Thursday, 15 April 2021

[Galaxy A51 Samsung too] Galaxy M30s One UI 3.1 update begins rolling out in India

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03:31:00

 


In the past few months, sending fresh updates, every other day, has become a norm for Samsung. And the most recent update Samsung rolled out was One UI 3.1 update; based on Android 11 for Verizon versions of the Galaxy A51 users in the USA.

Now it seems that, in India, Samsung Galaxy M30s users also began to receive the One UI Core 3.1 update.

It is notable that, in February, Galaxy M30s received the update to Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.0 skin.

Since the smartphone belongs to the M series, it got One UI Core 3.1 update; this update sheds off many features and functions which come with new skin. Thus, the users will not notice much of a difference after they have installed it.

Since Samsung has made a move to roll out the One UI 3.1 update to Galaxy M30s users in India, we can expect the company to make the update live for the devices sold in other countries in the coming days weeks.

Though, Samsung is yet to update the device’s (SM-M307F) official software update page with details of the One UI 3.1 release.

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Upcoming Xiaomi Redmi gaming phone will be the first to come with MIUI 12.5 stable out of the box

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03:09:00

So we are sitting at that time of year when Xiaomi’s hardware and software units are working tirelessly--owing to this the company has launched devices such as Redmi Note 10 series, M11 Series, and the Redmi K40 series.

So is the software side story; Xiaomi has been very busy giving out MIUI 12.5 and Android 11 to their respective smartphones. Recently, they even shared a more intricate MIUI 12.5 stable update timeline.

Xiaomi could have started rolling out MIUI 12.5 stable to their high-end phones, but not all--among them the first one is the MI 10 Ultra. However, it seems that MIUI 12 development has still a long distance to go before it is complete.

This is clear from the Pilot testing programs by MI whose core aim is testing obvious stable beta update before it is released to global users. The preparations are occurring in full-swing and even added some more users for testing.

It is best to establish that MIUI 12 is still rocking and rolling other than Xiaomi’s latest flagship launches-- the MI 11 Ultra and MI 11 Pro. These smartphones may be flagships, however, they come with MIUI 12 out of box, even though MIUI 12.5 stable is already rolling.

In a recent Q&A, Xiaomi,  responds to this stating that they started production of these smartphones way before their official release and hence to load it with latest software version at hand at the time of manufacturing.

Having said that, there seems to be a Xiaomi smartphone that has been put into production since MIUI 12.5 hit stable. This means it will come with MIUI 12.5 out of the box.

It's a gaming-focused device under the Redmi name. The fact is that this is the first time the Redmi tag has ever been applied to a gaming phone. And, It stays more affordable than the premium Mi series devices.

All gaming devices introduced to the market by Xiaomi were under the Black Shark tag. This all boils down to a conclusion that the Redmi Gaming devices are targeted to obtain flag-ship level gaming performance but on a very less budget.

The smartphone is likely to be launched at the end of the current month and is likely to have the best MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chip. The 6nm chip design has been boasted by MediaTek for the processor and said to be one of the fastest smartphone CPUs ever.

Further, the performance metrics of the Redmi gaming device are boosted by MIUI 12.5 which promises a better show over the older version by reducing power consumption, that is all we know at the moment.

Camera features include a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 main lens with a quad-camera array. Lastly, its codename is Aries. 

That’s all when it comes to the information at hand currently. Please stay tuned to Motivating Technology for updates on MIUI 12.5 and the Redmi gaming phone.

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Monday, 12 April 2021

Realme Q2 5G Realme UI 2.0 (Android 11) stable update begins rolling out

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09:12:00


Smartphone manufacturers are striving to democratize 5G throughout the globe by launching more 5G devices.

Although Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets were the first to support 5G bands, MediaTek is not far behind. In fact, MediaTek appears to be the more economic choice for mid-rangers devices.

Announcement Source

The 5G MediaTek Chips were able to draw the interest of Realme and the company, the first to launch smartphone devices with the MediaTek Dimensity chipset.

