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Last week, the OEM firm had a silent run. But the scenes are not similar this time around. If you’re someone who loves to come across a continuous flow of updates and news around it, trust me, the following post have some thrilling checkpoints to pass.

Devices Lined Up for Today

Google

Pixels

Sony

Xperia 5 II

Samsung

Galaxy A71, Galaxy A52

OnePlus

OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro

Google

The Latest Google Pixel Feature Drop is Live

We’re in the second week of March, and the same began with Google dropping the latest Pixel feature. As usual, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users will have to wait while other Pixel owners can enjoy everything that the new firmware packs.

Diving a bit deep inside the new update, something called Night Sight in Snapchat has been stealing the limelight. Now, if you’ve been following the rumors and news circulating Google Pixel, it won’t be a stranger, but for those for whom the concept of Night Sight is fresh, let me tell you it is a feature that will aid capture better videos and images even in the low-light condition.

Don’t worry, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 owners; the Night Sight feature will be available for your devices as well once the update rolls out.

What Else?

Live Caption for Calls: Are you someone who is okay with attending calls but not a fan of talking back? If that’s a yes, the live caption feature that the March update brings to the table is something you’ll be in love with. Having the feature activated will employ Google’s magical AI tool to auto-caption what’s being said, allowing you to type replies in return that would get transmitted and read aloud to the receiver’s/caller’s end.

Converting Words into Colorful Stickers: Gboard just got better. The new update enhances the functionality of Gboard and makes it capable of converting words into alluring stickers. Yes, you read that right. No wonder chatting on your Pixel devices will be more fun.

Enhanced Live Translation: As the Interpreter mode is now more equipped with vivid languages, expecting seamless translations during a face-to-face conversation won’t hurt. Post update, you can talk with your Italian, Spanish, and even French-speaking pals without even putting in much effort.

Versatile Pixel Battery Widget: The Pixel battery widget now displays real-time battery stats alongside the list of devices you’re currently connected to. Although a pretty tight alteration, it definitely reflects Googe’s willingness to improve the overall user experience.

The list doesn’t end here; features like Direct My Call, transcription-aided recorders, and more are setting everything up on behalf of the users.

Sony

Android 12 is Live for Sony Xperia 5 II

android 12

The past few weeks have been rewarding for Sony lovers, and the trend continues to be the same this week. It launched around one and half years back with Android 10 and got its Android 11 update in around 4 months. Since then, the wait has been long but finally ends on a good note.

With around 1007 MBs download size, the new firmware hit the shore with version number tagging under 58.2.A.0.899. The seeding units are a bit different, so make sure you have a look at it moving forward.

  • For Russia: XQ-AS52
  • For Europe: XQ-AS52
  • For Asia: XQ-AS72
  • For the US: XQ_AS62

Still, waiting for the update notification to pop up? Why not give it a try manually. The process is simple:

  • Take your Sony Xperia 5 II smartphone
  • Head over to the Settings
  • Scroll down and look for the section that says, Software Update and click on it.

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A71 Finally Gets Blessed with Android 12 Goodies

Galaxy A71

The Galaxy A71 was on the queue and finally got its share. It has been over 4 months since Samsung started rolling out Android 12 firmware to its devices. Currently exclusive for the devices in Hong Kong, the new firmware features version number A715FZHU8CVB6. Alongside the Android 12 goodies, the new firmware also brings the latest February 2022 security patch.

Galaxy A52 is Getting March 2022 Security Path

The March 2022 security patch is already running on multiple Samsung devices. Galaxy A52 is the new one to register its name on the list. 

Update Location:

  • Brazil
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Paraguay
  • Bolivia
  • Panama

Firmware Version:

OnePlus

OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro Gets February Based Security Updates

OnePlus 9

Featuring firmware version C.46, OnePlus has started ramping up the security of its 9 and 9 Pro devices. Although it feels like a regular security update from the outset, the new firmware actually packs something more. Have a quick look at the changelog to understand better.

System:

  • System stability has been improved
  • The abnormal AOD display has now been fixed
  • The blurred screen issue has been addressed
  • No more Alexa PPP crashing issue
  • The Android security patch has been updated to 02.2022

Network

  • The issue restricting users from registering to the 5G network is now resolved.

Additional News

  • Recently a piece of certain news has been making a buzz all around. According to it, we might come across an Android feature very soon that will let you uninstall apps from your device partially until you decide to use them back when needed. It will be interesting to see if that’s just a rumor or thing of the future. 

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  • Reports suggest that Samsung has released an update for its Galaxy S22 lineup with a view of addressing the GOS throttle issue.

A Quick Round-Up

  • The Latest Google Pixel Feature Drop is Live
  • Android 12 is Live for Sony Xperia 5 II
  • Samsung Galaxy A71 Finally Gets Blessed with Android 12 Goodies
  • Galaxy A52 is Getting March 2022 Security Path
  • OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9Pro Gets February Based Security Updates

Wrapping Up

That’s how the second week of March turned out for the OEM industry. While there have been some usual kinds of stuff, the week loaded interesting pieces as well. Comment below and let us know which is your favorite.



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