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Samsung Weekender: One UI 6.1 Galaxy S23 issues, new/upcoming features list, S20 updates plan, Watch FE, April 2024 patch, and Fold 6 Ultra

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Samsung April 2024 weekender

Welcome to the Weekender, Galaxy Fans! In the April 2024 first-week edition, we will give you the latest insights on Samsung’s plans, products, and updates for this entire week. Right now, Samsung is busy preparing a software update to solve Galaxy S23 issues, expanding the April 2024 update, releasing new features for apps, and working on new features for Expert RAW and Home UP, and more.

Samsung Weekender – First Week of April 2024

Galaxy S23 issue after One UI 6.1 update

Samsung Galaxy S23 users are facing issues with the fingerprint scanner after the One UI 6.1 update. The animation for the fingerprint scanner doesn’t appear during phone unlocking.

Fortunately, Samsung knows this problem and plans to fix it soon with a software update. Additionally, users have also reported touchscreen responsiveness problems, making it difficult to open apps and perform tasks.

April 2024 Expansion

Samsung has released an April 2024 security update to more Galaxy devices including Galaxy A53 5G, Galaxy A13, Galaxy A52 4G, Galaxy Z Fold 5, and Galaxy Z Flip 5 smartphones.

Galaxy Apps New Features

Samsung consistently updates its apps and has introduced another set of updates this week, featuring notable improvements and new functionalities. You can check the list of apps and their recently added features below

Expert RAW: Lossless RAW format, Neutral Density (ND) Filter

Bixby Vision: Advanced Text Reader

Samsung Find: Lost Mode, Notify when left behind (wearable), Set notification interval

Photo Editor: Magnetic Lasso tool, Improved Spot Color

LockStar: Edit AOD function, Manual AOD Brightness Slider

Wonderland: Fluid Effect, Enhanced UI

Upcoming Expert RAW and Home Up Features

Samsung’s Expert RAW app will soon feature “AstroPortrait Mode,” blending astrophotography with portraits to capture stars and people together. Additionally, Samsung’s One UI will update its Home Up app, offering customizable app icon sizes and improved Finder functionality for better accessibility and personalization.

No more monthly updates for the Galaxy S20 series

Introduced in 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, including the S20, S20 5G, S20+, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra, and S20 Ultra 5G models, initially came with Android 10. These devices have completed their three-year promise to Android updates. Moving forward, they will receive updates quarterly rather than monthly.

The Galaxy Note 20 series and the Galaxy S20 FE were mistakenly moved to a quarterly update schedule separately. However, this was promptly corrected, and they have since returned to a monthly update cycle.

Samsung beats Apple in February 2024

In February 2024, Samsung regained the lead in smartphone sales over Apple, thanks to the well-received Galaxy AI and S24 series introduced in January 2024.

Upcoming Devices

Samsung is anticipated to launch the Galaxy Z Fold 6, featuring a slimmer design and lighter weight compared to its predecessors. The device is expected to use a 7.6-inch main display and a 6.3-inch cover display, both with improved resolution. An Ultra model with distinct features and potential S Pen compatibility is also speculated.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch FE has also been spotted in the IMEI database, indicating its existence and hinting at a global release, including the US and South Korea. The models listed, SM-R866F, SM-R866U, and SM-R866N, suggest it’s in development and may feature the Exynos W920 chip, similar to the Watch 4.

2 One UI 6.1 features that will extend battery life of Samsung devices after enabling

Hey, Camila is here! From the very beginning, I love using Samsung phones like a die-hard fan. Apart from detailing One UI features for readers, I love exploring different apps of the Samsung ecosystem with a cup of tea!

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Samsung Galaxy S21 series grabs June 2024 update in India

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Samsung Galaxy S21 June 2024 update India

Samsung is expanding the June 2024 security update to Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones in India. The update is already live for users in Korea, Europe, and the US.

The fresh patch fixes a bundle of issues to provide a better usability experience. It brings security improvements, functional enhancements, bug fixes, and stability optimization. Aside from this, the changelog does not include any new features or changes.

This update mainly improves image display on the screen, battery usage tracking, secure phone calls, and the functionality of the Samsung Dialer application.

Users of Samsung Galaxy S21 are getting the June 2024 security update in India with the One UI build versions mentioned below.

  • G991BXXSBGXEC – Galaxy S21
  • G996BXXSBGXEC – Galaxy S21 Plus
  • G998BXXSBGXEC – Galaxy S21 Ultra

To access the update on your smartphone, go to the Settings app, tap on Software Update, and then select Download and Install. This will initiate the update process, and once completed, you’ll enjoy a more efficient smartphone experience.

Samsung Galaxy S21 series getting June 2024 security update [US Verizon]

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Samsung ‘still’ working on Instagram Super HDR toggle for Galaxy S24

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Samsung Galaxy S24 Super HDR

Samsung has confirmed its collaboration with Instagram to bring a new Super HDR feature to the Galaxy S24 series. Through this, the company aims to introduce the Super HDR on/off toggle, providing a new way to view Instagram feeds.

By default, the Super HDR feature is enabled for users’ Instagram feeds, ensuring that content appears vibrant and with the fullest screen brightness. Considering different user preferences, Samsung plans to include a toggle that allows users to easily turn the Super HDR feature on or off.

According to community moderators, Samsung and Instagram are actively reviewing users’ feedback to enhance the Super HDR feature. The company is also working to introduce the Super HDR toggle to Instagram feeds and make it a default for Galaxy S24.

This option ensures users who prefer an SDR viewing experience can still enjoy Instagram content without HDR enhancements.

As development progresses, Samsung plans to keep users informed through its Samsung Members app. Through this, users can easily check the latest updates on the availability and functionality of the Super HDR feature for the Galaxy S24 series.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra and Watch 7 appear on 3C

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra Renders

Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra and Watch 7 series clear 3C certification in China. These smartwatches are expected to be unveiled on July 10, 2024, in Paris, France. The database listing also revealed the charging adapter-related information.

As spotted by MySmartPrice, the upcoming Galaxy Watch Ultra and Watch 7 series secured 3C certification. The upcoming Galaxy Watch Ultra (LTE) and Galaxy Watch 7 (LTE) have the model numbers SM-L705 and SM-L315, respectively.

The authority’s database confirmed that the models support a 10W adapter. It indicated that the watches will feature a 10W charging speed with a wired adapter. However, the Galaxy Watch 7’s FCC listing revealed support for 15W fast charging.

A lower power adapter might have been used to test the smartwatch. The difference between charging speeds would only be cleared after the official debut. The event’s invitation is likely to be released tomorrow, with the event allegedly scheduled for July 10.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 3C

At the event, new foldable phones will likely be introduced alongside new smartwatches, Galaxy Ring, and earbuds. Earlier, ETNews revealed that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 may be released on July 21 or 22. It will be the first time when Samsung released foldables in July.

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