Launched in 2020, Realme Q2 5G, is a device that is equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset with Android 10-based Realme UI; and now, this Realme UI is eagerly awaiting Android 11.

Since the Realme Q2 5G has bagged a Realme UI 2.0(Android 11) early access and an open beta update, and this has been only made available to a few users.

Going as per version A.04, the new Android 11 update will roll out in course of a month to every Realme Q2 5G uint.  And below is a list of what you will have once you have the stable updated.

The List of Updates:

Multi-terminal interconnection

  • Multi-terminal mutual integration and coordination, unlimited multi-device interconnection
  • Sharing Screen, allow users to share screens; both parties enjoy watching movies and chat at the same time.
  • Remote assistance, let users have remote control of other users device, this is useful for the other user to solve smartphone operation issues efficiently and conveniently.

Personalized customization:

  • The interface can easily be customized, from choosing beauty to creating beauty.
  • Added creative wallpaper; you can extract the color of the photo/picture to generate your own wallpaper.
  • Added desktop icons to support tripartite icon packs.
  • Added the dark mode setting, you can freely choose the three dark styles of enhanced, moderate and soft, and supports dimming wallpapers, icons, and automatic contrast adjustment .

System

  • Added dynamic notification ringtones, when continuous notifications are received, the notification sounds will form a complete melody, and dense notifications should be elegant and free
  • Newly added DND time setting function
  • Optimize the note interface, and provide new visual styles on the list and edit page
  • Optimize the live weather animation to make the status more realistic and vivid
  • Optimize the vibration effect, enrich the multi-scene touch experience such as input method and game vibration
  • Optimize automatic brightness adjustment to provide a more comfortable backlight experience

Efficient

  • Added floating window/split-screen file drag and drop, support text, picture, file drag, and drop sharing
  • Added a quick entry for Breeno screen recognition in the smart sidebar
  • Optimize the interaction of the smart sidebar, the pagination editing is clearer, and the free sorting is more practical 

Security and Privacy

  • Added the ability to turn on/off the application lock with one key in the control center
  • Added SOS for all scenes:
  • Early warning of natural disasters and earthquakes, and guides for avoidance can be provided during warnings
  • Embassy consular protection number service, you can quickly dial the protection hotline in an emergency
  • First aid information, quickly display personal medical information in emergency situations, and support lock screen display to rescuers
  • Added password book cloud synchronization, account and password support multi-terminal real-time synchronization
  • Optimize permission management, sensitive permissions support “only this time” authorization, avoid over-authorization, and protect personal privacy 

Desktop

  • Added folder dissolution and merging functions
  • Added custom sorting of drawer mode, support sorting by letter, installation time, frequency of use, and quickly find the application you want 

Game

  • Added full immersion mode, closed-door gaming experience, no-interference immersive gaming
  • Added game super-playing report, generating battle data in time to help the game replay (only some games are supported)
  • Added game update package sharing function, which can quickly share pre-downloaded update packages to others
  • Optimize the way to call out the game assistant, which is easier to use and convenient 

Breeno

  • Added Breeno screen recognition, smart trigger, one-key direct access
  • Tmall, Taobao, Jingdong product pages, intelligently recommend coupons, compare prices, and view historical prices
  • Short video playback pages such as Douyin and Kuaishou, intelligently listen to songs and recognize Music, and instantly recognize video background music
  • WeChat public account, Tencent news article page, intelligently read articles aloud, free your hands, listen to whatever you want
  • Optimize travel suggestions, smart travel companions plan your itinerary list
  • Optimize sleep recommendations, provide you with more intimate sleep recommendations in sleep mode
  • Added Breeno fast exercise command to quickly turn on the running or walking mode in the health application 

Album

  • Newly added private safe cloud synchronization, supporting the synchronization of album data in the private safe to the cloud
  • Optimize the photo album editing function, optimize the algorithm for image enhancement, and add more brushes and style filters

