Although Android 12 adds with it a long list of new features that will enhance the operating system, it also brings some controversial features to the table. One of them is related to the “Phantom Processes” that manages the background app processes. With future Android releases, we are now aware of a possible change to the Google-themed app policy.
It could potentially interfere with Android terminal emulator apps like PhantomProcessKiller Termux in Android 12. Google recognized this problem by introducing a new patch to AOSP. This patch adds a new toggle in Developer Options to disable Phantom processes monitoring. Revealed from Mishal Rehman with reporting from XDA.
Google unplanned background app policy to Android 13
PhantomProcesskiller is designed for forked child processes, which require a lot of CPU usage and boot through apps. Originally introduced with Android 12, this feature only allows a maximum of 32 child processes.
As expected, this impedes the ability of the app to execute many background operations. While it’s good news that Google has finally released the toggle to disable this, it looks like developers will have to wait until Android 13 launches at the end of 2022.
Phantom processes can be disabled through the “Power Users” and Developers settings – Developer settings – feature flags. When the toggle is off, the limit of 32 child processes is ignored and forked child processes are run without any restrictions. Note that this exception does not apply to major app processes.
Although there is now speculation that the feature will only be available with Android 13, it is unlikely to be bundled with Android 12L. If you do not know, Android 12L is for devices with tablets, foldables and large screens.
Android 13 is still months away from coming. Most importantly, the world does not yet fully understand Android 12 and its bugs. Separately, Samsung recently had to turn off the One UI 4 Android 12 update for the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3. However, it probably has more to do with Samsung than Google.
[Official] Samsung will update these Galaxy devices to Android 13 One UI 5.0
One UI 5.0 officially debuted on October 12 while Samsung started the Stable update rollout on October 24. The new Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update will continue to be available for more eligible Galaxy devices in the coming and next few months.
At first, Samsung will release the Android 13 update for flagship Galaxy devices such as the Galaxy Z series, Galaxy S series, Galaxy Note series, and select Galaxy A series devices. While flagship Galaxy phones will likely start getting the One UI 5.0 update in November 2022, rollout for mid-rangers will begin in December.
Samsung One UI 5.0 update is packed with a number of new features and improvements for Galaxy devices. Features availability may vary by device and network carrier due to hardware limitations. You can check all new One UI 5 features and tips and tricks here, followed by eligible devices that are officially confirmed.
Note: The list is based on the One UI 5 roadmap for Europe.
Galaxy Z Series
- Galaxy Z Fold 4 – Rolling out
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G – Rolling out
- Galaxy Z Flip 4 – Rolling out
- Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G – Rolling out
- Galaxy Z Fold2 5G/LTE – Rolling out
- Galaxy Z Flip, Z Flip 5G – Rolling out
Galaxy S Series
- Galaxy S22 – Rolling out
- Galaxy S22+
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G – Rolling out
- Galaxy S21+ 5G
- Galaxy S21 5G
- Galaxy S21 FE 5G
- Galaxy S20 Ultra – Rolling out
- Galaxy S20+
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20 FE – Rolling out
- Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Galaxy S10 Lite
Galaxy Note Series
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – Rolling out
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite – Rolling out
Galaxy Tab Series
- Galaxy Tab S8+, S8+ 5G
- Galaxy Tab S8, S8 5G – Rolling out
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, S8 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy Tab S7 – Rolling out
- Galaxy Tab S7+
- Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
- Galaxy Tab S7 FE
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro 5G
- Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
- Galaxy Tab Active3
- Galaxy Tab A8
- Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
Galaxy A Series
- Galaxy A53 5G – Rolling out
- Galaxy A33 5G – Rolling out
- Galaxy A72 – Rolling out
- Galaxy A71 – Rolling out
- Galaxy A52 – Rolling out
- Galaxy A52 5G
- Galaxy A52s 5G
- Galaxy A51
- Galaxy A32 5G
- Galaxy A23 5G
- Galaxy A22, A22 5G
- Galaxy A13, A13 5G
- Galaxy A12
- Galaxy A04s
- Galaxy A03, A03s
Galaxy M Series
- Galaxy M53 5G
- Galaxy M52 5G – Rolling out
- Galaxy M33 5G
- Galaxy M32
- Galaxy M23 5G – Rolling out
- Galaxy M22
- Galaxy M13
- Galaxy M12
Galaxy XCover Series
- Galaxy XCover 6 Pro – Rolling out
- Galaxy XCover Pro
- Galaxy XCover 5
Samsung updated these Galaxy A series devices to Android 13/One UI 5.0
The Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software update is live for various Galaxy devices and Samsung is aiming to conclude the deployment by February 2023. Along with flagships like Galaxy Z, S, and Note, Samsung also updated Galaxy A series smartphones to the new Android 13 One UI 5.0 user interface.
