Firmware News: Google Rolls Out a Surprise Update, Samsung Foldables Get Android 12 Beta Access, Xiaomi Reveals the Plan for MIUI 13, and More | #android | #security


With just over a month apart from 2022, expecting the OEM industry to be a bit more busy than usual is pretty evident. Luckily, the third week of November doesn’t disappoint. While Android 12 is already up and running for the Samsung S21 family, the company is making sure that the other devices are getting their share of beta programs and fixes as well. Not just Samsung, the firmware from Google, Asus, and Xiaomi has also been headlined this week. Read along to learn more.

Devices That are Lined Up for Today:

Google

Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro

Samsung

Galaxy Flip, Galaxy Fold 2, Galaxy S20 Series, Galaxy Note 20 Series, Galaxy A12, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52s

Xiaomi

Many

Asus

Asus Zenfone 8

Google

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Receives a Surprise Update

Accompanied by the November security patch, 2021 released Google Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro received a mid-month update. As per the reports, the update weighs somewhere around 15MBs and upgrades SD1A.210817.036 to SD1A.210817.037.

Although the company hasn’t revealed the official changelog yet, user comments suggest that various elements like the fingerprint scanner work much faster post-update.

Samsung

The One UI 4.0 Beta is Live for Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold 2

While Samsung has already freed the final version of Android 12 based One UI 4.0 for the Galaxy S21 family and the beta version for the Z Flip 3 foldable, the Z Flip and Z Fold users were hoping to taste the same. Finally, a piece of good news for them.

The company has started to roll out a beta program for the Galaxy Z Flip and the Z Fold 2 devices in the Chinese, UK, US, German, and the Indian market. As the distribution is yet to initiate, you can visit the Samsung members app time and time again and keep an eye on the update. 

US Based Galaxy S20 and Note 20 Receives One UI 4.0 Featuring Android 12

Samsung’s One UI 4.0 beta program featuring Android 12 started rolling for the Galaxy Note20 devices in the UK last week. This time around, it is time for the unlocked Galaxy Note20 units and Note20 Ultra units in the states.

Those willing to get themselves in the beta update program and upgrade their devices to Android 12 and One UI 4.0 must be aware that it is not a stable version and might carry bugs and glitches. Participating in the One UI 4.0 beta program is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is launch the Samsung Member’s App, log yourself in, tap on the One UI Beta Program banner.

It is crucial to keep in mind that the update is available for the unlocked Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra units in the US.

Once you get yourself enrolled in the program, the next thing to do is navigate to the device’s Settings and look for the Software update menu. From there, download the first One UI 4.0 beta update and wait for the installation to complete. 

New Beta for Galaxy Note20 in UK Resolves 120Hz Bug

Weighing somewhere around 680MB, Samsung has released a new update over the beta OneUi 4.0 beta patch operating in the UK-based Galaxy Note 20 devices. The update basically resolves the display refresh rate issues that have been troubling the users since they bumped their devices to the Android 12 beta build.

The changelog talks about the bugs that have been looked after:

  • The update fixes the error in which the device failed to work with the adaptive 120Hz refresh rate.
  • The Quick Share icon errors have been fixed.
  • No more issues with Samsung’s Clear View Display Cover.
  • The operation of searching in messages has been optimized.

Samsung Devices Getting November Security Updates

  • Galaxy A52: The Firmware Version: A525FXXU4AUJ2/A525MUBU4AUJ3, Location: Ukraine Vietnam, Colombia, Mexico Paraguay, and Guatemala
  • For Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G: Firmware Version: A528BXXS1AUK7, Location: Peru
  • Galaxy A12: Firmware Version: A125FXXU1BUK1, Location: Russia
  • Carried Locked Galaxy A50: Firmware Version: A505USQSGDUJ2, Location: US

Xiaomi

9 Xiaomi Devices are Ready to Get MIUI 13 Update

Credit: Gizchina

As per the promises made by the Xiaomi CEO, the major update to Xiaomi’s MIUI will arrive before 2021 ends. Although nothing was made clear regarding the exact time frame, developers have listed nine devices that are more likely to get the MIUI 13 next month.

The list includes Xiaomi Mix 4, Xiaomi 11 Pro, Xiaomi 11 Pro Ultra, Xiaomi 11, Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G, Xiaomi 10S, Redmi K40, Redmi K40 Pro, and Redmi K40 Pro+

Asus

Zenfone 8 gets November Security Patch

With version number 30.12.112.56, Asus has released a new firmware for the Zenfone 8 devices that bumps the security to that of November 2021. Currently seeding in Japan, Russia, and many European units, the update also optimizes the system’s stability.

Here is what the changelog looks like:

  • The update optimizes the stability of the system.
  • Updates the Android security patch to November 2021.

Additional News

  • The adoption rate of Android 12 reaches 24.2%. The numbers are still less than what Android 10 has offered.
  • In addressing the Android 12 lag issues in the Galaxy S21 devices, Samsung has announced that the future update will surely bag the solution.
  • According to the reports from XiaomiUI, the Android 11 based firmware update is ready for the Redmi Note 8 devices in India.

A Quick Round-Up

  • Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Receives a Surprise Update
  • The One UI 4.0 Beta is Live for Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • New Beta for Galaxy Note20 in UK Resolves 120Hz Bug
  • Multiple Samsung Devices Receives November 2021 Security Patch
  • 9 Xiaomi Devices are Ready to Get MIUI 13 Update
  • Zenfone 8 gets November Security Patch
  • Increase in Android 11’s adoption rate.
  • Android 11 is Ready for Indian Versions of Redmi Note 8
  • Samsung Promises to Resolve the Android 12 Lag Issues in Galaxy S21 with the Next Update.

Wrapping Up

And there you’ve it. We’re done walking you through the most important news and updates that have kept the OEM industry busy over the last week. Thanks for reading all the way. Make sure to bookmark Updato and join us next week for more amazing releases.

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