Apple is the biggest rival of Samsung in the global smartphone market. Since the South Korean tech giant owns the crown of the global market leader, Apple still defeats Samsung when it comes to software update deployment for mobile products.
Back in June, Apple started Beta testing and released the Stable iOS 16 update for iPhone 8 and later on September 12, 2022. If we talk about Android, Google rolled out the final version of Android 13 to all compatible Pixel phones on August 15.
On the flip side, Samsung follows a staged update distribution method to deliver new software updates to Galaxy devices. There are millions of Galaxy devices (phones and tablets) globally, while Apple and Google phones are comparatively fewer.
Still, Samsung is doing better
The above part of this story was brief info about Samsung’s rivals in terms of software update distribution. Well, in 2022, Samsung managed to greatly reduce the Android OS release delay for Galaxy devices and the rollout for flagships somewhat matches Google and Apple.
On October 24, Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S22 series with Android 13, followed by Galaxy S21, S20, and Note 20 series on November 7. Since then, the company is rapidly spreading the new One UI 5.0 software among more and more eligible Galaxy models including FE, A, M, Tab, XCover and F lineups.
Samsung’s running ahead of roadmap
For consumers in Germany, Samsung promised to bring Andorid 13 update for Galaxy flagships in November 2022, which they did. However, the company is running quite ahead of its schedule as models planned to upgrade in January are already receiving the One UI 5 update.
At present, just a handful of Galaxy phones and tablets remain for the Stable Android 13 update, while other eligible models have started getting it, worldwide. Since the availability varies by market and carrier, it would not take more than a month for the wide rollout.
Over the past two days, the entry-level Galaxy A13 and Galaxy M13 smartphones have received a major firmware update, showing how Samsung greatly managed to deploy the Android 13. Seeing this, we can assume that the remaining Galaxies may also receive the One UI 5 update by this month.
Stable One UI 6.0 (Android 14) update released for these Samsung devices
Millions of Samsung consumers are eligible for the One UI 6.0 update. Before the October end, Samsung started to release the Stable Android 14-based One UI 6.0 to the Galaxy S23 series devices. The expansion will continue along with new Galaxy devices in the update party.
Back in August, the South Korean tech giant started its Android 14 Beta Program, which took about two months to transform into Stable One UI 6.0 update. Notably, various Galaxy devices (mid-range and flagships) were able to test Android 14 through the One UI 6 in certain markets.
Samsung will continue to distribute the Stable One UI 6.0 update to eligible Galaxy devices globally. Months ago, we compiled a list of Galaxies eligible for the Beta and Stable update. Similarly, we are now keeping track of Stable build’s availability for Galaxy devices.
Stable One UI 6.0 (Android 14) update released for these devices
Galaxy S series
- Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy S23 FE
- Galaxy S21 FE [Verizon]
Galaxy Z series
- Galaxy Z Fold 5
- Galaxy Z Flip 5
Galaxy A series
- Galaxy A54
- Galaxy A34
- Galaxy A24
- Galaxy A14
- Galaxy A73
- Galaxy A53
- Galaxy A33
- Galaxy A52s
Galaxy M series
- Galaxy M53
Galaxy Tab series
- Galaxy Tab S9/S9+/S9 Ultra
- Galaxy Tab S8/S8+/S8 Ultra
Note: Availability varies by region and carrier.
Top features and changes of One UI 6.0
- Redesigned Quick Settings and Notifications panel.
- New lockscreen customizations.
- New font and simpler icon labels.
- Tweaks in the Camera app.
- Modes are directly tied to the lock screen.
- Bixby Text Call now supports more languages.
- New Weather and Camera widgets.
- Richer data in the Weather app.
- New emoji style in Samsung Keyboard.
- Multitasking improvements in the Gallery app.
- New Auto Blocker feature (blocks app installation from unauthorized app stores).
- You can check the complete changelog here.
Samsung announces Galaxy S23 FE release date in France
Back in October, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S23 FE smartphone. Since then, the company has sequentially expanded the phone’s market-wise availability. Now, Samsung announced the release date of Galaxy S23 FE in France.
Samsung will release the Galaxy S23 FE in France on December 8, 2023. The company is highlighting the phone’s camera and videography skills along with battery and design. As shown in the image, the Galaxy S23 FE will be available in four colors: Purple, Black, White and Mint.
The Galaxy S23 FE is expected to come pre-loaded with Android 14-based One UI 6.0 software. In initial launch markets, the device was shipped with One UI 5.1, powered by Android 13. Moreover, the S23 FE France unit will be powered by Exynos 2200 chipset.
Samsung Health adds real-time blood sugar tracking through Dr.diary
Today, Dr.diary announced that it has partnered with Samsung to provide real-time blood sugar tracking through the Health app. Samsung’s Health app is now integrated with Dr.diary app so users can easily share their life log data.
Samsung Health shares blood pressure, steps, and sleep data, and Doctor Diary shares blood sugar info. Using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), it tracks the user’s blood sugar level in real-time and shows the impact of diet, exercise, stress, and sleep on health.
Dr.diary has a community where people share health management methods and chronic disease concerns and provides specialized content for managing blood sugar and blood pressure. Customers who linked the Samsung Health and Doctor Diary apps were selected by lottery and given the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Buds 2.