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Samsung Android 12 update timeline - when your phone will get it

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 30 Nov 2021 2:42

Samsung Android 12 update timeline - when your phone will get it We just received an updated timeline from Samsung about their Android 12 rollout schedule. The new timeline contains more handsets than those lists previously released by Samsung. List also adjusts the release schedule slightly for some phone models.

The list is based on Samsung's Nordic schedule, so it might or might not apply as it is for the rest of the world. But comparing the list to the one released about a month ago by Samsung's global division, the new list seems to be credible for global rollout, too.

So, here's the full list:

Android 12 already released

  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Promised before end of the year 2021

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

January 2022

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

February 2022

  • Samsung Galaxy A52
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A72
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

March 2022

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G

April 2022

  • Samsung Galaxy A51
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

May 2022

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy A32
  • Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro (last Android update)

June 2022:

  • Samsung Galaxy A41 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy A12 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy A22
  • Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

July 2022

  • Samsung Galaxy A21s (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy A03s
  • Samsung Galaxy XCover 5

Other Samsung models

None of the models listed below appear in Samsung's official schedule - not in this new one or in the previous list. But based on what we know about Samsung's update policy and when each phone was released, we assume that these phones should get the Android 12 update, too. But if you have one of these phones, don't get your hopes too high - the updates below have not been officially confirmed by Samsung.
  • Samsung Galaxy A01 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy A02 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy A11 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy A21 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy A31 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy A Quantum
  • Samsung Galaxy F02s (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy F12
  • Samsung Galaxy F41 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy F42 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy F62
  • Samsung Galaxy M02 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy M02s (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy M12
  • Samsung Galaxy M21 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy M21s (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy M22
  • Samsung Galaxy M31
  • Samsung Galaxy M31 Prime Edition (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy M31s (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy M32 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy M51 (last Android update)
  • Samsung Galaxy M52 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy M62
  • Samsung Galaxy Quantum 2


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Failing to keep promises: Nokia 9 PureView wont get Android 11, after all

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 30 Nov 2021 2:13

Failing to keep promises: Nokia 9 PureView wont get Android 11, after all HMD Global, a company who has licensed the Nokia brand for its Android phones, has failed to keep its promises. Company originally got into Android smartphone business by making Android update schedule promises that were pretty much unheard of back then.

And they actually managed to keep those promises quite nicely. Up until the Android 11 update. Ever since Android 11 rolled out back in September, 2020, HMD Global has been left behind in terms of speedy Android updates. To be fair, also several other companies have struggled with Android 11, too: OnePlus slipped badly from its glorious past and some companies, like Motorola and Asus, have simply abandoned some of their relatively recent models.

But despite delayed updates, HMD Global did state that it will keep its promises of three major Android updates for its existing lineup. And they have delivered - slowly, but still.

But with their most recent phone that could be realistically called as a flagship phone, Nokia 9 PureView, they decided to throw in the towel.

Company announced today that it wont release Android 11 to the Nokia 9 PureView, at all. Instead, company offers 50 percent discount on Nokia XR20 handset - or other level of discount for other X series Nokia models.


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Google, Spotify and many other major websites are all down across the globe

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 Nov 2021 1:22

Google, Spotify and many other major websites are all down across the globe Currently, there's a major web outage in the world, as several major web services have been experiencing outages durign the past 45 minutes or so. Affected sites include Google and Spotify.

Spotify's music services are down and even their homepage throws a 404 error when visiting their site. Furthermore, Google's services are currently unavailable, which means that all the mobile games and websites that rely on Google's services, such as login, are experiencing problems too.

DownDetector, a website that monitors the status of major web services shows that problems started about an hour ago.

Spotify nurin 2021-11

And obviously, social media is full of reports about the outage with hastags such as #googledown and #spotifydown.


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Samsung Android 12 update timeline - Here's when your phone will get the update

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 15 Nov 2021 8:56

Samsung Android 12 update timeline - Here's when your phone will get the update Samsung has announced its timeline for Android 12 rollout. Internally, Samsung calls Android 12 update as OneUI 4.0 update, but the core of that update is, in fact, the Android 12 operating system.

