Google's previous update for the Chromecast with Google TV fixed the annoying recovery screen error which, in certain cases, would require a reset to get the device working again. With that bug firmly in the past, a new update mainly focuses on improving the device and delivering some new functionality.
OnePlus isn't the nimble startup it used to be, and its update policy has taken a turn for the worse in the last couple of years, especially for phones that aren't the latest flagships anymore. After months of radio silence, the company has finally confirmed when Android 11 will hit the OnePlus 6 and the 6T — but it's further out than you'd hope.
LG swears that at least some of its current phones will be getting updates, some up to the upcoming Android 12, as it bids the smartphone market goodbye. We can't speak to the likelihood of that outcome (well, we could, but we're being nice), but at least one more current model is getting updated to Android 11. The Verizon version of the LG Velvet is starting to get its Android 11 OTA this weekend.
Verizon is in a giving mood these days. It has released Android 11 not for one but two Motorola phones. Both the Moto G Stylus and the Motorola One 5G UW are in for Google's latest stable Android release, complete with newer security patches (but not the latest).
OnePlus might not be the fastest manufacturer when it comes to updates anymore, but at least you can get your hands on new releases early, if you're okay with the occasional bug or issue. OnePlus' extensive Open Beta program lets owners participate in the software creation process, to an extent, and the latest phone to receive a new Open Beta version is the OnePlus 8T with version 4.
OnePlus is rather slow when it comes to software updates as soon as one of its phones isn't the flagship anymore, and that shows when you look at the OnePlus 6 and 6T. The phones still haven't received Android 11 about half a year after Google first launched it. Sadly, that isn't changing with the latest software update, either. It comes in the form of OxygenOS 10.3.10 and doesn't bring a lot to the table.
OnePlus prides itself on being a company that strives for community feedback to better its phones. It even introduced a campaign last year to get suggestions on which features they should adopt on OxygenOS. It definitely took some time, but one of these suggestions, an FPS game counter, has finally made it to the OnePlus 8 series with OxygenOS Open Beta 9.
OnePlus's latest flagships have had a bit of a rough launch. Reviews for both devices have been relatively positive, but an overhyped partnership with Hasselblad and the lack of timely updates have slowed the company's momentum. Meanwhile, reports that the OnePlus 9 Pro is prone to overheating have made any post-launch software version critical to improving the device. A new update is now making its way to both phones, but early reports suggest that this might not be the fix users were hoping to get.
To put it bluntly, the wearable market on Android isn't in a great place. Companies like Samsung and OnePlus have switched to using custom operating systems for their respective watches, with varying degrees of success. Meanwhile, Qualcomm shipped its newest processor for smartwatches last June, but it's still only found in one device. For that very reason, the TicWatch Pro 3 remains the single Wear OS watch worth buying today. If you already have it on your wrist, a new update brings some solid improvements to help make it that much better.
While T-Mobile has the latest Samsung and OnePlus smartphones on offer, it also sells its own brand of REVVL handsets that are aimed at the budget segment. One of these phones, the REVVL 4+, has now received the Android 11 update.