Galaxy devices are unquestionably secure in the Android segment, thanks to Samsung’s commitment to security. And Samsung has now officially commented on the Exynos modem vulnerability debate and confirmed that it will be addressed with the upcoming April 2023 security update.
According to the info, Samsung is aware of the Exynos modem vulnerabilities and their causes on user privacy. Google’s Project Zero team discovered 18 vulnerabilities in the Samsung Exynos modem of which 6 are applicable on Galaxy devices, while the remaining one will be fixed with the April 2023 update.
The company’s in-charge reiterated that “Samsung takes the safety of our customers very seriously.” The company found that 6 Exynos modem vulnerabilities “may potentially impact” select Galaxy devices, however, none of these are leveled “severe/critical.”
Samsung’s March 2023 patch already fixed 5 of those 6 discovered Exynos modem vulnerabilities. Prior to the update rollout, the company recommended users keep devices updated with the latest software to ensure the highest level of protection possible.
Google compiled a list of devices that may be affected by the Exynos modem vulnerability, which includes the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, S22 Ultra, M33, M13, M12, A71, A53, A33, A21, A13, A12, and A04/A04s. Besides, the Galaxy smartwatches running Wear OS are also on the list.
Per reports, some of the critical Exynos modem vulnerabilities require certain 5G features to be turned on to make an impact on devices. So as a temporary solution, you can turn off Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE features on your Galaxy device.
April 2023 Patch
Over the past few months, it was noticed that Samsung is delaying the latest patch’s rollout for Galaxy devices. The company first lets Google detail Android security bulletin, then it starts to push the firmware for Galaxies. Still, we believe Samsung’s April patch may go live for affected devices by the first week of next month.
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Try Galaxy: Experience the Galaxy S24 series’ AI and camera features on all Android and iOS devices
If you are interested in the new AI-powered features and advanced camera tools of the Samsung Galaxy S24 series, you can now try them out on your device with the updated Try Galaxy app. The app, which was previously only available for iOS users, is now compatible with all Android devices, including Galaxy models.
The Try Galaxy app allows you to enjoy the look and feel of the Galaxy S24 home screen and One UI 6.1 interface. You can access tutorials and interactive content to learn how to use the new features, such as Live Translate, Note Assist, Chat Assist, Photo Assist, and Circle to Search with Google.
Moreover, you can also watch amazing videos of the Galaxy S24 series’ camera capabilities, such as Nightography Zoom, Super Steady, and Portrait mode.
Furthermore, the app introduces you to the Galaxy ecosystem, including the new Galaxy Themes, the Samsung Health app, and the latest foldable devices, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5.
Notably, the app is available on supported Android OS smartphones with the latest version of Chrome, but may not be perfectly optimized depending on device model, setting, screen size, etc. It also runs on Safari, on iPhone 7 and above with iOS 14 or higher.
The Try Galaxy app supports 20 languages in 120 countries and has over 18 million downloads worldwide. You can download the app by scanning a QR code or visiting trygalaxy.com.
Samsung Galaxy Book 4 series laptops will release in the US on February 26
After the initial unveiling in South Korea, the Samsung Galaxy Book 4 series laptops will now be released in the US on February 26, 2024. Notably, the lineup consists of three models Galaxy Book 4 Ultra, Galaxy Book 4 Pro, and Galaxy Book 4 Pro 360 that deliver an intelligent and powerful experience.
The Galaxy Book 4 Pro features Intel Core Ultra 5 and Ultra 7 processors, an Intel Arc graphics, and runs on Windows 11. It boasts a 14-inch and 16-inch AMOLED display, a backlit keyboard, a 2-megapixel webcam, and AKG quad speakers with Dolby Atmos.
While, the Galaxy Book 4 Pro 360 includes a 360-degree hinge for tablet use, a 16-inch AMOLED touch display, and comes with S-Pen support. It shares the same processors and graphics as the Pro model and features Dolby Atmos and a backlit keyboard.
Furthermore, the Ultra model of the Galaxy Book 4 series is equipped with the new Intel Core Ultra 9 and 7 Processor, combining a CPU, GPU, and a newly added NPU into a single package. It also offers enhanced security with a new discrete Samsung Knox security chip.
Connectivity options of Galaxy Book 4 series laptops include WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, multiple ports, and substantial batteries with USB-C charging. Overall, all three laptops come with several sophisticated features and capabilities to provide users with a robust performance.
However, the Samsung Galaxy Book 4 series will be available in the US and some other markets starting February 26, so if you were planning to switch to a new device, that meets all your requirements, then any of these models can be a great option for you.
Pixel boost crucial for Android, Google Search as Samsung, Huawei loom large: Source
Samsung may have made Google its biggest rival in the smartphone market. Previously, Samsung considered replacing Google with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine on Galaxy devices. This attempt by Samsung may have triggered Google to seek Pixel boost for Android and Search.
According to a report, Google managed to achieve a milestone of selling 10 million Pixel devices in 2023. The company sets an ambitious target to exceed 10 million Pixel sales target this year as well. There are multiple motives for Google apart from expanding the smartphone business.
A source with direct knowledge told Nikkei Asia that keeping Google’s Pixel phone business thriving is important for the sustainability of its search engine and mobile operating system ecosystem when Huawei’s HarmonyOS user base is growing and Samsung attempted to switch default search engine.
HarmonyOS is a direct competitor to Google’s Android, which is growing rapidly. Whereas, Samsung is becoming a big threat to Google’s hold on its OS due to the highest number of shipments. We are also seeing Galaxy-exclusive Android features launching over the past two years.
Apart from this, the US tech giant has also told suppliers to start making its Pixel smartphones in India by the next quarter at the earliest to further diversify its supply chain away from China and capture the booming Indian smartphone market.