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Security on top: Android 14 won’t allow you to install outdated apps



Android 14 Apps

With Android 14, Google will, most likely, stop allowing users to install outdated apps on their smartphones. A new code change, via 9to5Google, suggests that Android 14 will make API requirements stricter in order to completely block the installation of outdated apps.

This API will make impact on a number of apps available on the Google Play Store that have not been updated to a new version for a certain time. In addition, this change would also restrict users from sideloading specific APK files and also block app stores from installing those same apps.

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It’s reported that Android 14 devices will initially block apps that target especially old Android versions. Later on, the restrictions may expand to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), with Google having a mechanism to “progressively ramp [it] up.” Android vendors will be allowed to customize the restrictions or not use them on their own.

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The report mentions that the Android maker plans to stop the spread of malware apps on the operating system. The developer responsible for the change notes that some malware apps have intentionally targeted older versions of Android to bypass certain protections only enforced on newer apps.

If the minimum installable SDK version enforcement is enabled, block the install of apps using a lower target SDK version than required. This helps improve security and privacy as malware can target older SDK versions to avoid enforcement of new API behavior.

The requirements for the Google Play Store have long assured that Android app developers keep their apps updated to take advantage of the newest features and security precautions. Recent revisions to the rules mandate that newly added Play Store apps target Android 12 at the very least.

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James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.


Samsung reiterates 4 major Android/One UI updates and 5 years of software support



T-Mobile Galaxy S23 pre order

Raised back in February 2022, Samsung’s excellent software support joined three more entries yesterday. The Galaxy S23 smartphones are the latest Samsung devices that are eligible for 4 major Android plus One UI updates and 5 years of security patches.

Last year, the South Korean tech giant announced that premium Galaxy devices launched after the Galaxy S21 series will be eligible for extended software support. It naturally makes the Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra eligible for 4 Android OS and 5 years of patch updates.

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With extended software and security update support, Samsung reiterated its commitment to delivering the most up-to-date and more secure mobile experience possible for users. During the Galaxy Note 20 release, the company extended its OS support from 2 to 3, applicable to the Galaxy S10 series.

Apart from the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy Z series and select models of the Galaxy A series are also listed in this 4 Android upgrades guarantee. Still, the company is closely working with partners such as Google and Qualcomm to deliver faster Android OS upgrades through One UI.

At present, Samsung’s excellent software promise consists of various Galaxy models including the Galaxy S23 series (S23 Ultra/S23+/S23), Galaxy S22 series (S22/S22+/S22 Ultra), S21 series (S21/S21+/S21 Ultra/S21 FE), Z Fold4, Z Flip4, Z Fold3, Z Flip3 and Tab S8 series (Tab S8/Tab S8+/Tab S8 Ultra).

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Aside from this, the Korean tech giant is committed to providing up to five years of security updates to help protect eligible Galaxy devices. Secured by Samsung Knox, Galaxy devices’ security update ensures end-to-end protection against potential security threats.

Talking about rivals, OnePlus and OPPO have promised to deliver four years of Android updates to flagships launched in 2023 in addition to Samsung-like five years of security patches. On the flip side, Google is still stuck on three OS upgrades for Pixel phones, which could be extended this year.

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Android 14

You can’t skip this 1 min Android 14 concept video!



Android 14 Concept Video

Android 14 would probably go official next month for Developers, followed by public Beta in May and Stable release in August. Samsung phones don’t run stock Android, but, the features and novelties undoubtedly reflect on each version of One UI. Meanwhile, a wonderful Android 14 concept video just emerged!

Courtesy of the YouTube channel Concept Central, the Android 14 concept video is so promising, at least for Pixel users! It also reminds Google of the features that are being calculated as basic things nowadays but lack from its stock Android operating system.

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This 58-second concept begins with a short introduction and stops at 14 counts and gives a sneak peek at what’s coming next. The first imagined feature is Lock screen widgets, Android 14 should bring this common feature as Google’s premium smartphone users get jealous seeing the One UI.

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Second, the capability to lock individual apps. It is one of the most useful features of smartphones. Android and even One UI lack a dedicated app lock, which ensures extra privacy. Social platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram have their in-app lock, but, an in-built locker is required in Android, hmm… in One UI too.

Android 14 Concept Video

Android 13 continued the Android 12-like Quick Settings, featuring large horizontal tiles, meanwhile, there should be some options to tweak the interface. The concept showcases which kind of Quick Settings icons Google can bring into the Android 14 operating system.

The clipboard manager of Android 13 is really an amazing feature, letting you share the recently copied stuff with ease. Another step ahead, the concept imagines this feature can be further advanced with more options including the recently copied and images individually.

