A whole long list of SD 865 smartphones are going to arrive soon, so hold on to your purse and don't waste your money on current gen flagship smartphones just yet, because they are going to become a lot cheaper in a matter of weeks!
To give you an idea of what's to come, we have compiled a short list of the three highly anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 powered smartphones which will be the first to reach consumers.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
No one can say for sure whether the S20-series will really be the first smartphones to get to the market, with a SD 865 SoC in them, but rumors surrounding Samsung are almost always true these days! The Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra mau also have the following specs to show off later in the month.
· OS: Android 10 (Q)
· 1440 x 3040, S AMOLED, 6.2"/6.7"/6.9"/ QHD+, 20:9 display
· 8GB - 12GB RAM and 128GB - 1TB internal storage
· 64+13+8 megapixel / 64+13+8+2 megapixel rear cameras on the S20 and S20 Plus respectively
· 108+13+8+2 megapixel setup at the back with 5x optical zoom on the S20 Ultra
· 5,000mAh battery
· Will be announced at the Unpacked 2020 event on February 11, 2020 in San Francisco
Xiaomi Mi 10 Series
Also coming in February, but probably in the last week is Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Other interesting rumors about the 5G capable duo are as follows.
· OS: Android 10 (Q)
· 1080 x 2340, 19.5:9, S AMOLED 6.39" / 6.7", 120Hz display
· 128GB storage & 8GB RAM / 256GB storage & 12GB RAM / 512GB Storage & 16GB RAM
· 108 + 16 + 12 + 5 / 108 + 16 + 12 + 8 megapixel rear cam modules with 2x optical zoom (Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro respectively)
· 4,500mAh / 5,250mAh battery for the Mi 10 and 10 Pro respectively
· Will be announced in late February
This one will likely be a timed exclusive in India, and this move could make the new sub-brand of Vivo, the first OEM to release a Snapdragon 865 powered smartphone in the country. Not much else is known about the smartphone, but it is rumored to have impressive flagship specs such as a 120Hz display and 64+12+12+8 megapixel rear camera modules to go along with that flagship SoC as well.
As of now, it is expected that the Snapdragon 865 chip with its brand new Cortex A77 - powered Kryo 585 cores will finally be able to close the huge performance gap that exists between Apple's latest A-series chips and anything that any Android OEM is able to churn up. Of course, we will just have to wait and see how that actually turns out!
Sources: GSMArena, 91Mobiles and Ice Universe
Google announced before that it is developing a Smart Contact Lens prototype containing a glucose sensor. The US-based company had earlier said that this lens won't be available to the general public for at-least next five years, it now looks like the wearable device may hit the market before 2019.
This was revealed in a recently uncovered patent application that showed off potential designs for how the search giant could package a smart contact lens. When reached for comment, a Google representative said that product releases can't be deduced from patent applications.
For those who aren't aware, the smart lens can measure glucose levels by analysing the wearer's tears. It is capable of generating a reading once per second.
As the new year is almost upon us and Google has officially released Android Nougat 7.1.1, let us now take a quick look at when and if your device is going to get upgraded to the latest and greatest OS from Google.
Timeline: No confirmation yet, but the roll outs should start in early 2017.
Eligible devices: Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge +. More might be added later on.
Timeline: Q4, 2016
Eligible devices: HTC One A9, HTC One M9, HTC 10.
Timeline: Roll outs have already started for the LG G5 (South Korea) and will continue well into 2017.
Eligible devices: LG G4, LG G5, LG V20.
Timeline: The rollouts have already begun from December, 2016.
Eligible handsets: Sony Xperia Z3+, Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony Xperia X, Sony Xperia X Compact, Sony Xperia XA, Sony Xperia XA Ultra, Sony Xperia X Performance, Sony Xperia XZ.
Timeline: Already out and rolling.
Eligible devices: Google Nexus 6, Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6P, Google Nexus Player, Google Pixel C, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL.
Timeline: Early to mid 2017
Eligible devices: Priv, DTEK50, DTEK60.
Timeline: Depending on your location and your handset, it could have already arrived back in November.
Eligible devices: Moto Droid Turbo 2, Moto Droid Maxx 2, Moto X Force, Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G 4th Generation, Moto G Plus 4th Generation, Moto G Play 4th Generation, Moto Z, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play, Moto Z Play Droid.
Timeline: No confirmation, but it is expected to be in early 2016.
Eligible devices: Honor 8, Mate 8, Mate 9. P9-series.
