On November 15, Samsung officially started the Android 12 update rollout for the Galaxy S21 series devices. However, the One UI 4.0 update has been expanded to several regions, it looks like the company has delayed this major s/w release due to compatibility issues with Google Play.
According to the latest info, the Samsung Community moderator in South Korea revealed that Google and Samsung working to resolve the issue related to Google Play. Accordingly, the Korean phone maker is rapidly working to fix that issue and resume the delayed Galaxy S21 Android 12 release ASAP.
Apart from the Galaxy S21 series, previously, Samsung had also delayed the stable Android 12 release for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 in South Korea and Serbia. Following the major Android OS switch, the consumers of these latest foldable devices reported having multiple severe issues.
It’s worth mentioning that Samsung had also released new firmware to the Galaxy S21 series after the major Android 12 update in Germany and the US. Therefore, this Google Play issue seems to be limited to Korean consumers, thus Samsung suspended the release.
Are you also facing issues on your Galaxy S21 series phone after upgrading to the Android 12-based One UI 4.0? Let us know your concerns in the comments below.
One UI 4 Features:
- Samsung’s Android 12 update comes with tons of new features such as a redesigned user interface with revamped icons and Material You theming system.
- In addition, the One UI 4.0 enhances all of the stock apps, adds more lock screen widgets, quick settings toggles to turn off the camera and mic access and more.
Some Samsung phones are not getting timely Google Play System Update
Earlier, it was noticed that Samsung’s top-line Galaxy smartphones were stuck on older Google Play System Update versions. Google sent out new updates to those Galaxy devices following several reports by users and media publications.
Well, the situation is the same on certain Galaxy models, mostly in Europe. GalaxyClub reports that their Galaxy S23, Z Fold 5, Galaxy A33, and other devices are lagging behind in Play System Update. In particular, various handsets are stuck on July 2023 Play System version, which is over five months old now.
The Galaxy S20 series makes it even more colorful, which currently does not progress beyond the May 1 update. Sometimes a manual check is followed by the message “Your device is up to date” or “Updates are temporarily unavailable.”
On the other hand, the Galaxy A52 got November 2023’s Play System update, while the Galaxy A53 September’s. You can check when your Galaxy received the last Google Play System Update via Settings -> Security & privacy -> Updates -> Google Play System Update.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE launches in South Korea
Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S23 FE in South Korea. Releasing tomorrow, this smartphone combines premium performance, an unrivaled camera, and a stylish design. The price starts at 847,000 won, it will be available in four colors including Mint, Graphite, Purple, and Cream.
In addition, Samsung.com and the Gangnam Experience Store will sell two exclusive color options – Indigo and Tangerine. The company also started “Galaxy perFEct Program for customers of the Galaxy S23 FE.
Customers who purchase the Galaxy S23 FE through this program can receive compensation for 50% of the factory price if they return the used product after 24 months.
Samsung will give away either the Galaxy Smart Tag 2 or a 25W PD charger (power-saving type) to customers who activate the Galaxy S23 FE by December 22. Customers who purchase can select the gift they want through the Samsung.com app.
Galaxy S23 FE has an iconic design that succeeds the S23 series. A floating camera and a small-sized camera hole were used, and durability was enhanced with an aluminum frame. With an IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating, you can use it with confidence without worrying about dust or moisture.
Battery of Dream: Samsung’s solid-state battery won’t come to phones until 2027
Samsung is developing solid-state battery technology to replace the current electrolyte battery. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy devices are unlikely to get a solid-state battery (AKA battery of dream) unit 2027.
According to a new report, Samsung SDI formed a new team to promote commercialization of solid-state battery (ASB). The team will be led by Go Joo-young, head of the marketing team of the large-scale battery business unit.
Through the new organization, the South Korean tech giant plans to accelerate project speed with customers and expedite the commercialization of ASB. Samsung SDI aims to commercialize ASB by 2027.
Samsung SDI is focusing on the development of all-solid-state batteries with an energy density of over 900 Wh/L by adopting sulfide-based technology, which can achieve the fastest lithium-ion flow (ion conductivity) per unit volume.
The ASB is a next-generation battery, which transfers ions between the positive and negative electrodes, from liquid to solid, improving safety and performance. It has advantages such as higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries and lower risk of fire or explosion.