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Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Tab S6 starts getting its Android 10 update

Samsung’s recent efforts to proactively release Android 10 to its flagship handsets left us impressed, considering the Korean brand was notorious for its protracted release schedules not too long ago. So far, at least, it's stuck to the Android 10 rollout roadmap that the company disclosed in late November. After updating many of its recent smartphones, Samsung is now also attending to its tablet range, starting with the 2019 flagship. A number of user reports from Germany have surfaced, revealing that the Galaxy Tab S6 is receiving the Android 10 update, in line with its scheduled April release.

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Android 11 Developer Preview 2 gets a new bugfix update

Google is handling the Android 11 Developer Previews a bit differently than it did with previous Android betas. Each major Preview so far has been accompanied by at least one bugfix update, and now another minor OTA is rolling out.

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The Moto Z4 is receiving Android 10 (Update: Verizon)

Ever since Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, the brand's update strategy hasn't been the same. The original Moto X used to receive the Android 4.x updates almost as fast as the Nexus devices, but Lenovo seems to have different priorities. As such, the Moto Z4 is receiving Android 10 only now, half a year after it was first released to Google's Pixel lineup.

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OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro get better RAM management and improved slow-mo videos in OxygenOS 10.0.5

OnePlus is usually praised as a manufacturer that updates its devices sooner rather than later, but our data shows that that isn't necessarily the case for the OnePlus 7 Pro. It missed quite a few security patches in the course of the last year. The latest release continues this trend: While OnePlus 7 Pro and 7 have just received an update to OxygenOS 10.0.5 (or 10.3.2 in India), they've only gotten the March security patches, not the ones from April.

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Nokia 7.2 mid-ranger receives Android 10 update

The Nokia 7.2 is in direct competition against Google's Pixel 3a, and as such, it needs to offer frequent software updates to users. The phone initially shipped with Android 9 Pie but is now starting to receive the latest OS version.

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It's 2020, why don't Samsung phones support Android's seamless updates?

Keeping current with system updates is the single most important thing you can do to keep your phone safe, and long ago, installing those updates was an incredibly slow process. But back in 2016, Google tried to make things better with new "seamless updates" that made it an easy background process — you could even use your phone as they installed. Since then, most phone manufacturers have come around to the idea, with one very big exception: For whatever reason, Samsung refuses to give its phones the feature. Even its latest, $1,400 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra uses decidedly non-ultra, antiquated, super-slow updates that knock your phone out of commission for a solid 3-15 minutes as they install.

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally getting Android 10

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has been plagued by issues ever since its initial release, but lately, the phone hasn't been discussed as much as it used to — the Z Flip stole its spotlight. Samsung also doesn't seem to be too interested in its first foldable anymore as software development is going rather slow for the $2,000 device. However, according to SamMobile, it's now finally receiving an update to Android 10 that also brings along many One UI 2.1 enhancements.

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Instant translation feature added to OnePlus 7 and 7T series in latest Open Betas (Update: Testers wanted)

OnePlus has been firing on all cylinders with updates this month, at least for devices on the Open Beta software track. The 7T and 7T Pro received their first beta update last week, containing Live Caption support, and the OP7/7 Pro were granted the same feature just a few days later. Now both series of phones are receiving yet another beta, and this one has a feature that OnePlus teased months ago.

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Android 10 update for Sprint OnePlus 7 Pro 5G now rolling out (Updated)

While the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro received Android 10 in September, the company has been very quiet about when the latest major release would hit its first 5G phone, the 7 Pro 5G. CEO Pete Lau finally took to the OnePlus forums with information on the update, but he's bearing bad news. Due to "more rigorous tests, debugging and optimizations" than anticipated, the manufacturer is expecting to launch Android 10 in the first quarter of 2020.

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