This week, on our somewhat delayed weekly firmware news roundup (We had some technical issues): both the Galaxy M31 and M01 are now receiving One UI 2.1, OnePlus explains why OnePllus 5 and One Plus 5 users still haven't received their much-awaited update, and more.
What's New This Week?
- Latest beta for OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro is now being delivered with the latest security patch and a couple of new features
- OnePlus explains why the update for the OnePlus 5 and 5T has been delayed
- Zenfone 6 owners can now download Android 11 beta
- T-Mobile now supports standalone 5G on the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
- Galaxy Tab S5e and Tab Active Pro are now receiving September’s security patch
- Samsung Galaxy M01s and Galaxy M31 are now receiving One UI Core 2.1
- Galaxy Watch 3 gets battery life improvements/optimizations
- Samsung releases an official changelog for One UI 3.0 (beta)
- AT&T is now delivering Android 10 to the Galaxy Tab S5e
OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro
Another update is here for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. This one introduces the latest Android security patch while also bringing new features for Game Space.
According to the changelog, you can now:
- Quick switching on Fnatic mode between 3 different notification styles: text only, heads up, and just a block
- Quick Reply for WatsApp and INS (Needs to be enabled though gaming mode)
- Mistouch prevention (Needs to be enabled through gaming mode)
And then there also a few other, minor additions in the community app along with other bug fixes and general system improvements.
With all that said, don’t forget that this is a beta release. It may be unstable or not support certain apps at all. We are always taking a bit of a gamble when using beta software.
OnePlus 5 and 5T
Many OnePlus 5 and 5T users have been waiting quite some time for the next big update. And at this point, it's quite evident that it has been delayed. OnePlus realized that some time has passed and decided to address the matter by explaining what is going on.
Apparently, while they were internally testing what was supposed to be the next big stable update, OnePlus found a serious bug in the communication module that needs to be fixed before the update rolls out.
The problem with this bug, though, is the fact that it needs to be addressed not just by OnePlus but by other carriers as well. This only ends up pushing back the update even more but OnePlus says that the issue "Has been processed at the highest priority by the product team".
Good news for Zenfone 6 owners who signed up for the Android 11 beta – you can now download it! In this update, you’ll find the latest version of Android along with a few new features, a new UI, and a newer security patch as well.
Some of the most note-worthy features and changes include:
- PowerMaster features have been integrated into the battery settings
- Bluetooth can now be left enabled when you activate airplane mode
- Notification history
- Google’s gesture-based navigational support can now be used with 3rd party launchers
Along with a few other, minor additions. The update weighs 1.3 gigs, so, we’d definitely recommend making sure that you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network before downloading.
A few things that have been considered bloatware in the past are getting removed as well. Things like Avast’s scanning engine, Private Listening, Smart group, icon alignment, and custom icon pack support are gone as well.
It’s unclear whether Asus is going to include these again in a future update or not. But, at this point, we highly doubt it’ll happen.
T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
A new update is rolling out for T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 10+ 5G variant which introduces standalone 5G support for their network. This should bring improvements in both network speed and network stability. After all, up till now, while T-Mobile’s Note 10+ 5G variant supported 5G, it only did so by relying a lot on mid-band LTE signals.
That said, you obviously still need 5G coverage in your area to take advantage of this new feature.
The update weighs 395 megabytes and apart from standalone 5G support, it also brings August’s security patch to the table. And as per usual, you may also find minor bug fixes and improvements.
Galaxy Tab S5e and Tab Active Pro
Tons of Samsung devices have already received the latest security patch. And now, two more join the party. These are the Galaxy Tab S5e and Tab Active Pro! Or, to be more specific, the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab Active Pro and the Wi-Fi-only variant of the Galaxy Tab S5e.
As for availability, the Tab Active Pro LTE is currently receiving it in Australia and Mexico while the Tab S5e Wi-Fi is getting it in Colombia, Chile, Trinidad, and Tobago. Though, with that said, we can safely assume that it’s soon going to be available in more regions as well.
