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Samsung is all set to add a new member to its family of Galaxy A series and it would be known as Galaxy A9. This will be the flagship product of the mid-tier A series.


Till now the new phone has been seen in two benchmarks and there-by revealing its specs. Recently it was spotted in an Indian listing and now it has obtained the first certification.


Galaxy A9 now appeared on the Bluetooth SIG validating that it has been certified. After this certification we can expect the final approvals in the near future. It won't be actually surprising to see Galaxy A9 (Model number SM-A9000) become official by the end of this year.


According to the specs leaked previously, A9 will be featuring a 5.5"/6" 1080p touch screen, 32GB internal memory, 3GB RAM. Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 64-bit octa-core processor along with Adreno 510 GPU for graphics. Moreover Samsung's TouchWiz will also be available on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The SoC will have support for Cat.7 LTE, which can propel top speed download of 300Mbps and uploads of maximum 100Mbps.It is expected that the phone will be made up of metal and the rear-facing snapper will be of 13MP.


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As expected, Huawei has made it official that the Mate 8 will be released as the company's most advanced flagship smartphone. In accordance with what was teased before, this device is powered by the Chinese firm's latest Kirin 950 SoC with octa-core CPU and Mali T880MP4 GPU, and features a 6-inch FHD IPS display.


For those who are still in the dark, the Kirin 950 chipset comes with four high-power Cortex-A72 cores, clocked at up to 2.3 GHz and an additional four power-saving Cortex-A53 ones, clocking at 1.8 GHz.


There's also an i5 coprocessor that "supports speech recognition, low-power consumption MP3, all the functions of a sensor hub, fused location provider (FLP) navigation, and reduces location-based power consumption," as per the statement given by the company in a press release. The SoC is manufactured by following TSMC's 16 nm FinFET process. Made from aerospace-grade aluminum and 2.5D curved diamond cut glass, the Mate 8 also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. In terms of camera, the smartphone has Sony's latest IMX298 16MP sensor at the rear end and an 8MP snapper on the front.


There will be three versions of the Mate 8, based on RAM and storage. Here's the breakdown:

  • 3GB RAM/32GB storage: 2999 CNY ~ $470
  • 4GB RAM/64GB storage: 3699 CNY ~ $580
  • 3GB RAM/128GB storage: 4399 CNY ~ $690

 

The press release reveals that the handset is currently available in China. The international availability details will be made public at CES in January next year.

 

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The Galaxy Note 7 is a popular handset and by now, we have a pretty good idea about how it will look and its expected specifications. However, it never hurts to see a few more leaked photos just to get a sneak peak at the smartphone before its release. The dual-Edge display with a possible 5.7/5.8-inch panel can be seen once again in this image, along with the three lens setup required for its iris scanner to work. Both of these features are a first for a Samsung device and from the looks of it, the Note 7 is all set to be the pioneer here.



The only confusion regarding the Note 7 lies in the processor and RAM department. It was rumoured earlier that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will sport the Snapdragon 821 chipset, which is supposed to be about 30% more powerful than even the mighty SD 820. It has almost been confirmed that the Note 7 will also sport 6 gigs of RAM, as is becoming the new norm for 2016 flagships. However, a latest Geekbench score and associated results revealed that the Note 7 on Verizon which was tested on the benchmarking app has only 4GB of RAM and the same SD 820 SoC! We will found what's what soon when it's unveiled on August 2 officially.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Galaxy A7-series is a popular mid-ranger from Samsung and its 2017 edition is on the verge of being launched. The latest news regarding the dual SIM handset is that it just got certified for Bluetooth v4.2 and while this isn't in itself a very revealing news, it does indicate that Samsung may launch it as early as December. In fact, rumor has it that Samsung could launch the A3 (2017) and the A5 (2017) in December as well.


Just like most upcoming smartphones these days, there isn't much left to "unveil" officially as we already have a pretty good idea about the internals of the A7 (2017), thanks to the multiple leaks and rumors. Here's a list of what we have heard so far and the chances are that they are mostly accurate.


