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Farewell: Samsung ends Galaxy Note 9 software update support

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Samsung now ended software update support for the Galaxy Note 9, which was a flagship smartphone launched way back in August 2018, with a starting price tag of $999. With the Note 9, the company introduced meaningful upgrades such as 512GB of internal storage, S Pen with Bluetooth feature and external microSD card support.

At the Galaxy Note 20 series launch event, Samsung announced that it will bring an additional year of OS and regular software update support to flagship Galaxy devices launched running Android 9-based One UI 1. Accordingly, the Galaxy Note 9 didn’t become eligible for additional software support.

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As per the South Korean tech giant’s old Android and security update policy, which applies to the Galaxy Note 9, it has finished its lifecycle of firmware updates. The device has already been upgraded two times; Android 9 (One UI 1) & Android 10 (One UI 2).

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Talking about security updates, Samsung released the July 2022 security patch to the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone last month, which can be noted as its last OTA. Usually, the company delivers one or two additional patches after ending support, but, there’s no guarantee for it.

In case you are still rocking with the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, it’s a great time to upgrade to the newest foldable phones – Galaxy Z Fold 4 or Galaxy Z Flip 4. If you don’t prefer foldable, there is a beast, Samsung named it S22 Ultra, which will give you an enhanced Note feel.

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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Galaxy AI brings smart Composer feature to Samsung Keyboard

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Samsung announced the new Galaxy AI Composer feature for the Samsung Keyboard. The feature is initially available for Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 smartphones. We expect it to arrive on older Galaxy AI-supported devices later this year.

Galaxy AI Composer feature is added to the Samsung Keyboard app. Galaxy users can easily generate suggested text based on simple keywords for email and supported media apps. The feature is quite smart and uses advanced machine learning and AI capabilities to compose text.

For instance, it will offer you a social media caption based on the tone you often use. There’s no need to worry about privacy as it only analyzes data from your previous public posts. Once done, it delivers relevant content that you may use without any modification.

Notably, Composer is a cloud-processing-based AI feature. It requires your Galaxy handset to be connected with a stable network connection and a Samsung Account login. Currently, it’s available in a limited number of languages with future expansion likely.

Apart from this, Galaxy AI also brings Sketch to Image and PDF Overlay Translation features. The former allows you to create artistic images by drawing simple sketches in the Notes app. The latter makes it possible to translate the entire PDF in real time without switching apps.

The Korean tech giant finally launched new Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 smartphones, Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro earbuds, Galaxy Watch 7 and Watch Ultra smartwatches as well as the Galaxy Ring. One UI 6.1.1 and One UI 6 Watch have many new features for Samsung consumers.

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One UI 7 (Android 15) Beta Soon? Galaxy S24, S23 and S22 surfaced so far

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One UI 7 Beta could be coming soon as Samsung’s progressing too fast with Android 15. So far, the Galaxy S24+, Galaxy S23 Ultra, and Galaxy S22 spotted running Android 15 (probably One UI 7 Beta). It indicates that the Beta Program might kick off soon.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen multiple test firmware builds on the server. The progress was also too fast, which now reached the benchmark state. Now, Galaxy flagships running the new OS are being tested on Geekbench to check performance scores.

Earlier, the Galaxy S24+ benchmarked with One UI 7 firmware. Later on, the Galaxy S23 Ultra joined the party with the new skin, followed by the Galaxy S22 today. The S22 and S23 Ultra are Snapdragon variants while the S24+ boasted Exynos 2400 SoC.

Geekbench test scores can’t be considered final performance. The firmware installed on the devices is in a very early stage. The developers will further optimize the new software through internal testing before kicking off the Public Beta.

Samsung’s One UI Beta builds can be used by general users too. The firmware doesn’t have major problems like bricking the phone entirely or major performance downgrades. The program allows you to have the new software on your phone months ahead of release.

The One UI 7 will be based on Android 15 operating system. Google is set to introduce the Pixel 9 series in August this year. The new OS might also be formally released as it gained the Platform Stability with Beta 3. We guess the Oen UI Beta could launch in early or mid-August.

The Galaxy S22 series is unlikely to enter the Beta Program in some markets like Germany. However, the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S23 series could be invited for Beta in 7 markets. Some mid-range and budget Galaxy A/M/F phones are also likely to join the Beta later this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Ring could be extremely expensive

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Samsung Galaxy Ring may be pricier than the current Ring wearables in the market. The company is expected to release its first Ring wearable gadget on July 10 in Paris. Dealabs got some info regarding the price of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Ring in France.

According to the info, the Galaxy Ring could start at €449 in France. The product will likely be available to customers as of July 19 in 13 sizes and 3 colors. The Galaxy Ring could be priced around $500 in the United States based on leaked France pricing.

Oura Ring starts at $299 while RingConn rings are available as low as $279. Samsung’s pricing strategy for Galaxy Ring is not aggressive at all. It seems a method to put the Ring form factor in an ultra-premium wearable segment apart from the R&D investment focus.

To address the sizing concern, Samsung is said to offer a Ring sizing kit. Consumers who are interested in the Galaxy Ring would be able to get a sizing kit delivered. It will help them figure out the Ring size to be ordered to prevent post-delivery sizing issues.

At the Unpacked event, Samsung will launch the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 foldable phones. New smartwatches including the Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra are also coming. After two years, the new premium earbuds – Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro also launching.

You can pre-reserve the new Galaxy and get a $50 Samsung Credit and many exciting savings. When you pre-order any of the upcoming products, multiple benefits will be offered. You will not only get Instant Samsung Credit but also savings of up to $1500.

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