This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: the Google Pixel series receives its monthly update, One UI 3.0 public beta is now available for the Galaxy S20 series in the U.S, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Google Pixel devices are now receiving October's update
- Nokia 5.1 and 3.1 are now receiving Android 10
- One UI 3.0 beta is now here for the Galaxy S20 (U.S)
- More than 30 devices are expected to get Android 11
- Galaxy S10, S20, Note 10, and Note 20 are now receiving October's patch
- Galaxy Note 8 gets dropped to the quarterly update schedule
- Samsung fixes 21 Samsung-exclusive vulnerabilities wi the latest security patch
- T-Mobile's Galaxy S10 series is now receiving One UI 2.5 in the U.S
Google Pixel Series (Pixel 2 and Above)
It's not unusual for Google to be one of the first to deliver the monthly security patches. The way we see it, they are second only to Samsung.
Apart from the monthly security patch, this update also fixes the issue where some Pixel devices get stuck during boot and it also introduces a few other improvements and bug fixes.
Some of the most note-worthy ones are:
- Performance improvements in auto-rotate
- Fixed: Call notifications being inadvertently disabled
- Fixed: Auto-rotate icon missing
- Improved auto-brightness (Specific to Pixel 4a)
- Improved touch-sensitivity (Specific to Pixel 4a)
- Fixed: Phone not detecting the "overview swipe" gesture
As per usual, this is an incremental update that's being pushed out in batches. So, don't be surprised if you end up having to wait for a bit longer before getting your turn.
Nokia 5.1 and 3.1
If there's one thing that you've got to admit about HMD Global is that they are truly dedicated to delivering Android 10 to as many as of their devices as possible.
This week, both the Nokia 3.1 and 5.1 started receiving Android 10. And if you don't have it yet, that's due to the fact that such updates are being delivered in batches. It's only a matter of time before it becomes available for you as well.
The update weighs 1.32 gigabytes and brings most of the features that you can expect to find on Android. This includes:
- Dark Mode
- Smart Reply
- Google's gesture-based navigation mode
- September's security patch
- Digital Wellbeing
- And more
You can currently find it in numerous regions including, but not limited to:
And chances are that more regions are going to join the party soon enough. That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
One UI 3.0 Beta (Galaxy S20 – U.S)
As we mentioned last week, lots of signs indicated that the One UI 3.0 beta was coming our way. And, well, here it is now.
If you are a US citizen with a Galaxy S20, you can officially enroll for an Android 11 beta via the Samsung Members app. After that's done, you just wait for the update to be delivered and that's about it. This currently only applies to T-Mobile users. But we expect that this is soon going to change.
However, don't forget that at the end of the day, this is a beta. Chances are it's going to be full of bugs and issues – especially at the beginning. So, we wouldn't recommend partaking in the beta with your daily driver.
As for non-U.S citizens, the very same update is expected to soon become available in China, Germany, India, Poland, and the UK as well.
It weighs near 3 gigabytes and, apart from Android 11, it also introduces performance improvements and new features in the:
- Contacts, Messages, and Phone
- Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls
- UI aspects (AOD, Quick Panel, etc)
- Wireless DeX
- Samsung Keyboard
And more. You can find the full changelog in our sources at the bottom of this article. We are not including it in a screenshot cause it's way too long with minor details.
Android 11 for Samsung Devices
Android 11 has been out for a while. But, as per usual with every new Android release, very few devices are actually running the stable version.
So, it's no surprise that so many of us are worrying about whether our phone will get the next major version of Android or not.
As far as Samsung phones are concerned, Samsung has previously mentioned that their phones will get 2 years of support for major updates and 3 years of major updates for flagships and selected mid-range models.
With that information in mind, we can safely assume that the below models are going to get Android 11 some time in the near future:
- Galaxy A01
- Galaxy A10
- Galaxy A10e
- Galaxy A10s
- Galaxy A11
- Galaxy A20
- Galaxy A20e
- Galaxy A20s
- Galaxy A21
- Galaxy A21s
- Galaxy A30
- Galaxy A30s
- Galaxy A31
- Galaxy A40
- Galaxy A41
- Galaxy A42 5G
- Galaxy A50
- Galaxy A50s
- Galaxy A51
- Galaxy A51 5G
- Galaxy A60
- Galaxy A70
- Galaxy A70s
- Galaxy A71
- Galaxy A71 5G
- Galaxy A80
- Galaxy A8s
- Galaxy A90 5G
- Galaxy M01
- Galaxy M11
- Galaxy M21
- Galaxy M30s
- Galaxy M31
- Galaxy M31s
- Galaxy M40
- Galaxy M51
- Galaxy Xcover 4s
- Galaxy Xcover FieldPro
- Galaxy Xcover Pro
- Galaxy S10e / S10 / S10+ / S10 5G
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy Note 10 / Note 10+ (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy S20 FE
- Galaxy Fold (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy Z Flip (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Galaxy Tab S5e
- Galaxy Tab S6
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Galaxy Tab S7 / Tab S7+
- Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019
- Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019
- Galaxy Tab A7
- Galaxy Tab Active Pro
Just keep in mind that we are talking about chances here.
Another month, another security patch. This week, it's currently being delivered to the Galaxy S10, S20, Note 10, and Note 20. Here is all we currently know about region availability:
- Galaxy S10 and S20 series (Excluding S20 FE): Worldwide over the air
- Note 10 and Note 20: United States (Expect it to go global soon)
As per usual, this is another incremental update – which means that some of you are going to have to wait a little bit more before getting your turn.
Galaxy Note 8
Samsung may be one of the companies that support their devices the most. But, at the end of the day, even they have their limits as they need to focus on their newer devices as well. First, it was the Galaxy S8 series. Now, it's the Note 8.
This means that unfortunately, from now on, you are only going to be receiving security updates every few months or only urgent major updates such as big security patches and/or bug fixes.
The October security patch has already been delivered to quite a few Samsung devices. And according to Samsung, it actually fixes 21 issues that are exclusive to Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Furthermore, it also contains five critical vulnerabilities that are related to the Android OS. That's why we recommend installing the latest update as soon as it becomes available for you.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that such updates are incremental. So, even if the update is ready for your smartphone, it may still take a while before you receive it.
T-Mobile's Galaxy S10 Series
One UI 2.5 came out for the Galaxy S10 some time ago – and now it's here for U.S citizens as well. Or, to be more specific, T-Mobile users.
Since this is a decimal update (One UI 2.5 – not 3.0), it's not exactly a huge upgrade over the last version. But there are still a few new additions and improvements. To be more specific:
- Pro Video Mode
- Wireless DeX
- AOD Bitmoji stickers
- SOS feature for messages
- Minor UI changes
- Improvements to the Samsung keyboard
- And more
It weighs just a bit over a gigabyte and it also introduces September's security patch. And while it's a shame that October's patch is not included, there is no guarantee that you won't get it later towards the end of the month. After all, the global variants already have it.
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!