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An Overview of Modular Phones 


Mobile devices have given us a world of portability and dynamic communication. It's like being flung into a new era; modern communication has dramatically changed. 


We engage in social media platforms and turn to the likes of Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on the events in our world. The modern smartphone has made it easier than ever before to catch up with just about anyone around the world, anywhere and at any given time. 


Technology has not only inspired a new age of communication but also a new era of hand-held mobile devices that are smart and versatile. Nothing echoes this concept more than the modular phone. 


Modular phones at their very core are interchangeable smartphones that gives the user the power to build and recreate a device moulded around your needs for the day or a specific period. Obviously the modular phone is still a concept at this moment in time but projects like Ara from Google could see the modular phone put into production very soon. 


The Building Blocks Of Modular Phones 


So, what are modular phones? At its core, a modular phone is a smart phone that makes use of modules or building blocks, much like LEGO to build and customize a device tailor made to the users direct needs. 


What this means is that you would literally be able to build your own smartphone with the core components you want in a phone, and this could make playing the online slots Canada has to offer even better than ever if you tailor make your custom device. Attach a camera and a speaker, or remove the camera and beef up your phones sound with a bigger speaker. The end result is entirely up to you. 


The Tech Advantage Of Modular Phones


As technology improves and advances, so do smart phones. There's a constant need to upgrade your device to enjoy the full benefits on offer. 


Much like updating your mobile operating software, you need to upgrade your device every few years as old technology gets left behind rapidly. 


Modular phones would bridge this gap for users, allowing you to upgrade the components on your smart phone; rather than upgrading the entire device, which can prove costly. 


Versatility And Diversity 


Modular phones could offer users an exciting mobile experience because of their versatility and diversity. Even though at their core structure all modular phones are the same, the way you can customize the device is entirely up to the user. 


It's an expression of your personal style and needs. This in itself already leaves the mobile market on its head because at this stage all smart phones are basically doing the exact same thing. The core functions are the same, the only things that really differ are the phones specs and operating system. 


Modular phones would create a base and it would be entirely up to the user to build up a phone suited to personal needs, much like building your own desktop computer; only this one fits in the palm of your hand for on the go computing and communication. 


The Truth Behind Project Ara 


Originally Project Ara was supposed to have given users a future proof phone that could be built and interchanged. Project Ara's smart modular phone looks like it's going to disappoint a lot of people because the device will already have all the components built in and offer users a handful of add on components that can only be bought from the develop, which is Google.


What Project Ara does promise though is better versatility with add on modules including a camera, a speaker, an E-Ink display, which is like a kindle screen and an expanded memory module. 


Even though these don't seem all to exhilarating; it's a start and more components could be hitting the market in the very near future. It also makes your smartphone more versatile than standard iPhones and Samsung devices.


Galaxy S6


We already reported before that Samsung is facing supply shortage and manufacturing difficulties with its latest Dual-edged smartphone, Galaxy S6 Edge, due to it's curved screen.

 

Now, a new report by the research firm IHS, shows that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 64 GB (Verizon model) costs around $290 to build. This means the handset is more expensive to make than any of Apple's latest iPhones (6, 6 PLUS), which can cost up to $263 (iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB) to manufacture. The S6 edge is obviously also more expensive to build than a Galaxy S5 ($256).

 

S6

 

Unsurprisingly, the most expensive component inside the Galaxy S6 edge is the curved Quad HD display: at $85 per unit (you can buy a decent, complete smartphone for that kind of money), the unique, dual-curve screen accounts for 29% of the total cost of an S6 edge. The next most expensive part inside the S6 edge is the octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, which is manufactured by Samsung itself, and costs $29.50 to make.

 

Source [IHS]


Galaxy S6

 

We can't deny that Samsung has greatly improved the build quality of its products lately. According to Bloomberg, Samsung plans to focus on launching more Smartphones with high-quality metal chases, slim designs and High-definition displays this year.

