Samsung's S10E Update Left Me With No Notifications

A consumer alert, if you have a Samsung S10E.

The most recent update to my Verizon Samsung S10E seems to have had a lot of changes built into it. And for the most part, I am not fond of them.


The latest phone update had a massive amount of modifications to the phone environment and my own app settings. Where once all my apps were set up to notify me of any incoming messages or notifications, they are now all silent. Like, crickets kind of silent in a bad movie.

My Facebook Messenger went silent. I discovered a bunch of unread messages waiting for me from the last few days.

My Text messages went dark!  As in I was not receiving alerts that I was getting text messages.

And there were a few other issues that ran along the same lines.

Then there's the reorganization of the screens, fonts, and other facets of my interaction with my phone that also changed. Some screens have a light background now, fonts seem different and what not.

All in all, one of my more obvious issues is that the shortcut icons are bigger or the groupings of shortcuts into their own windows have been modified so rather than having four icons across, I only get three. And if you have visual acuity issues and totally depend on icon locations, well, you're SOL. Too bad on you.


System Update 23
Release date: 01/22/2021
Android™ Security Patch Level: January 2021
Software Version: RP1A.200720.012.G970USQU4FTLN

This software update brings the latest Android OS 11, with new features including Conversations, Bubbles, Categorized Notifications, and One UI 3.0. It also introduces Samsung Free, a new media and entertainment service that replaces Samsung Daily.

The latest Android security patch is also included in this update.

They've added or updated the following:

See, respond to and control your conversations across multiple messaging apps. All in the same spot. Then select people you always chat with. These priority conversations show up on your lock screen.

With Android 11, you can pin conversations so they always appear on top of other apps and screens. Bubbles keep the conversation going—while you stay focused on whatever else you're doing. Access the chat anytime or anywhere.

-One UI 3.0
The new One UI 3.0 improves user interaction for Quick Panel, Toolbars, Notifications, Settings, and more.

-Privacy Controls
One-time permissions – Give one-time permissions to apps that need your mic, camera or location. The next time the app needs access, it must ask for permission again.

Permissions auto‑reset – If you haven't used an app in a while, you may not want it to keep accessing your data. So Android will reset permissions for your unused apps. You can always turn permissions back on.

-Samsung Free
Samsung Free is a new media and entertainment service that replaces Samsung Daily. Samsung Free offers three tabs to Watch TV, Read news, and Play games. From the Home screen, zoom out and swipe right to access Samsung Free.


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