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Samsung Galaxy S10 end of support: No more software updates!

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Samsung today refreshed its software support page, mentioning the details of the April 2023 patch and list of eligible devices. And sadly, Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10 Plus models have reached the end of the support period, which means no more software updates.

The S10 series was announced back in the first quarter of 2019. As the Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup just celebrated its fourth birthday, Samsung ended its support for official updates. Users of the S10 phones are still rocking, thanks to pro-grade hardware and continuous software support.

In its four years long run, the Galaxy S10 series upgraded to a new operating system three times, up to Android 12. With each new OS version, Samsung brought new useful features and optimizations so users can take full advantage of their devices.

Rather than the conventional Samsung Experience UX, the Galaxy S10 phones came pre-installed with One UI 1.1 software, based on Android 9. Later, the company delivered Android 10 (One UI 2/2.1/2.5), Android 11 (One UI 3/3.1), and Android 12 (One UI 4/4.1).

Samsung amazed Galaxy S10 users during the launch conference of the Galaxy Note 20 series. It was a promise of OS upgrades expansion for the lineup, to a total of three. This additional Android update directly extended the smartphones’ life for another year.

In addition to an extra OS version, the South Korean tech titan had also promised to support for an additional year with security patches. Well, no other OEM can serve new firmware updates to a smartphone more than that Samsung did.

Custom ROMs are already available on the internet, letting you experience the latest Android 13 operating system for free. However, the custom ROM flashing isn’t an easy task, general users prevent operating it to stay away from the risks of phone brick.

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James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.

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Samsung considers LockStar support for Galaxy S24 AOD customization

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Samsung is reviewing LockStar for Galaxy S24 AOD customization. The Korean community’s moderator confirmed that the latest flagship phones don’t support personalization of the always-on-display using Good Lock’s LockStar module.

Thanks to the new screens, Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series brings an iPhone-like Always On Display feature. However, the company seemingly missed bounding it with Good Lock for customization. As a result, users are facing issues tweaking it through LockStar.

However, the latest input confirms that Samsung is considering LockStar support for Galaxy S24 AOD. This will allow users to renovate the always-on-display functionality on their device in various aspects including removal of certain elements.

LockStar doesn’t support AOD customization in the Galaxy S24 series. While an internal review is underway, a possible release may happen shortly. Meanwhile, the moderator hasn’t shared any specific timeline regarding the availability of the support.

Good Lock’s LockStar is one of the most popular plugins for Galaxy customization. Not only the lock screen, the LockStar also lets users tweak the AOD function. The suite will likely add support for the newly released phones well before July Unpacked.

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Beyond Apple, Huawei’s resurgence in China raises concerns for Samsung

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Huawei is making a stunning comeback in its home ground. The company scored a 70% year-on-year growth in its smartphone sales in China in the first quarter. At the same time, sales of Apple dropped by over 19%, reports Counterpoint Research.

The report highlights that the Chinese phone maker is set to outpace Apple in China. As Apple is already facing heat, it’s alarming for all smartphone vendors including Samsung. After Apple, Huawei’s next target will be Samsung which leads the Global market.

Huawei, which was at 9.3% in the first quarter of 2023, jumped to 15.5% in Q1 this year. Apple led the Chinese market in 1Q23 with approximately 20% market share slipped to 15.7% in the first quarter of this year, dropping to the third spot in China.

Earlier, IDC pointed out that Apple is facing a market decline as it lost momentum in China. The local government’s push for local vendors is also helping Huawei to eat Apple’s market. Well, Vivo and Honor were the top two brands by market share.

“Apple’s sales were subdued during the quarter as Huawei’s comeback has directly impacted Apple in the premium segment,” said Ivan Lam, senior research analyst at Counterpoint.

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Samsung and Intel team up to power the future of AI PCs

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Apart from mobile, Samsung is also focusing on the PC market. The company has recently launched its new all-in-one PC “All-in-One Pro.” At the event, the VP of Intel Korea Samsung Business Division announced the intention to work with Samsung for the AI PCs market.

Galaxy AI is a hit, helping Samsung sell the Galaxy S24 series worldwide. The Korean tech giant is also bringing AI capabilities to its laptop line. Compared to smartphones, laptops, and PCs would offer way better AI features and abilities to bolster productivity.

Samsung’s All-in-One Pro features Intel’s Core Ultra AI PC processor CPU. Thanks to Intel’s external GPU, Arc, graphics performance in the all-in-one PC has also improved twofold compared to the previous generation, and power efficiency has been improved by 25%.

“In this trend where AI is present everywhere, the PC is the product that we experience directly and use for production activities,” stated Bae Tae-won.

As far as AI features are concerned, Intel is committed to offering a complimentary “AI Creator App Package” that consists of the Luminar Neo photo editing software named “Affinity” as well as the Magix video editing application “Vegas.”

Apart from Intel, Samsung also partnered with Microsoft to bring a dedicated Copilot key to the wireless keyboard of the All-in-One Pro PC. Such kind of collaborations offer deeply enhanced user experience as accessing AI-powered Copilot is just a keypress away from you.

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