Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 get new privacy features in Samsung’s AltZLife update for India

Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 get new privacy features in Samsung’s AltZLife update for India

Samsung recently rolled out an update for the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71, which introduced some of the headline-worthy features from the Galaxy S20 series to the mid-range devices. The update included features like the Single Take camera mode, a better Pro mode, Quick Share, Music Share, and much more. Now, the company is rolling out another noteworthy update for the two devices, which introduces two privacy features for users in India under a new ‘Make in India’ innovation called AltZLife.

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The AltZLife update (build number A515FXXU3BTGF for the Galaxy A51 and A715FXXU2ATGK for the Galaxy A71) has already started rolling out to users and it includes two useful privacy features — Quick Switch and Content Suggestions. The Quick Switch feature will allow users to switch between two instances of the same app in order to keep their private and public data separate from each other. For instance, users will be able to quickly switch between the normal Gallery app and a private Gallery by double-clicking the power button. This will let them easily secure sensitive data on their devices.


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To prevent unauthorized access, users will have to provide authentication after double-clicking the power button in normal mode. Interestingly, this authentication won’t be the same as the lock screen authentication method, which adds a further layer of privacy to the feature.

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The Content Suggestions feature, on the other hand, is an AI-based app inside the Secure Folder that will prompt users to move their private images to the Secure Folder. To set it up, users will first have to select specific faces or a type of image they want to tag as private and store in the private gallery of the Secure Folder. Once the initial setup is complete, the on-device AI engine will kick in and identify all relevant images that should be moved to the Secure Folder. Samsung claims that since Content Suggestions makes use of an on-device AI solution, none of the information gathered by the AI leaves the device.

In a statement regarding the new AltZLife features, Manu Sharma, Senior Director, Mobile Business at Samsung India, said, “An industry first innovation, this intelligent feature has been designed keeping in mind the inherent need of consumers, especially Gen Z, for enhanced privacy when it comes to storage and access of content on their smartphones. This helps eliminate the anxiety that consumers usually face while also sharing their smartphones with someone.”

It’s also worth noting that the two ‘Make for India’ privacy solutions have been developed by engineers from Samsung’s R&D Institutes in Bangalore and Noida. As of now, Samsung hasn’t revealed any plans to offer the new AltZLife features in other regions.

Source: Samsung Newsroom

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A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.

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