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PSA: Samsung impresses Galaxy S21, S20 and Note 20 users with Android 13/One UI 5.0 update

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Samsung has impressively begun distributing Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update to its 8 flagship models from 2021 and 2020. Earlier today, Samsung kicked off Stable One UI 5.0 update rollout with Android 13 for Galaxy S21, Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S20 series devices.

No doubt, the company set an example in industry for other Android smartphone vendors, and how they can impress their consumers, as well! There are millions of people having a Galaxy S21, Galaxy Note 20, or Galaxy S20 series smartphone in hand, who are now able to upgrade to the latest Android OS.

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Late last month, the South Korean tech giant released Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update for this year’s Galaxy S22 flagship lineup. It’s worth mentioning that Galaxy S21 series launched in 2021, while Galaxy S20 and Note 20 are flagship lineups from 2020.

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Shortly after the initial Android 13 Stable update rollout for Galaxy S22 series, Samsung released One UI 5.0 release roadmap for all eligible Galaxy devices. As promised, the company served new feature-packed software update for all of its eligible flaghip phones, not only newer, but older as well!

Samsung Android 13 update

Samsung’s Android 13 update is a significant switch for Galaxy smartphones. With the new Android 13 OS, the company is rolling out One UI 5.0 iteration, which brings Samsung-exclusive user interface, which is a lot better than Stock Android.

Samsung One UI 5.0

In addition, there are several useful features such as text extraction that allow you to copy text content directly from the camera viewfinder or image stored in Gallery. For select Galaxies, there are new additions in Good Lock customization suite including Camera Assistant, Dropship and RegiStar.

Material You theming engine can now apply Themed Icons on not only Samsung but also on Google and compatible third-party apps. It brings a more optimized look and feel while using Galaxy smartphone, well, there are more to explore, find out everything about One UI 5.0 here.

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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Samsung Galaxy S22 hacked twice in Pwn2Own hacking contest

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We just covered a severe factory reset bug in Galaxy devices, while, Samsung’s latest Galaxy S22 flagship smartphone was hacked twice during the first day of the Pwn2Own Toronto 2022 hacking competition. Two contestants namely STAR Labs and Chim managed to hack the S22 third and second attempts.

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According to the info (via BleepingComputer), at Pwn2Own Toronto 2022 hacking competition, the team of STAR Labs became the first to successfully exploit a zero-day on the Galaxy S22 flagship device by executing their improper input validation attack, and won $50,000 and 5 Master of Pwn points.

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Moreover, Chim, another contestant, also demoed a successful exploit targeting the Galaxy S22. Chim was able to execute an improper input validation attack and won $25,000 along with 5 Master of Pwn points. The reward amount is half since Chim got successful in the second round on the same device.

STAR Labs

STAR Labs was able to execute their improper input validation attack on their 3rd try against the Samsung Galaxy S22. They earn $50K and 5 Master of Pwn points.

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Chim was able to execute their improper input validation attack against the Samsung Galaxy S22. They earn $25K (round 2) and 5 Master of Pwn points.

Pwn2Own Toronto 2022

2022 marks the 10th anniversary of Pwn2Own Toronto 2022, a consumer-focused hacking competition. For this year’s event, Pwn2Own Toronto has 26 contestants and teams attempting to exploit 66 targets across multiple categories, which also includes Samsung flagships.

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Here’s how Samsung ISOCELL Camera evolved to make mobile photography advanced

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Multiple smartphone brands nowadays use Samsung’s ISOCELL camera. These image sensors redefine digital imaging, revolutionizing mobile photography while providing secure mobility solutions. Recently, Samsung itself explained how the ISOCELL camera evolved to make mobile photography so advanced.

We save our memories through pictures and videos on smartphones but our phones carry limited storage and naturally, a smaller device requires pixels that make the image sensor behind each picture so tiny.

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At once, packing too many tiny pixels into each image sensor to ensure high quality leads to color crosstalk, which occurs when light leaks into adjacent pixels, and degrades the definition of images.

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Samsung ISOCELL Camera Photography

Meanwhile, Samsung is solving this problem with its ISOCELL pixel technology. Samsung ISOCELL camera enables the smartphone to produce ultra-high-quality photos even in dark environments, taking mobile photography to next level.

Advancement of ISOCELL pixel technology: Improved image quality with greater light absorption – 

Processing light is one of the most important parts when it comes to high-quality photos. Samsung’s ISOCELL pixel technology was introduced to process and absorb more light than its traditional BSI pixels. In fact, it has reduced color crosstalk between pixels by approximately 30% and increased overall efficiency where each pixel stores up to 30% more light.

Samsung continues to refine the technology, and to improve image quality even further, the new ISOCELL technology replaces the metal grid between the color filters with a more reflective material. This innovation helps reduce optical loss and increase light sensitivity.

