News ticker: Samsung Galaxy M42 5G, Apple Munich, Samsung Foldables

The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G gets One UI 5.1, Munich gets an Apple chip design center and Samsung gets millions of foldables sold.
Apple Chipdesign-Center Munich

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G gets One UI 5.1 update

The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G, presented in 2021 with Android 11 and One UI 3.1, is currently receiving the stable One UI 5.1 update based on Android 13. The update has the firmware version M426BXXU4DWB1 and a download size of around 1 GB. It comes with the usual One UI 5.1 features and the February 2023 Android security patch.

The One UI 5.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is currently being distributed in India. However, the rollout should soon be extended to other countries. If you haven’t received the update yet, you can search for it manually as usual. To do this, simply start the manual search in the Settings menu under Software update.

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Apple invests 1 billion euros in new chip design center in Munich

Apple has announced plans to invest €1 billion in a new chip design center in Munich. Just two years ago, the Californians spent just as much money on a new research and development center, which is also in Munich. In fact, the new facility will be treated as an extension of the existing one as it is directly across the street.

Apple wants to bring 2,000 of its engineers together in one place so they can work more efficiently. And with state-of-the-art equipment, of course. In addition to chip design, development priorities also include power management chips and future wireless technologies. The main goal is to improve the performance and efficiency of Apple devices.

As one of the most profitable companies in the world, Apple has no choice but to invest. Presumably similar news will accompany us more often in the future. In the last five years, Apple has invested over 18 billion euros in Germany and created numerous jobs in the country.

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Samsung sells more foldables than all other manufacturers combined

The market for foldable smartphones is only just gaining momentum, with new manufacturers and devices appearing every week. So far, however, pioneer Samsung still has a large development lead and, accordingly, the most sophisticated devices. We were able to personally attest to this in both our Galaxy Z Fold4 review and our Galaxy Z Flip4 review. Consequently, Samsung is currently the undisputed market leader in the foldable segment. Th Koreans sold more foldables in 2022 than all other manufacturers combined.

According to a Financial Times report, citing data from Canalys, the foldable smartphone market recorded 14.2 million sales worldwide in 2022, with Samsung alone accounting for 11 million. Huawei took second place with almost two million foldable smartphones shipped, followed by Oppo, vivo, Xiaomi, Honor and Motorola, which only sold 40,000 foldable smartphones each.

However, Canalys estimates that shipments of foldable devices will double in 2023, reaching 30 million units. In addition, the market for foldables will become even more interesting and competitive as soon as Chinese manufacturers start offering their foldable cell phones outside of China.

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