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Galaxy S series

 

Samsung today posted a video that presents the evolution of its Galaxy S flagship smartphones, from the original Galaxy S to this year's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

 

As some of you may remember, the very first Samsung Galaxy S was launched in the first half of 2010. With its 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display and its single-core 1 GHz processor, the Galaxy S is obviously a low-end device by today's standards. Next year, in 2011, the Galaxy S II introduced a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and a larger, 4.3-inch display, though the pixel resolution remained unchanged. The Galaxy S III (2012) brought us a quad-core processor and a 4.8-inch 720p display, while the Galaxy S4 (2013) was the first in the series to offer a 1080p display (a 5-inch). Last year's Galaxy S5 came with a 5.1-inch 1080p display, a water-resistant body, heart rate sensor, fingerprint scanner, and a 16 MP rear camera.

 

Finally, Samsung's current flagships, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, offer 5.1-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560) displays, octa-core Exynos processors, 3 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of storage space, and bodies made out of metal and glass. Unlike the regular S6, the S6 edge features a dual curved screen which differentiates it from all other smartphones out there.

 

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It was just a few days ago that we got our first look at the Galaxy C5 Pro, courtesy of a leaked image and today we have another leak which is even bigger. The same leakster who had unveiled the blurred image of the C5 Pro on Twitter a few days ago, has now unleashed a full blown poster from what seems to be straight from the house of Samsung. @Mmddj_china tweeted, "C is coming," along with a picture that shows the C5 Pro, C7 Pro and the C9 Pro in three varying colors, including what seems to be a Blue Coral variant as well. The image clearly mentions the three handsets separately and even has the Samsung logo on top to give it that sense of authenticity.


Although I am no expert when it comes to reading Chinese to be honest, but from what can be seen in the image, it looks like there is a mention of 16-mp cameras. What this could mean is that all the three handsets will share the same 16-megapixel cameras both in front and the back. We will have to wait and find out more. Given that the release date isn't really that far off now, the wait shouldn't be too long.


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After a lot of speculations, leaks and rumors, the Galaxy J5 & J7 2017 are finally out as Samsung made it official yesterday. We have had enough of the rumors, but now it\'s time to take a look at the actual internals.


Display


J5 has a 5.2-inch 720p display, while the J7 has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen as expected. The good news is that both of them are AMOLED panels.


SoC and RAM


Both devices share the same Exyno 7870 14nm chips with Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. The J5 2017 only has 2GB of RAM though, but the J7 2017 has a more respectable 3 gigs of RAM.


Camera


The 13-mp rear camera sensor with f/1.9 aperture is common to both devices but the J7 also has a 13-mp front camera with flash, unlike the J5, which is stuck with a plain 5-mp shooter without any flash aid.


Battery and Price


A healthy 3,600mAh battery will be powering the J7, while the J5 will have to settle with a smaller 3,000mAh cell instead. The price difference between the two devices is basically of £60, so you would probably be much better off opting for the Galaxy J7 2017 for £340 ($440 approximately) than the Galaxy J5 2017 for £280 ($360 approximately).


Other than these, the J7 will come with USB Type-C while the J5 will be sporting the aged but more accessible micro-USB. Fingerprint scanner will be present in the usual place on both devices; i.e. just under the Home button.


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The Apple event this Thursday revealed a piece of software and a new series of upgraded laptops to us. Unfortunately, the TV app designed for Apple TV and all iOS devices won't be available for us to check out till December. The other announcement or the main focus of the event was the new line of MacBook Pro laptops that we knew were coming.


Touch ID and Touch Bar


Apple brings an OLED Touch Bar to the new MacBook Pro that will enable easily access to Photoshop shortcuts, emojis, FaceTime and any other third party app that will eventually begin to support it. Touch ID brings added security and Apple Pay to your laptop via a fingerprint scanner that's identical to what we are used to seeing on the iPhones.


Lighter, thinner and better


The new line is even thinner than the previous gen MacBook Pros, with the 15-inch model weighing in at just four pounds. It was good to see that a multitouch glass trackpad has been added which is more comfortable and easier to use, thanks to its significantly bigger size. In fact, even the backlit keyboard feels better to type on, due to of larger keys and a new design.


Connectivity and dongles


Connectivity is limited to four Thunderbolt 3 ports and surprisingly, a 3.5mm audio jack. What this means is that it is impossible to plug in even the new iPhones or the new EarPods into the laptop without using a dongle. You will need a separate dongle for pretty much everything else as well unfortunately.


