This week, on our weekly news roundup: the Xperia XZ2 Premium, Galaxy S9, and a LOT of other smartphones are getting updated to Android Pie Beta or Stable. Check them out and let us know if your phone is on the list or not!
What’s new this week?
- Honor Honor Magic 2 gets Magic UI 2.0
- All future devices that are coming with Android Pie out of the box will support Project Treble
- Xperia XZ2 Premium gets updated to Android Pie
- Android Pie Beta is now available for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T in China
- LG G7 One – the first LG smartphone to get Android Pie
- Android Pie Beta is now here for the Poco F1
- Mi A2 gets updated to stable Android Pie
- Beta testing for Android Pie has started for the Moto X4
- Motorola One Power gets updated to Android Pie
- Android Pie update will bring back adoptable storage to the Note 9
- Rumors state that the Galaxy S8 series will receive Android Pie
- Galaxy S9 and S9+ get Android Pie Beta
Honor Magic 2
We didn’t have the chance to look at it yet. But, the Huawei Honor Magic 2 is basically one more device that uses a sliding mechanism and that allows it to become almost bezel-less without using a notch.
While it launched with EMUI 9.0, it recently got updated to Magic UI 2.0. The odd thing is that the UI itself hasn’t changed a bit. Maybe Huawei will start changing the UI gradually?
So, what does this update bring? Well, first of all, we’ve got November’s security patch, a new color scheme, along with new labels and fonts. Other than that, this small update which weighs 214 MB focuses on artificial intelligence.
Now, we don’t know exactly what that artificial intelligence will do, but our guess is that it has something to do with the camera – as it often does.
This update is rolling out OTA. So, if you haven’t received it yet, be patient! You may get it a bit later on – that’s if it is on a staged rollout.
Google says that going forward, all devices that come with Android Pie or later will be Treble-compliant. Thanks to that, they’ll be able to take full advantage of the Treble architecture for delivering various updates faster.
And, of course, it goes without saying that this makes things easier for App developers and phone manufacturers as well. Not only for developing software but also for updating older versions.
Google continues by saying that due to this, it’s expected that by the end of 2018, more devices will be running Android Pie than devices that were running Oreo by the end of 2017.
We somehow doubt that. But, just by looking at all of the phones that got updated to Pie this week, it somehow seems possible now.
In any case, those are surely great news for anyone who is planning on making a phone upgrade in the nearby feature. And to be honest, this likely includes the vast majority of us.
Xperia XZ2 Premium
Various Xperia XZ2 Premium users have said that they got Android Pie and Xperia Blog confirms that. The update comes with November’s security patch and is also being delivered to the XZ2, XZ2 compact, and XZ3.
Apart from Android Pie, you will also get Sony’s new camera interface. By the way, those who’ve got the update are saying that taking pictures is now much faster/snappier than before. So, kudos to Sony for that.
Sony had previously mentioned that all of their Android devices would be getting Android Pie. So far, they seem very intent on keeping that sort of promise.
The OnePlus 5 and 5T are not that old. If memory serves right they came out last year. So, it only makes sense that they’ll get Android Pie eventually – and it seems like they will.
Android Pie Beta is now rolling out for both of these devices. But, only in China with the Hydrogen OS. The update weighs just a bit over 2 gigs.
While there’s no indication that other countries will join the Beta testing, chances are that the stable version isn’t that far away. After all, if the Beta version is in the works, then the stable version should be ready for everyone just after the major bugs are fixed.
At the moment, we don’t have any information about the OnePlus 3/3T. But, we’ll keep you updated if we find anything about it. Till then, stay tuned!
LG G7 One
Good news for LG G7 One owners, your phone will be the first LG smartphone to ever receive Android Pie. In fact, some people from Canada are saying that they have already received this update.
The update weighs 812 MB and brings improvements to the Camera, overall usability, and also brings the security patch of November. At the moment, only Canada has officially seen this one. That’s all for now.
If you own a G7 One and have received this update, then please do let us know about it in the comments section down below!
Xiaomi Poco F1
As we’ve mentioned before, Xiaomi promised that the Pocophone would get updated to at least Android Q. Well, seems like they are intending to keep their promise because Android Pie Beta is now available for Beta testers.
If you want information on how to install the Beta ROM, then you can click on the image above. Though, be warned, Xiaomi’s bootloader unlock procedure may keep you waiting from a couple of days to a couple of months.
For a point of reference, upon asking to unlock the bootloader of our Redmi Note 5 unit, we were forced to wait a month. Other Xiaomi users mentioned that they only had to wait 48 hours while others had to be patient for two months.
Anyway. Installation issues and delays apart, Xiaomi has mentioned that the Pocophone will receive Android Pie by the end of the year.
