This week, on our firmware news roundup: Pocophone F1 is set to receive super-slow-mo along with 4K 60 FPS video recording mode in February, Nokia 8 Sirocco is now getting upgraded to Android Pie, and more!
What's new this week?
- Note 9 users on Oreo are now also receiving Android Pie
- OnePlus 5 and 5T are receiving a small WiFi fix
- Nokia 8 Sirocco is now getting its slice of Pie
- Pixel 3 and 3 XL receive another fix
- Pocophone F1 set to receive a super-slow-mo update
- MIUI 11 development has begun
- Zenfone Max M2 and Max Pro M2 get another update
- Asus ROG Phone is set to receive Android Pie pretty soon
Galaxy Note 9
As we've mentioned last week
, the Note 9 started receiving the stable version of Android Pie. But, turns out that those who received it last week were only those who had signed up for Beta testing.
From now on, everyone who is running the stable/official/stock Android Oreo ROM on their Note 9 should be able to upgrade to Android Pie as well.
If you haven't received the notification for upgrading already, you can check it out manually by heading at your Settings -> Software Update. The update weights almost 1.6 gigs. So, make sure that you're connected to your WiFi.
Apart from Android Pie, you're also getting One UI - which is Samsung's new UI. Furthermore, you're also getting January's security patch.
That's all for now. We'll keep you updated if we find out anything else. So, stay tuned.
OnePlus 5 and 5T
A few people have previously reported that they have been experiencing issues with WiFi connectivity on their OnePlus 5 and 5T device. Seems like OnePlus heard your complaints and is now releasing a small update which fixes those issues.
To be more precise, this update fixes the issue where WiFi connectivity gets lost in certain 3rd party apps, fixes the issue where the capacitive buttons stop working randomly on the OnePlus 5, improves the overall stability of WiFi connectivity, fixes the random reboots while screen casting, and more.
As per usual with OnePlus, this is an incremental update. So, if it doesn't reach you immediately, no need to panic. It's designed so that it'll only reach a small percentage of users at first.
Nokia 8 Sirocco
The Pie update for a few Nokia devices was quite delayed. In fact, it was delayed for so long that certain people couldn't help but think that HMD Global did that on purpose so that people would get their latest device.
HMD Global denied these claims and replied by saying that the only reason for delaying these updates is in order to fix the various imperfections/bugs. Seems like that may have been true as now, finally, Nokia 8 Sirocco users are saying that they are getting their piece of Pie - their Android Pie
This update weighs 1.4 gigs and apart from Android Pie, it also brings some of its features. Like Adaptive Battery and improved Adaptive Brightness.
Furthermore, you also get December's security patch. The January security patch was released very recently and that's probably it's not included in this update. But, fear not, cause you'll probably get it soon afterwards.
Now, we don't know for sure which regions are receiving this update. Some users in South Africa and Belarus have mentioned that they haven't got their hands on it yet.
Still, this is an OTA update. And most OTA updates are being released gradually released in waves - which means that only a small percentage of people will receive this update at first. But, eventually, everyone will have it.
Just do keep in mind that for now, this is nothing but pure speculation and we don't have any official information about any of that stuff yet.
Pixel 3 and 3 XL
As we've probably mentioned a hundred times already, the Pixel 3 series turned out to be quite buggy, to say the least. Thankfully, Google has been working on fixing all the bugs with software updates and this week is no different.
The latest for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL brings the latest security patch (January) along with an audio recording fix. Apparently, the audio in video recording was quite bad. But, as we've already mentioned, this seems to be fixed now.
The vast majority of Google's devices are receiving this update with the Nexus devices being the only exception as they are no longer supported by Google. On the Pixel 3 series, this update only weights 56 megabytes. So, not much of a deal.
It's definitely good to see that the Pixel 3 lineup is slowly but surely getting fixed.
The Poco F1
is quite possibly the best budget smartphone that the world has ever seen. It boasts flagship specs and asks for a mid-range price. As if that wasn't enough, all of the updates just keep on making it better.
Information suggests that it'll receive a super-slow-mo update in a couple of weeks and also a 4K 60 FPS mode somewhere in February. Originally, it only supported 30 FPS recording in 1080 and 1440P.
Furthermore, the upcoming update is also expected to fix the battery draining issues that numerous people have reported.
Now, one of the primary issues that the Poco F1 has is that it can't stream HD content from websites like Netflix. And you're probably wondering if anything is going to be done over that.
Well, we know that Xiaomi is working with partners to solve that. But, we don't know if anything can be done about that for sure. Unfortunately, this is not something that you can fix with an OTA update.
MIUI 10 has been already delivered to the vast majority of Huawei devices that are out there right now. True, some of them didn't receive Android Pie on top of it and that's probably because the hardware of some phones just can't handle it.
So, with that being said, it's no surprise that Xiaomi is now working towards building the next version: MIUI 11.
We're expecting to see the next version of MIUI coming out somewhere during this year. Now, of course, we currently have no idea which phones are going to get it and which ones will not. After all, its development has just started.
MIUI 10 is mostly focused on improving the full-screen experience. Other than that, performance and UI tweaks are present as well.
And with that being said, we can't help but wonder how MIUI 11 is going to change and what the developers are aiming to achieve. All we know for now is that MIUI 11 is going to be a new and unique OS - at least that's according to the words of Liu Ming, head of the product planning department.
So, it seems like MIUI 11 will be completely different - a completely redesigned OS. But, if everything changes, then is this really worthy of being called MIUI 11? If it looks nothing like MIUI, then the name should probably change as well. But, whatever.
What do you think about all this? Let us know in the comments section down below. That's all for now. We'll keep you updated if we find out anything else.
Zenfone Max M2
The latest update for the Zenfone Max M2 and Max Pro M2 improves various aspects of the camera and also improves the FM Radio noise reduction. Other than that, the fingerprint sensor is also improved and the December security patch is included as well.
AI features are still nowhere to be seen. But, as they are heavily based on software, it's not impossible that at some point, we'll get to see them in both of the above-mentioned smartphones.
The gaming monster from Asus was originally released with Android Oreo. But, we recently saw it on a benchmark running Android Pie.
Because of that, pretty much everyone suggests that Asus is working on delivering Android Pie to ROG Phone users.
Still, we can't help but wonder, isn't there a chance that this is just someone who installed a custom Android Pie ROM and decided to benchmark it? We're not too familiar with benchmarks but that seems possible, right?
So, do take the information about the Pie update with a grain of salt. Because right now, there is no official information regarding this update and a single benchmark may or may not be a hint.
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