Two big updates are coming to Galaxy devices starting this week: Samsung just announced Android 12L for its older foldable smartphones, and Wear OS 3.5 for the Galaxy Watch 4 series.
Starting today, Android 12L is available on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. The update is included with One UI 4.1.1, the software version that installs out of the box on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4. Beyond last year’s foldable devices , this update will also be available on the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip/5G, and the original Galaxy Fold.
Android 12L and One UI 4.1.1 bring an updated taskbar to Samsung’s large-screen foldable device. Also added are new gestures for quickly launching multitasking modes and an improved ability to take selfies using a protective screen. As for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, One UI 4.1.1 brings improved camera controls on the home screen, as well as new quick settings and Direct Dial for specific contacts.
In addition, the Galaxy Watch 4 series is updated to Wear OS 3.5, which comes with the Samsung One UI Watch 4.5 update. Beta testing of this update for the Galaxy Watch 4 series has continued over the past few months.
Added support for a full QWERTY keyboard in the built-in Samsung app. Samsung is also celebrating new watch faces that started rolling out some time ago. Samsung is also bringing some of these new features to its older Galaxy Watch 3 and Watch Active 2 with two new watch faces and better snore detection.
Samsung says these updates will start rolling out this week, with them rolled out gradually around the world over the coming weeks.
Google Photos service began to spoil old photos
Numerous complaints from users of Google Photos (Google Photos) have appeared on the network. In the past few days, users have started noticing “artifacts” in older image backups.
The problem seems to affect photos uploaded more than five years ago. The photo shows lines, dots, “deep cracks” and what looks like water stains that weren’t on the original downloads.
Judging by the complaints in the support section of the service, old images can get a variety of damage. However, users report artifacts in Google Photos on all platforms.
Interestingly, some users note that opening corrupted photos in the Google Photos image editor removes “artifacts”. This suggests that the original versions may not be corrupted. But we will have to wait until Google releases an official statement on this matter.
“Seems like one of the bosses of Android got inside Apple.” Users criticize the iPhone 15 Ultra name
The Chinese social network Weibo is actively discussing rumors that Apple will make major changes to the iPhone 15 line of smartphones next year, while all four models will receive different names.
Many people think that Apple should not copy this set-top box from the Android world:
- It seems that one of the bosses of Android got inside Apple
- After such a name change, the iPhone 15 Ultra will definitely become even more “android”
- Apple is becoming more and more like Android smartphone manufacturers
- I think the Pro Max suits Apple’s temperament more.
Recall that back in 2020, Samsung released the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, Xiaomi 11 Ultra and so on also appeared on the market.
Four models are expected in the iPhone 15 series: iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Ultra, with only the older USB-C model and other exclusive features.
Recall that Apple previously released the Apple M1 Ultra SoC and the Apple Watch Ultra.
11 Samsung phone models will receive the final version of Android 13 before the end of the year. Including one unexpected model
Samsung has already released the third beta version of One UI 5.0 based on Android 13 for its phones, and the final version of the firmware is expected before the end of the year. When exactly this will happen is not yet clear, but there is a list of devices that will receive stable Android 13 with One UI 5.0 before the New Year.
Of course, we are talking about flagships. The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 4, and Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Flip 4 will receive the final version of One UI 5.0 this year. level – Galaxy A53. He will receive the latest version of the software at the same time as the flagships.
Why is there so much attention on the Galaxy A53? Firstly, it is one of the most popular mid-range Samsung models released this year, and secondly, the Galaxy A53 participates in the four-year Android update program along with the flagships.
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