This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Samsung pulls back the buggy update for the Galaxy A70, Nokia 8 Sirocco is now receiving the latest version of Android, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Nokia 8 Sirocco is now receiving the latest version of Android
- Samsung representative says that the S9 will actually get One UI 2.1
- Note 10 Lite is now receiving One UI 2.1
- Galaxy A70's faulty update is finally being halted
- Galaxy A51 is now receiving April's security patch
Nokia 8 Sirocco
HMD Global has been a little slow with updates lately, but at least they try to push Android 10 to all of their devices. This time, it's the Nokia 8 Sirocco that's taking its turn.
Apart from Android 10, you also get April's security patch and any features that may be included with the latest version of Android. Features such as additional controls for privacy, Smart Reply, Dark Mode, Focus Mode, and more!
The update only weighs 1.38 gigabytes. But, we'd still recommend enabling Wi-Fi to avoid any extra charges. That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
Originally, lots of rumors and a few pieces of proof pointed to the fact that the Galaxy S9 will get One UI 2.1. However, a Samsung representative later denied that statement and confirmed that there is nothing like that in the works for the S9.
Today, however, another representative actually said that yes, the Galaxy S9 will get One UI 2.1. It's just that we don't know when just yet.
At this point, we're just as confused as you are. Frankly, we can't know why there is so much confusion amongst Samsung's employees.
Our best guess is that the last representative wasn't informed about the update that's apparently in progress or that Samsung indeed wasn't working on it back then, but it is now.
At this point, we'd recommend taking anything that such representatives say with a grain of salt.
Galaxy Note 10 Lite
One UI 2.1 has been getting delivered to Galaxy flagships for the last couple of weeks or so and it was only a matter of time before the Galaxy Note 10 Lite took its turn - which it did now.
At the moment of writing this article, the update is available in Spain and the UAE. But, we expect that it'll soon become globally available.
As with any other One UI 2.1 update, you can expect to get April's patch, Android 10, along with any features that these additions may offer. To be more specific, we're talking about improved privacy controls, AR Zone, Single Take, Quick Share, Music Share, AR Emoji improvements, and more.
Other than that, we expect that some minor improvements and small bug fixes are included as well.
As we mentioned last week, the latest update that's available for the Galaxy A70 had a serious sort of bug in it. In case you missed it, apparently, some devices couldn't even get to reboot after installing it. So, it's basically an easy way to brick your phone.
Despite that, Samsung kept on pushing the update for quite some time until this week when they finally pulled it back. No official announcements have been made as of yet. But, the fact that Samsung stopped rolling the update probably means that they realized what's going on.
If you're one of the victims of this update and your phone doesn't boot anymore, all you can do is take it to the nearest Samsung service center and have them fix it for you. That's because the problem isn't just software related. It messes with the hardware as well.
Apparently, some variants have a different charging PCB that need a different piece of code that Samsung "forgot" to include. So, what happens, in this case, is that the phone thinks that you've got no battery left and prevents you from booting.
Since you can't boot, you also can't install another update to fix what the first one broke. So, it looks like the only solution for those who were a victim of this update is to take their phones into a Samsung repair center and have them replace the PCB with the one that's supported.
Something similar happened to the Galaxy M31 which was supposed to get its April patch now. But, since the update bricked some devices, Samsung pulled back the update for now.
Pretty much all of the Samsung flagships now have the latest security patch and it looks like the mid-range models are taking their turn now. At the moment, the Galaxy A51 is receiving April's patch.
It's available in numerous regions including, but not limited to Mexico, Peru, Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. We've yet to see it in the EU or the US. But, we expect that this is bound to happen soon enough now - if it hasn't already.
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!