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After OnePlus, Oppo’s 4 OS update promise going to benefit Samsung customers?

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Android updates game is now becoming more and more adventurous, and this immense competition will benefit Samsung consumers. OnePlus recently promised to bring up to 4 Android + 5 years of regular security updates to select flagship devices launched in 2023, and Oppo now makes a similar announcement.

As reported by AndroidAuthority, Oppo announced a revised updates policy, promising 4 major ColorOS versions along with five years of security patches. Notably, the Chinese phone maker didn’t specifically mention Android updates, while, it promised three Android updates to flagships last year.

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Since Oppo’s new updates guarantee is going to only benefit devices launching next year, the current topmost flagships such as Find X5 Pro and Find N is compatible with a total of three Android updates. Oppo noted that this applied to “selected flagship models” starting in 2023.

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At present, the only confirmed information is that Oppo promised four major ColorOS updates, rather than Android. Similar to Samsung, the Chinese vendor also introduces x.1 versions of ColorOS, which can be referred to a major ColorOS update, but it can’t be an Android upgrade.

Benefit for Samsung fans

Earlier this year, Samsung announced its new Android updates policy, which promises up to 4 major Android/One UI updates and five years of regular security patches. Ahead of rivals, the Korean tech giant clearly mentioned which devices are eligible for the revised software policy.

As the OS updates competition is getting tough day by day, Google is now helpless to confirm at least 4 OS updates for Pixel devices. On the flip side, this software updates race is going to benefit Samsung customers, which could be up to 5 Android upgrades for flagships.

Not only premium, but select mid-range Galaxy devices are also eligible for four OS updates along with five years of regular patches. Seeing this, flagship Galaxy customers wish there should be at least five major upgrades along with better security patch support than mid-range devices.

Update – December 27// According to Android Authority, Oppo confirmed that select smartphones launched in 2023 will have 4 major Android OS updates. Earlier, the company noted ColorOS instead of Android OS, which left confusion among consumers.

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Android gets Instant Hotspot feature that your Samsung Galaxy will miss out

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Google has recently released Android Feature Drop with a new feature called Instant Hotspot, which simplifies the way devices connect to the internet. However, the search giant officially announced that the Instant Hotspot feature will not be available on Samsung devices.

The Instant Hotspot feature allows Android tablets and Chromebooks to connect to a phone’s hotspot with just a tap, simplifying the process of sharing a mobile data connection. Previously, users had to manually activate the hotspot, search for it on their device, and enter a password to connect.

According to the information via Android Authority, this feature is part of a new Cross-Device Services module in Play Services, bringing a seamless experience similar to Apple’s Continuity.

Instant Hotspot feature works on phones running Android 11 or newer, but, notably, Samsung devices are excluded. While the exact reason for this exclusion is not disclosed, Samsung may have chosen not to participate to promote its own connectivity features.

Still, Samsung Galaxy device owners can quickly connect their devices to the internet through existing features like Auto Hotspot for Samsung tablets and Instant Tethering for Chromebooks.

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Android’s Find My Device app to get Biometric login, Remote lock features

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Google is bringing Biometric login support to Android’s Find My Device app. It is a quite useful app that allows you to find your stolen or misplaced Android device. Recently, Google started releasing the Find My Device network with upgraded capabilities.

Google continues to enhance Android and ecosystem services. The recent rollout of offline findings significantly boosted the usability and importance of the Find My Device functionality. Advancements coming to Android would directly benefit Samsung and Galaxy users!

Biometric Login

AndroidAuthority discovered that the Find My Device app seems to be testing a new “Allow Biometric login” option. This feature would allow you to verify your identity through biometric verification. This will significantly ease the accessibility of the app so you can effortlessly locate your devices.

Remote Lock

Apart from this, Google is also working on a new Remote Lock feature for Find My Device. It is expected to make it easier to lock your lost phone, similar to what Samsung offers. However, it will require login credentials of your Google Account and verification code if enabled.

The report mentions that the Remote Lock feature will be rolled out to Android 10+ devices. It might allow you to put a screen lock if it isn’t enabled before losing. Later this year, a major Google Play Services app update will bring it to your device.

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Android 15 Beta 2.1 update fixes Private Space issue

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Google has released Android 15 Beta 2.1 update for Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 6a, Pixel 7, 7 Pro, 7a, Pixel 8, 8 Pro, 8a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. This update primarily addresses an issue with the Private space feature.

Android 15 Beta 2.1 comes with the security patch for May 2024 and can be identified through version AP31.240426.023. It is a minor update with a size of around 11-12MB.

The main fix in this update corrects an issue where initially creating a Private space caused the removal of app icons from the Home screen. With this update, the process of setting up a Private space will no longer affect the Home screen’s organization.

Google has also shared some tips on how to manage the Private space. For instance, if you can’t recall how to access a hidden Private space, simply search for ‘Private Space’ in the search bar.

Moreover, if you forget the unlock method for Private space, it can be deleted from the reset options in the device settings. Apps can also be installed in Private space by long-pressing the app icon and selecting the ‘Install in private’ option.

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