Android 10-based Flyme 8.1 coming to 10 Meizu phones, company teases smartwatch

Peter, 23 June 2020

Meizu announced Flyme 8.1 in early May – its customized version of Android 10. The company is now recruiting volunteers for a closed beta test, which reveals that 10 older models are on the upgrade path.

Meizu 16s Meizu 16s Pro Meizu 16T
Meizu 16s • Meizu 16s Pro • Meizu 16T

Meizu 16 Meizu 16 Plus Meizu 16Xs
Meizu 16 • Meizu 16 Plus • Meizu 16Xs

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Meizu 16X • Meizu Note 9 • Meizu Note 8 • Meizu X8

The beta test will start on July 21, only Meizu owners in China can participate and you have to be registered in the System Update app. You have until July 31 to register.

The new version of Flyme OS (already running on the Flyme 17 phones) features optimizations and increases system stability. It adds support for low latency connection to TWS headsets. Meizu Pay allows transport cards to be transferred between Meizu devices connected to the same account.

Flyme 8.1 (based on Android 10) is coming to 10 old Meizu phones Flyme 8.1 (based on Android 10) is coming to 10 old Meizu phones
Flyme 8.1 (based on Android 10) is coming to 10 old Meizu phones

Small Window Mode 2.1 now supports 24 apps. They use bubble notifications while you play a game or watch a movie to avoid interruptions. Also, there are improvements to the camera and gallery apps. This update also introduces OneMind 4.0 (Meizu’s AI platform) and updates Aicy (the digital assistant).

That’s not all. Flyme is turning 8 years old and the company may celebrate by releasing its first ever smartwatch. A square watch, judging by the silhouette shown in the image below (right next to what appears to be the Meizu 17).

Meizu is teasing its first smartwatch
Meizu is teasing its first smartwatch

If you’re in China and want to take part in the beta test, you can follow the Source link for instructions on how to join.

Source (in Chinese) | Via


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  • Carol

I give you credit for writing a Book here and accepting the fact that nobody will read it. Well, it is another level of comunication with one self:).

WARNING, it’s a Long Read. Interesting comment, though my experience with dozens of different OEMs and phones has left me with a different impression. I’ll talk about each OS starting from the leanest barebones to the heaviest skinned. First up,...

Thanks for the update Peter! Nope, disagree with your list apprise. The only things bad about Meizu is: - no support for international 3G/4G bands - software updates aren't frequent, quite slow, and not supported too long - the branding ...

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