Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gets a massive update, brings Digital Wellbeing, GameDock 4.0, lots of bug fixes & optimizations

A couple of weeks ago, Xiaomi started rolling out the stable version of Android 9 Pie to the original Black Shark that came out in April 2018 running Android Oreo out of the box.

With the update to Pie, the Black Shark gained new stuff such as Screen Recorder, Face Unlock, and a new version of SharkSpace and GamerStudio. Using the updated GameStudio, gamers on Black Shark can customize their performance, audio, touch, display, and even network preferences.

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The original Black Shark got updated to Android Pie last month

Besides the new features, the Pie-based update also bundled a newer Android security patch dated August 2019. As of this writing, this same security patch is now rolling out to the latest Xiaomi Black Shark 2 as version SKYW19091920S01MP4 or SKYW1909192OS00MP4.

Black Shark says in a forum post the different software versions provided are necessary since the device is optimized/packaged differently based on the regions it is sold in.

Since we have made special optimization for the global version package in different regions, this time it is has to be divided into two versions of push, if you receive different version upgrades, please do not worried, (we will unify the next version to the same version number push)
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According to Black Shark, those whose Black Shark 2 units currently have software version SKYW1907040OS01MP3 installed will receive an OTA update to version SKYW1909192OS01MP4.

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If you have version SKYW1907031OS00MP3 installed, the new update is arriving on your Shark 2 as version SKYW1909192OS00MP4. But even with the different software versions, the changelog is the same in both cases.

In addition to the updated August security patch, the incoming Black Shark 2 update is pretty detailed. One notable addition is the support for Google’s Digital Wellbeing. For a gaming device like the Shark 2, you truly need to monitor your usage when gaming.

1. Updated Google Security patch to 2019-08-05

2. Update GameDock 4.0, added new feature: Shark Time

3. Added language support for Arabic and Lithuanian

4. Added desktop drop-down notification bar function

5. Added Notification can be swipe off at Lock Screen

6. Added Google Wellbeing

7. Addressed issue that the device theme is invalid

8. Addressed issue that screen may suddenly light up after fingerprint unlocking

9. Addressed issue the default time zone change does not take effect

10. Addressed issue that can’t slide out the Gamedock after connecting the Gamepad

11. Addressed issue that USB Debugging cannot be turned off

12. Optimized Camera Anti-Banding

13. Optimized system stability and performance

14. Optimized standby power consumption

15. Optimized compatibility of NoInCall in GameDock and adapt some mainstream social applications

16. Optimized Memory management strategy and fix slowing down and App Not Reponsed issue

17. Optimized Fingerprint unlock speed

18. Optimized power consumption of FaceUnlock

19. Optimized stability when using GamePad

20. Optimized some translation

Other features included in the update are a new Game Dock 4.0 and Shark Time feature, desktop drop-down notification bar function, ability to swipe off notifications from the lock screen, and support for Arabic and Lithuanian languages.

As you can see from the changelog above, optimizations and bug fixes and also in plenty, so be sure to grab this update once the OTA shows up on your Black Shark 2 handset.

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