and it seems to focus almost entirely on Game Space. Everything else that’s included on the changelog is more or less nothing more than generalized mentions of bug fixes and stability improvements.
The official changelog is as follows:
- Updated Android security patch to 2020.10
- Improved system stability and general bug fixes
- Game Space
- Newly added gaming tools box for convenient switches of Fnatic mode. You can now choose three ways of notifications: text-only heads up and block just for your immersive gaming experience
- Newly added quick reply feature in a small window for Whatsapp and INS (Enable it by swiping down from upper right/left corners of the screen in gaming mode)
- Newly added mis-touch prevention feature. Enable it, swipe down from the top of the screen, click and the notification bar will pop out
- Improved Bluetooth connection stability
- Improved network stability
This is another incremental update that is being pushed on the Indian, Global, and European models. Just keep in mind that Europe is expected to be last in line.
Redmi 8T (Global)
MIUI 12 is officially here for the global variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 8T global. But, unfortunately, it’s still based on Android 10.
Apart from that, it also includes October’s security patch and everything you can expect to find in MIUI 12. Things like universal Dark Mode, animated wallpapers, the new UI, improved privacy, etc.
There are also a few general bug fixes and stability improvements with a fix for the noise that you could hear when the screen was turned off.
Since this is an incremental rollout, some of you are gonna have to wait a little bit longer than others.
Galaxy Z Fold 2
For the past few months, Samsung always seems to be the first to deliver security updates to their devices. And this month is no different since the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is already receiving November’s patch – and November is not even here yet.
The changelog doesn’t mention any other features apart from the standard stability improvements and bug fixes. And at the small size of 350 megabytes, we highly doubt there is anything hidden in there. Nonetheless, it’s nice to see Samsung paying extra attention to one of their most premium devices as the original Galaxy Fold was often left aside.
According to our sources, next in line for the patch are the Galaxy Xcover Pro and A2 Core.
Since this is the first November update, we still don’t have any information on how many vulnerabilities it fixes and how many of them are exclusive to Samsung. But we’ll make sure to let you know when we find out. So, stay tuned!
With all that said, chances are that this is another incremental update. So, some of you will have to wait a little longer before getting your turn.
Yet another One UI 3.0 beta update is here for the Galaxy S20 series. This time, there are a few more generic camera and stability improvements along with November’s security patch.
Since it weighs less than 650 megabytes without bringing any major fixes, we can safely assume that the stable One UI 3.0 release isn’t too far now. Samsung has yet to announce an exact date. But we’ll make sure to let you know when it does.
Galaxy Active 2
Another Galaxy Active 2 update is here and, this time, it brings a Galaxy Watch 3 features. So far, we’ve already seen the running coach, running analysis, and VO2 measurements being ported to it. This time, you also get voice guidance during exercises.
But, of course, this requires a paired headset. If you have one, all you have to do is install the 60 megabyte update and you should be good to go.
Voice guidance provides the user with information on heart rate, distance covered, along with tips as well while running or cycling.
Other than that, there are also a few minor UI changes as well along with the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.
It only weighs 60 megabytes. So, there is a chance that this is actually not an incremental update. You can find out by using the Wearable app to check for new updates. If there’s nothing new, chances are that this is another incremental rollout
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Released at February 21 2016, there is no doubt that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are rather old devices now. But that doesn’t mean that Sammy has completely forgotten about them. After all, they are now receiving another patch. September’s, patch.
The changelog doesn’t mention anything else in terms of features. And at 69 megabytes, we highly doubt there is anything hidden under the hood.
But with all that said, it’s worth keeping in mind that the S7 series is actually discontinued. So, maybe there is something more to this update. Maybe it’s a critical patch for something.
In any case, you don’t get an update for an almost 5-year-old device everyday. So, check it out.
Galaxy Note 20
We knew that it was coming. And it did. One UI 3.0 beta is now ready in both India and Germany with the U.S being open for registrations. With that said, we can also assume that it’ll soon be available in even more regions as well.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that not all carriers are going to partake in the beta. Surely, though, none is going to shy away when the stable version is ready.
At the moment, Sprint and T-Mobile are the first to bring One UI 3.0 beta in the U.S. If you’ve successfully signed up for it through the Samsung Members’ app, you should get the update in a couple of days at most. And if you haven’t, there may be still time to do so.
Just don’t forget that this is a beta version. Some features may not work properly while there is a good chance you’ll run across bugs. We wouldn’t recommend installing beta updates on your daily driver.
Those of you who enroll into the beta can expect to download a 2.1 gigabyte update with October’s patch included. The exact size may differ depending on the
One UI 2.5 originally started being delivered to flagships such as the Galaxy Note 20 and S20. But since then, it's also made its way to tons of other devices – now including the Galaxy A70s as well.
The update weighs 1.6 gigs and apart from One UI 2.5, it also brings most of its features along with October's security patch.
That said, one of the features you won't find is Wireless DeX. And that's due to the fact that the A70s doesn't support DeX in the first place. For some reason, Pro Mode also doesn't have shutter speed controls.
Other than that, you can still look forward to:
- Wi-Fi monitoring tools
- New Samsung Keyboard functions
- Bitmoji stickers on AOD
- SOS functions for messages
- Minor UI changes
- Google's gesture-based navigation support for 3rd party launchers
- And more
As per usual, we expect that this is an incremental update. So, some of you are probably going to have to wait a bit longer than others before getting your turn!
That's all for now. 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!