This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: an early Android Pie build is now available or the Samsung Galaxy S9+, MIUI 10 Global is ready OTA for the Redmi Note 5 Global/AI, and more.
What’s new this week?
- Android Pie is out of Beta
- EMUI 9 Beta update is now available for the P20 and P20 Pro
- The latest update for the Galaxy S8 brings Super Slow Motion support and AR Emoji
- An early Android Pie build is now available for the Galaxy S9+
- MIUI 10 Global is here for the Redmi Note 5 Global/AI and Xiaomi Mi 5
Good news for OnePlus 6 users. Android Pie is finally out of Beta and will have a staged rollout to everyone.
The changelog includes a brand new UI, adaptive battery support, the Android Pie gesture navigation, the latest current security patch of September, and system improvements.
Furthermore, there is also a new do not disturb mode with adjustable settings, Gaming Mode 3.0 which now has a notification mode, and last but not least, accent color customization support.
Those of you who are running a Beta version of EMUI on the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro should very soon receive the latest update. It brings lots of performance improvements and bug fixes along with a few features.
Some of these are GPU turbo, smart temperature, security improvements, a gesture-based navigation system, advanced battery with UI support, notch support, manual theme selection, Android Dashboard, and more.
It’s recommended to wait for the OTA update. However, if you wish to install it as soon as possible, then you can try manually installing it through this page.
Last week we saw the Note 8 getting AR Emoji support along with Super Slow Motion. Now the same features arrive to the S8 and presumably the S8 Plus as well. The Note 8, S8, and S8 Plus, will only be able to record in Super Slow Motion at 720p/480 FPS.
The update has already arrived in Europe. So, it shouldn’t be too long before it arrives at the USA as well. It weights 553 MB.
Some people have mentioned that this update made their device very laggy. Others said that they can’t find the Super Slow Motion option in the camera while those who do will face a crash upon selecting them. So, do keep that in mind before updating.
As for the Galaxy S9+, we just saw it running an early build of Android Pie with Samsung Experience 10 on xda developers. As this is still in the very early development stages, lots of features and UI elements are just broken. And let’s not forget about the numerous bugs. Here’s a short glimpse.
As you can see, the UI is vastly different. Now there’s also a dark theme which should fit the AMOLED display. Other than that, Samsung’s stock apps have a different UI layout with the camera and Bixby being two that are worthy of mentioning.
There is a new motions and gestures menu and the old gestures are all still there for now. A new feature that Samsung brings to the table is the lift to wake function which wakes up your phone when you pick it up. Of course, we’ve seen this one in various devices already but it’s still nice that Samsung implemented it on the S9+.
The new gesture system isn’t the one that Google implemented into Android Pie and it only activates when the navigation bar is hidden. There’s definitely a lot of new stuff and progress on this upcoming update.
We still don’t have any information on where it’ll be officially available as a stable build. However, if you wish to try it out now, you can do so by visiting this page. However, do keep in mind that this is a very early build and it has numerous issues.
Redmi Note 5 Global/AI and Mi 5
Xiaomi promised that even their budget smartphones would receive MIUI 10 and it seems like they kept their word. It took a bit longer than what we were expecting, but MIUI 10 is here for both the Redmi Note 5 Global/AI and Mi 5.
We still don’t know if the Indian Note 5 and Note 5 Pro will receive this update. If you’ve got one of these devices and you’ve received this update, then please do let know in the comments down below.
We received this update in Greece. So, we can assume that it’ll arrive in the rest of the Europe OTA pretty soon. It weighs a little more than half a gig.
The update includes new animations, a completely new status bar, nature sounds are now available in the clock app and there are also general improvements in performance/stability.
One strange thing is that the full-screen experience was already available on our Redmi Note 5 before the MIUI 10 update. So, we’re really not sure why this is mentioned as a new feature. Perhaps other Xiaomi devices did not have it?
Other than that, do keep in mind that the majority of MIUI themes that are available right now are only optimized for the MIUI 9. So, if you have a huge collection of themes and don’t feel like letting go of them just yet, then perhaps you should wait until they get patched for MIUI 10 before updating. That’s if they ever get patched at all.
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SOURCES: XIAOMI, REDDIT, XDA DEVELOPERS, GET DROID TIPS, ONE PLUS FORUMS,
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