Google’s testing predictive back gestures, which shows take a pretty short time duration to display what will be the next screen. Moreover, the Left and Right swipe arrows also got a translucent background for enhanced visibility across functions and apps. Enjoy the concept video, below:

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Android 13

Samsung Galaxy One UI 5.0 Update Info (2023)



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Looking for the Android 13 update information for your Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you are now in the right place. As Google and Samsung made Android 13 and One UI 5.0 official, some Galaxy fans are still eagerly waiting for the upgrade.

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The South Korean tech giant revealed the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update’s roadmap which promises a major OS upgrade for all eligible Galaxy devices from November 2022 to February this year. Check out the roadmap for Germany here.

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With the Samsung Galaxy Android 13 Update Status [2023] page, we are providing our readers the latest insights related to the Android 13-based One UI 5 upgrade for their Galaxy devices such as phones and tablets.

This page mentions all the updates released ahead of the Android 13 update, new features, eligible Samsung devices for Android 13, One UI 5 Beta program, release date, rollout plan, roadmap, and everything you need to know.

Aside from the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 updates, Samsung also rolls out new firmware updates with new features and security patches to the Galaxy devices. You can directly jump to the topics through the table of contents below.

Table of contents

Samsung Galaxy December 2022 Update

Samsung is releasing January 2023 update to Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21 (FE too), Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S20 (FE too), Galaxy Note 10 (Lite too), Galaxy S10 (Lite too), Galaxy Z Fold 4/3/2, Galaxy Z Flip 4/3/LTE/5G, Galaxy A73/A53, Galaxy A52s/A52/A12, Galaxy A41/A31, Galaxy A50/A30/A10, Galaxy M51 and Galaxy XCover 5/Pro in select regions.

The latest security patch update will be available for a lot of compatible Galaxy devices, however, the company will continue to distribute this software update until the next two months due to a staged rollout strategy.

Aside from this, the Korean tech giant publishes the latest Security Patch Bulletin in the first week of each month. If you want to check the security patch contents, you can access them all on the official Samsung security website.

It’s important to mention that we will update this section with the latest month’s security patch as soon as any Samsung model starts receiving it. Meanwhile, you can check out all the security updates released by Samsung here.

These devices are eligible for new monthly, quarterly, or biannual software updates from Samsung:

Current Models for Monthly Security Updates

  • Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G, Galaxy Z Flip 4, W23, W23 flip
  • Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S21 FE 5G, Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
  • Enterprise Models: Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy A52s 5G, Galaxy A53 5G, Galaxy Xcover Pro, Galaxy Xcover5, Galaxy Xcover6 Pro

Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates

  • Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G
  • Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 5G, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
  • Galaxy A40
  • Galaxy A02, Galaxy A22, Galaxy A22e 5G, Galaxy A22 5G, Galaxy A32, Galaxy A32 5G, Galaxy A72, Galaxy A82 5G
  • Galaxy A03, Galaxy A03s, Galaxy A03 core, Galaxy A13, Galaxy A13 5G, Galaxy A23, Galaxy A23 5G, Galaxy A33 5G, Galaxy A73 5G
  • Galaxy A04, Galaxy A04s, Galaxy A04e
  • Galaxy M21 2021, Galaxy M12, Galaxy M22, Galaxy M32, Galaxy M32 5G, Galaxy M42 5G, Galaxy M52 5G, Galaxy M62, Galaxy M13, Galaxy M23 5G, Galaxy M33 5G, Galaxy M53 5G, Galaxy M04
  • Galaxy F12, Galaxy F22, Galaxy F42 5G, Galaxy F52 5G, Galaxy F62, Galaxy F13
  • Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Galaxy Tab A8, Galaxy Tab Active Pro, Galaxy Tab Active3, Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
  • Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7 FE, Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Fold 5G, W22 5G
  • Enterprise Models: Galaxy A50, Galaxy XCover4s, Galaxy Xcover FieldPro

Current Models for Half Yearly Security Updates

  • Galaxy A8s
  • Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A90 5G
  • Galaxy A01, Galaxy A01 Core, Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A41, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A71 5G
  • Galaxy A02s, Galaxy A12, Galaxy A42 5G
  • Galaxy M10, Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40, Galaxy M01, Galaxy M11, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M31s, Galaxy M51
  • Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A with S pen, Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), Galaxy Tab A7
  • Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S7+
  • W20 5G, W21 5G


Current Wearable Models for Security Updates

  • Galaxy Watch 4
  • Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
  • Galaxy Watch 5
  • Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

Back in 2019, Samsung announced that all the Galaxy devices launched in/after 2019, will be having 4 years of regular security updates. However, the company has further expanded this support to five years for select models.

The Korean tech giant is bringing up to 4 years of major Android upgrades to all flagships launched in/after 2021, which means, security updates will be available for one more year after the completion of the major updates.


