Samsung biz to resume in Russia next month, as iPhone 14 available for buyers
Back in March, Samsung announced the suspension of Galaxy smartphone shipments in Russia due to geopolitical developments (Russia-Ukraine war). While the shipments have been halted for about 6 months, things might be changing next month.
According to a Russian newspaper Izvestia report, a source close to Samsung Electronics claimed that the sales could start in October in the country. It was reported that the Korean tech giant would resume supplies of equipment to retailers and restart its official online store.
Moving ahead, the latest development reported by Reuters suggests that Samsung said nothing had been decided for the resumption of sales in Russia. This statement declines the recent report of a Russian newspaper which cited Samsung’s biz is going to start next month, six months after suspension.
iPhone 14 in Russia
Through Russia’s parallel import scheme, the citizens will be able to purchase the iPhone 14 series devices, even after Apple left the country. The scheme was announced back in March, authorizing retailers to import products from abroad without the trademark owner’s permission.
When asked to Denis Manturov, Russian Trade and Industry Minister, whether the newly launched Apple iPhone 14 phones would be imported under the scheme or not, the official said: “Why not? If consumers want to buy these phones, yes. There will be the opportunity.”
Samsung One UI 5 (Android 13) Update Info
Last year, Samsung started rolling out the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update for Galaxy devices. In February 2023, the company introduced the new One UI 5.1 version, which brings additional new features and personalization capabilities.
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With the Samsung Galaxy Android 13 Update Info (2023) page, we are providing our readers with the latest insights related to the Android 13-based One UI 5 (One UI 5.0 & One UI 5.1) upgrade for their Galaxy devices including phones and tablets.
This page mentions all the updates released ahead of the Android 13 update, new features, eligible Samsung devices for Android 13,
One UI 5 Beta program, release date, rollout plan, roadmap, and everything you need to know about the latest One UI version.
Aside from the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 updates, Samsung also rolls out new firmware updates with new features and security patches to the Galaxy devices. You can directly jump to the topics through the table of contents below.
Table of contents
- Samsung Galaxy March 2023 Update
- What’s new with Samsung Galaxy Android 13
- Will my Samsung Galaxy get Android 13?
- Samsung Galaxy Android 13 Release Date
Samsung Galaxy January 2023 Update
Samsung is releasing the March 2023 update to the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy A53, Galaxy A52s, and Galaxy A51 5G in select regions.
The latest security patch update will be available for a lot of compatible Galaxy devices, however, the company will continue to distribute this software update until the next two months due to a staged rollout strategy.
Aside from this, the Korean tech giant publishes the latest Security Patch Bulletin in the first week of each month. If you want to check the security patch contents, you can access them all on the official Samsung security website.
It’s important to mention that we will update this section with the latest month’s security patch as soon as any Samsung model starts receiving it. Meanwhile, you can check out all the security updates released by Samsung here.
These devices are eligible for new monthly, quarterly, or biannual software updates from Samsung:
Current Models for Monthly Security Updates
- Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, Galaxy Z Flip4, W23, W23 flip
- Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S21 FE 5G, Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Note20 5G, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
- Enterprise Models: Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy A52s 5G, Galaxy A53 5G, Galaxy Xcover5, Galaxy Xcover6 Pro
Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates
- Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10 5G, Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy Note10+ 5G, Galaxy Note10 Lite
- Galaxy A40
- Galaxy A22, Galaxy A22e 5G, Galaxy A22 5G, Galaxy A32, Galaxy A32 5G, Galaxy A72, Galaxy A82 5G
- Galaxy A03, Galaxy A03s, Galaxy A03 core, Galaxy A13, Galaxy A13 5G, Galaxy A23, Galaxy A23 5G, Galaxy A33 5G, Galaxy A73 5G
- Galaxy A04, Galaxy A04s, Galaxy A04e, Galaxy A14 5G
- Galaxy M21 2021, Galaxy M22, Galaxy M32, Galaxy M32 5G, Galaxy M42 5G, Galaxy M52 5G, Galaxy M62, Galaxy M13, Galaxy M23 5G, Galaxy M33 5G, Galaxy M53 5G, Galaxy M04
- Galaxy F22, Galaxy F42 5G, Galaxy F52 5G, Galaxy F62, Galaxy F13, Galaxy F04
- Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Galaxy Tab A8, Galaxy Tab Active Pro, Galaxy Tab Active3, Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7 FE, Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Fold 5G, W22 5G
- Enterprise Models: Galaxy A50, Galaxy XCover4s, Galaxy Xcover FieldPro, Galaxy Xcover Pro
Current Models for Half Yearly Security Updates
- Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A90 5G
- Galaxy A01, Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A41, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A71 5G
- Galaxy A02, Galaxy A02s, Galaxy A12, Galaxy A42 5G
- Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40, Galaxy M01, Galaxy M11, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M31s,
- Galaxy M51
- Galaxy M12
- Galaxy F12
- Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A with S pen, Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), Galaxy Tab A7
- Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S7+
- W20 5G, W21 5G
Current Wearable Models for Security Updates
- Galaxy Watch 4
- Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
- Galaxy Watch 5
- Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
Back in 2019, Samsung announced that all the Galaxy devices launched in/after 2019, will be having 4 years of regular security updates. However, the company has further expanded this support to five years for select models.
The Korean tech giant is bringing up to 4 years of major Android upgrades to all flagships launched in/after 2021, which means, security updates will be available for one more year after the completion of the major updates.
What’s new with Samsung Galaxy Android 13
Samsung introduced the Android 12-based One UI 4 software with no radical design and UI changes. However, Google did just the opposite as the Android 12 features the biggest user interface changes in history.
Similarly, Samsung is not bringing changes to the overall look of the One UI with the Android 13 upgrade for Galaxy devices. As speculated, the Stable version of the One UI doesn’t look like Google’s Android 13 OS.
