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Breaking: Galaxy S21 FE receives One UI 6 (Android 14) Update in the US

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Last month, Samsung updated almost every eligible Galaxy to the One UI 6, but due to carrier restrictions, the company hasn’t been successful in bringing frequent updates for US-based devices, like now the Galaxy S21 FE is getting the One UI 6 update.

Notably, the Galaxy S21 FE is getting an update for the locked units that are affiliated with the Verizon network; more specifically, the Galaxy S21 FE original and Galaxy S21 FE (2022) are getting new updates with the firmware version numbers G990USQU9FWK5 and G990U2SQU7FWK5, respectively. The latest update still uses the November 2023patch for the security patch.

One UI 6 Features You Won’t Find on Non-Samsung Phones Running Android 14

If we talk about the main firmware, it is coming with a lot of new changes that will provide a whole new experience to the users. In a nutshell, the latest update will improve the overall experience of the device. There are a plethora of new features included under the new software that will provide more useful features, such as a quick panel, weather widget, camera, gallery, video player, and many more.

  • Renewed phone layout: new control panel, new widgets (new camera and album widgets, weather widgets), revamped font, new emojis, ability to create new stickers directly integrated into the keyboard.
  • Camera: The overall layout of the Camera app has been simplified. The quick settings buttons on the preview screen have been redesigned to make it easier to understand. Now, in the quick settings menu, at the top of the screen, in Photos and Pro mode, there is a button that allows you to quickly change the resolution of the photos you take.
  • New photo editor: improved layout, new Tools menu that makes it easy to find editing functions. The Straighten and Perspective options have been combined in the Transform menu.
  • New Samsung Studio: New Video Editor for media creation. The Studio feature now allows you to create videos by joining those in the gallery, adding text, music, and stickers.
  • Improved security: New privacy dashboard for controlling permission allowed for each app, new Auto-Lock feature that allows you to block installation of unknown apps, turn on security controls, and block commands via USB, the new security dashboard allows you to monitor each individual app.
  • Bixby text call: New Bixby feature, which allows you to transfer an ongoing call to Bixby text call at any time.
  • The new Document and Text Scan feature makes it easier to scan a document by deleting unwanted parts.
  • Samsung Pass: More secure logins with passkeys to access supported apps and websites. Unlike passwords, the passkey is only stored on the device and cannot be disclosed in the event of a breach of the security of the website. Passkeys also protect against phishing attacks because they only work on the website or application where they were registered.

If you are also using the carrier-locked unit of the Galaxy S21 FE in the US, you can now update the devices by following these steps: Go to system settings, click on Software Update, then tap the first option, “Download and Install,” and wait until it finishes searching. If the update is available, then click on the Download button.

The Galaxy S21 FE was launched back in 2022, and it came with Android 12 preinstalled. As the device is eligible to get new updates for at least five years, there are four major updates available, and it will also get several minor updates in the form of security updates. This device will get new updates till 2027.


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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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