This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: the Galaxy J4, J4+, and J6+ are now receiving their slice of Pie, Note 9 gets a couple of camera improvements, and more!
What's New This Week?
- OnePlus 5T finally gets the April security patch
- New Beta Build is here for the OnePlus 5T, 6, and 6T
- Major update is here for the Telegram X with a revamped notification system
- Galaxy J4, J4+, and J6+ are now receiving their slice of Pie
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 receives another update for camera improvements and more
- Sprint's And T-Mobile's Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 is now receiving Android Pie
- Galaxy A50's latest update brings a few new features to the table
It was a bit recently where the OnePlus 5T got updated to the January security patch. Obviously, users were not happy with this.
Well, as it turns out, OnePlus heard your complains and is now rolling out another update which includes April's security patch. Mind you, the Beta version was always ahead in terms of security patches, which is a bit of a shame.
One Plus 5T, 6, and 6T
The latest beta build is here and while it doesn't bring any major new features, it's at lest worth talking about it.
An overheating warning now will come up when your phone gets a bit too warm and more IM apps are now supported in Quick Reply while in landscape mode.
Other than that, there are also a few minor improvements to the One Plus community UI and stuff.
As per usual, do keep in mind that betas are just that, betas. They are made for testing purposes. Do not install them unless you're fine with coming across a few bugs every now and then.
The latest update for Telegram X is a big one as it brings Notifications 2.0. In case that you don't know about it, Telegram X is the "advanced" version of Telegram.
Notifications 2.0 give you more room for customization while they offer better behavior and improved power efficiency. Other than that, privacy related options have been added along with the choice of deleting all of your Telegram data remotely in case that somebody steals your device or something.
Last, but not least, you also get general improvements in performance, better notification grouping, polls, more control over your data, and more. Overall, for a messaging app, this is a pretty big update.
Galaxy J4, J4+, and J6+
It's been a while. But, at long last, the Galaxy J4, J4+, and J6+ are now getting their slice of Pie.
At the moment, the update for the J4 and J4+ is arriving in Vietnam, Thailand and Ukraine and at the same time Germany, Iraq, and India are getting the J6+ Pie update.
We assume that soon enough, the update is going to become universally available. Other than that, there's a good chance that it's an incremental update, which means that only a small percentage of you will get it at first before it becomes available for everyone; aka arriving in waves.
As for what this update brings, apart from Android Pie and some of its standard features, you're also getting Samsung's One UI. And in case that you haven't heard about it, One UI is a completely redesigned version of Samsung Experience that's designed to be lighter, better looking, and with more features.
The update weighs a bit more than a gigabyte and also brings April's security patch. Make sure to use Wi-Fi instead of data - unless you've got an unlimited plan or something.
Galaxy Note 9
At the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of Samsung's most successful smartphones. Also one of their latest flagships. It makes sense that Samsung would constantly deliver updates to it.
First of all, this update brings the April's security patch and ability to schedule night mode - both of which were much needed. Furthermore, you also get the option of switching between narrow and wide-angle view while taking selfies.
By default, the FOV (Field Of View) is set at 68 degrees. But, as mentioned above, you've got the option of changing it to 80 degrees, depending on what, and how much you're trying to capture.
We first saw that on the Galaxy S10 series and then on the S9. Only now it became available for the Note 9. Judging by that turn of events, we can almost safely assume that Samsung is going to bring that option to the Note 8 as well.
Though, the Note 8 is an older flagship which means that Samsung may not bother keeping it up to date with such features. Time will tell.
This update is already available in Germany and some people have mentioned that they got it in the UK as well. It weighs a bit more than 500 megabytes. So, you may want to enable Wi-Fi for this one.
Update: more people from various countries have mentioned that they got this update including, but not limited to: France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Austria, and more. So, we assume that it's now becoming universal.
Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 (Sprint and T-Mobile Models)
The Galaxy Tab S4 started receiving its slice of Pie a while ago in Europe. Now the USA models get to join in the fun as well with the LTE versions included.
Apart from Android Pie, you're also getting Samsung's One UI and the latest Android security patch. Do keep in mind that this an incremental update, so, it may take a few days or a couple of weeks before you get it.
Furthermore, as you're moving to a whole different version of Android, you can expect the download size to be quite big. With that being said, do remember to turn on your Wi-Fi.
A new update is here for the Galaxy A50 and it mainly focuses on the Camera, Bixby, and the fingerprint reader. It's being delivered to India as we speak. Though, we're not sure if it's incremental or not.
It weighs a bit more than 600 megabytes. So, again, consider turning on your Wi-Fi.
Regarding the new features, you get:
- Beauty Mode
- Narrow/wide FOV (The same feature that the Note 9 just got
- And new background effects for live focus mode
April's security patch is included and apart from that, there are also a few minor fixes to the fingerprint scanner which should make it feel more responsive, faster, and more reliable.
If you care about Bixby, then you'll be glad to know that Bixby routine is now here. Last but not least, call continuity is now supported as well which allows you to answer calls from other compatible Samsung devices.
That's all we got for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
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