One other yr, one other Samsung smartphone that isn’t fairly utilizing Android to its full potential. The brand new Galaxy S23 lineup is once more not giving customers entry to seamless Android updates – a useful device that limits how lengthy your telephone is out of motion if you improve its OS.
At its current Samsung Unpacked 2023 occasion the corporate unveiled its new smartphone lineup: the Samsung Galaxy S23, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus, and the top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely. All three telephones function a brand new customized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and upgraded 12MP selfie cameras – with the Extremely taking its important snapper to a whopping 200MP.
However as noticed by Android Police (opens in new tab), regardless of these upgrades the smartphones aren’t but supporting one in all Android’s most helpful options: seamless updates.
Usually, upgrading a tool is one thing of a nuisance. You need to sit observing a progress bar display screen – its different options rendered inaccessible and unusable – with solely the meter’s gradual actions and textual content updates on the obtain’s progress to entertain you.
The seamless updates function goals to put off most of this boring downtime. Whenever you wish to replace your telephone, the seamless updates device permits it to nearly break up itself in two; one partition stays energetic and usable on the previous OS permitting you to entry your telephone’s apps as regular, and the opposite partition is up to date to the brand new OS.
When the set up course of is full, your machine can un-partition itself and cargo you onto the brand new OS – there’s nonetheless a slight delay at this step, nevertheless it’s a lot shorter and lots much less impactful than not utilizing seamless updates.
Sadly, it seems to be like (no less than for now) Samsung will proceed to shun this nifty device in favor of slower updates.
Time for an replace
In our hands-on Samsung Galaxy S23 evaluation and our hands-on Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely evaluation, we’ve discovered a number of causes to be impressed with each smartphones.
The shortage of seamless updates is unlikely to be a deal-breaker for most individuals – it’s only a disgrace that Samsung is holding its gadgets again on this means. Positive, the device has its downsides since you want to have the ability to successfully set up two working programs without delay and it reduces your telephone’s accessible storage. However with the S23 Plus and Extremely dropping their 128GB base mannequin in favor of 256GB they probably have the house to spare.
We’ll have to attend and see if Samsung points an replace to vary the S23 line’s help for seamless updates however that appears unlikely. Provided that this isn’t the primary time it is snubbed the function we wouldn’t be stunned if it was lacking from subsequent yr’s Galaxy S24 telephones, too.