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Samsung releases new S24 feature upgrade on older Galaxy phones

After promising to bring One UI 6.1 to more devices, Samsung is now rolling out the update to older Galaxy phones. Bringing S24-exclusive Galaxy AI features to all of Samsung’s 2021 and 2022 flagships.

Seen by Taurna vats on Twitter/X and SamMobile, the rollout has already begun in Korea and will likely reach other territories soon, with India expected to be next on the list, according to Vats. The update will come to the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Flip 3 series.

The Galaxy S22 range, Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 get almost all of Samsung’s current list of AI features. This includes Live Translate, Circle to Search, Note Assist, and generative image editing. The exception is the Instant Slo Mo camera feature, which is likely due to a lack of processing power on older phones.

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The oldest devices on the list, the Flip 3, Fold 3, and Galaxy S21 series, will only get Circle to Search according to SamMobile. This could be due to hardware limitations. Or, Samsung might want to keep some features reserved for new devices and force people to buy a new phone.

I commented earlier that while it’s welcome to update older phones with futuristic new features and introduce people to the company’s AI tools it’s rolling out into their TVs and appliances, there’s a risk of devaluing its expensive AI technology. next generation. .

Samsung could draw that line on its mid-range phones, such as the recently launched A55 and A35 phones. The former’s Exynos 1480 chipset is newer than the base Galaxy S21’s Exynos 2100 processor, but it’s not much different in CPU performance. Considering that Circle To Search appears to be a polished version of Google Lens, which is widely available on older Android phones, these mid-range phones ought be able to execute it.

Which devices are blessed with the update (and what features are available in that update) will be part of the Galaxy AI debate this year. I suspect Samsung is still deciding on its AI strategy for its many products.

We could end up with two tiers of Samsung devices: haves and have-nots, which could affect price and resale value. Reacting to the One UI 6.1 update news, we can already see some complaints from S21 users about not getting AI-based image editing tools. That chorus could get louder in the coming months.