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Samsung One UI Firmware Update Just Got Even Better This Year

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This year, the South Korean tech manufacturer ‘Samsung’ has shown its desperation, hard work, and seriousness about its update distribution program. Whether it is about the newer OS and UI or the monthly security patches, the company has worked at its highest potential to distribute these updates to max-to-max Galaxy devices at their earliest convenience. Even Google, the creator of Android, can’t match the distribution speed of Samsung.

Coming to the company’s newer skin, One UI 5, they announced it at the Samsung Developer conference on October 12th, 2022. It is led by the rollout of its first beta update, which the Galaxy S22 series got. The Galaxy S22 is the one that has got the stable One UI 5 update at first. From beta to stable update, the company has taken only approx; two months, which is impressive in comparison to previous years.

At first, the company landed the beta update of One UI 5 in only Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Z Flip 3/4, and Galaxy Z Fold 2/3/4 devices. The beta program was available only in seven regions- India, China, South Korea, Germany, the UK, the US, and Poland. Afterward, the company provided a stable update globally. At present, the One UI 5 is available not only in flagship devices but also in some mid-range phones.

If we talk about eligible devices, nearly every flagship device has the newer UI update now. Apart from those flagships, mid-range devices such as Galaxy A53 5G, Galaxy A33 5G, and Galaxy A73 5G got this update only in limited regions. The company still needs to deliver a stable version of it in its foldable devices. Those foldable devices are running on the beta version currently, but the stable version will roll out in them with due the course of time that is mentioned in Samsung’s roadmap.

Samsung has published a region-wise schedule of the Android 13 (One UI 5) update availability in eligible devices. In the respective schedule, users can check when their device will get the One UI 5 update in their region. For information, currently, only Galaxy S22 series devices have got this update globally; Galaxy S21 series also got globally but not in the US, and other devices are in limited markets.

If we look at Samsung’s growth of the update distribution program so far this year, we will know that the company is providing updates speedily to its devices. Samsung has not only thought about the flagship users but also surprised the mid-range device users by providing the update too soon. The whole happening indicates that the company is very concerned with its update distribution programs, whether its flagships or mid-range phones.


Harsh is a seasoned technology enthusiast with a deep passion for Android. Since its announcement in 2007, he has closely followed the evolution of this operating system, gaining a comprehensive understanding of its features and capabilities. His background in Android, IT, and Journalism has equipped him with the skills to analyze and present complex technological concepts in a clear and engaging manner. As the Editor-in-Chief at Samlover.com, Harsh is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and experiences about Android, services, and applications with the world.

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Samsung Boost Exynos GPU & Hiring Developers In The US & India

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Samsung Electronics is concurrently hiring developers in the U.S. and India regions to energize its graphics processing unit (GPU) technology capabilities. 

The Korean Electronics firm stated that it is pursuing talent in several positions, from GPU design to performance advancement, graphics drivers, and application processor (AP) software development, including GPUs. 

The Korean brand is hiring developers at its R&D centers in Austin (SARC) to support its graphics processing unit technology. They are located in Austin, USA, where Samsung Electronics’ R&D center is located (SARC), San Jose (ACL), and Bengaluru, India (SSIR). The aim behind this decision appears to be to upgrade the overall performance of their application processors (AP) by concentrating on the GPU technology within them. 

A semiconductor industry official stated that “the Exynos portfolio of GPUs equipped with GPUs is expanding not only for high-spec but also for mid-to-low-end smartphone APs and automotive APs,” plus “the importance of GPUs for processing high-volume data is gradually expanding.”

Samsung Electronics has not developed its GPUs yet, although its Semiconductor Business Division (DS) GPU development team has partnered with SARC· ACL· It is a part of SSIR and is currently in charge of optimizing GPUs for smartphone APs. GPUs developed in collaboration with AMD are being applied to mobile applications. A few years ago, in 2022, the first AMD GPU named ‘Xclipse’ was installed in the Exynos 2200 chipset. 

Although issues with heat generation as well as performance limitations were boosted along with the Exynos 2200, Samsung has since stepped up its development to regain the reliability and competitiveness of the Exynos. It is expected that the GPU development team at Samsung could work with AMD on next-generation GPU development and performance optimization. 

