Google Android Update

New smartphone updates: Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Nokia and Google with new firmwares

Google Android Update

The upgrade wave is on. You would think, faster than ever. In recent days, more smartphones than ever have received new firmware. There are not only several Samsung models, but also many Huawei devices. Additionally, Google made a major patch available for the current Pixel 4 and HMD Global is supplying two more Nokia models with Android 10. Not enough? Well then we would have, among other things, a new firmware for iPhones on sale, an update notification from OnePlus and there is also adequate news from Honor.


Apple – iOS 13.4.1 is here

On Tuesday night, Apple announced its first minor update for the recently introduced iOS 13.4. With iOS 13.4.1, the iPhone maker addresses an issue where iOS 13.4 devices cannot participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier. In other words, video calling between newer and older iPhone models recently failed. The update also fixes a bug in the settings where the selection of “Bluetooth” in the quick action menu on the home screen fails.

If you have already installed iOS 13.4, the update is almost 100MB and can be downloaded to your iPhone via a WiFi connection (Settings> General> Software Update). Apple does not reveal whether the new iOS firmware will also eliminate the newly discovered security gaps. But one thing is clear: a suitable update is also available for the newer iPad models: iPadOS 13.4.1.

Samsung patches and updates extensively

We already told you in our collection of news updates a week ago that many Samsung smartphones are updating to Android 10. And this update policy has continued without problems for the last seven days. The Galaxy A10s, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy A6 +, Galaxy J6 and Galaxy A70 models have now also received an update to Android 10 in the first countries. What informs Sammobile.

The Android 10 update for the Samsung Galaxy A50 is not yet available in Europe. Although the corresponding update is already available in many countries such as Brazil, Malaysia and South Korea, users in this country still have to wait. But you can equip the Galaxy A50 with Google’s April patch. The same applies to other current Samsung smartphones. For example, for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S10 families. You can also download Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Note 8 with the April patch.

If, in the meantime, you are a user of a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, less good news for you. Smartphones introduced in 2016 will no longer receive updates. It was a long time since it was clear that there would be no more updates to Android 10. Now it is also clear: the March 2020 patch was the last security update that was rolled out for these two old flagship smartphones.

Many Huawei and Honor security patches

Meanwhile, Huawei is preparing to update various smartphones to EMUI 10.1 in the coming weeks. This firmware is already available from the factory for the new Huawei P40 Pro; other models will appear soon. Huawei names a total of 35 models on its own support forums. It includes several models of the subsidiary brand Honor, so the beta versions of EMUI 10.1 should be available soon.

If not? If you have already bought the Huawei P40 or P40 Pro, you can now install a first major update of EMUI 10.1.0.114. We found this firmware on a P40 Pro model we had and the changelog is quite extensive. Not only will the camera software be improved, but the fingerprint unlocking will also be updated. The Sound Booster function also reaches the smartphone. Turns the P40 Pro into a remote microphone that sends sound to your Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Keyword: baby monitors.

By the way, Huawei is also equipping the P40 Pro with the March patch for Android. The same applies to other Huawei smartphone models. Then reports Huawei unofficial blog for example, that the Nova 5T received the March patch. The same reportedly applies to the P smart 2019 and the Mate 10 Lite.

From the specialized blog Honor News Meanwhile, you can hear that three more Honor smartphones can now be used with Android 10. The corresponding update is not only available for the Honor 20 Lite, but also for the Honor 8X and Honor 9X. You can also install the March patch for Android on various Honor smartphones. For example, in the Honor 20 series.

Nokia: Android 10 for two more smartphones

HMD Global also advances step by step in terms of Android 10. Smartphone brand licensee Nokia announced through its product manager Juho Sarvikas on Twitter that an update to Android 10 is now available to all Nokia 3.2 users. . Users in Germany still have to be a bit patient. Because the first wave of updates affects users in Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, but not yet those in Germany or Austria.

Starting tomorrow, April 9, the Android 10 update will begin on Nokia 4.2 in the first countries. It is HMD Global’s 10th smartphone that can finally be used with Android 10. It is not yet clear whether German users of the Nokia 4.2 will be among the first to benefit from the update to Android 10.

OnePlus patches the OnePlus 7T

The OnePlus 7T is the current top lower model from the Chinese and it is also receiving firmware updates. An update to OxygenOS 10.0.9 for the global variant is now available. In addition to the March patch for Android, the camera receives a patch with this software update. Among other things, it is intended to eliminate an error that could occur when recording slow motion video. According to OnePlus, a bug that prevented the screenshots from being saved in the image gallery is history after the corresponding update.

Google Pixel 4 update

Google eliminates face unlock problem on Pixel 4 (XL)

And now a new update is also available for all Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL users. In addition to the April patch for Android, it brings more security in 3D facial recognition, among other things.

Previously, it was possible to unlock both current Google smartphones using a face scan even if the user’s eyes were closed. For example, when the owner is sleeping. Google has removed this possible gateway for abuse and spying with the latest update.

Important: After the update, the “eyes must be open” face unlock feature remains disabled by default. You must activate it manually to be more secure against inappropriate use of facial recognition.

March patch for the Motorola Moto E5

As the first smartphone in Motorola’s current portfolio, the Moto E5 can now use the March patch for Android. The entry-level phone is still only based on Android 8. For various other Motorola smartphones, you can at least install the February patch.

Really keep patching me

Realme is still not a big hit in Germany. Some of the smartphones from the promising sister brands of OnePlus, Vivo and Oppo are already available in Germany. And that’s why we’d also like to mention that an extensive update is available for the Realme C3, for example, which removes various bugs. For example, looking at the camera software. There are other new firmware versions available for Realme X2 and Realme X2 Pro, among others.

Android update overview

At the end of this overview, as always, our note: even if we inform you of many current smartphone updates in this message, it may happen that the appropriate update is not immediately available on your smartphone. As you can see from the example of the Nokia 3.2, updating a smartphone is usually done in waves and these waves hit countries around the world at different times. A bit of patience is required if you still can’t install an update we’ve mentioned.

In principle, you will receive a notification on your smartphone screen as soon as an update is available for your device. If you are very impatient, you can also manually check for a software update in settings. There is no guarantee that you will succeed there faster, but sometimes manual search is actually faster than automatic popup.