First Samsung phones will get the Android 12 update before end of November, 2021. For other phones and tablets, the timeline is quite speedy, too. Unfortunately, some of the phone models that should get the new version of Android, haven't been listed yet, so the schedule for those devices is still somewhat unclear.

But here's what we know now:

Samsung Android 12 roll-out schedule

November, 2021

December, 2021

January, 2022


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Roomba model comparison chart (2021) - i3 vs i4 vs e5 vs i6 vs i7 and more

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 11 Nov 2021 1:00

Roomba model comparison chart (2021) - i3 vs i4 vs e5 vs i6 vs i7 and more iRobot is the world's largest manufacturer of robotic vacuums. Its robovacs are sold under Roomba brand name globally. The problem is that there are tons of different Roomba models out there and Roomba's naming convention is no straightforward.

In this article, we try to clarify how various Roomba models differ from each other - and also to shine some light on Roomba's odd naming conventions. We have reviewed almost all Roomba models that exist, and thus the opinions mentioned on each model / series are based on our extensive reviews.

  1. Naming convention
  2. Roomba 600 series
  3. Roomba 670 series
  4. Roomba e5 series
  5. Roomba e6 series
  6. Roomba 980 series
  7. Roomba 970 series
  8. Roomba i3 series
  9. Roomba i4 series
  10. Roomba i7 series
  11. Roomba i6 series
  12. Roomba i8+
  13. Roomba s9 series
  14. Roomba j7 series
  15. Roomba 500, 700 and 800 series
  16. Roomba Combo (113, 1138)
  17. iAdapt 1.0? 3.0? Navigation tech explained
  18. Comparison chart

Model names

First of all, Roomba's naming convention can be confusing. The company has improved its game lately in this particular area, but it still causes confusion to consumers all over the world.


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Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 finally get Android 11 update - no word about Nokia 9 PureView

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 10 Nov 2021 11:49

Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 finally get Android 11 update - no word about Nokia 9 PureView HMD Global, the company that sells Nokia branded Android phones, has finally released the long overdue Android 11 update to two of its mid-range models.

Nokia's Android phones originally hit the market with extremely long update promise and rapid Android updates. Since the launch of Android 11 back in September, 2020, Nokia phones have consistantly failed to deliver that promise.

Android 12 has already been released, but we're still waiting Nokia some phones to get the promised Android 11 update.

However, this week HMD Global did finally deliver Android 11 to two of its mid-range phones: both Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 got their OTA Android 11 update in many countries.

Only the Nokia's old flagship model, Nokia 9 PureView is still without the Android 11 update (out of the phones that are supposed to get the Android 11).

Meanwhile, some manufacturers, like Asus have already released their Android 12 update schedule. For Nokia phones, we currently only know the list of Nokia models that are supposed to get Android 12 update, but not the timeline.

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Asus Android 12 update timeline released

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 22 Oct 2021 10:23

Asus Android 12 update timeline released Taiwanese Asus has published a list of its phone models that will get official Android 12 update, accompanied with a schedule for each update.

Most recent models will get the update first. Asus Zenfone 8 Flip and Asus Zenfone 8 both will receive official Android 12 update in December, 2021. Zenfone 8 has already an open Android 12 beta program, but as the official release is very close, it is highly recommended to sit this one out and wait for the proper release instead.

Next in line are the latest Asus gaming phones: Asus ROG Phone 5 series (ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5s and ROG Phone 5s Pro) will all get Android 12 in first quarter of 2022 - meaning that the phones will get the update by end of March, 2022.

Then the rest: Asus Zenfone 7 and Asus Zenfone 7 Pro will get Android in first half of the year 2022 - so, by end of June, 2022. Same applies for Asus ROG Phone 3 and Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition.

So, pretty quick rollout, for most parts. Obviously, people who have older Asus handsets, such as Asus Zenfone 6, will be left in the dust. This has always been Asus style: company doesn't provide very long Android update path. And to be honest, it was quite surprising that Asus even decided to push Android 12 for its ROG Phone 3 series, as ROG Phones typically get only one major Android update.

