This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: numerous Galaxy devices get One UI 2.1, 2.5, and October's patch, Nokia 7 Plus gets a maintenance update after 2 years since its initial release, and more!
What's New This Week?
- EMUI 11 beta is now available for the Huawei Mate Xs
- Mate X2's WiFi just got certified
- Nokia 7 Plus gets the latest security update
- Galaxy A50 is the first Samsung device to get October's security patch
- Confirmed: Galaxy S20 series is soon going to start receiving One UI 3.0 Beta
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is now receiving One UI 2.5
- Galaxy M21 gets One UI 2.1
- Unlocked Galaxy S10 Lite variants are now getting One UI 2.5
Mate Xs and X2
According to our sources, EMUI 11 beta is now available for the Huawei Mate Xs. So, there's a very good chance that the stable release is very close now.
In other news, the Mate X2 already got Wi-Fi certified in Wi-Fi alliance.
So, its actual release date may be a bit closer than we originally anticipated. There's still no official date announcement. But, most of us were originally expecting to see it somewhere during the next year which, as we mentioned above, may not be true due to the early Wi-Fi certification.
We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
Nokia 7 Plus
Another update is here for the two-year-old Nokia 7 Plus but, as expected, it only brings the latest security patch along with a few more minor changes and bug fixes.
Since this phone is already two years old, chances are it's not going to receive another major update. So, you are still stuck with Android 10 and that's most likely not going to change.
There's still hope for further maintenance updates. But, that's more or less about it.
Once again, Samsung is the first manufacturer to start pushing monthly security updates. Surprising enough, the Galaxy A50 is the first device to receive October's update. But, obviously, we can safely assume that flagships like the Note 20 and S20 series are next in line.
It weighs just a bit over 123 megabytes and the changelog doesn't mention anything other than the usual performance improvements and bug fixes. So, we can safely assume that there's nothing more to this update – which is about what we expected.
As per usual, this is an incremental update. So, some of you are going to have to wait a little bit more until you get your turn!
We already know that there is a One UI 3.0 developer preview for the Galaxy S20 series. But that's a very closed beta that only a select few can access.
Thankfully, Samsung confirmed that a more open beta is coming soon in South Korea for the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. So, we can safely assume that more regions will soon get it as well.
If you are interested in joining the beta, do keep in mind that it's probably going to be very unstable and full of bugs – like most betas are. So, definitely don't try it if you are using the S20 as your daily driver.
We expect that a notification is going to be delivered via the Samsung Members app. So, if you want to give One UI 3.0 a try regardless of how unstable it may be, definitely install the app first.
Galaxy Tab S5e
Another day, another major update for a Samsung device. This time, we are taking about the Galaxy Tab S5e that's now receiving One UI 2.5. Surprisingly enough, not only in Europe and pretty much the biggest part of the world, but also in the US, which is usually the last to receive updates due to how slow the carriers are.
We don't yet have word on which carriers deliver this update in the US. So, if you do get it, feel free to let us know about it in the comments section down below!
With that said, don't forget that this is another incremental update. So, again, some of you are going to have to wait a little bit longer before you get your turn.
The changelog doesn't mention any details apart from the fact that you get August's security patch. However, since this is One UI 2.5, we expect that it'll bring all the standard features that usually come with it.
You can probably expect to get features like:
- Support for Google's gesture-based navigation in 3rd party launchers
- Smart Wi-Fi (Alerts for Wi-Fi quality, Wi-Fi password share)
- Potentially more camera features
- Along with more minor under the hood improvements
Great news for Galaxy M21 owners. According to our sources, all of you should soon start receiving One UI 2.1 along with most of the features that it has to offer.
We're talking about features such as:
- Music share
- Quick Share
- New Camera features and filters
- September's security patch
- And more under the hood improvements/bug fixes
Since it weighs almost 1.3 gigabytes, we're certain that this is an incremental update. This means that it's only being delivered to a certain number of people at a time in batches. So, it's unavoidable that some of you are going to be left behind at the queue.
All you can do is wait until you get your turn. Or, if you feel adventurous, you could also try manually installing it through Sam Mobile's firmware database.
Galaxy S10 Lite (Unlocked-US)
According to our sources, the unlocked Galaxy S10 Lite variants in the US are now receiving One UI 2.5. Of course, this doesn't include any relatively big additions like One UI 2.1 did. But every little addition helps.
To be more specific, you'll find:
- Sound in motion photos
- Extended duration on Single Take
- Support for Google's gesture-based navigation system
- And a few more under the hood changes
Since there is no wired DeX support, you are not going to find wireless DeX either.
It's currently unclear whether this is an incremental update or not. But, due to its size, chances are that it is.
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!