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One would think that the leadership positions in one of the world's largest companies would be desirable to say the least, but it's clearly not so. Make no mistake, no CEO of any big corporation ever breathes easy, but when it comes to Samsung, it's quite apparent that things have not been ideal for the ones at the top lately. Vice Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics, Oh-Hyun Kwon announced his decision to step down today in an unexpected turn of events.

He is resigning from his position as the head of the Device Solutions Business and will also not re-contest his position as the Chairman of the Board or even as a member of the board, once his term ends in March.2018. Although the exact reasons were not specified, his official declaration states that this was a very hard decision for Kwon, but he believes that Samsung will benefit from his decision. However, the most interesting bit was in his mention of the fact that Samsung is facing an "unprecedented crisis" and his decision will allow the company to start off anew under younger leadership. Given that Samsung is expected to post record profits this year, his words are somewhat baffling!

After the true heir of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong was arrested and sentenced to prison earlier this year, Kwon was the most important decision maker in the company. Now that he has decided to step down, it would be interesting to see who takes up the mantle next.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

According to a report by SamMobile and Galaxy Club, it is possible that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ could be sporting some sort of an "environmental sensor." It should be noted that it's way too early to be predicting anything about the Galaxy S9 and this is just guesswork at best. Nevertheless, they do have the patent and while a patent doesn't necessarily guarantee a feature in the future, there's always the possibility that it might make an entrance in one of the next smartphones.

The sensor itself has something to do with detecting air quality around the user and its readings are not just copied information from the internet. Based on the smartphone's own detections, it will likely instruct the user regarding how to take appropriate precautions. Check out the patent drawings above and let us know what you would think if this feature made it onto Samsung's next flagship smartphone.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

The Galaxy Tab A (2017) was launched just last month and it has now made its way into Indian markets in October. The affordable tablet costs exactly INR 17,999 in the country, which is equivalent to roughly $275. Targeted only towards developing markets like India and Vietnam, the Tab A (2017) will provide a decent alternative to people who do not want to shell out INR 47,999 (roughly $736) for the high end Galaxy Tab S3.

Unfortunately, while the 8.0-inch tablet looks decent enough, the internals are nothing to write home about. Nevertheless, if you are interested in taking a look at the key specs, they are listed below.

8-inch WXGA (1280×800) LCD display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC


16GB of internal storage

8-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras

5,000 mAh battery

USB Type-C port, Android 7.1.1, dedicated Kids Mode, 4G LTE connectivity

Black and Gold color options

As you can see, the spec sheet looks something that would be dated even in 2014! Then again, in countries like India, the brand name sells the product more than the internal spec sheet and Samsung understands that well enough.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

It has hardly been a few weeks since the Galaxy Note 8 was released to the public last month and we already have a number of leaks on our hands that seem to be pointing at some interesting details about the Galaxy S9. While it is still too early to be judging them for reliability, leaks do have a tendency to be notoriously correct these days, even the earlier ones. Whatever the situation may be, we have listed the details rumored so far in points below for you to enjoy.

·        There will be two version of the S9 as always (S9 and S9+) with curved panels

·        Model numbers on the two versions will be SM-G960 (S9) and SM-G965 (S9+)

·        Initial firmware versions will be G960FXXU0AQI5 for the S9 and G965FXXU0AQI5 for the S9+

·        They might be launching the two devices in February at the MWC 2018

·        Both devices will have a dual camera setup similar to the ones seen on the Note 8 smartphones

·        A Foldable smartphone hailed so far only as Galaxy X might also be launched alongside the two in Korea

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

According to multiple users and a report by SamMobile, certain text messages are going missing when sent to a number used in a Galaxy S8 or S8+. It has been found that this is a problem with the handsets themselves because the issue seems to persist irrespective of the concerned network. There has been no word from Samsung on this issue yet, although the complains have been coming in from a lot of users.

The texts in certain cases would only go missing from a few specific numbers and so far, no connection could be made in-between those numbers either. SamMobile reports that even changing the messaging app itself and shifting to something like Android Messages or Textra doesn't help either. While this may not seem like a big issue, it does show that one of Samsung's best smartphones of the year is failing to perform a very rudimentary function and that is indeed disappointing. If it is a software issue, let's hope an OTA update will solve it soon enough.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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