Before the OnePlus 8T is even in the hands of consumers, it's getting a sizable update with a few important fixes and an interesting new feature. OxygenOS 11 finally introduced the long-awaited always-on display mode, and this latest update comes with another creative option for it named Canvas.
OnePlus is currently rolling out its first update to the OnePlus 6 and 6T since July, and users are rightly a little annoyed that it's taken so long. That means three months without the latest security patches, and if you're expecting a sizeable update with exciting new features, sadly this isn't it.
HMD Global's Nokia phones come with some of the cleanest Android builds around, but that still doesn't make the company the fastest to update its devices. It looks like the same will be true for the Android 11 rollout, as the company posted and then deleted a roadmap on when we can expect the latest software to hit the Nokia lineup, with the last phones slated to get the update in Q2 2021.
There was a time when even Samsung flagships had to wait for months to get the latest Android updates, but not anymore. In the last few months, Samsung has consistently delivered monthly security updates to pretty much its entire line-up, at times even trumping the Pixel phones. With October just upon us, Samsung is already releasing this month’s security patches to its devices, beginning with the mid-tier Galaxy A50.
Oxygen OS is up for some big changes once its Android 11 build goes stable, but that doesn't stop OnePlus from getting out more updates to its current Android 10-based software. As such, the company released the latest Oxygen OS builds for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro a little earlier this month (ranging from version 10.5.10 to 10.5.13 depending on model and region), and is following up now with the latest update for the OnePlus 8 5G UW on Verizon.
Samsung just finished unveiling the Galaxy Note20 series, along with the Tab S7, Watch3, and a few other electronic gizmos. That's all par for the course in Unpacked, but Samsung also snuck in a surprise near the end of the stream. Because Samsung (apparently) supports using smartphones for longer, it now promises OS updates for up to "three device generations."
Samsung has been killing it with system updates lately, often beating even Google to the punch when it comes to security patches. This isn't different this month around, as the manufacturer is already distributing the August security update. First we saw a few Galaxy S10 units in Germany start picking it up, followed now by S20 and Note 10 models.
Samsung has been doing better with Android updates lately, often deploying monthly patches in lock-step with Google. That's only for the latest generation phones, though. Samsung's older devices will wait a bit longer, but it does still update them more reliably than a lot of OEMs. Case in point, the Galaxy Note9 got an update with One UI 2.1 back in June, and now the new experience has arrived on the Verizon variant of the phone, complete with the July security patches.