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Andy Rubin is one of the major names associated with the initial development of the Android OS and he even handled the OS for Google, before he left the company in 2014. After leaving Google, Andy Rubin started a company named Playground Global, which acted as a tech incubator. According to recent reports, he is associated in the development of an upcoming high-end smartphone. His second company, named Essential Products Inc. will be launching the smartphone in question, along with "a suite of consumer hardware products, including ones for the mobile and smart home."


Although much isn't revealed about this surprise smartphone in the making, but the report does mention that it will sport a bezel-less display, as well as a modular design similar to what we saw with the Moto Z or the LG G5. The magnetic connector used for the modularity is said to be propriety, although selective third party enhancements will be supported. A spherical high-resolution 360-degree camera will be one of the first modular upgrade options for the phone, developed by Essential Products themselves.


Other specifications that we know of include a ceramic back, a metal frame, a 5.7-inch or bigger pressure sensitive edgeless display and a release date that's set somewhere near the middle of the year. Did this get you interested or do you think it will be "just another smartphone?"


  Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Just like the OEM has been doing for the last few months, March saw Samsung rolling out the security update of the month to certain low and mid-range handsets first, but now it's time for some of the higher end models to get the same treatment as well. As per reports by SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy A7 (2017) and the Galaxy S7 are the latest handsets in Samsung's arsenal to get the March security update via OTA.


If you own a Note 8, you should see your update arrive in the form of firmware version N950NKSU3CRC2. As for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy A7 (2017), firmware versions G930FXXS2DRC3 and A720FXXU3BRC2 should be making their way onto the two devices. While this means that all major regions should start receiving the same updates pretty soon, South Africa is so far the only place to get the same for the A7 (2017). Samsung had already started rolling out the March security update for the Note 8 in most regions and now South Korea has joined in. The S7 is receiving the patch in Europe at the moment.


Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Although Samsung has already started releasing the April security update to one of its low-end handsets even before Google's official declaration of the patch, not all of Samsung's handsets have been updated with the patch for this month yet. Nevertheless, the company is steadily doing so and the Galaxy C7 Pro, Galaxy A8+ (2018) and the Galaxy S7 Edge were the latest models to receive the update.

 

If you own a Galaxy S7 Edge in Europe, you should see firmware version G935FXXS2DRC3 make its way onto your phone anytime now. Since the Galaxy C7 Pro was released only to very limited markets, India has been reported to be the only nation as of now to get the same patch in the form of firmware version C701FDDU1BRC2. Strangely enough, the Galaxy A8+ (2018) is not being updated as regularly as its smaller counterpart, aka the Galaxy A8 (2018). Nevertheless, the model is now receiving firmware version A730FXXU2ARC9 with the March security update in Russia and Uzbekistan.

 

Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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