For more Android 12 updates, check out AndroidUpdateTracker's comprehensive Android 12 listing.

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Museums got tired of Facebook censorship, took nude art to OnlyFans

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 21 Oct 2021 1:21

Museums got tired of Facebook censorship, took nude art to OnlyFans Vienna museums got tired of social media giants, such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok censoring classical art. None of the major social media platforms allow nudity on their services - and that includes art, even classical and ancient art.

Vienna museums have struggled with social media platforms very publicly: Back in 2018 30'000 years old Venus sculpture was censored by Facebook. And similar fate has hit many other paintings, sculptures and modern forms of art.

Museums finally got tired of the struggle, while at the same time, they wanted people to be able to enjoy the art they have in the collections. Thus, an ingenious idea was born.

There surely must be a platform that isn't too strict about nudity, but also has massive number of existing users..?

Thus.. Four Vienna museums created a joint OnlyFans account to share their more artwork to the public.

OnlyFans is best known for its adult content, but the platform is actually open for all kinds of content. And in the past, OnlyFans hasn't been keen to censor the content its users share on the platform, as long as it doesn't break any laws.


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There is one country where Chrome is not the most popular

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 01 Oct 2021 6:47

There is one country where Chrome is not the most popular According to the latest browser market share statistics published by StatCounter, there is currently exactly one country in the world where Google's Chrome is not the most popular browser.

And that country is Nigeria. Even in Nigeria, the change happened only in September, 2021 - before that, Chrome was the #1 browser in Nigeria, too.

In Nigeria, the most popular browser is currently Opera. We had to dig bit deeper to find out the reason for this phenomenom. It seems that the surge of Opera's popularity is down to two factors: most of the net browsing in Nigeria is done by mobile phones. In desktop, Chrome dominates the market also in Nigeria, but as mobile usage is so much bigger in Nigeria than desktop, the desktop market share means much less in big picture.

Secondly, the most popular phone brand in Nigeria is Tecno, a relatively unknown brand outside Africa. Tecno ships most of its phones with Opera pre-installed. And it seems that people are quite happy using the Opera, too. Thus, the pre-installed browsers found in most popular brand's phones managed to do the seemingly impossible task: it overtook Chrome.


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Imgur sold to MediaLab

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 28 Sep 2021 4:10

Imgur sold to MediaLab Popular image sharing site, Imgur, has been sold to MediaLab.

Imgur, established back in 2009, announced on 27th of September, 2021 that it has been sold to American holding company MediaLab. MediaLab is a Los Angeles-based company that has recently acquired several online brands, most of which have been slightly in decline in terms of their popularity.

Imgur has been known to host viral images and memes and has been particularly popular among Reddit users for years, until Reddit introduced its own image hosting service back in 2016.

Site has been among the most popular online destinations in the world: according to Alexa, it was 112th most popular site in the world as of end of September, 2021.

MediaLab's other acquisitions in recent years include messaging service Kik, anonymous messaging service Whisper and song lyrics database Genius.

According to the official statement by Imgur, MediaLab is committed to fund Imgur's upcoming new services and features.

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EU plans to make USB-C mandatory - Apple isn't happy about the idea, at all

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 24 Sep 2021 10:39

EU plans to make USB-C mandatory - Apple isn't happy about the idea, at all European Union is getting tired of Apple's own charging cables. EU has tried to lure manufacturers to voluntarily adopt standard charging port in the past, but Apple has refused to participate.

Now, European Commission has proposed a legislation that would require not only Apple's iPhone, but tons of other product categories, too, to start using USB-C as their standard connection.

The proposal would require all smartphones, but also tablets, digital cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld game consoles to use USB-C for charging. Proposed legislation would also remove the need for manufacturers to ship their products with chargers. The idea is that once all products use the same, standard charging port, people need much less chargers and thus, removing mandatory chargers from products would reduce also e-waste.

Apple, unsurprisingly, opposes the proposed legislation and says that such measure would curb innovation. Then again, Apple itself uses USB-C in many of its products, including the latest iPad mini and its many of its laptops.

