Samsung will launch the Galaxy A54 5G on March 16, which comes with support for four Android OS updates and five years of security patches. It’s not the first time when the company is bringing a flagship-like software guarantee with a mid-range A series smartphone.
The South Korean tech giant announced three major OS upgrades for the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 in August 2020. The same treatment has been promised to the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 handsets in 2021, while the company revised its policy last year.
In February 2022, Samsung announced that flagship devices from the Galaxy S21 series will have support for up to four Android OS updates and five years of security patches. Apart from premium ones, the company had also promised the same support for Galaxy A54 and A74 along with their future sequels.
The Galaxy A74 is reportedly dead, while the Galaxy A34 will be announced alongside the Galaxy A54 5G. Since the A34 is an affordable phone, Samsung may not give four OS updates to the device in order to achieve more sales of the A54 as well as keep a certain gap.
It means the Galaxy A54 5G will be the only Samsung mid-range phone supported for 4 Android OS updates, announced in 2023. Since the device is ready to debut with Android 13-based One UI 5.1 pre-installed, it will be eligible for major upgrades up to Android 17, starting with the v14.
Earlier, Chinese smartphone vendors like Oppo and OnePlus announced bringing four OS updates to their flagship models launched in 2023. It shows how rivals worry about Samsung’s lead in after-sales support and the best Android distribution along with longer support.
If you don’t want to spend your money on a premium Galaxy S23, the Galaxy A54 is the perfect choice with the same software support.
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.