AOD, also known as Always On Display is one of the most amazing features of Samsung Galaxy smartphones. Each new One UI iteration brings improvements and new functionalities to the AOD feature, while, the new One UI 5.0 Beta seems to have nothing new for Samsung devices. Let’s have a quick look:
Before exploring the Always On Display feature, it’s important to mention that the development of One UI 5.0 is still underway and Samsung might add new functionalities and further improvements with future Beta builds or Stable ones.
One UI 5.0 didn’t change the way of accessing the AOD feature on Galaxy smartphones. You can head towards system Settings, followed by Lock screen and Always On Display, to access the feature and customization options of the AOD.
Similar to the previous iteration, the One UI 5.0 (Beta) has a toggle on the top for enabling and disabling. Besides this, there’s a text note about the Always On Display functionality that reads “Show a clock and notifications when your phone isn’t in use.”
Like the One UI 4.1, there are four options, letting you decide when the Always On Display appear; Tap to show, Show always, Show as scheduled, or Show for new notifications. I prefer using Tap to show or Show for new notifications.
After that, there is a dedicated section for Clock style that allows you to customize the Clock’s design and colors that will appear when your phone isn’t in use. There are a total of 9 clock styles available by the One UI software, however, you can create different kinds of clock styles using the Good Lock’s ClockFace module.
In addition to Clock styles provided by Samsung, you can also use Stickers, AR Emoji, Bitmoji, and custom images from Gallery or Themes available on the Galaxy Themes app. By default, the AOD will use a clock style showing the time and date alongside the Day by occupying very less space, and you also have the option to change the color.
Talking about additional settings, AOD provides you with more options like Show music information, setting the orientation of the screen, setting for Auto brightness, and custom brightness. Later on, there is a section to get information about the App version of AOD and suggestions for settings.
Phones will be banned in schools across New Zealand
New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced that he would promote the ban on phones in primary and secondary schools across the country. This initiative aims to improve the quality of education for primary and secondary school students in New Zealand.
According to New Zealand education sources, the literacy skills of New Zealand primary and secondary school students have been declining in the past few years, and have even reached a “crisis” level. Over 1/3rd of the country’s 15-year-old students have poor literacy levels, which has aroused concern from all walks of life.
In order to solve this problem, New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Lacson decided to take action. Within 100 days after taking office, he push for the ban on mobile phones in primary and secondary schools across the country to reduce students’ distractions so they could concentrate on class.
Nintendo may use Samsung OLED display on its new console
Nintendo is in talks with Samsung Display for supply of the next-generation OLED panels, following Valve’s SteamDeck. Both companies initially considered China’s BOE as a supplier but changed way to Samsung due to the burden of the risk arising from the patent infringement lawsuit.
According to the report, Japan’s Nintendo is known to have requested the supply of OLED panels from Samsung Display, following Valve. These companies negotiated with China’s BOE to lower device prices, but it is said that they chose Samsung Display panels.
In June 2022, Samsung Display filed a patent infringement lawsuit against China’s BOE in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The technology that Samsung Display claims to be infringing on is five OLED display patents for all products released after the iPhone 12.
Last December, Samsung Display filed a complaint with the ITC against 17 US parts wholesalers to keep BOE in check, asking the ITC to stop using parts and panels that infringe on the company’s ‘Diamond Pixel’.
Accordingly, BOE filed a countersuit in Chongqing’s First Intermediate People’s Court in May against Samsung Display China and Samsung Elec China, claiming patent infringement.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to be made by TSMC, for Galaxy by Samsung
Similar to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, TSMC is exclusively producing Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. While the new processor has just started to debut with smartphones, a new leak suggests that TSMC will continue to produce Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, while Samsung orders shelved until 2025.
According to tipster Revegnus, Qualcomm will rely solely on TSMC for producing the 3nm-based Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor in 2024. The company has reportedly decided to bet on Taiwanese chip manufacturer again as it’s aiming to use custom Oryon CPU cores.
It’s worth noting that a dual chip sourcing strategy is still on the cards for 2025 when the Snapdragon 8 Gen 5 comes out, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for Galaxy will be produced at Samsung’s foundry 3GAP, reports Taiwan’s TechNews.
In a multi-core scenario, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is said to surpass 10,000 points on Geekbench 6, while the Adreno 830 GPU offers the same level of power draw as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 while offering excellent performance gains. The whole SoC is rumored to consume just 8W.