Samsung released a new firmware update with November 2022 security patch for the Galaxy S20 series devices. Both 4G and 5G network-supported models in Europe have started to grab the most up-to-date security patches, as part of 2nd Android 13 firmware.
If you are in Europe, you may have gotten a notification hinting that the device got a new update. You can identify November 2022 security patch for the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, or S20 Ultra via version numbers G980FXXSFGVK1/G981BXXSFGVK1, G985FXXSFGVK1/G986BXXSFGVK1, or G988BXXSFGVK1, respectively
This new software update provides you with better optimization between the hardware and newly installed operating system. Specifically, the newest security update patches dozens of bugs and CVEs of your Galaxy phone, including three critical, 32 high and a moderate level CVE, yet, you can check more details here.
How to 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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Samsung rolling out game streaming to 2021 Smart TV
Samsung Gaming officially announced that it is rolling out game streaming for 2021 smart TV models. Earlier this year, the company introduced Gaming Hub cloud-based gaming platform for select 2022 TV models, which is now expanding to the last year’s Smart TVs.
Through its official Twitter handle, Samsung Gaming confirmed that 2021 Smart TV models gaining the ability of your favorite game streaming services. The eligible global TV models include QN800A, QN850A, QN900A, WS1A, QN700A, LS03A, AU7000, AU8000, AU9000, QN95A-QN85A, and Q80A-Q50A.
Besides, 98QN90A, 32Q60A, and all sizes of Q70A and AU8000 are the US only variants that are getting the game streaming service. If you have one of these Smart TVs, congrats, you can now connect compatible favorite controllers and start playing from Samsung’s amazing lineup of game streaming services.
Presently, you can play a wide variety of games on Xbox, Nvidia GeForce Now, Amazon Luna, and Utomik, while Blacknut and Antstream are coming in 2023. To find these services on your 2021 Samsung Smart TV, please go to the App Store from the home screen.
You can use the most popular Bluetooth or USB-wired controllers: Microsoft Xbox Series X/S controllers, Xbox One controller, Xbox 360 controller, Xbox Elite Wireless controller Series 2, Xbox Adaptive Controller, PlayStation DualShock 4 and DualSense controllers, Amazon Luna controller, Nvidia Shield controller, Logitech F310, F510 and F710 controllers, PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus Bluetooth controller, Joytron CYVOX DX.
Samsung Galaxy S22 hacked twice in Pwn2Own hacking contest
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.
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.
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 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.
— Zero Day Initiative (@thezdi) December 6, 2022
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.
— Zero Day Initiative (@thezdi) December 6, 2022
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.
Here’s how Samsung ISOCELL Camera evolved to make mobile photography advanced
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.