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Following the news that some of its components are in the phones supplied by the Chinese firm, Samsung Electronics has made the argument that it never transacted with Huawei after the 2020 US restrictions. As per the reports from Taiwan source DigiTimes, Huawei managed to employ memory chips produced by Samsung, Kioxia, and even Micron, as well as SK Hynix, despite US sanctions on the Chinese tech firm in 2020. It was also stated that the latest Huawei devices used chips built in the United States, Japan, and Korea, but not by Yangtze Memory Technologies (YMTC) or ChangXin Memory Technologies (CXMT).

A spokesperson at Samsung Electronics said, Samsung has been abiding by export regulations set forth by the U.S. government and does not hold business relationships outlined within the guardrails.”

Over the last three years, Huawei has used DRAM chips from Samsung and Micron, as well as Kioxia NAND Flash chips, in its smartphone and tablet devices. This means that China either stocked up on enough supplies to span the next several years or found a way to keep bringing in foreign-made chips. With SK Hynix’s 512-gigabyte NAND flagship chips discovered in a breakdown of Huawei’s newest Mate 60 Pro smartphone, doubts about the efficacy of memory chip restrictions were raised.

SK Hynix announced earlier this month that it would stop delivering its goods to Huawei in 2020 after the United States government, citing security concerns, barred businesses from supplying chips produced using US equipment and technology to Huawei without authorization. The semiconductor industry believes Huawei has a large inventory of memory chips acquired before the August 2020 prohibition, which will be used in devices produced in 2021 and 2022.

Recent discoveries of foreign-made chips in Huawei devices also suggest that YMTC and CXMT chips underperform the LPDDR5 DRAM chips in the latest Huawei handsets. CXMT is purportedly seeking to build high-bandwidth memory but is now limited to 20-nanometer manufacturing. In November 2021, Samsung Electronics succeeded in producing 14-nm LPDDR5X mobile DRAM chips utilizing extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology.

The South China Morning post on Monday states that the researchers are attempting to lay the foundation for the future of semiconductor fabrication” by employing particle accelerators to generate a unique laser source, eventually “exploring new avenues to bypass restrictions on lithography machines.” It is also stated in the story that Tsinghua University researchers have begun creating their own microchip fabrication technology known as steady-state microbounding (SSMB).

The SSMB experiment began in 2017, but it just recently became public owing to Huawei’s “breakthrough”. Tsinghua experts believe that the new method will propel China to the forefront of modern semiconductor production.


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Good Lock Theme Park update brings new features

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Good Lock’s Theme Park is now getting a fresh update. The application is getting some fresh features that will improve the overall user experience. Let’s explore what is now coming with the latest update.

Theme Park update

Theme Park is receiving a new update, version 1.1.00.18. With this update, the company will provide several new improvements to the existing functions.

According to the changelog, it introduced new functions to change wallpaper separately without interrupting the main theme, improved keyboard keycap errors, and fixed the issue of blank pages appearing in more wallpaper.

Along with this, the update also brings stability and other error improvements to make the user experience smoother.

Installation

The latest update for Theme Park is live now, so users can easily install the latest update on their Galaxy devices. To do that, you need to go to the search bar in the Galaxy store and type the theme park. If it shows a new update available in the search result,, tap on the update button.


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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 getting July 2024 update in Korea

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Samsung rolled out the July 2024 update for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 in South Korea. The company has already introduced the update to almost all regions, but due to some limitations, it has now started rolling out the Korean units.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 July 2024 firmware details

Samsung has made the July 2024 security patch update live for South Korean units of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, with firmware version numbers F936NKSS4FXG2 and F721NKSS4FXG2, respectively.

July 2024 update: What’s new

The July 2024 security patch doesn’t significantly change the devices, but it will provide some new improvements to enhance their security. According to the official documentation, the latest security patch has addressed more than 60 fixes, and Google and Samsung jointly contributed patches.

If you are using the Galaxy Z Fold 4 or Galaxy Z Flip 4 smartphone in Korea, then you can now check the update manually by going to the system software update from the system settings. Sometimes, it takes time, so you should wait. If it doesn’t appear in the settings, try the same process in the next few hours.


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Samsung Galaxy Ring new features to be run on subscription model

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Samsung introduced its latest Galaxy wearable in the last Galaxy unpacked event, here we are talking about the Galaxy Ring. With this new gadget, the Korean giant has opened the door to innovation and convenience.

With the Galaxy Ring, Samsung is aiming to provide more comfort to track daily routine health changes without disturbing the regular lifestyle. For starters, the new Galaxy wearable can track various health-related factors including continuous sleep and heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, workout tracking, and more. But the question is “Do these features require any fees”?

During the Galaxy unpacked event, Samsung didn’t talk about any additional fees for using the Galaxy Ring features, nor did the company highlight any subscription model which indicates that you will not be required to pay any fee for using any feature at the moment.

But there is a twist, same as the case of Galaxy AI features where the company hasn’t publically spoken about the charges implemented on the features after 2025 and issued them in the document with a small font, the Galaxy Ring is also spotted to get some type of subscription model in the presentation slide.

However, if we observe the clause mentioned in the official presentation, which says there are no additional fees applicable to the current feature available on the Galaxy Ring, but the upcoming feature will be listed in the subscription, it means if the user uses any new feature on the Galaxy Ring then they will have to pay a certain amount


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