One UI 3.1 has been rolling out to older Galaxy devices quickly in the last few months. Despite only being an incremental upgrade over 3.0, it carries over several useful features from the Galaxy S21 to its older siblings. Over the last few weeks, One UI 3.1 has arrived for several mid-range devices and some T-Mobile variants.
Samsung has released two foldable phones to date — the book-style Galaxy Fold, and the flip phone-like Galaxy Z Flip. We already knew that another Fold was in development, thanks to various rumors and mockups, but now we might know the final product name.
The biggest issue with notches and punch holes is that they take up valuable screen space and break up the aesthetics of smartphone displays. This is arguably even more true of punch-hole camera cutouts that sit on either side of the screen since symmetry is so pleasing to our eyes. Enter new information concerning Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Fold 2, which suggests it'll do away with the huge notch in favor of a slightly awkward-looking punch-hole.
There's been plenty of speculation as to how Samsung would carry on with its smartphone release schedule. In addition to the Galaxy S and Note launches in the winter and summer, respectively, we also now have the foldable devices that has yet to settle with a regular release period. But for the time being, the company has telegraphed that it will put out new Note and foldable phones later this year.
The first folding-screen Galaxy got off to a rough start when many units started failing left and right, halting its retail release for several months. It didn't turn out to be a smash hit even later, mainly due to its sky-high pricing. Samsung’s reincarnated flip phone for 2020 wasn’t a true successor to the Galaxy Fold, but it did help iron out some of the initial design complications and helped make foldables more affordable. Now a new report claims that the second generation of Samsung's ultra-premium foldable would take cues from both the Galaxy Z Flip and the recent S20 line.
Samsung’s first attempt at foldables was at the receiving end of a lot of criticism, mainly due to a fragile build, which even catalyzed the recall of review units, as well as a luxury price tag that deterred potential buyers. Despite some initial hiccups, Samsung got very close to the half-a-million worldwide sales figure—a milestone to marvel at for a first-gen novelty. This bumpy ride taught Samsung some critical lessons and helped it double down its efforts on the follow-up Fold. The result, rumors say, is a foldable phone that better fits your pocket—both physically and pecuniarily.
It's no secret that Samsung is working on a second foldable which is expected to feature a clamshell hinge, just like the new Motorola Razr. We've already heard through the grapevine that the handset will feature a glass screen and 5G compatibility. New leaks published by Max Weinbach of XDA Developers shed more light on the phone's specs and what to expect from the Galaxy Z Flip.
Out of all the messaging and communication apps Google published, Duo has arguably become one of the most successful and widely known one. It comes as no surprise that the company is trying to spread the video telephony app even further after integrating it into its Messages service and OnePlus' Phone app. Samsung appears to be the next partner in Google's quest to intertwine Duo with more OEM software.
There's a certain thrill we feel when a photo of an unreleased device slides across our desks. It's new, mysterious, exciting — but hardware is only one half of the user experience. Some of the best leaks over the last decade have been known to hide in plain sight, right within developer code. We now have new details regarding the Galaxy S11's camera features, plus info on the Galaxy Fold 2's charging speed.