Samsung has begun rolling out the official Android 13 update to owners of the Galaxy S22, bringing the full suite of One UI 5.0 changes.
Android 13 was officially released, starting on Google’s Pixel phones, on August 15, and just days before that launch, Samsung began beta testing the new changes on their Galaxy series phones. After over two months in beta, as spotted by SamMobile, Samsung is now rolling out the full, stable Android 13 release with One UI 5.0, starting with the Galaxy S22 series.
For now, the rollout seems to be limited to Exynos variants of the Galaxy S22 in South Korea and across Europe. Thus far, the Android 13 update has not been made available in the United States, but that is likely to change in the coming days.
To get fans acclimated with the new update and all of the hottest features of One UI 5.0, Samsung has released an official “Introduction Film” highlighting what’s changed. Samsung’s Android 13 and One UI 5.0 video, of course, kicks off with the new lock screen customization, meant to help the Galaxy S22 compete with what Apple brought to iOS 16. Another familiar feature from the iPhone series is the introduction of “Modes,” which quickly set your sound and notification settings to suit your daily activities.
Going beyond matching the iPhone’s feature set, Samsung’s lock screen options allow you to use a video wallpaper or change the artwork periodically. Just like it did for the Pixel series, the Android 13 update for Samsung Galaxy phones gives you multiple vibrant theme options generated from your current wallpaper.
Continuing the theme of customization, Samsung also showcases a new way to “stack” widgets on your homescreen, making them easily scrollable. You can even deeply customize your Galaxy Watch with the Watch Face Studio.
In changes that are less exciting but still quite useful, Samsung’s Android 13 and One UI 5.0 update combines privacy and security settings into one hub. This security and privacy dashboard is designed to be easily read and understood, making it easier to be sure you’re safe in the digital world.
For more on what’s new in the One UI 5.0 update with Android 13, across the Galaxy S22 and the rest of Samsung’s lineup, check out our video from the original beta.
After launching on Pixel phones earlier this year, Android 13 is now headed to Samsung Galaxy devices outside of a beta program. Here’s what devices have already received their update, and which ones will probably get it over the coming months.
What’s new in Android 13 on Samsung devices?
Android 13 is a pretty small update compared to Android 12 that came before it. Where that update completely reinvented the platform’s design on Pixel phones and introduced “Material You” theming with special colors, this year’s update is much smaller on the whole.
On Samsung smartphones, Android 13 brings a few system-level changes, including more colors for Samsung’s version of Material You, “Color Palette.” Themed icons on the homescreen now support third-party apps, too. There are also various privacy features on the lower levels, but the bulk of what’s new on Galaxy smartphones comes from Samsung.
One UI 5.0 is the latest version of Samsung’s skin on top of Android 13, and it brings a handful of new features. This includes “Privacy Detection” when sharing photos, a new Privacy and Security dashboard similar to the one Google built; a new lockscreen with more customizable features; “Maintenence Mode,” which hides user data when a smartphone is sent in for repair; stackable widgets; and more. The update was supposed to finally bring multi-user support, but Samsung removed it during the beta program.
Android 13 is already available on these Samsung devices
As of October 2022, Samsung has launched Android 13 for three smartphones. On October 24, One UI 5.0 with Android 13 started rolling out to all Galaxy S22 series devices globally, with some delays on carrier models and some regions.
This list will be continuously updated over the coming months with the latest additions marked in bold text. Check back regularly!
Samsung Galaxy S devices with Android 13
In October 2022, Samsung updated three devices to Android 13 as the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra saw updates to the latest version of Android and One UI 5.0. The update was launched globally on October 24, but is still expanding to certain regional variants and carrier models.
In November 2022, Samsung expanded the Android 13 update much further. On November 7, the update was launched on Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S20 series devices. The update started its availability in portions of Europe including Germany and Switzerland and is expected to roll out in other regions soon after. By November 14, the Android 13 update had expanded to the Galaxy S21 in India, Kazakhstan, and Russia, as well as some US carriers.
