The Xiaomi Mi Mix is a "concept" phone that you will actually be able to buy from November 4, provided you live in China. The ¥3,499/¥3,999 ($515/590 approximately) price tags seem almost underpriced, considering the kind of hardware and innovation it brings with it. The 6.4-inch Full HD display in front of the device nearly has no bezel with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.3%, something that was only a concept till now. The only bezel it actually has is at the bottom of the display, which houses an 8-mp selfie cam.
However, it would be unjust to judge the Mi Mix based solely on the beautiful all screen display, without taking into consideration the fact that it has removed most traditional sensors, as well as the microphone for phone calls! Yes, the Mi Mix senses proximity via ultrasound and a piezoelectric speaker does the work of the microphone via utilizing the metal frame; which in itself sounds like some crazy piece of science fiction tech to us! The futuristic design was apparently achieved by the engineers at Xiaomi by working with the French designer Philippe Starck.
The side buttons and the back of the Mix are ceramic and the display is curved near the corners to add to that full-screen look which it sports so flawlessly. Just in case the innovations seemed insufficient, note that the Mi Mix is also supported by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB/6GB RAM, 128GB/256GB internal storage, a 4,400mAh battery, a 16-mp rear camera, an 8-mp front camera and even a 3.5mm jack. To be honest, we are blown away by the Mi Mix and what it promises to bring to the table.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S5 was unveiled in 2014 as their flagship device by Samsung and back then, it was a pioneer in terms of the innovations that it brought to the Samsung smartphone line-up. It was the first Samsung smartphone ever to sport a heartbeat sensor, a fingerprint sensor, as well as having dust and water resistance capabilities. Nonetheless, it is over two year old now and smartphones do have a tendency to age fast. If you have a S5, then you would be pleased to know that Samsung has not forgotten about it yet. The latest reports suggest that after rolling Android M as an OTA update in South Korea earlier, the Korean manufacturer has now started to roll out the same updates for the S5 in Trinidad and Tobago as well.
As far as we know, the latest updates are being released for the SM-G900M and earlier, they were upgrading the SM-G900L in South Korea with Android Marshmallow. Provided that you are in Trinidad and Tobago, go to Settings, About device and Check for updates to see if the update has arrived on your Galaxy S5 yet. Once the 1.47GB package does arrive and you complete the update, the Android version on your phone should change to 6.0.1 and the firmware version to G900MUBU1CPC3.
If you are neither a resident of South Korea or Trinidad and Tobago, you will have to wait longer for the update unfortunately. If it is any consolation, the update is coming to your Samsung Galaxy S5 for sure, albeit a little later.
Snapchat is one of the most popular messaging servicess among the teens. It's been around for over three years now and even though it's yet to monetize its user base, things are going very well for it. There were even rumors Snapchat refused acquisition bids from Facebook and Google worth $3 to $4 billion.
It seems the Snapchat CEO was right to turn those offers, if real. The company is estimating its value at $10 billion as it prepares for another round of financing.
Apparently Yahoo is very close to investing $20 million into Snapchat. It has done such investments before and they turned into billions of profits later.
If you are wondering whether you missed the launch of these flagship smartphones then let us assure you that you did not. Both the LG G5 and the Galaxy S7 series are going to be unveiled "officially" on February 21 in Barcelona. This little fact however, is not enough to stop all the three smartphones from being sold online in Dubai. In a classified ad in Dubai, the S7, S7 Edge and G5 are available for buying with real IMEI numbers and in the "yet to be revealed", original packaging!
The S7 Edge is listed at AED 4,500/$1,225/€1,100, the S7 at AED 4200/$1,140/€1,025 and the G5 at AED 2,500/$680/€610. While all the items are listed at significantly higher price than what the original price of the products would possibly be at launch, one cannot help but notice the significantly "low" price of the LG G5 compared to its Samsung counterparts. Apart from the price and the shocking catalogue, the accompanying images revealed a lot more about the smartphones, especially the G5 as we got a look at its Nexus 5X-ish back and the dual camera setup.
The retail boxes are also imaged alongside the phone and the accessories, which includes a standard charger, a USB cable, a wired headset and surprisingly, a USB OTG adapter for the S7 Edge. Considering the fact that these phones will cost you significantly more than the original pricing which will be premium on their own, we cannot recommend ordering these. Also, there is no way of knowing whether these are the genuine items or just a scam. Having said all that, there is definitely an appeal to using a top-tier smartphone months before anyone else has even seen it in real life!
