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Anyone who isn't familiar with the business relationship that the two companies actually share will probably assume that Apple and Samsung are the worst of enemies. Although that statement wouldn't really be off by much, the truth is that the two giants have had multiple business relationships for years now, in spite of all the controversies and lawsuits in-between them. For example, the rigid OLED panel used in making the innovative touch bar for the new range of Apple MacBook Pros is a product supplied from the A2 line of Samsung Displays.


The reason as to why Apple chose OLED over LCD for making the touch bar lies in the fact that OLED panels are considerably slimmer than LCD panels (three times approximately). Another report indicates that even the Driver IC used to bond the touch bar to the MacBook was supplied by System LSI division of the Korean tech giant. There is no doubt that OLED is the next step in terms of display evolution as they consume less power, produce better colors and have a lower response time than LCD. In fact, most smartphones have been predicted to switch over to OLED panels by 2018. Once you consider that Samsung is the largest OLED panel manufacturer in the world, the future does seem bright for them.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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chrome stable v43


Google has just officially updated Chrome for Android stable to version v43.0.2357.78 with few bug fixes, minor UI changes and one Major feature called "Touch to search". This was a BETA feature and has been moved to stable on this release. The feature allows users to search for highlighted text using the same toolbar as they would for cut, copy, or paste.

 

Chrome v43

 

Chrome for Android v43.0.2357.78 official Change-log:
- Faster Checkout: Quickly and securely complete checkout forms with data from Google Wallet
- Touch to Search: Learn more about words and phrases by touching them on your screen.
- Bug fixes and speedy performance improvements.

 

Chrome v43 update is rolling-out on google Play store now, if you don't want to wait, you can download the APK from the link below. This is the Official APK fetched from Google servers and has bot been modified by any means. Enjoy!

 

Chrome

Chrome for Android 43 [APK]

 

Chrome for Android 43 [Play]

 


 

Apple makes great smartphones but the thing is that they do not have too many features which Android smartphones don't already have. If anything, top tier smartphones from brands such as Samsung and LG actually have a lot more to offer than iPhones. Having said that, there are still a few things that Apple smartphones do better than any Android smartphone out there and Force Touch or 3D Touch is one of them. Android smartphones have been trying to implement pressure sensitive display technology for years now, but none of the attempts have so far been nearly as successful. The Galaxy Note 8 is rumored to change all that with impressive implementation of the technology.

 

Whether the rumor is true or not, what we do know for sure is that the pressure sensitive Home button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will most definitely be making its way onto the Note 8 as well. If the rumors are true however, we will see many more added functionalities from the Galaxy Note 8's pressure sensitive display than ever before. Then again, if you have ever used a recent iPhone, I doubt that such features will surprise you.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Chrome Beta

 


Google has just Updated it's Chrome for Android Beta to version 38 on the Play Store with many changes. It's not a major update unlike the v37-beta update that brought us the Chrome Materiel design UI. According to the Chrome release blog Chrome Beta v38 includes additional Material Design user interface elements and new support for Android's battery status and screen orientation APIs.

 

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Version 37 of Chrome for Android was the biggest update in a while, at least in terms of user experience, but the march of progress never ceases. Version 38 just hit the Play Store, and while it's not exactly earth-shattering, people who obsess over the bleeding edge of Google browsers will find something interesting.

 

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If you're running Android L on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, you might also see a new option in the Settings menu. "Merge tabs and apps" would seem to indicate the kind of functionality that we've seen in "Project Hera" and confirmed at Google I/O. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work yet. SystemUI has been crashing periodically since we've turned that slider on.

 

 

Chrome Beta v38

 

Chrome Beta v38 [APK]

 

Chrome Beta v38 [Play Store]

 


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Google Chrome Beta for Android has just been update to v44.0.2403.30 with some critical bug fixes and a New major feature called "Touch-to-Search" that is connected to the Google search App.


The New feature allows you to search from any web page with just a tap. All you have to do is Touch and select the text you want to search for, Chrome will automatically set the text on a tap below... Hover on this tap and it will launch Google Now search cards results right away (screenshot below).

 

Chrome 45

 

You can get the Chrome Beta v44 on your Android device right now by Downloading the APK below until the update hits the Google Play Store. The APK below is Official and has not been tempered with by any way.

 

Chrome Beta v40

 

Chrome BETA v44 [APK]

 

Chrome BETA v44 [Play]

 


chrome stable v44


Google has just officially updated Chrome for Android stable to version v44.0.2403.12 with few bug fixes, minor UI changes and one Major feature called "Touch to search". The feature allows users to search for highlighted text using the same toolbar as they would for cut, copy, or paste.

 

Chrome v44

 

Chrome for Android v44.0.2403.12 official Change-log:
• Faster Checkout - Quickly and securely complete checkout forms with data from Google Wallet
• Touch to Search - Learn more about words and phrases by touching them on your screen.
• Bug fixes and speedy performance improvements.

