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One UI 6 Stable Version Is Near: Get Ready for Android 14 Update

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Things are getting stirred up for Samsung as the firm is preparing to deliver the stable Android 14 One UI 6 to its Galaxy customers around the end of October. Most likely, the Galaxy S23 series will be the first ones to grab it. Following that, other eligible devices will receive the rollout. Along with the business, eligible users should also prepare their Galaxy devices to get the large OS update. The update may bring several new features, including a redesigned quick panel, a customizable lock screen, and a two-finger drag-and-drop function. There are several things that the users should take care of:

One UI 6 Beta 9 could be the final test build, and the next can be stable

Samsung just launched the ninth test version of One UI 6 for the Galaxy S23 series in the US and a few other places. This update is about 430 megabytes in size, and it mainly makes the software work better and fixes some problems. It also includes the security updates for October. We’re thinking this could be the final test update before Samsung gives everyone the real Android 14 update.

Samsung to End One UI 6.0 Beta Program for Galaxy S23 This Week: Last Chance to Sign Up

One UI 6 is set to make eligible Samsung phones, beginning with the Galaxy S23 series, a lot better. It will come with new icons, widgets, a fresh look for the user interface, special functions when you long-press on apps, a smarter Airplane mode, new emojis, enhancements to the Gallery and Camera apps, and many other improvements.

Backing up your data in a safer zone:

Data backups might be useful in situations where updates don’t install properly and a device needs to be reset to factory settings before it can be used again. It will also come in handy in times of manual factory resetting the phone while installing the Android 14 One UI 6 update.

  • With just one click and a USB cable, it is possible to back up all the data on your Galaxy phone to Windows or Mac computers.
  • For users who own Windows and want to backup only their media files, open File Explorer > This PC, click your device name, and copy the files you want by establishing a connection between your phone and Windows.
  • This process is also possible using a Samsung or Google account. Under the Samsung Cloud or Google Drive section, go to Settings -> Accounts and Backup -> Backup Data.
  • You can also backup data to the inserted MicroSD card or external storage drive through USB cables and OTG connectors by installing the Samsung Smart Switch app.
  • Open the Smart Switch app and navigate to the SD card icon. Select the microSD or external drive where you want to backup your selected data.
  • Backing up using the Smart Switch app doesn’t cover WhatsApp messages. To backup the chats individually, open WhatsApp -> Chats -> Chat Backup -> Backup. These WhatsApp media will get saved on Google Drive, and users can select between multiple Google accounts to store them.
  • Chats in other applications such as Telegram, Facebook, and Instagram will backup automatically; for confirmation, users can check once.

Free up your space for One UI 6

If you doubt that your Galaxy device is getting lower storage, make sure you free up your space before installing the newer OS upgrade. By going to Settings -> Battery and Device Care -> Storage menu, users can clean up the apps that they don’t wish to have on their phone. Since it is a major OS update, we can expect it to be 3–3.5 GB. For a problem-free installation, it is advisable to free up the storage. It is requested for games that allow for progress and save data synchronization through Google Play Games if you want to remove some of them so you can pick up where you left off in the future. Multiplayer games typically save and sync your progress between devices.

Keep your battery percentage high

For a smooth installation of an operating system update, the device set to receive the update should have at least 20% of battery, but it will be great if the users keep their phone battery at more than 50% for a smooth installation and checking the new features installed.

Get the latest Android 13 update on your phone:

Galaxy devices will continue to receive routine minor upgrades with Android 13 and One UI 5.x at their cores until Android 14 and One UI 6.0 are available. It is important because significant updates to Android and One UI typically require your device to be running the most firmware based on the current version of Android and One UI. Before using Android 14, make sure that there are no pending updates on your line.

Get your applications updated

The Play Store and the Galaxy Store provide app upgrades for Samsung smartphones. By long-tapping the store’s icon in the app drawer and selecting the My apps or Update apps option from the pop-up, you can easily access the updates section in both stores. These software updates can be installed after the OS upgrade is finished; however, if you want to rapidly resume using your phone regularly following the upgrade, it could be a good idea to update all apps before Android 14/One UI 6.

Another important aspect of the OS upgrade is that it takes time to get installed. While installing the update, calls and messages resumed only after the successful installation of the OS update. Go to Settings » Software Update on your phone or tablet and turn off the option for auto-download over Wi-Fi. This will prevent the update from downloading automatically. Once you’re prepared, you may manually start the download by selecting Download and install from the Settings » Software Update menu.

