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Xiaomi’s Software Boost: 4 Android and 5 Years of Security Updates – Mirroring Samsung’s policy

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One more Chinese phone maker—Xiaomi—is replicating Samsung’s Android and security updates policy. The company will soon unveil the new Xiaomi 13T smartphone lineup, which will have support for 4 generations of Android OS updates, as well as 5 years of security patches.

We (Xiaomi) are proud to announce a significant enhancement to our commitment to providing exceptional software support. Xiaomi 13T and Xiaomi 13T Pro will include 4 generations of Android OS upgrades, as well as 5 years of security patches.

In early 2022, Samsung debuted its extended software policy, offering 4 generations of Android OS upgrades, as well as 5 years of security patches to Galaxy flagships starting the Galaxy S21 series. In 2023, the same software policy applied on select affordable Galaxy A phones.

Google could also revise its software support plan, with the Pixel 8 series being eligible for 5 OS upgrades and 7/8 years of security patches. If it happens, Galaxy consumers can expect the same treatment for next year’s Galaxy S flagship lineup.

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Android 15 might let you share AI-generated wallpapers

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Google introduced the AI Wallpaper feature with the Pixel 8 series. The same functionality is also available in Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series thanks to Genini Nano. Now, Google is preparing to make AI-generated wallpapers sharable with Android 15.

Pixel’s ability to create AI-generated wallpapers is quite popular among users. Currently, the feature only allows users to generate stunning wallpapers and apply on the home screen and lock screen. Sharing with someone presently requires to be saved as a screenshot.

Threads user @the_husbandalorian discovered interesting evidence in the latest Beta. The company is working on a new option in Android 15 to share AI-generated wallpapers. A new share button is added on the preview screen in the wallpaper picker interface.

 

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The preview will display how the wallpaper will be applied to your phone’s home or lock screen. The pencil button will allow you to refine the prompt used to create the wallpaper. Share button is all you need to share AI-generated wallpaper with others.

At present, the ability to share AI-generated wallpaper is broken. It suggests the feature is still under development and requires additional work. The next Beta might make it functional for Beta users, and we guess public availability with a Stable rollout.

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AI Wallpaper in One UI 6.1

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Samsung Android 15 Update: One UI 7 Ineligible Devices [LIST]

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Samsung is very well known for its excellent after-sales service and software support. The company announced that it will provide up to 7 years of major OS upgrades and security updates for its flagship devices, starting with the Galaxy S24 series. This is a remarkable achievement that will allow Samsung users to enjoy the latest features and security enhancements for a long time.

Not all Samsung devices will be eligible for the upcoming Android 15-based One UI 7 update, which is expected to bring several new features and improvements. Some older and lower-end models of the Galaxy A, Galaxy M, and Galaxy F series have reached the end of their software upgrade cycles, and will not receive any further OS updates.

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However, these devices will still receive security patches for another year, but they will miss out on the new features and benefits of One UI 7.

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Samsung Android 15 One UI 7 Ineligible Device List

The following is the list of Samsung devices that will not get the Android 15 One UI 7 update:

Galaxy A series 

  • Galaxy A04s
  • Galaxy A13
  • Galaxy A23
  • Galaxy A72
  • Galaxy A52
  • Galaxy A52 5G
  • Galaxy A52s

Galaxy M series 

  • Galaxy M53 5G
  • Galaxy M33 5G
  • Galaxy M23

Galaxy F series

  • Galaxy F23

If you own any of these devices, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer model that will support One UI 7 and beyond.

Note: The list is compiled on software update policy and previous rollouts. 

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Android 15 Beta 3 is here with Platform Stability, tweaks and plenty of fixes

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Google released the third Beta of Android 15 for Pixel phones. With the rollout of Beta 3, Android 15 reached the Platform Stability milestone, which is a pretty exciting development. It brings us one step closer to a final and stable release later this year.

Android 15 Beta 4 might be released next month, followed by a Stable release expected by October. Google has made some notable changes in the experience and functionalities through Beta 3. The update is available for the Pixel 6 up through the newly launched Pixel 8a.

Build Details:

  • Release date: June 18, 2024
  • Build: AP31.240517.022
  • Emulator support x86: (64-bit), ARM (v8-A)
  • Security patch level: June 2024
  • Google Play services: 24.16.17

Android 15 Beta 3 – What’s new?

As discovered by 9to5Google, Beta 3 of Android 15 brings a redesigned wallpaper editor, adaptive timeout, a more prominent Circle to Search off switch, Android Safe Browsing, the ability to show long app names, and an updated Android 15 system icon.

Additional user-facing changes include: the volume menu can no longer be minimized, ‘Speakers and displays’ label removed, Device & app notifications turned Notification read, reply & control, a shortcut to Color contrast preferences in Settings > Display, and Home Controls screensaver for Pixel Tablet.

Resolved issues

Resolved developer-reported issues

  • Fixed an issue where disabling polling using the setDiscoveryTechnology method didn’t disable polling.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the system sharesheet from loading in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the system Settings app to crash when accessing screen saver options.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the screen unlock icon to be displayed when notifications were on screen.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented mobile network security settings from being changed.

Other resolved issues

  • Fixed an issue with the Android Emulator that caused Simpleperf to crash when running a CPU profile.

Bluetooth resolved issues

  • Resolved an issue where Bluetooth LE scans could persist in the system after an app crash.
  • Fixed a bug in Bluetooth LE legacy advertising, where AdvertisingSet.setScanResponseData did not return ADVERTISE_FAILED_DATA_TOO_LARGE when scan response data exceeded the 31-byte limit.
  • Fixed a bug that caused LE connection failures on the GATT server by passing the address type from BluetoothGattServer.connect to native.
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