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Samsung accelerates semiconductor capacities with ASML’s EUV investment

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Samsung aiming for a rebound by investing in large-scale semiconductor equipment. A new report claims that Samsung will additionally import EUV (extreme ultraviolet) semiconductor exposure equipment from ASML of the Netherlands starting in 2024.

EUV exposure equipment is a key equipment in the semiconductor ultra-fine process that Samsung is focusing on and costs about 200 billion won/unit. Exposure is a major process that accounts for more than half of the total process cost and time.

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Due to a confidentiality clause in the contract, details have not been revealed. There’s growing support for the theory that a total of 50 units will be supplied over 5 years. Besides, the annual production of units is limited to the extent that it is said to be “more complex than satellite parts.”

After introducing the world’s first 3nm foundry process using GAA tech in June last year, Samsung aims to enter the 3nm 2nd-gen process in the first half of next year, 2nm process in 2025, and 1.4-nano process in 2027, and is planning to use EUV exposure equipment.

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Samsung One UI December 2023 Updates List

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Starting with the Galaxy S23 series, Samsung initiated its December 2023 One UI updates rollout. The company dropped patch details and a new update roadmap for Galaxy devices in the first week. Throughout the month, Samsung will release various new One UI updates.

December 2023 One UI update for Samsung devices contains a total of 75 fixes for known security vulnerabilities. It includes 54 CVEs related to the Android operating system from Google and the rest for the One UI software system from the manufacturer itself.

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In particular, Samsung Semiconductor (for Exynos-related issues) offered four security fixes, while the software division fixed 16 security flaws with the December patch. Of the 54 fixes offered by Google, 7 are deemed critical, while 43 fixes are marked as high priority.

On the other hand, 9 are marked as high priority of the 16 fixes from Samsung, while 6 are of moderate priority. One UI fixes include Knox, memory and integer overflow, AR Emoji, bootloader, Smart Clip, and the Contacts app. You can read more about them here.

Samsung One UI December 2023 Updates List

07/12/2023

  • Samsung’s December 2023 update rolling out to Galaxy S20, S20 FE, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra in Canada

08/12/2023

  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G begins receiving December 2023 security update in the US

07/12/2023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 grabbing December 2023 security update

06/12/2023

  • The Galaxy S23 series begins getting the latest patches in the United States.

Samsung One UI December 2023 Updates

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Stable One UI 6.0 (Android 14) update released for these Samsung devices

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Samsung Galaxy S23 December 2023 update

Millions of Samsung consumers are eligible for the One UI 6.0 update. Before the October end, Samsung started to release the Stable Android 14-based One UI 6.0 to the Galaxy S23 series devices. The expansion will continue along with new Galaxy devices in the update party.

Back in August, the South Korean tech giant started its Android 14 Beta Program, which took about two months to transform into Stable One UI 6.0 update. Notably, various Galaxy devices (mid-range and flagships) were able to test Android 14 through the One UI 6 in certain markets.

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Samsung will continue to distribute the Stable One UI 6.0 update to eligible Galaxy devices globally. Months ago, we compiled a list of Galaxies eligible for the Beta and Stable update. Similarly, we are now keeping track of Stable build’s availability for Galaxy devices.

Stable One UI 6.0 (Android 14) update released for these devices

Galaxy S series

  • Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy S23 FE
  • Galaxy S21 FE

Galaxy Z series

  • Galaxy Z Fold 5
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5

Galaxy A series

  • Galaxy A54
  • Galaxy A34
  • Galaxy A24
  • Galaxy A14
  • Galaxy A73
  • Galaxy A53
  • Galaxy A33
  • Galaxy A52s

Galaxy M series

  • Galaxy M14
  • Galaxy M53
  • Galaxy M33

Galaxy Tab series

  • Galaxy Tab S9/S9+/S9 Ultra
  • Galaxy Tab S9 FE/S9 FE+
  • Galaxy Tab S8/S8+/S8 Ultra

Note: Availability varies by region and carrier.

Top features and changes of One UI 6.0

  • Redesigned Quick Settings and Notifications panel.
  • New lockscreen customizations.
  • New font and simpler icon labels.
  • Tweaks in the Camera app.
  • Modes are directly tied to the lock screen.
  • Bixby Text Call now supports more languages.
  • New Weather and Camera widgets.
  • Richer data in the Weather app.
  • New emoji style in Samsung Keyboard.
  • Multitasking improvements in the Gallery app.
  • New Auto Blocker feature (blocks app installation from unauthorized app stores).
  • You can check the complete changelog here.
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Android 14 One UI 6.0 update is out for these Samsung Galaxy A devices

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Several Samsung Galaxy A series smartphones are eligible for Android 14 One UI 6.0 update. The company is continuously expanding the new software to eligible Galaxy devices. So far, various Galaxy models have been upgraded with plenty of new features.