Display: 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED panel
SoC: Exynos 7780
RAM: 3GB
Camera: 16-mp front and rear camera
Internal storage: 32GB
External storage: Yes
Battery: 3,300mAh with Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
OS version: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but will receive an upgrade to Nougat 7.0 later (Most probably)
IP68 rated water resistance


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Samsung recently released its S Health app to users who don't own Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Now they have updated the app to make it compatible with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Currently there are very few phones like two Google Nexus phones and the HTC One A9 which are running on Android 6.0. But, it can be seen that Samsung is interested in supporting new version of Android from the very beginning. Also there is a good chance that they have plans to update the devices to Android 6.0 in the near future. But, let's not get too optimistic here.


This new update will include some elegant new features as well, for example - using sleep pattern for automated visual tracking of bedtime and wake-up time, the capability to search ANT+ and Bluetooth accessories along with smart route guidance for convenience while cycling on a selected path. As of now the Play Store is not showing the new update. But it would be updated soon after the improved and new S Heath app gets published. We can expect this very soon considering the fact that the new version of the app was published on the Galaxy Apps store two days back.



If you own a Samsung device, you get the updated app now from the Galaxy Apps Store. Otherwise, you can wait for Samsung to push the updated app to the Play Store.

 



AirDroid is a useful app for users who wish to be able to transfer files easily between a computer and Android without needing to mess around with USB cables to do so. The Wi-Fi beaming technology have been a real benefit for anyone who has more cables than they can keep up with and wants a simpler solution.


The latest AirDroid 3.2 has a number of updates for users. Some require a rooted Android device, whereas others require use of the desktop app to access the features.


A keyboard feature is one of the exciting extras. It is now possible to type on a computer keyboard and send these keystrokes over to the Android device using AirDroid. Root-level access is needed here, once either the Windows or Mac computer is running their respective desktop versions of AirDroid and a connection has been made successfully with the Android device. Just tap the AirIME binoculars icon to get started.


With the latest update, it's possible to copy on a PC or Mac, and paste directly to the Android device using the AirMirror feature. Both LINE and Skype notifications can be responded to in this way without needing to install either app on the PC or Mac directly. There is also a temperamental screen recording feature which seems a big buggy presently.


To access the latest features, the Windows or Mac desktop app will need to be updated to version 3.3.


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OnePlus

 

OnePlus has been quietly developing its own Android 5.0 Lollipop based ROM for its flagship device OnePlus One. After the Cyanogen licensing issues in India which will leave many users unable to update their devices OTA, the company had announced that it will be providing an early build to customers, which will replace the Cyanogen OS on their devices.

 

OnePlus has now released an ALPHA build of the ROM on its forums, and is available to download and flash right now. The ROM looks pretty much identical to stock Android Lollipop on Nexus devices but with a few minor changes, such as the ability to have either onscreen or physical navigation buttons.

 

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This is an ALPHA build so there definitely are bugs... lots of it, many of which are listed on the forum and others no doubt you'll find while using it. Watch the video below for a Quick preview on the ROM!

 

 

ROM Preview [Video]


Google Play

 

Google's updated a lot of Android apps recently, so why not Web-based Play Store. The Google Play Store Web version is receiving a slight redesign. The roll-out seems to be gradual, but more and more people are reporting seeing the new Play Store on the Web.

 

While the changes are not over the top, it reminds me quite a lot of the old YouTube look. Instead of related apps being placed all the way at the bottom of the webpage, they have been moved to the right of the screen, allowing for quicker exploration throughout the store's offerings.

 

Other than the updated look for listing pages, all navigation appears to be untouched. And while it does not scream Material Design, it feels rather smooth and responsive.

 

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It isn't very often that Apple finds itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit as it is usually they who are suing other OEMs. However, in a somewhat rare turn of events, Apple was sued earlier by the existing division of Nokia Corp. over patent infringements in Asia, Europe and the US. Although most people think that "Nokia" got sold off to Microsoft, the truth is that the Finnish company had only sold off its telecommunications business to the Windows giant in 2014 and not the entire company.