Underneath the hood


The new Pros are powerful machines, designed to handle any tasks hat you might be throwing at them, thanks to the latest i5/i7 processors, separate GPUs, 16GB of RAM (maximum), flash storage with 3.1GBps/2.2GBps read/write speeds and a display that offers better colors at higher brightness levels than the previous gen MacBooks.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


z lollipop

 

Sony Mobile made an announcement today regarding the official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its Xperia devices, sadly this announcement brings some BAD NEWS to few Sony users, as the company will focus only on its main flagship "Xperia Z" series.

 

Sony surprised everyone by stating via its official Twitter account that the Lollipop update will be released only for the the "Xperia Z" series devices. That means, the Xperia E1, E2, C3, M2, M2 Aqua, T3, and T2 Ultra will not be getting the Lollipop update officially.

 

 

 

 

This decision will affect the sales of its current non-Z series devices on the market, like the Xperia M4 Aqua for example, as these devices may not get future updates. However, Xperia users that won't get the update can still flash custom Lollipop ROMs but this will void their warranty.

 

Source [Tweet]


Japanese girl using xperia in shower

 

Sony is one of the most popular and first company that makes its whole flagship series water and dirt proof, while we are all amazed with that sort of protection that Sony gave to its flagship smartphones Z series (Xperia Z2, Xperis Z3, Xperia Z4... etc), the question that has never been asked is why making it waterproof ?

 

Making a smartphone device fully operational under water is a big deal, especially in the japanese market, the feature is not just used for just protection or premium-look but to Sony it has a whole different reason !

 

Apparently, the exclusive waterproof smartphone's existence is rooted in a peculiar user habit of Japan's female population! ...young japanese teenager girls, to be more precise. According to Panasonic executive "Taro Itakura", 90 to 95% of smartphones sold in Japan are waterproof because young Japanese women prefer to use their smartphones even while they are taking their showers! That's right your Sony Xperia or Sharp AQUOS smartphone are considered as a "must products" in Japan, possibly right next to soap, shampoo, and a trusty sponge all because that young japanese girls like to shower with them.

 

xperia shower

 

Can you really take a proper bath when your attention is preoccupied with the latest notifications and updates? We don't know, but we certainly cannot underestimate Japanese women!

 

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tab s lollipop update

 

The Tabs updates are coming... Samsung's latest AMOLED tablets line-up, Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 are getting a new update very soon. Both slates launched with KitKat 4.4 out-of-the-box, currently Samsung is working on updating these two tablets to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

 

Samsung has already many of its device to Lollipop, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 will be the first two tablets to get updated officially to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. The update is currently under testing, it will bring an updated Material Design version of TouchWiz UI for tablets along with many new features and notification bar.

 

Samsung will release the Galaxy Tab S line-up Lollipop update by the End of April,2015. Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5 variants will get it earlier followed by the Tab 4 7.0 variant. Stay updated and check this Lollipop Update Status Page and don't forget to take a look at what the update will look like on the Galaxy Tab S from the video below.

 

 

Update Preview [Video]


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Galaxy E7

 

After updating all of its latest flagships, Samsung has started Rolling-out Official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to mid-range devices, like Galaxy A3 , Galaxy A5 , Galaxy A7 and Galaxy Core Prime. Now, we got some good news for the Galaxy E series users.

 

We got confirmation that Samsung Galaxy E7 and Galaxy E5 Official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update will start rolling-out by Late Q3,2015 (3rd quarter of the year). As always the update will roll-out in waves, so might see the E series Lollipop Firmware by August but it will take long time to start rolling-out on a wide scale to all regions/carriers.

 

Galaxy E5

 

You can bookmark the YouFirmware links below to keep track of the Lollipop firmwares released for your Galaxy E series smartphone.

 

Galaxy E7 Firmwares

 

Galaxy E5 Firmwares

 


samsung Galaxy Tab Pro

Earlier this Month, Samsung updated the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 variants officially to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, while the Galaxy TabPro Series users are still waiting for their devices to get the update. We have some Good News...

 

Galaxy TabPRO

 

Samsung has confirmed that Samsung Galaxy TabPRO series (12.2, 10.1, 8.4) official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop updates has passed final testing stage and should start rolling-out by the end of the year (Q3 - Q4 2015) (Note: 3rd Quarter is July - August - September and 4th Quarter is October - November - December ). The Galaxy TabPRO's YouFirmware sections are ready for their official Lollipop firmwares.