Galaxy S22 – Available globally
Galaxy S22+ – Available globally
Galaxy S22 Ultra – Available globally
Galaxy S21 – Available in Europe, India, Kazakhstan, Russia
Available in US on AT&T and T-Mobile
Galaxy S21+ – Available in Europe, India, Kazakhstan, Russia
Available in US on AT&T and T-Mobile
Galaxy S21 Ultra – Available in Europe, India, Kazakhstan, Russia
Available in US on AT&T and T-Mobile
Galaxy S20 – Available in Europe
Galaxy S20+ – Available in Europe
Galaxy S20 Ultra – Available in Europe
Galaxy Foldables with Android 13
Samsung has also started rolling out Android 13 to its foldable devices as of mid-November, but in a limited capacity. As of November 11, Samsung has released Android 13 to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, but only to those who were previously beta testing the update. The finalized update was launched in the US to unlocked owners, but should expand to other beta testers as well as all other owners fairly soon. By November 17, the update had launched widely to users that weren’t in the beta program, but still in a limited number of countries. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 are also now getting the Android 13 update globally for those who were in the beta program.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 – Rolling out now starting in South Korea and India
Galaxy Z Flip 4 – Rolling out now starting in South Korea
Galaxy Z Fold 3 – Available to One UI 5 beta testers first
Galaxy Z Flip 3 – Available to One UI 5 beta testers first
Samsung Galaxy Note devices with Android 13
As Samsung moves away from the Galaxy Note line, there’s only a handful of Note devices that will ever see Android 13 officially. In fact, it’s really just the Galaxy Note 20 series, which started seeing its update in early November 2022. The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra picked up Android 13 in Switzerland first, and has expanded to the United States as of November 15.
Galaxy Note 20 – Available in Europe and the United States
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – Available in Europe and the United States
The Android 13 update is moving quickly, and already available on select Galaxy A series devices. The Galaxy A53 was first in line on November 9 with the update launched in Europe and the UK. The Galaxy A33 was next in line on November 10 in Europe, while the Galaxy A73 came just a day later in Malaysia. The Galaxy A52 was also updated on November 17, the first device from Samsung’s 2021 mid-range lineup to be updated.
Galaxy A53 5G– Available in Europe and UK
Galaxy A33 5G– Avaialble in Europe
Galaxy A73 5G – Available in Malaysia
Galaxy A52 5G – Available in Russia
Galaxy tablets with Android 13
The very first Android tablets to be updated to Android 13 became Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 series on November 14. The update started rolling out to 5G versions of each tablet in several countries across Europe, but should expand to other models and regions soon.
Galaxy Tab S8 – Available in Europe, 5G only
Galaxy Tab S8+ – Available in Europe, 5G only
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra – Available in Europe, 5G only
Other Samsung devices with Android 13
Outside of Samsung’s core product lineups, there are other devices getting Android 13 as well. That includes the rugged XCover 6 Pro, which was updated on November 14 alongside the Galaxy Tab S8 series. On November 15, Samsung released the update for its Galaxy M52 5G and Galaxy M32 5G in select markets.
Galaxy XCover 6 Pro – Available in Europe
Galaxy M32 5G – Available in India
Galaxy M52 5G – Available in Europe
When will my Samsung device get Android 13?
When will Galaxy devices get Android 13? If Samsung’s usual pattern holds up, most modern and supported flagship devices will be updated in a matter of weeks, with budget devices and other regional exclusives getting the update throughout 2023.
Generally speaking, most Samsung smartphones are now guaranteed major Android updates for at least three years after their debut, meaning there’s a pretty huge list of devices set to be updated. You can check the update policy for your Samsung smartphone below.
In a message sent to users in Korea through its Samsung Members app, Samsung has confirmed a preliminary list of devices and a roadmap of when it plans to roll out Android 13. The timeline was also backed up by messages in Malaysia and India. This timeline will likely vary a bit depending on your region and Samsung’s own pace, but it’s a good outline of what to expect.
Samsung Android 13 update schedule
Galaxy S22 – October 24
Galaxy S22+ – October 24
Galaxy S22 Ultra – October 24
Galaxy Z Fold 4 – November 17
Galaxy Z Flip 4 – November 17
Galaxy Z Fold 3
Galaxy Z Flip 3
Galaxy S21 – November 7
Galaxy S21+ – November 7
Galaxy S21 Ultra – November 7
Galaxy Note 20 – November 7
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – November 7
Galaxy S20 – November 7
Galaxy S20+ – November 7
Galaxy S20 Ultra – November 7
Galaxy Tab S8 – November 14
Galaxy Tab S8+ – November 14
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra – November 14
Galaxy Tab S7
Galaxy Tab S7+
Galaxy A53 5G – November 9
Galaxy A33 5G – November 10
Galaxy XCover 6 Pro – November 14
Galaxy Z Fold 2
Galaxy Z Flip 5G
Galaxy Z Flip
Galaxy S21 FE
Galaxy S20 FE
Galaxy Tab S7 FE
Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Galaxy S10 Lite
Galaxy Note 10 Lite
Galaxy A73 5G – November 11
Galaxy A52s 5G
Galaxy A52 5G – November 17
Galaxy A42 5G
Galaxy A71 5G
Galaxy A Quantum
Galaxy A Quantum2
Galaxy Jump 2
Galaxy A13 5G
Galaxy A32 5G
Galaxy M33 5G
Galaxy M53 5G
Galaxy M52 5G
Galaxy Buddy 2
Galaxy XCover 5
Galaxy Tab A8
Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
Galaxy Tab Active 3
Galaxy A23 5G
Galaxy A22 5G
Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro
Galaxy M23 5G
Galaxy A13 LTE
Looking at Samsung’s update list from 2022 with Android 12, it’s almost guaranteed that other devices not on this initial roadmap will be added in time, but this gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Last updated 11/18 to add rollouts for Galaxy Z Fold 4, Flip 4, Galaxy A series devices, and further Galaxy S expansions.
Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are important phones for a few reasons, but one of the biggest is how they support apps. As it turns out, the Pixel 7 series delivers the first Android phones that block support for apps that aren’t 64-bit. What does that mean for you? Let’s discuss.
It’s been no secret that Google has been working toward a future where Android is a 64-bit operating system, as opposed to one that still supports 32-bit software. What’s the difference between the two? In short, a 64-bit operating system can access drastically more memory addresses, which leads to improvements on both performance and security. Google boasted speed improvements to Chrome for Android, for instance, when it moved to a 64-bit build.
Android made the move to support 64-bit apps in 2011 with the launch of Android 5.0, but the platform has always supported 32-bit apps in the years since. It was in 2019 that Google moved to make 64-bit support a requirement for all apps distributed through the Google Play Store, Android’s primary source of apps, with the Play Store later ending serving apps that either didn’t support 64-bit or didn’t have a 64-bit version.
Now, Google is taking the next step by releasing the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro with 64-bit only support for apps, but not through a firm block.
As Mishaal Rahman confirmed, the Pixel 7 series only supports 64-bit apps. The devices are not running on a 64-bit only version of Android, though, instead only blocking the installation of 32-bit apps with a message “app not installed as app isn’t compatible with your phone” appearing when a user attempts to install a 32-bit app.
What does this mean for you?
In theory, Google’s change to supporting exclusively 64-bit apps on the Pixel 7 series should have no noticeable impact on your experience.
This is largely because of the groundwork Google has laid out over the past decade on building up support for 64-bit in Android. One of the only apps that comes to mind as a 32-bit only app is the flash-in-the-pan hit Flappy Bird, which hasn’t been updated since the game’s monumental success and still-shocking closure. Rahman also points out that a version of the Pebble smartwatch app doesn’t support 64-bit, which means that the older smartwatches, which are technically still functional, though unsupported, can’t be paired to Google’s latest Pixel phones.
Notably too, there’s also a potential positive from this. Rahman claims that benchmarks for power efficiency and performance on devices with more than 4GB of RAM jump by 5-10%.
Meanwhile, Google’s Pixel Tablet is expected to be the first Android device that is truly 64-bit only, as Android 14 may make that move further for other devices.
Google has yet to finalize Android 13, but it seems more updates are coming up quick. Some new evidence points to the Android 13 beta coming soon for the Samsung Galaxy S22 series.
Samsung Android 13 beta seems to be coming up soon
Recently, Google released the third beta update for Android 13 which delivered a few tweaks and fixes as the platform refresh moves towards its final release. As it appears right now, Google should release Android 13 to the public sometime in August or September, well ahead of last year’s schedule.
As highlighted by the folks over at TizenHelp, it seems Samsung is ready to start testing out its own flavor of Android 13 in a beta update.
Firmware version S906NKSU2ZVF6 popped up in Samsung’s home country of South Korea, which is believed to be the first Android 13 build for a Galaxy S22 series device. The update has yet to roll out to anyone, but development is well underway.
As is usually the case, the update will likely be available first for the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra, Samsung’s current flagships. Foldables and the Galaxy S21 series will likely follow closely behind.
What will Android 13 bring to Samsung’s devices? “One UI 5.0” is still largely a mystery at this point, but we have some hints that it will improve some animations and other small tweaks, but larger changes remain to be seen. With One UI 4.0, Samsung adopted a form of Material You to bring accent colors to its Android skin based on a user’s wallpaper.
It was previously reported that Samsung would release its Android 13 beta in July. Last year, Samsung released the Android 12 beta in September, so this would be far ahead of schedule.
This continues Samsung’s speedy track record
Samsung has become a shining example of what Android updates should look like, delivering some of the longest support timelines and the fastest updates.
In 2021, Samsung beat Google’s Pixel by delivering four years of security updates to its Galaxy smartphones, and doubled down on that in 2022. Now, new Galaxy devices get four years of major Android updates and five years of security updates.
Samsung is, right now, quite literally the best brand for Android updates. Only Google’s Pixel 6 series rivals it, and even then, it falls a bit behind.
Everything you need to know about Android updates on Samsung Galaxy devices
Updates are crucial to the health and overall performance of your Samsung Galaxy phone, no matter when it was made. This complete guide will give you all the information you need about Samsung’s Android and security updates, timelines, and more.