Simply do not hit the Install Now button when the update notification appears on the screen if you have already downloaded the update but do not want to install it. By selecting the Schedule installation option, which is located under the Install Now button, you can potentially delay the installation.


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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Google released the Pixel feature drop in June 2024 for its Pixel devices

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Google aggressively updates Pixel device lineups, including smartphones and tablets. To get new features and improvements, the company follows the Quarterly release program, where initially, it provides testing updates to eligible users and then provides new stable updates publicly. Following the same trend, the company has started rolling out its third Pixel drop update for its devices; let’s explore it.

June 2024 Pixel drop update 

With the June 2024 Pixel drop update, many new features exist, including Gemini nano, summarize in recorder, and connected displays. With the latest update, it has improved the HDR+frame selection. Now, you will get a manual lens selection option to handle the smartphone camera professionally. It has brought a doorbell notification: if your pixel tablet can give you a snapshot of who is at your front door, you can talk to them and receive a quick response. To explore all the latest features in detail, you can check the official changelog here.

Availability of the update for pixel devices

Google’s latest Pixel drop update will be available to select Pixel devices, including Pixel 8 series, pixel 7 series, Pixel 6 series, Pixel 5a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. However, it is worth noting that the feature’s availability will vary from device to device; if you have any of the smartphones mentioned above, you can check the feature’s availability with this link. It is worth noticing that the latest update also brings a new June 2024 security patch level.

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Despite Android 14 Launch, Android 13 Remains Most Used

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Google shared the Android release number last time in October 2023, when Android 13 was crowned first place with a newly released Android 14. Now again, the metrics of the most-used Android versions in 2024 get updated. 

Despite the fact that it has already been seven months since the Android 14 release, Android 13 is still the most used Android version. Android 11, Android 12, and even Android 10 have surpassed the latest stable version of Android, which now holds the fifth place. The last will not always be the first. When it comes to the distribution of Android versions, the most recent version, Android 14, unfortunately does not rank first or second, but instead falls to the bottom of the Top 5.

This is being speculated as Google has finally updated the Android version distribution panel, hidden within Android Studio for a few years now. After calculating the appropriate calculations, the results show that Android 14 is on only 13% of mobile phones, a somewhat low figure considering that seven months have already passed since its launch.

If the statistics are to be believed, the most used version of Android is still Android 13, with 20.9% of the total. Since October 2023, which is the last time Google shared the data, Android 13 has dropped only 1.5%. The result is strange since it showcases that the second most used version is Android 11, holding a share of 19.0% instead of Android 12, with 14.7%. 

Jumping on the five-year-old ‘Android 10’, which has a greater market share than Android 14, The “good” news is that the versions before Oreo are gently retiring, counting up to a total of 4.6%. Versions before Marshmallow and runtime permissions arrived are presented in only 1.2% of all active Android phones. We are mentioning the Android versions with their shares. – 

  • Android 13 (20.9%)
  • Android 11 (19.0%)
  • Android 12 (14.7%)
  • Android 10 (13.6%)
  • Android 14 (13.0%)
  • Android 9 Pie (8.4%)
  • Android 8 Oreo (5.8%)
  • Android 7 Nougat (2.0%)
  • Android 6 Marshmallow (1.4%)
  • Android 5 Lollipop (0.9%)

Also, Android onwards accounts for 81.2% of the total. These versions receive changes and new features, such as updates to the Google Play system or Google services. 

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Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2 Update: Network Fixes and Better System Stability

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Google is working towards the development of Android 15, but it is not only focused on the upcoming new Android iteration; at the same time, it is also bringing new features for the pixel devices with the Android 14 QPR updates.

For your information, the QPR update stands for Quarterly Platform Release, which aims to bring new functionalities and improvements for the Pixel device on a quarterly basis. In each quarter, the company provides beta updates and then offers public updates after testing the features. Like with the late Android 14 QPR 3 beta 2.2, the company has brought some new fixes.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2: What’s new? 

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2 brings some new fixes that will improve the overall functionality of the devices. According to the changelog, the latest update will fix the issue related to mobile phones halting connectivity even on the best networks. Along with this, the update has also made improvements for making the device more stable while using different functions.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2: official changelog

This minor update to Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 includes the following fixes:


The update is live for all the eligible Google Pixel devices, including the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. However, it will only be available to those users who haven’t joined the Android 15 beta program.

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