The world of Android smartphones is extremely vast, so much so that more or less popular models receive new software updates every day and today, in particular, it is the turn of OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, Realme 5, Realme X2 and HONOR 8X. In common with all these updates is the presence of monthly security patches, however the differences are not lacking, let’s see what they consist of.
OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro: OxygenOS Open Beta 9
Let’s start with OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro with a premise: this new update, announced as usual on the official forum, concerns the beta channel, it is in fact the OxygenOS Open Beta 9 and the base is obviously Android 10. The update therefore, it arrives through OTA, but on condition that you have previously joined the beta program.
The registry of changes, which are listed below in full, makes mention of a series of improvements, from the use of the dialer with one hand to the network performance for the benefit of gaming, passing through the security patches of January 2020 and the fixes a weather app bug and general bugs. Then there is the Zen Mode 1.5.0 with support for login with the OnePlus account and data synchronization.
- Enhanced one-hand usage for dialer app
- Optimized network for a better gaming experience
- Updated Android security patch to 2020.01
- Improved system stability and fixed general bugs
- Zen Mode V1.5.0
- Supported OnePlus Account login, synchronization of badges and historical data
- Fixed the weather app crashing issue
Realme 5 and Realme X2: February patches and more
Moving on to Realme 5 and Realme X2, two mid-range devices of the emerging brand, the upcoming updates have in common the implementation of the February 2020 security patches and the function – specific for the Indian market – Wi-Fi through operators Airtel and Jio, however there is no lack of more specific changes.
In particular, the update for Realme 5 brings to the system level the classic stability improvements, but above all an important fix for the camera that remedies some occasional crash. The update containing ColorOS 6.0.1, has a size of 2.57 GB and can be downloaded manually at this link.
The update for the more popular Realme X2 contains the ColorOS 6.1, weighs 2.56 GB and can be downloaded manually at this link. In this case, the specific features concerns the introduction of the dark mode programming mode according to the sunrise / sunset rhythm.
Security patch for HONOR 8X, the EMUI 10
We conclude with HONOR 8X, medium-low end smartphone of the Chinese house about which a little more than a month ago we had reported the roll out of the important update to the EMUI 10 with Android 10 base in stable version.
Well if on the one hand the major update is gradually spreading internationally, there is a meager consolation also for owners of HONOR 8X still stuck at EMUI 9.1: a new secondary software update has just been released, including security patches of January 2020. Unfortunately it seems that there is no new feature to report and the change log is rather sparse.
The new software version is 22.214.171.1243 and the incoming OTA package weighs just under 100 MB. The same update is however also arriving on models already updated to EMUI, in which case the new software version is 10.0.0.175 and does not contain any further news.
With the January 2020 security patches, 2 critical level fixes and 16 high levels for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) are introduced.
How to install an update on an Android smartphone
If you own one of the smartphones mentioned, you can check the availability of the aforementioned software updates simply by going to the System Settings and scrolling to the Software Update item. For OnePlus smartphones, the Oxygen Update option is not missing, while for Realme branded devices, you can check the availability of new updates via the Realmeupdater.com website.