As we march our way to the month of October, Firmware updates are ready to reach your smartphones. From Asus to Samsung, from OnePlus to Xiaomi, all are planning to get the future of their devices ready, whether it be with security patches or running beta testing programs. But before we head over to the news section, let us quickly walk through the devices that were under the radar this week.

Devices Lined Up for Today

OnePlus

OnePlus 9, One Plus 9 Pro

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung Galaxy A02, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung Galaxy A50

OnePlus

Android 12 Developer Preview 2 Rolls Out for OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro devices are receiving a new firmware featuring Android 12 Developer Preview 2. Hopefully, it is the last major update before the devices get the final stable version of Android 12 somewhere in the next month.

What's New?

System

  • The update brings an optimized auto-brightness algorithm. The device will now adapt screen brightness to more scenes for maintaining a comfortable screen reading experience.
  • The mistouch prevention algorithm is also swiftly optimized for curved screens for reducing accidental touches.

New design

  • Added a number of widgets that show crucial information. All are related to several apps that provide instant access to various functions.
  • Optimized the overall page layout and the flexible presentation of text and color, ensuring all the essential information stands out.

Convenience & efficiency

  • Added swiftly switch floated windows. This will make the operation more convenient.

Games

  • Optimized the frame rate performance mainly while under heavy-used scenes.

Camera

  • The update added the feature that supported customizing the display order of camera mode.
  • Optimized the zoom experience in the device, making zooming more smooth.

Performance

  • Added the form of the chart that displays battery usage
  • Newly supported pre-loading apps that are frequently used have been added. It will make it seamless to switch them on quickly.
  • Improved the response speed of turning on or off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, and NFC

Caution! There are Some Issues As Well:

  • The Camera lacks the support for the Xpan feature. Also, it contains some sort of stability issues.
  • This version of the update does not support scrolling screenshots.
  • After the update, the icon of the Bluetooth connection displays abnormally.
  • Once updated, the icon of charging displays abnormally.
  • The Cloud Service is sadly unavailable (majorly for the Indian version)
  • After the update, the Camera app does not contain Hasselblad elements.
  • This version does not adapt to a considerable number of third-party apps.
  • The included Google Phone app, once updated, does not feature call record functionality. However, you can solve this by updating the app in the Play Store.
  • After using the screen recorder, the three-finger swipes down gesture or the three-finger long-press gesture contains issues. Luckily, you can easily overcome this simply by pressing the Power button and the Volume Down button simultaneously instead of screenshotting.

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S21 Gets Digital Car Key Support in Korea

Just like how RAM expansion was an in-demand feature a few weeks back, the scene with digital car key support is prominent this time around. Having been in talks since the beginning of the year, Samsung has finally rolled out an update for Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra that features the digital key functionality.

Although the October update sorting the month's security patch is live for the devices in Germany, India, the Philippines, and South Korea, the digital key function is limited to Samsung's home country devices. If everything goes well, you can very much expect the feature to make a global appearance soon.

Taking about the version number, the new update for Korea has a build number G99*BXXU3AUIE, while the other mentioned region is receiving the firmware that bears G99*BXXU3AUIG. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 Receives October 2021 Security Patch

Rolling security patches on or before time is something very usual with Samsung and nothing different with October. Having mentioned the Galaxy S21+ and S21 Ultra devices receiving October security patch before time, the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3 devices are up next.

The update for Galaxy Z Fold3 comes with version number F926NKSU1AUID, and the same for Z Flip 3 is F711NKSU2AUIE. 

As of now, the update for both devices is exclusive for the South Korean market across different carriers that includes KT, SK Telecom, and LG U+.

The devices in the USA are now getting the September 2021 security update only. The firmware versions there are F926U1UEU1AUI4 F926USQU1AUI4, respectively, for Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. If you're wondering about the changelog, sadly, it isn't made available so far.

Are you still waiting to get the update? Try checking it manually by hovering over to your device's Settings and looking into the Software update menu.

Samsung Galaxy A02 Gets Android 11

A piece of good news for all the Samsung Galaxy A02 users. One Ui 3.1 featured Android 11 is finally out. The update comes with version number A022GDXU2BUI3 and loads up with amazing Android 11 goodies that include chat bubbles, one-time permissions, and more. Alongside that, the update bags the September 2021 security patch. 

The firmware is currently live for the Russian market and is expected to extend in the upcoming weeks. 

October 2021 Android Security Patch is Live for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Having talked about the Samsung S21 series, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Z Flip 3 devices getting the taste of the October 2021 security patch already, it is time to walk you through the new firmware for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. With build number F916NKSU1DUI4, the devices in South Korea are getting their share of 10.2021 security patches.

Samsung Galaxy A50 Gets October 2021 Security Patch Alongside Other Devices

Samsung Galaxy A50 is another device that prepares for the October edition Android security patch. The corresponding version number for the new firmware is A505GUBS9CUI3 and is currently seeding in Bolivia, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.

The Galaxy Tab Active 3 is the other device to get the October security patch. The rollout has started in Bulgaria, Greece, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The update bears the firmware version T575XXU3BUI8. The details regarding the bugs and vulnerabilities that are dealt with haven't been published yet.

Additional News

  • Asus is set to recruit Android 12 beta testers for its Zenfone 8 devices.
  • As per sources, Huawei employees hint on the Harmony OS 3 releasing soon.
  • Alongside Asus, Xiaomi plans on extending Android 12 beta testers for Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, and Mi 11i devices.

A Quick Round-Up

  • Android 12 Developer Preview 2 Rolls Out for OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Gets Digital Car Key Support in Korea
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 Receives October 2021 Security Patch
  • Samsung Galaxy A02 Gets Android 11
  • October 2021 Android Security Patch is Live for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Samsung Galaxy A50 Gets October 2021 Security Patch Alongside Other Devices
  • Asus is set to recruit Android 12 beta testers for its Zenfone 8 devices.
  • As per sources, Huawei employees hint on the Harmony OS 3 releasing soon.
  • Alongside Asus, Xiaomi plans on extending Android 12 beta testers for Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, and Mi 11i devices.

Wrapping Up

And with that, we're done talking about the firmware updates that have been running over the week. While OnePlus bagged the Android 12 Developer preview 2, Samsung was busy throwing October security patches. Which has been your favorite so far? Make sure to let us know in the comment section below.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

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