Software update is a big deal for smartphone customers nowadays. In case you are wondering to purchase an Android smartphone, Samsung is undoubtedly the best choice in the market in almost every aspect. Meanwhile, a big group of Samsung fans spotted running ‘Update For All’ movement.
What does it mean?
Through the Update For All movement, fans are asking Samsung to follow Apple and Google’s strategy of providing software updates to all eligible phones at once, via SamsonUpdate. Staged rollout is Samsung’s traditional policy that it still maintaining even after keeping the crown of global market for years.
Taking the recent past as example, Samsung started the Android 13 update rollout for the Galaxy S22 series on October 24. Initially, the update became available in a handful of European countries, while expansion to more and more markets is still underway.
Going ahead, the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series flagships have started to get the Stable Android 13 update on November 7. The gap between One UI 5’s availability for the latest S22 and older S20/Note 20 flagships is approx two weeks.
Apple and Google giving
On the other hand, Apple fits for the Update For All strategy as all the eligible iPhones receive every new software update on the same day across the world. The same goes for Pixel, Google also updates all eligible Pixel phones with new firmware update together.
Advantage for Apple and Google
iOS is an iPhone-exclusive software system, which is solely developed by Apple. As the iPhone maker itself develops and tests new firmware updates for iPhones and other devices, it makes it capable of releasing it for all. Similarly, Android is also under full control of Google, at least for Pixel smartphones.
What’s the difficulty
We know, Galaxy devices run the Android operating system and Samsung is entirely dependent on Google. The former OEM has no other choice than to wait until Google begins Android’s new update rollout for Pixel phones, however, the gap between Android and One UI debut can be lessened if Samsung joins Developer Preview party.
Samsung’s capable, we know!
Samsung is the global market leader in smartphones with the highest shipments with reach to almost every corner of the Earth. The company is well known for users’ data privacy and security which China can never offer with its mobile devices.
If Galaxy users want “update for all,” Samsung should consider their demand as there’s nothing impossible for the OEM. To do so, Samsung should work with Google and develop the new OS-based One UI skin for all kinds of Galaxies so it can be distributed as well.
About movement: In the 24 hours poll on Twitter, among around 1500 voters, 94% are in favor of ‘Update For All.’ The poll is still live, you can do vote in the Twitter linked below.
— Samson One UI 'UPDATE FOR ALL' Movement (@SamsonUpdate) November 11, 2022
Samsung and other Korean giants stumble as global economy slows
Due to sluggish chip and energy sectors amid a global economic slowdown, South Korea’s major companies performed far worse than their US counterparts in the first half of 2023.
According to FKI report, South Korea’s top 100 nonfinancial firms listed on the main local bourse saw their combined sales edge up 0.3 percent on-year to $746.3 billion in the January-June period.
Samsung saw its sales, operating profit, and net profit dip 21.5%, 95.4% and 86.9% on-year, respectively. Comparable figures of its US counterpart, Apple, dropped 4.2%, 10% and 9.2%.
The FKI stressed the need for South Korean big businesses to establish stable profit sources as they remain more vulnerable to external shocks than big U.S. companies.
The combined operating profit of the Korean companies tumbled 63.4 percent on-year to $24.8 billion won in the six-month period, while that of the U.S. corporations shrank 3.9 percent to $638.5 billion.
Biased camera ranking puts iPhone 15 Pro Max 2nd and Galaxy S23 Ultra 15th: DXOMARK vs Practical Triumph
Camera evaluation firm DXOMARK has recently published its Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review. In the global ranking, Apple’s hottest (LOL!) iPhone is listed second, after Huawei’s P60 Pro, while the real winner – Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra is 15th.
The new iPhone 15 Pro Max comes with a 40-megapixel primary, a 12-megapixel ultrawide, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera. Besides, the A17 Pro chipset gives a further boost to the device, enhancing the camera capabilities and photography skills.
DXOMARK blessed the iPhone 15 Pro Max with 154 points and praised vivid brightness and contrast, accurate exposure, pleasant and natural color rendering, and skin tones, excellent detail in bright light, fast and accurate autofocus, and effective video stabilization.
iPhone 15 Pro Max Camera Specs
- 48MP sensor, 2.44µm quad pixels, 24mm equivalent f/1.78-aperture lens, Dual Pixel AF, OIS
- 12MP sensor, 13mm equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens, Dual Pixel AF
- 12MP sensor, 1.12µm pixels, 120 mm equivalent f/2.8-aperture lens, Dual Pixel AF
At the same time, reviewers listed some cons of the latest Apple phone such as noise in low-light photos, unwanted artifacts, including flare, ghosting, and aliasing, slightly limited dynamic range in photos, and inconsistent detail across all zoom ranges.
Galaxy S23 Ultra secured 140 points, and no one cared about DXOMARK numbers. The device is equipped with 200-megapixel primary, 12-megapixel ultrawide and a dual 10-megapixel telephoto sensor setup. In practical, S23 Ultra is miles ahead of the iPhone in overall capabilities and use of technologies.
Galaxy S23 Ultra Camera Specs
- 200MP 1/1.3″ sensor, 0.6 μm pixels, f/1.7-aperture lens, PDAF, AF, OIS
- 12MP 1/2.55″ sensor, 1.4 μm pixels, f/2.2-aperture lens, PDAF, AF, OIS
- 10MP 1/3.52″ sensor, 1.12 μm pixels, f/2.4-aperture lens, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
- 10MP 1/3.52″ sensor, 1.12 μm pixels, f/4.9-aperture lens, PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
Samsung’s Attempt to Ease Galaxy Browser Defaults Thwarted by Google
Samsung has reportedly tried to make changes in the Galaxy smartphones’ internet browsers design, as part of making it easier to pick the preferred Seach Engine (browser) as default. The company ultimately backed down as Google reminded it about the breach of the agreement.
According to WallStreetJournal, Samsung had attempted to tweak the way of altering the default Galaxy Browser (search engine) for consumer convenience. Meanwhile, Google had opposed the move and emphasized to Samsung that such a move would be a breach of the agreement.
In the past, it was rumored that the South Korean tech giant was considering Microsoft’s ChatGPT-powered Bing as the default search engine on Galaxy devices. However, Google assured it to enhance the search engine as well as bring AI capabilities for competition.
Samsung x Microsoft
ChatGPT to power Samsung AI Chatbot: Samsung’s Strategic Leap into AI Development with Microsoft
According to a recent report from Korean media outlet, Samsung is developing a “Samsung AI Chatbot” that will assist with tasks such as translation and document summarization using the Large Language Model (LLM) developed by OpenAI.
Edaily disclosed that the company is using Microsoft’s “Azure OpenAI Service” to create an AI chatbot for work assistance to be used within the company. If Samsung tries to develop its own generative AI using OpenAI’s LLM, it must use MS Azure Cloud.
- Samsung Electronics is known to have linked OpenAI’s LLM to this service and is undergoing a technology verification (PoC) process.