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Galaxy Watch 4’s new update brings camera zoom control tool

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Samsung recently updated its several Galaxy devices with the latest security patch in the form of a January 2023 update. However, the update doesn’t carry any additional features other than security patches. Then, Samsung released the new features under the security update for its Galaxy Watch 5 series devices; now, the company has expanded the update to its predecessor watch series, {the Galaxy Watch 4 series.

As said earlier, the latest update comes with the January 2023 security patch update, which addresses several security vulnerabilities and general improvements to the existing function of the watch. With all this it also includes some new features with it, let’s discuss them in detail.

The January 2023 update for Samsung Galaxy Watch4

The Galaxy Watch 4 update has been released in the US and Korea; the update brings some new features and improvements. This update adds to the Camera Controller app the ability to change the zoom of the smartphone’s camera remotely by moving your fingers closer or far on the screen or by turning the ring.

Notability, the camera controller feature only works on flagship smartphones which launched after Galaxy S20 or Z Flip devices and are running on One UI 5.1. However, Samsung hasn’t released the One UI 5.1 update on any device yet. But it will be the first debut in Galaxy S23 devices which will be launched in the Galaxy Unpacked event in February 2023, and then the update will be available for other Galaxy devices.

Users who own Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic can identify the latest update by the build version R860XXU1GWA3 in the US, while the Korean variant is receiving the update with build number R870XXU1GWA3. Currently, the update is available only in Korea and the US. However, it will be expanded to other countries soon.

• New Camera Controller feature added
Change zoom on your phone camera remotely through pinching in or out on the screen, or through rotating the bezel.
※ This feature is only supported on flagship models released after Samsung Galaxy S20 or Z Flip running at least One UI 5.1.
• Samsung Members
A new “Connected device diagnostics” option has been added to check the proper performance of the Galaxy Watch’s battery status, touch screen function, etc. on the connected phone.
※ Please update Samsung Members and Galaxy Wearable app to the latest versions for using the ‘Connected device diagnostics’ feature.
• Stability and reliability
The stability has been improved.


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Galaxy Z Flip 5G gets April 2024 security update in several countries

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the first compact foldable smartphone made available for the market and was successful in reaching a large number of consumers. It is already more than three years old and has received all three major updates. Now it is no longer eligible to get any new One UI update, but it will still be eligible to get some security patches, like now the device is getting an April 2024 security patch.

According to the information, the Galaxy Z Flip 5G is spotted getting an April 2024 security patch update in some countries, including Australia, Canada, and several parts of Europe. Canadian users can identify the latest update by the firmware version number F707WVLS7IXC1. Meanwhile, the European and Australian units of the Galaxy Z Flip 5G are getting an April 2024 security patch update with the firmware version number F707BXXSDKXC1.

For your information, the April 2024 security patch doesn’t belong to the one UI, so you will not get any significant improvements for your device. However, if you want to use your device longer, then you should update it to the largest security patch as it will prove all-around protection against external threats.

Moreover, the latest update may also provide some significant changes that could enhance the overall performance and stability of the devices. If you are having any issues while using the functionalities, the update may address them.

If you are using the Galaxy Z Flip 5G in the above-mentioned regions, you can now update it to the latest April 2024 security patch update on the device. To do that, you just need to go to the system settings and select the software update menu.


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Unlocked Galaxy A53 grabs April 2024 security patch in the US

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Samsung launched the Galaxy A53 back in 2022; it debuted with Android 12, and later, it received two major updates in the form of Android 13 and Android 14 (One UI 6.0). Now, users are eagerly waiting for the next featureful update, which will be available as One UI 6.1. But before that, the company rolled out the April 2024 security patch update.

After introducing the April 2024 security patch to the locked units of the Galaxy A53, the unlocked variant has also started getting updates in the US. Users can identify the latest update by the firmware version number, A536U1UES8DXD7. The update is live on almost every carrier, including AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellular South, Cricket, Comcast, Dish, MetroPCS, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile.

The April 2024 update introduces a new security patch that is unrelated to the One UI, meaning it won’t significantly alter smartphone functionality. However, if you are concerned about your device’s safety, you should always keep it up-to-date with the latest security patch. Along with the security patch, it may also provide some other enhancements that could improve the device’s performance and stability.

If you are using the carrier-unlocked Galaxy A53 5G, you should start getting notifications about the availability of the April 2024 update. To install the update, tap on the notification, which will redirect you to the software update menu. Now hit the download button. In case you haven’t received the update yet, you can also check it manually by going to the system settings.


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US-locked Galaxy Note 20 units get April 2024 security patch on more carriers

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Samsung is known for its software update policy, where it timely provides updates for Galaxy devices. Currently, the company is busy expanding the April 2024 security patch to eligible devices, now with the latest development of the locked variants of the Galaxy Note 20 series.

Notably, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have already received the update on the Verizon network. Now, with the latest development, it is available on more carriers, including Comcast, T-Mobile, and Xfinity Mobile. The firmware version number N98*USQS6HXD1 is updating these devices.

For your information, the April 2024 update is part of Google’s Android security maintenance program, which aims to enhance the overall security of the devices. In a nutshell, the latest software will address more than 40 fixes, where Google has added 27 fixes and Samsung has added 17 more fixes exclusively for Galaxy devices.

Moreover, the latest update may also provide some significant changes that could enhance the overall performance and stability of the devices, so if you are using the locked variant of the Galaxy Note 20 series, you should update the Galaxy device to the latest version.

The Galaxy Note 20 series smartphones are the last devices in the Note lineup, which were introduced back in 2020. Now they have already received three major updates in the form of Android 11, Android 12, and Android 1. They are no longer eligible to get any significant updates but can still get some security-related updates this year.


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