This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is now receiving MIUI 12 stable beta, the Huawei P20 is getting Android 10 in Canada, and more!
What's new This Week?
- P20 is now receiving Android 10 with EMUI 10 on top of it in Canada
- Redmi Note 8 Pro is now ready for MIUI 12 stable beta
- Redmi 8 is being upgraded to Android 10
- S20 is now receiving the latest security patch along with improvements
- Galaxy Z Flip, A50, A70, Note 10/10+, and the S10 series are now receiving July's security patch
- Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) and Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) are now receiving Android 10 with One UI 2.0 on top of it
- The S8 series is now receiving June's security patch
- Verizon's Galaxy A10e and A20 are now being upgraded to Android 10
- Sprint's Note 9 is getting One UI 2.1
The P20 is now receiving Android 10 with EMUI 10 on top of it in Canada. We don't know when the update will become globally available as of yet. But we assume it's not going to be long now.
Keep in mind that at 4.6 gigabytes, this is one huge update and we'd definitely recommend enabling your Wi-Fi before downloading it.
In it, you can expect to find GPU Turbo, new UI elements, Dark Mode, improved privacy controls, Google's new gesture-based navigation system, and more!
Since the phone was not on the list of EMUI 10.1 eligible devices, we expect that this is its last big update. Chances are you'll still be receiving regular security updates - but don't get your hopes up for anything else.
As per usual, we assume that this is an incremental update. So, some of you will have to keep on waiting a while longer until you get your turn!
Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi's Mi 9T/K20 Pro was the first device to officially receive MIUI 12 and it looks like the Note 8 Pro is now going to follow suit. There are tons of reports from beta users that they are getting a stable beta - so the actual stable release shouldn't be too far away now.
The aforementioned update includes most of the standard MIUI 12 features. Features like Dark Mode 2.0, enhanced security, new UI, and more! The stable beta only weighs 632 megabytes. But, we're obviously expecting the actual stable release to be much, much bigger than that.
In case you're not familiar with it, "stable beta" means that you're getting a beta update that's currently known to be working perfectly - and thus it's stable and one step before the actual stable release.
At the moment, only beta testers can get this update. But, as we already mentioned, the stable release shouldn't be too far now.
We imagine that Xiaomi currently have their hands full just trying to deliver MIUI 12 to as many devices as possible. But that doesn't mean they've forgotten about some of their older models. In this case, we're talking about the Redmi 8 which is now receiving Android 10 in China!
While it's only for China, we assume that it won't take long before the global variants start getting it as well!
The update only comes with MIUI 11 instead of 12. But, since it includes Android 10, you're also getting most of its features. We're talking about improved privacy controls, Digital Wellbeing, improved Adaptive Battery, and, as per usual, tons of minor improvements and bug fixes!
As per usual, Samsung keeps on rolling security patches faster than any other Android manufacturer. We're barely into July and the Galaxy S20 is already receiving July's patch. In fact, it actually started receiving it before we even got into July.
Apart from a newer security patch, this update also includes a couple of camera improvements. To be more specific, we're talking about better zooming quality and video stabilization.
It also ends support for MirrorLink. But, on the other hand, you now also have the option of using a Bluetooth mic to record via the Voice Recording app.
At the moment, the aforementioned update is only available in South Korea and it weighs 386 megabytes. But we expect that it'll soon be delivered to other regions as well.
Galaxy Z Flip, A50, A70, Note 10/10+, S10 Series
As we mentioned above, Samsung is currently the fastest manufacturer when it comes to delivering security patches. And after the Galaxy S20, several more devices took their turn. Here is what we have at the moment:
- Galaxy Z Flip: Asia, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East
- Galaxy A50: Portugal
- A70: Australia (For unlocked and Telstra models)
- Note 10 and 10+: Europe
- Galaxy S10 Series: Europe (Temporarily halted for some reason)
None of these updates seem to bring anything new to the table other than the security patch. And while they are currently only available to the aforementioned locations, we assume that they'll soon start reaching other regions as well.
The size comes anywhere from 150 megabytes all the way up to 300-350 or so depending on your region and model. That said, keep in mind that such updates are usually incremental. This means that some of you may have to keep on waiting a bit longer even if you're currently living in one of the regions where the updates are being pushed.
Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019)
So what if Android 11's stable release is getting closer and closer now? It's estimated that we'll see the first stable builds in a couple of months from now. But, as per usual, numerous devices are still running Android Pie or even Android Oreo. Not to mention the older ones that are stuck with Android Nougat or older versions.
Even the tech Colossus; Samsung, is not an exception here. It's only now that the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) are finally receiving Android 10!
On top of it, there's also One UI 2.0 and most of the features that you can find on it along with Google's offerings. You can expect small UI changes, Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Google's gesture-based navigation system, and more.
If the One UI version is actually 2.1 (Kind of unclear at the moment), you may also get some of the S20's camera features. Features like Single Shot, Pro Video mode, and more!
That aside, you also get July's security patch. The update is slowly going to become available worldwide and the LTE variants are taking priority for now. So, show a little bit of patience and soon everyone's going to have it.
Galaxy S8 and S8+
It's no secret that manufacturers like to focus on supporting their newer devices - especially flagships. And things don't differ that much with Samsung. After all, the Galaxy S20 was the very first device to get July's patch.
However, that doesn't mean that Samsung doesn't care about older flagships. And the fact that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now receiving June's security update is the ultimate proof of that.
Surely it's a bit sad that we didn't get July's update. But let us not forget that the Galaxy S8 has been dropped to the quarterly schedule. Expecting it to receive the latest updates is kind of unreasonable at this point.
As for June's patch, while it came out a couple of days ago in Germany, we expect that it's going to arrive in more regions at any point now. More and more of you should start receiving during the course of the weekend.
Galaxy A10e and A20 (Verizon)
It's no secret that US carriers are often a little bit left behind in terms of updates. Even the unlocked variants of the A10e and A20 started receiving the same update weeks ago. But what matters is that at the end of the day, you still get your updates. This time, we're talking about the big Android 10 update!
Apart from Android 10, you also get most of its features. Features like Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Google's gesture-based navigation mode, and more.
Only May's security patch is included which is a bit of a shame considering how it's already July.
While the update is already rolling out, we assume that it's an incremental release. So, some of you may have to keep on waiting a bit more.
Note 9 (Sprint)
It's been a few weeks since the global Galaxy Note 9 units started receiving One UI 2.1. But, as per usual, the US carriers are a bit late to the party. T-Mobile's Note 9 units got the update some time ago and now it's Sprint's Turn!
The update weighs just a tad bit more than a gigabyte and is currently being delivered incrementally to Galaxy Note 9 units that belong to Sprint. Other than One UI 2.1, you also get June's patch.
Now, the changelog doesn't mention much. But, we can safely assume that this update delivers everything that One UI 2.1 brought to other Note 9 variants. Features like Single Take, Pro Video mode, Quick Share, AR Emoji, Music Share, and anything else that was included along with minor fixes and optimizations.
This is expected to be Note 9's last update. From now on, you're probably only going to get security patches along with minor bug fixes and that's about it. After all, even Samsung's flagships only get two major updates.
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!
SOURCES: SAM MOBILE 1, 2, 3, 4, GSM ARENA 1, 2
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