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New age technology has taken us on a ride that we will never forget. From the world of Virtual Reality to nifty clip on lenses, your smartphone is a portable supercomputer, just waiting to charge your world with unique user experiences. 


It's not just the available smart phone accessories that can turn your mobile device into a hybrid type of device, ready to tackle the world. All smart phones have the ability to download and install various apps that can transform your phone into a multi-tool, ready to help you along your way. 


The following smart phone accessories 2017 are the best mobile accessories that will enhance your handset, and turn it into a dynamic smart device to equip you with the perfectly optimized phone, for just about any situation. You don't need to buy the iPhone X to get in on the action either!


Get Going With A Car Mount 



Car mounts are by far one of the best smartphone accessories available. If you've ever needed your GPS, which is all too often these days as cities keep expanding and the beaten track develops more and more. 


Mobile phone car mounts can attach to your windshield or air vent for convenient on the go navigation and hands free calling. If you're looking for an affordable car mount holder then try the WizGear Magnetic Car Mount Holder, which easily attaches to your car's air vent. 


Crank Up The Volume On The Track With An Arm Band 



Our smart phones have become extensions of ourselves, it's difficult to let go of your phone when running around during errands, especially if you want to play at a CAD casino. It's becoming increasingly difficult to find the time in a day to keep active; if you simply can't live without your phone for a couple of hours while you work out, then an arm band is the perfect fitness companion. 


These nifty ouch like arm wraps will keep your phone safe and secure while you get your heart rate up. Most armbands support a jack outlet, which means you can take your music on the go with you while you train. 


If you're looking for an all round arm band for your smart phone then try the Tribe AB37 Sports Armband. Offering users water resistant protection for their device, a nifty key holder, full touch screen coverage and 3.5 mm jack support it's the perfect companion for the outdoor enthusiast. 


It's All About The Perfect Selfie 



Selfie sticks are old news, but let's face it these sticks have captivated a generation with their unique angles and gimmicky fun attitude. Now you can get in on the perfect selfie without the fuss of wires. 


The Anker Selfie Stick is a Bluetooth selfie stick offering users twenty hours of battery life and extreme depth of field, stretching out to a whopping 29 inches. 


Beef Up Your Mobile Storage 


If you have an Android smartphone and you find your internal storage a little bit on the light side then you must consider a USB OTG Flash Drive. These little devices act like normal flash drives and simply plug into your phone and open up a world of storage potential on your mobile smart phone. 


There's a microUSB OTG option available too and it's called the SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C version. There are numerous OTG Flash Drives available for Android devices that support both USB Type-C and microUSB. These flash drives are perfect for on the go storage and data upload/downloads. 


Embrace The World With Virtual Reality 


The world of Virtual Reality technology has opened up our world to infinite possibilities in various disciplines. There aren't too many mobile VR headsets available as of yet, and the compatible devices are somewhat limited. 


If you have a compatible smartphone then it's best to get started in mobile Virtual Reality with something like Google Cardboard. Once the technology improves and becomes more mainstream then it might be worth upgrading to a mobile VR headset to truly engage with your smart phones VR capability.



If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, you will have to return it not only because it could catch fire any moment, but also because it will be remotely shutdown by the company soon. The device was actually a great smartphone, so it might not be easy to replace it; however, here are a few options that you may consider.


Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge



It has a slightly smaller (5.5-inch) Edge display, the same brilliant cameras, water-resistance rating and internals as the Note 7 does. The only things missing are the iris scanner and the S-Pen. Besides, Samsung will also give you $100 in bill credit if you choose the S7 Edge or any other Samsung device in exchange for the Note 7.


Samsung Galaxy Note 5



If you can live with a SoC that's more than a year old, but still performs very well, the Galaxy Note 5 is a great choice. It offers most of the S-Pen functionalities that came with the Note 7, on a flat panel.


Google pixel XL



There is nothing missing in the Pixel XL, which features a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel with a Quad High Definition resolution and the Snapdragon 821 chip which is even faster than the SD 820 which the Note 7 is packing. The 12-mp rear snapper is arguably even better than the latest Samsung sensors, and coupled with Google Assistant and other continuous software updates by Google, this could be one of the best phones to go for right now.



We have had a good look at the Galaxy S8 before, thanks to rendered photos and even a video by @OnLeaks. We had even seen a live photo or two of the upcoming device in the past few weeks, but they are nothing like what we have for you today. These images show it all and you can now have a clear idea of what to expect from Samsung this year.



Unfortunately, there's nothing that these images show us which we don't know already. We can see the 3.5mm audio jack, the USB Type-C port, the curved display with very high screen-to-body ratio and no physical Home button. If you can't wait to get your hands on one, you will just have to wait till March 29, when the company may announce the device officially to the public. In fact, Samsung will confirm the official launch date and release date during their conference at the MWC next week. Take a look at the images leaked by Ice Universe on Twitter and let us know if you like what you see.




Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Now that Samsung has started to update Bixby with the missing voice functionality in South Korea, they have also released multiple videos which demonstrate how good Bixby's voice functionality actually is. Unfortunately, they are only available in Korean at the moment, so don't expect to understand too much from the videos themselves, unless you know the language of course.



Nevertheless, the videos serve two purposes in my book. Firstly they show off the digital assistant's capabilities to help us use the phone completely with voice only. It can open apps, edit images, share them wherever you want them to be shared, launch the camera, take pictures/videos, change device settings and so much more. Secondly it confirms that Samsung's claims with Bixby at launch were on point, albeit a bit premature. We have linked all the videos throughout this article so that you can check them out for yourself. Enjoy!






We know the specifications which the Galaxy Note 8 will be sporting this year, or at least most of it anyway. Nevertheless, until and unless we see it all officially on August 23, everything is still just rumors and leaks. Today's leak is brought to us by GFXBench after the Note 8 went on the website for a spin. Check them out in the screenshot above.

 

The 6GB of RAM, Exynos 8895 SoC, Mali-G71 GPU, 64GB internal storage, dual rear cameras, etc. sits in perfectly with what we had heard and seen so far. However, it was surprising to see that the Note 8 will be sporting a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ display instead of the rumored 6.3-inch one. The difference is almost negligible, but it's worth noting nonetheless.

 

 

Rumor has it that a new version of the Gear Fit Pro (2) will also be revealed at the NYC exclusive event on the 23rd, but not much else is known about it, including the likely price of the fitness band. On the other hand, a lot of people are waiting impatiently to see how high Samsung prices the Galaxy Note 8, which is expected to be as high as $1200 or more.

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Thanks to GeekCeption, we can now look at most of the beautiful animations embedded in Android N, before its official release. In fact, he films them all in slow motion, which makes them even cooler to look at. Everything you see is of course, based on the latest developer preview that Google released a while ago.


There are people who will try to convince you that these effects are unnecessary, but they are wrong. A user interface is all about the user experience and how the different animations look while performing various tasks on the phone is an integral part of that experience. There's a reason as to why the OEM companies put so much effort and money into the special effects and animations; it is because of the fact that without them, smartphones would just be boring pieces of technology that people use.


Apart from the tech bit, one simply cannot ignore the happiness and excitement that can be seen on the host's face throughout the video! You might start to smile a bit yourself as the infectious cheerfulness begins to catch on by the end of the video. Take a look now to see what we are talking about.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxbL37IFVRo


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