OnePlus is one of the few brands in the world of Android that takes special care of its devices when it comes to software support. The company was amongst the first in the world to roll out the Android Pie update to its OnePlus 6 shortly after the Google Pixel phones got the update. The company also updated the older OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T to Android Pie later in the year. However, it was doubtful whether the company would give the Pie treatment to the two-year-old OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Good news is that OnePlus hasn’t forgotten the OnePlus 3 series altogether.
OnePlus community manager David Y took to the OnePlus forum to confirm that the company will roll out Android Pie for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T very soon. However, before Pie comes to these older Android phones, OnePlus will roll out the latest security patch along with some bug fixes. Once the security patch comes out, OnePlus will give out the Android Pie update to both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.
“The next update will be a security patch update based on Android O, then Android Pie,” said David. “Can’t you guys just go and do something more meaningful than chasing the update…(facepalm),” he jokingly added.
If Android Pie comes to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, it will be one of the few phones in the current times that gets a third major Android OS update. The phone was launched originally with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and received the Android 7 Nougat update. OnePlus also updated the OnePlus 3 and OnePLus 3T to Android Oreo which was assumed to be last OS update the handset will get. However, OnePlus surprised everyone by announcing an Android Pie update for the 2016 flagship killer.
The OnePlus 3 was launched back in 2016 as the third flagship launch of the company. The OnePlus 3 was a breath of fresh air after the unsatisfactory OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 3 offered a modern metal unibody design and an AMOLED display. Underneath, it was running on a Snapdragon 820 chipset along with 6GB RAM. It came with a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. OnePlus rolled out the OnePlus 3T as a slight upgrade of the OnePlus 3 with a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 821 chipset and a 16-megapixel front camera.
Asus ZenFone 5Z has started receiving Android 9.0 Pie. The new development comes weeks after Asus confirmed that the ZenFone 5Z would receive the Android Pie update by the end of January 2019. However, the latest version is now rolling out in Taiwan. The update is expected to bring the core Android Pie features as well as enhances the camera experience. The ZenFone 5Z originally runs Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 on top. Also, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, along with up to 8GB of RAM.
As posted on the official ZenTalk forums, the Android 9.0 Pie update for the ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) has started rolling out in Taiwan. The update is rolling out as a firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) package in phases. It can be manually downloaded by going to Settings > About > System Update.
The changelog provided on the ZenTalk forums revealed that alongside having some of the core Android Pie features, the latest software update speeds up the camera experience. The new package also comes with software version 188.8.131.52_20181222.
Several ZenFone 5Z users in Taiwan have confirmed the Android Pie rollout in a Telegram channel. Users report that the update carries the November 2018 Android security patch and is 1048MB in size. The update also reportedly comes with a preloaded Dark theme and a new navigation system along with gesture support.
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You can manually download the OTA Zip package and flash your ZenFone 5Z. The OTA package is compatible with the ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) model based on 184.108.40.206.
As we mentioned, Asus last month announced that ZenFone 5Z would receive Android 9.0 Pie in January 2019. The smartphone was launched in India back in August with Android 8.0 Oreo.
Asus ZenFone 5Z specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone 5Z features 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) Super IPS+ display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with Adreno 630 GPU and up to 8GB of RAM.
Samsung is planning to start rolling out the Android 9 Pie stable update for the Galaxy Note 9 ₹ 62,400 smartphone in January 2019. The phone is currently undergoing the beta testing. Additionally, it is expected that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ₹ 48,900 and Galaxy S8 ₹ 36,099-series smartphones will receive the Android Pie update in February of next year. The Galaxy Note 9 will be the third smartphone from Samsung to receive the latest Android operating system, after the South Korean company started pushing the same update for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones last week.
According to Samsung-affiliated Turkish website Guncel Miyiz, Samsung will begin the Pie update rollout for the Note 9 on January 15, whereas the Galaxy Note 8 ₹ 48,900, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ ₹ 32,499 will get the update on February 15. Although it is unclear if the update date is Turkey-specific, but it is quite likely. Still, it does offer a tentative time-frame on when to expect the Android Pie update on the four Android phones. The Turkish website also adds that all the updates are currently undergoing testing. The update dates revealed by the Guncel Miyiz are ahead by one month than what was earlier seen in Samsung Members app.
According to Samsung, the company is bringing the brand new One user interface (UI) with the Android Pie update to its devices. The One UI has been designed to make the experience natural and comfortable for one-handed usage. In addition, the phones will get Android 9 Pie base features like app actions, gestures, smart replies, better notification management, and more.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S9 ₹ 48,500 and Galaxy S9+ ₹ 52,499 owners, who have received the Pie update, are haven’t a great time as some of them are facing battery drain issue and others are dealing with Bixby 2.0 related problems.
If the official Android 9 Pie changelog shared by Motorola on its official India website is any indication, the Moto G6 Plus ₹ 16,121 is all set to receive the Android Pie in the country. The new software update will bring all the core Android Pie features as well as the December 2018 Android security patch. It is also expected to include the navigation-based navigation system, which debuted on the Google Pixel models initially. The core features of the Android Pie update includes Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness to enhance the user experience. The Moto G6 ₹ 9,699 Plus was originally launched in India with Android 8.0 Oreo. Aside from the Moto G6 Plus, Motorola recently released the Android Pie update to the Moto X4 ₹ 10,599 and Motorola One Power.
The official Motorola changelog shows that the latest update for the Moto G6 Plus brings all the core features of Android Pie. This means we can expect to see Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, and a refined Doze mode. The update will also bring a redesigned Settings app with colourful icons. Furthermore, the gesture-based navigation system is expected. The changelog was first spotted by users on Reddit.
Additionally, the Android Pie update for the Moto G6 Plus will come with the December 2018 Android security patch.
Motorola on the support page mentions that the users are recommended to install the latest Android update when the battery is at least 50 percent charged, and the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. The update is likely to shortly begin rolling out in batches and will be notified through a push notification.
However, you can manually check the availability of the Android Pie update on your Moto G6 Plus by going to Settings > System > System updates.
To recall, the Moto G6 Plus was launched in India back in September with Android 8.0 Oreo. The smartphone debuted globally in April – alongside the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play.
As we mentioned, the news of the Android Pie update for the Moto G6 Plus comes days after the Motorola One Power received the same update in India. The handset also recently got the December 2018 security patch. The Lenovo-owned company has also reportedly pushed the fresh Android experience to the Moto X4 in select regions.