This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: stable One UI 3.0 is now being delivered to Galaxy S20 devices, Samsung officially announces their One UI 3.0 roadmap, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Realme 7 Pro is now receiving Realme UI 2.0 with Android 11 (Early access)
- The next Android 11 update for Motorola devices is going to come with a Desktop Mode and a TV interface as well
- Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10 are now receiving stable Android 11 in Europe
- Poco F2 gets stable Android 11
- One UI 3.0 is finally here for the Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, Note 20, Note 10, S10, Z Fold 2, and S9 series are now receiving December's security patch
- Samsung officially announces One UI 3.0 roadmap in Egypt
- Galaxy A31 and M51 are now receiving One UI 2.5
Realme 7 Pro
For those interested, a sort of beta/early access Android 11 update is now available for the Realme 7 Pro. If you are interested in it, you can apply by going to:
- Software update
- Gear icon (Top right of the screen)
- Trial version
- And enter the required information
Do keep in mind that limited slots are available, though.
If you manage to reserve a spot, the update weighs 3.57 gigabytes and it includes realme 2.0 along with Android 11 and all of the new features that come with it.
Since this is a sort of open-beta update, we can safely assume that a stable release is not going to be too far now. However, don't forget that this is still a beta update and the presence of bugs may be imminent.
Upcoming Android 11 Update
Coming straight from Motorola, an interesting feature that they've been working on for the next Android 11 update is a sort of new UI for bigger displays such as monitors and TVs – maybe tablets as well.
As the name implies, desktop mode allows you to use your phone pretty much like you would use a desktop. It gives you the option of grabbing various apps then moving them around and resizing them as you with a computer.
Then there's also a new UI for TVs that you can use for both gaming and streaming – probably depending on whether or not these apps and games are recognizable by Motorola's software.
A phone to PC connection is going to be possible display mirroring software either by using a USB connection or Wi-Fi. But, when it comes to TVs and monitors, your device will have to support a USB-C adapter with DisplayPort ALt Mode support.
So, at the moment, we still can't say with certainty which Motorola devices are going to receive the update. But we assume that Motorola is going to let us know about it soon enough now.
Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro
Good news for Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro users in Europe. Your phone should receive Android 11 anytime soon now.
Most of you should already have the notification. But it's worth noting that as per usual, this is an incremental release. So, some people are going to have no choice but to wait until they get their turn.
As expected, the Android 11 update uses the MIUI 12 skin and it weighs 2.9 gigabytes. In it, you can expect to find all the features that are present in both MIUI 12 and Android 11. This includes:
- A brand new UI
- A new status bar (Dragging from the right brings down the quick actions while the left has your notifications)
- Universal Dark Mode
- Super Wallpapers
- More fluid animations
- New weather app
- The Universal Casting Tool that works with any TV that supports MiraCast
- Ultra Battery Saver Mode
Poco F2 Pro
Poco may now be an independent company, but the Poco F2 was originally released under Xiaomi – and they promised that the phone would later receive stable Android 11. And so it is that you're getting it now.
As expected, the update comes with MIUI 12 and all of the features that come with it. In case you are not familiar with it, you can learn a bit more about it by checking the heading above this one (Mi 10 and 10 Pro's release).
In short, you can expect to find a few UI changes and quite a lot of minor additions. The update weighs 2.8 gigabytes, though, so, definitely remember to connect to a Wi-Fi before downloading.
As we mentioned last week, lots of signs indicated that a stable One UI 3.0 release for the Galaxy S20 or Note 20 was imminent. Turns out that we were correct to trust these signs as One UI 3.0 stable is now rolling out for the Galaxy S20 series!
For once, the update is currently being delivered in the U.S first while other markets will follow up soon. To be more specific, Verizon users should check for new updates. But it's worth keeping in mind that this is an incremental update. So, even if you have a Verizon Galaxy S20 in the U.S, there is a chance that you'll end up waiting more than the others.