According to an official statement by Nokia on December 21, Apple has infringed on 40 of its patents, stretched over 11 countries all around the world. All of the infringements have been noted, and filed against the Cupertino giant in courts of both Germany and the United States. To top it off, Nokia has even highlighted the fact that Apple declined the company's offer to legally license a number of its patents concerned with Nokia's inventions and introductions to the industry. It would be interesting to see how Apple reacts to the lawsuits.


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We have further good news for Verizon customers as more Marshmallow updates begin to roll out from Verizon. This time, the carrier is updating the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to Marshmallow after it rolled out the same for the S5 yesterday. Even though this is the first tablet from Samsung to get the latest version of the OS, it may not be the last (hopefully!).



After downloading and installing the package, users will be able to add pictures and drawings in the Tab S2's Memo app. Also expected are customary new functions that come with most Android M updates like app permissions management, Google Now on Tap and Doze. Apparently, the Tab S2 will also get a few interesting added features in its gallery and email applications.



You can check manually for the update from Settings> About device> Check for updates if you want to, but you should any way be notified automatically once the update arrives on your smartphone Over The Air. Post the download and the installation of the update file, your Galaxy Tab S2's firmware version will change to MMB29K.T817VVRU2BPE1 and the base Android version will upgrade to Android Marshmallow.



Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)


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LG Nexus 4

 

Thanks to the hard work of very talented developers over at the XDA-Developers community, the LG Nexus 4 has received Android 5.0 Lollipop earlier than Google is rolling it out officially. In addition, you can now get all of the Google apps with the updated looks on your own phone.

 

However, only rooted users may apply and the apps won't work on all smartphones. Currently, the latest Material Design Google apps that are available as downloadable .apk files include Play Music, Play Books, Keep, Calendar, Gmail, Drive, Maps, Messenger and Fit.

 

Before downloading and flashing, make sure that you're smartphone has root permissions and that you've read the source link Topic.

 

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Although LG V20 was the first phone to sport Android Nougat 7.0 right out of the box, the LG G5 has only just begun to receive its first taste of Nougat since last week, when the Sprint versions began to receive it via OTA. Reports all around have confirmed that the T-Mobile version of the LG G5 has just started to receive the 1.2GB OTA file. As expected, the update package also contains the November security release.



Even though the details or the news itself has not yet been updated on the support page of T-Mobile, users on Reddit and XDA Developers Forum have revealed the build number to be NRD90U. In case you want to search for it manually, go to Settings > General > About phone > Update centre > System update > Check for update. In case it has already landed on your LG G5, we recommend using a Wi-Fi connection to download the rather large file. We are pretty sure it's more or less the same build that we saw on the LG V20.


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


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moto g


The Lollipop Updates continues, this time its Motorola which has just updated its 1st and 2nd Generation of the Moto G models to the latest Android 5.0.1 update.

 

Few people have received the update so far but it does seem to be rolling out now and if it's not available for you immediately it should be in the next few things. The 5.0.1 update was released recently and mostly features bug fixes without any major additions. Still, it's good to see this budget phone being one of the few devices out there running the very latest version of Android.

 

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We have good news for owners of Samsung's 2014 flagship as Galaxy S5s in Sri Lanka just got updated to Android Marshmallow. The S5 had already been updated in South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina among other nations but this time it was the most common version of the S5 that started receiving the upgrade. The SM-G900F is the most commonly found version of the Galaxy S5 and is used primarily in most of Europe. This probably means that the remaining geographical locations where people use the SM-G900F will also start receiving the upgrade very soon.


Got o Settings, find About device and tap on it, select Software Update and check to see if the Marshmallow update has reached your smartphone yet. Note that this will NOT hasten the process, as the update will only arrive on your S5 when it's scheduled to arrive. It may give you some peace of mind though.


After it does arrive on your S5, you can schedule the entire download and set it up to be completed at a time that is convenient for you. On completion, your Android version will change to 6.0.1, PDA number will change to G900FXXS1CPC8 and CSC number will upgrade to G900FSLK1CPB2.


