This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Huawei Mate 20 Pro is now receiving EMUI 10 in Europe, OnePlus 3 and 3T are now receiving their last security update, and more!
What's New This Week?
- OnePlus 3 and 3T just got their last update
- Huawei Nova 5T is now receiving EMUI 10.0 with Android 10 on top of it
- Mate 20 Pro is now getting Android 10-based EMUI 10 in Europe
- Latest update for the Galaxy A50 brakes the fingerprint sensor
- Galaxy Note 10 isn't going to get Android 10 stable for at least a few more weeks
- Samsung likely to push Android 10 beta to the Galaxy Note 9 and S9 as well
- Both variants of the Samsung Galaxy Fold are now receiving the latest Android security patch
- Samsung Galaxy S10 receives its sixth Android 10 beta update
Most manufacturers who rely on Android promise that they'll support their devices for a couple of years before giving up on them and focusing on newer ones.
However, OnePlus offers 3 - and so it is that the OnePlus 3 and 3T have now reached the end of support. The last update has been rolling out for a few days now and it brings October's security patch with it.
The official changelog only mentions the security patch, updated GSM apps, along with general bug fixes and improvements. The very small size of 300+ megabytes only confirms that there aren't any more features included in that update.
And at this point, I guess it's time to wave farewell to another smartphone. Goodbye, OnePlus 3 (Custom ROM users laughing in the distance).
The Huawei Nova 5T is now receiving EMUI 10 with Android 10 on top of it - and that's on a global scale. To be more specific, various regions across Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East are already receiving it now.
The update comes in at the huge size of 4.5 gigs while offering a redesigned UI, new features, universal Dark Mode, Google's new navigation system (Using it is optional), and more.
There is a chance that beta testers will receive it slightly faster compared to stable users. But, it should soon become available for all of you.
Mate 20 Pro
It's been a few days since we last heard that the Huawei P20 Pro started receiving stable Android 10 in Europe. But, there a lot of people who are saying that they see little to no difference between the two versions.
Others have also even mentioned that they lost Google Play functionality after updating. But, take that info with a bucket of salt.
Not sure what's going on here exactly. But, if you're a Mate 20 Pro owner, you can give the update a try yourself and then let us know about it.
Chances are that this is an incremental update. So, we're not really surprised to hear that some people haven't received it yet.
Other than that, we expect that EMUI 10 will soon become available for the Mate 20, 20 X, lite, and the RS Porsche Design soon enough as well.
That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
It was just last week where the Galaxy A50 received an update that was supposed to improve the fingerprint scanner. However, as it turns out, it actually contains a bug that renders the scanner completely unusable.
The problem seems to particularly affect new fingerprints while those that were registered before the update work just fine. That's particularly ironic if you take into account that Samsung recommended to remove the older fingerprints and register new ones.
Apparently, that was necessary in order to take advantage of the performance improvements that the update brings. But, unfortunately, anyone who does that will end up with a useless fingerprint scanner. At least until Samsung pushes another update to fix this issue.
To be more specific with the issue, some people can only reach 40% in progress before the fingerprint registration fails. Others just blatantly get this message which says "Make sure the fingerprint sensor is clean and dry, then try again.".
There are also those who actually manage to complete registering a new fingerprint. But, even then the phone rejects it in the end.
The only solution at the moment is to keep on using the old fingerprints that were registered. And if you've already deleted them, well, all you can do is wait until Samsung pushes another update which fixes this issue.
Galaxy Note 10
With all these beta updates coming one after another, it makes sense for people to assume, or at least hope that the stable Android 10 update is not that far away.
However, according to our sources, (And Samsung's community moderators) we're gonna have to wait at least a few more weeks before receiving the stable version of Android 10. Possibly even by the end of this year.
Apparently, the next beta update is supposed to be delivered in a couple of weeks from now. So, we can safely assume that the stable update isn't going to become available for at least a week or two after that.
Just like with the other years, it looks like the Galaxy S family has a higher priority than the Note flagships. After all, the Note 10 has only received a couple of betas with the next one being fairly close. But, the S10 series has already got 5.
We can only assume that the S10 series is going to get the latest version of Android much sooner than the Note 10 and Note 10+. But, only time will tell.
Galaxy Note 9 and S9
As we mentioned above, the Note 10 has already receive a couple of beta updates with the third one being underway. And as one of Samsung's latest flagships, there is no way that it's not going to receive the stable version of Android 10.
The Note 9 and the S9, however, are a different story. The older models are always a hit or miss in terms of big updates - flagships - or not.
Thankfully, according to our sources, it looks like the Note 9 is also going to receive the latest version of Android. Beta testing is likely going to start by the end of this week. So, we'll definitely have to keep an eye out for that.
For now, this is only for the South Korean versions. However, we assume that it's not going to take too long before some parts of Europe start receiving it as well.
As for the S9 series, well, the same sources mention that it's also going to receive its first Android 10 beta next week. So, we'll just have to wait and see.
Update: Android 10 beta is now available for the Galaxy Note 9 in both South Korea and the UK.
Both the LTE and the 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy Fold are now receiving the latest Android security patch. However, as far as we know, the 5G variant is only getting it in Switzerland. We assume that it'll soon become available in other countries as well, though.
It's kind of a shame that Samsung doesn't give a higher priority to the Fold. After all, it's their most expensive flagship. Not sure why their cheaper models got the security updates sooner.
In any case, regarding the update, it doesn't seem to bring anything more than a security patch. That's why it only weighs 200 megabytes.
Do keep in mind that it's most likely an incremental update. So, some of you may have to keep on waiting for a while before your turn comes.
The Galaxy S10 has already received 5 updates and is now receiving the 6th one as well! So, it really looks like Samsung is dead set on giving Android 10 to the S series first!
The update's version number is G97**XXU3ZSKJ and it should soon become available to every country that has received the previous beta versions.
As far as we know, the update doesn't bring any new features to the table. It only seems to bring a few fixes to Bluetooth tethering, status bar, control bar, generation of noise while using Galaxy Buzz, and a few other, small fixes.
Do keep in mind that this is probably an incremental update - which means that some of you may end up having to wait for a while before getting your turn.
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!