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Stable OxygenOS 13 released but Samsung hasn’t surrendered

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Samsung is still testing the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta on Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series devices. And similar to the last year, Samsung got defeated by OPPO & OnePlus in the race for the earliest Android-based custom skin shipment.

10 days ago, OPPO shipped the Stable Android 13-based ColorOS 13 upgrade to its most-recent flagship lineup – Find X5 series. And recently, OnePlus has also released the Stable OxygenOS 13 update, based on Android 13 OS, to the OnePlus 10 Pro flagship.

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It means, Samsung got defeated by not only Google (of course, there’s no competition), but Chinese Android vendors – OPPO and OnePlus have also rolled out the Stable Android 13 update for their flagship devices ahead of the Galaxy S22 series.

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Well, OnePlus managed to seed the Stable OxygenOS 13 update for its most recent flagship, but, what will happen with it next year, and then? No need to scratch the head, in case you are a true Samsung fan and OnePlus consumers are well aware of the future of so-called flagships.

Sell, forget

Yes, that is what the Chinese phone makers follow, just sell the product and forget about the support. No doubt, the OnePlus 10 Pro started to get the Android 13 Stable update in a very short time after the Pixel release. At the same time, there are a lot of examples of promises that are never fulfilled.

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OnePlus 7 users crying for Android 12

Back in June 2019, OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7/7T series which includes a total of 4 models. These devices are packed with Snapdragon 855 chipset and Android 9 Pie operating system out of the box. OnePlus promised to deliver at least three major OS upgrades, which is becoming true as well but with tortoise speed.

In 2019, Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series devices that received the Stable Android 12 update earlier this year. Moreover, the company released another incremental upgrade – One UI 4.1 to these older flagships in the month of March.

OnePlus, on the other hand, started the Android 12 Beta program for the OnePlus 7 series device in early July to provide the OxygenOS 12 custom skin. The Open Beta program is available for consumers in limited countries, and the remaining are still running Android 11, while Google’s going to begin preparation for Android 14.

Samsung sold a huge number of Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series devices, which means the company has already deployed the Android 12 upgrade for millions of consumers worldwide. Meanwhile, OnePlus is just managing to become “first” for newer models and it’s already last for older ones!

Samsung should boost up Android deployment

Samsung is the king of the Android updates segment, even, though Google is far away with its “handful” of Pixel smartphones. The former plays a big role in the Android ecosystem by shipping the highest numbers of Galaxy devices, with support for up to 4 OS upgrades to flagships and select-mid-rangers.

Google’s still stuck on 3 OS upgrades for its Pixel flagships, while the security patch updates promise is the same as Samsung’s of five years. As the Korena tech giant is a leading smartphone brand with worldwide reach, it should further improve its Android development department for faster rollouts.

“At least, Samsung is not bias like vendors from China.”

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Samsung Galaxy S4 and continue 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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Hey, Samsung! Galaxy S23’s 5% battery boost is a welcome move, but 25W charging is unacceptable

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Battery capacity and charging speed are the two key specs that are consumers’ top priorities nowadays. Next year, Samsung will unveil its next-gen Galaxy S line – the Galaxy S23 series, which could feature battery capacity increased by 5% but charging speed stuck at 25W.

With the Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra, Samsung brought back the 45W charging support, which might not be continued. At the same time, the middle child of the upcoming Galaxy S23 lineup is rumored to boast the same size battery, but Samsung is extending its capacity by 200mAh with dimensity increment.

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5% battery increment is a welcome move!

In the recent past, an alleged Galaxy S23 Plus battery passed the SafetyKorea certification, which hints the size of the battery is almost the same as its predecessor. However, a recent Korean media report revealed that the Galaxy S23 Plus flagship will have 5% increased battery capacity, thanks to increased dimensity.

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With the same size of the battery, Samsung appears to be offering a 4700mAh capacity to the Galaxy S23 Plus smartphone, which is 200mAh higher than the Galaxy S22 Plus. Well, an additional 200mAh battery capacity isn’t too much but it’s a welcome move for sure!

Samsung Galaxy S22 battery charging

Samsung may be offering higher battery power while keeping the size the same is just amazing. Our flagship will continue its premium design without additional weight or a thicker middle frame. It’s all about technology and innovation.

Really, 45W charger is a hoax?

Various reviewers, general consumers and reputed media outlets had the same feedback about Samsung’s 45W phone charger and its authenticity. A reviewer at CNET revealed that the 45W charger managed to charge the Galaxy S22 Plus slightly faster when starting from 0% over the course of 10- and 20-minute increments.

On the other hand, when plugging in at 25%, the 25W adapter filled a higher amount of battery after 10 and 20 minutes, and the results were the same when charging from 50%. The same feedback has also been conveyed by AndroidAuthority.

As the 45W fast charger seems like just an “on paper” thing, the Korean tech giant might not be continuing the same offer with its next-gen flagship smartphone lineup. The Galaxy S23 Ultra test model has recently passed Chinese 3C certification, which revealed a 25W fast charging feature.

In the United States, OnePlus is offering up to 125W fast charging with the OnePlus 10T, which is a mid-range smartphone. At the same time, Galaxy flagships are stuck on just 25W for years and Samsung calls 25W fast charging, it doesn’t make sense.

