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Seamless Software Updates in Android 11? Huawei should use it on EMUI 11

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Software updates for smartphones become a pain if it’s not installed properly and some times devices get bricked with no solutions in hand. In the past, some of our readers also reported us about these kinds of problems in Huawei and Honor devices.

But there’s a solution to install seamless and fast updates without damaging your phone’s main software and it will come with Android 11.

In 2016, Google introduced seamless updates with Android 7.0 but the company made it optional for Android smartphone makers to use it. The outcome of this optional choice is that most of the smartphone makers including Huawei didn’t inherit seamless updates.

According to Google’s recent Vendor Test Suite (VTS), an automated test that devices must pass for Google Mobile Services certificate. All smartphone brands will be required to include A/B partitions to support seamless updates starting with Android 11.

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How’s Android 11 gonna force all smartphone makers to include seamless software updates?

Starting Android 11, the VTS will check if the device has virtual A/B partition structures to enable seamless updates. VTS will fail the device’s Google Mobile Services (GMS) certificate (on Android 11 or above) if it doesn’t have a Virtual A/B partition.

What is A/B partition?

The use of A/B partition not only allows seamless software updates but it also saves devices from scenarios such as update failure.

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The seamless updates feature requires two virtual partitions (A and B) in the device’s storage as the following:

  • Partition A – Active partition for your current uses.
  • Partition B – InActive partition used to install software updates on the background without any interruption.

When the phone downloads an update, it’s transferred to the second partition (inactive), allowing the user to keep using the phone while the update is being installed in the background.

After the restart, the phone switches from Partition A to Partition B and marks it as active partition with new software.

The benefit of A/B Partitions:

With this capability, a user can keep using the phone while the system update/installs the update in the background. The A/B partition also reduces the boot screen installation at a speed of regular start.

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Moreover, it saves your phone from being corrupted or update failed issues. Meanwhile, the damage will be absorbed by the second partition and the first partition remains unaffected by the issue.

What about Huawei?

Due to the US trade ban, Huawei is not under business with Google and doesn’t require GMS certificate to use the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This means, it may not require to use this new change but nothing is confirmed at the moment.

However, we would like to see the seamless updates in the next version of EMUI – EMUI 11 based on Android 11. The EMUI 11 will launch at Huawei Developer Conference in the second half of 2020 and debut with the Huawei Mate 40 series.

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Amy is our firmware and software specialist, she keeps her eagle eyes open for new software rollouts, beta programs, and other software related activities as well as new smartphone launch.

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Android 12: How to customize Quick Settings Tiles

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Android 12 Quick Settings tiles

The Android 12 Quick Settings has a new design and a theme that will enhance your experience throughout the user interface (UI). The latest Android 12 version has brought a new Quick Settings Tiles system that enables a new user experience.

Android 12 Quick Settings Tiles system is adapted with the new Material You Design, which changes the tile colors depending on the color of the phone’s wallpaper. A user can further enhance the colors from the combination that is brought to you by the deep customization algorithm of the Material You.

However, you also have the option to rearrange tiles themselves and use them on an Android 12 powered device. So, how can you customize the Android tiles? Well, there are simple instructions that could help.

Customize Quick Settings Tiles:

First, open up the Quick Settings, and expand it further by swiping down from the top to reveal all of the quick settings tiles. Thereafter, you can see all of the quick settings tiles arranged in two columns.

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Second, you need to tap the Pencil icon on the bottom left corner (on the left of the power button), which will lead to the quick settings tiles editor. The tiles editor has two parts – top and bottom. The top part consist of current active tiles and the latter part has inactive tiles.

On the third step, you need to tap and hold any of the on-screen tiles and drag it appropriately:

  1. To Add a Tile – Drag it from bottom to top
  2. To Remove a Tile – Drag it from top to bottom

Android 12 Quick Settings tiles

Rearrange Position:

You can also rearrange the position of these tiles by the same tap, hold and drag moves.

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MIUI 13 (Android 12): Eligible Xiaomi Devices

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MIUI 13 Android 12 Eligible devices

MIUI 13 is the next installment of Xiaomi‘s mobile software ecosystem built on top of the latest Android version – Android 12. Since the beginning, MIUI has focused on software integration and features that provide convenience for Xiaomi smartphone users. The MIUI 13 (Android 12) is likely to surpass all existing MIUI software released in the past.

However, this time as well, it’s expected that Xiaomi doesn’t seem to conclude the confusion between its base Android software. Therefore, we might possibly see MIUI 13 both on Android 11 as well as on Android 12.

How? We’d better wait and see what happens next.

