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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 becomes first smartphone to get “Product of the Year” award

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Samsung Flip 4 Product of the Year

Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip 4 smartphone in early August this year. While considering its looks to internals and software, Samsung has brought lots of improvements over its predecessor, which made the Galaxy Z Flip 4 win the title of “Product of the Year” in Belgium.

Throughout the year, Samsung will now be able to display the iconic logo on its products, in all its advertisements, on the packaging, and, of course, in stores. This will attract customers to the brand and help the company achieve more success as the Product of the Year logo will help customers make the right choice.

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Furthermore, with its compact and foldable design, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 offers an extraordinary experience. You can take pictures and videos from all possible angles and switch from ‘handheld’ to ‘hands-free’ mode. Multiple functions are available such as calls, texts and even opening the car without unfolding your phone.

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Samsung Flip 4 Product of the Year

With its slimmer hinge, straight edges, contrast matte glass on the back, and shiny metal bezels, this is Samsung’s most refined design yet. On both the cover screen and the main screen, you can fully customize the Z Flip 4 with Galaxy themes inside and out.

Therefore, you can personalize your collapsible by adding fonts, icons, and patterns of your choosing. Plus, you can create your own cover screen with new clocks and a variety of backgrounds, such as images, GIFs, and even videos.

Samsung Flip 4 Product of the Year

Product of the Year award:

The “Product of the Year” award and logo have existed since 1987. The winning products are selected based on submissions from brands and distributors. After a preliminary selection based on objective criteria, the products are judged by interested consumers who have purchased the product.

They judge products on their innovative character, attractiveness, and their user-friendliness. The product is tested in the consumer’s living environment to truly test the ease of use and added value. The satisfaction survey is conducted by Treatz under the direction of the independent research agency Nielsen, which is also responsible for collating the results.

Samsung Flip 4 Product of the Year

First for an electronic company:

In recent years, various products have received the title of “Product of the Year”, but these were mainly FMCGs. These are products that have a short shelf life and are traded quickly, such as facials and soft drinks. Meanwhile, for the time, a smartphone has won this award and proudly, it’s Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.

The Product of the Year award confirms the innovative and user-friendly character of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 smartphone. Winners make a difference because their products best meet consumer needs. These needs are constantly changing and innovations must anticipate them.

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Not a big deal: Samsung Prez defends Galaxy S23 series’ lack of satellite support

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Samsung Galaxy S23 lacks satellite connectivity support

Huawei Mate 50 Pro initiated the trend of satellite connectivity in the smartphone industry, which was followed by the Apple iPhone 14. Samsung fans might get disappointed to know that the Galaxy S23 series lacks satellite connectivity support, because…, (let me laugh for a minute first)!

Samsung is getting criticized for not bringing radical changes in its skyey priced Galaxy S23 series, and rivals have not got a solid reason, courtesy of Samsung. During the Unpacked, Samsung has not showcased satellite support on the Galaxy S23 series, which was further solidified by President as well.

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TM Roh, Samsung’s MX Business Head confirmed to CNET that the Galaxy S23 series misses satellite support. Even though the Apple iPhone 14 and Huawei Mate 50 Pro brought satellite features, Samsung’s President believes it’s not ready, at least for now.

“When there is the right timing, infrastructure and the technology [is] ready, then of course for Samsung Galaxy, for our mobile division, we would also actively consider adopting this feature as well,” TM Roh said to CNET.

Months ago, it was rumored that the South Korean tech giant is collaborating with satellite industry giants to adopt the feature in the Galaxy S23 series. Meanwhile, the rumor remains rumor as the person responsible is waiting for it to be ready.

Samsung Galaxy S23 lacks satellite connectivity support

Satellite connectivity isn’t a big deal for Samsung fans and regular consumers as there’s now a wider reach of the network. But, no one can deny the fact that the iPhone 14’s satellite connectivity feature proved a boon for select consumers in emergency conditions.

Anyways, if Apple itself adopted the satellite connectivity in iPhone 14 series, what stopping Samsung from at least copy the tech? The company is lagging behind rivals in features that became common in the industry, and the Galaxy S23 quietly skips it, I found it humorous.

Worldwide, the Galaxy S23 series ships with “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy” processor. Earlier, the US chip giant introduced support for “Snapdragon Satellite” which would let users communicate through satellite on devices on the latest Snapdragon chipsets.

