This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Galaxy Tab Active 2 and Tab S5E are now getting their slice of Pie, the boot loop issue of Android Q Beta 4 has been fixed, and more!
What’s New This Week?
- OnePlus 7 is now receiving May’s security update
- ZenFone 5Z gets May’s security patch along with minor improvements
- Bootloop issues on Android Q have been fixed
- US versions of the LGV40 ThinQ are now receiving Android Pie
- Galaxy S9’s security update is out (T-Mobile)
- J7 (2017) is now getting its slice of Pie
- Galaxy Tab Active 2 and Tab S5E are now receiving Android Pie
- Galaxy Watch LTE is now getting its slice of Pie
The latest update for the OnePlus 7 brings May’s security update along with minor improvements and bug fixes. Apart from that, there are also a few camera improvements which are included as well.
To be more specific, there are improvements in the clarity of nightscape, accuracy of focusing, along with the overall contrast and color performance.
The update is currently arriving OTA in EU and India. It asks for just 125 megabytes. So, definitely nothing big.
As per usual with OnePlus, this is an incremental update. So, there is a good chance that some of you will have to wait for a few days or more before you get it.
The latest update for the Asus ZenFone 5Z that you can get will provide you with May’s security patch along with a few more minor improvements and bug fixes. It’s currently being delivered in India but it should soon become available for other regions as well!
While there is no mention about the download size, it should be rather small. After all, a security patch with minor improvements usually comes at less than 300 megabytes – sometimes less than 100 too.
That being said, consider turning on your Wi-Fi before updating – just to be safe.
As we mentioned last week, while the new version of Android Q Beta was out, numerous users mentioned that they encountered bootloops after installing the update and that effectively bricked their devices. By the way, this includes Pixel users as well.
Thankfully, it seems like this issue has now been fixed. So, if you were hesitant about installing the latest Android Q Beta, feel free to give it another try now!
If you’ve already installed the latest version with the bootloop issue, then this update weighs but a few kilobytes. If you’re installing it from an older version, you’re looking at well over one gigabyte. So, make sure to turn on your Wi-Fi!
It’s no secret that US models of Android smartphones tend to lag a little bit behind in terms of updates – mostly due to the whole proprietary carrier system. Such is the case with the V40 ThinQ which was held back for a while but is now receiving the latest version of Android across the US.
At the moment, we know for a fact that both AT&T along with Verizon are delivering the update OTA. So, anyone else who may be left shouldn’t take too long now.
As per usual with OTA updates, there is a good chance that this is a staged roll-out. So, it may take a few days before all of you get that update.
Apart from Android Pie, you’re also getting certain Pie features along with April’s security patch. Yeah, that’s rather outdated. But, what can you do about it?
South Korean units, on the other hand, are running the May security patch. So, this may be another case of US models staying a little bit behind the curve.
That’s all for now! We’ll let you know if anything else comes up!
Galaxy S9 Series
The latest security update for T-Mobile’s S9 and S9+ is here. And while it brings June’s security patch, night mode is nowhere to be seen.
EU versions got that feature as expected. But, it seems like the US carriers will once again hold you back for a while in terms of updates.
While there is no info on when you’ll get that said feature, there’s a chance that it’ll take a while since even the S10 series doesn’t have it yet in the US. You know, the S10 is Samsung’s latest flagship… And flagships generally take priority. So, yeah. Maybe you’ll have to wait for a while.
Returning back to the current update, it weighs about 240 megabytes and while this isn’t considered big by today’s standards, you may still want to consider turning on your Wi-Fi for it. As per usual, it’s an OTA update that’s arriving in batches/stages. So, it may take a few days before everyone gets it.
Galaxy J7 (2017)
Not long ago, the Galaxy J7 Pro got its slice of Pie and now the slightly weaker sibling gets to grab his part as well. However, instead of the June security patch, you’ll be getting May’s.
Apart from Android Pie, you’re also getting Samsung’s One UI along with numerous features like Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, Night Mode, and more!
It’s been at least a couple of days now where the update started arriving in Spain. So, we assume that it’ll soon make it’s way to other regions as well – if it hasn’t already.
Galaxy Tab Active 2 and Tab S5E
The LTE model of the Galaxy Tab Active 2 is now receiving the latest version of Android along with the Wi-Fi version of the Tab S5E. And yeah, unfortunately, only the specific models are getting upgraded at the moment.
Still, that being said, we assume that all counterparts will start receiving this update soon enough. There’s no reason for Samsung to delay it too much.
Both devices are getting June’s security patch along with Pie and One UI features such as Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, and more!
The Tab Active 2 is getting the update in Italy and the Tab S5E in South Korea and the UK. Both of them are OTA and are being delivered in stages which means that it may take a few days before all of you get it.
Galaxy Watch LTE
As we mentioned a while ago, the Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Sport have gotten their slice of Pie. However, the Galaxy Watch LTE 42MM in the EU and US was left out of the loop and thankfully, it’s now getting back in.
Apart from Android Pie, you’re also getting Samsung’s One UI which is a complete overhaul of the visual interface. Furthermore, don’t forget about new features like sleeping mode, daily activity, and outdoor swimming.
Last but not least, there are battery optimizations that have been made. This update is currently being delivered in the US and also in numerous parts of Europe while asking for a download of just a bit more than 100 megabytes.
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SOURCES: SAM MOBILE 1, 2, 3, GSM ARENA, TIZEN HELP, ANDROID DEVS, GADGETS 360 , PIUNIKA WEB
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May 20th, 2020