At this point, we’re two weeks away from December. So, if everything goes according to Xiaomi’s plans, then Pocophone users should receive their stable Android Pie update in a month or so.
And with that being said, this time, we’re talking about the Global version of MIUI 10 – not the Chinese one. That’s all for now.
Numerous Xiaomi Mi A2 users in India report that they are now receiving the stable version of Android Pie on their device.
At the moment, we don’t know if this update is ready for other regions as well. So, if you have received the Pie update, then let us know when you got it and in which country by using the comments section down below!
As per usual, this update weighs about 1 GB and it brings certain Android Pie features along with it – such as Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Battery, Digital Wellbeing, etc.
Beta testers in India are reporting that they are now receiving a soak test of Android Pie. If everything goes well, then the update will eventually get delivered to every Moto X4 user in its stable version.
As per usual, we don’t know how long this will take. After all, Beta tests are just that – Beta. It’s probably gonna take a bit of time before the developers fix every single bug that comes up.
And with that being said, if you’re a Beta tester, then do keep in mind that you’ll most likely face some bugs. That applies to every beta tester regardless of the manufacturer.
If you want to face as few bugs as possible, then you better stick with the stable versions. And even then, you can expect to see a couple of issues every now and then. After all, Pixel 3 users who are running on the stable version are reporting issues all the time.
The current Android Pie Beta build for the Moto X4 weighs 1.15 gigabytes. But, again, the stable version may be slightly different.
That’s all we’ve got for you right now. We’ll keep you updated if we find out anything else!
Motorola One Power
Motorola officially announced that they’ve started rolling out Android Pie for the Motorola One Power in India. It brings a new UI, improved battery life, and a revamped split-screen mode.
Furthermore, you get simplified volume controls, an improved Do Not Disturb Mode, dual SIM VoLTE support, and improvements in the Camera section. Everyone in India should get this update within the next few days. Have you? Let us know in the comments section down below!
Galaxy Note 9
Just this Friday, we mentioned that there is a chance that Samsung may bring back adoptable storage. Well, after further research, it seems like this feature is already available on the Android Pie Beta of the Galaxy Note 9.
So, with that being said, we can now safely assume that we’ll indeed have adoptable storage after the Pie update. We can only wait now.
If you’re one of the beta testers and have access to this feature, then do keep in mind that it’s not working properly right now. After all, this is called a Beta build for a reason.
For those of you who are relatively new to the world of Android and didn’t live to see adoptable storage in its days of glory, well, it basically allows you to use your SD card as internal storage.
With adoptable storage, you’ve got the option of installing apps on your SD card. Other than that, you can also directly record videos on it.
Yes, that is kinda useless with today’s smartphones. But, a few years back, our phones would come with 2 gigs of internal memory at most.
Back then, adoptable storage was almost a must-have feature. So, why is it back now? Why not? You’re not forced to use it. But, having extra options is always nice. After all, that is what Android is all about.
Numerous rumors around the Internet state that the Galaxy S8 may receive Android Pie. Of course, with the Note 9 still running Android Oreo, the odds are not in our favor.
And while this information is not officially confirmed, a man can always hope. On the other hand, the S8 is not that old. If memory serves right, it came out like a year and a half ago?
So, at the end of the day, we wouldn’t be all that surprised if the S8 series ends up getting Android Pie. In our opinion, supporting your flagship for a year or two should be a standard procedure.
In any case, that’s all we’ve got for you right now regarding the S8 series and Android Pie. If we end up learning anything else, then we’ll keep you updated.
Galaxy S9 and S9+
According to Sam Mobile, Android Pie Beta is going to be available in South Korea, USA, and Germany. Other than Android Pie, this update also brings Samsung’s new One UI to the table.
It goes without saying that in order to try out this Beta, you must be enrolled into Samsung’s Beta programme. In this case, you need to also reside either in South Korea, USA, or Germany.
From what we’ve seen around the web, this update brings Unicode 11.0 emojis along with new clock styles. Other than that, you will now also be able to change the information that is being displayed on the Always On-Display.
Furthermore, Samsung Dex now also supports dual screen use which allows you to use the phone’s display while you’re connected to a monitor/TV. It goes without saying that there are also minor improvements in other section like the settings, camera, Bixby, Gallery, Contacts, Phone, Samsung Health, etc.
You may be wondering when this update will go official/stable, but we really can’t tell you something like that. All we can do now is wait. That’s unless Samsung gives some kind of estimated delivery time.
We’ll keep you informed if we find out anything else.
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: GSM ARENA, XDA DEVELOPERS, MIUI, ANDROID POLICE, 9 TO 5 GOOGLE, GADGETS 360, FONEARENA, SAM MOBILE, XPERIA BLOG, ANDROID DEVELOPERS, GIZ CHINA
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