Remember the Galaxy Note 7 recalls from 2016? That was Samsung’s biggest smartphone disaster to date, putting a massive dent in its reputation. The company, however, took its time to investigate the battery mess and reassure customers that future Galaxy phones would not explode and catch fire as the Note 7 did. But fast forward to 2022, another messy Galaxy year for Samsung, and it looks like the Korean company might soon have to deal with a battery swelling problem.
The new issue doesn’t resemble the Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions. But the risk of accidents remains. It appears that some batteries in older Samsung phones are swelling up, which leads to damage to the handset. In turn, this type of accident can cause accidental fires and explosions.
That said, there’s no recall this time. There also haven’t been any accidents reported involving fires or explosions. Also, Samsung has yet to address the findings of the YouTubers who discovered the issue.
YouTuber Mrwhosetheboss has an extensive collection of Samsung flagship phones that he hasn’t used in recent years. He’s been collecting every high-end Galaxy device since 2010 and storing them in seemingly safe conditions together with other phones. This summer, he wanted to make a video about them when he noticed his Galaxy Note 8 had blown up.
Samsung Galaxy S6, Note 8, and S10 with swelling batteries. Image source: YouTube According to the YouTuber, the battery swelled up, expanded, and damaged the handset in the process. He then found a similar problem with his 2016 Galaxy S6 and 2019 Galaxy S10. Upon contacting Samsung, the Korean giant insisted on receiving the phones for inspection. And then Samsung never explained what happened. That was about two months ago.
Why are Samsung Galaxy batteries swelling up?
Mrwhosetheboss returned to his smartphone collection when he found similar reports on social media of Samsung Galaxy batteries swelling up. At that point, the YouTuber discovered that more phones from his collection had blown up. They did not explode, but the swelling battery had caused damage. The Galaxy S8, Galaxy 10e, and Galaxy S10 5G were all impacted.
Worse, even a relatively new phone like the 2020 Galaxy Z Fold 2 showed the same battery swelling problem. The YouTuber pointed out that none of his collection’s iPhones, Asus phones, or Google phones experienced similar battery accidents.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 with a battery swelling problem. Image source: YouTube Mrwhosetheboss then talked to other popular YouTube creators, including Marques Brownlee and JerryRigEverything. They, too, agreed that the battery swelling issues seem to appear exclusively on Samsung phones. The latter even found a possible explanation for the problem. The electrolyte in the battery might decompose and release gas. In turn, this makes the battery swell up or blow up.
Mrwhosetheboss also found that a newer phone started swelling up the Galaxy S20 FE flagship. Even though the battery should be in good condition for at least five years.
Only Samsung knows why these batteries blow up
This isn’t an official finding from Samsung, however. And it’s unclear how many people in the real world have experienced similar issues. Not to mention that most people tend to use their Samsung phones regularly. Whereas collectors primarily store these devices unpowered. Still, it’s worth pointing out that mostly Samsung batteries got swollen.
Also, when a Galaxy phone user with just one phone would experience the problem, they’d think there’s an issue with their device specifically, rather than a more widespread phenomenon.
Galaxy S20 FE battery starts blowing up. Image source: YouTube At this point, only Samsung knows what’s going on or how serious the problem is. Given the Galaxy Note 7 recall, Samsung will surely want to address the matter publicly as soon as possible.
As for Samsung Galaxy users out there, they should take action if their smartphone batteries blow up like the one in the video below. Swelling can lead to accidents that anyone will want to avoid. Make sure you watch Mrwhosetheboss’s full video below:
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Samsung is so terrified of the iPhone 14 that it launched an ad campaign to mock Apple (again) right before the launch event. Samsung keeps pulling the same stunt only to copy Apple’s biggest decisions later. To that point, in a recent One UI 5 beta, Samsung basically cloned one of the best new iOS 16 features: Lock Screen customization.
The new Lock Screen experience in iOS 16 is something smartphone users who love customizing their handsets have been excited about. The Lock Screen is more exciting than ever, allowing you to add all sorts of widgets and visual effects. You can also change fonts and colors to match the static or dynamic images that act as the Lock Screen wallpaper.
