Software updates usually ship with a bug or two, but it’s not often that they permanently kill your device. Unfortunately, that appears to be precisely what is happening to Galaxy Watch 4 owners after installing Samsung’s latest firmware for the smartwatch.
SamMobile reports that new firmware update R8xxXXU1GVI3 is bricking Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic devices. A number of Galaxy Watch 4 users claim that once they apply R8xxXXU1GVI3 and turn the watch off, it won’t turn back on. If you let the smartwatch die or accidentally power it off after updating, it might be dead for good.
It’s unclear just how widespread the issue was, but users from all over the world have been complaining about bricked smartwatches on social media. The good news is that Samsung halted the rollout and plans to release another update soon.
One user shared a screenshot of a notice from Samsung over on the company’s community forums, and we’ve copied the text of that notice here:
Presumably, anyone who didn’t download the update is safe now. On the other hand, if you did install R8xxXXU1GVI3 on your Galaxy Watch 4, the only way to fix it may be to bring it into a Samsung service center. Samsung’s notice does seem to imply that just installing the next update won’t be enough to save the watch.
If and when we learn more about what happened, we’ll be sure to provide an update. In the meantime, keep an eye on Samsung’s social channels if you own a Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. A new update should begin rolling out soon.
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Samsung is expected to release three Galaxy S23 variants early next year, all of which have already leaked. These are the successors to the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra. Therefore, two Galaxy S23 models should be traditional phones, while the Ultra will come with an S Pen stylus. But perhaps the most exciting Galaxy S23 feature is something else, given the Galaxy S22’s early performance mishaps.
All Galaxy S23 models will feature Qualcomm’s next-gen high-end System-on-Chip (SoC). That’s probably going to be the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip that will power several 2023 Android flagships. The processor will surely power all Galaxy S23 devices, no matter what Qualcomm calls it. It’s not just a rumor either, as Qualcomm confirmed as much.
Samsung promised fans to improve its flagship Exynos SoCs last year, but the Exynos 2200 was hardly a chip that could compete against the iPhone’s A15 Bionic or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. We had those fears even before the Galaxy S22’s arrival when Samsung delayed the Exynos 2200, prompting speculation that it might cancel the chip altogether.
That’s why it’s good news to hear that Qualcomm will provide chips for all Galaxy S23 models.
As a reminder, the early real-life Galaxy S22 experiences showed that Samsung throttled the handset’s performance, especially in Korea. The country got the Exynos 2200 variant of the chip. And that was the chip that had to be slowed to avoid overheating.
In an even more embarrassing twist, testers discovered that Samsung was cheating on benchmark tests.
Samsung apologized and promised to create a new high-end chip for its mobile devices. But that’s not going to be the Exynos 2300.
Fast-forward to summer, and Samsung put the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus SoC inside all Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 variants.
Galaxy S23 Plus revealed in leaked renders. Image source: @OnLeaks/Smartprix Qualcomm confirms Galaxy S23 chip deal
This brings us to Qualcomm’s earnings report last week when the chipmaker confirmed that the iPhone will continue to use its 5G modem for at least a couple more years. That’s also where Qualcomm indicated that it will provide 100% of the chips Samsung needs for the Galaxy S23 series.
Here’s what Qualcomm’s Akash Palkhiwala had to say:
As GSM Arena points out, all three Galaxy S23 models have passed through Geekbench, showing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip.
Moreover, Qualcomm might be the exclusive provider of chips for Galaxy flagships for several years. That’s according to Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon:
The two companies announced this partnership in July when we speculated the Galaxy S23 might go Qualcomm-only when it comes to the SoC. But last week’s earnings report actually mentioned the Galaxy S23 series by name.
Again, that’s exciting news for the moment. Hopefully, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and its successors will rise to the occasion. As for Samsung, the company has the resources it needs to develop an actual flagship processor. But we’ll have to wait a few more years to see it.
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We are pleased to announce the release of Tizen Studio version 5.0
This release includes some new features and bug fixes in Tizen Studio IDE, Visual Studio Extension for
Tizen, and Visual Studio Code Extension for Tizen.
• Tizen IDE is now supported on Ubuntu 22.04.
• Visual Studio Code Extension for Tizen is now supported on 22.04.
• WHPX support has been added to Tizen emulators. Users can use HAXM or WHPX
accelerators to launch Tizen emulators on windows.
• Tizen installers are now notarized with Apple. Users can install Tizen Studio on macOS
without any notarization errors.
