This week, on our weekly news roundup: Xiaomi bricks the Mi 9 SE with their latest update, the Mate 20 X is now receiving EMUI 9.1, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Xiaomi breaks the Mi 9 SE after pushing a faulty update
- More phones have been added to the Android Q eligibility list
- Mate 20X and Honor 10 Lite along with 20i are now receiving EMUI 9.1
- EMUI 9.1 roadmap has been announced
- Another small update for the Galaxy S10 is here
- Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are now getting the latest Android security patch but also get kicked out from the quarterly schedule
- The Galaxy A5 (2017) is now getting the June security update
Mi 9 SE
If you're a Mi 9 SE owner and you recently found that your phone is bricked, well, it seems like you're not the only one. Apparently, the last update which was delivered earlier this month and brought a few goodies with it also bricked the device.
Do keep in mind that we're talking about the Global variant here. Nothing has been heard about any other versions. At least not yet.
The problem is that the phone just refuses to boot and as it's stuck on a boot-loop. So, if you haven't installed the update yet, stay away from it until the problem has been solved.
When the US banned Huawei from working with any US-based companies, Google had no choice but to take the Android license away from them. However, seeing how multiple devices have been added to the Android Q eligibility list, we can safely assume that Huawei has either reach some kind of agreement with Google or they will soon.
Last week, we saw how numerous phones were promised to get Android Q. Now, the whole Mate series joins the party with the Mate 10 included as well. To be more specific, those are the new devices that have been added to the list:
- Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro
- Mate 10 Porsche Design
- 20 lite, Porsche Design, and Mate 20X
Those are certainly a lot of phones. Especially for a company that is working under so much pressure on these past few weeks or so.
Mate 20 X, 10 Lite, and 20i
EMUI 9.1 is now being delivered to the Mate 20 X, 10 Lite, and 20i. It's based on Android Pie while it brings GPU Turbo 3.0, and more!
The download size is rather bulky at 4 gigabytes. So, do make sure to enable your Wi-Fi before downloading and keep your device charged.
Some fancy new features include Moon Photography, video ringtones for specific contacts, and it also changes the file system of the 20 X EROFS. Huawei mentions that this will improve system performance and stability. But, take that information with a grain of salt.
For the 20 X, the update is already arriving to numerous regions including, but not limited to:
- Saudi Arabia
The update for the 10 Lite and 20i is currently only available in China. But, it should soon become available for other regions as well.
The update roadmap for EMUI 9.1 is now out. But, while it comes from numerous reputable sources, take it with a grain of salt. Because, after all, it's nothing official yet.
Those are the devices that are expected to start receiving the latest update somewhere in those days:
- Mate 20 and 20 Pro
- Huawei Mate 20 X
- And Mate 20 RS Porsche Design
As we saw in the previous headline, the Mate 20 X has already received the update. So, that's one device off the list.
These are the devices that are expected to get the upgrade somewhere in July:
- Huawei P20 series
- Mate 20 series
- Mate 9 Series
- Y9 2019, Y6 2019, and Y5 2019
- Nova 3, 3i, and 3e
- And also the Nova 4
Last, but not least, those are expected to get EMUI 9.1 in August:
- P10 series
- And Mate 20 series
Do keep in mind that this doesn't take into account the regional restrictions. While the update may first become available in China, others may have to wait for days, weeks, or even more than a month till they get it.
Other than that, again, this is NOT official information. Nobody can guarantee that these devices will get upgraded within the mentioned timeline or if they'll get the upgrade at all.
That being said, most of them seem pretty reasonable and are also included in the Android Q list. So, guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Another small update is here for the Galaxy S10 and this time it brings haptic feedback/vibration to the gesture-based navigation system. This effectively makes it easier for you to feel when a gesture has been registered.
In case you're not familiar with it, the gesture-based navigation system hides the Android touch navigation buttons in order for you to get more usable real-estate on your screen. So, instead of pressing the buttons, you need to make gestures with small movements. Ex: Swiping left to go back, swiping up to bring the app drawer in the front, etc.
Do keep in mind that if you wish to have vibrations enabled for the gestures, then you'll need to have touch vibrations enabled as well. You can find that option in your "Sounds and vibration" settings.
The update is currently being delivered to Germany, India, UK, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, while more regions are expected to join the party soon enough. It weighs just a bit more than 250 megabytes and while this is not exactly considered a big update, turning on your Wi-Fi is still recommended!
As far as we know, this is an OTA update which also includes the June security patch. So, it may take a while before all of you start receiving it!
Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge
The Galaxy S7 may be getting kinda old now. But, that doesn't mean that Samsung has forgotten about it. After all, it just started receiving the latest security patch (June's)
This update is currently being delivered to Greece, Bosnia, and Bulgaria for the S7 Edge, while the S7 is getting it in Poland and Austria. There is a good chance that more regions will join in soon enough.
As mentioned above, the S7 series is a bit old. Due to that, this is unfortunately one of the last updates that you'll be getting. After all, the whole series has been removed from the update schedule.
You may still receive critical fixes or anything like that. But, that's about it. And it only makes sense because while Sammy hasn't forgotten about their old devices, they also need to focus on their newer models like the S10.
Galaxy A5 (2017)
The Galaxy A5 is now receiving the latest security patch in numerous markets. As far as we know at the moment, those markets include:
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- Potentially more
The Canadian variant is also getting the update. However, there have been no sightings of it for the Korean version.
It's been a while since the roll-out started. So, chances are that most of you already have it.
For those of you who don't, we don't have any information about the size. But, considering that it brings nothing but the security patch and maybe small bug fixes with improvements, it shouldn't be too big. Usually not more than 200-250 megabytes.
Still, keep your Wi-Fi enabled just in case that it turns out to be somewhat big.
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