How to check for updates on Galaxy devices
Most of the time, updates are pushed automatically to your Galaxy phone. You’ll know one is ready if you see a little notification that says “Update ready to install.” All that’s required to start the update is a password entry or verification that you want to initiate the update. The problem with this system is that it takes a little while for these updates to automatically push to your device.
The solution? By manually checking for updates on your Samsung Galaxy phone, you’ll be able to discover updates earlier, meaning you get the latest security patch or new OS even sooner. Here’s how to check for updates on your Samsung Galaxy phone:
Head into settings on your Samsung Galaxy device.
Scroll all the way to the bottom and look for Software update. Tap it.
Tap Download and install.
Your device will start looking for new updates. If one is available, your device will prompt you to either install it or schedule an install time. You can schedule the update to install during the night so it won’t disturb your routine.
After the installation starts, it should only take about 10 minutes or so to completely install a security update. If it’s a larger Android update, you may want to schedule it to initiate at night, since it may take a good amount of time.
Can I sideload on Samsung phones?
Android devices are built on the idea of being able to configure them to your liking. This includes being able to push new updates to your device before they’re officially available. This is called sideloading, and it takes a little more than just a few taps on your device. You’ll usually need a computer and added software.
Sideloading involves using a computer to manually send a file image to your device – usually in developer or recovery mode, depending on the method used – and having the computer use a series of tools to install the new OS on your device. Samsung devices make this a little tricky compared to Google’s Pixel line since Google has a lot of support available for Android sideloading.
While it’s absolutely possible to do, it isn’t an ideal process for the average user. There are a lot of things that can go wrong in this process that could critically damage your device. So, unless you absolutely know what you’re doing, sideloading should be a last resort when it comes to updates on your Samsung device. Waiting for the built-in update tool to get the update is safer and much easier.
How often does Samsung release security updates?
Samsung has a few different schedules when it comes to updates, but the company is one of the best in the industry for Android updates and security patches. Some devices get monthly security updates, some get quarterly, and some phones are only updated twice a year.
Generally, the older the device is, the more sparse the updates are. Devices like the Galaxy S8 Lite and some A-Series phones only get biannual security updates since they were released before 2019. Newer devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 get monthly security updates and likely will for a while.
Some Samsung devices slow down in update frequency as they age, moving from a monthly schedule to a quarterly schedule. For example, the Galaxy Note 9 launched with monthly updates but now has a quarterly schedule. To check the status of your device, check here.
How long will my Samsung device get Android updates?
There are two different types of updates for your Samsung Galaxy phone. The first is security updates, which keep your device up to date with the newest cybersecurity precautions Samsung can offer. The other is system updates, otherwise known as Android updates. These are software updates meant to fix bugs and add features like those found in Android 12.
Samsung’s security update schedules
Recently, Samsung announced that phones sold in 2019 and later would receive four years of security updates. This means after four years of owning your device, you can rest assured knowing that the latest update for your phone is still keeping you safe. Here are the devices that will get four years of security updates:
In 2022, Samsung made an even better promise than in 2019. The company decided to improve it and begin offering five years of security updates for certain new devices, like the S22 line. Products that will be getting five years of security updates are:
Samsung provides up to five years of security updates to certain devices that are a part of the company’s Enterprise lineup as well.
Android system updates
In terms of system updates, Samsung promises three years of Android updates for phones sold in 2019 or later, as well as a couple of other select devices. In essence, this means these devices get to see three different versions of Android in their lifetime, a new precedent previously unheard of from Samsung. Here are the devices eligible for three years of Android updates:
S10, S10 +, S10e, S10 5G, S10 Lite
S20 5G, S20 + 5G, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE 5G
Galaxy Note 20
Note 20 5G, Note 20 Ultra 5G
Note10, Note10 +, Note10+ 5G
Fold, Z Fold 2 5G, Z Flip 5G
A51 5G, A52 5G, A71 5G, A72, A90 5G
With the release of the Galaxy S22, S22+, S22 Ultra, and Tab S8 Samsung has pushed the limit even further. Those who purchase these devices will be looking at a whole four years of Android updates! This also extends to “select” future A series devices as well, with those getting five years of security updates and four years of Android system updates. Here are the devices looking at four years of Android system updates:
When three years were promised for some Galaxy devices, we initially thought this was a great move and an impressive one at that. With the newest Android system update guarantee for S22 devices, we’re even more blown away with the commitment to these phones. At this point, Google has no excuses to limit updates to three years.
This is the most that Samsung has ever offered in the way of making sure your device stays up to date for a long time. With that being the case, don’t be afraid to check for updates every once in a while since they take a bit to get pushed to your Samsung Galaxy device.
