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Samsung launches One UI 6 Beta Program in India – Here’s how to get on Galaxy S23 [Changelog]

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Just recently, Samsung began rolling out the second One UI 6 Beta update. And as speculated, Samsung is also expanding the One UI 6 Beta Program for more Galaxy S23 series users, with India becoming the first market from the remaining four.

One UI 6 Beta is official in India

Samsung today launched its One UI 6 Beta Program for the Galaxy S23 series in India, which brings the Android 14 operating system. Interested users having an S23 series smartphone can sign up for the testing activity and install Beta firmware, which comes with plenty of new features and cosmetic changes.

Credits – Tarun Vats [X]

How to join Beta Program

To participate in the One UI Beta Program, you must register through the Samsung Members app on your device:

  1. In the Samsung Members app, log in with your Samsung Account. If you do not have a Samsung Account, create one.
  2. Select “Notice > Registration for One UI Beta Program.”
  3. Complete and submit the application form.

If you meet the participation criteria, you will be enrolled in the One UI Beta Program.

One UI 6 Changelog

Quick panel

New button layout: 

  • The quick panel has a new layout that makes it easier to access the features you use most. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth now have their own dedicated buttons at the top of the screen, while visual features, like Dark mode and Eye comfort shield, have been moved to the bottom. Other quick settings buttons appear in a customizable area in the middle.

Instantly access the full quick panel:

  • By default, a compact quick panel with notifications appears when you swipe down from the top of the screen. Swiping down again hides notifications and shows the expanded quick panel. If you turn on Quick Settings instant access, you can view the expanded quick panel by swiping just once from the right side of the top of the screen. Swiping down from the left side shows notifications.

Quickly access brightness control: 

  • The brightness control bar now appears by default in the compact quick panel when you swipe down once from the top of the screen for quicker and easier brightness adjustments.

Improved album art display:

  • While playing music or videos, album art will cover the entire media controller in the notification panel if the app playing the music or video provides album art.

Enhanced layout for notifications: 

  • Each notification now appears as a separate card, making it easier to recognize individual notifications.

Sort notifications by time: 

  • While playing music or videos, album art will cover the entire media controller in the notification panel if the app playing the music or video provides album art.

Lock Screen

Reposition your clock

  • You now have more freedom to move your clock to the position of your choice on the Lock screen.

Home Screen

Simplified icon labels: 

  • App icon labels are now limited to a single line for a cleaner and simpler look. “Galaxy” and “Samsung” have been removed from some app names to make them shorter and easier to scan.

Typeface

New default font: 

  • One UI 6 has a new default font with a more stylish and modern feel. You’ll see the new font if the default font is selected in Settings. If you’re using a different font, you’ll still see that font after upgrading to One UI 6.

Multitasking

Keep pop-up windows open: 

  • Instead of minimizing pop-up windows when you go to the Recents screen, pop-ups will now remain open after you leave the Recents screen so you can continue what you were working on.

Samsung Keyboard

New emoji design:

  • Emojis that appear in your messages, social media posts, and elsewhere on your phone have been updated with a fresh new design.

Content sharing

Picture and video previews: 

  • When you share pictures or videos from any app, preview images will appear at the top of the Share panel to give you one more chance to review the pictures and videos before sharing them.

Extra sharing options: 

  • When you share content, additional options may appear on the Share panel depending on the app you share from. For example, when you share a website from the Chrome web browser, you’ll get the option to share a screenshot of the website along with the web address.

Weather

New Weather widget: 

  • The Weather insights widget provides more information about your local weather conditions. You can see when severe thunderstorms, snow, rain, and other events are on the forecast.

More information in the Weather app: 

  • Information about snowfall, moon phases and times, atmospheric pressure, visibility distance, dew point, and wind direction is now available in the Weather app.

Interactive map view: 

  • Swipe to move around the map and tap a location to view the local weather conditions. The map can help you find weather information even if you don’t know the name of the city.

