Even when the entire world is at a standstill and facing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech world does not stop even breathe. Apart from the upcoming smartphone releases, plenty of upgrades on the software end of the spectrum are ongoing too.
Now that Android 11 has been out a few months, the major operating system update is making its way down to the flagship and mid-tier Android devices. If you looking for this week's firmware news, we have these interesting firmware updates listed up for you.
Which Devices are in this week’s news round-up?
Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy A60, Galaxy Note 20
Asus Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro
Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 2.2
Verizon's LG Velvet 5G UW
Oppo A91, Reno 3A, Reno 2Z
Real Me 8 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 11
Motorola Razr 5G
Android 11 is up and running for Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e with One UI 3.1
The Galaxy Tab S5e from Samsung that was launched back in 2019 with Android 9 has finally got started upgrading to Android 11. The latest android version also features the updated custom skin from Samsung, i.e., the One UI 3.1.
The latest firmware bearing version number T72XXXU2DUD1, started rolling out in various devices in the UK and Russia. It is expected to hit the global platforms real soon.
Talking about other features, the latest firmware lacks the latest security patches from April. Still, it won't be long before the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e encounters another OTA update with the latest security patches.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE receives April security patches with other optimization updates
With the latest firmware version, G781BXXU2CUD1, Samsung started rolling out the latest April security patch aided with other improvements for its Galaxy S20 FE variant. However, the company claims it to be more than just a regular update in security patches. Here is a look at the mentioned new features and improvements:
- Optimized touch screen stability
- Improvement in the functional stability of the device
- Various bug fixes
- Various optimizations in the performance sector
- Updated security
Thus with the latest firmware update, it is expected that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE users will finally get their devices resolved from various touch issues.
Android 11 is now live for Samsung Galaxy A60
With Android 11 making its way everywhere, the Galaxy A60 series from Samsung also ensure its fair share. Having been two into years of launching, Galaxy A60 started getting Android 11 updates recently. The update is also aided with an improved UI and the latest security patch of March 2021.
Currently exclusive for the device in China with version number A6060ZCU3CUD3, this update is set to get live globally real soon.
T-Mobile subscribers get eSIM support on Samsung Galaxy Note 20
A piece of great news for T-Mobile subscribers. Samsung rolled out the latest update making the eSim feature live for Note 20 flagship users. If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 20, you don't need to carry physical sims anymore.
With the latest feature update, you can have your sim embedded within the device. Currently, the update is compatible with T-Mobile operators, while further words on other carriers are expected soon.
Feature and Improvements of the latest update
- The eSim support
- Supporting dual sim dual standby
- Various security fixes
- Multiple bug fixes
Asus Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro finally see Android 11
Although Android 11 was live for Asus Zenfone 7 Zenfone 7 Pro since March 2021, it was exclusive only for the devices within its home market, i.e., Taiwan. But recently, the update to Android 11 got live for the devices globally.
To get updated to the latest version, you can wait till the device comes up with a prompt. However, suppose you haven't received the firmware yet. In that case, you can simply visit the company's support page and seek a solution there.
Once downloaded and installed, your device will get updated to the build 126.96.36.199 with Android 11 and the latest March security patch.
Android 11 is live for Nokia 4.2
Having been exactly one year when Android 11 rolled out for Nokia 4.2, the device has already started its up-gradation to Android 11. Coming with the latest security patch of March 2021, the newest update bearing version number 3.10 weighs around 1.50GB.
The update is currently rolling out globally, covering most countries, but sadly some of the nations, including Armenia, Belarus, Chile, Israel, Russia, USA(T-Mobile), and more, might need to wait a bit longer.
