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One UI 6.1 for Older Galaxy Devices: New Features, Compatibility, and More

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Samsung, along with the Galaxy S24 series, introduces its Galaxy AI and One UI 6.1 for enhancing the fan’s upgraded experience as per the flawless convenience.

The Galaxy S24 series counts: Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+, and Galaxy S24 Ultra, and they all belong to a flagship family, and being a member of the flagship family has some of the exclusive and remarkable features and supports that are the talk of the town nowadays.

One of the unforgettable upgrades, the Galaxy S24 series, received seven years of major Android OS updates and security patches. With this support, the Galaxy S24 lineup’s smartphones are the very first to get seven major OS updates yet in the Galaxy family.

But here the question pops up: will previous flagship devices also get seven years of software support?

Unfortunately, the answer is ‘No’. The old flagship devices such as the Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy S23, Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, and all other flagship smartphones will still only get their already allotted OS updates and security patches, which are four years of major OS updates and five years of security patches.

The Korean tech giants will only support the Galaxy S24 series for up to seven years, after which the Galaxy S24 lineup’s smartphones will receive Android 21 as their last major OS update and security patches up to 2031. However, Google already allotted seven years of software support to its Pixel 8 series, and the rest of the old Pixel devices still get three major Android OS and two years of security patches.

Moving on to the next talk of the town upgrade the Galaxy S24 series has is One UI 6.1 and Galaxy AI. The Galaxy S24 series is the first to run on Android 14-based OneUI 6.1 out of the box. Since this is the most upgraded UI yet, it’s pretty obvious this will bring new features for enhancement, such as artificial intelligence.

One UI 6.1 is officially out now on the Galaxy S24 series. At the moment, most of the Galaxy devices get their stable One UI 6.0 update, so now it’s a chance to get the next upgraded UI version name: Android 14-based One UI 6.1.

The Korean giants will roll out this latest Android 14-based One UI 6.1 update to all the eligible Galaxy smartphones, such as the Galaxy S23 series, Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 5, and many more.

Here’s the question: does the old eligible device get all the same One UI 6.1 features as the Galaxy S24 series?

The one-word answer is ‘no’, but you will get most of the features. Since the Galaxy S24 series is the upgraded one in all ways—for instance, processor, specification, software, and so on—it also runs Android 14 One UI 6.1 out of the box, so according to that, it is capable of accepting all the high-end features of One UI 6.1.

As a comparison, eligible old Galaxy devices will get One UI 6.1 features as per their capabilities. So the brand will deliver all the latest One UI 6.1 features to all old, eligible Galaxy devices as per their capabilities.

As per the statement of the brand itself and other reports, most of the Galaxy AI features introduced on the Galaxy S24 will be supported on predecessor models, which include the Galaxy S23 series, Galaxy S23 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, and the Galaxy Tab S9 series by the first quarter of 2024. However, at the moment, the exact and specific features are not known yet.

Noticeably, the President and Head of Mobile Experience (MX), TM Roh, stated that approximately 100 million Galaxy smartphones will get Galaxy AI enhancements for the global expansion of mobile artificial intelligence.

Here are some features that should arrive on other eligible Galaxy devices. –

  • The brand should offer Live Translation for voice and text translation in real time to other Galaxy devices.
  • Interpreter: this helps in translating the words of the interlocutors instantly and will also display them on a split screen.
  • Samsung Keyboard with Chat Assistant: with this one, you can fine-tune the tone of your conversion, as well as the ability to translate messages and more into 13 languages in real time.
  • Circle and Search with Google permits you to select an element that intrigues you within the screen and get more information without even changing apps.
  • The photographic sector and improved single-shot mode will permit choosing a zoom level before shooting, as well as the new feature of long exposure.
  • Super HDR support permits you to view photos and videos in HDR even on social media apps.

So, there are some countable features that should arrive on other eligible Galaxy devices; apart from these, there are many more features on the way.


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Auto Blocker now restrict sideloading app by default

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Samsung has introduced its effective privacy and security function as an Auto Blocker with the One UI 6.0. With the One UI 6.1.1 update, Samsung is bringing some new features to make it more useful in terms of security.

For starters, Auto Blocker exists in the security and privacy settings. When you activate it, you get an invisible shield that protects your data by preventing the installation of applications from unauthorized sources and blocking malicious activity.

Initially, when it arrived with the One UI 6.0, the Auto Blocker gave the option to select whether you want to block the sideloading apps installation or block them. Now according to the Android authority, you will not get access to sideload any app with One UI 6.1.1

It is also worth noting that if you transfer the data via smart Switch from your old Galaxy phone to a new phone, the Autoblocker will retain the default settings as they were in the older devices.

The latest feature is spotted working on the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6; it is worth seeing how the user will react to this feature, as it is useful for some users, but at the same time, it decreases the advantage of having Android phone use independently.


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Galaxy Z Flip 6 has Desktop Mode similar to Samsung DeX

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Samsung DeX is one of the most appreciative features of Galaxy devices, which allows users to take advantage of several applications on the desktop directly through their connected smartphone. However, the availability of the feature is limited to some devices.

In simple words, the application is available for flagship devices, but the feature was still absent from the Flip lineup. With the latest Galaxy Z Flip 6, Samsung has introduced desktop mode for the devices, But it’s not similar to the Samsung DeX.

According to the information, the Desktop mode allows users to easily connect the smartphone to an external monitor or TV, so it can benefit from a desktop system that can be used with all the applications on our phone.

Samsung DeX to be available on the Galaxy Z Flip 6

However, it is currently spotted by Android Authority, which claims it. The feature is hidden under the One UI 6.1.1 settings, and to enable it, the developer has to force desktop mode on. According to the screenshot shared, it lacks some features like Taskbar.

Meanwhile, the multi-window feature works seamlessly; it even allows you to resize and move app windows. However, the split screen feature displays on the phone’s screen rather than the external display, and the maximize and minimize buttons for windows don’t work.

It looks like an internal experiment run by Samsung, and it may soon work seamlessly in the coming days by capturing more potential in the desktop mode for the Galaxy Z Flip series.


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Samsung Galaxy A13 getting One UI 6.1 update in Asian countries

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Yesterday, Samsung rolled out the One UI 6.1 update for the Galaxy A13 4G device, while earlier it had already served the update to the 5G units of the devices; however, the update was limited to the European units. Now, moving forward, the company has started getting new updates for the Asian countries.

Samsung has rolled out the One UI 6.1 update for the Galaxy A13 4G device in several Asian countries, including Malaysia and India, and it is expected that the company will introduce the update to more devices. The latest update is coming with the firmware version numbers A135FXXU7EXF2 and A135FXXU7EXF1, for India and Malaysia, respectively. It is also worth noting that the update also brings a June 2024 security patch for the devices, which will enhance the overall security of the devices.

The One UI 6.1 update has brought several new features and enhancements to the existing features. For instance, you will get several new customization options under the different heads, including wallpaper editing, alarm alerts, calendars, reminders, and many more. 

Along with this, the update will also enhance device connectivity and sharing capabilities, like the Quick Share integration with nearby Share, which will give Galaxy users the ease to share content on any Android device. Now,  it has grabbed a new application called Samsung Find, which will allow users to track their device’s real-time location. Similar to these, there are many new features that have arrived. If you want to explore all of them, then you can visit this article.

If you are using the Galaxy A13 4G in any of the of the above-mentioned countries or any other Asian country, then you can check the update by simply following these steps: First, go to the system settings, then tap on the software update option. Here, here touch the download and install option. If it shows a new update available, tap on the download button.


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