 

According to Kwon Oh Hyun, who leads the components business, Samsung will also focus on smart home and health devices, as well as business-to-business market.

 

"Samsung Electronics aims to consolidate its leadership in the premium market and plans to newly change the smartphone line-up to strengthen competitiveness," - said Co-CEO JK Shin, Mobile phone business head.

 

Source



Although the Galaxy S8 won\'t be available for purchase until mid-April, we have news regarding the Tab S3 which Samsung is going to launch in a week or so, at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona. There are also a few recent snippets on other subjects which you might like.


Metal-glass build for the Galaxy Tab S3



In a live image of the upcoming Galaxy Tab S3, leaked by the Taiwan National Communication Propagation Committee (NCC), a metal and glass build for the tablet was revealed. Samsung had submitted the tablet to them as a part of the regulatory pre-release approval in the country. The Tab S3 now has the certification number CCAH17LP0380T2 in Taiwan and should be available for purchase from early next month.


Gear VR with a Controller



Check out this Gear VR headset which is rumoured to come out with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ next month. According to this leak by Roland Quandt, the new VR headset will have the model number SM-R324 and \"a single hand controller.\" We will have to wait and see if Samsung incorporates the controller with the VR headset in the same way Google did it with their wireless controller and the DayDream VR.


Exynos 9810



We knew that Samsung is probably going to shift to Exynos series 9 from 2017 for its flagship SoC range, but thanks to an Indian intern\'s LinkedIn profile, we may also have the model number; Exynos 9810. The rumoured 9810M is supposed to have a more powerful Mali G-71 GPU with 20 cores, while the 9810V could have the slightly less powerful version of the same GPU, with 18 cores.
That\'s it for now, but stay tuned as we will bring you more as soon as there\'s more to bring to you.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


play

 

Google Play Store App has just been officially updated to version 5.8.11 with various bug fixes and some minor UI changes. The new update added some New menu-scrolling effect section animation. The update is pulled from the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow Developer Preview 3 build.

 

Play Store 5.8.11

Play store 5.8.11

 

What's New on this update? Well, Now when moving between browsing and detail pages the hamburger icon will morph into the arrow button (GIF below). This is an animation that has been used around the UI for a while, but it's obscured by the navigation drawer in most places. When the hamburger icon isn't showing because you've scrolled down, the back arrow will fade in.

 

Play store 5.8.11

 

To get the Google Play Store App version 5.8.11 now without waiting, you can Download and Install the Official APK from the link Below. This APK has not been modified by any means and it's 100% safe to install. Enjoy!

google play store 5.8.11
Google Play Store 5.8.11 [APK]

 


Nexus 6

 

Last week Android 5.1 was made official and naturally made available for Google's Nexus devices. It brought many improvements over previous Lollipop builds, including a few new features, like HD voice calls and silent mode.

 

The Nexus 6 was one of the handsets that benefited most from the new OS version, which brought about performance improvements and fixes to the handset. That version was distributed to users in the form of an OTA, but a quick look at Google's Factory Images page, reveals that there is now another Android 5.1 build for the same device.

 

Nexus 6

 

According to the change log, this new software does not bring any significant changes, which is also evident from its identical version number. Instead the LMY47E build comes with a new version of the radio drivers, which signifies some tweaks and changes were made in connectivity cellular, Wi-Fi or otherwise.

 

VIA


Samsung Gear Live

 

Today, Android Wear build KMV78Y is rolling out to the Samsung Gear live, which is was also released to the LG G Watch too.

 

Gear live

 

The update is staged, so it will show up on your watch whenever it shows up. However, the OTA URL has been captured and can be found on XDA (Source link below). Simply download the update and install it with ADB sideload. There are no guarantees this will go off without a hitch, though. Waiting for the real OTA is probably reasonable, especially considering we don't know what this update does yet.

