Samsung Singapore announced that One UI 5, the latest update also available under Android 13, will be released progressively to Galaxy devices starting late November.
These will include devices from the S series, Z Flip and Fold series, Note series, A series, and M series.
On top of enhanced security and privacy, one of the key highlights of the new UI update is how it gives users more personalization and control over their devices.
The bolder and simpler app icons with streamlined color scheme will stand point immediately. The lock screen may also be customized to feature treasured moments.
Further personalization includes changing the wallpaper, clock style, and notification pop-ups.
Features and enhancements
One UI 5 introduces users to Routines, which triggers a sequence of actions based on different activities, and Modes which allow them to create custom phone settings to suit their usage.
Call notifications have been improved too. “Answer” and “Decline” have been redesigned with the pop-up call display for more effortless calls.
With the new Stacked widgets, one can drag and drop widgets on top of each other, swipe left or right to quickly scroll through each one, or free up space for a clean-looking Home screen.
Extract text from images, meanwhile, gives users the ability to copy text from photos automatically to their clipboards. This comes in handy for capturing content such as posters, business cards, or ingredients.
Lastly, One UI 5 also has a Connected devices menu, for users to be able to control their Samsung smart home devices from their Galaxy smartphone, and Auto switch Buds menu for Galaxy Buds.
List of devices eligible for One UI 5
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S22+
- Galaxy S22U
- Galaxy S21 5G
- Galaxy S21+ 5G
- Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy S21 FE 5G
- Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy S20+
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy Z Flip4 5G
- Galaxy Z Fold4 5
- Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
- Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
- Galaxy Z Flip 5G
- Galaxy Z Flip
- Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
- Galaxy Note20
- Galaxy Note 20 5G
- Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy A73 5G
- Galaxy A53 5G
- Galaxy A52s 5G
- Galaxy A52 5G
- Galaxy A51
- Galaxy A32 5G
- Galaxy A23 5G
- Galaxy A22 5G
- Galaxy A13
- Galaxy A13 5G
- Galaxy A12
- Galaxy A33 5G
- Galaxy M32
- Galaxy M52 5G
- Galaxy XCover Pro2
- Galaxy XCover 5
- Galaxy XCover Pro
- Galaxy XCover6 Pro
- Galaxy Tab S8
- Galaxy Tab S8 +
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
- Galaxy Tab S7+
- Galaxy Tab S7
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Galaxy Tab Active3
- Galaxy Tab Active4
- Galaxy Tab A8
- Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
Infinix debuts powerful ZERO 5G 2023
Impressive upgrades, better capabilities
Infinix is welcoming December in a massive way, debuting the powerful ZERO 5G 2023 which comes with impressive upgrades and improved storage capabilities.
The smartphone will be among the first devices to house a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 6nm 5G chipset for up to 2.6Hz of maximum power, while its 5,000mAh battery supports 33W Fast Charge technology.
There is an 8GB RAM plus 5GB of extended RAM for mobile gamers to enjoy, while the phone’s storage is set at 256GB.
The display is likewise off the charts, through a 6.78-inch FHD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz sample rate.
Among the device’s features are Clever 5G mode for battery optimization and Auto-Switch Refresh Rate mode.
When it comes to the camera package, the Infinix ZERO 5G 2023 has a 50MP AI camera, 2 MP depth camera, and 2MP micro camera in its triple camera setup on the rear.
There are Super Night Mode and Night Filter features so that low light captures are no problem. There’s also Film Mode for simpler and more efficient video editing of up to 960fps clips.
The ZERO 5G 2023’s availability will vary depending on the region. For now, its price starts at US$ 239 and there will be three color options to choose from: Pearly White, Coral Orange, and Submariner Black.
Be sure to bookmark this link to stay up to date on Infinix’s latest mid-ranger.
Corning unveils tougher Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Can survive 1m drops on concrete
Smartphones are getting stronger. Because of ever-growing technology, smartphones today can more easily withstand bumps, dings, and accidents. Besides the intricate labyrinth of chips inside, it’s also important to look at the screen. In the next evolution of screen durability, Corning has unveiled next year’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2, featuring more protection against the most common smartphone accident.
If you’re out and about, there’s a good chance that you’re holding your phone in your hand. All it takes is either a miscalculation or slippery hands to send your phone tumbling onto the unforgiving concrete. According to Corning, “over 30 percent of the drops [smartphones] were having were on concrete, more than any other surface.”
Building on its predecessor’s formula, the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 can now survive drops from one meter on concrete. Plus, much like the original Victus, this version can withstand drops from two meters on smoother asphalt. The new material also compensates for larger and heavier form factors.
Now, the big question: Does it matter? Though it might seem insignificant, more durability on rougher surfaces means more protection in real-life scenarios. In the real world, not everything is as smooth as concrete. More often than not, smartphones will fall onto uneven surfaces. Even a single tiny bump can spell disaster for the hardiest of screens.
Corning has not confirmed which smartphones will get the new glass yet. However, the company hints that it’s coming to a flagship in the coming months. Given the timing (and the specs of the previous generation), it’s not difficult to assume that next year’s Galaxy S23 series will get the Victus 2 first.
Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, iQOO postpone December launches
Because of a political figure’s passing
Though almost all major smartphone launches have already happened this year, some brands reserve December to close the year with a bang. Unfortunately, if you were waiting for one of the final launches this year, you might be in for a longer wait. Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, and iQOO have all postponed their major launches in December.
It’s not a strange coincidence between four brands, of course. Jiang Zemin, the former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, recently passed away at 96 years old. Though the four announcement did not mention the death as a reason for the postponement, the coincidence of all four at the same time does heavily point to it.
Regardless of the reason, the four scheduled launches will now happen at a later time. None of the four brands have decided on new dates yet.
Xiaomi was supposed to launch the Xiaomi 13 series and MIUI 14. Huawei was scheduled to unveil smartwatches with housing for TWS earbuds. MediaTek — both through new smartphones and its own launch — was going to reveal the new Dimensity 8200. Finally, iQOO was scheduled for the launch of the iQOO 11 series and the iQOO Neo7 SE.
If you were on the lookout for any of these launches, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer.
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