For Android devices, firmware updates are crucial because they can address serious flaws and enhance the functionality and security of your phone or tablet. Some firmware changes, however, are more significant than others and not all firmware updates are created equal.

Here, we'll take a closer look at the Android firmware updates that were released during the week to determine which ones succeeded and which ones fell short of expectations. As always, let's take a brief look at the gadgets set up for today's overview first.


Samsung Galaxy J7, Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy A33, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, One UI 5 for Galaxy S22


Huawei Mate 10 Pro


OnePlus 10T, OnePlus 10 Pro


Nokia G21


Microsoft Surface Duo & Surface Duo 2


Samsung Galaxy J7 Gets an Update After 7 Years

In certain Asian countries, the Samsung Galaxy J7, a phone that was first released in 2015, has begun receiving a brand-new software upgrade. The updated version of the phone's software, J700FXXU4BVG2 for the SM-J700F model and J700HXXU3BVG2 for the SM-J700H model, improves GPS stability.

Unfortunately, the update packages don't seem to be any better than the security patch level from April 2018 (or August 2017 for the J700H edition) that marked the end of Samsung Galaxy J7 versions about three years ago. It's somewhat ambiguous what the OTA upgrades truly contain outside the GPS fixes. The software is being patched for the few users still using the phone since it's extremely likely that the updated firmware offers defence against a serious flaw or security exploit.

Obviously, the most recent firmware upgrade does not affect the Android OS version. The aforementioned Galaxy J7 models continue to run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow together with TouchWiz, which predates One UI and Samsung Experience. In other words, the most recent firmware update makes the claim that it adds stabilising code for GPS, yet the security patch level is still at its previous level.

Samsung Galaxy S22 USA Gets Android 13 One UI 5 Beta

With the launch of the One UI 5 beta programme last week, Samsung officially started the Android 13 campaign and gave users of the Galaxy S22 series access to an early build of the company's forthcoming software. As usual, the business picked South Korea and Germany as the first places to push out the upgrade. These smartphone owners from all around the world have since started to question when they would start to receive the update. The US Galaxy S22 series can now use the One UI 5 beta as well.

Galaxy S20 FE

The initial One UI 5.0 beta build ships with the August 2022 security patch level and firmware versions S90xUSQU2ZVH4 (for carrier-locked models) / S90xU1UEU2ZVH4 (for carrier-unlocked models) in the US. To date, the beta program has only been open to T-Mobile customers. Other carriers might get support shortly; alternatively, you might manually cross-flash a compatible firmware to start.

Additionally, the Galaxy S22 series received the August 2022 security update first in the world. The upgrade was made accessible to devices with international versions only two weeks ago. One of the phone models made in the US has now received the latest security update. The Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra's most recent software update is for carrier-unlocked models, and it has firmware version S90xU1UEU2AVG8.

Samsung Galaxy A33 Security Patch Update

The Android security patch level on the Galaxy A33 5G has been raised to August 2022 thanks to a recent software update from Samsung. With firmware versions A336EDXU3AVH1, A3360ZHU3AVGA, and A336NKSU1AVH1, it is now seeding in Vietnam, Hong Kong, and South Korea, respectively. The rollout, though, ought to soon include additional areas.

If you reside in any of these nations and haven't yet received the update, you may manually check for it by going to the Settings > Software update menu on your Galaxy A33 5G.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE August Update

The Galaxy S20 FE in the US now has the August 2022 Android security patch from Samsung. The most recent security patch is currently being downloaded for unlocked Galaxy flagship devices. The phone now has firmware version G781U1UES7EVG3. The carrier-locked models should shortly receive the update as well.

Since late July, Samsung's Galaxy smartphones have been receiving the August SMR (Security Maintenance Release). The update was initially released for the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, and Galaxy S20 smartphones. Last week, the Galaxy S20 FE joined the celebration. The most recent security patch for the phone is now also being downloaded domestically in the US after an initial deployment in Europe.


Huawei Mate 10 Pro EMUI 12 Update Rolling Out

Back in the year 2017, Huawei Mate 10 Pro became widely popular, featuring a camera for fans of photography made possible by Leica camera technology. Huawei has released EMUI 12 for Mate 10 Pro customers after launching it with EMUI 8.0 software at launch.

Notably, the business released this significant EMUI 12 update for a select group of consumers in the European market a month ago. Huawei is also planning to make the EMUI 12 update available to Mate 10 Pro owners in more areas in the interim.

A lot of new features and adjustments are included in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro EMUI 12 version, which also enhances the device's overall performance to provide you a fresh and seamless experience.


OnePlus 10T First Update Out

Users of the OnePlus 10T in the region where it is offered may now download the device's initial software update, which includes the usual bug fixes and small enhancements. Details of the OxygenOS A.05 upgrade, which uses the firmware version CPH2413 11.A.05, were uploaded by the company on its community forum (via GizmoChina). On August 10, a small subset of users in the area began receiving the update; a larger rollout would begin over the following several days, according to the OnePlus forums.



Improves system stability and fluency.

Optimizes the startup speed.

Optimizes network stability.


Optimizes the shooting effect and improves the user experience.


Fixes the occasional issue when the camera displays abnormally in specific scenarios.

OnePlus 10 Pro Gets OxygenOS 13 Beta with Android 13

At the OnePlus 10T unveiling earlier this week, OnePlus unveiled OxygenOS 13, its upcoming Android 13-based software layer. The OnePlus 10 Pro would be the first device to receive the OxygenOS 13 update, the firm had previously disclosed. And now that OxygenOS 13 Beta 1 is available, the OnePlus 10 Pro is prepared to provide users a preview of the future update. Let's examine the modifications this OS will bring about for you.

Through an official community post, the company disclosed the availability of the first OxygenOS 13 Open Beta build for the OnePlus 10 Pro. To view the whole changelog, visit the OnePlus official community page, which is linked below. You will also undoubtedly run into some software-breaking flaws and difficulties because it is a beta build. Therefore, we advise against installing this beta build on your primary device.


Nokia G21 Gets the July Security Patch

Nokia G21 got a new Build update in the middle of July 2022 which fixed many bugs like double tap to unlock and others. Now Nokia Mobile has released a new one which is 23.86 MB large, carries a V1.520 number and is bringing a July security patch.

I am not sure if this new Build is just a preparation for Android 12 or not, but it is definitely fixing something. I played with the device and its responsiveness is the same as it was after the last update. The battery lasts pretty long so I didn’t find any issue there to be fixed.


Microsoft Surface Duo & Surface Duo 2

Microsoft has released the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 monthly updates. The two updates are comparatively minimal because Microsoft is concentrating on finalising Android 12L, which is anticipated for both dual-screen phones in the early fall.

Here are the updates for each device as listed in Microsoft's changelogs for the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 (opens in new tab).
The Android Security Bulletin for August 2022's scenarios is addressed by the software version 2022.519.29.

The Surface Duo 2 August software update raises the version number to 2022.519.47. (51MB) enhances video quality during video conversations and increases device stability. Even though it is extremely general, both updates include enhancements to device stability, which is always appreciated.

Wrapping Up

We have now concluded our discussion of the firmware news that has been in the press for the past week. We sincerely hope you had a good time. Join us again the following week for more incredible OEM-related news. If you have been among the lucky ones to get a software update on your Android phone that we have not mentioned above, feel free to drop in a tip in the comments section.

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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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