This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: TCL 10L and 10 Pro are now receiving their first updates, Amazfit GTR and GTS get nap tracking, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Xiaomi Amazfit GTR and GTS are now receiving nap tracking
- TCL 10 Pro and 10L are already receiving their first updates
- Realme 2 Pro is now receiving Android 10 with Realme UI on top of it
- Surface Duo may launch with Android 10. Microsoft reportedly working on Android 11 already
- Unlocked Galaxy Note 10 units in the US are now receiving camera improvements
- One UI 2.1 update for the S9 and Note 9 is now reaching more regions
- Tab S4 is now receiving Android 10 with One UI 2 on top of it
Amazfit GTR and GTS
A new update is here for both the Xiaomi Amazfit GTR and GTS and this time, it brings nap tracking with it.
Sleep tracking has always been present. But, that was for, well, sleeping. Naps didn't count.
Now, as the changelog mentions, if you nap for more than 20 minutes, the smartwatch is going to track it.
The changelog doesn't mention anything other than that. So, if you do notice anything else, feel free to let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
TCL 10 Pro and 10L
As far as smartphones are concerned, TCL is probably not one of the first brand names that come to mind. However, there is no doubt that the TCL 10 Pro and 10L are decent mid-rangers. They can still hardly compete with the likes of other value-for-money brands like Xiaomi and Huawei. But, we'd say they are worth checking out.
Both smartphones recently came out and they are already receiving their very first update. Inside it, you'll find May's security patch, improvements to system stability, camera improvements, and the TCL watermark is now disabled by default.
Other than that, the TCL 10 Pro, in particular, also receives improvements to its touch screen performance.
If you're interested in it, the TCL 10L is currently at a huge sale. You can find it for $159.99 which we think is a great price considering the specs.
Realme 2 Pro
The Realme 2 Pro was originally launched with Android 8.1 - so it's good to see that Realme is still supporting it. After all, it's now receiving Android 10.
Keep in mind that Realme recommends having your phone running the version RMX1801EX_11_C.31 before updating. Otherwise, you may experience all sorts of issues from crashes to creating a boot loop.
As per usual with Android 10 updates, you can expect to get a newer security patch along with small features. Features such as Digital Wellbeing, universal Dark Mode, improved privacy controls, Google's new gesture-based navigation, and more!
There are also a few new additions on Realme's side. Additions such as the Smart Sidebar along with new visuals, animations, general improvements, and more!
We usually don't talk about Microsoft over here as their devices are often more focused on their own ecosystem (Windows). But, according to various sources of reliable information, the Microsoft Surface Duo that is expected to be announced somewhere during this summer is going to launch with Android 10!
Furthermore, more information points to hints that Microsoft may be already working on Android 11. Apparently, the foldable device is expected to receive the aforementioned update OTA soon after its launch.
Keep in mind that at this point, these are more or less nothing but rumors. Don't take anything for granted. Even though every bit of that information sounds pretty logical so far.
In case you haven't heard about it, the Microsoft Surface Duo is a foldable device, much like the Galaxy Fold.
It is expected to launch with dual AMOLED displays, 6GB of RAM, 256 gigs of storage, and an 11MP camera. Rumor has it that the battery is only going to be 3,460 mAh which is not good at all for such a big device. But, only time will tell if these sort of rumors are true or not.
Note 10 Series (US)
A new update is here for the Galaxy Note 10 series in the US and it seems to be bringing a number of new improvements and bug fixes. We've actually only seen it on the unlocked Note 10+ so far - but we assume that it's also going to become available for the other variants as well.
Samsung doesn't specifically mention anything in detail. But the update seems to generally be focused on the camera.
As you can see, the changelog mentions stability improvements for the camera, Wi-Fi, touch screen, and security as well. The update is relatively large at 612 megabytes - which makes us wonder if there are more additions under the hood. Naturally, the latest security update is included as well.
If you get this update and you end up noticing anything interesting, feel free to let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
Note 9 and S9
It was during last week when we mentioned that the One UI 2.1 update became available for the S9 series. As per usual, it first became available in South Korea and then Germany.
As expected, the update is already reaching more and more regions as time goes on. It's already reaching numerous users across Europe, Asia, and Africa. So, we expect that it's soon going to be globally available.
In case you missed our last posts about it, One UI 2.1 brings a few new features with it. Some of the most noteworthy ones are Quick Share, AR Doodle, and Music Share.
Other than that, you'll also find camera improvements and new camera features. Features such as Single Take, Pro Video Mode, My Filters, and more!
So, overall, we'd definitely recommend installing it when you get the chance.
Galaxy Tab S4
Another big update is here for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and this time, it brings Android 10 with One UI 2 on top of it (Not 2.1). Other than that, you're also getting June's security patch.
As per usual, you can expect to get most of the features that Android 10 and One UI 2 brings to the table. Features like universal Dark Mode, improved app icons, full-screen navigation gestures, Digital Wellbeing, and more!
Despite not coming with One UI 2.1, the update still includes Quick Share and Music Share; both welcome additions.
The update is currently only being delivered to the European LTE version. But, we assume that it's soon going to arrive in more regions too.
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!