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HTC continues its winning streak in the 3rd Quarter. HTC's financial report for the Q3,2014 states the company made a profit of $19 million (NT$0.6 billion). Revenue for the period is $1.38 billion (NT$41.9 billion), which is down from $2.17 billion from the previous quarter.

 

The company is content with how the HTC One M8 held its ground for the period and continued to sell well despite growing competition. The mid-range Desire line-up is also profitable for HTC, but it didn't specify exact shipment figures for any device.

 

In the last quarter, the HTC One M8 was the main culprit for the company's $92 million profit turnout. HTC is looking up for a similar to Q3 last quarter of the year with a revenue of $1.38 billion - $1.55 billion.

 

Report [PDF]



The exact verdict on whether or not the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which caught fire onboard a Southwest Airline place is actually a new and safe (supposed to be at least!) unit is still unclear, but the effects of the incident are already evident. All the three major carriers have updated their contract policies in such a way that a customer can exchange even their already-replaced and supposedly safe Note 7 for any other phone of their choice as long as the model is priced equally or less.


Verizon's exchange offer is now active, starting today (October 8), and Sprint has declared that the same offer will remain active until the investigation concludes. If it is found that Samsung is really guilty of sending explosive devices once again to its customers, the steps that will be taken in reaction to that info are unclear at this point of time. If you already have a Note 7, we recommend at least checking out the other options, but if you are planning to buy one or if you are a diehard fan, just wait till things become a bit more clear.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Although the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have not been released to the public yet, they are apparently receiving their first OTA updates. The updates contain the Android security patch for the month, but more interestingly, has the "fix" which takes away the ability to remap the Bixby hardware button from both devices. It wasn't easy to begin with as you had to install a third party app to get it done, but post the update, it just won't be possible anymore unless you decide to root your brand new device. The build numbe on the two updates are G950FXXU1AQDD (S8) and G955FXXU1AQDD (S8+) .


As of now, the update is only hitting the review units and pre-release handsets probably, since the two smartphones are not yet available for purchase anywhere. However, what this does mean is that if you do decide to buy any of the two handsets or if you have pre-ordered any one of them, the April security patch will be waiting for you, along with the Bixby Button reprogramming limitation patch as soon as you switch on your phone for the first time. Get that Wi-Fi ready and start getting to know Bixby I guess!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The term "borderless display" doesn't sound as amazing as it did a few months ago because almost every company out there has a model with minimal bezels now. I say minimal because no phone can truly skip bezels entirely, at least not yet. However, a latest rumor brought forth by SamMobile seems to indicate that the Galaxy S9 will take the term bezel-less even more seriously than before by opting for a screen-to-body ratio as high as 90%! That's an improvement over the already impressive 84% scree-to-body ratio which the Galaxy S8 sports.


The images you see here have been leaked from a smartphone case manufacturer, Ghostek and as you can probably guess, the case is indeed designed for the upcoming Galaxy S9. Aside from the narrower bezels, if the images are accurate, it looks like Samsung will finally be positioning the fingerprint scanner in the middle of the S9's back and that would definitely be an improvement. What it would also mean is that the S9 won't have a fingerprint scanner embedded into the display either.


Leaksters: SlashLeaks and BGR


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


loliipop


Android 5.1 Lollipop is coming Next Month (March) for sure. From what we have so far, we can say that Lollipop 5.1 will focus on functionally and stability more, but this doesn't mean that Google won't take advantage of this MR (Maintenance Release) to tweak the Operating System UI overall.

 

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According to the recent leaked screenshots and videos, Google will Evolve the Material Design UI even more in Android 5.1 release, Users will have the ability to switch to different Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections right from the notification area there are small arrows present under the icons of each connectivity option pressing one will present a list of available connections to switch to.

 

UI Hands-on [Video]


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