This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: the Xiaomi Pocophone is now receiving MIUI 11, turns out that both the ROG Phone and the ZenFone 4 may not even see Android Pie, and more!
What's New This Week?
- ZenFone 4 and ROG Phone may not even get Android Pie
- Pocophone is now receiving MIUI 11
- Mi 8 is now receiving MIUI 11 beta - based on Android 10
- Update for the S10 brings slow-mo video recording to the selfie camera
- Note 10 and S10 are already receiving November's security patch
- Serious bug in Android 10 beta for the Galaxy S10 is preventing users from unlocking their phones
- The Galaxy Note 10 series is now receiving Android 10 beta as well
ZenFone 4 and ROG Phone
Now that Android 10 is the latest version of Android, many people are eagerly waiting to see if their device will get upgraded. Unfortunately, according to our sources, it looks like the ROG Phone and the ZenFone 4 are not going to be included on that list.
In fact, they may not even get Android Pie. The ZenFone 4 originally got a beta version. But, that's about it. And even the beta was full of bugs. So, that kind of confirms the information from our sources.
At the very least, it looks like they are going to keep on receiving security updates for the next couple of years - which is something. And, well, a little bit of something is always better than nothing.
MIUI 11 stable is now being delivered to Pocophone F1 units. However, at the moment, it's only for those who originally participated in the beta. We expect that if there aren't any problems to deal with, then the update is going to become globally available very soon.
Unfortunately, it only brings October's security patch with a download size of 1.8 gigabytes. If you're not familiar with it, MIUI 11 brings a few new features such as dark mode, a design overhaul, dynamic lock screen effects, Mi Go office apps, and more.
Chinese Mi 8 users have started receiving a beta version of MIUI 11 that's based on Android 10. And since it's already available in China, we expect that it'll soon become globally available for the rest of us as well.
It's quite big. At 2.1 gigs, enabling your Wi-Fi before downloading the update is a must. Of course, that's unless you're one of the lucky few who have unlimited data.
At the moment, this update brings October's security patch, the re-designed MIUI 11, a few fixes, and some other MIUI 11 and Android 10 related features.
As time goes on, there is a chance that we'll see new features being added and others being removed. We'll see.
That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
Galaxy S10 Series (Slow-mo update - Stable)
Up till now, the Galaxy S10 could only record slow-mo videos by using the main camera on the back. However, that's about to change with the latest update.
Apparently, you'll now be able to record slow-mo videos by using not only the main camera but the selfie camera as well! Other than that, the fingerprint sensor has been improved as well and there is a new feature that's called Auto Hotspot.
In case you're not familiar with it, Auto Hotspot allows you to share an internet connection from one device to any other device that's logged in to the same account!
At the moment, Samsung hasn't clarified how Auto Hotspot works exactly. So, we'll have to experiment a bit with that first before telling you more about it.
This update is currently being pushed on both Switzerland and Germany with a download size of 284 megabytes. We suppose that it'll soon become globally available. But, time will tell.
If you've already received this update, then feel free to let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
S10 and Note 10 Series (Security Patch - Stable)
Manufacturers usually need at least a few days, weeks, and sometimes even a month or more to start delivering a newer security patch. However, this time, we just entered November and Samsung has already started pushing the latest security patch to both the S10 and the Note 10 series!
It's currently being delivered to numerous parts in Europe and also the USA. It's certainly unusual for Samsung to be in that much of a hurry. But, hey. As long as it works for us.
Some people think that this may be a sort of a sneaky fix/improvement to the fingerprint sensor issues that the flagships have. They were apparently already fixed. But, the update changelog does mention something about biometric improvements and security enhancements. So, make of that what you will.
Other than that, this update doesn't seem to bring anything else to the table. So, chances are that it's also going to be small in terms of download size.
Still, do remember to enable the Wi-Fi before downloading - better safe than sorry. And if you notice anything else that we haven't mentioned, do let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
Galaxy S10 (Android 10 Beta)
It's no surprise to anyone that beta versions of an operating system are almost always full of bugs. After all, that's why we've got beta testers. If not for them, our stable versions would be full of bugs for a long time as well (Even though that already happens sometimes).
However, Android 10 beta users who are rocking a Galaxy S10 recently discovered a serious bug that locks you out of your phone. If you've got any kind of password protection such as a fingerprint lock, face lock, a pin, password, or any kind of lock, we'd highly recommend disabling it as soon as possible.
Of course, that's only for the Android 10 beta users. For once, those of you who are not using any kind of protection are the ones that can feel safe.
And if you're unlucky enough to have already faced this issue, then using Samsung's "Find My Mobile" service to delete all locks may be the only solution. If it's not already enabled and ready to use, then a factory reset is quite possibly your only option.
Still, do perform a Google search first and maybe you'll come across a few other solutions as well. It's kind of unfortunate that people need to go through this. But, again, beta versions are almost always full of bugs.
Note 10 Series (Android 10 - Beta)
Last week, we mentioned that Samsung had started pushing out the Android 10 beta/One UI 2.0 for the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus. However, as it turns out, that was nothing but a false alarm.
The update was actually supposed to come out this week and Samsung pushed it during the last one by accident. Now, however, it's being delivered again. So, it's kind of like all that never really happened.
If you wanna know more about it and what it brings to the table, check out our previous article where we talked about this in detail. That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
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