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Samsung phones already have Repair Mode that Google Pixels getting in December

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With the December 2023 Android Feature Drop, Google is rolling out a new Repair Mode feature to Tensor-powered Pixel smartphones. Well, Google’s Repair Mode is a replica of Samsung’s Maintenance Mode feature, which safeguards user privacy and data while being serviced.

As part of further enhancing data security and privacy on Galaxy devices, Samsung has introduced a new Maintenance Mode feature with One UI 5.0, helping to protect Galaxy users’ data while their device is being repaired at a service center.

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When enabled, Maintenance Mode conceals users’ personal data, including photos, videos, contacts, and messages. When users send their device away for repairs, Maintenance Mode will help to prevent the risk of unauthorized access to your device and in most repair cases

While your device is set to Maintenance Mode, the Samsung service center will only have access to basic device features to be able to perform service diagnosis and repair.

How it works

Upon activation, Maintenance Mode sets up a distinct user profile, ensuring users’ primary account and data remain private. Users can activate Maintenance Mode through either the device Settings menu, or the Samsung Members app.

Once the user retrieves the device from the service centre, the user can deactivate Maintenance Mode through the Settings menu and restore their data from a temporary cloud backup, or an external storage backup.

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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Samsung Galaxy S24 boosts Camera Lens Market in 2024: TrendForce Report

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TrendForce’s latest report revealed that the smartphone camera lens market is expected to rebound in 2024, growing by 3.8% to reach about 4.22 billion units. This growth is driven by the increasing demand for AI-powered smartphones.

Samsung is a leader in the smartphone camera lens market with its Galaxy S24 series, which has the ProVisual Engine algorithm to optimize images. The market is also showing a shift towards higher resolution and more lenses for rear camera setups. The standard configuration is now 49MP to 64MP for primary lenses and three lenses for rear setups.

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Moreover, hardware innovations such as periscopic lens modules, hybrid glass-plastic lenses, and APO lenses are enabling better color fidelity and imaging capabilities.

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According to the report, another factor that is driving the market is the consumer preference for camera spec upgrades so brands are focusing on enhancing the specs of high-end models. For example, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has the Tetraprism zoom lens, which will be used by more iPhone 16 Pro models. Vivo’s Y200 smartphone has a 64MP main camera, whereas most brands have scaled down the camera specs for their entry-level models.

However, the market is also facing challenges like cost issues. Android brands have different solutions for mid-range and high-end models. The future depends on how brands and consumers balance cost and performance.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon X80 5G Modem-RF System at MWC 2024 

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At MWC 2024, Qualcomm unveiled Snapdragon X80 5G Modem-RF System, AI Hub, commercial AI-enabled devices, and a FastConnect 7900 Mobile Connectivity system. Here let’s discuss the features and capabilities of Qualcomm’s latest and most powerful 5G modem for smartphones.

The Snapdragon X80 5G Modem-RF System is said to be the world’s first 5G modem with fully integrated NB-NTN satellite communications support. It is equipped with a future-ready architecture to support 5G Advanced, the next era of 5G connectivity in the global 5G roadmap.

This new Snapdragon X80 5G Modem-RF System promises a Peak Download Speed of 10 Gbps and a Peak Upload Speed of 3.5 Gbps. It also boasts AI innovations for enhanced data speeds, latency, quality of service, coverage, location accuracy, and power efficiency.

Furthermore, operators can also benefit from its superior performance and flexibility, with features like 6x carrier aggregation and advanced spectrum utilization. Qualcomm says it has a tensor accelerator to power a few “AI” features, such as mmWave range extension. 

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Other improvements include a 30% boost in location accuracy, a reduction of 20% for best-cell selection time, 30% faster link acquisition, and 60% faster CPE service acquisition for mmWave connections and more. Furthermore, the devices with Snapdragon X80 are expected to be released in the latter half of 2024, so we can expect it in Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 SoC.

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Try Galaxy: Experience the Galaxy S24 series’ AI and camera features on all Android and iOS devices

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If you are interested in the new AI-powered features and advanced camera tools of the Samsung Galaxy S24 series, you can now try them out on your device with the updated Try Galaxy app. The app, which was previously only available for iOS users, is now compatible with all Android devices, including Galaxy models.

The Try Galaxy app allows you to enjoy the look and feel of the Galaxy S24 home screen and One UI 6.1 interface. You can access tutorials and interactive content to learn how to use the new features, such as Live Translate, Note Assist, Chat Assist, Photo Assist, and Circle to Search with Google.

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Moreover, you can also watch amazing videos of the Galaxy S24 series’ camera capabilities, such as Nightography Zoom, Super Steady, and Portrait mode.

Furthermore, the app introduces you to the Galaxy ecosystem, including the new Galaxy Themes, the Samsung Health app, and the latest foldable devices, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5.

Notably, the app is available on supported Android OS smartphones with the latest version of Chrome, but may not be perfectly optimized depending on device model, setting, screen size, etc. It also runs on Safari, on iPhone 7 and above with iOS 14 or higher.

The Try Galaxy app supports 20 languages in 120 countries and has over 18 million downloads worldwide. You can download the app by scanning a QR code or visiting trygalaxy.com.

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