This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Samsung temporarily delays One UI 3.0 beta for certain devices due to a critical bug, Xiaomi Redmi 9 Pro gets the latest version of Android in stable beta, and more!
What's New This Week?
- OnePlus 8T is now receiving OxygenOS 126.96.36.199
- Redmi Note 9 Pro and K30 Pro Zoom are now receiving the latest version of Android
- Samsung temporarily delays One UI 3.0 rollout for numerous devices
- New update reaches the almost 6-year-old Galaxy S6 series and Note 5
- Galaxy A50s and A70 are now receiving One UI 2.5
- One UI 3.0 stable may soon be ready for the Galaxy S20 series
- Update for the Galaxy Fit 2 introduces bug fixes and small improvements
- OriginOS roadmap revealed – more than 30 devices on standby to get it
One more update is here for the OnePlus 8T and is slowly being delivered on a global scale. The official changelog is as follows:
- Optimized the call stability
- Improved system power consumption performance to reduce heating
- Improved mis-touch prevention to offer better gaming experience
- Optimized fluidity with some mainstream games to reduce lagging risks
- Optimized user experience with Alert Slider by adding toast messages when switching among the 3 modes
- Fixed the issue that the status bar kept hovering on the screen in landscape mode
- Fixed the issue that NFC cannot be turned on in a small probability
- Optimized the imaging effect to bring you with better shooting experience
- Improved camera stability
- Optimized mobile network connection to improve the network intensity with signal
- Fixed the small probability issue with network interruption while playing games
As you can see, it's basically a hot-fix update with numerous improvements, optimizations, and bug fixes as well.
The update is first being pushed out in India, but, as we mentioned above, other regions in Europe and North America will soon get it as well. And as per usual, this is an incremental rollout. So, even some of you in India are going to have to wait a bit longer than others.
Redmi Note 9 Pro and K30 Pro Zoom
Both the Redmi Note 9 Pro and K30 Pro Zoom are now receiving MIUI 12 based on Android 11. The update weighs 2.3 gigabytes for the Note 9 Pro and 3.3 gigs for the K30 Pro Zoom.
In it, you can expect to find everything that's new on Android 11 and MIUI 12 alike. Some of the most note-worthy ones are:
- Better animations
- New control scheme for the taskbar (Pull from the right for controls and from the left for notifications)
- Super Wallpapers (Basically a form of live wallpapers)
- Dark mode support for 3rd party apps
- Ultra Battery Saver mode
- And more
So far, this is only for the Chinese variants of the K30 Pro Zoom and on India for the Redmi Note 9 Pro. But we assume that it's soon going to become available for the global variants as well.
And with that out of the way, it's also worth noting that according to our sources, the Note 9 Pro is only receiving a stable-beta build. Meaning that we may be in for experiencing a few final bugs before everything is evened out.
It was just a couple of days ago when vivo officially announced FuntouchOS' replacement – OriginOS. Apart from all the under-the-hood improvements in terms of performance and memory optimization, it also comes with:
- Numerous interactive widgets
- New gestures
- Smart 3D behavioral wallpapers that can interact with movement, the weather, and other aspects
- Nano alerts (Notifications from within the widgets)
- SuperCard that you can bring up even when the screen is off for quick mobile payments
- And more minor additions
For now, only the Vivo X series will have it out of the box. Other than that, there are plenty of devices that are sold in China without Google services that are officially set to get this update. Here is the list for before January 31, 2021:
- vivo NEX 3S
- vivo X50 Pro+
- vivo X50 Pro
- vivo X50
- vivo S7
- vivo iQOO 5 Pro
- vivo iQOO 5
- vivo iQOO 3
- vivo iQOO Pro
- vivo iQOO
- vivo iQOO Neo3
Before February 12, 2021
- vivo NEX 3/vivo NEX 3 5G
- vivo X30 Pro
- vivo X30
- vivo iQOO Neo
- vivo iQOO Neo 855
And in Q2, 2021
- vivo X27 Pro
- vivo X27
- vivo S6
- vivo S5
- vivo S1 Pro
- vivo S1
- vivo Z6
- vivo Z5x
- vivo Z5i
- vivo Z5
- vivo iQOO Z1x
- vivo iQOO Z1
- vivo NEX Dual Display
- vivo NEX S
- vivo NEX A
Galaxy S10 (One UI 3.0 Beta)
Betas are often full of bugs and issues. That much is expected. However, there are times when these bugs are so severe that there is no point in even testing the OS before they are fixed. Such is the case now with many 2019 and 2020 Galaxy flagships as a new severe bug just got discovered and, thus, Samsung decided to temporarily halt the beta rollout.
As it turns out, the latest One UI 3.0 beta is absolutely killing the battery life of certain devices. So far, this includes the Galaxy S10 series, Note 10 and Note 10+, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy Z Fold 2 as well.
For now, all we can do is sit back and wait until Samsung finds a fix and continues the One UI 3.0 rollout. How about you? Is your Galaxy device suddenly losing a lot of battery for no reason? Feel free to let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section.
Galaxy S6 Series and Note 5
It's no secret that Samsung is one of the best, if not the best company when it comes to delivering updates. But, this time, they absolutely outdid themselves by delivering a small update to both the Galaxy S6 series and the Note 5.
Mind you, these devices came out almost 6 years ago.
Interestingly enough, the update doesn't seem to add anything or even change the security patch. But Samsung mentions that it does adds security improvements.
So, at this point, we can safely assume that this is some kind of fix for a critical vulnerability or something similar. If you got it, feel free to let us know if you notice anything different by using the comments section.
Galaxy A50s and A70
One UI 2.5 has already been delivered to numerous Samsung devices and it's now the Galaxy A70 and A50s' turn. Apart from One UI 2.5 and all of its features, November's patch is also included.
And while this is a small jump from the previous One UI version, you still get a couple of interesting features.
This includes Bitmojis for the Always On Display, improvements to the camera app, new Samsung Keyboard features, Google's gesture-based navigational controls for 3rd party launchers, and more.
Once again, since this is not a flagship and doesn't have DeX support by default, you miss out on wireless DeX. Other than that, the update is pretty much the same as what the other Galaxy models got.
One thing to keep in mind is that the update is currently only available in Vietnam for the A50s and only in Europe for the A70. But we assume that it's soon going to be delivered in more regions as well.
One more One UI 3.0 beta is here for the Galaxy S20. But, this time, there is a good chance that it may be the last.
After all, the changelog mentions that "Rollback to previous Android version (Android 10) using Smart Switch is not supported on this version" – which may be a good indication that stable Android 11 is right around the corner now.
Other than that, there's also the fact that the beta update itself doesn't introduce any major fixes, improvements, or anything like that. There is only December's security patch and the general notes that you can find in every update about bug fixes, new and/or enhanced features, and further improvements to performance.
Only time will tell if that's true or not. So, stay tuned to find out!
Galaxy Fit 2
A new update is here for the Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 and it brings a few small bug fixes and improvements along with it.
To be more precise, the changelog mentions:
- Changing to the clock screen after the screen turns off during timer operation has been fixed
- When stopping/resuming exercise, motion recognition is optimized and vibration notification is removed
- The alarm vibration time is now longer
- Improved system stability and reliability
It only weighs 0.70 megabytes. So, we highly doubt there is anything else hidden under the hood. That's all for now.
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!