Samsung used to deliver three major Android OS updates and four years of regular security patch updates to its flagship devices while the midrange phones get only two major Android OS updates before Galaxy Unpacked 2022.
Meanwhile, this year, Samsung made a major shift in its software update policy. According to this new policy, the company will deliver four major Android OS and five years of security patch updates to its devices.
Not only the flagships but selected Galaxy mid-range phones are also eligible to get the same treatment. Samsung believes this change will better meet the longer lifecycle of smartphones and improve the long-term security of those who depend on them.
It is not that only Galaxy S22 and upcoming phones will enjoy this updated policy, but many older models will also be able to install 4 Android updates. Below you can check the confirmed list of Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets that supports the new software update policy.
Samsung Galaxy devices eligible for 4 Android upgrades
- Galaxy S Series:
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S22+
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy S21+
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 FE
- Upcoming S series devices
- Galaxy Z Series:
- Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Upcoming Z series devices
- Galaxy A Series:
- Galaxy A73 5G
- Galaxy A53 5G
- Upcoming select A series devices
- Galaxy Tablets:
- Galaxy Tab S8
- Galaxy Tab S8+
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Upcoming Tab S series devices
Samsung Health draining battery of Pixel phones paired with Galaxy Watch after Android 13 update
Created for smartphones, the Samsung Health app offers lots of useful features that help you improve your health. This app analyses your exercise and activity history so you can lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve weight loss.
As per the information dug by RPRNA, the Samsung Health app reportedly has critical battery issues post-Android 13 update installation on Pixel phones. Users who are using their Pixel phones paired with Galaxy Watch Active 2 are mostly affected, while, it doesn’t seem a wider issue.
In order to get rid of the battery issues, Pixel phone users are finding ways and reporting on multiple platforms, however, Samsung has not yet acknowledged the problems. In addition to Watch Active 2 model, some other Galaxy smartwatch models are also got affected following the Android 13 update.
The level of the app’s battery drainage is even shared by a Pixel user who cites the Samsung Health app consuming more battery power than two apps including Google Messages and Reddit, which were heavily used by the original poster in reality.
Samsung has not acknowledged the Health app issue occurring on Pixel phones, however, we recommend that affected consumers should Clear App Data and Cache of Samsung Health through System Settings. However, a user suggested deactivating the physical activity permission for the Samsung Health app.
How to check RCS status of your device via Google Messages
RCS is seen as Android messaging system of the future. It includes a number of capabilities present in contemporary instant messaging services like WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage. RCS messaging is accessible everywhere, although not all Android phones do.
This post will demonstrate how to determine whether your particular Android smartphone supports RCS.
Benefits of RCS Messaging
RCS stands for Rich Communication Service which offers a number of advantages. You can send texts, for instance, without a cellular connection. All you require is an internet connection.
Typing indicators, reading receipts, and the capacity to send files up to 105MB in size are additional noteworthy characteristics. Emojis can be used as a response to texts you receive.
How to Check RCS Availability on Android
For these advantages, your Android smartphone must support RCS. Here’s how to see if you have RCS at your disposal.
- If you don’t already have it, download and install the Messages app from Google.
- Launch the messaging app.
- In the top right corner, tap the three-dot menu.
- From the list of choices in the pop-up menu, choose Settings.
- To access the general settings page, tap General.
- Select Chat features after that.
- Your device will display an option to Enable chat functionalities if RCS is supported.
- You cannot utilize RCS if your Android device doesn’t have these choices.
Even though Google rolled it out globally in 2020, RCS support is still limited. Only mobile phones that have android Version 5.0 or later can use it. Additionally, make sure Google Messages is installed and set as the default messaging program, and that it is the most recent version.
However, even with that, you still need to be aware that not all carriers and devices support RCS. RCS capability is also included in the OEM’s default messaging software for Samsung Galaxy customers.
Samsung One UI 5.0 Open Beta Supported Devices
Samsung Android 12-based One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 updates had delivered several new features and enhancements for the Galaxy devices. This year, Samsung will deliver the One UI 5.0 upgrade to eligible Galaxy devices shortly after the official Android 13 launch by Google.
In 2021, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor started the One UI 4 Beta program, based on Android 12 for the Galaxy S21 series smartphones. Thereafter, Samsung extended the One UI 4 Beta activity’s availability to older flagships as well as select budget phones.
On August 5, Samsung officially debuted the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta, starting in Germany. As expected, the Galaxy S22 series devices are the initial candidates for Samsung’s One UI 5.0 Open Beta testing to experience Android 13 ahead of release.
After the Galaxy S22, the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta upgrade is expected to be expanded for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy S21, Galaxy Note 20, and Galaxy S20 series devices. Furthermore, the company could also offer it to the Galaxy M32 and Galaxy M33 smartphones in the Indian market.
As we reported earlier, Samsung’s Android 13 Beta program is seemingly going to launch in 7 global markets including the United States, South Korea, India, Germany, Poland, China, and the United Kingdom. However, the list of eligible devices is available below.
- Galaxy S21 FE 5G
- Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra
- Galaxy S20 FE LTE/5G
- Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra
- Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 (unreleased)
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy M33 and Galaxy M32