Communication

  • Add personal hotspot QR code sharing 

Cloud service

  • Newly added cloud backup of the whole machine, supporting comprehensive data backup of mobile phone albums, documents, system settings, WeChat, etc., and easy replacement of the machine with one key
  • Added backup custom selection, support selecting the required data type for backup or restoration
  • Add backup copy 

 Album

  • Newly added private safe cloud synchronization, supporting the synchronization of album data in the private safe to the cloud
  • Optimize the photo album editing function, optimize the algorithm for image enhancement, and add more brushes and style filters

 Camera

  • Added inertial zoom function, the zoom can be switched at a constant speed in the video, and the video zoom is smoother
  • Added video level and grid lines to assist video composition

Accessibility

  • Added two-finger swipe up to call out barrier-free shortcuts
  • Added a sound enhancer to enhance the weak sound in the environment and improve the audio effect
  • Added voice subtitles, recognize the internal and external sounds of the phone and display them in text form 

With this rapid progression, Realme is on its way to delivering stable Android 11 updates to devices in India, and if the same pace continues, users will likely have access shortly.

And Realme 7 Pro, Realme X2 Pro is among many more devices which are keenly anticipating the stable Android 11 update. Thankfully,  the way the company plans to roll out Android 11 stable to Realme Q2 5G; sends out positive singles for these phones.

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Saturday, 10 April 2021

Xiaomi and Oppo Preparing an in-house 5G chips;to release by end of 2021

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05:56:00

In coming times Qualcomm and MediaTek could see new competitors, as Xiaomi and Oppo reportedly are working on sub-6GHz 5G chipset.

As per the reports by online portal Digitimes, the two Chinese companies are planning to unveil their in-house sub-6GHz chips from late 2021 to early 2022. Once this has happened; Xiaomi and Oppo will emerge as a competitor to Qualcomm and MediaTek--who are currently the major mobile chip manufacturers worldwide.

Further, the reports reveal that Unisoc is also set to compete with its in-house 5G chip along with Oppo and Xiaomi. Digitimes has backed this report, on the latest 5G chip developments, by quoting Taiwanese industry sources. However, there is not much revelation in relation to customs chips by Oppo, Xiaomi, and Unisoc, but with the timeline being close we could actually have 5G chips from Oppo and Xiaomi. Definitely,  this move by these companies will make them less dependent on current chip makers like MediaTek and Qualcomm.

This report was released just after Xiaomi teased its fresh chip before the MI 11 Ultra launch. The teased chip was not a mobile processor but an imagining processor built in-house; this was originally created in 2017 and made its first appearance in an in-house chipset- Surge S1. The Surge S1 has eight Cortex-A53 processing cores; out of eight- four clocked at 2.2GHz and the other four at 1.4GHz. The Surge S1 uses a quad-core Mali-T860 for graphics.

Oppo and Xiaomi making moves to have their own 5G could also act as a guard against the situation which Huawei faced due to the US restrictions. Huawei was compelled to cease developing its customs Kirin chipset which came from TSMC due to the imposed restrictions imposed by the US. This information also came amidst China pushing its semiconductor development, in order to become less dependent on other companies.

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Friday, 9 April 2021

MIUI 12.5 stable update timeline revealed for several Mi & Redmi devices (Poco excluded), first batch rollout to complete by April 30

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04:08:00

Earlier Xiaomi with its worldwide MIUI 12.5 launch announced that the company is looking to release the maiden instance of MIUI 12.5 stable; all commencing with their flagship smartphones in Q2 2021.

Xiaomi had put two batches for almost every eligible smartphone-- the first flagships like the MI 11 is all set to get the update at the beginning of April, this will be followed by several mid-range and budget smartphones that are expected to receive the update about the late Q2.

Certainly, this kind of information was kind of very vague and under the smokescreen--making the users all over the forums demanding the actual dates of the stable release for their smartphone upgrades.

However, it is great that now Xiaomi has drawn a slightly more specific timeline. This fresh tighter date was gathered from the China MI Community post, which gives out that the first batch of smartphones will get MIUI 12.5 stable by April 30.