Moreover, you can set up different wallpapers for each Focus mode. And each one of them can have its own widgets that are relevant in the context of that mode.
iOS 16 Lock Screen customizations. Image source: Apple Inc. Finally, if you have an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max, you can pair the new Lock Screen with Apple’s always-on display feature for even greater utility.
Apple wasn’t the first to do this, and Android fans point out that they had access to Lock Screen widgets long before iOS 16 rolled out. But Apple built its own Lock Screen customization, giving users plenty of customization options to suit their needs.
How Samsung cloned iOS 16’s Lock Screen feature
In turn, Samsung could have come up with an original Lock Screen customization experience for its own smartphone users. Instead, Samsung just copied Apple.
Maybe there’s no other way to make a Lock Screen with widgets now that Apple released iOS 16. Perhaps Samsung had no choice but to arrange user interface elements in One UI 5 just like Apple did in iOS 16. The same goes for the available customizations.
Just like there probably wasn’t any other way to make the first Galaxy phones than to copy the iPhone pixel by pixel.
However, 9to5Mac points out that the customization options aren’t totally identical. iOS 16 offers eight clock styles for the Lock Screen, while Samsung has just five. And the wallpaper picker’s choices aren’t all that similar either.
Moreover, Apple supports more third-party widgets than Samsung. Samsung only supports notifications icons for the time being. But One UI 5 is still in beta.
What’s missing from Samsung’s iOS 16 Lock Screen clone is the Dynamic Island of the iPhone 14 Pro. Then again, iOS 16 beta 1 came out in mid-June. Samsung had plenty of time to study it. The Dynamic Island didn’t see the light of day until Apple’s iPhone 14 reveal earlier this month. We’ll likely see how Samsung responds to that feature soon.
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With the launch of Apple’s iPhone 14 behind us, the next major flagship smartphone will be Samsung’s Galaxy S23 in 2023. We have already seen some leaks, but on Tuesday, we might have gotten our first look at the redesign Samsung has in store for the Galaxy S23 Plus. The differences are subtle, but they should be noticeable to Samsung fans.
This week, Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) and the mobile tech site Smartprix teamed up to share the first renders of the Galaxy S23 Plus.
Galaxy S23 Plus renders reveal redesign. Image source: @OnLeaks/Smartprix The most obvious design change comes on the rear panel. As noted by Smartprix, Samsung seems to have abandoned the so-called “camera island” which appeared on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. In its place are three standalone cameras sticking straight out of the rear panel. Last year, this look was exclusive to the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The Galaxy S23 Plus will reportedly be larger than its predecessor. It should once again have a 6.6-inch display, but it will measure 157.7 x 76.1 x 7.6mm. Last year’s Galaxy S22 Plus came in at 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm, so expect an ever-so-slightly taller phone this year.
If you want to see a 3D render of the Galaxy S23 Plus, watch the video below:
Moving to the front, the Galaxy S23 Plus will look virtually identical to the S22 Plus. There will once again be a single hole-punch cutout for a selfie camera at the top center of the screen, the volume rocker and power button will be on the right side of the device, and we’ll find a speaker grille alongside the USB-C port at the bottom.
Providing Samsung sticks to a similar schedule next year, the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra should launch in February 2023.
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To put art before the eyes of consumers, Samsung partnered with The Belvedere to release globally renowned works of art including art pieces by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in the Samsung Art Store. As consumers continue to be enthralled by both physical and digital art, this partnership expanded access to some of the world’s most notable works of art.
While the adoption of technology within the art space is inevitable, widespread adoption of technology poses an important challenge: how to expand works of art digitally without taking away from the uniqueness of their physical form. For consumers, technology can break barriers and change how art is consumed. It can also provide a look into the future of art as the blending of the physical and digital art worlds occurs.
Samsung Newsroom recently sat down with Wolfgang Bergmann, CFO of The Belvedere to discuss how this partnership is paving the way for continued digital growth within the art space while still preserving the culture and richness of physical art.