Android (Go edition) devices have, so far, been kind of a mixed bag. Sure, Android Go optimizes several parts of the OS to run better on lower-end devices, but certain devices have a specification sheet so weak that even Android Go is not enough to make them run optimally. The Nokia 1 with a MediaTek MT6737M processor and a subpar 480p display is a great example of this. At their price points, they’re not bad phones. They’ll still do the job for most people and Android Go goes a long way in smoothing things out. But you certainly deserve better, even if you’re on a budget. Enter the Xiaomi Redmi Go.
Xiaomi recently took a big step with their Redmi sub-brand, introducing themselves head-first into the Android Go market. The result? The Xiaomi Redmi Go, Xiaomi’s cheapest device to date, retailing at a measly Rs. 4,499 (~$65)—but don’t let that price tag fool you. After playing with other Android Go devices like the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core and the Nokia 1, I can confidently say that this is one of the best Android Go phones available in the market, if not the best one out there. Here are my first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi Go.
microUSB (USB 2.0), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (Bluetooth 4.1), GPS, OTG, 3.5mm headphone jack
In the box
Xiaomi Redmi Go smartphone, Documentation, microUSB Cable, Power Adapter, SIM Ejector
Available now for ₹4,990/$65.
The Xiaomi Redmi Go is not really made to stand out. In fact, it is fairly bland in its design. It is a slim, compact device which is made entirely of plastic, including the back, frame, and buttons. Not that this is a bad thing, to be honest. Again, we’re talking about a $65 phone, and sturdier or more premium finishes like glass and metal are off the table since the whole point of this phone is to be affordable. Also, despite its plastic build and price point, it actually feels fairly sturdy and well-built. The back is not removable unlike many other Android Go devices. This may help with its sturdiness, but also means that the battery isn’t removable. If this is something you’re looking forward to, then don’t hold your breath.
The back of the phone houses a small, single 8MP back shooter, an LED flash, and a very faint Xiaomi logo. I got the blue version of the phone, and while there’s no gradient back glasses or anything fancy here, it is actually a very cute little phone. Thanks to its 5-inch display and its light and slim body, it is easily pocketable. I still love my OnePlus 5T‘s 6-inch display, but I think more devices (flagships included) should come in this smaller form factor.
Down at the bottom, we have the micro-USB charging port and a bottom-firing speaker, while the top houses the 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone. The right side includes the power button and volume rockers, and the left side is reserved for both a nano-SIM card tray as well as an SD card tray—two rare sights in an all-plastic smartphone. There is no fingerprint scanner of any kind in this phone or any other kind of biometric unlocking features for that matter (Smart Lock does not have support for face unlocking here), but then again, expecting one at this price point is probably a stretch.
This phone’s display was actually one of its nicest surprises. It is a 5″ HD (720p) IPS LCD panel at a 16:9 aspect ratio. There’s a bottom bezel housing the capacitive navigation buttons. Nothing to blow you off your seat, sure, but other Android Go devices in the same price bracket (and even some more expensive ones) have included qHD (540p) and even SD (480p) panels, so an HD panel is a nice change of pace. There are no thin bezels, notches, or any other shenanigans here: It’s just a standard 16:9 form factor with decently-sized bezels. This, combined with its slim, compact body, makes it easy to use one-handed.
This same panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, so it should be able to withstand light scratches and general use just fine. The display panel’s brightness could be better, but overall, I had no problem using the phone in broad daylight, even with the tempered glass screen protector that was installed. (Note that this phone does not come with a screen protector of any kind—this one was pre-applied by the store I purchased it in). Nighttime usage is as good as you’d expect from an LCD panel: there’s a backlight, so blacks emit light, unlike AMOLED displays. The phone’s software does come with Night Light to help eye strain with nighttime usage.
This is something that I’ve mentioned countless times in this article already, but I feel that it’s worth another mention: This is a $65 phone. Most people will not buy such a phone expecting superb camera performance, and thus, I didn’t come in expecting a lot from it. But it’s camera experience is noteworthy enough to deserve a section here, especially given how I like to photograph almost everything that surrounds me. During my testing, I’ve found that the Redmi Go actually provides a passable camera experience in specific circumstances. This smartphone features a single, rear-facing 8MP shooter with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size, and autofocus. It’s also capable of shooting 1080p video at 30 fps.
I didn’t go deep into the camera, but the Redmi Go’s camera takes decently exposed pictures in most outdoor circumstances, with some images exposing a slight degree of over-saturation, but not worrying enough to be a problem.
Xiaomi Redmi Go camera samples.
Indoor pictures, though, are another story. Image quality takes a huge hit indoor, especially in dimly lit rooms and nighttime lighting. Even with heavy noise reduction and AI adjustments, images still come out extremely grainy. As a result of this aggressive noise reduction, details, even at closer distances, are lost. It’s a small 8MP sensor in a cheap phone, so I won’t hang Xiaomi out to dry over this.