Although the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have not been released to the public yet, they are apparently receiving their first OTA updates. The updates contain the Android security patch for the month, but more interestingly, has the "fix" which takes away the ability to remap the Bixby hardware button from both devices. It wasn't easy to begin with as you had to install a third party app to get it done, but post the update, it just won't be possible anymore unless you decide to root your brand new device. The build numbe on the two updates are G950FXXU1AQDD (S8) and G955FXXU1AQDD (S8+) .
As of now, the update is only hitting the review units and pre-release handsets probably, since the two smartphones are not yet available for purchase anywhere. However, what this does mean is that if you do decide to buy any of the two handsets or if you have pre-ordered any one of them, the April security patch will be waiting for you, along with the Bixby Button reprogramming limitation patch as soon as you switch on your phone for the first time. Get that Wi-Fi ready and start getting to know Bixby I guess!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to a report by SamMobile, the next flagship chipset from Qualcomm which will likely replace the current gen flagship Snapdragon 835, is already in the process of development. Samsung will allegedly be working with Qualcomm to make this one as well, just like it did with the SD 835. This SoC will reportedly be powering the Galaxy S9 in 2018 and not the Note 8 which will come out later in 2017.
The chipset which might be called the Snapdragon 845 could also be mass manufactured by Samsung in 2018, although there's a chance that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) might also get the contract.
It is to be noted that Samsung had also announced a month ago that they will be producing 6nm and 8nm chips in the near future as well, which offer an even better power-efficiency than what has been achieved by the already impressive first generation 10nm chips; the SD 835 and the Exynos 8895. If you thought the Galaxy S8 was impressive, wait till the Note 8 and the Galaxy S9 hits the market in late 2017 and early 2018 respectively.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We know that the Galaxy Note 8 is coming but each time we hear about it, we get excited nevertheless. According to a Report by Galaxy Club, Samsung is already testing out Nougat 7.1.1 on its upcoming stylus touting flagship handset, confirming that it will most likely be the version of the Android OS running on the Note on release. If you were hoping to see Samsung release the Note 8 with Android O right out of the box, that might not happen. Nevertheless, hopefully Samsung will close that gap in the OS versions with an OTA update later (a man can hope can't he?).
The source once again confirms that the Note 8 will be sporting a similar display as the ones currently sported by the S8 and S8+. What that means is that Samsung is sticking to the 18.5:9 ratio for now, as expected. In case you are wondering if any other details were revealed, they were not. Nevertheless, it isn't hard to guess that the Galaxy Note 8 will feature hardware similar to the S8+, but with a much more improved dual camera module.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It has become a trend now for cases and covers to leak well before a popular smartphone model is revealed officially and since the Galaxy Note 8 is inarguably one of the most anticipated Android phones till date, this trend is proving true in this case as well (no puns intended!). The case in question is made by Olixar and the news was brought to attention by a post on SamMobile. It's now up for preorder at Mobile Fun as you read this.
What it means for us enthusiasts is that we get to have a first look at how the Galaxy Note 8 will look like when released in about two months' time. As case makers usually receive information regarding the design of a smartphone well in advance since they have to start manufacturing the cases well before the smartphones are launched, we are hoping that this is a pretty reliable look at how the Galaxy Note 8 may look like. Then again, nothing is for certain unless more reliable sources reveal the actual handset. If the design does turn out to be true, then the good news is that while the fingerprint scanner will still be placed at an awkward position, the flash and the heart rate sensor has been placed in-between the dual camera module and the fingerprint sensor to eliminate any chances of smudging the lens.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
For months, tech blogs and even Google itself have leaked so many pictures and videos about the Pixel 4 that it became the most-leaked phone ever. In the process, Google tried to hype the consumer's excitement ahead of its launch alongside other new hardware products at an event being conducted in New York on Tuesday. But the company has already fallen for another tap itself: what else can Google say if no one knows it already?
Here is what we already know about Pixel four. The Pixel is expected to have two rear cameras for one. There are already many smartphones in the market but still, one short of the iPhone 11 has 3 rear-camera. The cameras will be featured in the top-left side of the phone into a square-like fixture, closely resemble to Apple's new smartphone design.
