Updates for Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9 and others

Updates for Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9 and others
Updates for Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9 and others

Today’s software updates are not particularly numerous, however they touch some of the main premium Android smartphones on the market such as Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. Alongside them there are also much older models such as Xiaomi Mi 9 and cheap ones such as Samsung Galaxy J8.

Without further ado, let’s find out all the news in these new software updates.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi 9: the news of the updates

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (here is our review) has a technical equipment that justifies its name, however, like other smartphones that use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC (here is our comparison with the main competitors), it does not shine in terms of temperature management.

Now the MIUI developers seem to have found a solution to keep the smartphone cooler: starting from the Chinese model, the new build has been released MIUI 12.21.7.14. According to what was found with the first field tests, it seems that the Xiaomi developers have hit the mark: the updated Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, in particularly intense use contexts, would have shown a lowering of temperatures in the order of 5°C compared to the same operations performed before the update. Unfortunately, there is currently no official explanation as to how such an effect could be achieved.

Xiaomi Mi 9 is much less recent and much less intriguing from a technical point of view than the model just discussed, however it is receiving a much more interesting software update: the MIUI 12.5 (here is our dedicated in-depth analysis with news and so on). The new update is already rolling out in our part, it is in fact an EU build, more precisely of the MIUI V12.5.1.0.RFAEUXM.

As you can see from the screenshots shown, the build is labeled as Stable, even it is most likely the usual Stable Beta. In short, it is likely that it is the classic gradual roll out, therefore currently not very extensive and ready to expand once the presence of important bugs has been avoided. If for the graphic and functional news you can refer to our in-depth analysis linked above, know that the build also includes the security patches of the month of June 2021.

OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro: the news of the update

In the case of OnePlus 9 (here is our review) and by OnePlus 9 Pro (here is our review), as always, the Chinese manufacturer directly communicates the release of the new update through its official forum.

For both smartphones, the OxygenOS 11.2.8.8 (for the three versions IN, EU and NA), which is notable for the presence of the security patches of July 2021 and the Bitmoji AOD function, born from Snapchat and Bitmoji and designed to give a touch of personalization to the Ambient Display, with avatars that change throughout the day based on activity.

Here is the complete changelog:

  • System
    • Updated Android security patch to 2021.07
    • Fixed known issues and improved stability
  • Ambient Display
    • Newly added Bitmoji AOD, co-designed by Snapchat & Bitmoji, which will liven up the ambient display with your personal Bitmoji avatar. Your avatar will update throughout the day based on your activity and things happening around you ( Path: Settings – Customization – Clock on ambient display – Bitmoji )
  • OnePlus Store
    • An intuitive and convenient way to manage your OnePlus account, get easy-to-access support, discover exciting members-only benefits, and shop for OnePlus products. (Please note that it can be uninstalled).

Samsung Galaxy J8: the news of the update

Finally, Samsung Galaxy J8 is receiving the security patches of June 2021: the firmware version is being rolled out J810FJXU5CUF2, which contains no other news.

This is not the most recent SMR (Security Maintenance Release), but for a budget smartphone of 2018 it is already great news.

How to update Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 9, OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, Samsung Galaxy J8

Not all the updates described are (already) also available in Europe. In any case, you can perform a manual search using the following paths:

  • for Xiaomi, “Settings> System info> MIUI version> Check for updates“.
  • per i OnePlus, “Settings > System > Software update“.
  • per i OnePlus, “Settings > System > Software update“.

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