• Support for non-Samsung vendor TV has been added in IDE and CLI.
• RPK project support has been added in IDE and CLI.
• Added the option in CLI to include the files outside the app directory while packaging.
• Fixed the error of on-demand packages not getting installed in Visual Studio when multiple
target devices are launched.
• Fixed the issue of Multi app project not getting packaged in CLI, If static lib is the main
• Fixed the issue of directories not being created in the CLI packaging command when -o option is
• Valgrind profiling support has been removed from Tizen studio as it's not supported in the Tizen
• IOT setup manager support has been removed from Tizen studio.
For more information about the new features and bug fixes, see Release Notes.
To download Tizen Studio, visit https://developer.tizen.org/development/tizen-studio/download.
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While the global smartphone market recorded its third consecutive decline this year, Apple remains the only company to register positive growth. This time, the new iPhone 14 lineup, in addition to the previous models, helped Apple to be the only vendor in the top five to record this positive growth.
According to Canalys, Q3 2022 registered a drop of 9% in a year-on-year comparison, marking the worst Q3 since 2014.
Samsung still maintains the leading position with a 22% market share. Apple, as pointed out by the analysis, “was the only vendor in the top five to record positive growth, improving its market position further with an 18% share during the market downturn thanks to relatively resilient demand for iPhones.”
Image source: Canalys While iPhone 14 Pro models are surely helping Apple to maintain its position, several reports show the company is struggling with the base models iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. A new DigiTimes story (via MacRumors) shows that “several supply chain makers” received a notification from Apple to cut iPhone 14 Plus production by around 40%.
Not only that, but DigiTimes’ sources show that Apple will revise downward the total shipments of iPhone 14 Plus to around 10 million units for 2022. At least, it seems the company is moving its production efforts to the iPhone 14 Pro models.
Recently, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple failed with its product segmentation for the base model iPhones as the iPhone 14, the iPhone SE 3, and even the iPhone 13 mini sold poorly.
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Samsung Electronics today announced a partnership with leading international ODM (Original Development Manufacturing) companies such as Atmaca, HKC and Tempo — a collaboration that will enable non-Samsung smart TV models to use Tizen OS for the first time. New TVs from Bauhn, Linsar, Sunny, Vispera and other brands1 will be available in Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Türkiye and the United Kingdom this year,2 allowing more consumers to enjoy a premium smart TV experience enabled by Tizen, an open source OS for Samsung Smart TV.
The new smart TVs powered by Tizen follow the announcement of Samsung’s Tizen TV Platform Licensing program at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in 2021. The licensing program allows other TV brands to take advantage of Tizen OS, which provides industry-leading smart features, content discoverability tools, apps and modern user interface for the ultimate smart TV experience.
To support the seamless adoption of Tizen OS, Samsung collaborates with a selection of partners on content licensing and hardware optimizations. These partnerships give many TV brands access to a whole world of entertainment that Samsung Smart TVs exclusively provide, while also allowing Tizen to leverage its ever-expanding ecosystem to strengthen its offerings. Key features that the users of the licensed TV brands will gain access to include:3
Samsung TV Plus, Samsung’s free streaming TV and video platform that will allow users to enjoy hundreds of live channels, entertainment, news, shows and sports — for free. Universal Guide, allowing easy browsing and discovery of all content across different streaming apps, along with personalized recommendations so users can spend more time watching and less time searching. Bixby, a voice assistant platform that will provide users with more convenient way to explore smart TVs. Users can tell Bixby to search, watch, or perform various features.
Since Samsung teamed up with the Linux Foundation to unveil the first version in 2012, Tizen OS has made an exponential growth over the past decade. To date, around 200 million people from 197 countries are using Samsung Smart TVs powered by Tizen, and, the number is expected to expand with the latest addition of Tizen-powered smart TVs.
“2022 has been a memorable year for Tizen OS as we celebrate its 10th anniversary and the very first Tizen-powered smart TVs available from other brands,” said Yongjae Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Starting with these new Tizen-powered smart TVs, we will continue to expand the licensing program and introduce Tizen OS and its ecosystem to more products and brands around the world.”
For more details, please visit www.samsung.com.
1 Tizen TV brands include Akai, Bauhn, Linsar (distributed by Tempo), RCA, Vispera (distributed by HKC) Sunny and Axen (distributed by Atmaca).
2 Akai, Bauhn, Linsar Tizen TVs are available as of September 2022 in Australia. Other brands will be available later in Q4 2022.
3 Available smart features may vary depending on country.
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