This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is now receiving One UI 3.0, Xiaomi Redmi 8, 8A, and 7A get the latest version of MIUI, and more!
What's New this Week?
- Official FuntouchOS 11 roadmap is here for India
- MIUI 12 stable beta is now being delivered to the Redmi 8, 8A, and 7A
- Galaxy S10 Lite, Note 9, and Galaxy Fold are now receiving January's security patch
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 is now receiving One UI 3.0 stable
- Verizon's Galaxy S20 FE devices are now receiving the latest version of One UI as well
- SmartThingsFind is already here for the Galaxy Active Watch 2 devices
FuntouchOS 11 Roadmap (India)
Great news for vivo owners in India. vivo just officially announced their Android 11/Funtouch OS 11 roadmap in India.
For those who can't open the image either due to data savers or anything like that:
- X50 Pro: Should be already receiving it in waves
- V19 and X50: End of January
- V17, V17 Pro, V15 Pro, and S1: End of March
- S1 Pro, Z1x, and Z1 Pro: End of April
- V15: End of June
All of these rollouts start during the end of the aforementioned months. But it's worth noting that these are almost always incremental rollouts – meaning that some of you are gonna have to wait more than others – even if you live in a region that's receiving the update.
Xiaomi Redmi 8, 8A, and 7A
Great news for Xiaomi owners. A stable beta release version of MIUI 12 is snow being delivered to the global variants of the Redmi 8, 8A, and 7A!
To be more specific:
- Redmi 8: Global EEA and Russian variants
- Redmi 8A: CHinese and EEA
- 7A: India
Unfortunately, Android 11 is not included in the update. Only the latest version of MIUI.
Speaking of which, MIUI 12 incudes:
- Privacy improvements
- UI improvements
- A new status bar system with two separate sections for notifications and quick actions (Optional)
- Universal Dark Mode
- Smoother animations
- And more
Galaxy S10 Lite, Note 9, and Galaxy Fold
Another week, another wave of security patches for Samsung devices. This time, the Galaxy S10 Lite, Note 9, and Galaxy Fold take their turn.
The update is mostly available in Europe while we expect that it'll soon go global. Just keep in mind that such updates are usually incremental – which means that some of you will have to keep on waiting a bit longer before you get your turn.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned update doesn't seem to bring anything more in terms of bug fixes, improvements, or any other additions in general. Thus, we also expect that it's not going to be particularly big. Usually, security patches are not going to weigh any more than 250 megabytes maximum.
Galaxy Z Fold 2
Great news for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 owners. Your phablet should be receiving the stable version of One UI 3.0 any day now!
The update is currently available in Germany with October's security patch. But we assume that you'll soon get the latest patch and that the update will soon be delivered to more regions – assuming that we are not at that point yet.
Keep in mind that such updates are almost always incremental. This means that even if you are living in Germany, there is a good chance that you'll have to keep on waiting for a while until your turn comes.
As for the update itself, you can expect to find everything that One UI 3.0 and Android 11 bring to the table. This includes:
- Google's gesture-based navigational system (Only works in 3rd party launchers)
- Revamped UI (Notifications, volume controls, and more)
- Fast access to widgets
- Various performance and stability improvements
- Numerous minor additions like double tapping to turn the screen off
Galaxy S20 FE (Verizon)
It's not unusual for carrier-locked devices to get stuck behind in terms of firmware updates. And although we've seen a few exceptions lately, the pattern mostly remains the same.
Such is the case now as well with Verizon's Galaxy S20 FE receiving the latest version of One UI!
In this update you can expect to find everything that One UI 3.0 and Android 11 bring to the table along with December's security patch.
If you are not familiar with One UI 3.0, feel free to take a look at the heading above this one where we've already included some basic additions for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 that's getting the very same update.
Galaxy Active Watch 2
Samsung recently launched SmartThings Find, a smart feature for locating other Samsung devices that you own. And that's possible thanks to both Bluetooth for nearby devices and data connectivity in case that your phone is out of range.
That feature is now being delivered to Galaxy Active Watch 2 devices in Canada; and we can safely assume it won't be too long before it becomes globally available as well.
The changelog also mentions:
- Improved Samsung Health function: You can now enjoy a group-walking challenge with your friends, additional sleep score insight provided, reduced auto workout recognition time (running, rowing machine, elliptical), enjoy home workout with a variety of fitness programs
- Hand Wash: Automatically detect the duration of washing your hands by using the Hand Wash app
- Improved system stability and reliability
The update comes in at almost 85 megabytes, so, it's quite a hefty one for smartwatch standards.
That's about it for now. If you want more firmware news, feel free to come back next Friday for more!
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