This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: LG plans on launching Android 10 beta by the end of the month, the Galaxy S10 series is now receiving Android 10 beta on a global scale, and more!
What's New This Week?
- LG aims to launch its Android 10 beta program by the end of this month
- Mate 20 Pro is now receiving Android 10 on the Netherlands
- False alarm? The OnePlus 7, 7T, and 7T Pro were supposed to get Android 10 this week, but that doesn't seem to be the case
- International Android 10 beta is here for the Galaxy S10 series
- Galaxy Fold is now receiving camera features that were originally present in the Note 10
Android 10 Beta
With all the manufacturers trying to launch Android 10 betas and some actually pushing out stable builds, it's time for LG to play its part as well.
According to our sources, LG aims to launch its Android 10 beta program by the end of this month. The first devices that are going to join the beta are the LG G8 ThinQ, V50 ThinQ 5G, and LG V50S ThinQ 5G.
As if that wasn't enough, LG plans to start pushing out a stable build by the end of this year. This means that they've got just a bit more than a couple of months to do it.
As for the updates themselves, we'll have to wait and see if LG is planning on putting any new features in there. But, chances are that we'll get to see at least a few Android 10 goodies.
We're talking about system-wide Night Mode, a new gesture-based navigation system, integrated family controls, and more.
That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
Mate 20 Pro
The Mate 30 Pro may be in a rough situation due to what happened with Huawei and the US. But, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro which got released quite a while ago remains unaffected and is actually receiving the latest version of Android.
This update was recently seen in the Netherlands. We assume that it's going to become globally available any day now. Or at the very least, it should soon arrive in most parts of Europe.
That being said, such updates are usually being pushed out in waves. So, there is a good chance that some of you may end up having to wait for a while before finally receiving the update.
As for the update itself, due to the fact that it includes a design overhaul, it actually weighs more than 4.4 gigs! This is definitely an update that you don't want to install without connecting to a Wi-Fi first.
Apart from the new design, we're also looking at some new features and improvements - partially thanks to Google. There is improved control of privacy and permissions, integrated family controls, Focus Mode, Google's new navigation system, and more.
Overall, it's a rather "beefy" update. Have you received it? Let us know about it in the comments section down below!
OnePlus 7, 7T, and 7T Pro
The Android 10 update for the OnePlus 7 was supposed to come out a while ago. But, ultimately, it had to be canceled due to some issues.
At the beginning of this week, a ton of our sources started saying that Android 10 was finally coming out for the OnePlus 7, 7T, and 7T Pro. Mind you - that includes OnePlus themselves who mentioned that on a community post.
However, it looks like nobody has received it so far. There are a ton of angry people in the comments of various blogs who are saying that their phone is still running Android Pie.
Frankly, we really don't know what's going on here. There is a chance that this is a staged rollout and all the people who are complaining are just those who are left behind and are waiting for their turn.
In any case, if you've already got it, then let us know in the comments section.
Galaxy S10 Series
As far as we know, the Galaxy S10 series was supposed to start receiving the Android 10 beta last week. But, for some reason, the rollout was canceled/delayed.
Thankfully, it looks like the Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G, are now getting Android 10 beta on an international scale! It was already available in South Korea a few days ago. But, now it's also available for us.
We still haven't seen any huge improvements or additions. First things first, the UI has been slightly modified so that pop-ups will no longer take a huge part of the screen.
Dark Mode has also seen a few improvements. To be more specific, it can now adjust the brightness and color of wallpapers, notifications, and even that of the clock.
Not to mention Smart Lock which has the ability to detect what kind of wallpaper you're using and adjusts the color of the clock accordingly. For example, if you're using a white wallpaper that makes the white clock invisible, then Smart Lock is automatically going to change the clock to a darker color.
And apart from the improvements that Samsung has made, there is also everything that Google has achieved with Android 10.
Other than what we've already mentioned with Android 10, there's also Focus Mode. Focus Mode will temporarily reduce the number of notifications that are coming in for a set duration of time and for specific apps.
Furthermore, there's the option of setting a timer for how long you'll be able to use each app - which is mostly useful for keeping yourself in check.
Do keep in mind that this version is still in beta. So, there's a chance that we'll see things come and go as time goes on.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Despite asking for about $2K, the Galaxy Fold actually came out with fewer camera features compared to other flagships. It seems like that just started changing as we spotted a new update which brings the Galaxy Note 10's feature to the Galaxy Fold.
This update was recently spotted on France and it weighs a bit more than 670 megabytes. It introduces a few new features like Night Mode for selfies, AR Doodle, Live Focus for the camera, and Super Steady recording in Hyperlapse mode.
At this moment, we don't know if the update also includes Hyperlapse mode for selfies or Night Mode for the telephoto lens. The same thing goes for the Glitz Live Focus effect and Samsung Dex as well.
Now, with that being said, the S10 did get all these features. So, we can only assume that they are going to be present on the Galaxy Fold as well. If you got the update, then let us know about it in the comments.
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!
SOURCES: SAMSUNG, SAM MOBILE, ANDROID AUTHORITY, GSM ARENA 1, 2
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