In case you are not familiar with it, One UI 3.0 includes:
- Android 11
- Improved AOD (Always On Display) widgets
- General UI improvements
- Improved camera performance in terms of autofocus and stabilization
- New options for Digital Wellbeing and parental controls
- Tons of additions on the default Internet app (Improved design, option to lock and reorder tas, option to hide status bar, new add-ons, and more)
- Wireless DeX for flagships that support it
- Bixby Routines improvements with new actions and conditions
- And more stuff along with under the hood improvements as well
Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, Note 10, S10, Note 20, Z Fold 2, and S9 Series
We barely just entered December and Samsung is already pushing December's update in multiple devices. To be more specific, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition and the international variants of the S9 series are the first to get the stand-alone security update without much else in the way.
The S20 Fan Edition's update is currently being delivered to the 5G variants in the UK, Germany, and Spain. But we assume that more regions will soon follow along with the LTE version. Unfortunately, the changelog doesn't mention anything about fixing the touchscreen issues that some people still experience with their S20 Fan Edition devices. Only time will tell if this is fixable via a software update or not.
We still don't have any information about other variants of the Galaxy S9. But we see no reason as to why they wouldn't receive such a small update.
As for the Galaxy Note 10, the update is currently being delivered in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland.
The update for the Z Fold 2 is being delivered in Germany with more regions to follow soon. None of these devices seem to be getting anything other than the security patch, though.
Last, but not least, you can also find the update for the Note 20 and S10 in the Baltic region. According to our sources, the original December patch for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra probably had some sort of issue as another patch was immediately deployed afterward. So, if you experience any issues with the latest update, feel free to let us know about them.
One UI 3.0
Good news for Galaxy owners. Samsung just officially revealed the One UI 3.0 roadmap in Egypt. Here are what devices are going to get Android 11 and when they are going to get it:
|December||Galaxy S10||Galaxy S20||Galaxy S20 Ultra|
|January||Galaxy Note 10||Galaxy Note 10+||Galaxy Note 20||Galaxy Note 20 Ultra||Galaxy S10||Galaxy S10+||Galaxy S10 Lite||Galaxy Z Fold 2||Galaxy Z Flip|
|March||Galaxy A51||Galaxy M21||Galaxy M30S||Galaxy M31||Galaxy Note 10 Lite||Galaxy Tab S7|
|April||Galaxy A50||Galaxy M51|
|May||Galaxy A21s||Galaxy A31||Galaxy A70||Galaxy A71||Galaxy A80||Galaxy Tab S6||Galaxy Tab S6 Lite|
|June||Galaxy A01||Galaxy A01 Core||Galaxy A11||Galaxy M11||Galaxy Tab A|
|July||Galaxy A30||Galaxy Tab S5e|
|August||Galaxy A10||Galaxy A10s||Galaxy A20||Galaxy A20s||Galaxy A30s||Galaxy Tab A 10.1||Galaxy Tab Active Pro|
Seeing how the S20 series is already receiving the update in the U.S, we can safely assume that this list doesn't only refer to Egypt but in multiple other regions as well.
Do keep in mind that while certain devices are missing from the list, there is no guarantee that they are not going to get Android 11. We'll just have to wait and see if anything else is going to be added.
Galaxy A31 and M51
One UI 2.5 is now here for both the Galaxy A31 and M51. And with it, you are also getting November's security patch.
At the moment, the update can be found in South Korea for the Galaxy A31 and in Russia plus Ukraine for the Galaxy M51!
As you probably already know, One UI 2.5 does not introduce any major new features. Unlike One UI 3.0, it's more of a minor update.
That said, some of the new stuff that you can look forward to are:
- Samsung keyboard improvements
- Support for Google's gesture-based navigation system in 3rd party launchers
- New options in the Messaging app
- More information about nearby Wi-Fi networks
- And more minor additions with under the hood improvements
Unfortunately, since DeX is only supported on flagship devices, you are missing out on wireless DeX. But, other than you are pretty much getting the full One UI 2.5 experience.
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!