Vodafone UK discontinues RCS Chat: Here’s what Samsung users should do
Vodafone announced that the RCS Chat feature is being discontinued between March 15 to 31 in the UK. As Vodafone confirms that it’s stopping RCS Chat service in the UK, we are letting Samsung users know what they can do to continue using the advanced messaging service.
To find out whether you’ll be affected and what steps you’ll need to take, continue reading the story below.
Samsung Messages to get RCS support
If you use a Samsung Galaxy device, which launched after 2020, it’s expected that the company will provide a new software update, which will bring RCS support to the native Messages app. However, it’s unknown when the Samsung Messages app will get RCS support in the UK.
Well, you can continue using RCS services by switching to the Google Messages (a.k.a. Messages by Google) app. Meanwhile, do not that some older Galaxy watches may require the Samsung default messaging app to be used for SMS compatibility.
Any Android device using the Messages app
After about 48-72 hours of getting disconnected from the RCS Chat, you will be prompted to accept new Ts & Cs from Google to continue to use RCS. Accepting the Terms and conditions registers you with a Google RCS platform (Messages by Google).
Any Android devices launched before 2020
You’ll need to download Messages by Google from the Play Store to continue using RCS Chat features.
Avoided by iOS, RCS is a messaging functionality, which works on top of SMS to enable futuristic chat services on Android smartphones. Using RCS, you can send long messages (over 160 characters), emojis, pictures, and videos using mobile data or WiFi.
Without RCS support, Samsung users at Vodafone can continue to send messages in the UK, but anything which would have been sent via RCS will now be sent via SMS/MMS. Notably, Vodafone cited that users may incur charges for sending pictures and videos if they are not on an Xtra plan with inclusive MMS.
Samsung joins RISC-V software ecosystem eyeing semiconductor advancements
Eyeing Exynos advancements, Samsung joined RISC-V, an open-source software development project to build and spread an advanced semiconductor ecosystem. Recently, the company announced that it has become a member of the operating board of directors for “RISC-V.”
To be noted RISC-V is an open source software development project launched by the Linux Foundation, an open source non-profit organization. This is an organization launched to develop software using RISC-V, n open source (open) semiconductor design asset (IP, Intellectual Property).
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Including Samsung, global IT and semiconductor companies such as Google, Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are participating. Companies participating in the RISE project, including Samsung, plan to jointly develop software based on RISC-V.
“We will participate in the RISE project and collaborate with other companies to build a sustainable RISC-V-based open source software ecosystem,” said Park Soo-hong, head of the Open Source Group at Samsung Research and a member of the Linux Foundation board of directors.
It is easy to implement applications or services, which operate on RISC-V-based chipsets, and resources required for development and maintenance can be reduced. It’s expected to be used in various fields such as mobile, home appliances, data centers, and vehicle applications.
Meanwhile, RISE operating board members include Samsung Electronics, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Red Hat, Mediatek, Andes, and Imae Thirteen companies including Imagination Rivos, SiFive, Ventana, T-Head are Samsung participating.
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Samsung will change the way you transact with cards
Samsung Biometric Card IC is an all-in-one security solution, which offers biometric cards a variety of things they need to make everyday transactions safer and PIN free. Notably, this technology was selected as a winner of the CES 2023 Best of Innovation Awards in the Cybersecurity & Personal Privacy category.
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Let’s take a look at how Samsung Biometric Card IC can make card transactions PIN free and convenient, solving one of the world’s most pressing payment and identification problems. The video mentioned below gives you a high-level understanding of how it will change the way people pay in the future.
What the video below:
Samsung Biometric Card IC
An innovative payment card technology called a biometric card offers cardholders a secure and convenient way to authenticate themselves at the point of sale (POS) by using their fingerprint instead of a personal identification number (PIN) or signature.
Cardholders don’t need to enter a PIN for high-value transactions, making transactions faster and easier. An added layer of security reduces concerns about the card or PIN theft and increases confidence in using the card, especially when traveling because you don’t have to worry about fraudulent payments even if your card is stolen or lost.
Galaxy S23 Blurry Close-up Camera Explained, Samsung Pledges Software Fix
Samsung’s latest Galaxy S23 series brings some of the best camera smartphones out there. Following the launch, it was noticed that the non-Ultra models of Samsung Galaxy S23 have some issues, causing blurry close-up shots, which are now officially acknowledged.
What’s the issue?
Some Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus smartphone users noticed that the area around the subject looks a bit blurred when taking a close-up shot. The impact of this problem is limited to both low-end models of the lineup, while the Ultra remains issue-free.
What’s the reason?
Samsung disclosed through its community post that Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus use a 50-megapixel primary camera powered by AI features and machine learning. The blurry close-up problem causes due to the sensor’s bright aperture, which makes stunning Nitghtography possible.
Fix coming in the future!
Samsung not only explained the issue and shared the reason, but also confirmed that the blurry close-up shots problem on Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus is planned to improve (fix) in a future software update. However, when this software update will release, remains a question for now.
If you are experiencing this on your Samsung Galaxy S23 or S23+, there are a few solutions you can try:
- Try taking a picture from a bit further away; if the subject you are photographing is about 30 cm away, move back a hand’s width
- Try to take a photo holding the phone vertically; if you hold the phone horizontally or diagonally, the background may appear blurred.
Why S23 Ultra is unimpacted?
Galaxy S23 Ultra remains unimpacted from the blurry shot issue as its camera automatically switches to the wide-angle camera and activates the focus booster to prevent blur. But do note that the focus enhancer stops working in high-resolution image mode, possibly resulting in a blurry close-up.