This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: the Nokia 2.1 gets updated to Android Pie Go, Razer Phone 2 gets updated to Android Pie, and more!
What’s New This Week?
- Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 start receiving Android Pie
- Nokia 2.1 gets Android Pie Go
- The Note 8 is now getting the stable version of Pie in more regions
- Samsung Galaxy A7 joins the Pie Beta program
- Unlocked Razer Phone 2 models are set to receive Android Pie on the next week
Nokia 6 and Nokia 8
The Nokia 6 originally launched with Android Nougat on board. But, now, after two years, it’s finally getting its slice of Pie.
But, to be fair, HMD Global is one of the very few companies which cares about updating their older devices. Not to mention almost all of their devices.
The update weights about 1.7 gigs and is currently arriving in Australia, India, and Latin America. More regions will follow up soon enough if they haven’t already at the time of writing.
Apart from Android Pie, you also get the latest security patch and a few Pie features such as Digital Wellbeing (maybe), Adaptive Battery, Improved Adaptive Brightness, and more.
While it’s not clear at the moment, we suspect that this is an incremental update. So, basically, only a small percentage of people will receive it at first before it’s available for everyone.
Other sources are also saying that the Nokia 8 has already received Pie in numerous regions with India following up these days.
It’s official. The Nokia 2.1 is now receiving Android Pie Go. Though, do keep in mind that it only has a gigabyte of RAM.
So, all things considered, we can’t guarantee you that your phone will be running smoothly with this update. Yes, it’s the Go version, which is supposed to be lighter. But, still.
While at the moment there is no information on what that update brings, apart from Pie, of course, we assume that you’ll get most Pie features. After all, this is the Go version.
Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, improved Adaptive Brightness, and more or expected to be included. That being said, if you have this phone, do let us know about the overall performance and features in the comments section.
That’s all for now. We’ll let you know if we find out anything else. So, stay tuned!
Galaxy Note 8
So, as we mentioned last week, the Note 8 has already started receiving the stable version of Android Pie in certain regions. Now, the update has also been sighted in Germany.
All things considered, chances are that more European regions will follow up soon enough. As per usual, the US often comes close to last when it comes to receiving updates due to how carriers work there.
This update weighs about 1.6 gigs (unless you are already running the Beta version) and apart from Android Pie, it also brings the latest Android security patch along with Samsung’s One UI.
Certain Pie features, such as Digital Wellbeing, are expected to be found. But, if there’s one thing that you’ll really want to look forward to, then that would definitely be Samsung’s new UI.
Galaxy A7 (2018)
Good news for Galaxy A7 (2018) owners, your phone may get its slice of Pie. The Note 8 recently finished its Pie Beta adventure, and it looks like the A7 is the new contender.
So, with the A7 joining the Beta programme, we may see a stable version coming out as well. Though, do keep in mind that Samsung hasn’t made any official statements regarding this. So, take all of that information with a grain of salt.
There have been a handful of users who mentioned that they got it. But, that’s about it. That’s all for now. We’ll keep you updated if we find out anything else!
Razer Phone 2
The Razer Phone 2 is one of the few, if not the only smartphone that is made specifically for gaming and is branded as a “gaming smartphone”.
It originally launched with Android 8.1. The standby has been long and painful, but it looks as if Razer is finally ready for the upgrade.
According to our sources, unlocked Razer Phone 2 models are expected to receive their slice of Pie starting from the middle of the next week. Carrier models are expected to start receiving the update on the 14th of March. But, AT&T models will have to wait till the 4th of April. Just do keep in mind that these dates may change at any given point.
This update brings the latest Android security patch, gesture-based navigation, and a brand new UI. Furthermore, you also get a few Android Pie based features such as Adaptive Battery, improved Adaptive Brightness, Digital Wellbeing, etc.
If you have an unlocked Razer Phone 2 and you don’t get this update by the end of the next week, then it may be that this is an incremental update. Incremental updates are basically getting delivered in different waves and that’s why it takes longer for some people to receive them.
That’s all for now. We’ll keep you updated once we find out anything else. So, stay tuned!
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SOURCES: XDA DEVELOPERS, GSM ARENA, NOKIA POWER USER, SAM MOBILE, JUHO SARVIKAS
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