Low-light picture taken with the Xiaomi Redmi Go. Note the heavy amounts of noise and loss of detail.
It also struggles a bit with locking focus, but it does have a manual mode allowing you to manually adjust the focus, ISO, and shutter speed, an actually surprising feature for a phone in this range. The autofocus thing can be improved with software updates, too. The camera app doesn’t really come with a lot of features, either: there’s a 1:1 square picture mode, the aforementioned manual mode, a couple of features like a “scene” mode that automatically adjusts the camera based on light conditions, and a “straighten” mode that adjusts the picture based on the phone’s orientation.
Moving to the front, we have a fairly standard setup: a single 5MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and 1.12μm pixel size. Selfies tell the exact same story: outdoor images are fine, but indoor ones are a mixed bag. The camera should, however, be just okay at meeting your selfie needs.
The Redmi Go’s camera won’t exactly turn heads, but it’s not meant to do that. It’s just okay. It will be able to capture precious moments, which is all it’s meant to do. If you’re actually looking for this smartphone to compete with the big players of mobile photography, your expectations are way too high for this device.
User Experience and Device Performance
Possibly the most unusual bit about this phone is its software and the overall experience it delivers. After all, this is the first Xiaomi Redmi device the company is shipping with near-stock Android instead of MIUI. The Xiaomi Mi A1, Mi A2, and Mi A2 Lite are all part of the Android One program while the Redmi Go runs Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). The phone thus comes with near-stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, but being an Android Go device, it also comes with the usual apps you’d expect to find on Android (Go edition). The regular Google apps are replaced with their Go equivalents and the bloat is kept to a minimum, with the only pre-installed non-Google/AOSP apps being Mint Browser, Mint Launcher, the MIUI Cleaner app, the MIUI file explorer, Mi Drop, and Facebook Lite.
Stock Android is not mandatory for Android Go as we’ve seen on Samsung devices like the Galaxy J2 Core, so we give props to Xiaomi here for caring more about usability and performance than packing their MIUI software experience. An Android Pie update is, while possible, highly unlikely given Xiaomi’s track record with their lower-end phones. Plus, there are reports that Android Pie (Go Edition) has problems, causing its adoption to be delayed.
Given its low-end specifications, the phone actually feels pretty snappy and responsive, much more so than other Android Go devices I’ve tried out in the past. I haven’t run into any major hitches with it yet. I would imagine the 1GB RAM/8GB storage combo will get very limiting, very quickly. (In fact, I’d say a microSD card is a must-have here.) However, I haven’t used the phone extensively, but Android Go should help out greatly in this regard.
Xiaomi’s first big foray into the Android Go device ecosystem turned out to be a pretty successful one. There is no denying the fact that this is an entry-level device and there’s nothing to lure you in if you’re currently using a flagship or mid-range device. In fact, it’ll be a severe regression. After all, this is meant to be someone’s first smartphone or someone’s secondary, burner phone. It’ll probably be a phone for an older person or a child. But the Xiaomi Redmi Go offers decent performance and user experience for those who just want to run a few apps, make phone calls, check emails, browse the web, etc.
The Redmi Go does have a host of issues, but under $100, you’d be very, very hard pressed finding something better than it. In fact, with its combination of entry-level specifications and stock Android software and its $65 price tag, I think this is the best Android Go phone available in the market right now. Low-end Android smartphones have always had a bad reputation of being laggy and unusable bricks, but the Xiaomi Redmi Go strays far from that description, offering acceptable performance and a lot of bang for the buck. And again, this thing is only $65.
The Xiaomi Redmi Go is currently available globally in both Black and Blue.
The OnePlus 5 may have come out, but that doesn’t mean the company has forgotten about the 3 and 3T. Earlier today, the two phones were updated to Oxygen OS 4.5.0, introducing a pile of new features like “lift up display,” Gaming Do Not Disturb, low priority notifications, and OnePlus‘ Slate font. Most of the changes in this release were already available on the OnePlus 5, but it’s great to see them trickle down onto older hardware.
The OTA update is hitting devices now, and it’s 197MB in size. If you root or have a need to download the full image, it’s closer to 1.5GB. As always, if you don’t see the update on your device just yet (it isan incremental roll-out), you can use a VPN set to Germany to trigger the download early, at which point you can then disable the VPN and download at full speed.
Most of the headlining changes in v4.5.0 were already present on the newer OnePlus 5. So if they sound familiar, that would be why. Thankfully the… questionable boot animation from the recent betas
did not make its way into this build.
All of these new changes in Oxygen OS also live in different places, but we’ve updated our own device and documented where all the most interesting bits live, in case you don’t have time to go digging around in Settings yourself.