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According to reports, Sprint continues to provide good news to its customers. Just earlier, they had officially started to roll out the Android M update for the Galaxy Note 5 and if that was not enough, they have also started to roll out the same update for their version of the older Galaxy Note 4 as well. It is a good gesture on Sprint's part to release both updates on the same date, showing that they have not forgotten their customers from 2014.


This update will come to your Galaxy Note 4 in a 1.4GB package and will upgrade your smartphone to Android version 6.0.1 post installation. The firmware version should also change to N910PVPU4DPC1, complete with March 1 Android Security Patch. Although one will have to wait to find out in exact details, it can be said safely that most of Android Marshmallow's improvements and added features will make it to the Note 4 as well.


Do not worry if you have not received the notification yet as this will take a bit of time before it reaches all of the smartphones in the country. Nonetheless, the official declaration confirms that all Sprint customers will get it on their Note 4. If you want to check right now, go to Settings>About device>Check for Software Update. If you see the Download Now option, tap on it and follow the instructions. If not, then just wait a while and you will be notified of the update as soon as it arrives on your phone.


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The international Galaxy Note 4 with the model number N910C has started receiving its Android M update from Samsung. This version of the Galaxy Note 4 is powered by Samsung's own Exynos 5433 processor, unlike the US version which is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC.


The 1.3GB update is expected to bring new features to the Note 4 as is common with Android 6.0.1 devices, but people have also reported that the Screen-Off Memo capabilities seen on the Galaxy Note 5 is now a part of the Note 4 as well, after the upgrade. It seems like a good addition to TouchWiz by Samsung and a nice gesture towards their older customers.


On the other hand, the only carrier-locked US model of the Note 4 that has been upgraded to Android M yet is the Sprint version of it. However, it is expected that other carriers will follow suit very soon. If you want to check if your update has arrived yet, just go to Settings, open About device and Check for updates. Once the update arrives, you will be notified and from there onwards, you can choose when to download the package and when to complete the installation. If you are in the US and Sprint is not your carrier, you might have to wait for a while longer though.


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The latest patch update has been released for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on Verizon and it addresses a severe issue that needed fixing. The two Samsung flagship handsets from 2015 had a tendency to perform automatic Factory Data Reset if they failed to recognize the fingerprint multiple times in a row. Normally, the failed attempts should lead to a screen where the preset PIN number must be inserted in order to access the phone, but a bug caused the smartphones to skip that step entirely and go straight to Factory Data Reset. As one can imagine, that could be extremely inconvenient and thankfully, this patch solves that issue successfully.


As it stands now, on failing to register his/her fingerprint as the authentic one for fifteen times in a row, the S6 or S6 Edge will prompt the user to enter the preset PIN, like it should. If however, the wrong PIN number is entered five times in a row on that screen as well, the smartphone will perform an automatic Factory Data Reset to secure all user data from the intruder. Once you download and install the update via Wi-Fi, the firmware version should change to MMB29K.G920VVRU4CPF2 for the Galaxy S6 and MMB29K.G925VVRU4CPF2 for the Galaxy S6 Edge. Feel free to check manually from Settings > About device > Software update to see if it has arrived on your phone yet.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Google Now on Tap, Doze and customizable app permissions will all be available on the Galaxy Tab A soon as Samsung finally begins to roll out the much awaited Android M 6.0.1 update to the tablet. Reports from Australia earlier informed the world of this news, but we are not yet sure which other regions have started to receive the upgrade at this time. Nonetheless, we are pretty sure that wherever you are, if you own a Galaxy Tab A, you will get the update, sooner or later.


As always, it is advised that you fire up your Wi-Fi to download the huge 1.1GB package and make sure that you have enough battery before you try and install it on your Galaxy Tab A. Post the update, you should be able to see a brand new app drawer interface and your overall experience should be much smoother. Be sure to check for the update from Settings > About device > Software Update. If you have not been notified about the update by your phone or you cannot find it even after checking manually, do not worry, the update has not yet arrived on your tablet yet.