So far, Samsung updated these Galaxy A phones to Android 13/One UI 5.0:
[Roadmap] Here’s when your Galaxy A series phone will get Android 13:
According to Samsung Germany, in December 2022, the Android 13 update will be released for the Galaxy A72, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy A52s 5G, Galaxy A51, and Galaxy A32 5G smartphones.
In January 2023, the Galaxy A23 5G, Galaxy A22, A22 5G, Galaxy A13, A13 5G, and Galaxy A12 budget phones will have the new OS upgrade. Lastly, Galaxy A04s and Galaxy A03/A03s are scheduled for One UI 5.0 in February.
What’s new with Samsung’s Android 13 update:
Taking all the goodness of Android 13, Samsung created the One UI 5.0 software for Galaxy devices. It brings top-notch customization capabilities, competitive system animations, additional new features and a lot more.
Thanks to the Material You theming engine, Android 13-based One UI 5.0 is now capable of applying Dynamic Icons on stock Samsung apps, as well as supported Google and third-party applications.
When it comes to customization, you can now create your own lockscreen with various ways of customization, apply new wallpaper from the new dedicated section of wallpapers as well as call background for each contact.
Check more at One UI 5.0 features, tips and tricks
[U: Expanding] Samsung Galaxy A71 grabs Android 13 One UI 5.0 update
[Nov. 26] Update – Expanding in Europe…
[Nov. 21] Initial story…
Samsung is just killing it with massive Android 13 update distribution across all segments of Galaxy devices. After Fan Editions and Lite version of Note 10 series, Samsung pushed the Stable Android 13 One UI 5.0 update for the Galaxy A71 smartphone.
If you have Samsung Galaxy A71 smartphone in Poland (right now!), just head towards Settings and download the latest Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update, which carries PDA version number A715FXXU8DVK1. In addition, the update package includes a newer Android security patch for security advancements.
Android 13 is the last operating system upgrade for this 2020 mid-range smartphone, the same goes for its younger brother Galaxy A51. Both the Galaxy A71 and A51 are eligible for three major OS updates and four years of regular security patches.
In January next year, the devices will have their “third anniversary” and Samsung has already delivered the biggest gift in the form of Android 13 One UI 5.0. This major switch provides a whole new experience to the users of millions of Galaxy devices, worldwide.
How to update
Samsung consumers can check new software updates manually with a handful of simple steps. Firstly, visit your Galaxy device’s “System Settings,” once done, scroll down and tap the “Software update” tab, followed by the “Download and install” button.
What’s new with Samsung’s Android 13 update
The One UI 5.0 update brings minor yet significant tweaks in various parts of the user interface such as the notification panel, control center, transparency, and system app icons. However, the One UI 5’s advantage can be doubled by using the brand-new Good Lock suite.
Customers can copy text content from images available in the Gallery and Camera viewfinder itself, thanks to One UI 5’s text extraction feature. And of course, there are a lot of new ways for users who love customizing their smartphone and the user interface. Check all here | One UI 5.0 Features