Having concluded the first week of March, I'm here with the hot shot news that kept the OEM industry somewhat buzzing. Passing a week without hearing the big guns like Samsung, OnePlus, and Xiaomi coming up with something isn't a usual sight. That's what the previous week turned out to be. However, Sony, Asus, and Poco made sure to take the proceedings further. 

Without wasting any more time, let's check out the firmware headlines. But before that, let's coin the devices real quick.

Devices That Are Lined Up for Today


Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro


Asus 8z


Poco X3 Pro


Xperia II and Xperia Pro Receives Android 12 Stable Builds

Although the first week of March didn't pack much for the usual competitors like Samsung, Xiaomi, RealMe, and OnePlus, it featured a great new piece for Sony users.

It was just a month back when Sony released the stable Android 12 build for two of its devices, Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. A month later, it is time for the Xperia II and Xperia Pro users to enjoy the same. The firmware for both the devices pack the January 2022 Android security patch, which is a good thing moving forward.

Coming to the Firmware version, the Xperia 1 II loads up with software version number 58.2.A.0.899, and the tag for Xperia Pro is the same. The update is currently exclusive for the US market, but you can expect it to hit the global stage in the upcoming weeks. Also, it is worth remembering that the firmware is live for only those Xperia 1 II devices with a single SIM variant. However, for Xperia Pro, the update is rolling out on dual SIM variants.

Update Requirements:

  • At least 60% battery backup

What to Do if you Can't See or Find the Update?

Can't find the update notification? No need to worry, head over to the device's Settings followed by the Software update section and perform a manual check.


Asus 8z Receives Android 12

The recently launched Asus 8z smartphone starts receiving an update featuring Android 12 this week. The device initially came out with Android 11 and ZenUI 8. Currently, live in the Indian region, interestingly the device is yet to go on sale in the country. Sticking to what was promised earlier, the handset in India has now started getting the Android 12 firmware.

The update loads up with version number 31.1004.0404.92. Installing the latest firmware is a straightforward process. You can simply tap the received update notification when it arrives. In case you fail to see any after buying the device, make sure to opt for manual confirmation. Click on Settings and navigate to the About phone option. After that, head over to System updates and check if you can find any.


Poco X3 Pro Gets Android 12 Stable Build

While the first every MIUI 13 update hit the shore of Poco F3 recently, Poco has now brought the same to the Poco X3 Pro but a bit differently. The Poco F3's upgrade was a beta build and was made for the testers around. However, the Poco X3 Pro's firmware is stable.

The new firmware for the Poco X3 Pro comes with the build number tagged under "V13.0.3.0.SJUMIXM". It is a Global ROM model and weighs somewhere around 3.1 GB. That's something to what Poco F3 users received in Europe.

Additional News:

  • LG announces to launch Android 12 firmware for its Velvet series in the upcoming weeks.
  • Samsung is currently busy throttling the performance of over 10000 utility apps all around the globe.
  • OxygenOS 13 will reportedly inch closer to the Stock UI.

A Quick Round-Up

  • Xperia II and Xperia Pro Receives Android 12 Stable Builds
  • Asus 8z Receives Android 12
  • Poco X3 Pro Gets Android 12 Stable Build

Wrapping Up

No doubt the past week has been a touch off-color compared to what the usual scenes are. However, the OEM industry still saw some surprises up ahead. One such includes Asus 8z getting Android 12 updates before even getting launched in India. Which has been your favorite until now? Let us know about that in the comment section below.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

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