Android 14 Beta testing is underway, with a target to achieve the platform stability milestone by the next month. At I/O, Google unveiled Ultra HDR support for Image, which arriving in Android 14, and probably in One UI 6 too for Samsung Galaxy devices.
With Android 13, Google added support for HDR video, and it’s now coming to Image in Android 14 with an Ultra label. This new feature will deliver more realistic stills, courtesy of a greater range of brightness, colors, and contrast. It will be known as the “Ultra HDR” format, which is backward compatible with JPEG.
Following the stable update rollout, expected in August, premium smartphones will offer an Ultra HDR Image feature and the files can also be saved in the original 10-bit high dynamic range. Android’s native Google Photos app will support Ultra HDR for display, backup, editing, sharing, and downloading.
Google expects it to be the default format on both the built-in camera app and any in-app camera views.
Additionally, the search engine giant confirmed that the Android team is working with tech giants such as Qualcomm to optimize hardware capabilities, along with a collaboration with Chrome to make Ultra HDR available on other form factors.
Ultra HDR image
Ultra HDR Image support for Android 14 is a new feature that allows Android devices to capture and display images with a wider range of colors and contrast than is possible with standard JPEG images. This is achieved by using a new 10-bit HDR image format that can capture up to 1 billion colors.
Its support for Android 14 will be available on devices that have a compatible camera sensor and display. To take advantage of this feature, you will need to update your device to Android 14 and use a camera app that supports Ultra HDR.
Once you have taken an Ultra HDR image, you can view it in HDR mode on a compatible device by opening it in the Google Photos app. The development team says you may be surprised at the difference it makes in your photos. Here are some of the benefits of using Ultra HDR Image support for Android 14:
- Wider range of colors and contrast
- More realistic and immersive viewing experience
- Improved detail in shadows and highlights
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Some Samsung phones are not getting timely Google Play System Update
Earlier, it was noticed that Samsung’s top-line Galaxy smartphones were stuck on older Google Play System Update versions. Google sent out new updates to those Galaxy devices following several reports by users and media publications.
Well, the situation is the same on certain Galaxy models, mostly in Europe. GalaxyClub reports that their Galaxy S23, Z Fold 5, Galaxy A33, and other devices are lagging behind in Play System Update. In particular, various handsets are stuck on July 2023 Play System version, which is over five months old now.
The Galaxy S20 series makes it even more colorful, which currently does not progress beyond the May 1 update. Sometimes a manual check is followed by the message “Your device is up to date” or “Updates are temporarily unavailable.”
On the other hand, the Galaxy A52 got November 2023’s Play System update, while the Galaxy A53 September’s. You can check when your Galaxy received the last Google Play System Update via Settings -> Security & privacy -> Updates -> Google Play System Update.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE launches in South Korea
Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S23 FE in South Korea. Releasing tomorrow, this smartphone combines premium performance, an unrivaled camera, and a stylish design. The price starts at 847,000 won, it will be available in four colors including Mint, Graphite, Purple, and Cream.
In addition, Samsung.com and the Gangnam Experience Store will sell two exclusive color options – Indigo and Tangerine. The company also started “Galaxy perFEct Program for customers of the Galaxy S23 FE.
Customers who purchase the Galaxy S23 FE through this program can receive compensation for 50% of the factory price if they return the used product after 24 months.
Samsung will give away either the Galaxy Smart Tag 2 or a 25W PD charger (power-saving type) to customers who activate the Galaxy S23 FE by December 22. Customers who purchase can select the gift they want through the Samsung.com app.
Galaxy S23 FE has an iconic design that succeeds the S23 series. A floating camera and a small-sized camera hole were used, and durability was enhanced with an aluminum frame. With an IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating, you can use it with confidence without worrying about dust or moisture.
Battery of Dream: Samsung’s solid-state battery won’t come to phones until 2027
Samsung is developing solid-state battery technology to replace the current electrolyte battery. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy devices are unlikely to get a solid-state battery (AKA battery of dream) unit 2027.
According to a new report, Samsung SDI formed a new team to promote commercialization of solid-state battery (ASB). The team will be led by Go Joo-young, head of the marketing team of the large-scale battery business unit.
Through the new organization, the South Korean tech giant plans to accelerate project speed with customers and expedite the commercialization of ASB. Samsung SDI aims to commercialize ASB by 2027.
Samsung SDI is focusing on the development of all-solid-state batteries with an energy density of over 900 Wh/L by adopting sulfide-based technology, which can achieve the fastest lithium-ion flow (ion conductivity) per unit volume.
The ASB is a next-generation battery, which transfers ions between the positive and negative electrodes, from liquid to solid, improving safety and performance. It has advantages such as higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries and lower risk of fire or explosion.