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Lithuania: Don't buy Chinese phones! If you use one, get rid of them

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 22 Sep 2021 6:50

Lithuania: Don't buy Chinese phones! If you use one, get rid of them Baltic state Lithuania is urging its citizens to avoid Chinese phones. Country's defence ministry has published a recommendation to Lithuanian citizens advising them to get rid of Chinese phones, if they have one.

The statement was made after it was found that Xiaomi's phones sold in Europe had a built-in censorship mechanism installed in them. The censorship mechanism detects and censors terms such as "Free Tibet" and "democracy movement", Lithuanian state-run cybersecurity body told this week.

Now, Lithuanian Defence Ministry recommends consumers to avoid Chinese mobile phones and even urges them to "throw away" the phones they're currently using if they're made by Chinese brands.

According to Lithuania, even very recent Xiaomi models, such as Xiaomi Mi 10T, included the hidden censorship and detection code. According to Reuters, the detection program was turned off in phones sold in the European Union region, but was present in the phones, nevertheless.


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Computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair dies, aged 81

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 17 Sep 2021 6:33

Computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair dies, aged 81 One of the pioneers of the 1980s home computer revolution, Sir Clive Sinclair has died. He was best known for his Sinclair home computers, released in early 1980s. Sinclair computers were extremely popular in many countries back then, even surpassing the other iconic 1980s computer, Commodore 64, in many regions.

Most notable of the 1980s Sinclair computers was - by far - the first Sinclair's color computer, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, released in 1982. It was hugely popular, especially in Sinclair's home country, the United Kingdom, but also in various other countries.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum

One of the interesting facts about the budget-friendly Sinclair ZX Spectrum is that the computer was so good that several unauthorized clones were made in Eastern European communist countries in 1980s and those clones became de facto home computers behind the Iron Curtain back then. Due this weird history, ZX Spectrum remains one of the most popular demoscene retro computers in Eastern Europe and Russia.


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Firefox adds suggestions to searches, plans to introduce sponsored links

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 Sep 2021 7:11

Firefox adds suggestions to searches, plans to introduce sponsored links Chrome and Safari have offered direct link suggestions for their users for years now when typing a search term into the browser's address bar. Now, the open source browser Firefox joins the party.

Firefox Suggest feature just rolled out and it does exactly what the name implies it should do. Basically, when one enters a very standard search phrase to the Firefox's address bar, say, like France, the browser automatically suggests a France's Wikipedia page link below the address bar.

However, Firefox plans to add contextual suggestions to the feature soon. This would take information like user's location and previous behaviour into account. So, in case you're looking for a specific pizza chain, like Domino's, the suggestion link could be your nearest Domino's local page rather that the corporate frontpage.

Obviously, in order to use contextual suggestions, Firefox would have to collect information about its users - and pass that information to its servers. A move that many users worried about their privacy aren't going to be happy about.

Furthermore, Firefox plans to add a possibility for companies to bid on search terms and then show those sponsored links as the suggestions. So, when you're typing Domino's pizza chain name to the address bar, you might get a suggestion for Pizza Hut's link instead.


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Xiaomi promises 3 major Android updates for Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 09 Sep 2021 5:54

Xiaomi promises 3 major Android updates for Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro Long support for major Android updates is becoming an increasingly important competitive aspect in phone market nowadays. Now Chinese tech giant Xiaomi joins the bandwagon and improves its support singificantly.

For the upcoming Xiaomi's flagship model line, the company promises three major Android updates and four years worth of security updates. New flagship phones are about to be announced on 15th of September and will consist two models: Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro.

As Android 12 hasn't been released yet, the phones will most likely launch with Android 11 and thus, will get Android 12, Android 13 and Android 14 over the years.

Company press statement states:

Xiaomi is committed to providing users with industry-leading hardware and lasting performance. In continuation of this commitment to users, Xiaomi is further extending the life cycle of Xiaomi's smartphones by ensuring three generations of Android operating system updates. This way, users can choose to use their current devices for a longer period, and enjoy the latest features along with it. At the same time, we will also provide users with security updates that ensure their devices operate securely for a longer period of time.


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