Just over a year ago, Microsoft launched the Surface Duo, its first Android phone. In some ways, the Duo was one of the most ambitious Android phones in the world with its unique dual-screen design. On the other hand, it was lacking some key features you'd expect from a $1,400 phone, like NFC, the latest ARM SoC, and a big battery. It also launched with Android 10 in the immediate aftermath of Android 11's release. Surely, that would just be a temporary issue, right? Well, here we are a year later, and the phone is still on Android 10.
Today Google is launching Chrome OS 93 to Chromebooks, just a week after it released Chrome 93 to mobile and desktop platforms. Chromebooks have seen wild success over the last couple of years thanks to Chrome OS being reliable, secure, and easy to use, and Chrome OS 93 adds polish here and there to help you enjoy your Chromebook even more. Here are all the important features and tweaks coming with this update.
Google officially released the final version of Android 11 on September 8, 2020, by which point the Nokia 5.3 had already been out for six months. You may have expected it to get bumped up to the latest version soon rather than later, with it being an Android One device and all, but that's only just happening now and it'll be out of date again in around a month.
Well, that didn't take long. Just two days after its third beta release, a stable version of OxygenOS 11 is ready for the OnePlus 6 and 6T. It's been a long road for both of these devices — Android 11 is nearly a year old — but if you've been holding your breath for an update, you can finally exhale.
You can't accuse OnePlus of not making up for lost time. While its 2018 flagships have been lingering on Android 10, the long-awaited OxygenOS 11 beta program seems to be progressing at a rapid pace. Less than two weeks after its second release, the OnePlus 6 and 6T are getting their third beta, complete with some critical bug fixes as a stable version comes closer to being finalized.
It seems like only yesterday that OnePlus's 2018 flagships got their very first OxygenOS 11 open betas, but it's actually been three whole weeks. If you've spent that time counting down the days waiting for a second beta, you're in luck. OnePlus has returned with an all-new revision to its software, alongside a couple of essential bug fixes for testers.
Motorola's folding Razr was a surprise homage to an iconic phone, but the company quickly followed it up with the Moto Razr 5G, which tops the original revival in almost every aspect. While the phone launched with Android 11 in Japan, it got stuck on Android 10 in most of the rest of the world, with an unfortunate launch timing shortly after Android 11's stable release. But that's finally changing — the latest version of Android is now starting to roll out to the Razr 5G, as reported by XDA.
Owners of OnePlus 8 phones, I hope you've been enjoying the beta versions of software updates that have been posted for the last few months. Because after today, you don't get any more. OnePlus has announced that its software updates for the 8 series have gotten to an acceptably stable state, so the newest beta will be the last one. From now on the software will be sent out in the standard OTA only.
Owners of the Asus ROG Phone 3 have been waiting for an Android 11 upgrade almost since the phone was released late last year. The update dropped yesterday, without a formal announcement from Asus, but it was spotted by a few users and confirmed to be working with a download. You can grab it now and flash it manually, if you're not patient enough to wait for an over-the-air update.
The Poco F1 was one of Xiaomi's most popular phones, and it continued to sell well long after its announcement, and people have been begging for a true successor — that's how hard it was to beat the value it offered. But that was a 2018 phone, and the increasing cost of components, rising costs associated with supply chain bottlenecks, and the forcing of 5G modems in high-end chips had made it difficult for Poco to do an encore... until now.
The Poco X3 Pro may not follow the same naming scheme, but it’s the true successor to the F1 that we’ve all been waiting for.