Samsung software update newsBeing the largest Android OEM out there, it isn’t surprising to see the South Korean giant roll out dozens of software updates each week. However, with the Android 8.0 Oreo update timeline closing in, Samsung along with its partnered network carriers is rolling out all sorts of software updates for the Galaxy lineup.
November security update rolling outThe major software update cycle may be limited to two updates per device, but the regulatory updates keep coming in every month for most devices. With November almost gone, Samsung has had plenty of time to add their own set of optimizations and bug fixes to the November security update rolled out by Google. Surprisingly enough, it was the mid-tier 2017 version of Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 to receive the November security update before the big dogs. In the United States, T-Mobile was the first major network carrier to bring the November security patch to the Galaxy Note 8. Here's the complete changelog released with the November update:
- October Security Maintenance Release (SMR) — Patches for 215 patches for vulnerabilities in the open-source Android operating system and 6 for Samsung’s own modified software.
- November Security Maintenance Release (SMR) — Patches for 61 vulnerabilities in the open-source Android operating system and 6 for Samsung’s modified software, as well as a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit.
- IMS roaming bug fix.
- Various bug fixes and software stability improvements.
Android 8.0 beta for Galaxy S8 facing issuesDespite being the flagship Android devices from the Samsung camp, Galaxy S8 and S8+ are yet to see even the November security update. However, the one thing that the Galaxy S8 users will be the first in line to receive is the upcoming Android 8.0 update. It’s been more than two weeks since the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 beta update surfaced for users in the United States, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. The update carrying build number G950FXXU1ZQK4 brought along the October security update and stability improvements to the Samsung DeX mode. However, the Android Oreo beta update for Galaxy S8 was short-lived in the United States, as Sprint, T-Mobile, and even unlocked Galaxy S8 users began reporting issues. Apparently, the Phone app started crashing repeatedly, and while clearing the app data helped solved the issue, it came right back when the device was rebooted. “Samsung identified an issue of “com.android.phone” crash, that may cause user’s inconvenience, hence we stopped the O OS update (ZQK6) for some network carriers.” Samsung has promised to resolve the issue at the soonest and help its beta program members get the Oreo update as soon as possible. If you’re already on Android 8.0 beta and facing the same issue, here’s what you can do to fix the issue temporarily:
- Head over to the Settings app and then tap on the Apps
- In the Apps menu, tap the three-dot menu button and select the Show system apps
- Scroll down to the screen and tap on the Phone
- From this menu screen, select Storage and followed by the Clear data
Samsung Android 7.0 Nougat updateWhile most users are desperate for Samsung to begin mass rollout of Android 8.0, there are tortured souls that still await the sweetness of Android 7.0 Nougat. Fortunately for some Galaxy devices, the wait for Nougat is finally over as Samsung has begun rolling out the major software update is certain regions. The Galaxy C7 Pro in India has been spotted with the latest Android 7.1.1. update heading out with the brand new Samsung Experience 8.5 UX. Apart from some noteworthy enhancements in performance, battery life and user interface, the update brings Samsung Cloud and a remapped Device Manager app for the device. The budget-oriented Galaxy J5 2016 is also being bestowed the Android 7.1 update along with Samsung Experience 8.5 UX for a refreshing new look. The younger brother to the J5, Galaxy J3 2016 version on Verizon is also receiving its first (and probably last) major software update in the form of Android 7.0 Nougat, carrying the build number J320VVRU2BQJ1. Following in the footsteps of the mid-tier devices, the Galaxy C7 is also receiving the prized Nougat update in the Chinese region with build number C7000ZCU2BQJ6. This follows the release of the Galaxy J7 Android 7.1.1. Nougat update released in the United States by T-Mobile last month.
LG software update newsAnother South-Korean tech titan that is making a comeback in the Android market with both premium and mid-range devices, LG is also rolling out updates. In partnership with Verizon that is releasing the November security update for 6 major Android devices in total, one of which is the LG V30, receiving a system update with build number VS99610D. Despite being the newer device, the LG V30 is being updated to the September security patch while the LG V20 from last year is being equipped with the November security update. The build number for the LG V20 update is VS99518A, so expect a notification for the OTA update if you’re on the Verizon network. Talking about the flagship, the LG G6 is yet to receive the latest security update or even an Oreo beta update for that matter. However, the device receives a massive 770MB update in Canada last week that brings up its security level to October. LG has a clean track record of bringing software updates sooner than later, which is why Android 8.0 beta release for LG V30 is already out and about in South Korea. Since the LG G6 has also been spotted on the GeekBench website sporting Android Oreo, the flagship devices are expected to get upgraded before the New Year.
