This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Nokia 2.2 is now receiving the latest version of Android, the Galaxy S20 series is getting improvements in autofocus speed, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Nokia 2.2 is now receiving Android 10
- Mi A3's Android 10 update is now online once again
- Mi 9 Lite is now receiving the latest version of Android as well
- S10 series and Note 10 may receive One UI 2.1 by the end of the next month
- Latest update for the Galaxy S20 is fixing the autofocus issue
- M30s is now getting Android 10 in India
- Galaxy A50's update is now reaching India as well
The Corona virus may have pushed back HMD Global's update schedule a bit but it sure didn't stop them from moving onwards. As we're writing this, the latest version of Android is being pushed to Nokia 2.2 devices!
Nokia 2.2 users, now is your chance to update to Android 10! All performance-enhancing features are now available! Stay tuned for the same update for our other Nokia phones #nokiamobile pic.twitter.com/0eTzk9hvF6— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) March 17, 2020
As of now, we've already seen the update in both Spain and Egypt. So, we assume that most of Europe will follow soon enough now. This is most likely an incremental update, so, some of you will have to wait a bit more before you get your turn.
Jujo/Nokia Mobile did not describe the update in detail. But, we can safely assume that it brings most Android 10 features along with a newer security patch!
The Android 10 update for the Mi A3 was first seen about a week or two ago - but Xiaomi quickly pulled it back. According to our sources, that was due to multiple bugs with the fingerprint sensor's performance suffering the most.
However, it looks like the very same update is now online again. Hopefully without any issues this time.
As you can see, it weights 1.37 gigabytes - so, definitely enable Wi-Fi for this one.
Since this is just another Android 10 update, you can expect to get most of its features. Features like the universal dark theme, improved privacy controls, Google's new gesture-based navigational mode, Focus Mode, along with many minor changes under the hood!
Of course, since this one is based on Android One, you'll only be getting the raw Android experience without MIUI or any of that fancy stuff.
Mi 9 Lite
After numerous Xiaomi devices got Android 10, including the Mi A3 and Mi 9T, it's now the Mi 9 Lite's turn!
The update is currently being pushed to the global variants. However, it's only going to be for a limited number of users at first to make sure that there aren't any issues with the update like the ones we witnessed with the Mi A3.
Apart from Android 10 and MIUI 11, you also get February's security patch. No info has been provided just yet about March's patch. But, we'll keep you updated if anything else comes out. So, stay tuned!
As per usual, you can expect to get all of the new features that MIUI 11 and Android 10 brings to the table. Improved privacy controls, Focus Mode, etc.
And of course, the same thing applies to the Chinese variant (Mi CC9) which started receiving the very same update before the international variant did.
S10 Series and Note 10
Good news for Galaxy S10 and Note 10 owners. According to our sources, One UI 2.1 is now in development for you and there is a good chance that you'll get it somewhere during April.
The Note 10 isn't officially mentioned in this reply. But, there is no chance that Samsung is going to leave it aside while the S10 series is getting all the love.
Other than that, it has also been approved that Samsung is working on One UI 2.5. As far as we know, chances are that the Note 20 will come out with it out of the box while most of the older flagships should eventually get it as well.
One of the main reasons that Samsung should somewhat hurry with this update is the Quick Share feature. In case you're not familiar with it, Quick Share allows you to send and receive files very easily and quickly between Samsung devices. However, it's only available for those that are running One UI 2.1.
At the moment, only the Galaxy Z Flip and S20 support this feature - which makes it almost obsolete.
As we mentioned last week, despite having high-end specs, the S20 series has a bit of an issue with autofocus speeds. We assumed that this is mostly software-related and it looks like our guess is right on point. After all, Samsung is now preparing to push an OTA update that improves autofocus speeds!
However, keep in mind that at the moment, this is only for the international Exynos variants and it's not even available just yet. That said, we can safely assume that it'll soon become available OTA and that Samsung will also push another update for the Snapdragon models.
Lots of Samsung devices have been receiving Android 10 lately and it looks like the Galaxy M30s is now next in line. Its update is currently being pushed in India - presumably in waves.
We assume that it's an incremental update - which means that some of you may have to wait for a while before receiving it. Apart from Android 10, you also get One UI 2.0 Core and the latest Android security patch.
In case you're not familiar with it, One UI 2.0 core is essentially the One UI 2.0 you know but only with the bare minimum features. Things like the improved Dark Mode, the basic UI, and, of course, Google's features as well (Focus Mode, Gesture-based navigation mode, improved privacy, etc).
The update weights 1.4 gigs. So, make sure to keep your Wi-Fi enabled while downloading it.
The Android 10 update for the Galaxy A50 officially became available for the A50 a while ago. But, it was only available for South Korea - until now. It looks like the universal/Indian variants are now receiving the latest version of Android as well!
Unfortunately, only February's patch is included. But that's not too much of a deal anyway.
Other than that, you can expect to get the usual features that are included with Android 10 and One UI 2.0. Improved Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Google's gesture-based navigational mode, improved privacy, and more!
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 comment section down below!
SOURCES: SAM MOBILE 1, 2, 3, 4, GSM ARENA 1, 2, JUHO SARVIKAS
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