 

Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 Firmwares

 

Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 Firmwares

 

Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 Firmwares

 

Stay tuned and Follow our Samsung Official Updates Page for more info and latest updates status for your device.

 

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Samsung Android M update

 

We announced before that samsung is preparing its official Android M for many of its latest flagships, even though the company hasn't clearly unveiled its plans for the update.

 

Now, Samsung has officially posted an Infographic that shows What's New in Android M ? and what features will be included on its Upcoming Android M update for its latest flagships. The Infographic is featuring the Galaxy S6 edge in the screenshots but we have the full list of Samsung Galaxy devices that will get Android M update.

 

The Infographic is showing how Samsung will make use of all the security changes and new features of the Android M to fit with TouchWiz but we can expect a New TouchWiz UI with even more Material Design and Integration. There is no word when the Korean will start rolling-out the update as Google hasn't released the final version yet. Check the Infographic below.

 

Android M

List of Confirmed Samsung devices to get Android M update

 

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It has now been officially confirmed; Android Nougat 7.0 is coming to all phones in the Galaxy A (2016)-series. This of course, includes the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy A9 and Galaxy A9 Pro. Currently, all of these are running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Keep in mind that even though the update is coming to all of them, they will not be rolled out at the same time. In fact, Samsung cannot be expected to release Android 7 for any of these phones until it has released the official final version of the Nougat based firmware for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and the Note 5.


If you are wondering if the original Galaxy A-series of smartphones are going to get the update to Nougat from Samsung, we are sorry to inform that the chances are not good, unless you flash a custom ROM. Head over to http://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphones, both old and new.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



According to a few reports online, Samsung has been spotted rolling out a Nougat 7.0 based firmware update to a few of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones. This is a bit surprising due to a couple of oddities. Samsung had recently made it official that their Galaxy Beta Program has ended and there will be no further beta updates for the S7 or S7 Edge. Therefore, this is definitely not an experimental update that's part of the beta program. Normally this would mean that Samsung has started rolling out the final build of their Nougat based firmware versions for the two flagship handsets. However, given that Samsung's final Android Nougat update was supposed to be based on Nougat v7.1.1 instead of v7.0, the situation becomes confusing.



Whatever the situation may be, the update is real and it brings the security patch for January with it. The firmware version is G935FXXU1DPLR and it will indeed upgrade you S7/S7 Edge's base Android version to 7.0 Nougat. Did you get prompted for any such updates yet? Let us know what you think in the comments.


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


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



According to a new report published by SamMobile, the much awaited final Nougat update could see the light of day, starting from January 17. The report was literally "retrieved" after converting the piece of information to Spanish from the original source, which was in Turkish. In order to make things easier for our readers who are not familiar with the language, here's a rough (very crude!) translation of what the text in the image means. Keep in mind that the oddities are a result of two machine translations across three different languages, therefore, some of the grammatical and spelling details might be totally off!


"71 = 1 E Translated from Turkish
.7 Dear Sir,
I've used SM is predicted G935F Go dolo of your device to be released as Android 7.0 updates. Of January of 17 of nougat.
Agreed with the competent authorities We would like to reject your comments
OB1. Mnoranuest, - lelas,
All your questions and problems. Ask us to report again.
Thank you for your interest in Samsung Electronics Turkey Customer Service"


The conclusions to be drawn from this garbled translation are the following facts:


1. The Android Nougat 7.0 update mentioned here, concerns the SM-G935F, which is the European variant of the Galaxy S7 Edge.
2. The rollout may start from January 17, at least in Europe.
3. As per the screenshot, the base Nougat version will be 7.0 and not 7.1.1, or at least not in Europe anyway!
4. Online translations can turn out to be pretty confusing!


In case you are not aware, there have been reports of a very limited number of S7 and S7 Edge smartphones receiving the update already, check it out here for more deatils.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The January security patch has now officially started to roll out to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 on Verizon. One may argue that it's already February but it's better late than never. Surprisingly, it was the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge which had received the SMR update a few days earlier than their newer counter parts. The firmware versions have been listed below respectively.


Galaxy S6 - G920VVRS4CQA3
Galaxy S6 Edge - G928VVRS3BQA1
Galaxy Edge+ - G925VVRS4CQA3
Galaxy Note 5 - N920VVRS3BQA1


Wait till you get a notification or search manually for the update from your settings menu, but it may take a few days before it reaches every device in the US, that's being carried by Verizon. The ROM files are not yet available for download, but you can always check out our firmware section for the latest updates that are available anytime you want.


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