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Samsung ends software support for two Galaxy phones

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Samsung is getting ready to release One UI 6 based on Android 14 for its flagship Galaxy S23 series. And later on other Samsung phones, the company’s software support is going in different directions.

Samsung is actively distributing new updates for the Galaxy devices, but the company has set some limitations on them. Actually, Samsung has issued a software update policy that says that Galaxy devices will get software updates for a maximum of five years. So to follow it, Samsung, from time to time, retires its Galaxy devices that have reached their limitations.

Even though Samsung tries to keep its software updated, some of its devices eventually get fewer updates (you can see the list of Samsung Galaxy phones updating in August), and eventually, their software support ends. This is happening to two older phones from South Korea.

But the update plan is a bit shorter for the cheaper phones and older ones. Recently, we’ve seen that some Samsung Galaxy phones get updates every three months (not every month), which happens before they stop getting updates altogether.

Two Samsung Galaxy phones will no longer receive updates

According to the information, the Galaxy A80 and Galaxy Xcover 4s have retired from getting any updates in the future, and we are saying this on the basis of Samsung’s official documentation, where Samsung listed all the devices that are eligible for new software updates, but now the company has removed both the devices from there.

Samsung Ended Software Support For Galaxy Smartphones – One UI

If we talk in detail, Samsung’s software update policy is very flexible because this year, there are several devices that got a surprise update that have already reached the end of software updates. For instance, you can see the Galaxy S10 devices that have received some additional updates instead of their quota. Another example is the Galaxy Watch. Samsung has pushed a new software update for its original Galaxy Watch to improve its performance. And there are many more examples available like these.

 Galaxy A80

The Samsung Galaxy A80 was a medium-range, high-end smartphone that had the peculiarity of offering a front part dominated by a large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display without interruptions but without a camera under the display: the main photographic compartment, double (48 +8 MP) with ToF sensor, was motorized and could rotate to become the front camera if necessary.

Galaxy Xcover 4s

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4s was a smartphone from the rugged series of the South Korean giant with a not-too-attractive design (16:9 display with large frames and bands above and below the display) and medium-low-range technical specifications (including the 14nm Exynos 7885 SoC, joined by just 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage).

These devices were launched in 2019. Both of the devices came with Android 9 on board and received two major updates. Since then, these devices have also received more updates in the form of security patches, and now both have reached the end of their software support together. However, as we said earlier, Samsung may bring any surprise updates to them.


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New Galaxy Phone In Existence: Samsung Galaxy M35 5G Spots On Geekbench 

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The Korean brand – Samsung has recently announced its two mid-range Galaxy smartphones – Galaxy A55 5G and Galaxy A35 5G. A new benchmark listing has a spot for Samsung’s affordable smartphone, Galaxy35 5G.  

Samsung is now gearing up for its next affordable Galaxy smartphone, the M35 5G, as the  reports are unvunveilhey have found a new benchmark listing for Samsung the Galaxy M35 5G. 

The smartphone has been spotted with the model number as an identification code – SM-M356B on the Geekbench 6.2.2 database. Not only this, but it also confirmed the presence of 6GB of RAM and Android 14 OS. The chipset also came to know which is the latest Exynos 1380. 

The codename for the motherboard is also mentioned, which is ‘s5e8835.’ The reports say that it has scored 656 and 1967 points in performance scores on the benchmarking platform. Exynos 1380 is the latest chipset of the Korean brand, which is a 5 nm processor. It consists of 4 Cortex A78 cores, which clock at 2.4GHz, and 4 Cortex A55 cores, which clock at 2.0GHz. It is coupled with a Mali g68 MP5 GPU. It also has an AI Engine. 

This also offers connectivity options, which include the latest Bluetooth version 5.3 and Wi-Fi 802.11 ax with three bands. It supports a camera resolution of at least 200MP for capturing images, and for video recording, there is support for up to 30fps 4K recording. The storage supported is UFS v3.1, and RAM will be of the LPDDR4x/5 type. 

Samsung has recently debuted its two smartphones, Galaxy A55, and Galaxy A35; the Galaxy A35 5G smartphone is powered by Exynos 1380 chipset. From this perspective, Galaxy M35 5G could be a variant of Galaxy A35. 

At the moment, no specs and features of the device have been revealed or leaked. Still, since Galaxy M series smartphones usually have a bit higher battery power of at least 6000mAh, the forthcoming Galaxy M35 5G smartphone also arrives with the same battery power. 


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Verizon rolls out the March 2024 security patch update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 devices 

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Verizon has rolled out the March 2024 security patch update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 devices. Earlier, these devices had received the same update outside the US, but now they are gradually expanding to the US.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are spotted getting new updates with the firmware version numbers F926USQS5HXBD and F711USQS6HXBD, respectively. It is worth noticing the update is currently available for the devices locked to Verizon, but it will soon be available on more carriers. 

For your information, the latest update for Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 doesn’t bring any significant changes, but as it is the latest security patch, it will provide some internal fixes to maintain the security of the devices.

If you are getting some other issues from the last update, you should also update the device to the latest update, as it may also address some issues. Along with the update, other improvements may also be made to enhance the overall performance of the devices.

Suppose you use the Galaxy Z Fold 3 or Flip 3 device in the US. In that case, you can update the device to the latest version by simply going to the system settings and then to the software update. If you haven’t received the update, you should wait for some time, as it may arrive in the next few days.


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Samsung rolls out the March 2024 security patch update for the Galaxy S23 FE devices in the US

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Samsung has rolled out the March 2024 security patch to almost all devices but still needs to complete the update distribution to all eligible devices. So, gradually expanding the update to remaining devices, the company has started rolling out the update for the Galaxy S23 FE in the US.

Notably, the Galaxy S23 FE devices are getting a new update in the carrier-unlocked version with the firmware version number S711U1UES2BXBF. The update has already been rolled out to almost all carriers, including AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, C-Spire, Cellular South, Comcast, Cricket, DISH, MetroPCS, T-Mobile, Tracfone, US Cellular, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile.

According to the official changelog, the March 2024 security patch is one of the standard maintenance updates that provides some internal improvements for the device, and there will be no visible changes available. In other words, users may experience some improvement in the functioning of devices, but it doesn’t particularly bring any specific changes for the device.

Going to the details, the March 2024 security patch includes more than 40 fixes, 37 of which are provided by Google and address the issues found in the Android OS, while 9 more features are introduced by Samsung that enhance the performance of Galaxy devices exclusively.

Suppose you are using the Galaxy S23 FE in the US. In that case, you can update the devices to the latest version by following the simple steps: first, go to the system settings, tap on the software update, and tap on the download and install button; if it shows a new update available, tap on the download button.


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