Lift up display
“Lift up display” is poorly named, but descriptive. Just like the lift to wake on Pixel devices and the OnePlus 5, it allows your OnePlus3/3T to turn on the display and show a bit of black and white notification content when you grab it. All it requires is that the Ambient display just above it in Settings -> Display be enabled. And, of course, for you to lift your phone up while the screen is off.
Gaming Do Not Disturb
Gaming Do Not Disturb will come in handy for a lot of people, probably even outside of games. The feature allows you to block notifications and lock capacitive buttons while specific applications are open so that you don’t accidentally exit them when you don’t mean to. So if you get into a particularly intense gaming session, you won’t have to worry about accidentally exiting the app as you flail in frustration.
You can access Gaming Do Not Disturb in Settings-> Advanced -> Gaming Do Not Disturb, and from there it can be enabled or disabled for individual applications. You can customize the setting to block notifications (outside calls and alarms) and disable hardware buttons as you prefer. To exit Gaming Do Not Disturb mode, you’ll need to open the ongoing notification it creates and tap that to disable.
Low-priority notifications & others
Low-priority notifications are what you’d expect. They don’t trigger sounds, don’t peek, and don’t set the LED to cycle. They also won’t appear on the lock screen or overall status bar. So it’s a perfect setting for apps you might want to manually check notifications from, without being bothered by as they come in. The low priority notification option appears with all the other per-app notification options under each app in Settings -> Notifications.
The phone app UI has also been changed a bit, with a slightly tweaked tab layout. There are also a handful of other minor changes, like a “Shot on OnePlus” watermark for photos, a redesigned photo editor in the Gallery app, a new Dash Charge animation, scheduled night mode, and a “secure box” for the File Manager.
OnePlus‘ Slate font was originally introduced in an update to the OnePlus 5 at the beginning of this month. It might not be to everyone’s style, but it’s an inoffensive font compared to some that manufacturers include in ROMs.
The partial changelog published by OnePlus includes:
Added lift up display
Added Gaming Do Not Disturb
Added low priority notification
Added network speed in status bar
Added scheduled night mode
Added OnePlus Slate font
Redesigned Dash Charge animation
System stability and battery improvements
Added Shot on OnePlus wallpaper
Redesigned calling UI
Camera / Gallery
Added Shot on OnePlus watermark
Redesigned photo editor in Gallery
Added secure box
It would appear that the BlueBorne vulnerability has even been patched. At first, we thought the device was still vulnerable since Oxygen OS 4.5.0 is still running the August security patches. But according to the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner by Armis, it has been patched for the vulnerability. I’m not entirely sure what detection method the application uses to determine that. But if it’s correct, that means OnePlus 3 and 3T users are just a bit more secure now.
Although the logs don’t mention it, and the security patch level would imply otherwise, the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner by Armis claims that the device has, in fact, been patched. We’ve updated the article to reflect that information.
Downloads have been posted, so if you haven’t gotten the OTA, or you prefer to flash manually, you can.
The Huawei Mate 9 was launched in December last year with Android Nougat out-of-the-box.
Huawei is working on the Android Oreo software update for its Mate 9 smartphone, as per reports. Now, a Huawei Mate 9 has been spotted on Geekbench running on Android Oreo 8.0, lending some credibility to those reports.
As spotted by Androidsoul, if the Geekbench listing is to be believed, Huawei might roll out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to its users in the coming months. The Mate 9, as of now, runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box wrapped under Emotion UI 5.0. Apart from the Mate 9, the Huawei P10, Honor 8 Pro, Honor 8, Honor 8 Lite and Honor 6X are expected to get Android Oreo update.
With Android Oreo, some of the features the Mate 9 smartphone will get are the Picture-in-Picture mode, Notification Dots, Android Instant Apps, Longer battery life, Notification channel, among others.
One of the talking points of the Mate 9 is its camera. It comes with one 12-megapixel RGB color sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. Co-developed by Leica, the camera comes with dual-core ISP, depth measurement ISP and professional DSP for better image focusing speeds and processing. The camera also supports 4K video recording capabilities.
Huawei Mate 9 specifications, features
The Huawei Mate 9 sports a 5.9-inch full HD (1080p) display. At the heart of both smartphones runs Huawei’s homebrewed Kirin 960 octa-core SoC. Built on the 16nm FinFET process, the chipset features four Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. It is paired with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB onboard storage options.
Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G LTE with VoLTE voice calling support, Bluetooth, GPS and USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. The Mate 9 has a 4,000mAh non-removable battery.
Tired of annoying and intrusive ads on your mobile device? Let us help!
Ads are generally a good thing. They help the hard working people behind a website, an app or a game to earn a few extra bucks and they also help users in knowing about things that are relevant to them. This is however until they become intrusive and ruin the user experience.
