Firmware News: Google Pixel Receives Incomplete February Updates, Motorola Begins Journey to Android 12, Xiaomi’s Android 12 Firmware Hits Budget Smartphones, and More

The February updates for the second week are out and with a different essence. Admit it! We’re used to seeing Samsung dominate the industry in OEM updates every two weeks. Get ready for something different this time around. Does it make you wonder what are we talking about? Do not worry; you will find out in the next few minutes.

Devices lined up for today:

google

Pixel devices

Xiaomi

Redmi 10 and Xiaomi Pad 5

Motorola

Moto G Pro

Google Pixel

February updates focused on bug fixes are out; However, complaints are still not 100% addressed

Recently, Google started rolling out a new update variant for its Pixel devices with promising bug-fixing capabilities. This firmware contains the February 2022 Android security patch and is coming to shore, even going back to Pixel 3a devices. While nothing major, Pixel users will get better support for Bluetooth-optimized audio playback, as well as security fixes of sorts.

According to tweets from Google’s community page, the recent OTA claims to fix issues on the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro that previously complained of experiencing an uneven restart when they tend to launch the camera. Additionally, Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a 5G, and 5 devices that harbored signal issues on C Spire and Cellcom will see a final update. Other than that, all pixels affected with issues causing the keyboard to display over typed text are now fixed.

However, user complaints still don’t seem to rest a bit. The new issue revolves around Wi-Fi automatically turning off in the background after a few minutes of use. What it does is prevent the affected device from automatically connecting to known and nearby Wi-Fi networks. The same would have affected the working facilities of Bluetooth. It will now be interesting to see how long Google will take to fix this.

Do you own one of the update-eligible Pixel smartphones and still waiting for the new firmware? Well, in this case, you can manually extract the update by launching Settings followed by System and then System update.

Xiaomi

Redmi 10 gets MIUI 13 based on Android 12

The global version of MIUI 13 based on Android 12 reaches Xiaomi’s budget smartphone with Redmi 10. Weighing around 2.7 GB, the new firmware loads with the version number V13.01.0.SKUMIXM. Talking about the current scenario, the update is tagged under stable beta and is exclusive for a limited number of devices only.

What’s up?

  • Android 12 Bonuses
  • Features of MIUI 13
  • Improved stability
  • The all-new widget system
  • Dynamic allocation of system resources
  • Brilliant defragmentation tool for optimized storage performance
  • Introduction of a new font called MiSans
  • January 2022 security patch

Xiaomi Pad 5 receives MIUI 13

Good news for Xiaomi Pad 5 owners. The company has reportedly started rolling out the new MIUI 13 for international tablet users.

The new additions:

  • Optimized floating windows
  • Support for two simultaneous floating windows
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts

Motorola

The Moto G Pro launched in 2020 becomes the company’s first device to receive Android 12

It was December when Motorola came up with a list of devices and promised the same to get Android 12 based firmware in 2022. While he didn’t mention any dates in the future, he pointed out that February was the month of initiation. It looks like the promise is kept as Motorolla’s Android 12 journey started with My UX and Moto G Pro released in 2020 becomes the very first.

The new update is currently in progress for the XT2043-7 model and hosts firmware version S0PR32.44-11-8. Seeded in the UK, the rollout is expected to hit the global stage very soon. It might sound a little strange that Motorolla preferred the 2-year-old device over all the high-end devices available, but that’s what it is.

After you’re done with the first device, it’s time to see how and when the other devices line up.

Do you want to take a look at the Motorolla devices eligible for Android 12? Well, there it is :

  • Motorola Razr 5G
  • Motorola Edge 20
  • Motorola Razr 2020
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
  • Motorola Edge 2021
  • Motorola Edge 20 Lite
  • Motorola Edge 20 Fusion
  • Motorola One 5G As
  • Motorola One 5G UW As
  • Motorola Edge 5G UW
  • Motorola Edge+
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
  • Motorola Moto G31
  • Motorola Moto G100
  • Motorola Moto G71 5G
  • Motorola Moto G51 5G
  • Motorola Moto G41
  • Motorola Moto G60s
  • Motorola Moto G30
  • Motorola Moto G Power (2022)
  • Motorola Moto G60
  • Motorola Moto G50/G50 5G
  • Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
  • Motorola Moto G Pure
  • Motorola Edge 2021 (Professional Edition)
  • Motorola Edge 20 (Professional Edition)
  • Motorola Edge 20 Lite (Professional Edition)
  • Motorola Edge 20 Fusion (Professional Edition)
  • Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G
  • Motorola Moto G Pro (Professional Edition)

Additional News

  • A new update for Nothing Ear 1 brings compatibility with Google Assistant, Alexa and even Siri.
  • Samsung announces at least four OS updates and 5 years of continuous security patches for flagships launching in 2021-2022.
  • The Samsung Galaxy A51 is preparing to receive two firmware updates every year.

A quick overview

  • February updates focused on bug fixes are out; However, complaints are still not 100% addressed
  • Redmi 10 gets MIUI 13 based on Android 12
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 receives MIUI 13
  • The Moto G Pro launched in 2020 becomes the company’s first device to receive Android 12

Wrap

It’s all about the OEM industry and the updates that have been making headlines over the past week. Surprisingly, it’s less Samsung this time around and more Google, Xiaomi and Motorola. Will the scenes stay the same for the coming week, or will Samsung take over? Stay tuned to understand,