This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: LG V30 is finally being upgraded to Android Pie, Samsung is now testing Android Q on the Galaxy S10, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Lenovo Z6 Pro is now receiving ZUI 11.1
- HTC U11's Pie update is now being delivered to various EU regions
- LG V40 ThinQ is now receiving Android Pie in India
- V30 now receiving its slice of Pie as well
- Galaxy A70 gets July's security patch and a couple of new features
- Galaxy A80 can now use autofocus on selfies
- Samsung is testing Android Q on the Galaxy S10
- Second security update is out for the Note 9 in some countries
- Galaxy J3 (2017) is now receiving Android Pie
Lenovo is currently pushing ZUI 11.1 to China and we're expecting that the update will soon become available on a global level as well.
The latest version of ZUI brings system performance improvements, better camera performance, gestures, and more. To be more specic, the camera now supports EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) which is used to capture more stable videos.
Then there are also improvements for night photography and a macro switch. And last, but not least, there a few minor fixes and improvements included along with a newer security patch.
It was about a couple of months ago where we mentioned that the U11 started receiving its slice of Pie in Taiwan. Now, the same update is currently being delivered in Europe.
To be more specific, we're talking about Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, and Romani. More regions are expected to join in as well. If yours is one of them, do let us know about it in the comments.
Obviously, apart from Android Pie, there are also a few other goodies included. There is a newer security patch, Adaptive Battery, improved Adaptive Brightness, and more!
This whole update weighs 1.3 gigs. So, do make sure to enable your Wi-Fi before downloading!
The LG V40 ThinQ has already received its slice of Pie in Europe, US, and South Korea. So, now it's India's turn.
This update weighs 1.5 gigs and it brings a few Android Pie features along with it like Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery and more. Other than that, there are also a few other new features like Penta Shot, Cine Shot, Part slow-mo, Dual App, and YouTube Live.
Needless to say that you're also getting July's security patch. Just don't forget that this is most likely an incremental update, which means that only a small percentage of you will receive it at first; until everyone gets it.
Android Q is now right around the corner, but lots of devices are still waiting for Android Pie. The V30 was one of those devices; until this week where it started receiving the currently latest version of Android in Europe!
We don't have a ton of information about it, but we can safely assume that it brings a few Pie features and a newer security patch. Furthermore, according to our sources, a few new notification animations and a notification light for the always-on display are included as well!
Another update is here for the Galaxy A70 and it finally brings the July's security along with a couple of new features:
- Night mode
- QR scanner
The night mode in question is for the camera and not the UI. As the name suggests, it's made to assist with low-light photography.
Other than that, there is also the QR scanner which you can use with the camera app. Not a big deal, but every new addition is welcome.
The update weighs 367 megabytes and is currently being delivered in India. But, with that being said, we assume that it'll soon become available for everyone.
The Samsung Galaxy A80 uses the same camera for both "normal" and selfie shots. So, you'd think that all the features which are available for the rear camera would be there for the front one as well. After all, again, it's the same camera.
However, that's not the case. Lots of features are missing for the selfie camera with autofocus being one of the most important ones.
Thankfully, that has been fixed with the latest update and autofocus is now working as intended. There are still a few things that need to be fixed, like the LED flash, and hopefully, they will be at some point.
Apart from autofocus, this update also brings July's security patch and weighs 413 megabytes!
Our sources are saying that Samsung is now testing Android Q on the Galaxy S10. A public beta version isn't available just yet. But, we'll let you know if anything like that comes up.
Speaking of which, there's currently no information on the progress of Samsung with Android's latest version. All we know is that Sammy will most likely introduce the second version of One UI and a few improved features like Digital Wellbeing.
Yeah, that's right. Not new features; just improved existing ones. Still, it's too early to talk about any of this. So, let us be patient for now and we'll let know about any other news that may come up!
Another update is here for the Note 9 and it's currently being delivered in Greece, Austria, Netherlands, Slovakia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary, UK, Switzerland, and a few other regions.
The main difference from the first update is that apart from July's security patch, this one also seems to bring a few bug fixes. According to our sources, the software version's codename indicates that some changes have been made to the OS.
However, with all of that being said, this update isn't being delivered OTA; which means that we don't have any official information on these changes. So, take that info with a grain of salt.
If you wanna install it, you can take a look at Sam Mobile's archives and download it from there.
Galaxy J3 (2017)
It certainly took a while, but the Galaxy J3 (2017) is now finally receiving its slice of Pie. The update is currently being delivered to Russia and Vietnam, but we're expecting that it'll soon become globally available.
Apart from Android Pie, this update also brings July's security patch along with a few new features like Digital Wellbeing, Advanced Battery, and more!
Do keep in mind that it's incremental, which means that some of you may have to wait for a while before receiving it.
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