Meanwhile, every Xiaomi smartphone user wants to know what exactly MIUI 13 / Android 12 will bring for their devices. Currently, Xiaomi has not announced any official unveiling of MIUI 13 but it’s could unveil somewhere later this year.

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Meanwhile, you can check all of the MUI 13 – Android 12 eligible devices that are expected to get this major software release. (via RPRNA)

Note – These devices aren’t officially for MIUI 13 based on Android 12.

MIUI 13 Android 12 Eligible devices

Xiaomi Mi MIUI 13 Devices:

  • Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 11T
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G NE
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 4
  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 5
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold
  • Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 11X
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 11i
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi 10S
  • Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha

Xiaomi Redmi MIUI 13 Devices:

  • Redmi 10 Prime
  • Redmi 10
  • Redmi Note 10T 5G
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • Redmi Note 8 2021
  • Redmi K40 Gaming
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • Redmi Note 10 5G
  • Redmi Note 10s
  • Redmi Note 10
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • Redmi K40 Pro+
  • Redmi K40 Pro
  • Redmi K40
  • Redmi K30S
  • Redmi Note 9T
  • Redmi 9T
  • Redmi 9 Power
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G
  • Redmi Note 9 5G
  • Redmi Note 9 4G
  • Redmi 10 Pro 5G
  • Redmi 10X 5G
  • Redmi 10X 4G
  • Redmi K30i 5G
  • Redmi K30 5G Racing
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9
  • Redmi K30 Pro Zoom
  • Redmi K30 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9S
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Xiaomi Poco MIUI 13 devices:

  • Poco X3 GT
  • Poco F3 GT
  • Poco M3 Pro 5G
  • Poco X3 Pro
  • Poco F3
  • Poco M2 Reloaded
  • Poco M3
  • Poco M2
  • Poco X3
  • Poco X3 NFC
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One UI 4 (Android 12): Eligible Samsung Devices

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Samsung One UI 4

Samsung One UI 4 is based on Google’s Android 12 operating system. This new mobile software skin has a number of new features that include a new user interface for the unified mobile experience as well as elegance and clean design.

The Android 12 based One UI 4 offers new simple customization capabilities and privacy controls. With One UI 4, users can also configure a bunch of UI customizations for the essential parts – home screens, icons, notifications, wallpapers, and more.

There are new widgets that will bring you better services offered by the deep customization of visibility. Users can now access a chunk of the Emoji collection in one place without any issues.

The latest One UI software also bolsters the privacy and security of the system. Therefore, One UI 4 has a new app usage icon on the top, that allows you to see, which app is using your phone’s camera or any other location.

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There is also the new permission history that allows you to view the history of the permission not only for the last 24 hours but also for the last 7 days. You can also look at the current data usage of certain permission followed by their corresponding app.

Samsung One UI (Android 12) has been started for the Galaxy S21 series under the beta testing program. As recently, the testing program has been concluded and the stable rollout has begun.

Samsung One UI 4

Meanwhile, Samsung has published a list of devices that are eligible to receive One UI 4.0 smartphones. These devices will receive One UI 4.0 according to different timelines. (via – SammyFans)

One UI 4.0 Eligible Devices:

November 2021

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  • Galaxy S21 5G
  • Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

December 2021:

  • Galaxy Z Fold3 5G,
  • Galaxy Z Flip3 5G,
  • Galaxy S2o Ultra,
  • Galaxy S2o+,
  • Galaxy S2O,
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra,
  • Galaxy Note 20,
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2,
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5G

January 2022:

  • Galaxy Fold 5G,
  • Galaxy Z Flip,
  • Galaxy Note 10/10+,
  • Galaxy S2o FE,
  • Galaxy S1o SG,
  • Galaxy S10+/S10/S10e,
  • Galaxy  A52 5G, A42 5G, Quartum2

February 2022:

  • Galaxy Tab S7/S7+

April 2022:

  • Galaxy A51 5G,
  • Galaxy Tab S7 FE/ S7 FE 5G,
  • Galaxy A90 5G,
  • Galaxy Tab S6/S6 5G, Jump,
  • Galaxy Quantum

May 2022:

  • Galaxy Tab s6 Lite,
  • Galaxy Tab Active3
  • Galaxy  A32, A1, A12,
  • Galaxy Buddy,
  • Galaxy Wide 5
  • Galaxy Tab A7(2O2O)

June 2022:

  • Galaxy Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

July 2022:

  • Galaxy A21J,
  • Galaxy Xcover 5
  • Galaxy M12

One UI 4.0 Android 12 Eligible Devices

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