This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Verizon's LG V30 is now receiving its slice of Pie, Android 10 roadmap leaks out for Samsung devices, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Verizon's LG V30 is now getting its slice of Pie
- Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 are not going to get Android 10
- Galaxy S8, A80, and A5 (2017) are now receiving September's security patch
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy A7 (2018) get the September patch as well
- T-Mobile's Galaxy S10 is now getting the September security update
- Note 9 gets small camera improvements along with the latest security patch
- Sprint's S9 and S9+ are now receiving the latest security patch
- Android 10 roadmap for Samsung devices leaks out
The Pie update had reached Europe all the way back in July. But, thanks to the whole carrier-locked system that the US has implemented, you had to wait until now to get it.
That being said, this update brings Android 9, weighs 2.3 gigs, and brings a ton of Pie-related features to the table as well. To be more specific, we're talking about things like Digital Wellbeing, improved Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Battery, etc.
Other carriers have yet to push out the same update for their V30s. But, we assume that it won't take too long now.
If you haven't received it yet, be patient. Sometimes, updates like this one are being pushed in waves. So, some of you may have to wait for a few days before getting your turn and receiving it.
Galaxy Note 8 and S8
Now that Android 10 is out, everyone is wondering if their device is going to receive it as well. Note 8 and S8 owners, we've got some bad news for you.
According to our sources (And Samsung's update policy), you're not going to get Android 10. So, if you absolutely want the latest version of Android, consider getting a brand new device or start looking for custom ROMs.
The reason that the S8 series isn't going to get Android 10 is because Samsung's update policy only guarantees two major updates. Both the S8 and the Note 8 started with Android Nougat, then they got Android Oreo, Android Pie, and that should be all.
This policy applies to all the tiers. So, whether you got a budget or a flagship device is more or less irrelevant. At least when it comes to major updates that is.
In the end, what's it gonna be? Installing a custom ROM? Getting a newer Galaxy device? Or simply staying with Android Pie? Let us know about it in the comments.
S8, A80, and A5 (2017)
The latest security patch is now being delivered to the Galaxy S8, A80, and A5 (2017) as well. No other additions seem to be included. But, we still highly recommend installing it with the first chance that you get.
It's already being delivered to numerous parts of Europe and we expect that it will soon become globally available. To be more specific, the update for the S8 has already been sighted in:
- The Netherlands
- And Bolivia
While the update for the A80 has been spotted in:
- And Ecuador
And last, but not least, the A5 is getting it in:
- And Kazakhstan
That being said, these kinds of updates are only getting more and more widespread as time goes on. So, don't be surprised if you get it even if you're not living in one of the above-mentioned regions.
Galaxy Tab S4 and A7 (2018)
Seems like a ton of Samsung devices are getting the September patch this week with the Tab S4 and A7 (2018) being included in the list. Just like with the other cases, both the table and the A7 are only getting the security update with no further enhancements.
At this point, let us not forget to mention that only the Wi-Fi variant of the Tab S4 is getting the security update. But, we suppose that the LTE variant should start receiving it very soon as well.
So far, the update has been sighted in the US and in Puerto Rico, and chances are that the update delivery rate will grow rapidly in the upcoming days; if it hasn't already.
This update fixes 4 critical vulnerabilities for the Android OS and 17 more that are exclusive to Samsung devices. That's all for now.
T-Mobile's Galaxy S10 Series
The Galaxy S10 was one of the first Samsung devices to get the September security patch. But, as per usual, US carriers do stay behind the loop.
T-Mobile is the first carrier to deliver the September patch to the S10 series. It's a small 200mb and as far as we know, it doesn't bring anything else to the table.
In case you haven't received it, do be a little patient as these updates are almost always being pushed in waves. So, there is a chance that some of you may have to wait for a couple of days before receiving it.
Galaxy Note 9
The latest update for the Galaxy Note 9 is here and it brings a few small camera improvements to the table along with the latest security patch. Samsung doesn't mention anything specific, but the rather big size (660mb) means that we probably have something to look forward to.
It's currently being delivered to Switzerland, Romania, and the Netherlands along with a few other European countries. But, we expect that it'll become globally available pretty soon now.
Other than that, the changelog mentions enhanced features, stability improvements with bug fixes, performance improvements, and, of course, the September security patch.
Sprint's S9 and S9+
The S9 series has already received the latest Android security patch. But, that was only for the global variants.
Now, Sprint's models are also getting the update. Nothing else seems to be included, apart from the security patch. But, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't install it as it fixes 4 Android-related vulnerabilities and 17 of which are exclusive to Samsung devices.
A list of Samsung devices that will get Android 10 have leaked out. But, we're not sure about its legitimacy.
As everyone pretty much expected, it includes all of the 2019 models and just like we mentioned above, the Note 8 is not included. Take a look at it:
Again, we don't know if this is official or not. So, take that information with a grain of salt.
In case you're reading this with a data saver and can't see the image, here is the list typed out:
- Galaxy S10 and S9 variants
- Note 10 series and Note 9
- Galaxy M40, M30/S, M20, and M10
- J8, J6/J6+, J4/J4+, J7 Duo, J3, 5, and J7
- Pretty much all of the Galaxy A models from the A8 to the A90
- Galaxy Tab A, S4, and S5e
And that's about it for now. We don't have any timeframes. But, we can safely assume that the latest flagships like the Note 10 and S10 are taking priority here.
That's all for now. If anything else comes up, we'll let you know about it. So, stay tuned!
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