This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Another OxygenOS update is here for the OnePlus 8 Pro, Motorola promises to deliver two major updates for the Edge+ instead of one, and more!
What's New This Week?
- X2 Pro is soon going to join the Android 11 beta program and Realme is looking for beta testers
- New OxygenOS update is here for the OnePlus 8 Pro
- Meizu 17 and 17 Pro are going to get a 120Hz mode
- Edge+ is actually going to receive two major updates
- Motorola Razr is now receiving the latest version of Android
- Nokia 3.1 Plus is now receiving the latest version of Android
- Galaxy Fold 5G is now receiving new camera features and this month's security patch
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9, S9 series, S10 5G, and Note 10 series are now receiving May's security patch
- Gear S3 and Gear Sport are now receiving Bixby and Active 2 features
Realme X2 Pro
We already know that Android 11 is in development thanks to some leaksters who got their hands on the developer betas early on. But, the official open-beta is yet to be revealed. Still, Realme is already looking for testers to join the Android 11 beta program!
Since the official announcement is going to happen at June 3, we can safely assume that even if you do get picked as a tester, you'll still have to wait at least until then to get a taste of Android 11.
Recruitment has already started. Realme will choose 100 people from all the applicants and these 100 people are going to keep on using the beta for about a year until the stable version is already. You can sign up for it in the next 3 days by using this link.
Since this is a beta, and a very early one at that, you can expect to come across a ton of bugs and issues. In fact, the phone may be more or less unusable in the first few weeks or even months. So, keep that in mind before signing up.
OnePlus 8 Pro
Another day, another update for a OnePlus device. This time, we're looking at a new Oxygen OS version for the OnePlus 8 Pro. Or to be more specific, the Oxygen OS 10.5.8.IN11DA (India) and 10.5.8.IN11BA (Europe). As per usual, the NA version is going to be slightly delayed and will come in with the version 10.5.8.IN11AA!
The changelog points to numerous optimizations and improvements with a newer security patch (Unfortunately - only April's). Other than that, Telia users in Norway now have 5G support.
Just like with all OnePlus updates, this is an incremental rollout. So, there is a good chance that some of you will have to wait a bit longer until you get your turn.
As we mentioned above, the update is currently being delivered in various regions of Europe and India as well. It's going to take a while longer before it's available in the US, though.
Meizu 17 and 17 Pro
Having a display that supports a high refresh rate isn't enough to actually get it to work on that high refresh rate. You also need the right software to accomplish that. The K20's 75Hz mod is a great example.
Something similar is happening right now with the Meizu 17 and 17 Pro that were originally planned to launch with a refresh rate of 90Hz. However, it looks like that is about to change as Meizu is apparently working on a 120Hz update!
The touch panel, on the other hand, is operating at 180Hz and is unlikely to change. After all, we highly doubt that anything higher than that would make a noticeable difference.
You can already buy the aforementioned devices in China. But, we still haven't heard anything about a global release. We'll let you know when the time comes - if it comes - so, stay tuned!
Unlike most of the bigger names in the phone industry, such as Samsung, Motorola mentioned that their new flagship, Motorola Edge+, would only get one major update.
As expected, many people didn't exactly react kindly to that announcement. Maybe that's why Motorola is now switching to two major updates for their flagship.
Two major updates usually equal at about one and a half to two years of support - which is still half the support that Apple delivers to their devices. So, arguably, we should be getting about the same level of support with $1000 flagships.
To be more specific with this one, the Edge+ comes with a 6.7-inch OLED display, a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 5G support on the Verizon network, a 5,000 mAh battery, and a quad-camera setup with the main sensor being Samsung's 108MP camera!
So, we can definitely see why people weren't happy about having to pay for something so beefy and getting only one major update in return.
The Razr originally launched with Android Pie. And it took a while - but it's now finally on Android 10!
The rollout started a few days ago and you should all have it soon enough. Since it's being delivered in waves, some of you may end up having to wait a bit longer.
Along with Android 10, you're also getting most of its features. We're talking about Google's gesture-based navigation mode, improved Digital Wellbeing, improved privacy controls, system-wide Dark Mode, Smart Reply, and more.
Android 10 features aside, you also get some functions that are exclusive to the Razr. Most of them include the secondary display; things like using it as a webcam, using various apps on it such as Google Maps, music playback controls, more gesture controls for the secondary display, creative camera modes, and more!
Nokia 3.1 Plus
HMD Global has a great record of updating their devices to the latest version of Android. This week, another big update is being delivered to the Nokia 3.1 Plus which takes it from Android Pie to Android 10!
Apart from Android 10, you're also getting April's security patch. It's a shame that the latest one isn't included - but there's also a chance that we'll get it later on as an individual update.
You can expect to get most of the features that Android 10 comes with. Features like extra privacy controls, Google's new gesture-based navigation system, universal Dark mode, Smart Reply, improved Digital Wellbeing, and more!
The aforementioned update is currently being delivered to the biggest part of the world and we can only assume that it'll soon be available worldwide. Just keep in mind that it's being pushed out in waves. So, even if you currently live in one of the supported regions, you may have to end up waiting a few days more before installing it.
According to our sources, these are the countries that are currently receiving this update:
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka
The update is going to be rolled out in waves and should reach all devices in the aforementioned regions after May 18.
Galaxy Fold 5G
As per usual, Samsung is slowly pushing the latest security patch to most of its devices. At the same time, many flagship or high-end devices are also receiving some of the most popular camera features that the S20 series comes with.
This week, it looks like it's the Galaxy Fold 5G's turn to receive some love.
The latest update for it brings a couple of new camera features along with May's security patch. To be more specific, we're talking about Single Take, Pro video mode, and 4K 60FPS selfie video recording!
You can currently find this update in the UK - but we assume that it's soon going to become available in other regions as well. But, with that said, don't forget that such updates are usually incremental. So, even if you're in the UK, you may have to keep on waiting for a bit longer until your turn comes!
If you're not familiar with the aforementioned camera features, Single Take takes multiple shots and even a short video with the press of a button so that you can pick the best result. That's particularly useful in moments that are full of action.
Pro video mode, on the other hand, allows you to shoot videos with full control over them. You can use it to manually adjust aperture, ISO, white balance, and more!
May Security Patch (Note 9, S9, S10 5G, and Note 10)
Samsung has been incredibly consistent in the past few months or so with the monthly security updates and by the looks of it, May isn't going to be an exception to that rule.
These are the devices that are currently receiving May's patch in this week (More may join the party during the weekend):
- Note 9 (Germany and US)
- Galaxy S9 and S9+ (Worldwide)
- Note 10 and Note 10+ (T-Mobile - US)
- S10 5G (Verizon and Sprint - US)
As far as we know, these updates don't include anything other than the security patch. So, they also shouldn't be too big to download.
Keep in mind that these are most likely incremental updates. So, even if you live in one of the supported regions, you may still end up having to wait for a few more days.
Gear S3 and Gear Sport
Another update is here for the Galaxy Gear S3 and Gear Sport. This time, it brings some features from the Active 2 along with Bixby as well!
With this update, we're looking at new emoticons, improvements to the UI and Always On Display, better recognition for sleep mode, and more.
You can currently find it in South Korea and the US but we assume that it'll soon become globally available. Just keep in mind that such updates are usually incremental - which means that some users may end up having to wait a bit more than others.
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!