What’s new with Samsung Galaxy Android 13

Samsung introduced the Android 12-based One UI 4 software with no radical design and UI changes. However, Google did just the opposite as the Android 12 features the biggest user interface changes in history.

Similarly, Samsung is not bringing changes to the overall look of the One UI with the Android 13 upgrade for Galaxy devices. As speculated, the Stable version of the One UI doesn’t look like Google’s Android 13 OS.

The Public One UI 5 version, based on Android 13, brings more meaningful design upgrades, improvements to the existing features/functions, new add-ons, better 3rd party app performance, and a lot more.

Google revealed several new features of the Android 13 operating system, and all of them will surely reflect with the One UI 5 upgrade for the Galaxy devices, at the same time, we don’t have any info regarding One UI 5 features.

Samsung One UI 5.0 Features


Will my Samsung Galaxy get Android 13?

Usually, every Samsung phone and tablet is eligible for at least two major Android upgrades, while mid-rangers and older flagships for three upgrades and the latest flagships and select mid-rangers for up to four OS upgrades.

Significantly, the South Korean tech giant has improved its software offerings for Galaxy consumers, which defeats Google itself. Well, Samsung officially disclosed which Galaxy devices will be getting four generations of Android upgrades that you can check below.

Samsung Four Android Upgrades List

  • Galaxy S Series: Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 FE and upcoming S series devices.
  • Galaxy Z Series: Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 and upcoming Z series devices.
  • Galaxy A Series: Galaxy A53, Galaxy A73 and upcoming Z series devices.
  • Galaxy Tablets: Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and upcoming Tab S series devices.

In case you don’t find your Galaxy phone in the list mentioned above, no need to panic about that as there are a number of phones and tablets that will be surely getting the Android 13 upgrade.


Samsung Galaxy Android 13 Release Date

Google released the official Android 13 operating system for Pixel smartphones on August 15, 2022, however, Samsung can’t beat the US tech giant when it comes to the fastest Android deployment.

Back in 2021, Samsung managed to start distributing the stable One UI 4.0 update for general Galaxy S21 series users just a month after the official Android 12 rollout for Google’s Pixel devices.

In 2022, things were a lot better as the Korean phone maker amazed consumers with an even boosted Android 13-based One UI 5 update distribution for the flagship Galaxy devices.

Samsung officially announced the new One UI 5.0 at Samsung Developer Conference 2022, and the Galaxy S22 started to receive the major Android 13 upgrades on October 24, 2022.

Galaxy devices updated to Android 13

Samsung’s Android 13 update rolled out for Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy A73 5G, Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A53 5G, Galaxy A52s 5G, Galaxy A52, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A42 5G, Galaxy A33 5G, Galaxy A32 5G, Galaxy A32, Galaxy A23, Galaxy A22 5G, Galaxy A22, Galaxy A13 5G, Galaxy A13, Galaxy A12 Nacho, Galaxy A03s, Galaxy A03, Galaxy F62, Galaxy F42 5G, Galaxy F23, Galaxy F13, Galaxy F12, Galaxy M62, Galaxy M53 5G, Galaxy M52 5G, Galaxy M52, Galaxy M42 5G, Galaxy M33 5G, Galaxy M32 5G, Galaxy M32, Galaxy M23 5G, Galaxy M22, Galaxy M13, Galaxy Quantum 2, Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7 FE, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab A8, Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Galaxy Tab Active 3, Galaxy XCover 6 Pro, Galaxy Xcover 5, and Galaxy Xcover Pro.

Samsung One UI 5.0

One UI 5.1

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S23 series smartphones on February 01, 2023. These devices will come pre-loaded with new One UI 5.1 version, based on Android 13. The company is reportedly testing this new One UI update for various Galaxy devices, which could be available in March 2023.



Samsung Galaxy Android 13 Beta

On August 15, Google has begun the Stable Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update rollout for Pixel smartphones worldwide. In addition to Pixels, the new OS is available for several smartphones from different OEMs via Stable/Beta.

And unquestionably, Samsung is running its independent One UI Beta program to let Galaxy users grow the new Android operating system as well as apps and new features optimization.

The latest flagship devices will be eligible for the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta testing, while the company is also opening the Beta activity for mid-range Galaxy devices such as the Galaxy A52.

Samsung One UI Beta program is limited to seven markets including South Korea, the US, India, Germany, UK, Poland, and China. According to the info, Samsung will unveil the One UI 5.0 on October 12.

Starting October 24, Samsung begun providing Stable One UI 5.0 update to Galaxy S22.

On October 12, Samsung introduced the One UI 5.0 and confirmed it’s coming to Galaxy S22 this month.

On August 7, Samsung officially unveiled the One UI 5 Open Beta for the Galaxy S22 series smartphone users.

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