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One UI 6 or 5.1 should bring Large Folders feature

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With iOS version 14, Apple introduced a new way called App Library to find and organize the apps so iPhone consumers can see what they want and where they want. In iPhones, we can reach this destination by swiping Left until we get to the App Library.

Inside this section, iOS puts all the apps in different folders category-wise. For example, if you have Instagram installed, then you can find it from a big folder named Social in the App Library. This functionality is amazing, which further become interesting when Huawei managed to copy it for its devices.

iOS App Library

iOS 14 App Library

By introducing HarmonyOS, its self-developed operating system, Huawei presented the Large Folders feature for smartphones. This feature is almost similar to that one iSheeps got with the iOS 14 on their iPhones’ App Library section.

Instead of creating a dedicated page on the homescreen, HarmonyOS introduces the Large Folders feature on the regular pages. Users can easily create Large Folders on the homescreen by just combining two apps together to create a regular folder.

HarmonyOS Homescreen

Huawei P50 Pro

Once done, tap and hold the newly created folder then the OS provides you with an option to Enlarge the folder. The enlarged folder occupies the space of a total of 4 apps (2×2) on the homescreen. The interesting this about this feature is that you will be able to put 9 apps within the same space occupied by 4 apps, thanks to Large Folders.

Apps placed inside the Large Folder can directly be opened from the homescreen, however, you can tap on a Lil bit of blank space in the folder to expand it. Similar to the homescreen and regular folders, we can add even more than 9 apps, that can be found on the 2nd page inside the folder.

Have a look at this feature, in action | Credits – HC Newsroom

 

While Huawei has further improved the Large Folders functionality with its next-gen HarmonyOS version, other Chinese smartphone vendors have also included the same feature in their custom skins. OPPO (with ColorOS 13) is the most recent entry in the list of OEMs providing the Large Folders feature.

ColorOS 13 Large Folders

ColorOS 13

As OPPO failed to provide a clean appearance to the Large Folders’ functionality, HarmonyOS 3.0 take it to the next level. Well…, Chinese phone makers are introducing new user-friendly features with their custom skins based on the Android operating system, regularly, but, Samsung is far behind.

On the other hand, there’s nothing wonderful addition spotted in the One UI 5.0, based on Android 13 so far. At least, Samsung should add the Large Folders feature with the upcoming builds of the One UI 5.0 software for the Galaxy devices.

If it doesn’t happen, I’m dreaming to use the Large Folders feature with the forthcoming One UI 5.1, based on Android 13, or the Android 14-based One UI 6.0, which will arrive over a year later from now on. What do you think about it? Should Samsung bring the Large Folders feature, let us know through social media.

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  1. HC Newsroom
  2. iOS App Library – Apple
  3. P50 Pro – Huawei
  4. ColorOS 13 – XDA

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues 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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Android Updates War: Google’s Game-Changing Move to Outshine Samsung

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Samsung July 2023 security patch details

When it comes to Android updates, Samsung is leading the Android world. However, this could be the last day of Samsung’s leadership as Google is expected to double up its current Android updates support for Pixel smartphones launching today.

2020 was a remarkable year in Samsung’s history when the company extended Android updates support from two years to three. A few months later, the company extended the security support as well, totaling it to four years for flagship Galaxy devices.

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In 2022, Samsung launched the Galaxy S22 series, which offers four generations of OS upgrades. In its announcement, the company listed all flagships launched in 2021 and later along with select Galaxy A series smartphones for 4 OS and 5 years of security patches.

With this decision, the South Korean tech giant surpassed Google’s support policy, which owns Android. To be noted, Tensor-powered Pixel smartphones come with three years of Android and five years of monthly security updates support.

Today, Google will launch the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones. And as per the leaks, both phones will offer up to 7 years of software support, surpassing the longest support provided by Apple to its iPhones. Pixel 8 and later might be eligible for 7 major OS upgrades, which sounds a bit confusing.

There are speculations that there will be five major OS versions and 7 years of regular security patches and quarterly Pixel Feature Drops for the latest flagship smartphones. If it happens, it will force other Android vendors to further extend their support.

While Pixel phones are limited to support 3 major OS versions, Samsung is offering 4 generations of OS upgrades to cheaper Galaxy devices that costs approx $249. Samsung won’t take too long to beat Google yet again in terms of software support.

Let’s see, what Google has to offer to the Android world!

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Here’s why Samsung apps start getting One UI 6 support ahead of official release

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Samsung Device Care 13.8.01.31 update

After One UI 5.1, we started hearing a lot of news, leaks, and rumors about the upcoming One UI 6. Recently, Samsung has also started releasing One UI 6.0 support for stock apps, starting with the Calculator app.

Looking at all this, we can expect that Samsung will provide this support to more apps in the future too. But the question is, why is Samsung providing One UI 6.0 support to its stocks apps before the official release? If you are thinking that by getting their support, you will get some new features in your apps, then it is not only the reason.

Samsung One UI 6.0 support can also bring new features for apps, but the main reason for this is something else. But what? The answer is that Samsung is going to release a new One UI update in the coming weeks or months and the company aims to make its stock apps compatible with that accordingly. Once the app is supported, the app will not stop working or get crash whenever the company releases that update for the smartphone.

Samsung One UI 6 Apps

A recent report revealed that Samsung’s stable Android 14 update will be available in October. This is the same time frame as last year’s UI rollout, with the latest Galaxy S lineup being the first to secure it. Meanwhile, beta activity is seeing an early start if everything goes as planned by the internals.

Still, for the time being, we can consider this information as a pinch of salt as the company has not yet announced any official timeline for One UI 6.0.

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Instead of Camera, Samsung should bring battery upgrade to flagships

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Nowadays, smartphones are being heavily used for gaming and photography. Accordingly, phone makers are focussing more and more on upgrading the imaging capabilities and performance of chipsets. So why not, Samsung should now bring battery upgrade to Galaxy flagships.

Battery upgrade should be the next aim

The recently launched Galaxy S23 Ultra brings a high-profile 200-megapixel camera, allowing users to capture lossless shots, even when cropped. With great collaboration between hardware and software, the new Samsung flagships offer peace of mind to consumers, when it comes to battery life.

In addition to camera lovers, people prefer buying a smartphone, which offers great battery life without compromising features and power specifications. In the same way, Samsung is reportedly working, and there’s still room for improvements in flagships battery life.

The Galaxy S24 Ultra could come with a new battery technology inspired by electronic vehicles. The company is considering stacked battery technology for smartphones, which will reduce the size keeping the same mAh and enhanced lifespan.

Since the stacked battery tech could leave more gap inside the phone, Samsung might not think about increasing mAh on flagship phones. Instead, the company may use an additional vacant area for upgrading other hardware elements and better placement.

The S23 Ultra even defeated the years-old leader iPhone in terms of battery performance, thanks to the “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy” processor. Exynos 2400 is reportedly coming to the S24 series in certain markets, which re-creates concern about the phone’s battery life and performance.

That said, Samsung should focus on increasing premium Galaxy phones’ battery life so users can use them longer with a single charge. 45W fast charging is doing quite well, just improvements to battery life would prove as cherry on the cake.

What do you think about it, do share your thoughts with us through the Tweet embedded below.

Poll Results: May 12, 2023

We ran a poll that received 106 votes from our readers’ community. Among all, about 70 percent of readers voted in favor of a battery upgrade instead of the camera, while 23.6 percent want both upgrades together. Meanwhile, 6.6 percent of voters still want Samsung to focus on flagship camera upgrade.

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