Enhanced illustrations: 

  • Illustrations in the Weather widget and app have been enhanced to provide better
    information about the current weather conditions. Background colors also change depending on the time of the day.

Camera

Custom camera widgets: 

  • You can add custom camera widgets to your Home screen. You can set each widget to start in a specific shooting mode and save pictures in an album of your choice.

More alignment options for watermarks: 

  • You can now choose whether your watermark appears at the top or bottom of your photos.

Quick access to resolution settings

  • A resolution button is now available in the quick settings at the top of the screen in Photo and Pro modes so you can quickly change the resolution of photos you take.

Easier video size options

  • A pop-up now appears when you tap the video size button, making it easier to see all the options and choose the right ones.

Keep your pictures level: 

  • When grid lines are turned on in Camera settings, a level line will now appear in the middle of the screen while using the rear camera in all modes except Panorama. The line will move to show whether your picture is level with the ground.

Apply effects more easily: 

  • Filter and face effects now use a dial instead of a slider, making it easier to make precise adjustments with just one hand.

Scan documents easily: 

  • The Scan document feature has been separated from Scene optimizer, so you can scan documents even if Scene optimizer is turned off. The new Auto scan lets you scan documents automatically whenever you take a picture of a document. After a document is scanned, you’ll be taken to the edit screen, where you can rotate your document to align it the way you want.

Quality optimization: 

  • You can choose between 3 levels of quality optimization for the pictures you take. Choose Maximum to get the highest quality pictures with the most post-processing. Choose Minimum to reduce the amount of post-processing so you can take pictures as quickly as possible. You can also choose Medium to get the best balance of speed and post-processing.

New Auto FPS settings for videos:

  • Auto FPS can help you record brighter videos in low-light conditions. Auto FPS now has 3 options. You can turn it off, use it for 30 fps videos only, or use it for both 30 fps and 60 fps videos.

Gallery

Save clipped images as stickers: 

  • When you clip something from an image, you can easily save it as a sticker that you can use later when editing pictures or videos.

Enhanced story view: 

  • While viewing a story, a thumbnail view appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. In thumbnail view, you can add or remove pictures and videos from your story.

Drag and drop with 2 hands: 

  • Touch and hold pictures and videos with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the album where you want to drop them.

Quick edits in detail view: 

  • While viewing a picture or video, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go to detail view. This screen now provides quick access to effects and editing features you can immediately apply.

Photo Editor

Adjust decorations after saving: 

  • You can now make changes to drawings, stickers, and text that you’ve added to a photo even after saving.

Undo and redo: 

  • Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can now easily undo or redo transformations, filters, and tones.

Enhanced layout: 

  • The new Tools menu makes it easier to find the editing features you need. Straighten and Perspective options have been combined in the Transform menu.
    Draw on custom stickers: When creating custom stickers, you can now use drawing tools to make your stickers even more personal and unique.

New text backgrounds and styles: 

  • When adding text to a photo, you can choose from several new backgrounds and styles to help you get the perfect look.

Calendar

Your schedule at a glance: 

  • The new schedule view provides your upcoming events, tasks, and reminders all together in chronological order.

View your reminders in Calendar: 

  • You can now view and add reminders in the Calendar app without opening the Reminder app.

Reminder

Refined reminder list view: 

  • The main list view has been redesigned. You can manage categories at the top of the screen. Below the categories, your reminders will be shown organized by date. The layout for reminders containing images and web links has also been enhanced.

New reminder categories: 

  • The Place category contains reminders that alert you when you’re in a specific place, and the No Alert category contains reminders that don’t provide any alerts.

More options for creating reminders: 

  • When sharing content to the Reminder app, you’ll get full editing options before your reminder is created. You can also take pictures using the camera when creating a reminder.

Create all-day reminders: 

  • You can now create reminders for an entire day and customize the time when you want to be alerted about them.

