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The Galaxy S8 was a revolutionary device for Samsung in more ways than one, but it was the design that stood out and made it such a commercial success back in 2017. While the current-gen S9 is definitely an improvement over its predecessor, it never really managed to reach the same height because it remained identical to the S8 in design. However, the S10 could be another revolutionary device for Samsung in terms of design, if a report by ETNews is to be believed.


Apparently, Samsung will not be using the iPhone X's notch to house the earphone, front camera and all the sensors, unlike every other Android OEM out there. Instead, they will slim down the bezels of the Galaxy S10 even further by excluding the earphone altogether! The "sound on display" tech which will be used by Samsung and possibly a few other Android manufacturers, will convey sounds directly from the phone's display itself, by using the bones in the human skull. If I remember correctly, this is similar to what we saw with the original Xiaomi Mi Mix, but the sound produced was too low for the technology to be reusable for Xiaomi in the Mi Mix 2. Hopefully, Samsung will be able to correct those flaws and give us an Android phone that doesn't look like a copy of the iPhone X.


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‘two' - Zoi Koraki via Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0


In the last twenty years, tech has changed so much about the way in which we live and work, including, how we date. One study shows that by 2031 around 50% of relationships will have started on the web. But what is it about online dating and, in particular, dating apps that have made them so popular. In this article, we'll attempt to break down the main appeals of dating apps and explain why so many of us are looking for love in the digital realm. 


A wider pool


One of the biggest benefits of dating apps is that they let us see how many options we have. Many of us have trouble finding friends as an adult, let alone finding a romantic match. Once you've exhausted connections from your hobbies and mutual friends it can feel hard to meet people in real life. Dating apps allow you to realise just how many other singles there are out there. Sites like Badoo have over 300 million users! A wider dating pool means you don't feel the need to settle and you can really search for your perfect match. 


Flexibility


In today's world, many of us can feel like we have little time to actually put an evening aside to go on a date. A key benefit of dating apps is that they let you get to know people at your own pace. Rather than putting aside a whole evening to meet up with someone, you can simply message whenever you have a few free minutes and let the relationship develop on your own schedule. 


Really getting to know your date 


Dating apps also allow you to avoid some of the first date awkwardness that you would get on a blind date. Dating apps allow you to get to know the person first. Not only do people's profiles give you some info on who you're about to chat to, but online dating also allows you to get all those awkward 'firsts' out the way before you meet up. By the time you go out on a date, you'll actually know some things about your match, which can help avoid awkward silences and not knowing what to say. 


Cost 


Another reason that dating apps are so popular is that most of them are free. Traditionally, online dating sites have charged for their services, but dating apps allow you to meet a whole range of people for free. They also let you weed out people who wouldn't make it past a first date, so you save the money you would have spent on an unsuccessful date with them!


Less Stress


If you're someone who is easily stressed or has anxiety, then dating apps can have huge benefits. They help you build up to meeting the person and give you the distance and time you might not have had otherwise to really help you develop a relationship. 


 

‘Rose romance' - Maria Eklind via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0


Have you ever used a dating app? Do you prefer meeting people in the real world or online? Let us know in the comments.


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