That said, keep in mind that such updates are almost always incremental. This means that even if the update is available in your region, some of you are going to get stuck behind the queue and will have to wait a little bit longer than the rest of the pack.
As per usual, this update doesn’t seem to bring any new features apart from the security patch. There may be a few minor improvements and bug fixes, but, that’s about it.
Samsung Galaxy M01s and Galaxy M31
Another update is here for both the Galaxy M31 and Galaxy M01s – with the M01s receiving Android 10 and both devices getting One UI Core 2.1.
The Galaxy M01s’ update is currently available in India while the Galaxy M31’s can be found in India, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam as well.
While we haven’t seen the official changelog just yet, chances are that this update includes pretty much everything that you can expect from Android 10. Things like the improved Digital Wellbeing, Google’s new gesture-based navigation mode, Focus Mode, improved Adaptive Brightness, improved Privacy Controls, and more.
With all that said, do keep in mind that the “core” variant of One UI only introduces the core features of Samsung’s Android skin. Our sources mention that this version of One UI Core 2.1 brings most of the good features that we’ve come to expect from high-end models that run the full version of One UI. Things like Quick Share, Music Share, Single Take, and anything like that. But, take that info with a grain of salt until you verify it yourself.
Galaxy Watch 3
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 3 may be one of the best smartwatches in the market. But it’s also one of the worst when it comes to battery life. As such, another minor update is here to address this issue with more battery life improvements.
At the moment, the update seems to only be available for the LTE variants of the Watch 3 in Vietnam. But, we assume that the rollout will greatly expand in the upcoming weekend or next week.
Other than battery life improvements, the changelog also mentions improvements in general stability, VO2max, SpO2, and in stress level monitoring as well. It also claims that sleep tracking issues have been fixed. But, again, take that info with a grain of salt until you verify it yourself.
One UI 3.0
More great news about Samsung’s upcoming Android skin are here. We now have an official changelog that mentions tons of general improvements along with a few new features both under the hood and for the UI.
There are quite a lot of changes in numerous categories including, but not limited to:
- Home screen
- Lock screen
- Quick panel
- Samsung Keyboard
- Samsung DeX
- Contacts & Phone
- Phone/Call background
- Call & Text
- Digital wellbeing and Parental controls
- Bixby Routine
- And potentially more in the near future
There are way too many minor details to mention everything. So, let’s just focus on some of the most important features. And if you want every little detail, check the screenshot for the full changelog down below.
For now, the improved autofocus on the Galaxy S20 series is quite a big deal. Then there’s also the option of automatically deleting duplicate contacts, Digital Wellbeing stats/trends, more dynamic lock screen options and widgets, pop-up/redirect block for Samsung’s browser, along with general improvements in the UI.
Do keep in mind that this is still a beta version – which means that we may see even more stuff in the upcoming feature before the stable release. And, obviously, there’s also a possibility that some of the aforementioned changes are not going to reach the final version.
Galaxy Tab S5e (AT&T)
US carriers tend to be slightly slower than most of the world. And adding more insult to injury is the fact that some of them are often slower than others. This time, it's AT&T that took a bit longer to deliver the much awaited Android 10 update for their Galaxy Tab S5e – but it's now here.
Not only you are getting Android 10, but also One UI 2.5. The changelog doesn't mention a lot of details. However, we can safely assume that the update includes One UI 2.5 – just like the rest of the other Tab S5e variants did from other carriers. And the fact that the update weighs 2 gigs only further reinforces that belief.
In case you are not familiar with it, One UI 2.5 isn't a huge jump over the previous versions. But it still offers some new features like Music Share, Quick Share, support for Google's gesture-based navigation system, along with a few other minor additions.
That aside, you can also expect to get August's patch with the update – which is a bit of a shame considering that the unlocked variants are already running September's patch. But, it is what it is.
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!