Samsung ISOCELL Camera Photography

By increasing light sensitivity, the smaller pixels in the sensor are able to absorb more light and brighter photos with even greater detail and less noise result. Whereas, to reduce optical loss in even smaller pixels, the company adopted a new merged grid array, which removed the grids between filters of similar chromaticity, thus increasing the light-absorbing area in each pixel.

The new ISOCELL solution also introduced a new material for the thin color filter to optimize the focus of the ultra-fine pixels. Recently, Samsung has advanced photosensitivity by improving the structure of the photodiode. These innovations in small-pixel technology allow ISOCELL to fully harness the power of micro-pixels.

Pixel Binning Technology: Experience crisp pictures even in dark conditions –

Due to the limitation of smaller pixel sizes, the light absorbed by such smaller pixels may be less. This presents a significant challenge when it comes to producing high-quality photos, especially in dark settings.

In the meantime, Samsung Pixel Binning technology allows smaller pixels to mimic larger pixels by combining some neighboring pixels into one. Samsung’s TetraPixel, NonPixel, and Tetra² pixel technologies merge four, nine, and sixteen pixels, respectively, to allow our smartphones to produce ultra-high quality photos, no matter the lighting conditions.

Samsung ISOCELL Camera Photography

For example, when you take a photo in a dark environment, Tetra² pixel technology combines 16 pixels into one large pixel to capture more light for brighter images. Conversely, when it’s bright, the Re-mosaic algorithm rearranges the pixel array for higher image resolution, resulting in crisper, detailed images.

Of all the incredible capabilities of Samsung smartphones, one of the most notable is the ability to meet the growing demand for high-resolution photos. These lets users experience clear, detailed photos with small, yet powerful pixels through the ISOCELL mobile image sensor.

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The wait is over: Android 13/One UI 5 update is available for these Samsung devices

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Samsung December 2022 monthly update list

At SDC22, Samsung showcased the new One UI 5 software and started to deliver it with Android 13 update in late October. The company has also revealed its update rollout plan, which spans around all eligible devices including Galaxy S, Note, Z, A, M, F, Tab, and XCover lineups.

Until the first week of November, Samsung upgraded all eligible flagships (from 2022, 2021 and 2022) to the new Android 13-based One UI 5.0 version. Apart from this, select mid-range and budget phones have also, amazingly, joined the party with One UI 5 update.

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The One UI 5 introduces major improvements in the visual, design and animation functionality. The upgrade significantly improves system animations to provide you with smoother transitions while switching across apps and features on your Galaxy. More here: One UI 5.0 Key Features

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The South Korean tech giant is going already ahead with its One UI 5 schedule for Galaxy devices. Until February 2023, all eligible Galaxies are planned to get the Stable Android 13 update, while the F series devices may have to wait until April.

One UI 5 update rolled out for these Samsung devices:

Galaxy Z Series

  • Galaxy Z Flip 4Stable
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4Stable
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3Stable
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3Stable
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2Beta
  • Galaxy Z Flip LTE/5GBeta

Galaxy S Series

  • Galaxy S22Stable
  • Galaxy S22 Plus
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21Stable
  • Galaxy S21 Plus
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy S20Stable
  • Galaxy S20 Plus
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 FE 5GStable
  • Galaxy S20 FE – Stable
  • Galaxy S10 LiteStable

Galaxy Note Series

  • Galaxy Note 20Stable
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 10 LiteStable

Galaxy A Series

  • Galaxy A73 5GStable
  • Galaxy A53Stable
  • Galaxy A33 5GStable
  • Galaxy A72Stable
  • Galaxy A52s 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy A52 LTE/5G – Stable
  • Galaxy A71 4G – Stable
  • Galaxy A51 LTE/5G – Stable
  • Galaxy Quantum 2
  • Galaxy A13 5G
  • Galaxy A42 5G

Galaxy M Series

  • Galaxy M53 5GStable
  • Galaxy M33 5GStable
  • Galaxy M52 5GStable
  • Galaxy M42 5GStable
  • Galaxy M32 5GStable
  • Galaxy M22 – Stable

Galaxy F Series

  • Galaxy F62 5G – Stable
  • Galaxy F52 5G
  • Galaxy F42 5G

Galaxy Tab Series

  • Galaxy Tab S8 – Stable
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Galaxy Tab S7 – Stable
  • Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

Galaxy XCover Series

  • Galaxy XCover 6 ProStable
  • Galaxy XCover 5

Updated on December 06

Don’t Miss | Download these 4 new Samsung apps to take full advantage of One UI 5.0

The above-mentioned Samsung smartphones and tablets started to receive the Android 13-based Stable One UI 5.0 update. The availability may vary by region and carrier, however, you won’t be needing to wait too long to experience the newest OS of Samsung.

Samsung One UI 5 Customization

How to check for update

Samsung consumers can check new software updates manually with a handful of simple steps. Firstly, visit your Galaxy device’s “System Settings,” once done, scroll down and tap the “Software update” tab, followed by the “Download and install” button.

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