This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: the Oppo R15 is now being upgraded to Android 10 along with the Samsung Galaxy J8, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Android 10 is now being delivered to the Oppo R15
- OnePlus 8 Pro receives battery improvements in the US and also restrictions in its camera filter
- Another new update is here for the S20 series
- Galaxy Note 8, S9 and S9+, Verizon's S20 series, and the Galaxy Fold are now receiving July's security patch
- Galaxy J8 is now receiving Android 10
After two years, the Oppo R15 is receiving yet another major update with Android 10 and ColorOS 7 on top of it!
Apart from Android 10 and the vastly improved UI, you also get most of the features that Android 10 brings to the table. Features such as gesture-based navigation, improved privacy settings, system-wide dark mode, Focus Mode, and more!
As with most updates, this one is going to slowly roll-out incrementally—which means that some of you are going to have to wait a little bit longer before getting your turn!
That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
OnePlus 8 Pro
As we've previously mentioned, lots of people were not happy with the OnePlus 8 Pro's ability to see through very thin clothing. That's one of the reasons that OnePlus decided to temporarily remove it and then bring it back without that "feature".
The update that does exactly that had already been delivered in various parts of the world and it looks like it's now the U.S's turn. That's because the latest update that's now being delivered in the American variants not only brings a few improvements to the table but also limits the monochrome/X-ray filter.
Other than that, there are also tons of fixes and improvements for the touch screen, battery, video playback, system stability, camera, and networking as well.
As per usual, you also get a newer security patch as well. The only downside is that you get June's patch instead of July's—but that's still much better than nothing.
In other news, as far as beta testers are concerned, the second Android 11 Beta is now available for both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Just keep in mind that everything is going to be wiped with the new installation.
Other than that, since this is one of the early beta versions, there are still a few issues that haven't been fixed. There problems with the UI, camera, system stability, and also with certain apps. So, don't bother with the beta version unless you're ready to use your phone as a test subject.
Galaxy S20 Series
There is one more new update for the Galaxy S20 series—which is rather impressive considering how many it has already received. However, it doesn't seem to bring anything major to the table.
It contains the same security patch and only brings a few network-related improvements. We don't have any information exactly what they are. But, we can only assume that it has to do with signal strength and signal stability or anything like that. Since this is pure speculation, take it with a grain of salt.
The update is currently available in both Israel and UAE. Whether it'll arrive in other regions or not remains a mystery for now. So, if you receive it anywhere else and if you see anything notable in it, feel free to let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
Galaxy Note 8, S9 and S9+, Verizon's S20 series, and the Galaxy Fold
Samsung is now known for delivering security updates on a regular basis faster and more consistently than most manufacturers out there. And it looks like this week is not going to be an exception.
As of this Monday, the Galaxy Note 8, S9 and S9+, Verizon's S20 series, and the Galaxy Fold are now all receiving July's security patch.
Just keep in mind that as per usual, these are incremental updates. So, there's a good chance that some of you will have to keep on waiting for a while longer before you get your turn.
As far as availability is concerned, here is everything that we currently know:
- Note 8: Chile and Argentina
- Galaxy S9/S9+: In all the Exynos variants for now
- S20 Series: All the Verizon variants
- Galaxy Fold: Europe
Keep in mind that some of these updates started rolling out at the beginning of the week. So, we wouldn't be surprised if many of them are already available in other regions. If you got it, feel free to let us know about it in the comments.
The Galaxy J8 is next in line to receive not only Android 10—but also One UI 2.0! Since it's a somewhat budget device, chances are that it's not going to ever receive One UI 2.1. Sorry, J8 owners.
As per usual with any Android 10 update, you can also expect to get most of its features. Features like Digital Wellbeing, improved privacy controls, improved Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness, and more.
One UI 2.0 brings a few improvements in terms of responsiveness and the UI itself compared to the previous version. But, nothing completely insane. You can expect to notice a few changes in the status bar, camera, and also in a few other apps such as the calendar.
This update is currently available in Russia while it also includes the latest Android security patch with it. That said, we expect that it'll soon become available for other regions. But only time will tell.
That's all for now. 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!