This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: numerous Samsung devices get September's security patch, all Pixel devices (including the oldest one) get upgraded to Android 10, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Redmi K20 is now receiving Android 10 beta
- The Essential Phone is now getting Android 10 (Only for a few selected owners)
- First stable version of Android 10 is now rolling out to Pixel devices
- OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro are now receiving Android Q Developer Preview 5
- The OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T are now being prepared for Android 10
- September security patch is already out for the Galaxy A30, A7 (2018), and Note 10/Note 10+
- Galaxy Note 10 is now receiving the September's security patch as well
- The Galaxy A90 5G isn't going to receive monthly security updates
- T-Mobile is already testing Android 10 on the S10 and Note 10
Redmi K20 Pro
The Redmi K20 Pro is one of the first devices ever to receive the stable version of Android 10. However, it seems that this is only for China as Indian users are saying that they only got the Beta so far.
Still, with that being said, we assume that the stable version for the global variant isn't that far away now.
Apart from Android 10, this last update also brings a few new features to the table, like system-wide dark mode, Smart Reply, and more.
That's all for now. We'll keep you updated in case that anything else comes up!
As you probably already know, the Essential Phone is now being upgraded to Android 10. However, as it turns out, that's only for "select Open Market customers".
Essential didn't clarify any further on exactly what that means. But, we assume that it refers to those who got the device unlocked.
Now, apart from Android 10, you're also receiving a few new features such as:
- System-wide dark mode
- Smart reply
- Improved gesture-based navigation
- And more
Along with several privacy and security enhancements.
Update: according to the Twitter user "Adarsha", those who bought an unlocked version of the phone from Verizon will be unable to get the update for now.
Apparently, though, simply removing the SIM card and checking for updates is a temporary fix. Best of luck.
Android 10 and Pixel Devices
In case you didn't read our latest update about this, then you'll be glad to know that the first stable version of Android 10 is out and is currently being delivered to Pixel devices.
Surprisingly enough, this goes back all the way to the first Pixel devices; even though they are not officially supported anymore.
Though, with that being said, updating such an old device to the latest version of Android may not be the best of ideas. After all, even Android Pie ended up being a tad bit too heavy for the original Pixel.
You probably already noticed, but unlike all the other previous versions of Google's operating system, Android 10 doesn't come with a desert name.
Apparently, using numbers instead of desert names makes it easier for a non-tech-savvy person to understand which Android version is the newer one. Who would have thought?
If you wanna learn more details about the latest version of Android, feel free to check our dedicated article about it!
OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro
Another beta update is here for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. It brings the Android Developer 5 preview to the table, but it's actually based on the 6th version.
Since it's based on Beta 6, we assume that this is the last beta version that the OnePlus 7 series will receive. After all, there's not much left to resolve.
Speaking of which, the only known issues that still remain are:
- Some general app compatibility issues
- Google Play compatibility issues
- And system stability problems that occur from time to time
As for this build, the OnePlus teams says that it improves the overall system stability while also adding the OnePlus full-screen gestures.
And as per usual, do keep in mind that this is still a beta build. So, stay away from it unless you're willing to encounter some issues/bugs.
OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T
It's been about a couple of days since the first stable version of Android 10 started rolling out for the Pixel devices. Thanks to that, it only makes sense that everyone is now waiting in anticipation for the now latest version of Android.
It looks like the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T will be some of the first non-Pixel devices to receive Android 10 as the latest Open Beta build mentions that its purpose is to "Prepare for major upcoming updates" .
And while it doesn't specifically mention anything for Android 10, what else could it be? The timing is way too convenient.
Of course, since the latest beta builds are still based on Android 9, we can safely assume that the next Android 10 build for these devices is going to be a beta one.
Galaxy A30, A7 (2018), and Galaxy Note 10/Note 10+
It usually takes at least a week after a security patch has been released for a phone to receive it. However, it seems like we're looking at a rare exception here as the Galaxy Note 10/Note 10+, Galaxy A30, and Galaxy A7 (2018) are now receiving the September security patch.
Oddly enough, the Galaxy S10 series still hasn't received this patch. But, this is not the first time that Samsung pushes an update to a mid-range device and leaves one of its flagships waiting for another time.
Back to the update now, the Galaxy A7 is currently getting this update in Russia and Spain while chances are that it'll expand to other regions soon enough.
Asf for the A30, according to our sources, it's currently being delivered to Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, with more regions joining in as we speak.
As far as we know, these updates don't bring any new features to the table. But, if you do notice anything, then let us know about it in the comments.
Regarding the Note 10 series, apart from a newer security patch, the latest update also improves the audio quality when using wired headphones.
You'll find it in various parts in Europe including, but not limited to:
The patch itself fixes four critical vulnerabilities on Google's side and 17 issues on Samsung's side.
Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ may have been the first to receive the latest security patch. But, that doesn't mean that Samsung forgot about one of its older flagships.
According to our sources, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now receiving the September security patch in Germany. We assume that more regions will join in soon enough. But, no such information has been provided as of yet.
The patch fixes four Google vulnerabilities along with 17 other issues that are exclusive to Samsung devices. So, make sure to install it.
No mention has been made about other features and/or improvements. And for that reason, we can safely assume that the download size isn't going to be a hefty one.
Galaxy A90 5G
Bad news for those who are interested in getting a Galaxy A90 5G. In case you haven't about it, your phone isn't going to be receiving monthly security updates.
Don't get us wrong. It'll still receive security updates, just not necessarily on a monthly basis.
According to Samsung, despite standing at the top of the A-series, the Galaxy A90 5G has been put on the quarterly schedule. This means that it'll only be receiving a security update every 3 months.
For those of you who are still interested in buying it, the phone is already being showcased in Berlin and is expected to become available in Europe starting somewhere in the next month.
It's truly a shame that such an expensive device (About 750 euros) isn't going to be receiving monthly updates. But, it seems like that's the price you pay for getting a slightly more affordable 5G phone (Most 5G devices are on the $1000 range).
Galaxy S10 and Note 10
Most USA carriers are well known for staying behind schedule regarding security and system updates. However, it seems like T-Mobile is now pulling ahead from the competition as they are already testing Android 10 on the Galaxy S10 and Note 10.
As we mentioned above, the stable version of Android 10 is already out. But, at the moment, it's only available for the Pixel series and the Essential Phone.
We still don't have any information regarding Samsung's plans. But, we'll let keep you updated once we find out.
Nevertheless, the fact that T-Mobile is already testing the stability of the OS is a very good sign.
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