The year is almost over, but manufacturers continue to release new updates. That’s why we put all the Android security updates of popular smartphones in a row for you every week. This week: Samsung, Huawei, Nokia and more!

The Android security update overview of week 51


It is the week of the Android Pie updates, and Nokia kicks off. The company released two major updates this week for recent top devices. In addition, a handful of security updates for other smartphones appeared.

Nokia 8 – Android 9.0 (Pie) update
Nokia 7.1 – Android 9.0 (Pie) update
Nokia 1 – security update December 2018
Nokia 3 security update December 2018
Nokia 5.1 Plus – security update December 2018
Nokia 6.1 security update December 2018


Samsung seems to be closing the year consistently. More and more Samsung smartphones now receive monthly security updates, and the manufacturer is also getting faster with that. This week the update has appeared for about seven recent smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – security update December 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – security update December 2018
Samsung Galaxy S9 – security update December 2018
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – security update December 2018
Samsung Galaxy S8 – security update December 2018
Samsung Galaxy S7 – security update December 2018
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) – security update December 2018


For the second week in a row we have to issue a negative download recommendation for the Xiaomi security updates. For several Mi A2 users, the December update causes a boat run. The device continues to restart indefinitely and is therefore unusable. For the time being, it seems to be a relatively small group of users, but nevertheless it does not hurt to wait with the update until Xiaomi manages to solve the problem.

Xiaomi Mi A2 – security update December 2018 (warning: do not download!)


After Google, Sony and Nokia, Huawei is the next big manufacturer to start rolling out Android Pie updates. At one time, three recent top machines are next. Huawei has confirmed to us that these updates are now rolled out globally, but could not immediately confirm when they are available in the Netherlands. You may therefore have to wait a little longer here.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Android 9.0 (Pie) update
Huawei P20 Pro – Android 9.0 (Pie) update
Huawei P20 – Android 9.0 (Pie) update
Honor Play – Android 9.0 (Pie) update


We do not often hear from Asus, because the manufacturer is not very popular here. Yet they are doing well this week: an Android Pie update for the Zenfone 5 is gradually rolling out worldwide. Again, we do not know for sure when the update will appear in the Netherlands.

Asus Zenfone 5 – Android 9.0 (Pie) update


Finally, some smaller, slightly delayed updates from Motorola. The company releases the November security update for two recent budget smartphones.

Motorola Moto G6 security update November 2018
Motorola Moto G6 Plus security update November 2018

What is custom ROM?
ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.

The new Android 11 comes with many new features :

  • Android 11 helps minimize background activity in the apps you use least, it's the super power you can't even see.
  • With your permission, Autofill remembers your logins to get you into your favorite apps at supersonic speed.
  • Picture-in-Picture allows you to see two apps at once, it's like having super strength and laser vision.
  • Notification Dots: Press the notification dots to quickly see what's new, and easily clear them by swiping away.
  • Android Instant Apps: Teleport directly into new apps right from your browser, no installation needed.
  • Google Play Protect: Working to keep your device and data safe from misbehaving apps by scanning over 50 billion apps per day, even the ones you haven't installed yet!
  • Whether you're talking, playing, working or streaming, you can feel confident about keeping your battery strong and full of life.
  • Share the feels with a fully redesigned emoji set, including over 60 new emoji.
  • Better RAM Management.
  • It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
  • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
  • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
  • and other cool features.
If you want to install using your PC, you need the ADB tools installed on your computer. Download the ADB tools via Google’s developers website and download the Android SDK. Downloading the SDK and making sure ADB is correctly set up.

Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to Android 11.

Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.


Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.



Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.


Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 11 file first. Download Android