Here are the Devices.

  • Mi 9 SE
  • Mi 10
  • Mi 10 Pro
  • Mi 10 Ultra
  • Mi 11

Almost every smartphone in the table has already been tested to MIUI 12.5 stable; if not main then at least in the stable beta form.

For your information, stable betas are basically stable ROMs that are rolled out to select users first for the sake of testing. Once the build has been deemed completely reliable and bug-free, it is released widely.

Thus, the mentioned timeline of April 30 is a good indicator that Xiaomi is geared up to complete a major rollout by these above-mentioned smartphones; well, at least in China.

Further, this will be likely followed by the second batch, which will get the first instance of MIUI 12.5 stable in the later days of May.  This particular list also mentions some flagship smartphones like the MI 11 Pro and MI 10S.

The other List:

  • Mi 10 Youth Edition
  • Mi 10S
  • Mi 11 Pro
  • Mi 11 Ultra
  • Mi CC9 Pro
  • Redmi 10X
  • Redmi 10X Pro
  • Redmi K30 5G
  • Redmi K30 Pro
  • Redmi K30i
  • Redmi K30S
  • Redmi K40
  • Redmi K40 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro

It is worthy to note that both mentioned devices list are China-specific and a worldwide rollout could take longer than the given dates on them.

Like always, territories such as Europe, India, and Indonesia get updates almost a month later after Chinese users. Sticking to this pattern, we can assess that the first batch should receive worldwide MIUI 12.5 stable by May and the second should follow by June.

However, this is all only guesswork at this moment. We shall continue to follow up on the topic for future updates and unfold further about MIUI 12.5 stable, so stay connected.

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Also read: Xiaomi announces Mi Pilot testing program for MIUI 12.5 on 21 devices

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Thursday, 8 April 2021

Samsung to stop making Exynos-powered Galaxy S20 FE 4G, switch to Snapdragon

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07:10:00

Galaxy S20 FE, Samsung's flagship killer, was launched last year with Snapdragon 865 paired with an Exynos 990 system control module for the 4G version, and Exynos 990 for the 5G model.

The Galaxy Note 9 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset has recently been conducting benchmarks, and now a reliable leaker has said it's basically the future. It is said that you will no longer be able to buy the Exynos-powered Galaxy S20 FE 4G. In its place, the Snapdragon "865+" will be used.

Given the differences in performance and battery life between the two chipsets, there may be a chance that a lot of people may feel vindicated by this decision. The S20 non-FE line was especially controversial last year as you couldn't get both chip options since Samsung determined which chip to use.

If you wanted the Snapdragon version of the FE, you got the 5G version and you were set. The Galaxy S20 FE will soon include a Snapdragon at its core, so you might not even have to do that. If this rumor becomes true, in which case we have no idea yet, remember to take this rumor with a pinch of salt.

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Xiaomi to launch 3 smartphones powered by Snapdragon 870 SoC this year

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03:33:00

Mi has been actively launching high-end smartphones, expanding its portfolio. Previously, the company launched the Redmi K40 and Mi 10S smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor.

According to new reports, the company is expected to release three new devices this year that will incorporate the Snapdragon 870 chipset. However, more details about those devices are still unknown.
It features the Snapdragon 870 chipset, which is a 7nm chipset, and its CPU core is clocked at 3.2GHz, 100 megaHertz higher as opposed to the Snapdragon 865 Plus. This phone is equipped with an Adreno 650 GPU and a Snapdragon X55 5G modem that works in mmWave and sub-6GHz ranges. Additionally, it has Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 support, and Quick Charge 4+.


It seems that the Snapdragon 870 SoC exists since manufacturers have been demanding a cheaper chipset for flagship smartphones that cost significantly less than premium devices. The chipset is essentially a flagship killer.


Xiaomi is not the only company with devices powered by the SD870 chipset. Motorola, OPPO, and iQOO among other companies have released their SD870-powered devices or are currently working on the launch of their SD870 phones.


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