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Samsung One UI 5.1 Eligible Devices, Release Date, Features and Latest News

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The Galaxy S23 series is likely to debut the next stable iteration of the One UI operating system. After introducing the One UI 5.1 with its next flagship lineup, Samsung would deliver it to some older Galaxy devices such as Galaxy S21, Note 20, and S20, and foldables.

Similar to One UI 5.0, the upcoming One UI 5.1 version will also be based on the Android 13 operating system. Since the Galaxy Note 20 and S20 series devices are no longer eligible for Android upgrades, Samsung might make them happy with the One UI 5.1 software.

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The South Korean tech giant is expected to introduce the Galaxy S23 series smartphones in mid-late February 2023. The lineup will include three models namely the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra. Pre-loaded with Android 13, the S23 series will get major updates up to Android 17.

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One UI 5.1 version will officially hit the market with the Galaxy S23 series, however, the company may start delivering it to eligible models sometime later. Currently, Samsung is working on One UI 5.0 deployment and there’s no official information about the One UI 5.1.

Eligible Devices [Confirmed]

  • Galaxy S22 | S22+ | S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 | S21+ | S21 Ultra | S21 FE
  • Galaxy S20 | S20+ | S20 Ultra | S20 FE
  • Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 | Z Flip 4
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3 | Z Flip 3
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5G | Z Flip

 

Samsung One UI 5.1 Features

Camera

  • Changing the hue for a selfie just got easier
    Easily change the hue of your selfies with the Effects button on the side of the screen.
  • Quick access to Expert RAW
    The Expert RAW app allows you to capture high-quality images without any processing or compression, perfect for those who want to edit their photos later. Accessing Expert RAW is now easier from the Advanced menu.

Gallery

  • Common family album
    With Shared Family Album, sharing photos with your family is easier than ever. Gallery recommends photos to add to your shared family album by recognizing your family members’ faces. You also get 5GB of storage per family member (up to 6 people).
  • Improved handling
    Processing automatically removes shadows and reflections to make your photos look great. You can also recreate GIFs for better resolution and clarity.
  • Convenient information display
    If you swipe up when viewing a picture or video in your gallery, you can see at a glance when and where the picture was taken, on which device, where it’s stored, and more.
  • Search has become more powerful
    You can now search for more than one person or item at a time. You can even search for people without tagging their names, just by clicking on their faces.
    Choose a location to save screenshots
    Now you can save screenshots and screen recordings in a folder of your choice by setting it up in the advanced features.

AR-Zone und AR-Emoji:

  • Use 3 Emojis in AR Emoji Camera
    Take fun photos and videos with friends (up to 3 people) in mask mode. You can replace your friends’ faces with other characters by clicking the emoji.
  • Layout and editing improvements in AR Doodles
    The brushes are now available on the main AR Doodle screen for quicker access. You can also resize and move drawings after you create them, and the new eraser tool lets you erase just a portion of your drawings without completely erasing them.

Widgets:

  • New battery widget
    With the new battery widget you can check the battery level of your Galaxy devices. Right from the home screen, you can see how much battery your smartphone, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch and other supported devices have left.
  • Intuitive weather widget
    The new illustration style and a summary of the current weather conditions make it easy to know the weather information, whether it’s sunny, cloudy, raining or snowing.

Modes and Scenarios:

  • Different wallpapers depending on the mode
    Set different wallpapers on the lock screen and the home screen depending on your current activities. Choose a background for work, one for sport and more by setting different modes.
  • More conditions and actions for scenarios
    Run scripts automatically when you turn on airplane mode or mobile hotspot. Scripts can now open some apps, adjust left/right audio balance, and more. New actions now let you control Quick Share and touch sensitivity, as well as change the ringtone and font style.

Connectivity:

  • Collaboration in Samsung Notes
    Create a shared note that multiple people can edit at the same time. Write a report with colleagues, take notes for a study group, or draw a picture with a friend. The possibilities are endless.
  • Inviting to shared apps made easy
    Now you can easily invite people to shared albums, notes, and calendars using a link that can be shared across apps like messenger, email, and social networks.
  • Advanced multiple controls between Galaxy Book and smartphone
    Now you can use your Galaxy Book’s mouse, keyboard, or trackpad not only with your Galaxy tablet, but also with your Galaxy smartphone. You can easily copy and paste text and drag and drop images from one device to another as if it were the same device.
  • Media output for WiFi speakers
    If you want to continue listening to music on Wi-Fi speakers via Spotify Connect and the built-in Chromecast, simply open the media output from the quick access toolbar, not the music apps.
  • Continue surfing on the PC
    If you surf the Internet on your smartphone with Samsung Internet and then continue browsing on your PC, you can find the websites you opened on your smartphone and continue browsing them with the PC browser.

