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Apple reveals iPhone software support is less than Samsung, Google

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Apple finally confirmed official iPhone software support. The company has been a leader when it comes to software support for its products, however, it never revealed how long the lifecycle is. With the recent reveal, Apple confirmed iPhone support is less than Samsung and Google.

Forced by EU regulations, Apple revealed it provides 5 years of minimum software support for the iPhone 15 series. While the evidence came for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, it should be the same on other iPhone models too. Notably, Samsung and Google offer 7 years of software support.

Last year, Google announced the Pixel 8 series, which comes with 7 years of Android and security updates support. Samsung replicated Google’s lead in software updates, announcing 7 years of major OS and security updates for the Galaxy S24 series.

Well, Apple’s reveal of 5 years of software support is a minimum promise. It usually provides even longer software updates support to iPhone models; well beyond five years. Also, it doesn’t mean that the iPhone 15 will end up losing software support within five years of launch.

Samsung and Google are the only vendors in the Android segment that offer longer software. The eligible devices aren’t too many, but the segment will expand year over year. The next set of Galaxy phones with longer software is coming in July itself.

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New iOS 18 features that Android phones have for years!

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Apple iOS 18 will be the biggest upgrade for iPhone users in years. As always, Apple managed to take all the credit for changes it made in the iOS 18, but many of the new features have been available in Android phones for years.

iOS 18 is going to be a big upgrade for Apple iPhone users. However, the features are not so innovative as Android users have had most of them for years. Let’s have a look at the most notable ones!

Homescreen personalization

iOS 18 will enable homescreen customization on iPhone, which was not possible till v17. While Android vendors continued to make homescreen and lockscreen heavily personalizable, Apple realized it too late.

Static app grid is gone, and app icon movement is no longer limited. The iOS 18 also introduces custom color palettes that turn app icons into different shades – a similar approach to Android’s Material You.

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Feature-packed Gallery

Android’s Google Photos and Galaxy’s Samsung Gallery are equipped with advanced editing features. Taking inspiration, Apple also made some fruitful changes to its Photos app to uplevel user experience.

iOS 18 improves the search system of Photos app, allowing users to search for details in photos, including numbers, places, and other identifiers. Magic/Object Eraser is also added in the Photos app to remove unwanted objects.

On-device AI

Google introduced Pixel 8 Pro as the first on-device AI-powered smartphone. Later, Samsung launched the Galaxy S24, S24 Plus and S24 Ultra – all are equipped with Gemini Nano AI innovation.

Apple unveiled Apple Intelligence, which is arriving on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max with iOS 18. The company partnered with OpenAI to fuel ChatGPT in products ranging in iPhone, as well as iPad and Mac lineups.

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RCS

Google has been criticizing Apple over the lack of RCS messaging in the iMessage app. The iPhone maker was forced by the European Union to adopt RCS messaging innovation, which is debuting with the iOS 18 upgrade.

The integration of RCS tech will allow users to see delivery and read receipts, theoretically typing indicators, and much richer images. Notably, RCS has been available in Android’s Google Messages for several years.

Emoji generator

iOS 18 has a powerful emoji generator functionality, which is better than Android’s emoji kitchen. It lets users generate bespoke emojis with AI in the style of Apple’s existing library of emojis.

Android has an Emoji Kitchen feature, which allows you to create unique stickers. However, the power of artificial intelligence gives an edge to Apple’s version of emoji creator functionality.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 price starts at $1899 in the US, a $100 increase

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 US variant’s price, memory configuration, and colors leaked. The company’s next foldable smartphone will be available in three storage variants (up to 1TB) and three standard color options.

According to Onleaks (via Smartprix), the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 price could start at $1899 in the US. The phone’s 512GB and 1TB variants may cost $2019 and $2259, respectively.

The source also revealed that the Z Fold 6 will be available in Navy, Silver Shadow, and Pink. However, Evleaks yesterday revealed additional information on colorways alongside the upcoming exclusive hues.

Compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 5, all three variants of the Z Fold 6 could be $100 expensive. Foldable phones are already expensive, and another $100 increment will make it harder to prove worthy in challenging markets.

Integration of Galaxy AI and rising prices of Snapdragon chips are the likely reasons. However, the Korean tech giant may introduce introductory offers and trade-in benefits to make a significant reduction in price initially.

Samsung may launch its new foldables on July 10. The Unpacked event could take place in Paris, France. Aside from phones, the Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro, and Galaxy Ring will also be launched at the event.

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June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop brings Gemini Nano, new features

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Google starts rolling out June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop with incredible new capabilities, including Gemini Nano coming to Pixel 8 and Pixel 8a as a developer option. It means, Gemini Nano is no longer exclusive to Pixel 8 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series.

Gemini Nano is arriving for Pixel 8 and Pixel 8a with a June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop. Unlike the Pixel 8 Pro, it will be available as a developer option in the Pixel 8 and 8a. Gemini Nano is the company’s most efficient AI model built for on-device tasks.

Summarize in Recorder

Gemini powers Summarize in Recorder to run on-device on Pixel 8 and 8a. The Recorder app now offers more detailed, downloadable summaries, the ability to detect and include the names of speakers, and export transcripts into text files or Google Docs.

Display sharing via USB-C

Google finally enables display output support on the Pixel 8 series through a USB-C port. You can now display content on a larger screen, like your computer monitor. It gives you more space to enjoy your favorite movies, shows, and slides.

Find My Device Offline

Google has been rolling out the Find My Device network over the past few weeks. With the June 2024 Feature Drop, it’s expected to be available on all supported devices. This upgrade allows you to locate your phone even when it’s off or the battery is dead.

Pixel Camera

Pixel Camera is also adding the best face-capturing feature. Now, it can identify the best moment from your photo in HDR+ with just a single shutter press. Besides, the Pixel  Camera will also let you manually pick which camera lens you want to use while taking photos.

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