This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Xiaomi stops providing support for the Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5, the latest update for the Pixel 3 series seems to fix a few of its issues, and more!
What’s new this week?
- The latest update for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL fixes a lot of issues
- Nokia 3 gets updated to Android 8.1
- OnePlus 5 and 5T get another Pie Beta update
- 6T gets updated to OxygenOS 9.0.10
- Asus ZenFone 5 in Taiwan gets updated to Android Pie
- Samsung Galaxy S9 series gets an early Android Pie update in Germany
- Huawei P20/Pro and Mate 10 Pro get updated to Android Pie
- Mi A2 is the first Android One Xiaomi device to get Android Pie
- The Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5 just reached their end of life
- MIUI 10 is now here for the Mi Mix 3
It’s no secret that the Pixel series from Google turned out to be full of issues. Some of the reports talk about the speakers sounding like crap, others are saying that the camera crashes out of nowhere, and more.
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Thankfully, the latest update seems to fix a lot of these issues. The bad speakers, bad memory management, and the bug where the camera crashes in 3rd party apps seem to now be fixed.
After all this time, maybe we’ll finally see the Pixel 3 series working as it should have from the beginning. And it’s truly a shame that it took so long for the issues to get fixed. Because when getting a Pixel 3 phone, you’re mostly looking for that clean/stock experience.
The Nokia 3 is now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo and along with it the security patch of December. Furthermore, you also get a few system stability improvements.
Now, obviously, it would be better if HMD Global would jump straight to Android Pie. But, let’s not forget that the Nokia 3 is using a Mediatek chipset. And Mediatek chipsets, well, let’s just say that they always seem to lag behind in priority when it comes to support.
If memory serves right, HMD Global had promised that all of its devices would get updated to Android Pie. Correct us if we’re wrong on that part.
Let us not forget to mention that this is a stage rollout – which means that it may take a while before the update reaches all of you.
Another Pie Beta update is now here for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. It’ll get delivered OTA and it brings the latest security patches, fixes some issues with custom accent color, further optimizes face unlock, fixes UI issues with the scroller on the app drawer, and improves color adaptation for the navigation bar.
Other than that, do keep in mind that this is still a Beta update. Beta versions are often full of bugs and issues. So, do keep that in mind. Furthermore, since this is an OTA update, it may take a while before all of you receive it.
The latest update for the OnePlus 6T brings December’s security patch, improves Wi-Fi stability, brings improvements to Face Unlock, and improves the performance of Nightscape.
This is an OTA update which will only reach a small amount of people at first. If nothing goes wrong, then everyone should eventually get it.
That’s all for now! We’ll keep you updated if we find out anything else. So, stay tuned!
The Android Pie update is now arriving to the ZenFone 5 on Taiwan. We don’t know about other regions yet. But, since it’s already available in Taiwan, chances are that it’ll eventually arrive to other places as well.
After the update, you’ll get a few Pie features along with the custom ZenUI skin. Other than that, chances are that you’ll also get the latest security patches.
Galaxy S9 series
Galaxy S9 and S9+ users in Germany have mentioned that they are now receiving the stable version of Android Pie. We don’t know about other regions at the moment. But, if the update is ready in Germany, then everyone should eventually get it – assuming that nothing goes wrong.
Other than that, those who are already running the Beta version should get a small 158 MB update for sure. Afterwards, you should probably get ready for the stable version.
P20/Pro and Mate 10 Pro
According to GSM Arena, EMUI 9 with Android Pie on top of it is now being delivered to Huawei P20, P20 Pro, and Mate 10 Pro units in Europe. This is a gradual rollout which means that it may take a while for the update to reach all of you.
This new update completely changes the UI, brings gesture-based navigation, a few Pie features like Adaptive Battery, and more. Again, at the moment, this is only for Europe.
We don’t know about other regions yet. So, if you’re living anywhere else and you get a notification about this latest update, then please do let us know about it in the comments section down below!
According to Xiaomi themselves, the Mi A2 is the first Android One Xiaomi device to receive Android Pie. Distribution started on the 18th of December. So, most of you should already have it installed by now.
If not, then be patient. This is most likely an OTA release which means that the update will get delivered in waves. So, unless a major bug is found which will postpone the stable update, you should get it pretty soon.
As this is an Android Pie update, we expect that it will bring at least a few Pie features as well. Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, etc.
One interesting thing that we noticed is that everyone in the comments section is asking about the Xiaomi Mi A1 as well. It’s not that old. So, hopefully, it’ll get updated to Pie as well. We’ll let you know if we hear anything new about it.
Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5
Both the Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5 were announced about a couple of years ago. So, they are definitely not that old yet. Still, Xiaomi recently announced that it’ll discontinue software support for them after the latest OTA update has been delivered.
Furthermore, some of our sources are saying that the Mi 4 series will be affected as well. Frankly speaking, that was to be expected.
The good news is that MIUI 10 was one of the biggest updates that we’ve seen regarding the MIUI skin and most of the above mentioned models have received it. They obviously won’t get MIUI 11 now but it’s also probably a bit too early to talk about that as of now.
Mi Mix 3
MIUI 10 is now available for the Mi Mix 3 and everyone should eventually get it OTA. It brings Android Pie on top of it along with gesture based navigation, natural sound design, and more MIUI 10 features.
As for Pie features, well, we don’t know for sure but you’ll probably get a few features like Adaptive Battery and such. The update weights 1.7 gigs. So, make sure that you’re connected on a Wi-Fi network before updating and that you’ve got at least 60% of battery left.
That’s all for now. We’ll keep you updated if we find out anything else. So, stay tuned.
Feel like we forgot to mention something important? Got anything wrong? Then let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
SOURCES: XIAOMI, GSM ARENA, PHONE ARENA, ANDROID SOUL, ONE PLUS FORUMS 1, 2, FONE ARENA, NOKIA CAMP, HOT HARDWARE, XDA DEVELOPERS
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