This week, on our weekly news roundup: Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime gets updated to Android Oreo two years after coming out, the Xiaomi Poco F1 will get updated and supported up to at least Android Q, and more!
What’s new this week?
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime gets Android Oreo
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro gets more camera features
- OnePlus 6 will receive the Nightscape and Studio Lighting features of OnePlus 6T
- The OnePlus 6T gets its first update
- Nokia 6.1 and 6.1 Plus starts receiving Android Pie
- The Pocophone will get updated to at least Android Q
Galaxy J7 Prime
We normally get a little upset when we see manufacturers updating their phones to Android Oreo because Android Pie has been out for a few months already now. This is probably one of the main reasons as to why Android Pie is running on less than 0.2% of Android phones right now.
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However, we’ll have to make an exception for the Galaxy J7 Prime. This is a mid-range phone that came out more than 2 years ago. It’s kind of amazing that it still receives support from Samsung.
What’s more amazing is that the J7 Prime originally launched with Android Marshmallow and it now gets Oreo. It would surely be nice if it were to get Android Pie instead. But, oh well.
Back to the matter at hand. This update weighs about a gigabyte and brings the Samsung Experience 9.5 with improvements in various sectors including the UI, safety, home screen, Smart View, Samsung Cloud, and more!
Furthermore, you also get picture-in-picture mode which is awesome, dual messenger options, and the Autofill API. Kudos to Samsung for taking care of a device that’s not only old, but also relatively cheap.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
It hasn’t been too long since we last checked the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Huawei is already releasing an update for it. It weighs 491 MB and brings a few new camera features along with the October security patches.
These camera features include AI zoom which allows you to adjust the focus for better video clarity along with a bunch of new filters and effects. Other than that, you also get AI Color, Background Blur, and Vintage mode.
Come to think of it, this may be the first ever official update for the Mate 20 Pro. That’s all for now. We’ll keep you updated in case that we find anything else.
The OnePlus 6T has some dope new camera features which improve the overall quality of your pictures in various ways. If you liked the camera of the 6T then you’ll be delighted to know that a couple of its features are coming soon to the OnePlus 6 as well.
To be more specific, these new features are Nightscape and Studio Lighting. The OnePlus 6 uses kind of the same camera with the 6T. So, that was to be expected.
In case that you don’t know about these features: Nightscape provides long exposure shots which increases the overall visibility in dark shots and Studio Lighting improves the overall quality of portrait shots.
Do keep in mind, though, that Night Lighting is not a mode that you can manually enable. It’s applied automatically into your normal or portrait shots.
Other than that, the November security patch is there as well and the same goes for the gesture based navigation system. Furthermore, the UI and gallery performance have been improved.
At the moment, this update is in Beta and it should reach everyone after OnePlus validates that it doesn’t have any issues and that it can be considered stable.
Update: a stable version is now rolling out in stages OTA.
The OnePlus 6T isn’t officially out yet as sales start tomorrow. However, those who managed to get their hands on a testing unit say that the 6T has started receiving its first update already.
This update brings the latest Android security patch of November, upgrades OxygenOS version to 9.0.4, improves the camera by adding Studio Lighting in portrait shots and improves Nightscape Mode.
Other than that, general bug fixes and improvements are included as well along with optimized standby power consumption and improved screen unlock. The screen unlock part probably refers to the under-display fingerprint scanner of the phone.
That’s all for now. For those of you who are about to buy this device tomorrow: enjoy your new phone!
As you’ve probably heard before, HMD Global has promised to deliver Android Pie in all of its phones. The Nokia 6.1 is one of these phones and started receiving the update this month.
This is a staged rollout and its currently being delivered in India, Germany, and Pakistan. Various users have mentioned that they received it OTA and that it weighs 1.4 gigs. If you also received the update, then please do let us know in the comments section down below.
Android Pie brings a plethora of new changes including gesture-based navigation, UI changes, notification bar improvements, general improvements along with bug fixes, and more!
Let’s not forget to mention that adaptive battery, adaptive brightness, and camera improvements are also included in this update.
With that being said, the same thing applies to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. If not, then it should follow up pretty soon! Though, some people say that they have already started receiving it.
The Pocophone F1 is without a doubt one of the best value for money devices out there right now. It offers flagship specs and asks for a mid-range price. No wonder why people love it and ask for long-term support.
Though, to be fair, it lacks a bit on “premium” features such as waterproofing. But, we can’t have everything without paying.
As mentioned above, when it comes to the Pocophone, people beg for long-term support cause they just love it that much. Xiaomi heard your prayers and answered.
Jai Mani – head of product at Pocophone Global – said that the Pocophone will receive at the very least Android Pie and Android Q. Awesomeness!
At a time where the vast majority of smartphones are still running Android Oreo at best, it’s nice to see that some manufacturers are willing to update their devices not only to Android Pie, but to Android Q as well.
After all, from what we saw last week, even Android Gingerbread is more popular than Android Pie and it’s been a long time since it reached the end of support.
Feel like we forgot something important? Then let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
SOURCES: JAI MANI, NOKIA POWER USER, ONE PLUS FORUMS, GSM ARENA 1, 2, ANDROID AUTHORITY
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