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Samsung fixes Galaxy Watch 4’s not turning on issue with new VK4 firmware update

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Samsung yesterday announced that it has stopped the rollout of that Galaxy Watch 4 firmware update, which reportedly makes it unusable. At the same time, the company promised that a new build will be released soon. Now, Samsung is reportedly starting a new Galaxy Watch 4 update rollout with version VK4.

 

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According to the information, Samsung is rolling out a new firmware update with version number ending VK4 for the Galaxy Watch 4 Bluetooth variants. The company is releasing the new software to a limited number of users in order to assure the stability and reliability of this new build.

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As mentioned in the screenshot, the Galaxy Watch 4’s VK4 firmware update improves the power-off functionality, which was disturbed following the halted build – V13. Since the rollout is happening gradually, users who received it can download and install it on their smartwatch through the Galaxy Wearable app.

In case you’ve installed the earlier firmware update on your Galaxy Watch 4 and it got turned off due to battery discharge, sadly, you need to visit a nearby Samsung Service center to get the watch fixed. Well, we recommend users don’t let their Galaxy Watch 4 discharge even after installation of the new update.

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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January 2023 Google Play System update for Samsung Galaxy S22 has arrived, yours to download now

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Samsung Galaxy S22 series begins getting the latest January 2023 Google Play System update. At present, the update rollout is happening in the Indian market, with Europe and the United States will follow shortly.

January 2023 Google Play System update for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a package size of 58MB. Notably, the Android manufacturer skipped rolling out the December 2022 Play System update for devices.

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The latest Play System update comes with fixes for some critical bugs in various scenarios including Account Management, Security & Privacy, System Management & Diagnostics, and Utilities related services.

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In addition, the latest version further enhances the Device Connectivity function of Android smartphones and makes it possible to discover devices even when the screen is off.

The update also expands the range of users and use cases supported by the Play Games profile. Not that all, there are various new changes and improvements in the Google Play Store itself, which are as follows:

  • New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.
  • Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.
  • Continuous improvements to Play Protect to keep your device safe.
  • Various performance optimizations, bug fixes and improvements to security, stability and accessibility.

Moreover, Password manager helps you save different passwords to your Google account and allows you to use them across various websites and devices. Now, you will be able to add notes to your existing and new passwords.

Samsung Galaxy S22 January 2023 Google Play System Update

Google detailed the Play System update, which also includes:

Utilities

  • [Phone] Improve user experience for auto filling passwords.

Wallet

  • [Phone] Visual and infrastructure updates to Wallet mobile web experience.
  • [Phone] Adds contactless data transfer (NFC) restrictions for passes.

Developer Services

  • [Phone] New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support Device Connectivity, Location & Context, Machine Learning & AI, Maps, and System Management & Diagnostics related developer services in their apps.
  • [Phone] Update the platform QR scanner with the ability to select an existing photo and add support for handling Matter and UPI codes from OEM cameras.

System Management

  • [Phone] Updates to System Management, and Usability services that improve Device Connectivity, Device Performance, Network Usage, Privacy, Security, Stability, and Usability.

How to download and install Play System update:

Open Settings >> Security and privacy >> Updates >> Google Play system update.

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T-Mobile releases Android 13 One UI 5.0 update for Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in the US

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Carrier-unlocked models of Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G smartphone at T-Mobile are now getting the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software update in the US. Whereas, the US carrier-unlocked devices and internal variants have already grabbed it in late 2022.

Samsung is releasing this update with One UI build version G781U1UEU9FWA7. It installs plenty of new features alongside a lot of new improvements, customization capabilities, and a revamped user interface.

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The Quick settings panel, Notification Panel, Recent menu, Home screen, Lock screen, and other compartments are getting various notable tweaks. Whereas, the app icons are now bolder and look great compared to the older ones.

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Galaxy S20 FE Android 13 Update US

As far as the new features are concerned, the Galaxy S20 FE Android 13 update brings 16 Color Palette options, Stack widgets, Notification Permission, Lockdown mode, Maintenance mode, Per-app languages, a new Smart Suggestion widget, a Smart Text extraction feature, new swipe features for easier multitasking, and much more.

Meanwhile, the Camera app is receiving various new changes and features including Picture, Historogarm in Pro mode, Help guide in Pro mode, Food Mode support in Telephoto camera, improved Single Take, and others.

At the same time, the Gallery app is receiving a new interface alongside improvised editing tools, and more. You will also notice major changes in the Edge Panels, Good Lock, Samsung Internet, Samsung DeX, Samsung Notes, Smart View, and other One UI apps and services.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 gets One UI 5.1 Camera controller zoom, Self-diagnose features in India

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After the Galaxy Watch 5, Samsung began rolling out the January 2023 feature-packed update to Galaxy Watch 4 users last week. This update was limited to South Korea but now, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 customers living in India are also getting access to One UI 5.1 Camera controller zoom and Self-diagnose features with the new software update.

As per the information, the new Camera controller zoom feature will let the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 customers remotely zoom the camera by pinching in or out the watch’s screen or through the rotating bezel.

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It is noteworthy that Samsung is only releasing this Camera Controller zoom feature for the flagship phones released after Galaxy S20 or Galaxy Z Flip driving at least One UI 5.1 software. It means you will not be able to use it at present. However, you can have hands-on this feature once your Galaxy phone will receive the One UI 5.1 update.

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Samsung Watch 4 One UI 5.1 features

Moreover, the January 2023 software update for Galaxy Watch 4 further brings the ability for Self-diagnose. It installs a new “Connected device diagnostics” option that will allow you to check the proper performance of your wearable’s battery status, touch screen function, and more on the connected phone.

You can now use this feature by updating your Galaxy Watch 4, Samsung Members app, and Galaxy Wearable app to their latest version.

Software version:

Samsung is currently rolling out the One UI 5.1 Camera controller zoom and Self-diagnose features for the LTE version of Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. You can determine it through the built version:

  • Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm) – R865FXXU1GWA3
  • Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm) – R875FXXU1GWA3
  • Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (42mm) – R885FXXU1GWA3
  • Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) – R895FXXU1GWA3

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