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Samsung One UI 5.1 GIF Remaster Feature

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GIF feature is used to express emotions other than stickers. It stands for Graphics Interchange Format which supports both animated and static images. Samsung already offers a bunch of photo editing tools for Galaxy devices with One UI, and with One UI 5.1, the company has added the GIF Remaster feature.

The GIF also has unique advantages such as expressive transparent background, so it is actively used, but because it is an old format, there are quality problems. That’s why, Samsung added the GIF Remaster feature that applies the latest deep-learning techniques to improve the quality of GIF images.

samsung One UI 5.1 GIF Remaster

The company introduced the GIF Remaster feature with the Samsung Galaxy S23 series and is currently expanding to supported models only that are running on One UI 5.1 or higher. Like other Remastered features, you can access it from the Gallery suggestions screen or the Single View screen.

GIF Remaster feature 

GIF Remaster uses deep learning techniques to improve picture quality. Deep learning training involves a large amount of data, so it is very effective for improving GIFs with different types and quality degradation.

How does it work?

Noise Cancellation and Upscale

The noise generated by quantization and dithering varies greatly depending on the parameter settings when creating the GIF, and the magnitude of the noise is much larger than that of later developed encoding methods.

Recreating GIFs through deep learning can effectively reduce both types of noise. Also, GIF images usually have a lower resolution. GIF Remaster upscaling up to 2x for added detail and clarity.

Image on the right is the result

Transparent background GIF preprocessing

If an image with a transparent background is passed through a deep learning network, unwanted noise will be generated at the pixels at the edge of the object, as shown in the 1st image below [without preprocessing].

This is because deep learning networks also refer to the color of neighboring pixels when generating pixels at the edge of an object. The opacity of the transparent background pixels is set to 0 so that they are practically invisible, but the RGB value information (mainly black 0) is still valid, so the RGB information of this transparent pixel affects the deep learning network and reduces noise.

GIF Remastering creates results without edge noise, as shown in [Applying preprocessing] last image below, by applying a deep learning network algorithm that processes transparent background pixels to leave them unaffected. The technology is currently patented.

How’s GIF created?

GIF images are created from raw images in two main steps: lossy compression and lossless compression. The second stage, lossless compression, uses LZW encoding, which is a type of entropy encoding, similar to ZIP file compression without losing information easily. On the other hand, in lossy compression, information is lost in the first stage, resulting in a loss of quality.

Quantization 

GIF converts the colors of the input pixels to 8-bit 256 or smaller, a process called quantization. Images such as JPEG represent 16,777,216 colors at 24 bits per pixel, and the difference from the original image can cause noticeable discomfort when converted to GIF.

samsung One UI 5.1 GIF Remaster

Dithering

A process of hiding the discomfort caused by quantization error by adding artificial noise is sometimes implemented, called dithering. Dithering can make the boundaries between quantized regions smoother, but adding noise by rules can accidentally produce unpleasant noise.

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Good Lock

Download the latest Good Lock apps/modules on your Galaxy – One UI 6/5.1.1

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Samsung Good Lock 2.2.04.81 update

Samsung Good Lock is a crucial part of One UI, especially for consumers who love smartphone customization. With each new One UI iteration, Samsung brings fruitful apps, plugins, and modules to Good Lock in order to take the personalization experience to the next level.

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The Android 14-based One UI 6 Good Lock could come with a handful of new plugins as part of making the application even more useful. Although all Good Lock plugins are not available for Galaxy consumers worldwide, you can take advantage of the remaining ones.

One UI 5 Good Lock update radically redesigned the overall look of the application, dividing the modules into two sections – Make Up and Life Up. The first section includes apps and services useful for personalization, while the second part consists of experimental Android tools.

Below, you can check brief info about plugins as well as download links from Galaxy Store and APKMirror.

Theme Park

  • You can create and apply themes easily and quickly
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

Pentastic

Wonderland

  • Allow creating 3D motion wallpaper with various effects
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

LockStar

  • Customize and create a new lock screen and Always on Display.
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

KeysCafe

  • Set the keyboard optimized for you and try creating your one unique animation sticker.
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

NavStar

  • Conveniently organize the navigation bar and gesture mode.
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

Home Up

  • Enjoy the improved One UI Home experience.
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

ClockFace

  • You can configure many different clock styles on the lock screen and AOD and customize the clock however you want.
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

QuickStar

Nice Shot

  • Use the screenshot and screen recording features more conveniently
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

NotiStar

Edge Touch

  • Adjust settings for touch on edge screen easily
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

NiceCatch

  • You can customize Sound, Vibration, and screen history.
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

One Hand Operation +

  • Use your phone or tablet easily with your thumb.
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

Routines+

  • Various features have been added to Bixby Routines, allowing you to create more powerful routines.
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

MultiStar

  • Experience the improved Multi Window
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK [New update]

SoundAssistant

  • Expand Audio System settings and increase convenience
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

Camera Assistant [One UI 5 or higher]

  • Customize your own camera settings to your preference
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

RegiStar [One UI 5 or higher]

  • Customize your smartphone’s home settings, search options, history, back taps, and more.
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

DropShip [One UI 5 or higher]

  • Easily share files between devices running Android, iOS, and the Web.
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK

Galaxy to Share [One UI 5 or higher ]

  • Share your own created personalization settings of various Good Lock modules
  • Download – Galaxy Store | APK
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Samsung’s Android 14 Beta for Galaxy S23 is official in the US

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Samsung Galaxy S23 February 2024 update Australia

In addition to South Korea and Germany, Samsung has now launched the Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta in the US. Users of carrier-unlocked or T-Mobile branded Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, or S23 Ultra smartphones can now sign up to get the Beta firmware via OTA.

It’s worth mentioning that the One UI 6 Beta is only available for T-Mobile and carrier-unlocked Galaxy S23 models in the US. This means Verizon, AT&T, US Cellular, and other carrier users have no other option than waiting for the official rollout.

One UI 6 Beta comes with a redesigned Quick Panel, which looks stunning and well-crafted for accessibility. The animations are also tweaked but require further optimization as the current situation of transition effects is not up to the mark.

In a recent Newsroom article, the South Korean tech giant confirmed that the One UI 6 Beta is equipped with more new customization capabilities. The design is simple and eye-catching, which will surely enhance the everyday operations of Galaxy devices.

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One UI 6 Feature: Samsung’s Android 14 Beta brings recreated Weather App

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One UI 6 Weather Widget

Samsung introduced its much-anticipated One UI 6 beta program for Galaxy S23 so that users can test the upcoming features from now on. One of the most eye-catching features of the One UI 6 Beta is the revamped Weather app.

With the new One UI 6.0 Weather Insights widget, users get a comprehensive overview of their local weather conditions. From upcoming severe storms to snowfall, rain, and other weather-related occurrences, this widget keeps users well-informed.

One UI 6 Weather Widget

But that’s not all as the Weather app has also changed, now providing a lot of additional information. Users can now get details about snowfall, moon phases and timings, atmospheric pressure, visibility distance, dew point, and wind direction directly within the app.

The inclusion of an interactive map view takes weather tracking to a whole new level. Users can easily navigate around the map, swipe to explore different areas, and tap on locations to instantly access local weather conditions.

The illustration in the weather widget and the pictures in the app present an attractive representation of the current weather conditions. The background colors dynamically change to suit different times of the day to deliver a better weather experience.

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