This week, on our weekly firmware news roundup: Galaxy S20 receives more camera improvements, MIUI 12 Global with supported phones gets announced, and more!
What's New This Week?
- MIUI 12 Global just got announced - tons of devices are scheduled to get it
- LG G8X, G7 ThinQ, and V50 ThinQ are now receiving Android 10 in the US
- Meizu 17 series is now receiving 120Hz update
- Numerous Huawei devices are now receiving EMUI 10.1
- Galaxy Note 9 and S9 may be missing a few features from One UI 2.1
- Galaxy S20 is now receiving more camera improvements
- Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally receiving the S20's camera features
MIUI 12 (Global)
MIUI 12 was announced about a month ago - but that was only for the Chinese variants. Now we got to see the MIUI 12 schedule for the global models as well.
The first devices that are going to get MIUI 12 globally by the end of June are the Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro. Or, depending on where you live, the K20 and K20 Pro (They are basically the same but on different regions). And that's to be expected as this is still one of Xiaomi's latest "flagship killer" devices.
That said, it's kind of surprising how the K30 isn't the first one since that's actually the latest in the Mi K series.
After June, there are more than 30 devices that are scheduled to receive the very same update:
- Redmi Note 7
- Note 7 Pro
- Redmi Note 8 Pro
- Note 9
- Poco F1
- Mi Note 10
- Poco F2 Pro
- Poco X2
- Redmi Note 7S
- Mi Note 3
- Redmi Y2
- Redmi Note 5
- Note 5 Pro
- Redmi 6A
- Redmi 6 and 6 Pro
- Xiaomi Redmi Y3
- Redmi Note 8
- Redmi 8 and A Dual
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
- Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
- Mi Note 10 Lite
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and 2S
- Mix 3
- MAX 3
- Mi Note 3
- Mi 9SE and Mi 9 Lite
We expect that some others may later join in as well, such as the K30. But, keep in mind that this is nothing but an assumption as of now.
If you haven't heard about it, MIUI 12 brings a slightly different UI that's easier to use, Dark Mode 2.0, privacy improvements, Super Live Wallpaper, new AOD displays, and more!
LG G8X, G7 ThinQ, and V50 ThinQ
As per usual, the US is a bit late to the party as far as updates are concerned. But that's not to say that the carriers don't push the updates at all. In fact, the LG G8X, G7 ThinQ, and V50 ThinQ are all getting the latest version of Android now.
To be more precise, T-Mobile and Verizon are delivering the update for their G7 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ models while Sprint is doing the same for the G8X ThinQ.
You can expect to get most Android 10 features such as the system-wide Dark Mode, improved privacy settings, improved Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, and most of the other goodies that can be found in this version of Android.
Other than that, the G8X ThinQ is also getting a few more options for the Reverse fold settings. When you fold the phone in reverse, you can now choose between turning off the dual screen, dimming it, or just keeping it on.
Meizu 17 Series
As we mentioned last week, both the Meizu 17 and 17 Pro were promised to receive a screen update that's going to change the refresh rate from 90 to 120Hz! Meizu kept true to its word as it's now delivering the aforementioned update to both devices.
As you can see in the image above, apart from the 120Hz mode, you're also getting a few other features. Two of the most noteworthy ones are DC dimming and the improved HDR video recording.
You should get a notification about this update any day now. But, if you can't wait for it and you know what you're doing, you can also install it manually through the Flyme website!
The P40 series was the first to receive EMUI 10.1 and now there are multiple others that are receiving the very same update as well.
For now, we're talking about the:
- P30, P30 Pro, and MatePad Pro
- Nova 6 Series
- And V30 + V30 Pro
EMUI 10.1 brings a few improvements in Multi-Window mode and AOD along with MeeTime Messenger and the Celia voice assistant. As per usual, you can also expect to see other minor improvements and bug fixes as well.
The update can be installed both OTA (Over The Air) and by using the Huawei Club app.
Galaxy Note 9 and S9
After quite a lot of controversy, the One UI 2.1 update for the Note 9 and S9 was finally confirmed to be official. That's the good news. The bad news is that some features from the original One UI 2.1 may still be missing and the other good news is that some of the most important ones will still be there.
For example, it has already been confirmed that Bixby Routines is a feature that's not going to be included in the update for the Note 9 and S9.
We can only assume that this is due to hardware limitations. But, then again, many people have been able to use the feature by installing the APK file on its own. You'll obviously experience issues when the app hasn't been optimized for the particular device. But, other than that, it's hard to see how such a simple app can't work with flagships that aren't even that old yet.
In case you're not familiar with it, Bixby Routines allows you to map certain actions to certain apps. For example, you can make it so that the screen will automatically rotate with certain apps or that DND will be activated under certain conditions. It's a very simple and straightforward app.
And even if it's too much for the S9's hardware to handle, at least having the option to enable it or not would be a welcome addition.
At least some of the most useful features like Quick Share and Single Take are going to be included which is definitely great.
The Galaxy S20 series is generally very powerful with the S20 Ultra having little to no competition. But, despite that, the truth is that it still has issues - especially with the camera autofocus.
Samsung has greatly improved the situation over the past few weeks, though, and we're not receiving another update that is focused on the camera.
The changelog doesn't mention any details about it. However, many users have reported faster fingerprint reading speeds, further improvements to autofocus, and a close-up mode on the S20 Ultra as well. Some have also noticed better image quality in Night Mode but take that last bit with a grain of salt.
We still haven't noticed any other improvements. But, we'll let you know if we see anything else that's interesting.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold started receiving One UI 2.1 quite some time ago. But, unfortunately, the S20's camera features, such as Single Take, were not included in it.
Thankfully, it seems like Samsung didn't forget about one of its biggest flagships and is now pushing another update for it. This time, it does include the aforementioned features.
Some of the most useful features are Single Take, 4K 60FPS selfie videos, Pro Mode for videos, more filters, and there are also AR Emojis, for those who are interested in that sort of thing.
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!