This week, on our weekly news roundup: after 4 firmware updates, the Galaxy Note 8 has finally started receiving the stable version of Android Pie (not in the US just yet), Oreo update for the Nokia 2 is almost ready, and more!
What's new this week?
- Moto G6, G6 Play, and Z3 Play have started receiving Android Pie in Brazil
- The Oreo update for the Nokia 2 is almost ready
- US carriers start pushing Android Pie to the Note 9 as well
- Galaxy Note 8 receives another Pie Beta update (certain regions are already receiving the stable version)
- Galaxy S6 receives another update after four whole years
Moto G6, G6 Play, and Z3 Play
According to our sources, the Moto G6, G6 Play, and Z3 play have just started receiving their slice of Pie on Brazil. This update has also been seen in parts of the US. So, we can safely assume that it'll eventually reach other regions as well.
Apart from Android Pie, this update also brings a few Pie features. Digitall Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, improved Adaptive Brightness, redesigned notifications, etc.
Furthermore, you also get speed optimizations for a more fluid experience. If you're living in Brazil and you haven't received the update yet, do try a manual check.
To perform a manual check for updates, simply head to your settings -> system updates.
HMD Global has previously mentioned that the Oreo update for the Nokia 2 was being delayed because the operating system was a bit too heavy for the device. And it still is.
For that reason, the Oreo update will be optional. According to our sources, Beta testing came to an end. So, you can probably expect to receive your cookie in a few days, if you haven't already.
Again, do keep in mind that Oreo is too heavy for the Nokia 2. It's definitely going to slow down your phone. For that reason, we suggest considering sticking with Nougat.
Galaxy Note 9
A couple of weeks ago, we started seeing numerous US carriers pushing the latest version of Android to the S9 series
. Now the same happens with the Note 9.
We recently saw Spring pushing Android Pie to Samsung's phablet. So, we assume that more carriers will follow up soon enough.
However, do keep in mind that those of you who have unlocked the phone will likely have to wait a bit longer. It's a common theme in the US.
So far, none of the unlocked Note 9 models have been spotted with Android Pie. This update weights about 1.9 gigs, brings the January security patch with it, and also Samsung's OneUI.
Galaxy Note 8
The Note 8 has received numerous Beta updates already. In fact, this is the fourth update now. And maybe it'll be the last Beta update as well.
As you can see, it only weights 577 megabytes and brings a few minor bug fixes. That, and it also fixes the Settings app where it used to crash after editing the hot spot device list.
So, there is a good chance that this is the last Beta update and that we'll see the stable version coming within this month. At this point, though, this is nothing but pure speculation.
We'll keep you updated if we find out anything new about it. So, stay tuned!
Update: the Note 8 has also started receiving the stable version of Android Pie. But, only at Bulgaria and Slovakia as of now.
More regions will soon follow for sure. The estimated wait time for US citizens is a bit more than a month. That's due to the inner workings of US carriers and how they work.
Apart from the stable version of Android Pie, you also get Samsung's brand new OneUI and a few Pie features as well. Those of you who are already running the Beta version will be the first to get the stable update.
If you're living in Bulgaria or Slovakia and you still haven't seen the Pie update, be patient. This may be an incremental update - which means that only a small percentage of people will receive it at first before it becomes available for everyone.
The Galaxy S6 came out four years ago. But, it seems like Samsung still hasn't forgotten about it. Just a few days ago, it started receiving the January security patch. It's certainly rare to witness "old" smartphones being supported for such long periods of time.
Sure, it's not going to get Pie or any huge update for that matter. But, let us not forget that Samsung have their hands full just trying to update their latest devices. Not to mention that installing newer firmware to old smartphones is often a solid way to make them slower. Just look at the Oreo update of Nokia 2 as an example.
You can install this update over the air. Since it only contains the security patch and maybe a few bug fixes along with small improvements, it shouldn't weight too much.
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