This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: a ton of Samsung devices are receiving July's security patch, numerous Huawei devices are now getting EMUI 9.1 beta, and more!

What's New This Week?


  • Numerous devices start testing EMUI 9.1 beta


  • Latest update for the Oneplus 7 brings a few camera improvements to the table


  • Sprint's Galaxy Note 8 receives the July security patch
  • July's security update arrives for the Galaxy A3 (2016) and Tab S4 as well
  • Galaxy J6 gets its security patch in Brazil
  • Samsung Galaxy A40 recently got Samsung Pay
  • Galaxy Tab S5e gets Bixby voice support
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G gets night mode in South Korea


Numerous Devices

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago or so, there are numerous Huawei devices that are expected to get EMUI 9.1 till the end of August. Just a few days ago, numerous phones started getting a beta version.

At the moment, this list includes the:

  1. Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro
  2. P10 and P10 Plus
  3. Nova 2s, Honor 9, and Honor 9 Pro

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus were supposed to get the beta update later during the August. But, it seems like it arrived early.

Apart from EMUI 9.1, this update also includes GPU Turbo 3.0 and a few other goodies to improve gaming performance along with general system performance improvements. Mind you, some of these devices are more than 3 years old.

That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!


OnePlus 7

The latest update for the OnePlus 7 is here and it brings a few camera improvements to the table. To be more specific:

  1. The performance of camera switching is improved
  2. Improved auto-focus
  3. Better photo stitching in panorama mode
  4. Better photo quality in 48 MP JPG pictures in Pro mode

Other than that, there are also a few other optimizations like better automatic brightness sensitivity, Support for VoLTE /VoWiFi for 3 SE and Telenor SE, and a few minor bug fixes.


Galaxy Note 8

A new minor update is here for the Note 8 and it brings the July's security patch with it. There is a small chance that QR scanning is included, but the changelog doesn't mention anything like that.

Apart from the standard security patch, this update also includes fixes for Samsung related issues as well. That includes both the Exynos and Snapdragon model.

You should receive a notification about this update any moment now. If not, try making a manual check on your software update settings.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) And Tab S4

The Samsung Galaxy A3 and Tab S4 are now receiving July's security patch in numerous regions and due to that, we're expecting that a global release should be close now.

To be more specific, the Galaxy A3 is receiving the update in Switzerland, South Africa, Italy, Ireland, Germany, and a few more. As for the S4, the security patch is being delivered to Columbia, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Trinidad, and Tobago.

Apart from Samsung and Android patches/fixes, we can't see any new features or anything like that. Still, if you've noticed anything new, let us know about it in the comments.

Galaxy J6

The Galaxy J6 is now receiving the July security patch as well. But, for the moment, only in Brazil.

We're expecting that more regions will join in soon enough if they haven't already. And as for new features, just like with the other models, nothing new has been sighted just yet.

Chances are that this is an OTA update. So, some of you may have to wait for a while before receiving the patch.

And if you haven't already, you can always try checking it out manually in your software settings.

Galaxy A40

Another update is here for the Galaxy A40 that recently got released in Germany while more regions are expected to join in soon. It includes Samsung Pay and July's security patch which fixes both Android and Samsung related exploits.

The service itself is available in Sweden, Spain, UK, and Switzerland, but ironically enough, the update itself isn't available on these regions just yet. In case you've got it, let us know about it!

Other than that, do keep in mind that the A40 doesn't have MST support, which means that you'll have to rely purely on NFC.

Galaxy Tab S5e

The Galaxy Tab S5e now officially has Bixby voice support. You can activate Bixby by holding down the power button, but it won't work by default. This option needs to get activated through the quick settings.

As for powering off, a shortcut in the power menu, next to the gear icon in the notification shade will allow you to turn off your device.

Let us not forget to mention that the LTE version also gets call and message continuity support. This basically allows you to read missed messages and calls that have been delivered to any other of your devices that are logged into the same account.

It goes without saying that in order to use Call continuity, you also need a SIM card installed. As for the update itself, it's currently being delivered to South Korea and the UK while more regions are expected to join in soon!

Galaxy S10 5G

While the rest of the S10 series has already received night mode, the S10 5G just recently got it in South Korea. And while we don't have any info about other regions, it should soon become available on the global variant as well.

Apart from night mode, we're also looking at June's security patch, vibration feedback for the gesture bar, and general stability improvements.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

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