Samsung Galaxy S21 series smartphone users will gladly accept upgrade to the Android 14 OS. Meanwhile, I just wanted to remind you that it’s not going to be the last major OS upgrade for your Galaxy device!
The Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra debuted with Android 11-based One UI 3.1 pre-installed. At the time of launch, these devices were promised to support three major OS upgrades and four years of security patches.
During the Galaxy S22 release, the South Korean tech giant announced that it has extended software updates support for select Galaxy devices including the Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Z Fold3, and Galaxy Z Flip3.
Thanks to the Samsung Software Updates Policy 2022, the Galaxy S21 series is proudly eligible for a total of four generations of Android upgrades along with five years of regular security patch updates.
Earlier, the Android maker introduced the first Beta version of the 14th major version of the world’s most popular mobile OS. It’s expected that the Android 14 OS would reach the platform stability mark by late July.
As soon as Google releases Android 14 to Pixel smartphones, Samsung will boost up its adaptation process for Galaxies. Before bringing Stable, select Galaxy devices will get a chance to preview the new features and design.
Samsung Android 14
Samsung has a huge list of Galaxy devices to deliver the Android 14 upgrade. Last year, the company finished the rollout within just two months of the initial release, we may see such a wonderful rollout this year, as well!
The Galaxy S21 lineup has already completed two years of its global launch, but Samsung won’t do what Chinese OEMs do. Shortly after the latest S23 series, Galaxy S21 users will get their hands on Samsung Android 14 upgrade.
One UI 6 Beta
Sometime in August 2023, Samsung may start the One UI 6 Beta Program, based on Android 14 OS. Flagship Galaxy models would get the One UI 6’s Beta build for testing purposes in not less than 7 countries, including:
- South Korea
- The UK
- The US
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.
Samsung reveals 11 One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI features coming to S23, Z Flip/Fold 5 and Tab S9
It’s a big day for Samsung fans waiting for the Galaxy AI and One UI 6.1 update. The Galaxy maker not only announced the update’s late March availability but also revealed 11 One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI features that are coming to the Galaxy S23 series, Tab S9 series, S23 FE, Z Flip 5, and Z Fold 5.
Eleven One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI features coming to your Galaxy
Samsung’s update will bring many new AI-derived features to eligible devices. The list includes the ability to adjust message tone and translate messages in 13 different languages using Chat Assist. Besides, Galaxy users can experience the power of real-time interactions through Live Translate.
With Interpreter, Galaxy users can also engage in spontaneous conversations with locals while traveling as the split-screen feature generates text translations for live conversations. Circle to Search also expands to more Galaxies, which generates intuitive search results with a swift circle-motioned gesture.
The upcoming Note Assist functionality will allow users to create formats, generate summaries, and translate notes. In addition, Samsung Internet’s Browsing Assist enables individuals to stay up to speed faster by generating comprehensive summaries of news articles.
Transcript Assist can also easily transcribe meeting recordings and generate summaries and translations. Through Generative Edit, AI-supported devices can easily resize, reposition, or realign objects in photos to perfect a great shot.
Users can also polish any photo faster and easier than ever with Edit Suggestion. The most interesting feature of Galaxy AI is Instant Slow-Mo which can generate additional frames for slow-motion videos to capture action-packed moments.
Last but not least, Galaxy AI also has futuristic customization capabilities for Galaxy consumers. Customizing Galaxy devices is even easier than before through AI-generated wallpapers, enabling AI-supported devices to bring users’ creativity to life.
Official: Here’s when One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI 6.1 update coming to Samsung devices
Google initiated the Android 15 development program intending to seed it to the Public by September this year. Samsung, on the other side, today announced the One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI update rollout timeline for many smartphones and tablets.
Samsung officially revealed that the One UI 6.1 update with Galaxy AI features coming to eligible flagship devices by the end of March 2024. The company reiterated that the Galaxy S23 series, S23 FE, Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, as well as Tab S9 series are eligible for this major upgrade.
The South Korean tech giant has been testing the One UI 6.1 for various older Galaxy devices. Meanwhile, it should be noted that Galaxy AI features won’t be available on any lineup released before 2023. The company is keeping the availability limited so people consider upgrading to a new Galaxy.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S24 series with a hybrid approach, bringing both on-device and cloud-based AI and Generative AI features. President Roh also stated that Samsung plans to bring the Galaxy AI experience to over 100 million Galaxy users within 2024.
Galaxy AI Features:
- Chat Assist
- Live Translate
- Circle to Search
- Note Assist
- Browsing Assist
- Transcript Assist
- Generative Edit
- Edit Suggestion
- Instant Slow-Mo
- AI Wallpaper Generator
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