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Samsung One UI 5.0 Multi-User feature ‘assures’ privacy & freedom together

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Stable Android 13’s new features are available for all Google Pixel phones, while some Chinese phone makers have also begun the deployment for their flagships. Samsung’s Android 13-based One UI 5.0 features include Multi-User profiles, in order to assure privacy and freedom of using Galaxy, simultaneously.

It’s now confirmed that the Galaxy devices will eventually receive the most awaited Multi-User profiles feature with the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 upgrade. For tablets, the company had already enabled the functionality, which is now confirmed to be coming on smartphones as well.

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Usually, new features introduced in Samsung’s One UI become standard for the industry and arrives on other phones running Android. Meanwhile, it’s not the same case with the Multi-User profiles feature as stock Android phones adopted years ago.

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One UI 5.0 Multi-User Profiles

With the upcoming Android 13-based One UI 5.0 upgrade, Samsung phones will have access to the Multi-User feature, which will let you switch between different user profiles. Similar to tablets, you will be able to create two work profiles for work and private separately, in addition to adding a person.

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Spotted by GalaxyClub, the Multi-User feature support is available on the Galaxy S22 series phones after upgrading to the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta. For sure, it’s going to be expanded to more Galaxy devices as soon as Samsung begins Public distribution of One UI 5.0.

For additional security, the Android 13 update enabled the way to switch across user profiles directly from the lockscreen, even without needing to unlock the phone. It assures your data’s privacy alongside giving freedom of access to that person you handed over the phone.

If you are on One UI 5.0 Beta ROM, you can get access to the multi-user profiles feature now! Just head towards system Settings, tap Accounts and backup, the 2nd option is here entitles “Users,” where you have to enable the toggle and it will let you add guests and users.

  • You can also prevent other user profiles from accessing phone calls and SMS.

Which Galaxy phones should get Multi-User support?

In addition to the Galaxy S22 series, other flagship Galaxy phones including the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy Galaxy S21 series devices will get Multi-User support. In addition, Samsung should also bring it to:

  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy Note 20
  • Galaxy A53, Galaxy A73
  • Galaxy A33
  • Galaxy A72, Galaxy A52s, Galaxy A52

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Google’s Gemini Nano AI deal with Samsung on EU antitrust radar

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EU seemingly investigating if Google’s Gemini AI deal with Samsung violates antitrust law. Regulators of the European Union seeking input from industry to know if Samsung’s Gemini AI deal constitutes anti-competitive conduct.

An EU document seen by Reuters indicates that the Commission wants the opinion of industry officials. The inquiry is about whether Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series with Gemini Nano would limit the pre-installation of rival AI chatbot platforms.

The query also includes whether Gemini Nano limits interoperability with other chatbots and apps on the Galaxy S24 series. Details are also required if there were any cases of failure in signing contracts with phone makers to pre-install AI chatbots.

“EU antitrust regulators are asking industry participants if Google’s multi-year generative artificial intelligence (AI) deal with Samsung hinders rival chatbots on Samsung smartphones.” – Reuters.

Earlier, EU competition authorities hinted at an antitrust investigation into Samsung and Google’s AI deal. The Commission’s Deputy Competition Commissioner asked to “understand the impact of pre-installing Google’s Gemini Nano on Samsung devices.”

The report notes that the executive committee distributed an 8-page questionnaire, with a response required by this week. Samsung and Google may be in trouble if the EU Commission observes any anti-competitive practices.

The Galaxy S24 series is the first to use the Gemini Nano AI model developed by Google. Both companies signed a multi-year partnership to fuel future products with the AI model. The Pixel 8 Pro also came pre-installed with Gemini Nano for on-device AI capabilities.

Samsung also brought Gemini AI to Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 devices. Google is also preparing to introduce the Pixel 9 series next month, equipped with Gemini Nano. Apple is also in close-door talks with Google to include Gemini in iPhone models.

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Apple iPhone could support Samsung Wallet, Google Wallet in Europe

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Apple iPhone users could soon be able to use Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe. Recently, the EU antitrust regulator revealed that Apple will open up its tap-and-go mobile payments system for third-party payment platforms in Europe.

KoreaTimes reports that the EU accepted Apple’s offer to open the NFC payments system. The iPhone maker agreed in favor of ending the antitrust probe began in 2020. It will expand Apple iPhone users’ choices beyond Apple Pay, such as Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe.

Apple’s agreement will be valid for a period of 10 years in EU territories. From now on, the US tech giant can no longer use its control over the iPhone ecosystem to keep other mobile wallets out of the market.

As Samsung Wallet looks to expand on the iPhone, Apple Pay is eating its market in its home ground. Following the launch in South Korea, Apple Pay is gradually gaining popularity. The company is expanding its support across categories to be acceptable everywhere.

European Union forced Apple to ditch its lighting port from products. The company replaced its lighting port with a universal USB C-Type port on iPhone models. iMessage is also adopting the RCS messaging standard that is heavily forced by Google.

Apple is also bringing place to third-party app markets on iPhones in Europe. Now with the latest development, iPhone users will be getting the choice to opt for a payment platform other than Apple Pay. It would be interesting to see whether Google or Samsung manage to make a solid entry.

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Gemini AI now functions on your Android’s lockscreen

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Google has upgraded the Gemini AI app to answer general questions even on your Android phone’s lockscreen. Initially, the company’s new Gemini app was limited to Google Assistant-level commands. Now, if you trigger Gemini on the lock screen, it will respond to some general questions.

The upgraded Gemini AI now allows you to “get answers on lockscreen from Gemini without unlocking your device.” You can now get weather information at a glance with the new Gemini application, but additional actions would require you to unlock the device first.

You can keep your phone locked if your query has been answered properly. If you prefer entering the whole user interface, just unlock the device using fingerprint or PIN. Once unlocked, you will get the keyboard in the popped-up state, offering seamless flow.

The Gemini app added a new “Gemini on lock screen” setting on the main preferences page. Google’s new “Gemini responses on lock screen” toggle completes the already available “Google Assistant on lock screen” option.

Notably, Google is rolling out this update to random users sequentially. You may soon notice the changes as soon as the update reaches your handset. As it’s the first deployment, you may not get responses to some basic queries, but not too long.

Similar to Google Assistant, Gemini was able to control alarms and timers, media (play/pause), and “some phone features,” like volume. As part of the “Utilities” Extension, the US tech giant is further enhancing the user experience through the Gemini app.

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