Galaxy M31 July 2020 security update brings Glance, a content-based lock screen service

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Samsung launched the Galaxy M31 earlier this year as the first phone in the series to feature a 64MP quad camera setup. It will be soon to be replaced by the Galaxy M31, which will be the first device in the series to feature a integrated fingerprint sensor. Prior to that, Samsung is rolling out the July 2020 security patch for the Galaxy M31 with the version number M31FXXU1ATG2. This update brings RCS support for Vodafone Idea and even adds Glance, a content-based lock screen service that promotes stories across the internet.

Galaxy M31 is considered an alternative for people who do not wish to invest in Chinese brand smartphones in India. My dad bought this phone (6GB + 64GB) in March and since then it has received several security patches including one that brick some units.

Over the months, I started to notice slight lags here and there. Last week, while my dad was in a Zoom meeting, the device overheated and quit the app. On top of that, the company added new ways to monetize through system updates such as Check out the feature in the app drawer and the new Glance, which is found on handsets from most Chinese OEMs. Fortunately, both can be turned off.

Anyway, although the Samsung Galaxy M31 is a good phone for casual users, it has monetization issues (ads) like phones from Xiaomi and True me. However, they can be easily disabled compared to software installed on devices from other companies.

That said, the degradation in performance of the Exynos 9611 in just a few short months is a big concern. It should be noted that even the Galaxy S20 Ultra with Exynos 990 has similar problems. The South Korean tech giant really needs to work on improving its internal silicon for smartphones.

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