Samsung has been using its Tizen OS on its smart TVs and other smart devices for many years, and the operating system has received several upgrades and improvements over the years. At the Samsung Developer Conference yesterday (SDC), the company announced that it’s working with Google to bring better video calling and Samsung Health features to its smart TVs with built-in cameras and other sensors.
Samsung wants to improve its Tizen operating system by offering even more features, some of which focus on better HDR calibration, health, gaming, and reduced latency. During the SDC announcement, Samsung also announced Tizen for Business, which is a service aimed to support interactive e-boards in schools and kiosks, and even smaller displays at restaurants, undergrounds, and airports. Samsung also announced the Tizen TV Platform License that’ll allow other TV manufacturers to use the Tizen OS on their smart TVs.
Samsung said the following regarding the new Tizen TV Platform License:
“Manufacturers who want to introduce a premium TV platform like Tizen can do so quickly with minimal cost, as well as utilize the Tizen brand to promote their products at major external events. This enables them to use the Tizen TV presence to promote their products in the Smart TV market, and ultimately, help more consumers enjoy Tizen.”
It’s not surprising to see Samsung wanting to license out its TV platform, after all, there is extra money that could be made, which could also help Samsung invest more into its platform and make further improvements and enhancements to it. The company could also bundle in certain applications and highlight certain features for specific TV models. It’s not yet clear how the licensing will work and what the requirements will be, but we expect to hear more in the near future as we get closer to seeing Tizen OS on more smart TVs.
One UI 4.0 could roll out to Galaxy S21 Series as soon as November or December
The third One UI 4.0 beta was released to the Galaxy S21 Series just a week ago in South Korea. Samsung is no longer accepting any more beta testers into the program, which is a good sign, indicating that the tests went successfully and that the company is now fixing the last remaining bugs before it can prepare for the final and public release.
For those unaware, One UI 4.0 Beta 3 was based on the latest official Android 12 build, which meant that it came with the final version of firmware and APIs that the developers can take advantage of. According to a Samsung Community Manager, Samsung is no longer accepting Beta participants, and they “hope to see you in the full version” (via SamMobile), indicating that the company is now finalizing the software and preparing to roll it out potentially in November.
Initially, only the Samsung Galaxy S21 Series of devices were eligible for the program, but there are some signs that it may soon re-open for the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 foldable flagship devices in South Korea (via SamMobile). Other and older Galaxy S and Note series may follow shortly after, although we haven’t heard anything about those devices.
If the official One UI 4.0 does roll-out in November, it will most certainly only be available in South Korea at the beginning, and it will likely take weeks until it’ll start rolling out to other regions around the world. These updates usually take weeks and months to reach all devices, although Samsung has been quickly updating its latest flagship devices in recent years.
Earlier today, we mentioned that Samsung is also working on skinning and redesigning some of its Windows applications under the name One UI Book 4 that aims to bring over some changes to the Samsung Galaxy Notes, Gallery, and other applications.
macOS Monterey out today, depending on system and region
The anticipated macOS Monterey update is now rolling out to supported Apple devices. The update may take some time to appear on your machine, but rest assured, it’ll show up sooner or later – it may take a few hours until you see it appear in your updates.
How to check if you have macOS Monterey available for your device?
To see whether you already have the update available for download for your device, you can do the following:
- Go to the top left corner and click on the Apple logo
- Click on About this Mac
- Click on Software Update…
- See if you have a new update.
When will macOS Monterey start rolling out?
Apple unveiled the new macOS Monterey update at its WWDC event, and it recently announced that macOS Monterey would be available from October 25, 2021. Apple released the new macOS update to compatible Apple devices at 10 AM PDT, 1 PM EDT.
Availability and Support
macOS Monterey will support the majority of devices that were able to run macOS Big Sur last year. Unfortunately, this also meant that Apple dropped support for a few devices, such as the MacBook Air and iMac devices that were released back in 2013, 2014, and also the 2015 MacBook.
We have collected a list of devices that are compatible and support macOS Monterey:
- iMac: Late 2015 and later
- iMac Pro: 2017 and Later
- MacBook Air: Early 2015 and later
- MacBook Pro: Early 2015 and later
- Mac Pro: Late 2013 and later
- Mac mini: Late 2014 and later
- MacBook: Early 2016 and later
macOS Monterey Features
macOS Monterey comes with a lot of additional features, and there aren’t many redesigned or any visually noticeable changes. We have made a list of most of the features that are coming in the new OS update, and you can find out more about them on our dedicated macOS Monterey page.
As a summary, here are all of the features that will be available in the new software:
- Universal Control
- Focus and other modes coming to Mac from iOS 15
- FaceTime: New video and audio features
- Live Text
- iCloud+: Hide My Email, Mail Privacy Protection
- New Accessibility Features such as alternative image descriptions, Full Keyboard Access, and Cursor Customization.
Apple showed off the Universal Control feature at its WWDC 2021 event. The new feature allows users to seamlessly use Mac and iPad devices as one device, allowing users to use the Mac’s keyboard and mouse to interact, share and use the iPad without any other accessories. Unfortunately, Universal Control will not be available at this time, but Apple confirmed that it’ll be “coming later this fall,” and we may see it enabled on a future version of macOS Monterey.
Apple Music is now available on Windows 11 as an Android app
iTunes is available on Windows 11, and it lets users access their Apple Music library. Those who don’t like using iTunes on Windows can now take advantage of the Apple Music Android application on Windows 11, albeit you may need to do some extra steps to get it working.
Microsoft announced that Android application support is officially here for the Beta users, and it can now be tried out if you’re in the Insider program. The application works as you would expect, the same way as it does on Android. Tom Warren shared a screenshot of the application on Twitter, which seems to run exactly as you would expect.
why hello there Apple Music, Signal, and Microsoft Launcher Android apps all running on Windows 11 pic.twitter.com/X7RNeTzbiD
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) October 21, 2021
The current preview version of the system only supports around 50 Android applications on the Amazon Appstore, but more will be available as we get closer to the official release day, and once it starts rolling out to the public. There’s one caveat right now if you want to install Apple Music, and that is that in order to run the app on your machine, you’ll need the APK file. There are quite a few steps involved in getting it working, but it may be worth it if you don’t like using iTunes or the web version of Apple Music.
Recently, Apple introduced a cheaper Apple Music Voice Plan that costs only $4.99 in the US, and it allows subscribers to gain access to the entire library of Apple Music using Siri. It will only be available on Apple devices since Siri is still unavailable outside the Apple ecosystem. We have also seen Apple Music working on the new Sony PlayStation 5, although official support still hasn’t arrived on the gaming console.
What are your thoughts about the Apple Music app running on Windows 11? Will you consider giving it a try? Let us know in the comments!
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