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Switched back to One UI Home, Nothing Launcher can’t attract Samsung fans!

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Samsung Nothing Launcher

Nothing, which is going to launch its first smartphone, has yesterday introduced the Nothing Launcher for Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, and Google Pixel 6 series devices. Available on the Google Play Store, the Nothing Launcher is the first step by the OEM towards its Android-based custom skin development.

Well, every new arrival creates excitement, but not for too long! It just happened with me, as I installed the so-called interesting Nothing Launcher on my S22 Ultra, and swiftly switched back to One UI Home (really, there’s no competition).

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Nothing Launcher app is available for select Samsung phones via Google Play Store and can be easily used as the default home screen. Following its launch, I installed the Nothing Launcher in eagerness and got an interesting thing, which is required in One UI Home for years.

Samsung Nothing Launcher

Vertical App Screen

The Nothing Launcher comes with a Vertical App Screen, which is demanded by almost all Samsung consumers. It’s handy and useful a lot, enhancing the usage of smartphones with one hand. But…, it looks like a copy-pasted feature of Google’s Pixel launcher and not too optimized with the system.

Icons and folders

The home screen icons are having a neat and clear appearance, while the form factor is circular. The bottom bar icons have no title, while the above ones also show the name. While icons didn’t impress me at all, the folder is just amazing, it lets us enlarge, at the same time, access to directly open three apps from that.

Wallpaper and matrix dots

Nothing Launcher brings its own wallpaper for the homescreen and lockscreen, while the official press release promises two exclusive wallpapers. In addition, the Launcher app’s settings follow the Matrix Dot fonts, which obviously look entirely refreshed.

Switched back to One UI Home

The above-mentioned features are just for vanishing the excitement, while the overall usability is not so good. Also, there’s a sort of major Settings for customization, at the same time, the One UI Home has a big array of customization options, that can be expanded with Good Lock.

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About Nothing Launcher: Nothing Launcher (Beta) is a beta preview of Nothing OS. Experience Android combined with our iconic design language. Unique features include Max Icons and Max Folders, as well as bespoke Weather and Clock widgets.

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Samsung Galaxy S4 and continue 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 Galaxy S20 series deserves one more big OS upgrade

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Samsung has just sent this year’s biggest gift to the Galaxy S20 series in the form of a new Android 13 OS. With this rollout, the company fulfilled the promise it did in August 2020 Unpacked. However, Samsung should consider delivering one more big OS upgrade for Galaxy S20 series.

Since the Galaxy S20 series debuted with Android 10, the recently released Android 13 is the third big OS upgrade for the devices, however, we want Samsung to give Android 14 as well. The S20 devices are still capable of running tasks and multitasking, thanks to the powerful chipsets and hardware.

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The company is promising up to 4 OS upgrades for mid-range phones including the Galaxy A73 and Galaxy A53, which makes flagship smartphone owners cry. Here, the policy appears to have biased as there’s a premium-like treatment to half-priced mid-rangers.

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2019’s Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series lineups already ended up their major Android upgrade support last year, while, affordable variants; Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite are receiving the Android 13. The reason is just, the pre-loaded operating system, which fired S10 and Note 10 flagships from Android 13 eligibility.

Related Coverage | Galaxy S10 has less Android support than A53

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Lawmakers of the European Union also want smartphone vendors to give at least 3 OS and 5 years of software updates so people can keep phones longer. Samsung surpasses the EU’s proposal, but only for premium and select mid-range devices released in and after 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Are you agree with one more OS upgrade demand for Galaxy S20? If yes, help us send our voice to Samsung by sharing the story with more S20 purchasers.

Galaxy S20 Series

Following its multi-chipset strategy, Samsung shipped the Galaxy S20 series with Exynos 990 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G chipsets, in the Global market and the US, respectively. Both of these chipsets are manufactured by cutting-edge 7nm process technology, which was the most premium at that time.

In addition to hardware, the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra were shipped with the Android 10 operating system out of the box. In August 2020, Samsung announced that it will deliver three major OS upgrades to flagship devices released pre-loaded with Android 9, which included the Galaxy S20 as well.

Related Coverage | Sadly, Android 13 is the last major upgrade for Galaxy S20 series

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Samsung and US carriers should unite to release One UI updates faster

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Samsung is rapidly enhancing its One UI and software updates part for Galaxy devices worldwide, but, the best is possible only when the network carriers of the US move ahead together. Within a month, Samsung started to upgrade plenty of Galaxy devices with Android 13, while users with carrier-bounded models are still waiting.

