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It was made official in November that OnePlus would be updating its current-gen flagship handsets to Android Nougat by the end of 2016. OnePlus has kept true to that promise as Carl Pei (CEO of OnePlus) confirmed that the company has managed to release the final stable version of the OS on 31st December, 2016. The Oxygen OS v4.0 firmware based on Nougat 7.0 is now live and rolling out to OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones around the world via OTA.


Some of the changes that this update will bring to the two devices include the following.
Improved shelf customization
Redesigned notification menu and settings overlay
The ability to reply to messages from the notifications menu
The ability to change icons in the status bar
Multi-window support
Support for custom DPI
Quick Launch for third-party applications


Available only to the OnePlus 3 earlier, the Open Beta 1 program is now also available to the OnePlus 3T, as announced by the OEM. If you want, the beta firmware is available for downloading and flashing manually onto your OnePlus 3/3T, but keep in mind that this will make your device a part of OnePlus's beta release cycle and the subsequent OTA updates will keep coming accordingly. If you don't want that then just wait a few days until the official, stable version arrives for your smartphone.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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We know almost everything about Samsung's upcoming flagship Galaxy S6, We even have a pretty good idea on the handset's shape and dimensions. This is mostly based on leaked images of various cases for the future smartphone, but fairly recently we also saw some alleged schematics of the Galaxy S6 that seemed pretty accurate and credible enough.

 

Based on those info, somebody has taken up the task to fire up some CAD software and produce a few gorgeous and very detailed renders of the Galaxy S6. At this point these images are as close as we can get to actually seeing Samsung's next flagship and judging from what we already know the renders should be close to, if not absolutely accurate.

 

Galaxy S6 render

 

The Samsung Galaxy S6 should be equally impressive in terms of hardware. Rumors point toward an Exynos 7420 octa-core power house of a CPU along with an equally impressive Mali-T760 GPU and 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. The Galaxy S6 should spout a 5.1-inch QHD display and a rather impressive camera setup - 20MP OIS main shooter and 5MP front-facing.

 

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Once again found on Weibo, we have exciting news for Samsung fans. According to IceUniverse, the next Samsung SoC will be a beast of chip which will take mobile computing to a whole new league with a maximum clock speed of 4GHz. In fact, Samsung has probably even begun experimenting with the 10nm chipset already.


Apart from the expected huge boost in performance, the new chips will also be significantly more power efficient than the ones we have right now. The Cortex-A53 cores are tested at a clock speed of 2.7GHz and the custom cores are being run at 4GHz in the 8895 (presumed name for the chipset). This is quite a bump, considering that the Exynos 8890 was capped at 3.0GHz while testing.



Before you actually start expecting the next flagship from Samsung to sport a 4GHz CPU, know that the final release will in all probability, have a lowered clock speed to ensure thermal efficiency and better battery life in everyday situations. Speaking of thermal efficiency, it was also reported that the Exynos will once again be more power efficient than the Snapdragon 830. This conclusion was reached after the Samsung made chip managed to run at 4GHz by consuming roughly the same amount of power as the Qualcomm chip needed to run at 3.6GHz. This isn't really a surprise if you consider that the American versions of the S7 series of smartphones with the SD 820 were found to be significantly less power efficient than their global counterparts that utilized the Exynos 8890.


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Samsung has just patented technology which is suggesting that the Korean giant might be on the verge of developing a revolutionary form of security measure. Title as ‘Real Time Authentication Based on Blood Flow Parameters,' the patent was filed way back in July, 2016 but it got approved just recently.


This technology will allow users to authenticate themselves on their smartphones and smartwatches on the basis of their blood flow pattern. On smartphones, it would be detected from the fingers, not unlike how it happens when we use fingerprint scanners, but on smartwatches, the wrist on which the smartwatch is worn will be enough.


Apparently, the arterial conduction paths of each human being are unique and therefore, safety is assured alongside the convenience of not having to use a fingerprint scanner on a smartwatch. To be honest, it sounds wonderful, but that doesn't necessarily mean that this technology will ever see the light of day. We will know soon enough I guess.


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Rumors have had it since last year that the next iPhone will come equipped with wireless charging capabilities, but it seems like Apple is going to take it a step further. Honestly, Apple has not exactly been a pioneer when it comes to features in their smartphones for quite a while now. That being said, they do put a new twist to every tech they implement and that is why Apple products usually stand out from the crowd.


One might wonder, what is so "cutting edge" about wireless charging? It's something that we have seen being implemented in plenty of Android smartphones in the past. Apparently, the answer to that question is distance. The new wireless charging technology will allegedly make it possible to charge your iPhone 7 from a significantly longer distance than it is possible now in any phone that supports wireless charging. If the reports are correct, development of this technology is ongoing as Apple continues to work on it in collaboration with their Asian associates.


Reports were neither very clear nor very specific because they do not tell us how this new tech would actually work as wireless/inductive charging as we know it, requires the phone to be placed on the charging pad. In fact, they even indicate that there is a possibility that the iPhone 7 may not have this piece of technology.


The good news is that we do have one established fact that supports the rumors. In 2012, an application for patenting something related to Near-Field Magnetic Resonance (NFMR) was submitted by Apple and it involves charging devices from about a meter away. If anything, we at least know that the technology is in development for quite a few years, which makes it all the more likely to be implemented in the upcoming iPhone 7.


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Anyone who is even mildly interested about the Android OS knows CyanogenMod for developing and releasing custom ROMs for multiple handsets across numerous brands. The best part is that they often bring latest versions of the Android OS to smartphones which will never receive the same from their original manufacturers. This time around, Steve Kondik has announced the name of the models that will be compatible with the latest CyanogenMod 14.1 beta Night Build, based on Android 7.1 Nougat. Take a look at the list below.


LG Nexus 5X
LG G3
LG G4
Motorola Moto G 4G
Motorola Moto G2
Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen
Motorola Moto G4
Motorola Moto G4 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S5
Xiaomi Mi 3
Xiaomi Mi 4
OnePlus 3
ASUS ZenFone 2
Huawei Nexus 6P


If your device isn't listed, do not be disappointed as more models will be added to the list in the coming week. Before you download and install it though, keep in mind that it isn't a stable version and the ROM still is missing a few features (Themes for example). Many of the glitches will be patched and missing features will keep getting added in the coming updates.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



According to a few reports online, Samsung has been spotted rolling out a Nougat 7.0 based firmware update to a few of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones. This is a bit surprising due to a couple of oddities. Samsung had recently made it official that their Galaxy Beta Program has ended and there will be no further beta updates for the S7 or S7 Edge. Therefore, this is definitely not an experimental update that's part of the beta program. Normally this would mean that Samsung has started rolling out the final build of their Nougat based firmware versions for the two flagship handsets. However, given that Samsung's final Android Nougat update was supposed to be based on Nougat v7.1.1 instead of v7.0, the situation becomes confusing.



Whatever the situation may be, the update is real and it brings the security patch for January with it. The firmware version is G935FXXU1DPLR and it will indeed upgrade you S7/S7 Edge's base Android version to 7.0 Nougat. Did you get prompted for any such updates yet? Let us know what you think in the comments.


Head over to http://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.


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