This week, on our weekly news roundup, 8 more Huawei devices are now receiving Android Pie in China, Android Q roadmap is here for Nokia devices, and more!
What's New This Week?
- 8 more devices are about to get EMUI 9.1
- HTC U12+ is now receiving its slice of Pie in the US as well
- HMD Global's Android Q update roadmap is now out
- One UI 2.0: first look and impressions
- Galaxy Tab S3 and Tab A are now getting their slice of Pie
- T-Mobile's Note 9 is now receiving the August patch
- Latest update for the Galaxy A50 brings improvements to the fingerprint scanner
- Unlocked Galaxy S10 models are now getting August's patch
- First update for the Note 10 and 10+ is here
8 more Huawei devices have started receiving EMUI 9.1 in China. And if the Chinese versions are getting it, then the global ones shouldn't be too far behind!
The said models include the:
- Huawei Mate 9
- Mate 9 Pro
- Mate 9 Porsche Design
- P10 Plus
- Nova 2s
- Honor V9
- And Honor 9
In case you haven't heard about it yet, EMUI 9.1 is based on Android Pie and apart from the standard Pie features, it also brings some new stuff by itself. Some of those include GPU Turbo 3.0 for better gaming performance, the EROFS file system which is supposed to improve read speeds up to 20%, and more.
Android Q may be waiting for us right around the corner, but that doesn't mean that it's too late to grab a slice of Pie. The HTC U12+ got its own before in Taiwan, Europe, and now it's getting in the US as well.
The update weighs close to a gigabyte while it brings the currently latest version of Android with all of its goodies like Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, improved Adaptive Brightness, etc.
Do keep in mind that it may be rolling out in stages, which means that only a small percentage of users will receive it a time, until eventually everyone has it.
HMD Global has officially announced which Nokia devices will get Android Q and when they'll get it. Check it out:
For anyone who can't see it in the image, here is the roadmap in plain text:
- 2019 Q4: Nokia 7.1, 8.1, and 9 PureView
- 2020 Q1: Nokia 2.2, 3.1 Plus, 3.2, 4.2, 1 Plus, 5.1 Plus, and 8 Sirocco
- 2020 Q2: Nokia 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, and 1
So, to summarize, pretty much every Nokia phone will get the last version of Android by the second quarter of 2020. The only one that's missing is the Nokia 8 and nobody really knows why. The Nokia 8 Sirocco and the Nokia 8.1 are there, but that's about it.
The YouTube channel Dudu Rocha recently published a video which showcases Samsung's new OneUI 2.0. It's in Portuguese, but if you wanna watch it, the link is at the bottom on the "sources" section (Embedded videos don't work at the moment due to technical issues).
Now, we got both good news and bad news. The good news is that OneUI 2.0 is coming with Android 10 and gets its new features. The bad news is that not much has changed with the new version of OneUI.
Admittedly, this isn't inherently a bad thing. We assume that many of you will agree with the saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!".
The only small change seems to be on the status bar where you get more quick toggles and that's about it. Other than that, as mentioned above, we're also looking at a few new Android 10 included features like the new and improved navigational gestures.
Still, with all of that being said, let us not forget that we're looking at very early versions of the OS. So, take that info with a great of salt.
After all, there is no guarantee that Samsung and/or Google won't add more stuff later on.
Galaxy Tab S3 and Tab A
We've got both good news and bad news. The good news is that both the Tab S3 and Tab A are getting upgraded to Android Pie. The bad news is that only the LTE variant of the S3 is getting it in Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam, while the Tab A is only getting it in Malaysia.
Of course, that will most likely change in the upcoming days or weeks. But, we can't know when for sure. So, if you've got this update and you're living in a region that is not mentioned above, then please let us and everyone else know about it in the comments down below!
Apart from Android Pie, the Galaxy Tab S3 also gets August's security patch which fixes 7 critical Android issues and 17 Samsung-related ones. However, the Galaxy Tab A still remains on June's patch.
Do keep in mind that the update weighs more than a gigabyte. So, enabling Wi-Fi before downloading is highly recommended.
In terms of features, as per usual, we're looking at certain Android Pie features like Adaptive Battery, Digital Wellbeing, etc. There are also a few improvements and bug fixes. But, nothing insane.
T-Mobile's Galaxy Note 9 is finally receiving the August security patch. Considering the fact that this is one of Samsung's latest flagships, that update was definitely a bit slow. But, hey, better late than ever.
Obviously, the American carriers are mainly at fault here for the delayed updates and are commonly known for staying behind the schedule. That's mostly due to the slightly modified OS.
This update doesn't seem to bring anything more than the security patch. And the fact that it weighs just a tiny bit less than 200 megabytes nearly confirms our suspicions.
According to Sam Mobile and A50 users, the latest update brings performance improvements to the fingerprint sensor. Apart from that, Snapchat is also being automatically installed and nobody knows why.
Such bundles are usually included in paid promotions. But, we somehow highly doubt that Samsung needs Snapchat as a sponsor. So, not sure what's going on here.
Other than that, it's also mentioned that the charging algorithm is improved. And we don't know how much of a difference makes. So, if you noticed anything different, do let us know about it.
if you don't notice any performance improvements in the fingerprint scanner, try deleting and re-taking your fingerprints.
Galaxy S10 (Unlocked)
Unlocked Galaxy S10 variants have now started receiving August's security patch. This update fixes 7 OS related issues and 17 that are exclusive to Samsung devices. So, install it as soon as possible.
At the moment of writing this article, carrier-locked S10 models have yet to receive this update and other than the security patch, it doesn't seem to bring anything else to the table. Because of that, you'll only have to download just something a bit over 200 megabytes.
The Note 10 and 10+ are finally becoming available for purchase today and their first update is already out! It mainly includes performance improvements along with August's security patch.
To be more specific, there are improvements in the:
- Fingerprint scanner speed
- Camera quality
- And touchscreen performance
There is a small chance that more minor improvements are included under the hood. But, for now, that's all we got!
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!