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Xiaomi challenges Samsung with its 3 years of Android OS updates promise

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Last year, Samsung announced its new software policy which ensures three major OS upgrades for all the flagship Galaxies launched since 2019. Later on, the company has also released a list of eligible devices for three upgrades which included select mid-range Galaxy A phones as well.

According to the latest information, Samsung’s emerging rival Xiaomi reportedly promised three Android OS upgrades for its upcoming Mi 11T series smartphones. Usually, the company offers two Android updates to its mid-range and flagship devices and three years of quarterly security updates.

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Notably, the Chinese phone maker’s high-profile flagship, Mi 11 Ultra is also compatible with only two Android OS switches and three years of quarterly Android security patches. With its recent commitment, Xiaomi took yet another move to chase Samsung’s software support game.

Xiaomi Three Android OS Upgrades

Here’s what the Head of Product & Technology at Xiaomi said:

“With the continuous improvement made to smartphone hardware, the life cycle of a smartphone is gradually lengthening, meaning users aren’t required to replace their smartphones as frequently. For this reason, more consumers place great importance on receiving the latest operating system updates, along with the latest features. Xiaomi is committed to providing users with industry-leading hardware and lasting performance.”

“In continuation of this commitment to users, Xiaomi is further extending the life cycle of Xiaomi’s smartphones by ensuring three generations of Android operating system updates. This way, users can choose to use their current devices for a longer period, and enjoy the latest features along with it. At the same time, we will also provide users with security updates that ensure their devices operate securely for a longer period of time,” he added.

Other than this large statement, Xiaomi spokesperson reportedly said that “Xiaomi is currently evaluating the possibility of bringing the extended Android system and security upgrades services to more Xiaomi devices.”

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It’s officially confirmed that Xiaomi will launch the Mi 11T series smartphones on September 15, 2021. Furthermore, the company has also teased that the top variant, Mi 11T Pro will feature massive 120W fast charging support.

And in case you missed Germany’s plan for seven years of security updates, don’t forget to read it HERE. Well, what do you think about this rising software update support competition? Let us know in the comments below!

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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One UI 7 to bring Android 15’s secret Landroid screensaver

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Android 15’s Easter Egg includes a secret Landroid screensaver mode that One UI 7 might borrow. Samsung’s next One UI iteration will be based on Android 15 OS. Core Android features such as Easter Egg will be included in Galaxy’s next major upgrade.

Debuted as a Landroid screensaver, Android 15’s Easter egg was added with the latest Beta. Google News Telegram channel’s Nail Sadykov discovered that the Easter egg game is equipped with an integrated screensaver mode.

To activate Easter Egg, head into Settings followed by About phone and Android version. Once done, tap the displayed Android version several times until you see the Android 15 bugdroid logo floating in space.

Space travel mini-game will be available to play added with Android 14. When you initially trigger the mini-game, you should have unlocked the new screensaver, tucked away under Settings → Display & Touch → Screen saver → Landroid.

After activating the screensaver, you can set your phone on your desk. Now, the phone will let you watch the Easter egg game take over in autopilot mode, as the spacecraft automatically dodges planets – it provides a better experience on a tablet placed on a dock.

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Android 15 might let you share AI-generated wallpapers

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Google introduced the AI Wallpaper feature with the Pixel 8 series. The same functionality is also available in Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series thanks to Genini Nano. Now, Google is preparing to make AI-generated wallpapers sharable with Android 15.

Pixel’s ability to create AI-generated wallpapers is quite popular among users. Currently, the feature only allows users to generate stunning wallpapers and apply on the home screen and lock screen. Sharing with someone presently requires to be saved as a screenshot.

Threads user @the_husbandalorian discovered interesting evidence in the latest Beta. The company is working on a new option in Android 15 to share AI-generated wallpapers. A new share button is added on the preview screen in the wallpaper picker interface.

 

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The preview will display how the wallpaper will be applied to your phone’s home or lock screen. The pencil button will allow you to refine the prompt used to create the wallpaper. Share button is all you need to share AI-generated wallpaper with others.

At present, the ability to share AI-generated wallpaper is broken. It suggests the feature is still under development and requires additional work. The next Beta might make it functional for Beta users, and we guess public availability with a Stable rollout.

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AI Wallpaper in One UI 6.1

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Samsung Android 15 Update: One UI 7 Ineligible Devices [LIST]

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Samsung One UI 7 Ineligible Devices

Samsung is very well known for its excellent after-sales service and software support. The company announced that it will provide up to 7 years of major OS upgrades and security updates for its flagship devices, starting with the Galaxy S24 series. This is a remarkable achievement that will allow Samsung users to enjoy the latest features and security enhancements for a long time.

Not all Samsung devices will be eligible for the upcoming Android 15-based One UI 7 update, which is expected to bring several new features and improvements. Some older and lower-end models of the Galaxy A, Galaxy M, and Galaxy F series have reached the end of their software upgrade cycles, and will not receive any further OS updates.

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However, these devices will still receive security patches for another year, but they will miss out on the new features and benefits of One UI 7.

Samsung One UI 7 Ineligible Devices

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Samsung Android 15 One UI 7 Ineligible Device List

The following is the list of Samsung devices that will not get the Android 15 One UI 7 update:

Galaxy A series 

  • Galaxy A04s
  • Galaxy A13
  • Galaxy A23
  • Galaxy A72
  • Galaxy A52
  • Galaxy A52 5G
  • Galaxy A52s

Galaxy M series 

  • Galaxy M53 5G
  • Galaxy M33 5G
  • Galaxy M23

Galaxy F series

  • Galaxy F23

If you own any of these devices, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer model that will support One UI 7 and beyond.

Note: The list is compiled on software update policy and previous rollouts. 

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