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Samsung Galaxy AI Features Not Stay Free Forever: Will You Pay for It?

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Experience your Samsung Galaxy AI while you can, since they won’t be free forever. Samsung earlier this year introduced a powerful package of AI features named ‘Galaxy AI’ on the Galaxy S24 series and later expanded it to other Galaxy flagship devices. 

Samsung Galaxy AI Features Not Free

The Samsung Galaxy AI package includes multiple features such as Circle to Search, Chat Assist, Live Translate, generative wallpaper, and many more for enhancing the users’ experience, but unfortunately, they are no longer available for free. This is being speculated on in an official statement. 

On the official Galaxy AI page, Samsung mentioned in the terms and conditions section that “Galaxy AI features will be provided for free until the end of 2025 on supported Samsung Galaxy devices. Different terms may apply for AI features provided by third parties.” 

By this statement, it’s pretty clear that these Galaxy AI features are only available for free until 2025; after that, it will start asking for charges for using these novelties. However, the brand has not yet mentioned or unveiled how much it will cost or if it will offer plans for it. 

Somehow, the statement mentioned above pointed toward two notes: the first is that maybe the Korean giant is planning to support and upgrade Galaxy AI going forward, possibly adding new features alongside the next-generation Galaxy S25 in 2025, and the next is that after this year, when your base has grown and become established and some of you have grown comfortable with features like Translate, the trap will spring. 

On the other side, Google is also expected to charge for access to generative AI features, such as Gemini. It is just one part of Google One and has already offered both free and paid tiers. Along with the free tier, users can access 60 requests per minute and perform a wide range of image as well as text tasks. Whereas, with the paid tier, users have the power to access more than 60 requests but are charged $0.000125 per 1k character and $0.0025 per image. 

Here’s the question: Do people pay for the Galaxy AI features? 

Galaxy AI includes various features that are divided into two categories: one that works offline (live translation, chat translation, style and grammar, and more), and the second that requires an internet connection (summarize for Samsung Internet and more). If the brand asks for charges for AI features that don’t even require an internet connection, it’s pretty hard to believe users will agree or be interested in paying for them. On the other hand, if the brand charges for the Galaxy AI features that require an internet connection, there is quite a high chance that premium users will agree to pay. 

Why is Samsung looking forward to asking for charges to use the Galaxy AI features? 

In a way, Galaxy AI features are using different servers; for instance, Google for Circle to Search features. This means that Samsung should pay Google and another server provider, so maybe that’s the reason why the brand is looking forward to asking for the charges for Galaxy AI features. 

However, Samsung behind this decision has not revealed any reason officially yet, but it will be interesting to see what new changes it will introduce and how much it asks to pay for using Galaxy AI. 


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Samsung Wallet Takes Over 70% Upgrade Rate From Samsung Pay in South Korea

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Samsung debuted a digital wallet application named ‘Samsung Wallet’ a couple of days ago, on March 20, in place of the Samsung Pay app in its home country. Within a few days, it made its reach significantly. 

Samsung has disclosed the matrix of the newly launched Samsung Wallet, according to which, within countable days, 70% of people who were using Samsung Pay on their Galaxy device have updated the older app to the latest ‘Samsung Wallet’ as reports are unveiling. 

Apart from this, the Korean giants have also stated that the ratio of Samsung Pay users aged between 10 and 20 who updated the application to Samsung Wallet was even higher, 75%. Somehow,  this appears to be a direct result of the brand’s promotion that has been running for those people. 

In South Korea, Samsung Wallet supports the Mobile Driver’s License and Mobile National Veterans Registration Card, which even have the’same legal effect as real ID cards.’ and are also permitted to be ‘used for voter identification purposes in public institutions and financial institutions that require identification, as well as in the 22nd National Assembly election on April 10.’

On behalf of this latest significant achievement, a Samsung official stated that’ “Samsung Wallet’s various additional features are rapidly changing users’ daily lives. We hope you will experience the era of electronic wallets that have become safer and more convenient with various lifestyle features.”


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