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Spotify got the support of Android 13’s media player design

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The latest version of Google’s OS, Android 13, has recently presented its new redesigned media player. This new player provides media playback controls in the notification shade. It also brings a squiggly progress bar with it. With this new media player, one could place media control buttons wherever they want, leading you to a more personalized and user-friendly experience. Albeit third-party music applications are bringing its support slowly but recently, Spotify’s beta version has brought it together.

Previously, “Spotify” was also one of those applications, but finally, it has got support with its beta version for Android 13 devices (via 9To5Google), which reads version number 8.7.92.115. Currently, users, who have registered for Spotify’s beta trial through the Google Play Store, can only be able to experience this new feature. Those who still need to register have to wait until the public roll-out of the stable update because Spotify has stopped accepting the public sign-ups for it.

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Let you know that Spotify, with this new media player, shows a square-shaped and round-cornered Play or Pause button. Buttons that used to jump to the previous or next track are now placed on both edges of the music playback bar while playing a track. This media player also lets the applications select two buttons as per their needs, for which Spotify has chosen the shuffle and like song buttons, placed after the playback bar. However, the utility of these buttons will be changed if you switch a podcast to listen to.

While playing a podcast, the previous and next buttons will work as 15 seconds rewind or forward buttons. Besides, the shuffle and like buttons will be replaced with the playback speed and add a podcast to the library buttons. Recently, applications including YouTube, YouTube Music, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, Shazam, Pocket Casts, Play Books, Chrome, and Recorder have got the Android 13’s media player’s support, but on the other hand, applications such as Apple Music, Tidal, and Pandora are remaining.

Unfortunately, at present, Samsung does not integrate this feature with its One UI 5.0. Because Samsung’s customized UI is slightly different from the stock Android and does not have a media player progress bar, this new squiggly progress bar will not fit into it. It is unclear whether Samsung is planning to change its decision or it will remain as it is currently.


Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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Samsung Galaxy AI Stands Alone as Apple Intelligence Lacks Presence in Europe

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Apple announced at its WWDC 2024 event a bundle of AI-powered tools coming with iOS 18 for its Apple devices. Now that it has officially been revealed that it is not bringing Apple Intelligence features to nearly 450 million people in the EU, this means that Samsung Galaxy AI will be more prioritized in European markets. 

Apple Confirms Apple Intelligence Absence for 450 Million in EU

The report says that Apple is delaying the launch of its new AI-powered tools, titled Apple Intelligence, in the European Union. The reason behind this delay seems to be concerns regarding complying with the Digital Markets Act (DMA). This act aspires to boost competition in the tech industry and has already pushed Apple to make changes, for instance, by adopting USB-C charging ports and potentially permitting alternative app stores. This pointed out that approximately half a billion EU users will not receive Apple Intelligence for now. 

The Korean brand Samsung is playing the lead role in European markets since it already made its Galaxy AI features available to European Galaxy users with the One UI 6.1 update. Now again, the giant is launching next gen Galaxy AI with the upcoming Galaxy foldables to boost more powerful features than the first generation. Whereas Apple is delaying its AI features, titled Apple Intelligence in Europe for the iPhone 16, this could be a great chance for Samsung’s foldable sales compared to its rival Apple. 

Regarding this, the brand stated, “We are concerned that the interoperability requirements of the DMA could force us to compromise the integrity of our products in ways that risk user privacy and data security.” However, another report from the Financial Times says that Apple said this would not be a lifelong policy. 

Apple believes in complying with the DMA and might need to open this AI to rivals such as Android, making it less profitable. Noticeably, the two other features launched at WWDC, including iPhone mirroring and SharePlay screen sharing, will also apparently not land in the EU. It has yet to be clear that these features could be negatively impacted by the DMA. This report will be an efficient issue for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users in the EU. Remember: the second half of Apple’s entire WWDC keynote was dedicated to Apple AI.

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Google Pixel 10 could have a powerful CPU but not from Samsung

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Google is ditching Samsung! Samsung and TSMC are the two competitors rivaling to be able to snatch the most important customers from the opponent, undoubtedly, which is Google. Google is expected to offer a powerful CPU in collaboration with TSMC for Pixel 10 devices. 

Google has long powered its Pixel devices with the Google Tensor, which is a system-on-chip processor designed in collaboration with Google and Samsung. Unfortunately, the result doesn’t come across as it should. This is the reason why Google is ditching Samsung over TSMC to give a powerful CPU to its Pixel devices.

Pixel 10 to Feature High-Performance CPU from TSMC

It’s reported that Google has decided to rely on TSMC for its processor with 3nm technology. The reason behind this sudden change is that Samsung has encountered problems in its production process, due to which the chips are not able to guarantee the desired performance and consume more energy than expected. 

Google’s Pixel smartphones deliver excellent software systems and great camera specs, but jumping on their hardware has been below expectations for so long since it overheats. Overheating is the key reason Google is shifting towards TSMC for the next-generation processors. Reportedly, seven major brands, including NVIDIA, AMD, Intel, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Apple, and Google, have already decided to focus on TSMC’s 3nm technology, which, with Tensor G4 (the CPU of the Google Pixel 9 series), should stop collaborating with Samsung after a manufacturing project that has been going on for several years. 

Google will use its Google Tensor G5 processor to power its Google Pixel 10 series, which will be able to integrate with TSMC’s 3nm technology, and this means that users should be able to count on devices capable of better managing heat and resources without sacrificing performance. Once this new collaboration comes into existence, overheating will not be the case for Google Pixel devices any longer.

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Samsung Loses 3nm Chip Orders to TSMC for Google and Qualcomm

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Samsung Electronics’ chip manufacturing division is struggling hard with building well-organized 3nm chips. This forced major customers like Google and Qualcomm to shift to Samsung’s rival, TSMC, for their next-generation processors. 

The South Korean media reported that TSMC has just secured orders from Google and Qualcomm for next-gen 3nm because Samsung Foundry is having issues with yield and power efficiency. The new report from Business Korea suggests that most firms will deal out tier orders to TSMC for next-gen 3nm chip designs. As of today, 7 huge brands are using TSMC for 3nm designs, including NVIDIA, AMD, Intel, Apple, Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Google, which are focused on looking forward to the use of TSMC’s 3nm manufacturing process.

Google is shifting to TSMC to make their next-generation Pixel phone processor because Samsung Foundry is having problems with its 3nm chip technology. Meanwhile, Samsung Foundry is facing multiple issues, such as their 3nm chips (SF3E) having a lower yield and being less power efficient than expected, and it is also struggling to catch up to TSMC’s dominance. Google will use TSMC to make their next-gen Tensor G5 processor for Pixel 10 phones, maybe because TSMC’s 3nm technology is performing better. 

Noticeably, the Korean brand was the one that announced 3nm mass production back in 2022 for the first time. Apart from this, the next-gen Exynos 2500 processor that was developed by Samsung System LSI Division and produced through its in-house Samsung Foundry 3nm process is also reported to have “disappointing yields,” reports Business Korea. 

It is reported that TSMC holds a foundry market share of around 61.7% as it stands, with Samsung Foundry dropping to just 11% in the first quarter of the year. The representative also pointed out a few issues in heat management and stated that “heat issues in semiconductors have been a longstanding challenge for leading chip manufacturers over the past 20 years, but it has become a crucial issue with the onset of the AI semiconductor era. In mobile chips, heat issues can compromise the entire structure of smartphones, and for server chips, the heat generated by one server rack can spread like wildfire, potentially causing overload across the entire server.”.

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