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Not a big deal: Samsung Prez defends Galaxy S23 series’ lack of satellite support

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Huawei Mate 50 Pro initiated the trend of satellite connectivity in the smartphone industry, which was followed by the Apple iPhone 14. Samsung fans might get disappointed to know that the Galaxy S23 series lacks satellite connectivity support, because…, (let me laugh for a minute first)!

Samsung is getting criticized for not bringing radical changes in its skyey priced Galaxy S23 series, and rivals have not got a solid reason, courtesy of Samsung. During the Unpacked, Samsung has not showcased satellite support on the Galaxy S23 series, which was further solidified by President as well.

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TM Roh, Samsung’s MX Business Head confirmed to CNET that the Galaxy S23 series misses satellite support. Even though the Apple iPhone 14 and Huawei Mate 50 Pro brought satellite features, Samsung’s President believes it’s not ready, at least for now.

“When there is the right timing, infrastructure and the technology [is] ready, then of course for Samsung Galaxy, for our mobile division, we would also actively consider adopting this feature as well,” TM Roh said to CNET.

Months ago, it was rumored that the South Korean tech giant is collaborating with satellite industry giants to adopt the feature in the Galaxy S23 series. Meanwhile, the rumor remains rumor as the person responsible is waiting for it to be ready.

Samsung Galaxy S23 lacks satellite connectivity support

Satellite connectivity isn’t a big deal for Samsung fans and regular consumers as there’s now a wider reach of the network. But, no one can deny the fact that the iPhone 14’s satellite connectivity feature proved a boon for select consumers in emergency conditions.

Anyways, if Apple itself adopted the satellite connectivity in iPhone 14 series, what stopping Samsung from at least copy the tech? The company is lagging behind rivals in features that became common in the industry, and the Galaxy S23 quietly skips it, I found it humorous.

Worldwide, the Galaxy S23 series ships with “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy” processor. Earlier, the US chip giant introduced support for “Snapdragon Satellite” which would let users communicate through satellite on devices on the latest Snapdragon chipsets.

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Google Play Store adds button to ask someone else for payment

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Google Play Store is rolling out a significant update regarding the app and in-app payment. Android’s native app market has a vast range of applications and games for free. However, there’s a paid app category as well, which users found worth buying as per their preference.

According to the info, the Google Play Store has added a button that lets you create a payment link while purchasing an app or in-app item. You can use this link to ask someone else for payment on your behalf. It’s starting to roll out in India, with expansion expected gradually.

The user who taps the button is warned that the person who’s paying has to know their full email address, and can see the item that’s being purchased. Notably, app developers don’t have to do any additional work to support Google Play’s new “ask someone else to pay for this item” button.

A system share sheet will be displayed to share the payment link through a range of apps and services. Once generated, the payment link will be valid for 24 hours. The payer will have to make successful payments within 24 hours to buy an app or in-app stuff for the sender.

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Samsung’s Sizing Kit will help you pick the perfect Galaxy Ring

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Samsung will be releasing its Galaxy Ring device in July this year. Potential consumers may have been concerned about picking their ideal size. Well, Samsung will likely offer a Sizing Kit that will be delivered before the Galaxy Ring so you can pick the size.

Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Ring at Mobile World Congress. As the formal release is scheduled for July, the company is already working on consumer convenience. As everyone doesn’t know their ideal ring size, Samsung prepared a pretty interesting hack.

Leaker EvanBlass revealed that Samsung would ship a Galaxy Ring Sizing Kit to potential buyers. If you are interested in purchasing a Galaxy Ring and unsure about the ring size, you will get a Sizing Kit upon ordering the Galaxy Ring and choosing the “I don’t know my size” option.

Once done, you will receive sample rings, letting you find the best size for your preferred finger. Later, you can pick the preferred size and confirm the order to get the Galaxy Ring delivered. It is expected that the Ring will be available in a total of 9 different sizes.

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Will Samsung launch Slim variants of Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6?

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Samsung might launch Galaxy Z Flip 6 Slim and Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slip GalaxyClub reports. While the company is marching towards its July Unpacked, rumors about new Slim models are surfacing now.

RossYoung hints that Samsung might introduce a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim. It could have a larger display than the regular phone and lack S Pen support. This variant could hit the market later this year in the fourth quarter.

The Z Fold 6 Slim is model-numbered Q6 Slim, while there’s also a B6 Slim. B6 is the model number of the upcoming Z Flip 6, with Slim also expected. These rumors point out that the affordable foldables might be Slim.

At present, we don’t have any idea of the specifications of the Slim foldables. Earlier, it was reported that Samsung was heavily shocked by the reduced thickness of foldable phones released by Chinese vendors specifically Huawei.

It looks like the Korean tech giant has decided to trim some key specs in order to make foldables thinner. Those who want pro-grade specs would have option to go for strategic models, while Slim variants would extend the choice.

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