Sluggish One UI updates are one of the biggest concerns for Samsung consumers, residing in countries where they need to own a Galaxy device with carrier bounding for better services, such as the US. Since carrier-unlocked units are available in the country, carrier bounded network provides you with a lot better experience.

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Not slow always!

It’s an undeniable truth that the network carriers of the United States rollout updates late always. Most of the time international or European models grab a new One UI update, while the US carriers become the initial distributor sometimes.

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Back in December 2020, Verizon locked Galaxy S20 series devices became the first to grab the Stable Android 11-based One UI 3.0 upgrade. A day later, the European models got the same treatment, reconfirming carriers are not slow always.

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Samsung and US Carriers should UNITE

No doubt, Samsung is known as the “champion of software updates” among Android vendors. The company offers OS upgrades, more than the Android maker itself, along with 5 years of security update support so you can keep your Galaxy device for a longer period.

Meanwhile, delayed software updates rollout by network carriers are barring Samsung from becoming the unbeatable OEM worldwide. Security updates come to Galaxy devices even before starting of the new month, while carrier-locked units get the same update within a month.

There are a lot of complaints by the US users of Galaxy smartphones as they need to wait for new software updates, even after Samsung started to release it for others. Network carriers certify each new Samsung firmware update before releasing it to the compatible Galaxy device.

As the company has recently promised through its blog post that the future One UI updates will be deployed faster, we want it will also apply to carrier-locked devices. If you also use a network carrier-branded Samsung device in the US, help us send our demand to Samsung by sharing it across socials!

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Samsung Galaxy S23 series should bring three crucial upgrades over S22

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 series is no secret anymore. It is coming in early 2023, probably in the first week of February. Different people have different expectations from the next generation of flagship phones. But reports claim that the device will not bring such major upgrades over the Galaxy S22. I believe the Samsung Galaxy S23 needs at least three significant upgrades to be as successful as it deserves.

As usual, Samsung will introduce three smartphones under the series, which are Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra. Among them, the base and the plus models are suggested to come with a new rear camera design and similar hardware specs as their predecessors.

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On the other hand, the Ultra variant will bring back the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s design and get some Camera upgrades. Meanwhile, one common component that will come to all S23 smartphones is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. It is worth noting that this time the company can completely abandon the Exynos chipset to deliver the good performance of the Snapdragon chip to all the users.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 upgrades

The rest of the other compartments of this line will almost be similar to their previous versions. But these few changes are not going to satisfy Samsung fans. Here are some upgrades that I would like to see in the most awaited Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones.

Advanced camera features:

The camera is always the most notable part of any smartphone. The current Samsung S-series phones have so many advanced camera features, such as panorama, night mode, portrait mode, slow motion, super slow motion, Director’s View, and Single Take. It’s these are not enough, you can download Expert RAW for more advanced photography.

But nothing has changed compared to the Galaxy S21. Samsung is bringing a 200MP primary camera with Galaxy S23 Ultra, which is of course appreciated. But the company should bring more when it comes to editing and software features.

For example, Google Pixel 7’s Photo Unblur feature that sharpens low-quality photos, even when captured with an older camera. This feature is built on the Pixel 6’s Face Unblur, which freezes moving subjects that may otherwise look blurry.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Upgrades

Longer battery life for standard model:

Battery life can never be enough, we’ll always wish for a little more than we get. The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with satisfactory battery life but the standard version’s battery is too less. The company claims to offer all-day battery life but sometimes it barely lasts.

Even, after using the smartphone for some months, the battery performance gets worst. Therefore, the company should work on this side seriously. The base Galaxy S22 model comes with a 3700-mAh battery and the same is coming with Galaxy S23. The device should at least get a battery near the Plus model.

Faster battery charging speed:

While smartphone vendor like Xiaomi offers up to 120W fast charging capacity to their flagship smartphones, Samsung is still dealing with 45W as its highest fast charging capacity. And, the highlighting part is that the base model of the Galaxy S-series phone does not even offer a 45W charging speed.

Currently, only Plus and Ultra models offer 45W fast charging whereas, the Standard variant provides 25W fast charging capacity. With Galaxy S23 series, Samsung was expected to bring 65W fast charging capacity for top models and 45W for the base model. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be happening.

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