While ads that are present at the sidebar of a website or it is placed to flow with the content are not an issue and does not impact much of the user experience, intrusive ads like popup ads, autoplay, or those that vibrate your phone are always annoying and completely ruin the experience of the users and some of them might not even use the app or visit the website ever again.
While there are numerous options to block ads in your web browser and some developers offer a premium ad free version of their apps, Android does not come with an option to block apps across the system.
So, here is a simple trick, using which you can block ads across your entire device, in your browser, in the apps and the games. The best part about this trick is that it does not need root access to function and also it is completely free. However, you need an Android phone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher for this to work.
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In order to block ads on your Android phone without root, you first need to install an open source app called DNS66. It is not available for download from the Google Play Store, so you have to download the APK file of the app and install it manually on your device.
If this is your first time in installing an APK file, then you have to first enable the unknown sources permission under security settings. To do that, go to Settings->Security->Unknown sources and then enable it.
Now click hereto download the APK file for DNS66. Once the download is complete, open the file and then select install to install it on your phone.
Once the installation is complete, open the app and you will be greeted with the start screen. You can either enable or disable the ‘Resume on system start-up’ option to ensure that the app blocks ads right after you boot your phone.
Unlike other popular ad blocking apps for Android, DNS66 uses DNS level filtering to filter ad traffic. This means that it only filters the ad traffic for a specific amount of time after your device is connected to the internet. Therefore there will not be any significant battery drain when you are using DNS66 to block ads across the system of your Android device.
Now switch to the hosts tab and then enable the filter hosts option.
Click on the refresh button at the top to update your hosts file.
Now you have to select the hosts file which contains the list of popular ad servers that are hosting the ads you see across the websites and apps.
Select the Adaway hosts and then click on the Action option and select deny. This will now block all the ads that are hosted by the servers in the Adaway host file’s list. It is sufficient to select only the Adaway, as it covers most popular ad servers.
Now head back to the start tab and then select the start button at the bottom. You will now be asked to provide permission to setup a VPN connection on your device.
Click OK to initiate the connection. A key shaped icon will now appear on your status bar. This means that the VPN connection is active and all the traffic will be filtered by the service before it reaches your device.
This step is optional but if you want you can head over to the apps tab and enable or disable specific apps to block or allow ads being displayed in those apps.
That’s it. You have now successfully blocked ads across the system in your Android phone. You can access the DNS66 app notification from your notification bar anytime to pass or resume the service.
In the dawn of smartwatches, the convention of tethering the device via bluetooth or Wi-Fi to a smartphone is very familiar concept to many. LG Watch Urbane 2 wants to change all that. It’s the first standalone smartwatch that can run without a smartphone.
Breaking away from the conventional smartwatch setup, the LG Watch Urbane 2 LTE Edition ditches the smartphone for a more mobile smartwatch experience. Unlike most of the competitors in this niche, the Urbane 2 works on a cellular network without the use of a bluetooth or Wi-Fi connected smartphone. Android Wear 2.0 is still to be released later this year but the Urbane 2 is apparently the first one to use the software from Google.
The Urbane 2 is avalaible for the following carriers:
Without contract: $359.99
With 2-year contract: $199.99
Monthly data payment: $10.00
Without contract: $499.99
With a 2-year contract: $429.99
Monthly data payment: $5.00
The benefit of a cellular connection on your watch means that you won’t worry if you forgot your phone at home. Urbane 2 will stay smart and still connected to a network by using your chosen carrier’s signal to enable the smart features whenever you’re not in the Wi-Fi or bluetooth range of your smartphone. This means voice search, notifications, messaging and phone calls can all be done on the watch.
In terms of build quality, the Urbane 2 is thicker, larger and heavier than its circular watch competitors. The Motorola 360 and the Huawei Watch are slimmer next to the LG smartwatch. The sharp display sports a 1.38 inch full round display with a screen resolution of 480×480 pixel. With a 348 PPI pixel density, this is the best display you can get from any smartwatch in the market today.
The Galaxy S5 Active received Android 5.0 Lollipop a few months back and while it has been quite some time since the latest version of Lollipop came out, the handset is getting this particular update just now. AT&T has released Android 5.1.1 for the Galaxy S5 Active, a handset that no other carrier in the country sells. Active variants are exclusive to AT&T in the United States.
Build number LMY47X.G870AUCU2COJ3 has been released by AT&T for the Galaxy S5 Active, weighing in at 640MB, it’s imperative that you download it over Wi-Fi so that it doesn’t eviscerate your cellular data allotment. Android 5.1.1 is an incremental update so there’s not much in the way of new features, the handset gets several security updates, fix for Ultra Power Saving mode for devices using On Device Encryption as well as Android for Work with the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update.