Samsung DeX:

  • Improved multitasking in DeX
    In split screen mode, you can now drag the splitter in the middle of the screen to resize both windows. You can also snap a window to one of its corners so that it takes up a quarter of the screen.

Settings:

  • Settings suggestions
    Suggestions are now displayed at the top of the settings screen, letting you know about useful features to try or settings that need your attention so you can enable or try them right away.

Samsung-Internet:

  • Improved search
    You can now search by folder name in bookmarks or by group name in tabs. Improved search logic allows you to find what you’re looking for, even if something is misspelled.

Setup-Assistant

  • Faster and easier initial setup of your new Galaxy
    If you’re switching to a new Galaxy from a Galaxy or other Android device, simply scan the QR code on your old device to automatically migrate your Wi-Fi networks, Samsung account, and Google account to the new one Device to transfer without typing anything.

Weather:

  • Detailed weather information at a glance
    Useful weather information is now displayed on the Weather app’s main screen. You can check severe weather alerts, daily weather reports, hourly precipitation and color temperature charts.

Calls:

  • Bixby text calls
    Use Bixby text calls to automatically answer calls and find out the purpose of the call. You see what the caller is saying in a text chat, and you can tap or type replies that are read aloud to the caller. Bixby text calls are only available in English and Korean.

It is worth noting that the official announcement of the changelog has not been made by the company but well-known tipster Winfuture has shared it.

 

Latest News [Updated Feb. 02]

[February 01] Samsung officially introduced the Galaxy S23 smartphones, which bring One UI 5.1 pre-installed. The new software comes with various new features and major improvements over the One UI 5.0 for better user experiences.

 

[January 22] It’s been a long since Samsung started One UI 5.1 internal testing for Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, and Galaxy S20 smartphones before the official release. Now it seems like the update is almost ready for these flagship devices.

 

[January 21] The Galaxy S21 FE 5G and Galaxy A52s 5G are the latest Samsung smartphone that has begun testing the One UI 5.1 software so that users won’t face unstable features after installing it.

 

[January 18] Samsung released a lot of One UI 5.1-compatible apps for Galaxy devices. The latest apps that got One UI 5.1 support are Good Guardians, App Booster, Thermal Guardian, Memory Guardian, Battery Tracker, Media File Guardian, and Battery Guardian.

 

[January 17] Samsung’s statement on the official Galaxy Watch 5 update changelog says – “Watch’s Camera Controller zoom feature is only supported on flagship models released after Samsung Galaxy S20 or Z Flip running at least One UI 5.1.”

As per this information, the compatible flagship Galaxy phones are:

  • Galaxy S22 | S22+ | S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 | S21+ | S21 Ultra | S21 FE
  • Galaxy S20 | S20+ | S20 Ultra | S20 FE
  • Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 | Z Flip 4
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3 | Z Flip 3
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2 | Z Fold
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5G | Z Flip

 

[January 16] Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro are collecting the One UI 5.1 Camera Controller zoom feature along with January 2023 security patch.

 

[January 15] Samsung Game Launcher app reportedly received One UI 5.1-inspired user interface tweaks along with a handful of nifty features.

 

[January 13] Samsung allegedly begins One UI 5.1 firmware testing on the Galaxy A73 5G and Galaxy A53 5G smartphones.

 

[January 09] Samsung has started internally testing the One UI 5.1 update for the Galaxy S20 smartphone in India, the test build carries version number – G980FXXUFHWA1.

Aside from this, the company is testing the upcoming One UI version on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, Z Flip 4, Z Fold 4, S22 series and S20 FE.

 

[January 04] Samsung begins testing a new One UI 5.1 build on the Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone in the Indian market. Read more here

 

[January 02] Samsung reportedly starts One UI 5.1 update testing on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 foldable smartphone in South Korea. Read more here

 

[December 26] Samsung accidentally released three new app updates namely Messages, Health and AR Zone extracted from the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Since the Galaxy S23 smartphones run new One UI 5.1 software, the apps already gain compatibility so can continue to run seamlessly.

