This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: tons of devices, including the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T get Android 11 stable, and more! We've got news from Asus, OnePlus, HMD Global, and, as per usual, Samsung as well.
So, if you want to learn more, feel free to keep on reading!
What's New this Week?
- Asus ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro get the latest stable version of Android
- OnePlus 7 and 7T are now receiving Android 11 stable
- Both the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are now getting their first software update
- Nokia 3.2 gets Android 11
- Galaxy S20, S20 FE, and Note 20 series are now receiving S21's camera features
- Galaxy A90 5G, A70s, and Galaxy A80 are now receiving the latest stable version of Android with One UI 3.1
- Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 gets more watch faces with its latest update
- Galaxy Note 9 gets the latest security patch
Asus ZenFone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro
Android 11 is here for the ZenFone 7 series and with it, you also get March's security patch along with all the goodies that Android 11 brings with it.
You can look forward to improved privacy options, an updated UI, Google's gesture-based navigation mode, and more.
The rollout is usually ongoing in Taiwan and, as per usual, people are getting it in batches. So, it may take some time before all of you get your turn.
OnePlus 7 and 7T
Great news for OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T owners. Your smartphone is finally receiving a stable version of Android 11!
The update seems to be slowly reaching people who have the Global, European, and Indian variants of the phone. And if you can't wait, you can download and flash the update from our sources at the bottom of this article (XDA Developers).
However, it's worth keeping in mind that despite this being a stable release, many people report issues and bugs with the camera. Think twice before installing it as we assume that OnePlus will soon roll out a hotfix.
In case you can't read clearly from the image, the official changelog mentions additions and improvements in terms of:
- The gallery app
- Dark mode
Along with numerous system improvements, bug fixes, and February's security patch as well.
OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro
It was just a few days ago when OnePlus announced their new devices, OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. And while they are not out for sale just yet, they are already receiving their first update.
As expected, though, it's nothing major to talk about. We are talking about minor optimizations in video filming fluidity, system stability, Wi-Fi performance and stability, color performance in Pro mode, nighttime brightness, highlight control, and improvements to noise and white balance with the camera.
Both devices are expected to go on sale at April 1 and April 15 – but the exact date may vary depending on where you are located. So, keep an eye out for them if you are interested in getting a new, powerful flagship with a 4,500 mAh battery.
HMD Global seems to be truly dedicated to delivering Android 11 to all of their devices as the Nokia 3.2 now take its turn.
The update weighs 1.43 gigabytes and in it, you can expect to find March's security patch along with everything that's included in the latest stable version of Android.
We are talking about Google's gesture-based navigation mode, improvements to privacy, system-wide dark mode, chat-bubbles, one-time permissions, and more.
You can currently find the update in tons of markets including, but not limited to:
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka
And a second wave is coming soon. Just keep in mind that since we are talking about an incremental rollout, it may take some time before the update reaches everyone – even if you do live in one of the supported regions.
Galaxy S20, S20 FE, and Note 20 Series
Great news for Galaxy S20, S20 FE, and Note 20 owners. Your phone is now getting some great camera features that you could once only find in the Galaxy S21!
To be more precise, we are talking about:
- Portrait mode in low-light conditions
- Night mode support on the ultrawide lens
- Three new effects for Portrait mode (Backdrop, High-key mono, and Low-key mono)
- Option of choosing the maximum possible exposure in Night mode
- And the option of using the ultrawide lens in Pro mod
Unfortunately, the update does not include Director View.
You can currently find it in Germany. However, we assume it won't take long before it's available in multiple regions.
Just keep in mind that such updates are usually incremental – which means that some of you are going to have to wait a bit more than others in order to get it.
Galaxy A90 5G, A70s, and Galaxy A80
Another week, another big wave of major updates for Samsung devices. To be more specific, we are talking about the Galaxy A90 5G, A70s, and Galaxy A80 – which are now receiving the latest stable version of Android.
And to be even more specific:
- Galaxy A90 5G – South Korea
- Galaxy A70s – India
- Samsung Galaxy A80 – France
We expect that it won't be too long before these updates become available to other regions. That aside, these rollouts also include March's security patch along with almost everything that you can expect to find in Android 11 and One UI 3.1.
To be more specific, you can look forward to:
- Google's new gesture-based navigation (Only works with 3rd party launchers)
- Google Discover feed integration
- New video-call effects
- Possibly new camera features
- The option of continuing apps where you left of to other compatible devices
- Option of removing geolocation from pictures
- And more
The updates weigh about 2 gigabytes for all smartphones. So, make sure to use a Wi-Fi network while downloading.
As the last drop of bitterful information, do keep in mind that this is the last major update that the Galaxy A80 is going to be receiving.
Samsung Galaxy Fit 2
A new update with new watch faces is here for Samsung's band, Galaxy Fit 2. Check them out!
The update weighs 3 megabytes and is currently available in South Korea and we don't see a reason why it won't be reaching at least the west as well.
Other than that, we don't have any information on what else the update may be including. The changelog is as generic as it can be and only talks about the usual performance improvements and bug fixes. So, it is what it is.
Galaxy Note 9
Judging by the previous weeks, we can safely assume that any time soon, Samsung will start pushing April's security patch to their devices. But some older ones are still receiving March's patch – such as the Galaxy Note 9!
You can currently find the update in South Korea but we can safely assume that it'll soon reach the rest of the world as well. Just keep in mind that as an incremental rollout, it may take a while before it reaches everyone.
We don't know anything about additional features and chances are that there aren't any right now.
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