Although it has been more than three years since the Galaxy S4 Mini was officially launched, it's good to see that it has not been totally forgotten. Those who are using the S4 Mini in Europe under a contract from Vodafone will soon be receiving a prompt to update their devices, if they haven't already. The update in question is the security patch for the month of September, which will address a total of 66 bugs and vulnerabilities on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. The package has been released following a similar OTA update that was rolled out for the Galaxy S4 a few weeks back.


To check for the update manually, go to Settings > About device > Software update and see if it's there yet. Even if it isn't there, expect it to arrive within the next week or so. Once you download and install the security patch, the firmware version should change to XXUCPI1 on your device. Unfortunately, this isn't an OS upgrade, which means that the S4 Mini will still be running on the dated Android 4.4.2 KitKat as always. There has been no news regarding a similar update for the unlocked version of the Galaxy S4 Mini yet.


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


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Galaxy S5


Android L Official release is coming very soon, We can now take a sneak peak at the Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Android L update. The preview ROM is here, its build on the latest Android L developer preview build. Samsung is working hard on bringing the Android L to its latest "S" family flagship.

 

Galaxy S5 Android L

 

Samsung improved the TouchWiz UI on Android L, Many eye-candy Enhancements... from the basic small system icons to the build-in Apps, everything is "almost" Materiel design ready. I don't need to remind you that it's a beta ROM build on a developer preview, it's not the Officially final ROM, yet.

 

android L s5

 

As for the UI changes,Take for example the Settings menu. This is now white, and not blue. On the other hand, the quick settings in the notification shade look very similar to those in Samsung's KitKat release for the Galaxy S5.

 

android l galaxy s5

 

The good thing is that Samsung's built-in apps (such as Dialer, Memo, Clock, and so on) have been redesigned according to Material Design guidelines (though they aren't finished yet, as they have no animations at this point).

 

S5 android L

 

The new lock screen from Google's Android L makes an appearance in Samsung's vision, but sadly the amount of notifications it can show is only two (compared to four in the stock OS).

 

s5 android L

 

To get a better idea about what you can expect from Samsung's Android L update for the Galaxy S5, watch the video below.

 

 

Galaxy S5 Android L Preview [Video]



If you live somewhere besides South Korea and you own last year's Samsung Galaxy Note 5, then it might surprise you a little that the stylus powered smartphone is getting its second Android M update in South Korea. While it is natural for Samsung to release the updates first in their own nation, it is harsh to see that they are releasing a second update based on Android 6.0.1 in South Korea while their customers in many of the other areas are still stuck with Android Lollypop 5.1.1 on their Note 5 smartphones.


According to reports, the initial update to Android M did not go very smoothly for South Korean users. There were complaints of fast battery drain, incompatibility with Samsung's own Gear VR headset and general bugs in day to day usage. This update to build number N920LKLU2BPB2 will supposedly address those problems. It has already been made available for download from all the main carriers in South Korea. Although it is a good gesture from Samsung to release a major update on such short notice, their customers from certain other parts of the world may feel a bit disappointed at not getting the same level of attention.


We will keep you posted as soon as we hear more about when Android M is coming to the Galaxy Note 5 in other geographical locations around the world.


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A new update has been released in Netherlands for the Galaxy J7 (2016), which contains the security patches from Google and Samsung for the month of November. The OTA package is about 190MB in size and comes in with the prospect of fixing bugs and closing vulnerabilities on the J7 (2016), along with providing the usual improvements in performance and stability. Other European countries should also be receiving the update file promptly within the next few days.


When OTA updates come to a device, the phone usually prompts the user about it automatically. But you can also check for it manually from Settings > About device > Software update. Once your J7 (2016) is updated with the firmware, its build number should change to J710FXXU2APK2. Did you receive it already or are you still waiting for Samsung to release it in your region?


If you like your J7 (2016), you should be happy to know that a more improved version of the smartphone is coming in December in the form of the new Galaxy J7 (2017).



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