Samsung is in the process of rolling out the One UI 5.1 update to its eligible Galaxy devices. The update brings new features introduced with the Galaxy S23 series to older models. Unfortunately, not every new feature makes it to older Galaxy devices due to hardware limitations and other factors. Most notably, Samsung is limiting Astro Hyperlapse to its latest flagships.
Samsung keeps Astro Hyperlapse exclusive to the Galaxy S23 series
The Galaxy S23 series arrived earlier this month with several new camera features and improvements. Samsung made 8K videos smoother by adding 30fps (frames per second) support, up from 24fps on the Galaxy S22. The new phones also capture 4K portrait videos and support QHD resolution when shooting in Super Steady mode. Astro Hyperlapse is another new camera feature that the Korean firm debuted with the Galaxy S23 series. As you might have guessed, it lets you capture hyperlapse videos of the night sky. The phones can record stunning visuals of star trails and other objects in the sky.
There were hopes that Samsung would bring this feature to older Galaxy models with the One UI 5.1 update, but not to be. The new One UI version has already reached several Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, and more. But none of these devices received Astro Hyperlapse with the update (via). It’s worth noting Samsung’s Expert RAW app already lets Galaxy S22 users capture Astro Photos. However, they still aren’t getting Astro Hyperlapse videos. The company is keeping the new feature exclusive to the Galaxy S23 trio.
Apart from Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S23, no other Galaxy device supports any kind of astrophotography. So it isn’t surprising that they are missing out on Astro Hyperlapse too. But many expected the Galaxy S22 series to get the new feature, only for Samsung to disappoint them all. Maybe hardware limitations prevented the company from bringing it to the 2022 flagship lineup.
Galaxy S23’s Image Clipper may trickle down to other Galaxy models
Image Clipper is another interesting feature that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S23 series. It lets you crop out objects from photos in the Gallery app by simply tapping and holding on to them. You can save the cropped object as a new image or instantly copy and share it. This feature is missing from the One UI 5.1 update for older Galaxy models, but rumors are that most of those will get Image Clipper down the line. A future update for the Gallery app will likely bring it. You can click the button below to download the latest version of Samsung Gallery from the Galaxy Store.
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