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We know the Korean phone maker doesn’t believe in just “on paper” and the numbers game, but then, what about the 200MP camera sensor? Motorola used Samsung’s image sensor and introduced the world’s first 200MP camera smartphone, and Galaxy S23 Ultra is rumored to become the second next year.

Concluding…

The battery capacity and charging speed are subject to consumers’ routines, how much time they can use their phone if away from the charger, and how much time they need to keep their phone plugged in to get it fully charged. What do you think about 25W speed? Is it really “fast charging” against rivals, let us know through social media.

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One UI 6 or 5.1 should bring Large Folders feature

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With iOS version 14, Apple introduced a new way called App Library to find and organize the apps so iPhone consumers can see what they want and where they want. In iPhones, we can reach this destination by swiping Left until we get to the App Library.

Inside this section, iOS puts all the apps in different folders category-wise. For example, if you have Instagram installed, then you can find it from a big folder named Social in the App Library. This functionality is amazing, which further become interesting when Huawei managed to copy it for its devices.

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iOS 14 App Library

By introducing HarmonyOS, its self-developed operating system, Huawei presented the Large Folders feature for smartphones. This feature is almost similar to that one iSheeps got with the iOS 14 on their iPhones’ App Library section.

Instead of creating a dedicated page on the homescreen, HarmonyOS introduces the Large Folders feature on the regular pages. Users can easily create Large Folders on the homescreen by just combining two apps together to create a regular folder.

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Once done, tap and hold the newly created folder then the OS provides you with an option to Enlarge the folder. The enlarged folder occupies the space of a total of 4 apps (2×2) on the homescreen. The interesting this about this feature is that you will be able to put 9 apps within the same space occupied by 4 apps, thanks to Large Folders.

Apps placed inside the Large Folder can directly be opened from the homescreen, however, you can tap on a Lil bit of blank space in the folder to expand it. Similar to the homescreen and regular folders, we can add even more than 9 apps, that can be found on the 2nd page inside the folder.

Have a look at this feature, in action | Credits – HC Newsroom

 

While Huawei has further improved the Large Folders functionality with its next-gen HarmonyOS version, other Chinese smartphone vendors have also included the same feature in their custom skins. OPPO (with ColorOS 13) is the most recent entry in the list of OEMs providing the Large Folders feature.

ColorOS 13 Large Folders

ColorOS 13

As OPPO failed to provide a clean appearance to the Large Folders’ functionality, HarmonyOS 3.0 take it to the next level. Well…, Chinese phone makers are introducing new user-friendly features with their custom skins based on the Android operating system, regularly, but, Samsung is far behind.

On the other hand, there’s nothing wonderful addition spotted in the One UI 5.0, based on Android 13 so far. At least, Samsung should add the Large Folders feature with the upcoming builds of the One UI 5.0 software for the Galaxy devices.

If it doesn’t happen, I’m dreaming to use the Large Folders feature with the forthcoming One UI 5.1, based on Android 13, or the Android 14-based One UI 6.0, which will arrive over a year later from now on. What do you think about it? Should Samsung bring the Large Folders feature, let us know through social media.

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  1. HC Newsroom
  2. iOS App Library – Apple
  3. P50 Pro – Huawei
  4. ColorOS 13 – XDA
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Old is ‘not’ gold in Samsung, Galaxy S10 has less Android support than A53

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Android Support

Samsung is killing with its Android OS and regular security updates, however, it’s quite confusing that the Galaxy S10 has less support than the Galaxy A53. The former belongs to the flagship Samsung family, while the latter to the mid-range Galaxy A lineup, but the Android support is just the opposite between them.

The Galaxy S10 series was launched back in 2019, with Android 9-based One UI 1.1 out of the box. As per records, the Galaxy S10 is one of the company’s most selling smartphone lineup, which introduced the first 5G model as well in the range.

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The standard variant of the Galaxy S10 series with the least storage option had priced at $899 in the United States, huh, we are getting nothing for it, right? Well, it’s not wholly true that Samsung didn’t do anything for Galaxy S10 consumers, but it’s not satisfactory seeing mid-rangers have similar and more Android support.

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Galaxy S10 Series

As mentioned above, the Korean tech giant launched the Galaxy S10 series with Android 9-based One UI 1.1. At the time of launch, Samsung was commented to offer up to two OS and three years of security updates. Later on, the vendor raised the OS support bar to three, up from the initial offering of two upgrades.

At the Galaxy Note 20 launch conference, Samsung confirmed an additional year of OS support for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series devices. According to the revised policy, both of these older flagship lineups became eligible for another yet final major switch in the form of Android 12-based One UI 4.

But, old is not gold in Samsung’s dictionary

In the same document, Samsung revealed that the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 mid-range smartphones will also be eligible for three generations of Android upgrades, which is exactly similar to the Galaxy S10, Note 10, and even the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S20 series.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Android Support

What’s the similarity between Galaxy flagships and mid-range smartphones as Samsung offers the same support to both? Yes, there’s nothing to match in between and the company understood it later on when consumers started criticizing and questioning over support, but,

“I’m still unsatisfied”

Samsung became the best Android support provider at the cheapest cost in the industry, but it seems “biasness”. The Galaxy S21 and later flagships now offer up to four major upgrades, but the company has decided to do the same with the Galaxy A53/A73 and select upcoming A series phones.

Is it right old is not gold in Samsung’s dictionary? Let us know through social media or the Twitter poll linked below.

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