Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S23 series pre-loaded with One UI 5.1 software on February 1st. Samsung has now announced that young engineers at its R&D Institute Noida, India contributed to One UI 5.1 UX, health features, performance improvement, and user safety in the Galaxy S23 series.
Engineers of Samsung R&D Institute Noida closely worked with teams in Korea and made contributions to breakthrough innovations in the new Galaxy S23 series. All the features are included in One UI 5.1 software and rolled out to older Galaxy models through firmware updates.
One UI 5.1 features developed by Samsung India
In India, Good Lock’s Galaxy to Share plugin has been developed to allow users to share all customizations and own personalization settings across Galaxy devices. Moreover, the Samsung Clock app’s new multi-timer feature is also developed by engineers in the country.
Apart from this, the enhanced Bedtime Alarm feature now allows users to customize alarm timings day-wise. On the home screen, there’s a new Direct Dial 4X1 widget for easy accessibility of priority contacts and dialing them with a single touch.
Health feature & performance improvement
Samsung’s R&D Institute Noida engineers have been focused on enhancing health features in the Galaxy S23’s One UI 5.1 software. The Galaxy S23 series introduces a new Sleep tracker widget on the home screen which enables users to track their sleeping patterns and sleep score very easily.
Moreover, the Water tracker feature lets users set their own day-wise water intake targets and sends reminders at custom scheduled timings. Indian engineers also contributed towards the improvements in the Samsung Health trackers like Water, Body composition, Cycle tracking, and Heart rate.
In the user safety department, engineers at SRI-N have developed the Emergency SOS and Emergency Sharing feature. These new features allow users to send help messages with their own location information and video recording during an emergency by just pressing the power button 3 times.
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Some Samsung phones are not getting timely Google Play System Update
Earlier, it was noticed that Samsung’s top-line Galaxy smartphones were stuck on older Google Play System Update versions. Google sent out new updates to those Galaxy devices following several reports by users and media publications.
Well, the situation is the same on certain Galaxy models, mostly in Europe. GalaxyClub reports that their Galaxy S23, Z Fold 5, Galaxy A33, and other devices are lagging behind in Play System Update. In particular, various handsets are stuck on July 2023 Play System version, which is over five months old now.
The Galaxy S20 series makes it even more colorful, which currently does not progress beyond the May 1 update. Sometimes a manual check is followed by the message “Your device is up to date” or “Updates are temporarily unavailable.”
On the other hand, the Galaxy A52 got November 2023’s Play System update, while the Galaxy A53 September’s. You can check when your Galaxy received the last Google Play System Update via Settings -> Security & privacy -> Updates -> Google Play System Update.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE launches in South Korea
Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S23 FE in South Korea. Releasing tomorrow, this smartphone combines premium performance, an unrivaled camera, and a stylish design. The price starts at 847,000 won, it will be available in four colors including Mint, Graphite, Purple, and Cream.
In addition, Samsung.com and the Gangnam Experience Store will sell two exclusive color options – Indigo and Tangerine. The company also started “Galaxy perFEct Program for customers of the Galaxy S23 FE.
Customers who purchase the Galaxy S23 FE through this program can receive compensation for 50% of the factory price if they return the used product after 24 months.
Samsung will give away either the Galaxy Smart Tag 2 or a 25W PD charger (power-saving type) to customers who activate the Galaxy S23 FE by December 22. Customers who purchase can select the gift they want through the Samsung.com app.
Galaxy S23 FE has an iconic design that succeeds the S23 series. A floating camera and a small-sized camera hole were used, and durability was enhanced with an aluminum frame. With an IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating, you can use it with confidence without worrying about dust or moisture.
Battery of Dream: Samsung’s solid-state battery won’t come to phones until 2027
Samsung is developing solid-state battery technology to replace the current electrolyte battery. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy devices are unlikely to get a solid-state battery (AKA battery of dream) unit 2027.
According to a new report, Samsung SDI formed a new team to promote commercialization of solid-state battery (ASB). The team will be led by Go Joo-young, head of the marketing team of the large-scale battery business unit.
Through the new organization, the South Korean tech giant plans to accelerate project speed with customers and expedite the commercialization of ASB. Samsung SDI aims to commercialize ASB by 2027.
Samsung SDI is focusing on the development of all-solid-state batteries with an energy density of over 900 Wh/L by adopting sulfide-based technology, which can achieve the fastest lithium-ion flow (ion conductivity) per unit volume.
The ASB is a next-generation battery, which transfers ions between the positive and negative electrodes, from liquid to solid, improving safety and performance. It has advantages such as higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries and lower risk of fire or explosion.