▲ The Belvedere by Lukas Schaller
Q: Briefly tell us about your work at The Belvedere.
Our mandate is to set the course for The Belvedere, which is one of the oldest museums in the world, and a showcase for contemporary art. In that task, we are faced with the challenge of preserving the past while also being forward-looking and breaking new ground, and this is what makes our job so exciting.
Q: The intersection of art and technology has grown significantly in recent years, paving the way for the democratization of art, and it seems especially evident in its creation and accessibility. What is your take on this? How has this provided opportunities and/or challenges in the art world today?
The Belvedere aspires to be one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the digital world, thereby reaching new audiences. Today, around half of the Belvedere collection is available online. Those interested in art can easily research the museum’s inventory and scroll through 900 years of art history, from the Middle Ages to the present day. However, I am convinced that this will only increase their desire to visit Vienna and The Belvedere in person.
Q: Technology also makes art more convenient and accessible to collectors. How have you seen this play out over the years?
Digital art space is getting easier to access, especially through NFT technology. However, this won’t replace classical art but rather add to it. Quite recently, we decided the time was right to undertake a unique NFT project, and a centerpiece of The Belvedere’s collection — The Kiss by Gustav Klimt — was unveiled in the new format.
▲ The Kiss (Lovers) (1908-1909) by Gustav Klimt
Q: Digital art displays, such as Samsung Art Store, have allowed users to enjoy unique experiences from the comfort of their homes. How do you see this technology playing out in the coming years and what sort of impact will it have in the art industry as a whole?
I think this technology definitely arouses interest in art and enhances the experience of appreciating the original piece. Owners and viewers of the digital image can form a personal connection to the original artwork.
Q: What differences do you see between displaying your work in-person vs. digitally on The Frame?
A screen cannot replace the aura of the original piece. At the end of the day, The Frame and the Art Store invite people to see the original in the museum. On the other hand, museum visitors who have admired an original work of art on-site will be happy to bring it digitally into their living room. Modern screens are so technically advanced that you may discover things digitally on The Frame that you could not see with the naked eye in a museum.
Q: How do you envision the future of art exhibitions and museums?
Art exhibitions will continue to exist online and offline. The metaverse is becoming a part of our life, but it’s not a substitute for “real” life. The physical visitor experience in a museum will therefore always remain important.
▲ In the Bower (ca. 1901) by Marie Egner
Q: Can you tell us more about how this partnership came to be? Why did you choose The Frame? From your perspective, what are the benefits of Samsung Art Store?
We were thrilled by the idea of bringing our collection to new formats, like Samsung Smart TVs, in order to give people access to art in their own living rooms. The Samsung Art Store provides visual variety on the screens, you can choose pictures according to the seasons or your personal mood, and you can always discover something new. Samsung leads the industry in technological innovation, so the Samsung Art Store is the right partner for us.
Art pieces from the Belvedere collection on the Samsung Art Store are viewed many times a month. I am sure that the viewers are influenced by the artworks, consciously or unconsciously.
▲ Brushwood Collector in the Vienna Woods (1855) by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
Q: Some of Belvedere’s most popular works in the Art Store include In the Bower by Marie Egner, The Kiss by Gustav Klimt and Blooming Poppies by Olga Wisinger-Florian. Are these also popular for museumgoers and are there any other pieces in the collection in the Art Store that you foresee gaining more mainstream popularity?
Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss is an icon piece of romantic love and a centerpiece of The Belvedere’s collection — people all over the world are smitten with it. Landscapes and nature motifs are also especially popular, both online and offline. As for increasing popularity, I see paintings by female artists from around the turn of the century, such as Broncia Koller-Pinell or Emilie Mediz-Pelikan, continuing to rise, as well as more works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
I would recommend some autumn motifs, such as Brushwood Collector in the Vienna Woods (1855) by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller and Orange Grove on the French Riviera (1903) by Broncia Koller-Pinell.
▲ Orange Grove on the French Riviera (1903) by Broncia Koller-Pinell
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