Last month, Verizon has started sending 5G Nationwide access for Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71 phones in the US via OTA. According to the official info, the carrier is now providing the latest December 2020 security patch for both of these devices.
This new firmware update can be identified by build versions: A516VSQS1BTK1 for Galaxy A51, and A716VSQS1BTK1 for Galaxy A71. It brings system security improvements and features enhancements for a better user experience.
Aside from the security updates, Verizon has also started rolling out Android 11 based One UI 3.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series in the US. As per the One UI 3.0 roadmap, Samsung will start sending Android 11 based One UI 3.0 update for the Galaxy A51 from March 2021 while the Galaxy A71 from May next year.
The current software update provides the most up to date Android Security patches on your device.
How to check for updates manually:
- This process allows a user to navigate through the device options to seek updates.
- From the Home screen, tap the Menu Key > Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check for Updates.
- If your device finds a new software update, tap Download now. When complete, a screen will appear advising you that the new version of software is ready to be installed. Tap Install update.
- The device will power down and power back on. A screen will appear stating that the installation has been completed. Tap OK.
You’ve successfully updated your software.
January 2023 Google Play System update for Samsung Galaxy S22 has arrived, yours to download now
Samsung Galaxy S22 series begins getting the latest January 2023 Google Play System update. At present, the update rollout is happening in the Indian market, with Europe and the United States will follow shortly.
January 2023 Google Play System update for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a package size of 58MB. Notably, the Android manufacturer skipped rolling out the December 2022 Play System update for devices.
The latest Play System update comes with fixes for some critical bugs in various scenarios including Account Management, Security & Privacy, System Management & Diagnostics, and Utilities related services.
In addition, the latest version further enhances the Device Connectivity function of Android smartphones and makes it possible to discover devices even when the screen is off.
The update also expands the range of users and use cases supported by the Play Games profile. Not that all, there are various new changes and improvements in the Google Play Store itself, which are as follows:
- New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.
- Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.
- Continuous improvements to Play Protect to keep your device safe.
- Various performance optimizations, bug fixes and improvements to security, stability and accessibility.
Moreover, Password manager helps you save different passwords to your Google account and allows you to use them across various websites and devices. Now, you will be able to add notes to your existing and new passwords.
Google detailed the Play System update, which also includes:
- [Phone] Improve user experience for auto filling passwords.
- [Phone] Visual and infrastructure updates to Wallet mobile web experience.
- [Phone] Adds contactless data transfer (NFC) restrictions for passes.
- [Phone] New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support Device Connectivity, Location & Context, Machine Learning & AI, Maps, and System Management & Diagnostics related developer services in their apps.
- [Phone] Update the platform QR scanner with the ability to select an existing photo and add support for handling Matter and UPI codes from OEM cameras.
- [Phone] Updates to System Management, and Usability services that improve Device Connectivity, Device Performance, Network Usage, Privacy, Security, Stability, and Usability.
How to download and install Play System update:
Open Settings >> Security and privacy >> Updates >> Google Play system update.
T-Mobile releases Android 13 One UI 5.0 update for Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in the US
Carrier-unlocked models of Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G smartphone at T-Mobile are now getting the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software update in the US. Whereas, the US carrier-unlocked devices and internal variants have already grabbed it in late 2022.
Samsung is releasing this update with One UI build version G781U1UEU9FWA7. It installs plenty of new features alongside a lot of new improvements, customization capabilities, and a revamped user interface.
The Quick settings panel, Notification Panel, Recent menu, Home screen, Lock screen, and other compartments are getting various notable tweaks. Whereas, the app icons are now bolder and look great compared to the older ones.
As far as the new features are concerned, the Galaxy S20 FE Android 13 update brings 16 Color Palette options, Stack widgets, Notification Permission, Lockdown mode, Maintenance mode, Per-app languages, a new Smart Suggestion widget, a Smart Text extraction feature, new swipe features for easier multitasking, and much more.
Meanwhile, the Camera app is receiving various new changes and features including Picture, Historogarm in Pro mode, Help guide in Pro mode, Food Mode support in Telephoto camera, improved Single Take, and others.
At the same time, the Gallery app is receiving a new interface alongside improvised editing tools, and more. You will also notice major changes in the Edge Panels, Good Lock, Samsung Internet, Samsung DeX, Samsung Notes, Smart View, and other One UI apps and services.
— Samsung One UI Software Updates (@SamSWUpdate) January 31, 2023
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 gets One UI 5.1 Camera controller zoom, Self-diagnose features in India
After the Galaxy Watch 5, Samsung began rolling out the January 2023 feature-packed update to Galaxy Watch 4 users last week. This update was limited to South Korea but now, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 customers living in India are also getting access to One UI 5.1 Camera controller zoom and Self-diagnose features with the new software update.
As per the information, the new Camera controller zoom feature will let the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 customers remotely zoom the camera by pinching in or out the watch’s screen or through the rotating bezel.
It is noteworthy that Samsung is only releasing this Camera Controller zoom feature for the flagship phones released after Galaxy S20 or Galaxy Z Flip driving at least One UI 5.1 software. It means you will not be able to use it at present. However, you can have hands-on this feature once your Galaxy phone will receive the One UI 5.1 update.
Moreover, the January 2023 software update for Galaxy Watch 4 further brings the ability for Self-diagnose. It installs a new “Connected device diagnostics” option that will allow you to check the proper performance of your wearable’s battery status, touch screen function, and more on the connected phone.
You can now use this feature by updating your Galaxy Watch 4, Samsung Members app, and Galaxy Wearable app to their latest version.
Samsung is currently rolling out the One UI 5.1 Camera controller zoom and Self-diagnose features for the LTE version of Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. You can determine it through the built version:
- Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm) – R865FXXU1GWA3
- Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm) – R875FXXU1GWA3
- Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (42mm) – R885FXXU1GWA3
- Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) – R895FXXU1GWA3
— Samsung One UI Software Updates (@SamSWUpdate) January 31, 2023