While it’s just a minor software update that only brings system security and stability enhancements to maintain the users’ experience, the big and feature-rich One UI 5.1 update is coming soon to the devices. It could be the next software update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 smartphones that may arrive in late February.
Anyways, the current January 2023 software update for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 addresses a handful of privacy and security-related issues and vulnerabilities to enhance the overall system functionality.
As per the official support page, these fixes includes 52 CVE items from Google’s Android OS that were causing data leak and other problems. At the same time, the update also resolves 20 SVEs that were harming various One UI apps and services.
As usual, the update is rolling out in a staged manner. Currently, it is only available for Fold 3 customers living in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Uruguay. However, the company should not take much time to spread it to more users throughout the globe.
Moreover, Samsung is releasing the January 2023 patch for Galaxy Z Fold 3 with the One UI build version F926BXXS2DWA3. You can now check its availability on your phone through its Settings and then visiting the Software update section.
Will you upgrade to the upcoming Galaxy S23?
It is no secret that Samsung is launching the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra smartphones at the Unpacked event on February 1. The devices are coming with design improvements, new upgrades, better performance, and much more.
If you got bored with your current Galaxy Z Fold 3, one of the S23 models will be a perfect choice for you. In case, you are planning to upgrade, the company is offering $50 cashback on pre-reserving the phone now. Let me know if you switch to S-series or continue using your current Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Galaxy S23 is a big upgrade, but Samsung skips seamless Android updates yet again
Samsung’s latest Galaxy S23 series has everything for today’s needs including the fastest processor, the latest software system out of the box, and long updates support. With the Galaxy S23 series, Samsung skipped bringing the seamless Android updates feature, which was highly awaited.
According to AndroidPolice, the Galaxy S23 Ultra (naturally others too) doesn’t support the seamless Android updates feature after all. To verify it, the source managed to run the Treble Info tool, which confirmed Samsung has not enabled the seamless updates feature.
It is surprising that Samsung has not adopted the seamless Android updates support for the Galaxy S23 series. In an interview last year, the One UI department head confirmed that the company is working to bring seamless updates to Galaxy, which could be possible with One UI 6.
In the recent past, it was reported that the Android maker (Google) is working to make it mandatory for smartphone vendors to bring support for seamless updates. Samsung is best in terms of Android software updates, matching Apple’s dominance. Still, the company is missing this important feature, which became common nowadays.
No one is unaware of Google and Samsung’s sweet friendship, but the lack of such as great feature forces us to scratch our heads. With seamless updates, smartphones install new firmware updates in a second virtual partition to reduce downtime.
Smartphones like Google Pixel support seamless Android updates feature, letting you continue to use the device during the installation of software. Instead of going into a long downtime, seamless updates help phones to install the software to a second partition while you continue to use the main one.
As soon as the installation completes in the second partition, you are just required to reboot it for a few seconds to merge the new incremental software. We hope the Samsung flagship coming in the next half would eventually bring the seamless updates feature.
Samsung installs Maintenance mode on Galaxy A32, F22 in India
Samsung has started rolling out the latest software updates for Galaxy A32 and Galaxy F22 smartphones in India. Although the update brings the outdated December 2022 Android security patch, it installs a new Maintenance mode feature on your Samsung Galaxy A32 and Galaxy F22 smartphones.
Maintenance mode is basically the feature of Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software. Both of these phones grabbed the update in the latest 2022 but due to some reasons, the company did not install Maintenance mode at that time.
Now as the feature is released for the corresponding device users, they can experience enhanced privacy. Maintenance mode protects your privacy when someone else is using your phone, such as when you send it in for repairs.
Once enabled, it will prevent your pictures, messages, accounts, and other personal data from being accessed when you are not around your phone. It automatically switches your phone to a new guest user account so that no one can access your data.
Aside from these, the December 2022 Android security patch addresses 80 vulnerabilities and issues that affect the system’s security. These fixes include 5 critical, 60 high, and 2 moderate levels of vulnerabilities, which are a part of Google’s Android security bulletin, and 13 Galaxy-specific exposures that were harming various One UI apps and services.
You can now get access and take advantage of the Maintenance mode feature of your Samsung Galaxy A32 and Galaxy F22 smartphones by installing the newest software update. To do so, you need to visit the Software update section in Settings.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5/4 gets Body composition, One UI 5.1 Camera controller features in the US
Samsung is rolling out the February 2023 software update for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 smartwatches in the US, bringing some new features including body composition and the One UI 5.1 camera controller.
The feature-packed Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 update is rolling out for the US customers operating Verizon carrier. The software versions are as follows:
- Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm): R865USQU1GWA3
- Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm): R875USQU1GWA3
- Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (42mm): R885USQU1GWA3
- Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm): R895USQU1GWA3
- Galaxy Watch 5 (40mm): R905USQU1AWA3
- Galaxy Watch 5 (44mm): R915USQU1AWA3
- Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (45mm): R925USQU1AWA3
Galaxy Watch Body composition:
The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 in some countries have the body composition feature since launch. But due to some legal restrictions, it was not available in the US. Now the company is finally releasing it to make your Galaxy Watch more useful.
Samsung’s body composition measurement function gives you a deeper understanding of your general health and fitness, with key measurements like skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, body water, and body fat percentage. It lets you check your current body condition within 15 seconds using just two fingers. Here’s how to …
Galaxy Watch One UI 5.1 Camera controller:
Samsung has been offering the ability to control smartphone camera from smartwatches for a long. Meanwhile, the One UI 5.1 Camera controller feature will let customers remotely zoom the camera by pinching in or out the watch’s screen or through the rotating bezel.
Currently, you won’t be able to use this feature as Samsung mentioned that it will only work with One UI 5.1 software or later. You can have hands-on this feature once your Galaxy phone will receive the One UI 5.1 update.
How to install:
Head over to Galaxy wearable app on a connected Android phone and navigate to Watch settings >> Watch software update >> Download and install. If an update is available, tap the “Update now” option, and on the Watch software update’ screen, tap “Install now”.