 

 

Source


Note 4 marshmallow

 

YouMobile was the first to publish a list of the Samsung devices that will officially receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update which is scheduled to start by Early Q1,2016. This Major update will pack many security improvements to Android platform and TouchWiz as well.

 

Marshmallow

 

Today, a screenshot leaked online claims that it shows a very early build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow update on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) in Hungary. We have already checked all Samsung KIES servers (both normal and test-Mode) but didn't find any 6.0 build firmware released Over-the-air (OTA).

 

Marshmallow

 

This might be a very early Marshmallow build firmware or just a fake screenshot of a cooked ROM, we are still investigating this. However, we can confirm that Samsung has NO Official Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware build ready for release yet.

 

Screenshot VIA



It has been just a week or so since the first build of the beta went live for the S7 and S7 Edge in Europe and they have already released the second build in Europe! This package will come to the eligible smartphones as an OTA update, just like the first build. The changes that the 92MB file brings to the basic build are mainly improvements in stability, performance and minor bug fixes, rather than any significant new features that are worth mentioning.



Incidentally, today also marks the date when the first version of the Nougat beta build went live in China for eligible users of the Galaxy Beta Program. South Korea is yet to receive the second build from Samsung, even though it was the first country to receive the initial beta build. Nevertheless, irrespective of your device's location, if it has been selected for the Galaxy Beta Program, all builds of the beta Nougat program will come to your S7 or S7 Edge eventually.


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


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE

 

The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE variants has already got its first Lollipop update few days ago. Today, Samsung is Rolling-out a Newer Official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Firmware Update to the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE (SM-T535). The Update is Available Over-the-air (OTA) and via KIES in Malaysia.

 

This update packs Android version 5.0.2 Lollipop with a newer Firmware build [Build Date: May 19, 2015] while the first old one was [Build Date: April 23, 2015]. This means that this new build added some extra bug fixes. The update has included a New TouchWiz UI for tablets with Material Design, New Notifications panels, New lock-screen, improved muti-tasking mode along with performance improvements.

 

 

Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (LTE) Firmware Details:
- Model Name: Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
- Model: SM-T535 (LTE)
- Country: Malaysia (XME
- Firmware Version: T535XXU1BOE3
- OS: Android Lollipop
- OS Version: 5.0.2
- Build Date: May 19, 2015
- Changelist: 4731463
- PDA: T535XXU1BOE3
- CSC: T535OLB1BOE2
DOWNLOAD FIRMWARE

 

 

Don't forget to use our ODIN 3 Tutorial to learn how to manually flash the Firmware above into your Samsung device safely and easily.


Galaxy A lollipop

 

Samsung has started rolling-out a Newer Lollipop 5.0.2 Firmware build for the Samsung Galaxy A3 (SM-A300F) outside Russia (Russia got two Firmwares build before). The Update is Available Over-the-air and via KIES in Sri Lanka. Other regions should get the same build in the upcoming weeks.

 

The New Galaxy A3 Lollipop 5.0.2 update packs many improvments to the mid-range handset, inlcuding major performance improvments along with New TouchWiz UI with Material Design, New lockscreen, New Notifications menu and some Lollipop love.

 

Galaxy A family Lollipop

 

If you don't want to wait you can manually download the official Lollipop 5.0.2 Firmware for the Galaxy A3 from our YouFirmware section below.

 

Galaxy A3 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Firmware Details:
- Model Name: Galaxy A3
- Model: SM-A300F
- Country: Sri Lanka (SER)
- Firmware Version: A300FXXU1BOEA
- OS: Android Lollipop
- OS Version: 5.0.2
- Build Date: May 19, 2015
- Changelist: 569158
- PDA: A300FXXU1BOEA
- CSC: A300FODD1BOE3
DOWNLOAD FIRMWARE

 

Don't forget to use our ODIN3 Tutorial to learn how to manually flash the Firmware above into your Samsung device safely and easily.


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