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LG V40 ThinQ gets Pie update on Verizon

It wasn't that many years ago that LG was releasing the first phone with Nougat, but times have changed. Now, LG is unusually slow to update its phone, even with that fancy new upgrade center! Well, at least owners of the v40 ThinQ on Verizon can enjoy an update today, late though it may be.

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May 2019 updates for Pixel phones are now available for download

It's that time again—Google has dropped the latest Android Pie builds for your Pixel devices. You can get the OTA the old-fashioned way on your phone, but the files are available for direct, immediate download right now.

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The Galaxy S10 is getting night photo mode in new OTA

Google wowed everyone when it unveiled Night Sight photos alongside the Pixel 3. Many OEMs have since tried to replicate Google's witchcraft, but none have been able to match it. Samsung is the latest to try with an OTA on the Galaxy S10. You probably don't have the update yet, but it's coming.

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Samsung releasing Galaxy S10/S10+ patch to improve fingerprint scanner performance

The Galaxy S10 is an excellent phone, but it's not without its faults. In fact, one of the headlining features isn't so good. Samsung's ultrasonic in-display sensor is often slow and inaccurate, and it's attempting to address that with a new firmware patch rolling out to devices. It's unclear if the sensor is actually any better, but at least Samsung is trying.

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The Essential Phone gets its April OTA right on time

No, this is not an April Fool—Essential is still updating the Essential Phone with remarkable speed. The phone, which launched in 2017, is getting its April OTA update at the same time as Google's phones. There are some minor tweaks to functionality, but this is mostly about security patches.

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Samsung rolls out Pie to the Note FE (AKA, the non-explosive Note 7)

Samsung launched the Note 7 in 2016, but the phone was on sale for less than two months before repeated issues with battery fires resulted in its cancelation. The phone came back in 2017 as the Note FE (Fan Edition) in select markets. Even though Samsung would probably prefer to forget this whole incident ever happened, it's still pushing a Pie update today.

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OnePlus is taking applications for the OnePlus 3/3T Pie beta

Most phones that aren't Pixels are lucky to get one or two major updates. OnePlus has managed to offer better update support for its phones in spite of the lower prices. The OnePlus 3 and 3T launched in 2016 with Marshmallow, but they've gotten Nougat and Oreo updates. Now, OnePlus is preparing to offer a Pie update, and you can help test it.

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Samsung rolls Android 9 Pie out to the Verizon and unlocked Note 9

Android Pie has been spreading slowly through Samsung's smartphone lineup in recent months. The Galaxy S9 family got the OTA first, and then the Note 9 began its Android 9 journey early this year. Most Galaxy Note 9 devices should be taken care of with today's rollout for both Verizon and unlocked phones.

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HTC U11, U11+, and U12+ scheduled to receive Pie as early as next month

As we truck along into 2019 with Android Q on the horizon, there are still some phones from the last couple of years that have yet to receive their Pie updates. While typical slow-pokes like Samsung, Huawei, and Asus have brought most of their flagship devices up to the latest version, HTC has lagged behind — excluding, of course, the U11 Life late last year. But the company's official Twitter account announced today that the U11, U11+, and U12+ will get Pie in Q2 2019.

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T-Mobile OnePlus 6T snags RCS support in latest update

The SMS standard works for basic texting, but its capabilities are limited. We're hoping RCS will replace it sooner than later — and it's won another small victory to that end. The T-Mobile OnePlus 6T has received an update that brings compatibility with the new standard.

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