Android’s Live Caption for Calls coming to select Samsung Galaxy phones
Through its Global Accessibility Awareness Day announcement, Google confirmed new “Live Caption for Calls” feature is coming to non-Pixel Android smartphones including select Samsung Galaxy models.
According to Google, the new Live Caption for Calls feature, which is available on the latest Pixel phones will expand to more Android devices including select Samsung Galaxy phones with future updates.
Next month, the Android maker is going to release the June 2023 Pixel Feature Drop. This update is expected to bring new features, accessibility tools, and AI integration to the Android operating system.
Similar to the Live Caption, Samsung One UI 5.1 offers the Bixby Text Call feature. It allows Galaxy users to get the caller’s voice in text format as well as the ability to reply via text while the AI-generated voice will read it aloud.
Probably, the Live Caption for Calls will be applied on Galaxy devices or Samsung may make improvements to the Bixby Text Call. Google confirmed Pixel 4 and 5 will get it soon, while there’s no solid info about Samsung models.
We expect flagship Galaxies running Android 13 will get this new AI-derived feature. Besides, support for French, Italian, and German on Pixel 4 and 5 and more Android devices, like select Samsung Galaxy phones also included.
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First Samsung One UI 6.0 app is already up for download
Samsung is already rolling out support for One UI 6 to a native app, up for download for some. The company is internally testing the Android 14 Beta on the Galaxy S23 series and today begins to update stock apps months ahead of the software’s debut.
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The South Korean tech giant often updates One UI apps, bringing support for unreleased software iterations. It helps the app continue to work after upgrading to a new version of the operating system or a major One UI switch. It brings “added colors following One UI 6.x” the changelog reads.
Notably, the Samsung Calculator app with support for One UI 6 is not available to download for all consumers. It rolled out to a limited number of users having the latest flagship smartphone. In the coming days, we are expecting a wider rollout of this upgraded app version.
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One UI 6 Release Date
Google is expected to release the Stable Android 14 operating system by August this year. Around the same timeframe, Samsung is likely to announce the One UI 6 Beta program for select Galaxy devices. However, the Stable One UI 6.0 update rollout could begin in October 2023.
One UI 6 Eligible Devices
All the Samsung devices released with Android 12-based One UI 4 out of the box are eligible to get the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update. In addition, a number of flagship devices (phones and tablets) will also get the major upgrade, thanks to the four OS guarantee. Check the list below:
- Galaxy S23 Lineup: S23, S23 Plus & S23 Ultra
- Galaxy S22 Lineup: S22, S22 Plus & S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 Lineup: S21, S21 Plus & S21 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Fold Lineup: Z Fold 5, Fold 4 and Fold 3
- Galaxy Z Flip Lineup: Z Flip 5, Flip 4 and Flip 3
- Galaxy A Lineup: A72, A52 and newer A phones
These Samsung Galaxy devices are eligible for Android 14: One UI 6.0 Device List
Android 14 officially debuted for testing and development, and a number of Samsung Galaxy devices will receive it with One UI 6.0. Google is likely to push the official version of Android 14 by August this year, whereas the One UI 6 Beta might start by late July.
Millions of Galaxy devices have already upgraded to the Android 13 operating system, but, Samsung consumers have now started to discuss the Android 14 update. Pay attention, Galaxy devices eligible for a more major OS upgrade might get One UI 5.1.1 as well, based on Android 13, before v14.
In early February, Google kicked off Android 14 on the Developer Preview channel, with the 2nd build released in March. April and May are the months of Android 14’s Public Beta rollout (Beta 1 and Beta 2), however, Platform Stability could be reached in June / July.
Various non-Pixel phones are now eligible to install the Android 14 Beta, thanks to Google’s announcement at I/O 2023. Regardless, Samsung hasn’t participated in Google’s activities as it runs its own One UI Beta testing for Galaxy handsets.
The current One UI 5.0 is based on Android 13, whereas the last year’s One UI 4.x versions were based on the Android 12 OS. Accordingly, the company will introduce the One UI 6.0 software for Galaxy devices, which will be based on the Android 14 OS.
Samsung is committed to bringing up to four generations of Android plus One UI and five years of security updates. Thanks to this solid policy, we have a pretty clear idea of which Galaxies will be receiving the next Android version upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy devices eligible for Android 14 (One UI 6.0)
Galaxy Z series
- Galaxy Z Fold 4 (2nd)
- Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 (3rd)
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
Galaxy S series
- Galaxy S23 Ultra (1st)
- Galaxy S23+
- Galaxy S23
- Galaxy S22 Ultra (2nd)
- Galaxy S22+
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S21 FE (2nd)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (3rd)
- Galaxy S21+
- Galaxy S21
Galaxy A series
- Galaxy A14 (1st)
- Galaxy A04s
- Galaxy A73 (2nd)
- Galaxy A53 (2nd)
- Galaxy A33
- Galaxy A23
- Galaxy A13
- Galaxy A72 (3rd)
- Galaxy A52s 5G (3rd)
- Galaxy A52 LTE/5G (3rd)
Galaxy M series
- Galaxy M53 5G
- Galaxy M33 5G
- Galaxy M23
Galaxy Tab series
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Galaxy Tab S8+
- Galaxy Tab S8
- The list is based on update policy and previous rollouts.
- Samsung has not revealed which Galaxy devices will get Android 14.
- Some unlisted devices may also receive One UI 6 update.
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Contacts stored in Google Account may disappear from Samsung phone
Google is changing Android’s sync functionality for contacts stored in the user’s account. As soon as your Samsung phone installs Google Play services v23.20 update, contacts stored in your Google Account may disappear if you turn off the sync toggle.
According to the information, Google Play System May 2023 update includes a major change leading your Samsung phone to lose contacts stored in your account if you switch off the sync feature. People often change synch settings intentionally or it gets changed if you enter Battery Saver mode.
In that case, you may no longer have access to Google Contacts, but there’s no need to worry. You just need to switch on the contacts sync toggle again and let your Galaxy device refresh the contacts list with account storage. You will get them back, check steps below to ensure sync setting for contact.
- Go to Settings > Passwords & accounts, select your Google account, and ensure that the toggle is on for Contacts and it shows a recent date.
- [Phone] Turning off sync with Google Contacts sync will now remove the previously synced contacts from your Android phone.