Samsung and Nokia seem to be dedicated in providing budget phone buyers a worthwhile experience, good enough to ensure they have not much to complain about. In today’s news, Samsung and Nokia have both given their budget smartphones the latest Android security patch, and then some. While the Nokia 3 gets Android 8.1 Oreo finally, Samsung Galaxy On6 users will henceforth, be able to use AR Emojis, an augmented reality-based feature that was first introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Android 8.1 Oreo Update For Nokia 3
The Nokia 3, launched early in 2017, came with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Eventually, the device got upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, but not the 8.1 version. The Android 8.0 Oreo had missed out on several excellent features seen in Android 8.1 Oreo, as the latter was a more complete and final version of the Oreo firmware. Now, Nokia has started giving an OTA update for Android 8.1 Oreo, sized 1.8GB, to Nokia 3 handsets globally. The firmware carries build number V4.42D, and may take a couple of days to reach your handset if it hasn’t come already.
The new Android 8.1 Oreo upgrade brings with it the latest December security patch from Android, a redesigned Settings menu, redone Power menu, improved system stability and some additional features such as battery level indicator for devices connected by Bluetooth. And that is not all; Nokia has even promised the Android 9 Pie experience for the Nokia 3 devices, although, no clear timeline has been mentioned yet.
Samsung Galaxy On6 Gets Adaptive Brightness Feature
A new software update now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy On6 adds four useful features to the device. One, it adds December security patch to the handset and two, it makes the Galaxy On6 ready to use with two 4G VoLTE SIM cards. Dual VoLTE support was not given to the handset when it was launched in the first week of July this year. With millions of mobile phone users making the move from 2G and 3G networks to 4G, this feature could be a dealmaker for mobile phones.
The software update for the Samsung Galaxy On6, weighing 286MB and arriving over-the-air (OTA), also adds AR Emojis feature to the device, which is a commendable thing because many mid-range and budget devices lack the feature. New iPhones and Samsung flagship devices offer this feature, but Samsung is slowly adding it in software updates to its mid-range and budget devices. The feature allows users to turn their selfies into emojis, making unique expression in texting apps possible.
The fourth feature the software update adds to the Samsung Galaxy On6 is Automatic Brightness. This feature is neither like Adaptive Brightness, nor is it the same automatic brightness adjustment we see on phones with ambient light sensor. Since this budget device lacks the ambient light sensor, the new feature lets the device use its front camera to understand how much light is available. The phone adjusts screen brightness accordingly, thereby leaving the user with one less thing to worry about.