 

Chrome v44 update is rolling-out on google Play store now, if you don't want to wait, you can download the APK from the link below. This is the Official APK fetched from Google servers and has bot been modified by any means. Enjoy!

Chrome

Chrome for Android 44 [APK]

 

Chrome for Android 44 [Play]

 



Apple's 3D Touch is a form of pressure sensitive response from the iPhone, which can be utilized to perform different functions. There was a lot of talk about the Force Touch technology being an integral part of the upcoming Android N on release, but those have faded out since a newer report suggested that it won't be available on Android N just yet. In the meanwhile, a group of engineers from the University of Michigan have come up with something even more advanced, called the ForcePhone software.


This application won't require displays that are pressure sensitive or any other special sensors in the smartphone to work. Every smartphone has a speaker and a microphone; the technology will simply use them to emit an ultrasound frequency which will cover the 18-24KHz range. This will somehow allow the user to bring up additional menus and options with ease, by simply pressing a little harder on the display panel. Apparently, Yu-Chih Tung, one of the co-creators, was inspired by Nolan's "The Dark Knight" movie, where Batman tracked the Joker by converting all smartphones within the city into a gigantic sonar-based tracking system.


If it does turn out to be as amazing as it sounds, then "3D Touch" will no longer be a premium feature that's limited to only the top-end, expensive smartphones which have all the hardware that money can buy. We will find out more in between June 27-29, during the MobiSys 2016 in Singapore, as that is where people will get to see the ForcePhone app in action for the first time.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)


JDI


The LCD technology is endless, Japan Display Inc. took the wraps off a new WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) LCD display with in-cell touch integration. The high-end component is the first of its kind to enter mass production.

 

The newcomer will have a diagonal larger than five inches. It incorporates in-cell touch used in JDI's "Pixel Eyes" technology. In-cell touch integration has been difficult to incorporate in high-resolution displays, so the new LCD panel is quite an engineering feat.

 

Viewing angles of the display will be larger than 160 degrees. Its surface luminance and NTSC ratio are 500cd/m2 and 85% respectively. The unit's contrast ratio is 1500:1. We should see this display in devices starting this year.

 

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Two brand new commercials were released by Apple today and they are both about the iPhone 6s. The one about "Onions" is a hilarious and light-hearted commercial that highlights the 4K video recording capabilities of the iPhone 6s in a rather funny way. We see a young girl shooting some onions being chopped on her iPhone 6s, while recording at 4K. The video soon gains universal popularity and changes the art of film making itself! People all over the world are touched by it and she ends up getting a prestigious award for that video, which is presented to her by actor Neil Patrick Harris. It is good to see that Apple is open to humor these days, as made evident by many of their recent ads.


The commercial released to highlight the advantages of Touch ID was not as dramatic or funny though. It simply reminds people that Touch ID can be used for more than just unlocking your iPhone 6s. Unlocking cars, payment via Apple Pay and even signing on documents are all possible through Apple's little fingerprint scanner. Although the recently launched iPhone SE is also capable of 4K recording and has support for Apple Pay, it wasn't shown in either of the commercials.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)


 



Apple's 3D Touch is a feature that many Android users expect to see as a part of Android N, albeit with a different name of course! In fact, many are already calling it the chief attraction or the main highlight of Google's next version of the Android OS. However, a recent report by Recode suggests that the 3D Touch-esque feature will not be a part of Android N, as was believed previously. The report also adds that this delay is probably the result of "... a maintenance update to the software." If the report is true, then support for pressure-sensitive displays is unfortunately, still a bit far off for Android users.


Google's annual developer's conference or I/O 2016 starts on May 18 and will end on May 20. We expect that many details about Android N will be revealed both during and after the conference. Those that were lucky enough to experience the pre-release beta version via Google's early access plan will surely be eager to know what more they have added or are planning to add to the final release. Many consider pressure-sensitive features to be just a gimmick, what do you think? Would you like to see 3D Touch as a part of your next Android powered smartphone?


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)


LG QHD IPS LCD HT

 

LG announced that its upcoming flagship LG G4 is launching on April,28th.

 

Today, The Korean company has showed us a 5.5-inch QHD LCD panel that will be included inside the upcoming flagship. LG has also announced that they achieved a "quantum jump" in color gamut and brightness with this new panel that also consumes less power, is incredibly thin, and shows improved touch function.

 

The display, at a QHD resolution of 2560×1440 carries a pixel density of 538ppi. The new panel also adds Advanced In-Cell Touch that allows it to react to touches, even with water on it. Finally, it should show even more accurate colors over last year's QHD panel with a 120% color gamut, 50% increase in contrast, and 30% bump in brightness.

 

 


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