The phone is expected to come in standard and XL sizes, with a soli radar chip to enable more secure facial recognition and air gestures, which has already shown in the YouTube video. According to the leaks, Pixel 4 is available in the orange color that was featured in a giant billboard placed in Times Square promoting the launch event. At the time, when companies are launching foldable devices, Google appears to stick to the simple design. To stay competitive in the market, Google has to deliver an experience that is better than other phones. The company has already less than 1% of the global share of the market.
The pixel is largely a niche product, only available in the US, exclusively on Verizon. Customers can buy an unlocked version from Google or another retail store. The Pixel 3 cost around $799 whereas the new iPhone 11 starts at $699. The pixel will run on Google's latest Android operating system. Beyond the Pixel, Google is expected to show off a 13.3-inch touchscreen laptop called the Pixelbook Go, a Google Watch and an update to its Nest Mini speaker system. Pixel Buds, its answer to Apple's AirPods, will also likely get a refresh, with longer-lasting battery life and a mute feature that automatically turns on when someone else is talking.
Usually, smartphone manufacturers try not to reveal too much about the phone while they are still in the development phase and yet to be released. But Google takes pride in sharing the details of its upcoming smartphones. After the disastrous Pixel 3 launch, the company revealed some of the Pixel 4's signature features several weeks before the official "Made by Google" event. Fast-forward to the present day and its mid-February. Although, we still have some 8 months from the Pixel 5 launch event the first Pixel 5 leak is about to surface.
Many would agree that Google has been copying the iPhone ever since it launched the first Pixel but it hasn't been able to reach the success of Apple. None of the previous smartphones by Google were liked or had a chance to make some noise on the global smartphone sales chart. Although the company hasn't provided any official numbers, we can be sure of its lack of being a leading supplier. So far, the Pixel 3a series is the best-selling phone in Google's history. It's successor Pixel 4 failed to repeat the success and the company had to offer massive discounts over the phone shortly after launch.
Google might be unveiling the Pixel 4a in May at I/O 2020. Before we get to the features of 4a, recently a YouTuber Jon shared a CAD render of a prototype with his followers on social media. The Front Page Tech also confirms a similar design. According to them, it is one of the three designs the company is working on. The variant of the Pixel 5XL is said to have a matte glass finish on the rear side, similar to the Pixel, which is perfect. As per render, the camera module will have a glossy finish.
An Italian Carrier shop is showing on display the Upcoming Apple iPhone 6 dummy device, showing both colors White and Black with a 5.5" display and metal body. The Phone is not yet on Sale but sounds like they already got it on their warehouse, waiting for Apple's official market release date, probably during Next Month.
Meanwhile, reports from Europe are coming that Apple is trying to negotiate higher prices for its 4.7" iPhone 6, compared to, say, what the 4" iPhone 5s commanded there at launch. Apple is allegedly offering the phone to Spain's Telefonica for EUR 750, instead of the typical EUR 650-700 without subsidies. Given that Telefonica was one of the carriers that balked at paying iPhone subsidies not long ago, and is selling Apple's finest full price, the rumored markup might be a negotiation starter, rather than a trend for all carriers.
The 5.5" iPhone phablet has been tipped to cost the whopping EUR 950, too, at least that's what Apple is offering it for to Telefonica, mentioned the insiders, as it considers it a "premium" device. Not much left until the grand announcement and the release date anyway, when we should know more about the iPhone 6 final pricing.
NVIDIA has kept its promise and the Wi-Fi-only version of the SHIELD Tablet has already been updated with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Fortunately, its LTE-enabled sibling won't stay far behind in terms of software, as it is also receiving the freshest variation of the confectionery mobile platform too.
Apart from getting all the bells and whistles that Lollipop is known for, i.e. the ART runtime, Material Design, the battery-friendly Project Volta, etc. Apart from treating its LTE gaming slate to Android 5.0, NVIDIA has also added a little something something from itself the new NVIDIA Dabbler app, for example, is a powerful graphics-editing app, which comes with layer support, custom stensils, and various effects.
The update is rolling out over-the-air just reach and grab it from your gaming tablet's Settings menu. If you don't own a SHIELD Tablet, on the other hand, you can get one as a part of NVIDIA's Black Friday bundle deal.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available on only some parts of Asia. The device International launch should happen during this month. However, this doesn't stop the Android developer community from Rooting it... Yes, the Note 4 Root is Now Available from Chainfire.
