On August 30, Samsung announced that it is bringing more new content to the TV Plus platform through a new update, which will be rollout out globally across Samsung Smart TVs, mobile apps, and the web. The update features a lot of additional new shows, such as Top Gear, Law & Order Special Victims Unit, NCIS, and Chicago Fire.
The South Korean tech giant also revealed that the Samsung TV Plus service reached 24 countries and 465 million devices globally across TV and mobile. Following its initial debut in 2015, Samsung TV Plus has steadily expanded its reach and content offering to deliver over 220 channels in the U.S. only.
With the update, Samsung TV Plus is getting two exclusive Samsung-owned channels: Ride or Drive, which offers automotive content to car fans, and Samsung Showcase, which is dedicated to “concerts, events, and special programming.” And the collaboration with A&E will bring one more new channel called Home.Made.Nation.
The company mentioned in its newsroom post that it plans to extend local news and weather coverage to more areas of the US. By 2023, Samsung aims to double its video-on-demand library by utilizing new and expanded partnerships with Lionsgate, Vice Media, and more.
How to access Samsung TV Plus
In order to have free access to Samsung TV Plus, users just need to click the “Samsung TV Plus” icon on the first screen of qualified Samsung Smart TV or launch the app on any Galaxy smartphone. However, you can visit samsung.com/tvplus to learn more about the services and benefits.
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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.