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Mid-range phones launched this year are eligible for up to four years of OS upgrades. However, Samsung offers at least two major Android upgrades to each and every Galaxy device. So if your Galaxy phone was shipped with Android 12, the One UI 6.0 update will certainly be available.

Android 14 One UI 6.0 update is out for these Samsung Galaxy A devices

  • Galaxy A54
  • Galaxy A34
  • Galaxy A24
  • Galaxy A14
  • Galaxy A73
  • Galaxy A53
  • Galaxy A33
  • Galaxy A52s

It’s worth noting that the user interface changes will be reflected on all Galaxy models. However, certain features are rolled out as per the device’s hardware capabilities. Well, all Galaxy device users will find One UI 6 outstanding, thanks to notable UI tweaks across the OS.


Galaxy A54’s One UI 6.0 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.

More vivid notification icons

You can use the same full-color icons that are used for each app on the Home and Apps screens. You can turn this on in Settings.

Sort notifications by time

You can now change your notification settings to sort by time instead of priority so your newest notifications are always on top.

 

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.

Drag and drop with 2 hands

Start dragging app icons or widgets on your Home screen with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the screen where you want to drop them.

 

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 previews

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

 

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 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

Simple and intuitive design

The overall layout of the Camera app has been simplified. Quick settings buttons on the preview screen have been redesigned to be easier to understand.

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.

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.

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.

Turn off swipe up/down to switch cameras

Swiping up or down to switch between the front and rear cameras is now optional. If you’re concerned about accidental swipes, you can turn this off in Settings.

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.

 

Gallery

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.

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.

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.

 

Photo Editor

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.

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.

Draw on custom stickers

When creating custom stickers, you can now use the 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.

 

Studio (Video Editor)

More powerful video editing

Studio is a new project-based video editor, allowing for more complex and powerful editing. You can access Studio from the Drawer menu in Gallery or add an icon to your Home screen for quicker access.

Timeline layout

Studio lets you view your entire project as a timeline containing multiple video clips. The multi-layered structure lets you add clips, stickers, subtitles, and other objects and adjust their position and length easily.

Save and edit projects

You can also save unfinished movie projects to continue editing them later.

 

Video Player

Enhanced layout

Video player controls are now easier than ever. Buttons with similar functions have been grouped together, and the Play button has been moved to the center of the screen.

Enhanced playback speed controls

Choose between several video playback speeds between 0.25x and 2.0x. Speed controls are now easier to access with dedicated buttons instead of a slider.

 

Samsung Health

New look for the Home screen

The Samsung Health Home screen has been completely revamped. More information is shown, while bold fonts and colors make it easier to see the information you need most. Your latest exercise result is shown at the top of the screen, and more feedback is provided about your sleep score as well as your daily goals for steps, activity, water, and food.

Custom water cup sizes

You can now customize the size of cups in the Samsung Health Water tracker to match the size of the cup you usually drink from.

 

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.

Move events with 2 hands

In Day or Week view, touch and hold the event you want to move with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the day where you want to move it.

 

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 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.

Move bookmarks and tabs with 2 hands

Touch and hold the bookmark or tab you want to move with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the bookmark folder or tab group where you want to move it.

 

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

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

Change the appearance of your Lock screen

Set up different Lock screens with their own wallpaper and clock style for when you’re driving, working, exercising, and more. Try a dark wallpaper for Sleep mode or a calming wallpaper for Relax mode. When you edit the Lock screen for a mode, you’ll see that wallpaper whenever that mode is turned on.

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, such as changing your Samsung Keyboard settings.

 

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.

Integrated Trash with Gallery and Voice Recorder

My Files, Gallery, and Voice Recorder Trash features have been combined into one. When you open the Trash in My Files, you’ll be able to see files, pictures, videos, and voice recordings you’ve deleted all together, along with options for restoring or permanently deleting.

Copy files with 2 hands

Touch and hold the file you want to copy with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the folder where you want to copy it.

 

Samsung Pass

Safer sign-ins with passkeys

Use passkeys to sign in to supported apps and websites. Unlike passwords, your passkey is only stored on your phone and can’t be leaked through a website security breach. Passkeys also protect you from phishing attacks because they only work on the website or app where they were registered.

 

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

Vision enhancements easier to find

The Spoken assistance and Visibility enhancements menus have been combined into one Vision enhancements menu for quicker, simpler access.

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.

 

Digital Wellbeing

Enhanced layout

The main screen of Digital Wellbeing has been redesigned, making it easier to find the information you need.

More content in your weekly report

Your weekly usage report now lets you know about unusual usage patterns, your peak usage times, and how you balance your screen time.

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