The root method currently works on the following Galaxy Note 4 variants SM-N910C and SM-N910U with Exynos 5433 and the SM-N9106W launched in China with the Snapdragon 805 chipset. The root package is the classic Cf Auto Root method known for a while.
Another piece of good news is that Chainfire promised that as more firmware versions of the Note 4 get available, they'll get rooted. However, Verizon and AT&T variants of the phablet will be harder to root, as carriers have incorporated various methods that are hard to work around.
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Motorola Moto 360, the iconic smartwatch, was launched shortly after the official Motorola event on September,5th for a price of $250.
Sadly, the Moto 360 stock was depleted in the next few hours after the launch. Both Motorola's website and the Google Play Store list the smartwatch as out of stock. Other retailers, which should launch the Moto 360 in a few days, will still receive it as scheduled, but they won't be offering it online.
So, if you've missed your chance to be among the first to own a Moto 360 smartwatch, you can either go and wait in line for it, or just subscribe and be notified when the next limited batch of Moto 360 kicks off online. Yes, Motorola confirmed the Moto 360 availability will be "limited for a while".
Samsung has lately been pretty much bang on time with updates for their latest smartphones, but this time they have gone a step even further. Users of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone in Spain have already started to receive their security updates for the month of June! Considering that it's still May, we think that's fantastic. Mind you though, as per reports, the update is only rolling out to the smartphones that are on Orange (a carrier in Spain) for the moment. Consult the screenshot above for more details.
In the recent past though, we did see Samsung do something similar when it rolled out this month's security update for the Galaxy Note 4 in April. If you are wondering if it includes any major bug fixes or adds anything new, we are at a loss here because not much else about the update is known yet. Nonetheless, it is only a matter of time before reports start to come in with more details. In fact, you will receive the update yourself before long, if you are using an S7 Edge that is. If you want, you can always check for the update from Settings> About Device> Check for updates.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Download all the latest firmware from here - http://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/
Samsung already announced the Galaxy ALPHA back in August. Today, Corning has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha features the recently unveiled Gorilla Glass 4 (GG4).
"Corning spends a great deal of time collaborating with Samsung to recommend solutions that will continually improve their device design and performance," said Cliff Hund, general manager and president, Corning East Asia. "Device makers want to go thinner without sacrificing damage resistance. Samsung is not only meeting these requirements, but is on the cutting edge of smartphone design. The Galaxy ALPHA is the culmination of our close collaboration with Samsung."
The company claims that the latest iteration of its most famous product can survive 80% of drops from 1m (3.3ft) on a rough surface, and is twice as tough as its competitors. It is 0.4 mm thick, which is almost half compared to the last year's GG3 (0.7 mm).
Although Google Nexus and Pixel devices have mostly been updated to the latest security patch for the month of August already, Samsung smartphones and tablets are not exactly known for getting fast updates from the OEM, especially when it comes to the company's low-mid range devices. However, that stereotypical thought process doesn't seem to apply anymore as Samsung has now released the August SMR for the mid-range Galaxy J7 Prime in a number of regions.
It is quite astonishing to see the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus still being stuck with the July security update, while the J7 Prime is being updated to the latest patch. Also to be noted is the fact that Samsung may have released the update even before Google this month as some users had received the August security patch as early as August 1. In addition to all the patches and fixes that Google has built into the update, Samsung has also added a dozen patches and fixes of its own.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you are wondering how it can be so because the S9 and S9+ are not supposed to be released before March 16, then you probably don't know that certain customers who had pre-ordered the S9 or S9+ have already received their smartphones before time. It happens every year really, so we are almost starting to think that it could be a marketing move by the OEM! Nevertheless, some users are indeed using the S9 and S9+ and they have confirmed that Samsung has started rolling out the March security update for the S9 and S9+ officially.
If you happen to be any of those lucky customers, then you will see firmware versions G960FXXU1ARC5 or G965FXXU1ARC5 make their way onto your S9 or S9+ respectively. Both versions are roughly 242 MB according to SamMobile. The Galaxy S9/S9+ becomes the second device (considering both to be one) in Samsung's arsenal to get the March update after the Galaxy A8. It should fix five Samsung's software related loopholes and nine critical vulnerabilities shared by all Android powered smartphones and tablets.
Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)