Hello and welcome back to Updato's weekly firmware news coverup. If you've been following us, it is pretty obvious for you to be aware of the fact that currently, the OEM industry is flooded with Android 12. For that very reason, several smartphone manufactures have taken a step to reveal their plan of getting along with the new OS. So please stick with us and learn everything in detail.

Devices That are Lined Up for Today


Pixel 3


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3, Samsung S21 Series


Multiple devices


IOQQ 7, IOQQ 7 Legend, IOQQ Z3, IOQQ Z5, IOQQ 3


Pixel 3 Gets Android 12

The annual fall event of Google has recently concluded with the announcement of the launch of Pixel 6. Alongside that, the company has finalized the release of Android 12, and this time around, the download has been made available for the Pixel 3 users. With that being said, if you own a compatible device, you can simply navigate to the System Settings and hover over to the System Update section.

Talking about the changes, the OS is evidently the one that shares the most of it. Embedding material changes, the UI looks and feels visually pleasing. In addition, the new firmware features an ability that will let users customize the entire theming system and drive colors from the wallpaper. Permission settings have also been updated to make sure everything is well-positioned.

A Quick Look at the New Features:

  • The new firmware brings personalized designs that adapt to the color of the wallpaper.
  • Dedicated widget for personalized conversations.
  • A new feature called scrolling screenshots has been added.
  • Turning the mic on and off is now more flexible with quick controls.
  • Status bar indicator displaying the instances when the mic of your camera is accessed.
  • It has enhanced privacy controls.

Android 12 Beta is Set to Come Back

With Google finalizing the Android 12 stable version launch, scenes for the beta releases felt like ceasing until the clock ticks for Android 13. However, it is not the case. Recently, Google took their official Reddit platform to announce the continuation of the Android 12 Beta program in December. 

In other words, every device which is currently operating the stable version of Android 12 shall receive beta firmware in the near future. The main motive behind this is to check the early feature drops and bring in necessary improvements before the OS gets saturated over the OEM industry.


Global Version of the October Security Patch for Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 is Out

Last month, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 devices in South Korea started upgrading to the October security patch followers by the unlocked devices in the US. This time around, the update is ready to hit the global stage.

Bearing the version number F711BXXU2AUJ7, the new firmware is set to fix more than 60 vulnerable privacy-related threats. Moreover, the new update shelters amazing portrait mode support for the pets. To have a better idea, let’s walk through the changes real quick.

What’s New?

  • The overall stability of your device has been improved.
  • Then security of your device has been enhanced.
  • New portrait modes for pets make their way with the new update. You can now take pictures of your furry friend in varied modes.

Yet Another One UI 4 Beta for Samsung Galaxy S21 Devices

After launching the One UI 4 Beta for the Galaxy S21 devices, Samsung has rolled out another update aiming to fix several underlying issues. The update weighs somewhere around 975MB and it stretches from Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ to S21 Ultra units.

Here is how the Changelog Looks:

  • Fixed the underlying error in which some of the menus were only partially translated. The same is now fixed immediately after the FOTA update.
  • The Google AOSP (Google final release) has now been applied.
  • Everything has been changed from glow to the stretch, talking about the Overscroll effect in Android 12.
  • The Voice command recognition functionality in the camera is improved.
  • The Pet lighting effect is a brand new addition.
  • It has fixed an error that eventually caused the phone to restart while and after changing the theme.
  • It has fixed a major problem that tended to end the Connection and text on other devices.
  • The update fixes the error in which Bixby failed to work on the Lock Screen.
  • The update fixed a problem with the forced termination of the UI.
  • Various other improvements were applied to the smartphone.

November 2021 Security Patch is Already Rolling out for Samsung Galaxy S21 Devices

We’re still a week apart from concluding the month of October, and Samsung is ready with the Android security patch bearing the November build. Of course, it is less surprising now, as Samsung has been doing it for quite some time. Currently exclusive for the Samsung S21 series devices in Germany, the new firmware weighs around 222 MB and bags the version number G998BXXS3AUJ7.


Schedule for the release of Funtouch OS 12 based on Android 12 is Out

Following RealMe’s roadmap, Vivo has recently shared their update schedule to roll out the Android 12 featured, Funtouch OS 12. Here is how Vivo planned things to sort out:

Starting From End of Nov 2021

X70 Pro+

Starting from End of Dec 2021 

X60 Pro+, X60 Pro, X60, V21 & Y72 5G

Starting from End of Jan 2022 

X70 Pro, V21e, V20 2021, V20, Y21, Y51A & Y31

Starting From End of Mar 2022

X50 Pro, X50, V20 Pro, V20 SE, Y335, YOG, Y535 & Y125

Starting From Early Apr 2022

S1 & Y19

Starting From End of Apr 2022

V17 Pro, V17, si Pro, Y73, Y51, Y20, 420i & Y30


IOQQ Shares the Android 12 Beta Schedule

With Android 12 overtaking the OEM industry recently, the smartphone brand IOQQ decided to take a stand and announce its own rollout schedule for the beta releases. As per the timeline, the IOQQ 7. IOQQ7 Legend, IOQQ z5, and IOQQ Z3 are expected to get the Android 12 beta version starting from the end of December 2021. While the IOQQ 3 users will have to wait until the end of March 2022. As of now, only these five smartphones have been named, and it will be interesting to see if any other device makes it to the list.

A Quick Round Up

  • Pixel 3 Gets Android 12
  • Android 12 Beta is Set to Come Back
  • Global Version of the October Security Patch for Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 is Out
  • Yet Another One UI 4 Beta for Samsung Galaxy S21 Devices
  • November 2021 Security Patch is Already Rolling out for Samsung Galaxy S21 Devices
  • Schedule for the release of Funtouch OS 12 based on Android 12 is Out
  • IOQQ Shares the Android 12 Beta Schedule

Wrapping Up

And with that, we're done talking about the latest news that kept the OEM industry buzzing over the week. However, with more Android 12 news coming up in the next couple of weeks, make sure not to miss out. 

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What's my model number?

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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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