Happy new year folks! This week, on our weekly news roundup: the Galaxy Note 9 is likely to get its piece of Pie by the end of January, Xiaomi Mi 8 gets a couple of new features, and more!
What’s new this week?
- The Galaxy Note 9 will get updated to Android Pie on the next month
- Xiaomi Mi 8 now support super-slow motion recording
- Huawei P10 gets EMUI 9?
- Nokia 5.1 Plus gets updated to Android Pie
- The OnePlus 5 and 5T are now receiving the stable version of Android Pie
- Another Beta update for the OnePlus 6 and 6T is here
Note 9, Note 8, Galaxy S8
The Note 9 is one of our favorite smartphones. But, to the disappointment of many, it was released with Android Oreo instead of Pie. Thankfully, to the massive surprise of nobody, Samsung is dead set on upgrading it to Android Pie. The Beta release has been out for a while – it’s just that we don’t have a stable version yet.
According to Sam Mobile, an Android Pie update will be coming in the 15th of January. After all, Samsung has mentioned that they hope to have the upgrade ready somewhere in January and another small Beta update was released recently. So, 15th of January sounds about right.
Other than that, the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 will likely get their piece of Pie on February. At least on Turkey since that’s what Samsung Turkey mentions. And if the update arrives on Turkey at that time, then other regions will likely follow soon afterwards.
This week, an update arrived for the Mi 8 which offered two new big features: Night Mode and 960 FPS super slow motion recording. Both of these features are very easy to understand.
Night Mode improves the quality of your pictures that are taken during the night time by using certain tricks. While different manufacturers have different methods of achieving good results in dark conditions, the most common method is taking multiple pictures at once then mix them together in order to create a more sharp and bright looking image with less grain.
960 FPS recording is just slow motion recording as you know it. The difference is that you now have the option of either shooting in slow motion for a tiny bit longer or the same amount of time but with a more smooth looking video.
With all of that being said, we don’t know if that’s true 960 FPS recording or Interlaced. But, judging by what our sources are saying, it’s Interlaced – which means that it’s more of a trick to make the video look smoother rather than truly increasing the frame count. Interlacing requires a whole new article to be explained properly. So, let’s leave the details out this time.
The update will come to you OTA and since it only offers a couple of new features, it shouldn’t weight anymore than 300 megabytes.
According to GSM Arena, an anonymous tipster for Malaysia mentioned that he/she received the EMUI 9 update on his P10 unit. This update brings Android Pie and the new EMUI 9 design along with a few new features.
However, there’s one small catch that makes us doubtful. Many people in the comments section are saying that they never got this update. It may be that it’s a staged rollout and that’s why they haven’t got it yet. But, still, take this information with a grain of salt because there’s no official source just yet.
This update, if it’s true, weighs 3.38 gigabytes and apart from EMUI 9 features, it also comes with Digital Wellbeing. It goes without saying that new ringtones and stuff like that are included.
So, how about it? Have you received this update? If so, let us know about it in the comments so we can confirm that this information is actually legitimate and not fake news.
Nokia 5.1 Plus
The Nokia 5.1 Plus is the latest device from HMD Global to get the stable version of Android Pie right now. The update weighs 1.2 gigabytes and includes the latest Android security patch.
As per usual, you’re not only going to get Android Pie but also at least a few of its features. Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Battery, and Digital Wellbeing, to mention some of them.
And as per usual, this is a staged rollout – which means that only a few people will receive the update at first. However, it will soon be available for everyone – if not already.
5 and 5T
Last week, we saw the OnePlus 5 and 5T receiving another Android Pie Beta update. This week, they both finally get upgraded to the stable version.
Apart from Android Pie, this update also brings a new UI, a gesture-based navigation system (only for the 5T), the latest security patch, Gaming Mode 3.0, a new Do Not Disturb mode, and Google Lens mode.
We don’t know the size of this update. But, we do know that it’s being released OTA which means that, likely, only a small percentage of you will receive it at first.
No need to worry. Eventually, everyone will get it. That is, unless, something goes wrong of course. But, judging by how long this update was in Beta, we highly doubt it.
Have you received this update? If so, let us and everyone else know when and where you got it in the comments section down below!
OnePlus 6 and 6T
Another Beta update for the OnePlus 6 and 6T is here and it brings a bunch of improvements and bug fixes. To be more specific, you get improvements in brightness control, color adaptation for navigation bar when using third-party apps, and general bug fixes/system stability improvements.
Other than that, you also get caller identification, which, sadly, is only available in India right now and improved UI for call history. Furthermore, you get new illustrations and design on the gallery when it comes to blank pages, and an improved UI for category tags on the launcher.
Do keep in mind that we’re talking about the Beta release. If you sign up as a Beta tester, do expect to encounter a few bugs and issues every now and then.
That’s all for now. We’ll let you know if we find out anything else. Till then, from all of us here at Updato, we hope you’ll have a wonderful and happy new year ahead of you.
Feel like we forgot something important? Got something wrong? Then let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
SOURCES: ONE PLUS FORUMS, GSM ARENA 1, 2, SOYACINCAU, SAM MOBILE
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