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Galaxy A51 5G, A71 5G, M30s, and M31s receive Android 11 update with One UI 3.0

Galaxy A51 5G, A71 5G, M30s, and M31s receive Android 11 update with One UI 3.0

Samsung has set a good pace for updating its flagship smartphones to Android 11, and now after a brief beta that kicked off in December, the update has expanded to reach several of the company's mid-range phones. Updates are rolling out way ahead of the roadmap Samsung shared back in December, and are now starting to come to the Galaxy A51 5G, A71 5G, M30s, and M31s.

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Xiaomi will let you uninstall system apps in MIUI 12.5 — here's when it will come to your phone

Xiaomi will let you uninstall system apps in MIUI 12.5 — here's when it will come to your phone

As part of the Mi 11 international launch event, Xiaomi has also announced the forthcoming MIUI 12.5 rollout. The new version might only be a point release, but it adds some thoughtful touches to the Xiaomi ROM, such as CPU usage improvements and uninstallable system apps. It's rolling out to the Mi 11 and a few other new phones first.

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OnePlus 8 and 8T series get January security patch and lots of bug fixes

OnePlus 8 and 8T series get January security patch and lots of bug fixes

OnePlus has been rolling out a few software upgrades over the past few days, including the final update for the OnePlus 7 and 7T and OxygenOS for the Verizon OnePlus 8. Now it's time for the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T to get a handful of bug fixes and the January security patches — even though we're now in February.

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Second OxygenOS 11 beta adds always-on display to OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro

Second OxygenOS 11 beta adds always-on display to OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro

After a bit of a hold-up, the OnePlus 7 and 7T series finally picked up their first OxygenOS 11 betas around mid-January. While the update included a host of nifty features, including the 8T’s spruced-up interface, one notable thing it left out was the always-on display function. Thankfully, the second beta adds that missing feature but with an unfortunate caveat — it's limited to the Pro models.

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TicWatch Pro 3 gets chunky update with plenty of new features and fixes

TicWatch Pro 3 gets chunky update with plenty of new features and fixes

The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 is still the only Wear OS watch with Qualcomm's 4100 chip, and it just picked up a new update. Rolling out now, the new firmware delivers a handful of improvements to things like touch screen response, better pairing speed, and faster tilt-to-wake, plus a handful of new features for the watch's unique power-saving "essential" mode.

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The OnePlus Nord just received its third Android 11 Open Beta

The OnePlus Nord just received its third Android 11 Open Beta

Less than two weeks after OnePlus rolled out OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 to the Nord, the company is already bringing the third pre-release software to the phone. In contrast to the second update, this roughly 200MB big firmware packs just a few tweaks and fixes.

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OxygenOS Open Beta 6 brings January security patch to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro

OxygenOS Open Beta 6 brings January security patch to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro

OnePlus recently brought the January security update patch to the OnePlus 7 and the 7T series, and the OnePlus 6 and 6T already got it last month. Surprisingly, the company's more recent flagships — the OnePlus 8 and the 8 Pro — had yet to jump on the bandwagon. While the patch still isn't available on the stable channel, it has arrived on the phones with the latest OxygenOS Open Beta 6.

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Samsung discontinues security updates for 2017 Galaxy A series

Samsung discontinues security updates for 2017 Galaxy A series

Samsung's software strategy has improved significantly over the past few years, turning the company from one of the worst OEMs for updates to one of the best. Last year, Samsung announced most of its devices would get three years of Android OS updates, and now it has updated its list of supported devices with a few additions and removals.

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The Nokia 8.3 5G is the company's first phone to receive Android 11

The Nokia 8.3 5G is the company's first phone to receive Android 11

The Nokia 8.3 5G is the closest thing Nokia has to a flagship right now, and sure enough, the company is beginning its Android 11 rollout with this handset. The manufacturer initially planned to update it and a few other phones in Q4 2020, but that apparently didn't pan out. Fast forward to today, roughly five months after Google released Android 11 on the Pixel, and Nokia is finally ready to ship the latest version of the OS.

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Mobvoi's TicWatch Pro 3 receives minor software update

Mobvoi's TicWatch Pro 3 receives minor software update

The TicWatch Pro 3 is one of the most advanced Wear OS smartwatches on the market. However, it still came with a few shortcomings when it was released in October. Thankfully, it's currently receiving a software update that fixes several of these issues for an improved user experience.

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