In early 2020, Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 flagship series, which features three pricey smartphones including the standard S20, S20+ and an S20 Ultra. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these devices were finally failed to gain enough response for the company.
Going ahead, the Korean tech giant released an affordable variant in this lineup – the Galaxy S20 FE, which features the same hardware and slightly upgraded software capabilities. As Samsung hoped, this handset saved its 2020’s poor smartphones sales, and now the total number of sold units is revealed.
According to a statement shared with 9to5Google, Samsung sold more than 10 million Galaxy S20 FE units between its launch in Q4 2020 and just a little over a year later. In addition, the S20 FE is one of the company’s best-selling Galaxy smartphones over the past year.
“Since its launch in Q4 2020, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE sold 10 million units in just over a year, making it one of Samsung’s best-selling Galaxy smartphones over the past year.”
Samsung unveils One UI 5 Beta with striking new features, more coming!
Later last night, Samsung officially launched the One UI 5 Open Beta program for the Galaxy S22 series. Along with this, the company has also shared its future plans regarding expansion, availability, and more upcoming features. At the same time, Samsung unveiled striking new features of the One UI 5!
The One UI 4 adapted Android 12-like 4 Color Palette functionality, which is now expanded up to 16 preset color themes based on the user’s wallpaper and 12 more color options for their home screens, icons and quick panels to offer even more customization capability.
Stack Widgets is the second highlighting feature of the One UI 5 software which allows users to further customize their home screens by stacking widgets of the same size in a single location, as part of saving space and creating a cleaner, more organized look. Besides, here’s a new feature so you can block notifications from certain apps.
Easier access, per-app language
With the One UI 5, Samsung simplified the process of altering sound and vibration settings with reorganized menus, which offer easier access to all ringtone volumes and vibration intensities. Per-app notification has also been adapted from Android 13 so you can use the preferred language for their different apps.
In addition to newly added features, the One UI 5 takes user experiences to a whole new level with enhanced camera capabilities and security resources, and additional accessibility tools such as a more responsive zoom bar.
With enhanced camera features, you can more seamlessly capture high-quality photos and video with a new icon in Pro and Pro Video mode that offers useful tips and tricks on how to use the various lenses, features and controls.
Privacy and security
Not that all, the Samsung One UI 5’s has a revamped dashboard that allows Galaxy users to view the security status of their phone, check whether there are security issues, as well as it provides you with recommendations to fix them.
Derived from Android 13, the One UI 5 comes with more accessibility options to make it easier for users to interact with their devices. The Magnifier feature enables users to better view and read on their devices.
Moreover, different types of spoken assistance such as “audio descriptions of videos” and “speak keyboard input aloud” help users navigate and use devices more seamlessly. And that’s not all, check what Samsung said:
“Other exciting new features will be introduced throughout the Beta program to give you the best experience possible. Stay tuned!”
Samsung launches One UI 5 Open Beta, shares future plans
A few days back, Samsung opened the One UI 5 Beta program for the Galaxy S22 series in three markets. Now, Samsung has officially launched the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta, with highlighting new features and future plans.
First of all, the company confirmed that the One UI 5 Open Beta program is initially kicked off for the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphones in the US, Germany and South Korea, however, it will be expanded to more regions over the coming months.
This means the Galaxy S22 consumers in the remaining four markets (India, Poland, China and the UK) will get the One UI 5 Beta later on. At the same time, the South Korean tech giant has not shared its plan for other eligible Galaxy devices for the Beta activity.
Now coming to the features, the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update will bring plenty of new customization, security and accessibility features in order to deliver the latest mobile experiences to as many Samsung Galaxy users as possible.
Janghyun Yoon, Executive Vice President and Head of Software Platform Team of Mobile eXperience (MX) Business, Samsung Electronics said:
“We’re excited to offer early access to all the new customizable features that come with One UI 5 as part of an open beta and look forward to incorporating user feedback to develop a better and more meaningful experience for everyone.”
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Samsung expands Galaxy S21 August 2022 patch with various stock app upgrades
Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra were among the first phones to receive the August 2022 security patch update in late July. The company is now expanding this latest software update to Asian markets.
This update comes with some improvements and optimizations for the security and stability of the system in order to maintain the users’ experience. That’s not it, the company is also upgrading various apps to further improve the phone’s performance.
These are Samsung’s stock apps that the company is continuously improving to provide users with their best functionality. The list of these applications includes Samsung Internet, SmartThings, Samsung Members, Samsung Pay, Smart Switch, and Voice Recorder.
However, what changes the company has made in these apps are mentioned in the changelog. We can assume that their stability has been enhanced so that consumers can use their phones seamlessly.
Besides these, earlier this month, Samsung released the August 2022 security patch details that mention fixes for a lot of severe issues and exploits. These fixes are corresponding to Samsung DeX, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi service, DesktopSystemUI, Samsung Dialer, and many more.
Samsung is releasing the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra August 2022 update with the One UI build version G991BXXU5CVGB, G996BXXU5CVGB, and G998BXXU5CVGB respectively.
It’s worth mentioning that the update is released in Malaysia at this time, however, it will expand to more Asian countries in the coming time.
One UI 5 Beta:
After a long wait, Samsung has finally started the One UI 5 Beta program for Galaxy users. Although the beta version is only live for the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra users, the Galaxy S21 series owners are the next to receive it shortly.
The Samsung One UI 5 Beta introduces a lot of new features as well as improvements over the previous. You can check everything new that has arrived via here.