This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Xiaomi Mi 9T and the global variant of the Redmi K20 are now receiving stable Android 10, the Xperia XZ2 series along with the XZ3 are getting the latest version of Android as well, and more!
What's New This Week?
- Sony Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium, and XZ3 are now receiving Android 10 stable
- Huawei Y9 Prime is now receiving the latest version of Android
- OnePlus reveal their new battery optimization software
- Nokia 6.1 Plus gets Android 10
- Xiaomi Mi 9T and international Redmi K20 units (Non-Pro) are now receiving the latest stable version of Android 10
- Mi 8 is now getting Android 10
- January security update for the Galaxy S10 is now available worldwide
- Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Tab A are now receiving the latest security patch (January 2020) as well
Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, Premium, and XZ3
The Sony Xperia XZ2 series along with the Xperia XZ3 are now receiving the latest version of Android along with some Android 10 features as well.
The update weighs just 730 megabytes and we mentioned above, you can expect to find lots of Android 10 goodies with it. Things such as system-wide dark mode, improved privacy controls, Focus Mode, and more.
Now, do keep in mind that lots of XZ3 users are reporting issues with the fingerprint scanner after updating. So, you may want to wait for a bit more until this bug is fixed.
Huawei Y9 Prime
The Huawei Y9 Prime is now officially receiving Android 10 with EMUI 10 on top of it. Apart from the latest version of Android, you also get Dark Mode, Google's new gesture-based navigational system, and other Android 10-based features as well.
Other than that, you can also expect to get new animations, better privacy options, better animations, and some other minor additions. The update is currently available in India and you should be able to get it through the HiCare app (Unless it's an incremental one, in which case, you'll have to wait for your turn).
OnePlus recently announced a new feature that's soon going to become available for OnePlus devices and it's called "Optimized Charging"!
As you probably already guessed by the name, Optimized Charging aims to improve battery life by taking a small, but very important step when charging. That's charging the device up to 80%, holding it there, and only charging it up to 100% again once you're ready to unplug the phone.
This is important because as we've previously mentioned on our battery saving guide, staying between 20 to 80% of a charge is one of the most important steps to improving battery life. The most important thing is avoiding extra heat, by the way.
That's because the battery is under the most stress when it's either fully charged or almost depleted. And most of us are leaving the phone to charge overnight - so, this is most definitely a very welcome feature that we wish to see in other phones as well!
While we're at it, letting the battery sit between about 40-60% is the best for its health (Which is why a brand-new phone is commonly found at the 50% range when first booted). But most of us are obviously not going to bother with that.
As for the feature, apart from using it to set a custom wake-up time which is the point when the phone should be fully charged, Optimized Charging will also have the ability to learn your wake-up times and it'll also be able to account for different time-zones while you're traveling.
HMD Global/Nokia Mobile
Nokia 6.1 Plus
HMD Global may be a bit slow in updating their devices. But at the very least they make sure that most of them will get updated with the Nokia 6.1 Plus getting its turn now!
Nokia 6.1 Plus users, you ready? Your phone’s are now running on the latest Android 10 update . Tap into your smartphone’s upgraded experience and access the latest features today. Have you already upgraded? Let us know in the comments below!?https://t.co/KHlUcTyy76 pic.twitter.com/7KC9wSOb2V— Nokia Mobile (@NokiaMobile) January 6, 2020
At 1.3 gigs, this is a relatively small update - especially if you consider that it brings a whole new OS to the table. We were hoping that it would also bring the latest security patch. But, alas, you're stuck on December's security update for now.
Apart from Android 10 and another security patch, you get Dark Mode, Smart Reply, Google's new Gesture-based navigation system (Using it is optional), more controls for privacy, and a few other minor additions such as Focus Mode as well!
Nokia Mobile hasn't mentioned anything about regions. So, we expect that this is a global, incremental update. Next up in line is the Nokia 6.1 (Non-plus) and the Nokia 7 Plus as well. So, stay tuned! Update: Nokia 7 Plus and 6.1 are now receiving this update as well. Source: GSM Arena.
Mi 9T and International K20 Units
Our Mi 9T has been running MIUI 11 for a while now - but it's still based on Android Pie. However, it looks like that's soon going to change as according to our sources, Android 10 stable is now underway for the global variants of the MI 9T and K20!
The K20 had already started receiving it in China a week or two ago, so it's no surprise to see that the global variants are now receiving it as well - including the European Mi 9T (It's basically the same phone with NFC and most of the supported EE cell bands).
Unfortunately, the update only includes December's security patch and chances are that we won't see another one for a while too.
This update weighs 2.2 gigs and it should be available across all Europe and any other region that has the global variant. However, do keep in mind that our Mi 9T still hasn't received anything in Greece. So, there is a good chance that this is another incremental update and that some of us will have to keep on waiting until we get our turn.
If you're already running MIUI 11 with Android Pie, then you're not going to see a lot of differences. There is an improved Dark Mode, improved privacy controls, a few Android 10 features, and most things are just work under the hood really.
Those of you who were on MIUI 10 will see a few more minor differences in the UI - mostly in the Settings menu. Also, you can expect to see new super-slow motion modes along with a few other minor additions instead.
The global variants of the Xiaomi Mi 8 are now receiving the latest version of Android. It weighs 1.9 gigabytes and just like with the Mi 9T update, it also only brings December's security patch.
You can expect to get the usual stuff that MIUI 11 with Android 10 bring to the table. Enhanced Dark Mode, better privacy controls, Focus Mode, Full-Screen experience, more super slow-mo options, etc.
Other than that, there a couple of minor bug fixes along with the usual minor improvements as well! That's all for now. We'll let you know if anything else comes up. So, stay tuned!
The Galaxy S10 series started receiving the January security since the last week. However, up until that point, it was only available in Switzerland. It should now be available for pretty much every market.
Just do keep in mind that such updates are usually incremental. So, there is a good chance that some people will have to wait a bit longer until their turn comes - even if the update is available in their region.
Since the update only weighs just about 123 megabytes, we don't expect that it's going to bring anything more than the security update. The changelog mentions stability improvements and new features - but that's something that's typically included in pretty much every update anyway.
According to Samsung, this month's security update fixes five critical vulnerabilities that are present on the Android operating system along with 17 vulnerabilities that are exclusively present in Samsung devices.
One of the vulnerabilities that stood out the most was a security hole that allowed pretty much anyone to brute force their way through a lock screen password. However, that was exclusive to the Exynos 7885, Exynos 8895, and Exynos 9810 chipsets.
In any case, that, along with all the other security holes has been fixed. So, no need to worry.
Galaxy Fold and Tab A (2017)
The Galaxy S10 and Note 10 are Samsung's two biggest flagships. Everybody knew that they were going to get the latest security patch as soon as it came out anyway. However, both the Galaxy Fold and Tab A usually seem to be nothing but an afterthought - and that's a shame considering that the Fold is Samsung's most expensive tablet/phone.
Thankfully, it looks like at the very least, they both got the latest Android security patch in a rather quick manner. Samsung has actually been especially fast with security updates lately and it's good to see that they try to keep that up with as many of their devices as possible.
This update is currently available in France for the Galaxy Fold while the Tab A is getting it in Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia! Do keep in mind that even if you're living in one of these regions, the update is most likely am incremental one. So, some of you may have to keep on waiting a bit more until you get your turn.
That's all for now. 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!