The Public One UI 5 version, based on Android 13, brings more meaningful design upgrades, improvements to the existing features/functions, new add-ons, better 3rd party app performance, and a lot more.
Google revealed several new features of the Android 13 operating system, and all of them will surely reflect with the One UI 5 upgrade for the Galaxy devices, at the same time, we don’t have any info regarding One UI 5 features.
Will my Samsung Galaxy get Android 13?
Usually, every Samsung phone and tablet is eligible for at least two major Android upgrades, while mid-rangers and older flagships for three upgrades and the latest flagships and select mid-rangers for up to four OS upgrades.
Incredibly, the South Korean tech giant has improved its software offerings for Galaxy consumers, which defeats Google itself. Well, Samsung officially disclosed which Galaxy devices will be getting four generations of Android upgrades that you can check below.
Samsung Four Android Upgrades List
- Galaxy S Series: Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 FE and upcoming S series devices.
- Galaxy Z Series: Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 and upcoming Z series devices.
- Galaxy A Series: Galaxy A53, Galaxy A73 and upcoming Z series devices.
- Galaxy Tablets: Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and upcoming Tab S series devices.
In case you don’t find your Galaxy phone in the list mentioned above, no need to panic about that as there are a number of phones and tablets that will be surely getting the Android 13 upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy Android 13 Release Date
Google released the official Android 13 operating system for Pixel smartphones on August 15, 2022, however, Samsung can’t beat the US tech giant when it comes to the fastest Android deployment.
Back in 2021, Samsung managed to start distributing the stable One UI 4.0 update for general Galaxy S21 series users just a month after the official Android 12 rollout for Google’s Pixel devices.
In 2022, things were a lot better as the Korean phone maker amazed consumers with an even boosted Android 13-based One UI 5 update distribution for the flagship Galaxy devices.
Samsung officially announced the new One UI 5.0 at Samsung Developer Conference 2022, and the Galaxy S22 started to receive the major Android 13 upgrades on October 24, 2022.
Along with the Galaxy S23 series, the Korean tech giant debuted the Android 13-based new One UI 5.1 software iteration. The company is continuously expanding the availability of this new version to more new Galaxy devices.
Galaxy devices updated to Android 13
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S22+
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy S21+
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 FE
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20+
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Galaxy S20 FE
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Galaxy Z Flip
- Galaxy A73
- Galaxy A71 5G
- Galaxy A71
- Galaxy A53 5G
- Galaxy A53
- Galaxy A52s 5G
- Galaxy A52 5G
- Galaxy A51 5G
- Galaxy A33 5G
- Galaxy A23
- Galaxy M53 5G
- Galaxy M53
- Galaxy M42 5G
- Galaxy Tab S8
- Galaxy Tab S8+
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Galaxy Tab S7
- Galaxy Tab S7+
Samsung Galaxy Android 14 Beta
Android 14 was announced on the Developer Preview channel on February 8, 2023. Samsung, on the other hand, is likely to begin the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 Beta testing program by August this year.
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US eases semiconductor subsidy rules, Samsung is a big beneficiary
The US is reportedly making semiconductor subsidy rules easier, which are set to allow Samsung for getting benefited, even with operating plant in China. Recently, the US Department of Commerce announced detailed regulations of the “guardrail (safety device) clause.”
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The guardrail (safety device) clause prevents chip makers receiving subsidies under its semiconductor law from investing in China and other countries for 10 years. As reported, a significant part of detailed regulations have been relaxed through close consultations between the the US and South Korean govt.
The US director of the Commerce Department’s Semiconductor Law Program assured that the United States is not trying to become self-sufficient in semiconductor production. The rules aims to support a sound global semiconductor ecosystem in response to a wide range of threats.
Recipients of federal subsidies will also be prohibited from participating in joint research or licensing technology with foreign-related organizations. It emphasized that this measure was aimed at hostile countries such as North Korea, China, and Russia.
On questioning over the one year grade period for subsidy approval to Samsung, a US official said that the intention of the Semiconductor Act is to prevent the expansion of semiconductor production facilities or the construction of new facilities in China and elsewhere.
“We understand that some companies may need to upgrade their skill level to stay viable. Upgrades to that level are possible as long as companies comply with export controls under the Semiconductor Science Act and have export control authority permission.” (Via Chosun)
Samsung Pay and Naver Pay alliance set to go live on March 23
Today, Samsung announced that it will begin a collaboration service between Samsung Pay and Naver Pay on March 23, 2023. As result, users of both payment applications will be able to enjoy a more enhanced online and offline payment experience.
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The biggest benefit of this collaboration is the online payment experience of Samsung Pay is strengthened. Samsung Pay users will be able to use simple payment through Samsung Pay at Naver Pay’s online ordering merchants, including 550,000 Naver Smart Store.
When you click “General Payment” to order a product at a Naver Pay’s online ordering merchant, a separate “Samsung Pay” menu is created, and through this, you can pay with Samsung Pay more quickly and conveniently. Moreover, Naver Pay’s offline payment experience is also scheduled to be implemented this month.
Through Samsung Pay’s MST (Magnetic Security Transport) payment method, Naver Pays users will be able to use Naver Pay’s offline payments at all offline merchants across South Korea where payments can be made with Samsung Pay.
As a reminder: Samsung Electronics and Naver Financial signed a business agreement last month to promote the mobile payment experience. Both companies will continue to cooperate for a more convenient digital life for users in the payment and wallet sectors.
Apple Pay official in S. Korea
Yesterday, Apple officially launched the Apple Pay service in South Korea, days after receiving approval from the local govt. The company officially announced that iPhone users can add their credit and debit cards on Wallet for their iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac.