Some time ago, Samsung started shutting down its customer cloud service Samsung Cloud, but they recently officially announced this plan.
According to foreign media reports, Samsung will officially discontinue cloud services on June 21, 2021. Also, the option to sync images and videos from the Samsung Album app to the Samsung Cloud will soon be stepping out. For example, the Netherlands Photo Album app sync activity ends on October 5, with local time and other markets closing this fall.
Samsung will allow cloud users to migrate data to Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud disk before April 1 next year. During the 10 weeks from April 1 to June 21, users will only be allowed to manually download data from the Samsung cloud. After June 21, Samsung cloud servers will be permanently shut down.
Samsung devises users should know that two years ago Samsung Cloud did not allow users to purchase capacity packages. The standard 15GB is only available for use, then reduced to 5GB. Currently, on Samsung phones, Samsung has replaced the cloud with Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive. Album Sync only supports OneDrive cloud disks.
Samsung Cloud End means that Samsung has officially partnered with Microsoft to use OneDrive Cloud Disk Sync on the device. However, in the “My Files” app, Google Drive sync is still an option. It is reported that this is part of Samsung’s major strategic change and that it will be more costly to establish a major partnership with Microsoft’s OneDrive team. Samsung’s software cuts are huge, but it does have a definite impact on their production environment.
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Apple Hanam opens as Korea’s 6th Apple Store, huge crowd gathered
Today, Apple Hanam opened as the sixth Apple Store in South Korea, where a large crowd gathered in front of the store even before the opening. It is the first Apple Store outside Seoul and the 6th store in Korea following ‘Apple Gangnam’, which opened at the end of March.
At the opening event, about 1,000 visitors flocked to the open run (standing in line even before the doors opened). It was a weekend, and the news that tumblers with Apple Hanam’s logo were being offered to commemorate the opening attracted a larger crowd than at other existing stores.
Most visitors were young people, such as teenagers and people in their 20s, who preferred iPhones. Apple has been focusing on targeting Samsung’s home ground in recent years. This month, Apple announced its entry into the ‘national district’ through the Hanam Open.
Apple Hanam, which introduced a unique logo featuring the blue waves of the Han River, also differentiated itself in space. It has ‘Watch Studio’, an experiential space, and ‘Genius Bar’, where you can receive after-sales services such as product damage repair and software support.
Google introduces ‘Weather’ shortcut to Pixel app grid
Google has recently enhanced its Weather experience, which is currently only available on Pixel devices. The new Weather interface is sleek and intuitive, but the tweak is that it is still hidden within the Google app.
Users who want to access it have to either use the Google search bar or the At A Glance widget on their home screen. However, Google seems to be working on making the Weather experience more accessible and independent.
Some Pixel users have reported seeing a dedicated “Weather” shortcut in their app grid, which looks like a regular app icon. The shortcut has a circular logo with a sun and a cloud, but it is smaller than usual because it is placed inside another circle.
By tapping on this shortcut, you can see the App info menu and Widgets for Google Search. However, it is not an app, as it still relies on the Google app to work.
Samsung phones already have Repair Mode that Google Pixels getting in December
With the December 2023 Android Feature Drop, Google is rolling out a new Repair Mode feature to Tensor-powered Pixel smartphones. Well, Google’s Repair Mode is a replica of Samsung’s Maintenance Mode feature, which safeguards user privacy and data while being serviced.
As part of further enhancing data security and privacy on Galaxy devices, Samsung has introduced a new Maintenance Mode feature with One UI 5.0, helping to protect Galaxy users’ data while their device is being repaired at a service center.
When enabled, Maintenance Mode conceals users’ personal data, including photos, videos, contacts, and messages. When users send their device away for repairs, Maintenance Mode will help to prevent the risk of unauthorized access to your device and in most repair cases
While your device is set to Maintenance Mode, the Samsung service center will only have access to basic device features to be able to perform service diagnosis and repair.
How it works
Upon activation, Maintenance Mode sets up a distinct user profile, ensuring users’ primary account and data remain private. Users can activate Maintenance Mode through either the device Settings menu, or the Samsung Members app.
Once the user retrieves the device from the service centre, the user can deactivate Maintenance Mode through the Settings menu and restore their data from a temporary cloud backup, or an external storage backup.