OnePlus software update newsDespite being in the Android phone business for less than 5 years, OnePlus has beaten most of the flagships in terms of software update cycle. Albeit the company has only a handful of devices to update each year, the Chinese tech company has still managed to release the public update of Android 8.0 Oreo for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T weeks ahead of the competition. Surprisingly, the one-year-old devices have been updated to the latest Android version even before the update was rolled out for OnePlus 5 and the brand new OnePlus 5T. The OTA update is rolling out incrementally across the world in the build version of OxygenOS 5.0, bringing Android 8.0 and a bunch of OnePlus-exclusive features. However, OnePlus also confirmed that the OxygenOS 5.0 update will be the last major software release the devices will see. The security level of the new update still keeps the version to September, so if you haven’t received the update yet, expect the OTA notification in the coming days. To manually check if the update is available, head over to Settings – System Updates – Download Updates Manually and go for it.
Motorola software update newsThe Motorola lineup of Android devices may not be a premium one, but Lenovo’s accusation has helped the brand stick among its fans. When it comes to software updates, Motorola has one of the shortest turnaround periods for flagship devices, but the mid-ranged ones are often left out of the regulatory security updates. Verizon and Motorola have shared a close relationship ever since the days of the original Droid, and the same has continued. The U.S. network giant is rolling out a new software update for the Motorola Droid Turbo 2, bringing a slew of Android optimizations and bug fixes. The new updated version of 25.226.5.kinzie_verizon.verizon.en.US is being sent out via OTA across the region, bringing the October security patch along with it. While the Droid Turbo 2 is pretty much done for in terms of major software updates, Motorola is preparing Android 8.0 Oreo for Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z2 Play and Moto Z Play. The users who have signed up for Motorola Feedback Network were notified by email last week that the Android Oreo beta build is ready for deployment and will be available to beta users in less than 48 hours.
HTC software update newsDespite cut off from being the go-to manufacturer of Google for its Pixel devices, HTC still has a heavy claim in the Android world. While HTC 10 has been promised the latest and finally Android 8.0 update, the only system update it has received for now is a security patch. Unlocked version 2.51.617.32, the T-Mobile update version 2.51.531.32, and the Verizon model with version 2.41.605.30 is bringing up the security level to October. In the meantime, HTC has rolled out the U11 Life that comes with Android 8.0 Oreo right out of the box in partnership with Google. While the HTC U11 flagship is getting Android 8.0 right now, limited to Taiwanese units at the beginning of an incremental release. The software version 2.31.709.1 comes at more than 1GB in size, which also incidentally bumps up the security level to November.
Xiaomi software update newsOften referred to as the Apple of China, Xiaomi has managed to maintain a unique style to its range of Android devices and other products in the crowded Chinese market. One of the biggest selling points of Mi devices has been its own take on the classic stock Android UI with MIUI. The stable version of MIUI 9 is currently rolling out for Redmi 4 with build V184.108.40.206.NAMMIEI, which is just one of the long list of devices that Xiaomi is bringing its latest flavor of UI to. Xiaomi had announced that the MIUI 9 Global ROM will be made available for the following devices: Mi MIX 2, Mi Note 3, Mi 6, Mi Max 2, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 5A, Redmi 4, Redmi 4X, Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite, Mi MIX, Mi Note 2, Mi 5, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi Max, Mi Max Prime, Redmi Note 3, Redmi 3, Redmi 3S, Redmi 3S Prime, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Mi Note, Mi 4i, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi Note 4G Prime, Redmi Note 2, Mi 4, Redmi Note 4G, Mi 3, and Mi 2. The Chinese tech giant also announced that MIUI 9 would be the last update for 6 dates devices – Mi 2/2S, Mi 4i, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime and the Mi Note. However, Xiaomi is also preparing to roll out Android 8.0 very soon, especially for the Google-backed Xiaomi Mi A1. Despite being so close to the official release, the company is teasing users with a regulatory software update which measures all the way to 1GB for most users. Apart from a bunch of performance enhancements and bug fixes, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is also being updated to the latest November security level.
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