Samsung Internet

Play videos in the background: 

  • Keep playing video sound even if you leave the current tab or leave the Internet app completely.

Enhanced tab list for large screens: 

  • When using Internet on a large screen, such as a tablet in landscape view or Samsung DeX, your tab list will be shown in 2 columns so you can see more tabs on the screen at the same time.

Smart select

Resize and extract text from pinned content: 

  • When you pin an image to the screen, you can now resize it or extract text from it.
    Magnified view: When selecting an area of the screen, a magnified view will appear so you can start and end your selection at the perfect spot.

Bixby text call

Customize your greeting: 

  • You can now edit the greeting that Bixby says when you answer using Bixby text call.

Switch to Bixby during a call: 

  • You can switch to Bixby text call at any time, even if the call is already in progress.

Modes and Routines

Unique Lock screens depending on your mode: 

  • Set up different Lock screens with their own wallpaper and clock style for when you’re driving, working, exercising, and more. When you start editing the Lock screen while a mode is on, you’ll edit the Lock screen for that mode.

New conditions: 

  • You can now start a routine when an app is playing media.

New actions: 

  • Your routines can now do more than ever before. Change your Lock screen, change Samsung Keyboard settings, and more.

Smart suggestions

New look and feel: 

  • The Smart Suggestions widget has been redesigned with a layout that better aligns with other icons on your Home screen.

More customization:

  • You can now adjust transparency and choose between a white or black background. You can also set apps to exclude from suggestions.

Finder

Quick actions for apps

  • When an app appears in your search results, you can touch and hold the app to get quick access to actions you can perform using the app. For example, if you search for the Calendar app, buttons for adding an event or searching your calendar will appear. App actions will also appear in search results on their own if you search for the name of the action instead of the app.

My Files

Free up storage space: 

  • Recommendation cards will appear to help you free up storage space. My Files will recommend deleting unnecessary files, give you tips for setting up cloud storage, and also let you know which apps on your phone are using the most storage space.

Settings

Smarter Airplane mode: 

  • If you turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth while Airplane mode is on, your phone will remember. The next time you use Airplane mode, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth will remain on instead of turning off.

Easier access to battery settings: 

  • Battery settings now have their own top-level settings menu, so you can easily check your battery usage and manage battery settings.

Block security threats: 

Get an extra level of protection for your apps and data. Auto Blocker prevents unknown apps from being installed, checks for malware, and blocks malicious commands from being sent to your phone using a USB cable.

Accessibility

New magnification options: 

  • Customize how your magnification window appears. You can choose full screen, partial screen, or allow switching between the two.

Customize cursor thickness:

  • You can now increase the thickness of the cursor that appears while editing text so that it’s easier to see.

Learn more about accessibility: 

  • A link to the Samsung Accessibility web page has been added to Accessibility settings so you can learn more about accessibility features and our efforts to make our products accessible to everyone.

Additional Improvements [Beta 2 – KR/DE]

  • Improved shortcut key error when using a keyboard.
  • Improved an intermittent infinite loading and playing error when using Netflix.
  • Improved Home app crash problem.
  • Improved Multi-Window stability in Secure Folder.
  • Improved device selection instability in Music Share.
  • Improved erase action instability when using the S Pen button.
  • Improved execution fail of Repair Mode.
  • Improved intermittent Reset issue.
  • Improved sluggish performance after software update.
  • Improved icon disappearance problem on the home screen.
  • Improved the call sound issue when using Galaxy Buds.

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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Google’s Gemini Nano AI deal with Samsung on EU antitrust radar

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EU seemingly investigating if Google’s Gemini AI deal with Samsung violates antitrust law. Regulators of the European Union seeking input from industry to know if Samsung’s Gemini AI deal constitutes anti-competitive conduct.

An EU document seen by Reuters indicates that the Commission wants the opinion of industry officials. The inquiry is about whether Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series with Gemini Nano would limit the pre-installation of rival AI chatbot platforms.

