This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: numerous Samsung devices are getting June's patch, Huawei delivers a list of eligible global devices for EMUI 10.1, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Vivo NEX 3S 5G is now eligible for Android 11 Beta 1 developer preview
- Global list schedule for EMUI 10.1 is officially here
- Moto G7 Play is now being upgraded to Android 10
- Nubia Red Magic 3 is now receiving Android 10
- Galaxy Note 9's One UI 2.1 update is now available in India as well
- Note 10 Lite, S10 Lite, and Galaxy A10s are now receiving the June security patch
- One UI 2.1 is finally here for the Galaxy S9 and S9+
- Galaxy S20 Ultra receives a few minor changes to the close-up zoom feature
NEX 3S 5G
Android 11 Beta 1 is here for a few devices with the Vivo NEX 3S 5G being one of them. As of now, you have the option of downloading it.
However, do keep in mind that this is an early developer preview. It's not meant to be used by someone who relies on his phone on a daily basis.
Even now, there are tons of known bugs. The fingerprint scanner doesn't work, the selfie camera doesn't either, and there are tons of minor issues. And that's without knowing what other bugs may be waiting to be discovered.
So, again, don't install it on your device unless you're willing to use it as a sort of temporary sacrificial lamb.
EMUI 10.1 Global
After the announcement for the Chinese variants, Huawei originally announced a similar list for the global ones. Here are the devices that are going to receive EMUI 10.1 in the upcoming months:
- Huawei P30
- Huawei P30 Pro
- Mate 20
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- Huawei Mate 20 RS PORSCHE DESIGN
- Mate 20 X
- Mate 20 X (5G)
- Huawei nova 5T
- Huawei Mate Xs
- P40 lite
- Huawei nova 7i
- Huawei Mate 30
- Mate 30 Pro
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
- Huawei MatePad Pro
- MediaPad M6 10.8″.
- Honor View 30 PRO (Magic UI 3.1)
- Honor 20 (Magic UI 3.1)
- 20 PRO (Magic UI 3.1)
- Honor View 20 (Magic UI 3.1)
EMUI 10.1 brings a few changes to the UI, MeeTime (In limited regions at this point), and a new voice assistant (Celia).
The updates are expected to start from now. We'll let you know when a device gets upgraded. So, stay tuned!
Moto G7 Play
The G7 Play was originally launched with Android Pie. But it looks like it's finally time for it to get upgraded. As of this week, Moto G7 Play owners can expect to get an OTA notification soon now.
At the moment, it's only available in Brazil and only for a limited number of users. After all, as per usual, this is an incremental update that's slowly going to reach everyone over time.
Apart from Android 10, you can expect to get most of its features along with a newer security patch. We're talking about things such as Dark Mode, improved privacy controls, improved Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, and more!
Nubia Red Magic 3
Android 11 may already be on its way. But, as per usual, many Android devices are still stuck with Android Pie or even Android 8!
The Nubia Red Magic 3 was one of these devices - until now. As of yesterday, Android 10 is making its way to numerous Red Magic 3 devices!
Apart from Android 10, you also get a brand new UI: Redmagic 3.0! This includes numerous changes both in functionality and on aesthetics.
You can expect to get most of the features that come with Android 10. Features such as Focus Mode, improved privacy controls, Dark Mode, and more.
Android 10 aside, Nubia's new UI also brings new stuff. Things like the new Game Space, split-screen multitasking, a new Neo AI smart system, and lots of others, minor additions.
As per usual, the update also includes minor optimization tweaks, smoother animations, bug fixes, and things like that. It's currently available in China - but we can safely assume that the international version isn't that far away now.
Galaxy Note 9
The long-awaited One UI 2.1 update for the Galaxy Note 9 recently became available in German and South Korea alike. However, other regions are still waiting for it and it looks like the incremental rollout is moving on slower than usual.
At least it's now available in India!
It comes in at 1.3 gigabytes and apart from One UI 2.1, it also gives you June's security patch along with any new features that are introduced to the newer version of One UI.
In case you missed last week's news, we're talking about things like:
- Single Take
- Pro Mode
- Quick Share
- Music Share
- Pro Video Mode
- And AR Zone amongst other minor additions
Last, but not least, you can also expect to find the usual minor bug fixes and improvements that are there with almost every update.
We expect that this is another incremental update. So, some of you will have to wait a bit longer than others - even if you live in the same region.
Note 10 Lite, S10 Lite, and Galaxy A10s
We're now nearing towards July and as per usual, Samsung is one of the few companies that deliver security patches to so many devices in such a short period of time. These are the devices that are receiving June's patch this week and that's where you can expect to find it as of now:
- Note 10 Lite: Spain (Minor additions included in the update)
- S10 Lite: Spain (Numerous small improvements)
- Galaxy A10s: Malaysia (No new additions as of yet)
As you can see, the S10 Lite is currently the only one that apart from getting the latest security update, it also receives a few minor improvements.
To be more specific, the changelog mentions fingerprint scanner improvements, audio improvements, camera stability and camera quality improvements, along with some general improvements and bug fixes as well!
As per usual, we expect that this is going to be an incremental rollout. And since this is nothing but a 350-megabyte update, it shouldn't take long before all of you get it!
Galaxy S9 and S9+
There has been quite a lot of controversy around the S9/S9+ and their One UI 2.1 update. At first, Samsung confirmed that they are going to get it. But then they denied that possibility. And then they confirmed it again.
Well, at the end of the day, we still got the update which is all that matters. Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are now receiving it in both Germany and South Korea with June's security patch on top of it. More countries are expected to join soon enough.
In terms of features, you can expect to get most of what One UI 2.1 brings to the table. Quick Share, Music Share, Single Take, Pro Video, AR Zone, and a few more, minor additions.
This is an incremental rollout which means that some of you will have to keep on waiting for a bit longer.
Since this is the second major update that the S9 series gets, chances are that we're not going to see another one. After all, Samsung only promises two major updates for every flagship and this is indeed the second one that the S9 series is receiving.
After this, it's only a matter of time before both the S9 and S9+ will be put into the quarterly update cycle.
That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
Galaxy S20 Ultra
Another update is here for the S20 Ultra and it brings a couple of very small changes for the camera. To be more precise, it changes a couple of things about the close-up zoom feature.
Instead of having 1.5x zoom, you now get 2x. And you also get a text that informs you about the zoom and how it affects its quality.
In case you don't know about it, the massive camera resolution that the S20 Ultra offers comes with a rather big flaw - it can't focus on an object if you get too close to it. It's not good with macros. Not at all.
So, the 2x zoom is actually a bit of a trick to get better quality as it allows you to focus on a small object without having to get too close to it. And you don't lose any quality at all thanks to the massive 108MP sensor!
Overall, it's more or less nothing but a trick that fixes the focus issues of the S20 Ultra. Mind you, that's a hardware limitation so it's not like it can be changed to work like a "normal" smartphone with a software update.
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!