What’s new this weekSamsung
- Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update halted.
- T-Mobile announces that the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 will be getting Oreo.
- Galaxy A5 2017 receives February security update.
- Android 8.1 Oreo stable update out for Nokia 8.
- February security patch rolling out for Nokia 2 and Nokia 6.
- Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL face battery and overheating issues after the monthly update.
- Sprint HTC 10 allegedly receives Android 8.0 Oreo.
- Android 8.1 beta rollout begins for the Essential Phone with February security update.
- Huawei P10 receives February security update with system optimizations.
- Moto G5 Plus receives the older January security update in India.
- Sony to remove nightlight feature from the upcoming Android 8.0 update for Xperia XA1 family.
Samsung firmware update newsAfter months of waiting and a rigorous beta cycle, Samsung delivered the Android 8.0 Oreo update for Galaxy S8. Alas, the excitement was short-lived, as Samsung halted the update rollout just days later. The G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP firmware files of the Android 8.0 update were pulled from the official Samsung servers. The Oreo update had already made its way to regions such as Turkey, Belgium, Poland, Norway, UAE, and others. Galaxy S8 users all over are understandably upset, especially after waiting so long. The South-Korean company addressed the cancellation by stating that a limited number of devices unexpectedly rebooted after the latest update. Samsung has promised to resolve the issue as soon as possible, and resume the Android 8.0 rollout. In the midst of all this drama, U.S carrier T-Mobile has greenlit the Oreo update for out-of-cycle Galaxy flagship devices. Rumors of Samsung breaking tradition and offering a third major software update to older flagship device have been making the rounds for a while. For the first time though, the news is being confirmed by T-Mobile through their support website. The Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 support pages for T-Mobile have recently been updated. Although they do not detail a particular timeframe for the Android Oreo rollout, they do mention “Phase: Complete: Version 8.0 Oreo”. This could mean that the developmental phase has been completed and beta testing could soon be underway. Reinforcing the software security on the Galaxy A5 2017 edition, Samsung is rolling out the February security update. Carrying the build number A520FXXU4BRB1, the update brings patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities for those who missed out on the January security update. To see if you’ve received the update, check manually by heading over to Settings > Software update > Download updates manually.
Nokia firmware update newsIn a world where even the biggest names in the business are struggling (looking at you, LG), a resurrection story like Nokia’s is more than just impressive. The flagship Nokia 8 received Android 8.0 Oreo even before other Android OEMs has their beta programs running. The same device is now the first one to join the ranks of Pixel/Nexus devices with the Android 8.1 Oreo update.
Google firmware update newsWhen Google retired the Nexus series to bring forward its in-house Pixel devices, a true Android competitor to the iPhone was born. But the second generation of Pixel smartphones got off to a rocky start, and software issues haven’t helped either. Apparently, the February update that we reported last week has broken more things than it fixed. Google’s community support website has users complaining that their Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices are experiencing issues. From overheating problems to reduced battery life with “screen-on time reduced about 30%”, even rebooting and performing a factory reset hasn’t worked out. Google hasn’t officially addressed the issue yet, but the case isn’t isolated as the Google Pixel subreddit shows hundreds of users with such problems.
HTC firmware update newsHTC was one of the quicker Android OEMs to bring out Oreo, but the carrier-locked versions did take longer. Almost a month ago, we reported the release of Android 8.0 for the older HTC 10, and sadly it was halted almost right away. The OTA rollout for the international unlocked variant is yet to resume, but Sprint is offering the update right now.
HTC’s Product Management VP, Mo Versi took to Twitter to announce that HTC 10 devices on the Sprint network will start receiving Android Oreo. The problem lies in the fact that the update should’ve begun rolling out a week ago, but no Sprint HTC 10 user has reported to receiving it yet. Whether they blame HTC for the misinformation or Sprint for the slow rollout, customers are not happy right now.
Sprint HTC 10 customers! We have received the Oreo OS approval from the carrier! OTA to start from tomorrow. Thanks!— Mo Versi (@moversi) February 12, 2018
Essential firmware update newsEssential chose to go straight to the Android 8.1 update instead the first Oreo release. The wait was excruciating, but the Essential Phone is finally receiving the Android 8.1 Oreo beta update.
The update is only rolling out for users who have enrolled in the beta program. But the OTA images should soon be available on the Essential website for you to flash manually. Along with the February security update, the update brings dynamic icons, new Emojis, and an important fix to the slow-scroll jittering bug that users had reported.
We just started rolling out Oreo Beta 8.1 through OTA. This update includes February security patches, dynamic calendar and clock icons, a slow-scrolling jitter fix (beta), and more. 😍 #EssentialPhone— Essential (@essential) February 14, 2018