 

[December 26] Leakster Ahmed Qwaider claims to have official confirmation that the Galaxy S23 Ultra runs Android 13-based One UI 5.1 software. However, the tipster didn’t mention S23 and S23 Plus, but both of these siblings will have the same software.

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[December 19] Tipster revealed that the Galaxy S23 series announcement could be delayed to mid to late February as Samsung is confused about finalizing prices.

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Features Wishlist [Updated Jan. 15]

1. Battery Widgets

During the showcase event of One UI 5.0, Samsung teased new battery widgets, which didn’t come with the Stable Android 13 update so far. The new widgets are quite similar to the ones we can see in iOS and Stock Android, containing battery status of all connected devices including watch, and buds.

  • We guess those new widgets will be available for consumers with the One UI 5.1 update.

Samsung One UI 5 Battery Widgets

2. Multi-user profiles

Samsung enabled multi-user profiles features during the One UI 5 Beta testing for Galaxy S22 series. Due to unknown reasons, the company later announced that the multi-user feature won’t be accessible in next Beta, followed by the Stable build.

Samsung One UI 5.1 Multi User

3. User interface

One UI 5.0 update is all about new customization options and tools for Galaxy devices. Since the update is widely available for Galaxy consumers, it doesn’t come with noticeable changes in the user interface. The company impressively tweaked the stock app icons, but, other key elements remain the same as One UI 4.1.

Before the One UI 6, Samsung should bring some changes to its traditional quick settings, notification panel, and volume adjustment UI sections with the next One UI 5.1 build. The chances of major UI changes are quite low, still we hope, Samsung may bring some cosmetic changes.

Samsung Fold 3 One UI 5.0 Quick Settings

One UI 5.0 Quick Settings

4. Camera features

The Galaxy S23 Ultra reportedly uses a 200MP primary camera sensor, and Samsung developed 12.5MP, 50MP and 200MP camera modes for photography. In some cases, the Samsung Camera app lags behind Google Camera, which should be fixed with the One UI 5.1.

Astrophotography on Galaxy is possible on Galaxy S22 series, thanks to the Expert RAW camera app. However, the availability of this app is limited, which disappoints consumers of Galaxy S21, Note 20 and S20 series smartphones. The company should bring some notable advancements to the Stock Camera app.

5. System improvements

The South Korean tech giant impressively deployed the Android 13 update for Galaxy devices, and the rollout is likely to finish before the year ends. Still, the One UI 5.0 software needs some optimization with Galaxy hardware and the Android operating system.

Material You Dynamic Theming still works better on Pixel devices, while the system animations and visual effects can be further improved with the One UI 5.1. Pixel Feature Drop updates brought a lot of new features such as Clear Calling, therefore, Samsung users want better treatment from the vendor.

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PSA: Samsung Galaxy S23 series misses these incredible color shades in India

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India is one of the key markets and profitable land for Samsung Mobile. Meanwhile, the company is still avoiding prioritizing the country, and no one knows why. The wonderful Galaxy S23 series just went available in India, for pre-orders, but, consumers are angry as their preferred color is missing on the page.

According to the information, the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphones are not available in all their Global color variants in India. The vanilla Galaxy S23 is listed in all four color shades including Green, Phantom Black, Cream and Lavender.

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Talking about the unavailable colors, the Galaxy S23 Plus misses two of its incredible shades – Green and Lavender. Similarly, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is not available in the beautiful Lavender color option, while, the exclusive colors are available in four options for the device.

Galaxy S23

  • Global: Green, Phantom Black, Cream and Lavender
  • Not available in India: All available

Galaxy S23 Plus

  • Global: Green, Phantom Black, Cream and Lavender
  • Not available in India: Green and Lavender

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Galaxy S23 Ultra

  • Global: Green, Phantom Black, Cream and Lavender
  • Not available in India: Lavender

Pre-order benefits

If you pre-book the Galaxy S23 series before February 4, 2023, you can claim benefits of up to INR 50,000+ in India. By pre-booking the S23 Ultra, you can get a free 25W power adapter and a wireless charging pad. Moreover, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic LTE and Buds 2 bundle can be added at just INR 4,999.

In India, the Galaxy S23 Ultra comes with a starting price tag of INR 1,14,999 for the 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. Besides, the Galaxy S23’s 256GB can be grabbed at the price of 128GB at INR 79,999, whereas the Galaxy S23 Plus 256GB costs INR 94,999.

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