The query also includes whether Gemini Nano limits interoperability with other chatbots and apps on the Galaxy S24 series. Details are also required if there were any cases of failure in signing contracts with phone makers to pre-install AI chatbots.

“EU antitrust regulators are asking industry participants if Google’s multi-year generative artificial intelligence (AI) deal with Samsung hinders rival chatbots on Samsung smartphones.” – Reuters.

Earlier, EU competition authorities hinted at an antitrust investigation into Samsung and Google’s AI deal. The Commission’s Deputy Competition Commissioner asked to “understand the impact of pre-installing Google’s Gemini Nano on Samsung devices.”

The report notes that the executive committee distributed an 8-page questionnaire, with a response required by this week. Samsung and Google may be in trouble if the EU Commission observes any anti-competitive practices.

The Galaxy S24 series is the first to use the Gemini Nano AI model developed by Google. Both companies signed a multi-year partnership to fuel future products with the AI model. The Pixel 8 Pro also came pre-installed with Gemini Nano for on-device AI capabilities.

Samsung also brought Gemini AI to Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 devices. Google is also preparing to introduce the Pixel 9 series next month, equipped with Gemini Nano. Apple is also in close-door talks with Google to include Gemini in iPhone models.

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Apple iPhone could support Samsung Wallet, Google Wallet in Europe

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Apple iPhone users could soon be able to use Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe. Recently, the EU antitrust regulator revealed that Apple will open up its tap-and-go mobile payments system for third-party payment platforms in Europe.

KoreaTimes reports that the EU accepted Apple’s offer to open the NFC payments system. The iPhone maker agreed in favor of ending the antitrust probe began in 2020. It will expand Apple iPhone users’ choices beyond Apple Pay, such as Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe.

Apple’s agreement will be valid for a period of 10 years in EU territories. From now on, the US tech giant can no longer use its control over the iPhone ecosystem to keep other mobile wallets out of the market.

As Samsung Wallet looks to expand on the iPhone, Apple Pay is eating its market in its home ground. Following the launch in South Korea, Apple Pay is gradually gaining popularity. The company is expanding its support across categories to be acceptable everywhere.

European Union forced Apple to ditch its lighting port from products. The company replaced its lighting port with a universal USB C-Type port on iPhone models. iMessage is also adopting the RCS messaging standard that is heavily forced by Google.

Apple is also bringing place to third-party app markets on iPhones in Europe. Now with the latest development, iPhone users will be getting the choice to opt for a payment platform other than Apple Pay. It would be interesting to see whether Google or Samsung manage to make a solid entry.

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Gemini AI now functions on your Android’s lockscreen

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Google has upgraded the Gemini AI app to answer general questions even on your Android phone’s lockscreen. Initially, the company’s new Gemini app was limited to Google Assistant-level commands. Now, if you trigger Gemini on the lock screen, it will respond to some general questions.

The upgraded Gemini AI now allows you to “get answers on lockscreen from Gemini without unlocking your device.” You can now get weather information at a glance with the new Gemini application, but additional actions would require you to unlock the device first.

You can keep your phone locked if your query has been answered properly. If you prefer entering the whole user interface, just unlock the device using fingerprint or PIN. Once unlocked, you will get the keyboard in the popped-up state, offering seamless flow.

The Gemini app added a new “Gemini on lock screen” setting on the main preferences page. Google’s new “Gemini responses on lock screen” toggle completes the already available “Google Assistant on lock screen” option.

Notably, Google is rolling out this update to random users sequentially. You may soon notice the changes as soon as the update reaches your handset. As it’s the first deployment, you may not get responses to some basic queries, but not too long.

Similar to Google Assistant, Gemini was able to control alarms and timers, media (play/pause), and “some phone features,” like volume. As part of the “Utilities” Extension, the US tech giant is further enhancing the user experience through the Gemini app.

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