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

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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.

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.

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One UI 7 (Android 15) to boost Galaxy phone battery with 3 extra hours of standby

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Android 15 3 hours battery standby

Google’s Android 15 is ready to enhance user experience with its significant battery life enhancement. Announced at Google I/O 2024, the Android 15 update promises up to 3 additional hours of standby battery time on some devices. This enhancement is based on the faster activation of doze mode, a power-saving Android feature.

Doze mode has been part of Android since version 6.0, and with Android 15, devices will enter this mode 50% quicker than before. This change means that phones will use less power when they’re not being used for longer battery life.

Although Wear OS 5 based on Android 14 will also benefit from related battery optimizations. Users can expect these enhancements in the Wear OS 6 update. In addition, One UI 7 based on Android 15 is also expected to boost Galaxy phone battery with 3 additional hours of standby.

According to AndroidAuthority, the VP of Engineering of the Android Platform, Dave Burke said, “For Android 15, we’ve sped up the time to doze (doze is when we go into a quiesce state) by 50%. So we get into doze 50% faster, and the result is on some devices we tested up to 3 hours longer standby power. And that’s sort of a general improvement in 15 that applies to all devices.”

Google aims to enhance Android’s core features to ensure all devices upgrading to Android 15 will enjoy 3 hours longer standby battery power feature.

As we highly rely on our devices, Google’s focus on extending battery life is a remarkable development. With Android 15, Google is not just adding new features but also ensuring that the devices are more efficient and reliable.

Android 15, Wear OS 5 to bring Passkeys support on Gboard

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Android 15, Wear OS 5 to bring Passkeys support on Gboard

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Android 15 Wear OS passkeys

Google is enhancing its security features with the introduction of Passkeys in Android 15 and Wear OS 5 through Gboard. This integration is expected to offer a more efficient and secure user experience.

The new feature will simplify the sign-in process to a single tap, replacing the previous method that required multiple steps. It displays all necessary information at once to make it more efficient for users with several accounts.

The latest version of Credential Manager on Android 15 will include this feature. Additionally, Gboard’s Autofill function will now suggest Credential Manager results, helping in a smoother sign-in process.

Credential Manager will also be available on Wear OS 5, which allows users to log in to apps on their smartwatches using passwords, Passkeys, or Google sign-in. This aims to provide a login experience similar to that on smartphones.

Google’s plans to integrate Passkeys into Gboard for Android 15 and Wear OS 5 were showcased at I/O 2024. This integration is set to be released later this year.

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Google introduces revamped volume menu with Android 15 Beta 2

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Android 15 Volume Menu

Google has updated the volume menu in the Android 15 Beta 2 update, offering users a new look and features. This is the first significant redesign since the concept of the overflow menu was introduced in Android 10. The new design was first spotted in April and has been slightly modified since then to add new shortcuts.

Android 15 changes the volume menu widely that appears after tapping the overflow button, not the initial slider that shows up when pressing the volume keys. Also, the updated interface now features larger sliders with bold colors, aligning with Google’s Material You design language.

Moreover, it also adds new features including a shortcut for Live Caption and an audio output switcher at the bottom of the menu. Although Android previously allowed users to switch audio outputs through Quick Settings, this redesign provides an alternative that is always accessible.

Users can now add a Cast volume slider when needed. They can also choose to condense the menu with a new button “Media”, and the system will remember this setting for future use. If you have installed the Android 15 Beta 2 update on your Pixel device, enjoy the new look of your smartphone’s volume menu.

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