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News on Mobile OS Releases, January 2021

What's new on Mobile OS releases: Android, iOS, Harmony, EMUI. Updated to January 2021


Android 11 gives you powerful device controls and easier ways to manage conversations and so much more. Privacy is a big focus with Android 11, with Google introducing one-time permissions and granular control over what sort of data you share.

New smartphones receiving Android 11:

  • OnePlus 7 and 7T series get Android 11 with OxygenOS Open Beta 1;

  • Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 5 and Xperia 5 II;

  • Samsung Galaxy M31 is getting its Android 11 update with One UI 3.0. The company had planned to release the stable version of the software to the smartphone starting March 2021;

  • Xiaomi starts rolling out the Android 11 update for Mi Note 10 Lite;

  • POCO X2 is getting its Android 11 update with MIUI 12.

Full content and details (external sources):, XDADevelopers


Apple iOS

The iOS 14.4 update can be accessed on the Apple Developer Centre, for testers and developers.

iOS 14.4 will include the following improvements for your iPhone:

  • Smaller QR codes can be recognized by Camera;

  • Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications;

  • Notifications for when the camera on your iPhone is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera in iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Full content and details (external sources): GadgetsNow, 9to5Mac


HarmonyOS 2.0 beta


Beta versions of HarmonyOS 2.0 have started rolling out to more devices, including the Huawei P30 and Mate 30 Pro 5G.

Full content and details (external sources): GSMArena



Here's some of the EMUI 11 eligible devices.

Huawei Mate-series:

  • Huawei Mate 30, Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Pro 5G

  • Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche design 

  • Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei 20 Pro

Huawei P-series:

  • Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro and Pro+ 

  • Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei Nova-series:

  • Huawei Nova 7 and 7 Pro

  • Huawei Nova 6 and 6 5G 


For more devices and details click here.

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