This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Samsung pauses Android 11 rollout for the Galaxy S10 series, Xiaomi officially announces that 27 devices are eligible for MIUI 12.5, and more!
What's New This Week?
- OnePlus Nord N10 5G is now receiving January's security patch
- 27 Xiaomi devices are officially scheduled to receive MIUI 12.5
- Mi Note 10 Lite is now receiving the latest version of Android
- Huawei P30 and P30 Pro 5G are now receiving HarmonyOS 2.0 beta
- Original Galaxy Fold, Galaxy M31, Galaxy Tab S7, and Tab S7+, are now receiving the latest version of Android
- One UI 3.1 is here for the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ in South Korea
- Samsung temporarily pauses One UI 3.0 update for the Galaxy S10 series
OnePlus Nord N10 5G
Samsung may be one of the fastest and most consistent manufacturers in terms of delivering monthly updates, if not the fastest. But, credit where its due, OnePlus is also showing a lot of love for their smartphones.
This week, in particular, the OnePlus Nord N10 5G is receiving the latest security patch along with a couple more additions. To be more specific, the changelog is as follows:
- Optimized power consumption
- Updated Android Security Patch to 2021.01
- Further improved network stability
Just keep in mind that this is most likely an incremental update that is currently being delivered in the EU and NA. So, it may take a while before everyone gets their turn!
MIUI 12.5 Eligibility
Xiaomi has previously mentioned that numerous Xiaomi devices are going to be eligible for MIUI 12.5. Now we also have an official list.
At the moment of writing this article, the below devices are expected to get MIUI 12.5 sometime in the near future:
- Xiaomi Mi 11
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth
- Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G
- Xiaomi Mi CC9
- Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro
- Xiaomi CC9e
- Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro
- Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G
- Xiaomi Redmi K30S
- Xiaomi Redmi K30 Racing
- Xiaomi Redmi K30i 5G
- Xiaomi Redmi K30
- Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
- Xiaomi Redmi K20
- Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G
- Xiaomi Redmi 10X Pro
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
We still don't have an official roadmap to see exactly when each of these phones will receive the update. But judging by previous results, we can safely assume that most, if not all of these devices will have MIUI 12.5 by the end of this year.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Great news for Mi Note 10 Lite owners! Your phone is now receiving the latest version of Android!
The update weighs 2.3 gigabytes and is being delivered to the global variants. Just keep in mind that since it's an incremental rollout, it may take a while before all of you get it.
In it, you can expect to find everything that Android 11 brings to the table. We are talking about:
- Improved privacy controls
- Improved digital WellBeing
- Notification history
- Chat bubbles
- Media controls
- One-time permissions
- Dark theme scheduling
- And more
Though, it's worth keeping in mind that you are still on MIUI 12 – which means that you likely won't notice much of a difference. But all of the under-the-hood improvements are still there.
P30 and P30 Pro 5G
A beta version of HarmonyOS 2.0 is now available for both the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro 5G. As you can see in the video below, it seems to be heavily based on EMUI 11 and, according to our sources, it can also run Android apps very fluidly.
Finally... A video of #HarmonyOS Beta 1 on #Huawei Mate 30 with #EMUI11 on top.— Marco Improda (@marcoimproda90) January 21, 2021
There is not so much to see. Apart from how Android apps are fluid. I doubt that they are native apps.
However, what could make Harmony OS so fast to running android apps? Can't wait to discover :) pic.twitter.com/yyiVbHztza
According to our sources, however, Huawei's OS is not actually Android or an OS that's based on Android – even if it supports Android's framework.
At the end of the day, whether it can be used as a full Android substitute still remains to be seen.
Plenty of Samsung devices have already received the latest version of Android and it looks like it's now the Galaxy Fold's turn.
One UI 3.0 is currently being delivered to France and UAW for the LTE variant and also the UK and Switzerland for the 5G variant. Though, we expect that you'll soon find it in more regions too, assuming that it's not already there.
Other than that, you are also getting the latest security patch along with everything that One UI 3.0 and Android 11 bring to the table. In case you are not familiar with them, we are talking about:
- Google's gesture-based navigational mode that's now available in 3rd party launchers
- Improved battery life
- A UI overhaul
- Numerous minor additions and improvements in Samsung apps and UI
- A built-in video enhancer
- And more
In other news, the Galaxy M31 is now also receiving the very same Android 11 stable update with all of its features. Except, of course, some options that are only found in flagships – such as wireless DeX.
Unfortunately, we still don't have any information on the locations where you can find the update for the M31. But it shouldn't take too long before its globally available.
Keep in mind that these are almost always incremental updates. This means that even if an update is available in your region, it may take a while before you get your turn.
Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+
A new update is here for both the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ and, surprisingly enough, it includes One UI 3.1! Unfortunately, though, you can still only get it in South Korea.
To be more specific with the models, we are talking about the Galaxy Tab S7 LTE and LTE+ along with the Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G. The update itself weighs 2.4 gigabytes. Though, it's worth noting that this is not exactly a major update compared to One UI 3.0.
Minor updates like these typically don't revamp the whole UI or bring newer Android versions. One UI 3.1, in particular, only offers:
- Improved stock apps
- Private Share
- More lock screen widgets
- Video background for calls
- Along the typical performance and stability improvements
Galaxy S10 Series
Samsung started rolling out the latest stable version of Android for the Galaxy S10 series and everything seemed to be well and dandy – up until now. For some currently unknown reason, Samsung stopped pushing Android 11 for the Galaxy S10 series!
According to our sources, there are some bugs that need to be sorted out before the update goes live again. But only time will tell when that's going to happen.
Samsung has yet to officially refer to this in any way – at least at the time of writing this article. Have you installed the update? Did you come across any bugs or issues? If so, feel free to let us know about them in the comments section.
That's all for now. Tune in next Friday for more firmware news!
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