Feature and Improvements of the latest update
- Optimized messaging app
- One time permission feature to avoid regular prompts
- Various optimizations in Google Play
- The latest security patch 2021-03
Nokia 2.2 get its share of Android 11
Weighing 1.2GB, Nokia is rolling out Android 11 featured with a March security patch for its 2.2 variant. The firmware update is currently set to roll out in 24 countries that include Cambodia, Czech Republic (T-Mobile Czech Republic), Finland, Greece (Cosmote), Hungary (Magyar Telekom), Iceland, Indonesia, Romania (Telekom Romania), Denmark, Estonia, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia (Monet, T-Mobile)Slovakia (Slovak Telekom), Sweden, Thailand, Malaysia, Montenegro (Crnogorski Telekom), Myanmar, Norway, Philippines, Poland (T-Mobile Polska/Heyah) and Vietnam.
Nokia has scheduled to roll out the second and third wave of updates covering the Nokia 2.2 device globally.
Verizon's LG Velvet 5G UW gets better with Android 11
It was just a few months back when LG Velvet 5G devices in South Korea got their share of Android 11. April sees similar scenes for the Velvet 5G UW variants. Bearing version number G900VM20a, the firmware update features March 2021 security updates with the latest and improved UI.
Oppo A91, Reno 3A, and Reno 2Z get access to Color OS 11 stable updates
As we are into the second week of April, Oppo has already started rolling out stable Color OS 11 updates for its A91, Reno 3A, and Reno 2Z variants. While the Color OS 11 update for Reno 3A was exclusive for devices in Japan only, it is set to go global this time. However, talking about Reno 2Z, Oppo plans to roll out the Color OS 11 stable updates in eight countries that include India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philipines, Myanmar, and Pakistan.
No more camera, fingerprint issue on Real Me 8 Pro?
Real Me 8 Pro, which got launched just a month back, has started getting improvement updates recently, followed by the April 2021 security patches. The firmware bearing version number RMX3081_11A_28 weighs just around 276MB. The update majorly focuses on optimization in the camera and the fingerprint section of the device.
Features and Improvements:
- Various bug fixes
- Introduction of optimized steady effect in rear camera videos
- No more lags in low battery situations
- Resolved fingerprint issues
MIUI 12.5 is live for Xiaomi Mi 11
Although the timing of the update might come as a surprise to many, but recently Xiaomi started rolling out MIUI 12.5 for its Mi 11 devices. The update was scheduled to get launched on April 30. Still, to everyone's amusement, Xiaomi came with the latest firmware before the stipulated time.
Weighing around 461MBs, the update generally focuses on improving the performance of the chipset. Here are the prime and notable features:
- It claims to deliver Android Gesture Turbo.
- The update is set to enhance the performance of the device's chipset
- Introduction of varied optimized animations for making navigation a relatively smooth one
- Bug fixes and tuning within the touch system.
- Latest security update: March 2021
Finally! Android 11 is available for Motorola Razr 5G
The latest foldable variant of Motorola, the Razr 5G series, is set to receive Android 11 updates. Although, for the time being, the update is exclusive for the devices in India, Europe, Australia, and several countries of South America, but it is expected to hit the global stage very soon.
The latest firmware is marked RPS31.Q1-40-17-12, and it weighs around 1.8GB. The shocking thing, however, is that the update features security patches from February 2021. Can we expect another update soon?
- Android 11 is up and running for Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e with One UI 3.1
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE receives April security patches with other optimization updates.
- Android 11 is now live for Samsung Galaxy A60.
- T-Mobile subscribers get eSIM support on Samsung Galaxy Note 20
- Asus Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro finally see Android 11
- Android 11 is live for Nokia 4.2
- Nokia 2.2 get its share of Android 11
- Verizon's LG Velvet 5G UW gets better with Android 11
- Oppo A91, Reno 3A, and Reno 2Z gets access to Color OS 11 stable updates
- No more camera, fingerprint issue on Real Me 8 Pro?
- MIUI 12.5 is live for Xiaomi Mi 11
- Finally! Android 11 is available for Motorola Razr 5G
This wraps up all the interesting and major firmware news for the week. The next week is already up and running, building up to more interesting firmware updates. Make sure you stick to us and never miss an update. Walk with the latest tech news and updates taking place around the world when you have Updato by your side.
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