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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 20 getting July 2021 security update

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Update

Earlier this month, Samsung updated its latest Galaxy Note series devices with the most up-to-date security patch. Now, the Galaxy Note 20 flagships locked on Verizon cellular started grabbing the July 2021 security patch in the US via software update.

Other than the security improvements, the update package also includes system performance enhancements for a better overall user experience. However, it’s a gradual rollout, it may take some time to reach every Galaxy Note 20 unit in the country.

Software versions:

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  • The current software update provides performance improvements and the most up-to-date Android security patches on your device.

Last month, Google said that Samsung will fix the Android Auto-related issue with software updates in the future so we can expect that the July 2021 update fixes the error that was emerged last month. However, the new OTA improves the performance of all the stock applications.

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Aside from this, the Korean OEM stated that its July 2021 security patch embeds fixes for 41 CVEs from Google and 8 SVEs from Samsung. At the same time, Verizon’s update for the Galaxy Note 20 should also include additional repairs from the carrier.

Galaxy Note 20 Android 12 Status

Launched back in August 2020, the Galaxy Note 20 series ships with Android 10-based One UI 2.5 out of the box. Moving on, the phone maker delivered the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update in late last year, followed by the One UI 3.1 update earlier this year.

As Google is going to release the twelfth major generation of its mobile phone operating system, Samsung is also preparing to begin its Android 12 Beta activity for flagship Galaxies. It’s expected that the One UI 4.0 Beta will be released for the Galaxy S21 in October followed by the Galaxy Note 20 and others.

Here’s how to check for Verizon Galaxy Note 20 July update manually:

  • Open device Settings
  • Scroll down and select Software updates
  • Hit on Download and install button.

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.

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Samsung considers LockStar support for Galaxy S24 AOD customization

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Samsung is reviewing LockStar for Galaxy S24 AOD customization. The Korean community’s moderator confirmed that the latest flagship phones don’t support personalization of the always-on-display using Good Lock’s LockStar module.

Thanks to the new screens, Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series brings an iPhone-like Always On Display feature. However, the company seemingly missed bounding it with Good Lock for customization. As a result, users are facing issues tweaking it through LockStar.

However, the latest input confirms that Samsung is considering LockStar support for Galaxy S24 AOD. This will allow users to renovate the always-on-display functionality on their device in various aspects including removal of certain elements.

LockStar doesn’t support AOD customization in the Galaxy S24 series. While an internal review is underway, a possible release may happen shortly. Meanwhile, the moderator hasn’t shared any specific timeline regarding the availability of the support.

Good Lock’s LockStar is one of the most popular plugins for Galaxy customization. Not only the lock screen, the LockStar also lets users tweak the AOD function. The suite will likely add support for the newly released phones well before July Unpacked.

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Beyond Apple, Huawei’s resurgence in China raises concerns for Samsung

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Huawei is making a stunning comeback in its home ground. The company scored a 70% year-on-year growth in its smartphone sales in China in the first quarter. At the same time, sales of Apple dropped by over 19%, reports Counterpoint Research.

The report highlights that the Chinese phone maker is set to outpace Apple in China. As Apple is already facing heat, it’s alarming for all smartphone vendors including Samsung. After Apple, Huawei’s next target will be Samsung which leads the Global market.

Huawei, which was at 9.3% in the first quarter of 2023, jumped to 15.5% in Q1 this year. Apple led the Chinese market in 1Q23 with approximately 20% market share slipped to 15.7% in the first quarter of this year, dropping to the third spot in China.

Earlier, IDC pointed out that Apple is facing a market decline as it lost momentum in China. The local government’s push for local vendors is also helping Huawei to eat Apple’s market. Well, Vivo and Honor were the top two brands by market share.

“Apple’s sales were subdued during the quarter as Huawei’s comeback has directly impacted Apple in the premium segment,” said Ivan Lam, senior research analyst at Counterpoint.

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Samsung and Intel team up to power the future of AI PCs

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Apart from mobile, Samsung is also focusing on the PC market. The company has recently launched its new all-in-one PC “All-in-One Pro.” At the event, the VP of Intel Korea Samsung Business Division announced the intention to work with Samsung for the AI PCs market.

Galaxy AI is a hit, helping Samsung sell the Galaxy S24 series worldwide. The Korean tech giant is also bringing AI capabilities to its laptop line. Compared to smartphones, laptops, and PCs would offer way better AI features and abilities to bolster productivity.

Samsung’s All-in-One Pro features Intel’s Core Ultra AI PC processor CPU. Thanks to Intel’s external GPU, Arc, graphics performance in the all-in-one PC has also improved twofold compared to the previous generation, and power efficiency has been improved by 25%.

“In this trend where AI is present everywhere, the PC is the product that we experience directly and use for production activities,” stated Bae Tae-won.

As far as AI features are concerned, Intel is committed to offering a complimentary “AI Creator App Package” that consists of the Luminar Neo photo editing software named “Affinity” as well as the Magix video editing application “Vegas.”

Apart from Intel, Samsung also partnered with Microsoft to bring a dedicated Copilot key to the wireless keyboard of the All-in-One Pro PC. Such kind of collaborations offer deeply enhanced user experience as accessing AI-powered Copilot is just a keypress away from you.

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