Timeline: No confirmation yet.
Eligible devices: OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Just the last day, we heard about the September security updates from Samsung and Google are arriving on the S6 and S6 Edge and today we have similar good news for owners of the Galaxy A8. According to GSM Arena, A8 model number SM-A800F is now getting upgraded with the latest security patches by the September security update.
The 295MB patch includes fixes from Google against 66 bugs and security threats, along with a few of Samsung's own tweaks to further stabilize and secure the overlying TouchWiz UI. After downloading and installing the patch, your A8's Build Number should change to MMB29K.A800FXXU1BP12. Apart from bringing in multiple underlying improvements, the user should also be able to experience better voice calls, slightly improved battery life, efficient RAM management and an overall upgrade in terms of performance. If you have the same model as the one mentioned above, you should be prompted to update your Galaxy A8 soon, though it might take a while to arrive on each and every device.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung has usually unveiled the new Galaxy Note devices at the IFA trade show during the autumn season but it has become quite a practice for rumor mongers to spread the word that this year the device will be available sooner. This speculation is repeated at the beginning of every year when the new Galaxy S variants are speculated to reach public early and then after couple of months same goes for the next Galaxy Note device. Exactly the same thing is happening in case of the prediction coming out of Korea - "the Galaxy Note 6 will be in the market around July of this year along with Android N OS".
Android N is supposed to be the next important update for Google's open-source mobile OS and although a developer edition has been rolled out, the update doesn't have an official stamp till now. Google has already informed that device makers will get access to Android N this summer so the Korean giant will need to work super fast to get the firmware's support for the Galaxy Note 6. This is crucial for Samsung, if they are interested in releasing the flagship device with the latest Android flavor. Taking into consideration Samsung's slowness with respect to updates, this seems farfetched.
Samsung has already rolled-out the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for the Galaxy A3 (SM-A300F) few days ago starting with Russia, while the rest of the A-series devices are still waiting for their updates.
Today, we can confirm from our own sources that the Samsung Galaxy A5 (SM-A500) and Galaxy A7 (SM-A700) will receive the same Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Update Next month (June,2015), the updates are currently ready and pending release. Stay tuned!
In other News, ThreeUK confirmed via its official twitter account that the Galaxy A3 Lollipop update will arrive on its network by Next month too, this means the A3 updates (currently Available only in Russia) will start expanding to reach UK next month.
@VoorJason to have lollipop rolled out to the A3 sometime next month. Hope this helps :) >KW— ThreeUKSupport (@ThreeUKSupport) May 19, 2015
Meanwhile, Samsung Gulf has denied the Lollipop update for the Galaxy A series in the Middle-east region Only, considering that it's a mid-range device.
The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 are the current kings of Samsung's smartphone lineup, so it's no surprise that Samsung is already working towards getting the latest version of Android ready for these smartphones. However, it seems like the Oreo update will arrive on the Galaxy S8 series sooner than Nougat 7.0 did on the S7 lineup. We have come to this conclusion after finding out that the Galaxy S8 was seen on Geekbench yesterday, testing out an Android Oreo powered firmware. It was spotted by GalaxyClub and was brought to mass attention by SamMobile.
You can check out the benchmark results in the screenshot above and apart from the OS version, nothing much seems to have changed though as the scores are pretty much par for the S8. After the Galaxy S8, S8+ and the Note 8, it is expected that Samsung will update the S7 lineup next.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It's mid-September already and Samsung has already rolled out the latest Android patch with their own fixes to a number of models. The flasghips were next apparently, because the OEM has just started releasing the September security patch for the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and the Note 9. Keep in mind that if you are in the US, the carrier versions always get the updates first and this month is no exception either. Sprint customers should be seeing the update arive on their S9/S9+ any day now, if they have not received it already.
The Galaxy Note 9 on the other hand, is only getting updated in Europe at the moment, with Romania, Netherlands and Switzerland being in the front lines, as mentioned by SamMobile. If you have not yet received the same security patch on your Galaxy Note 8, you probably need to check for it manually, because smasung had released it quite a few days back in a lot of regions.
The large update for the Galaxy Note 9 seems to be puzzling a lot of users though, as most of them could not find any significant changes in their devices, post the update. While this in itself should not be anything to be puzzled about, the 660MB size of the update is quite baffling! If you were expecting to get AR Doodle and the Live Focus features which the Note 10 has, this update is not going to bring them to your device undortunately, and the change log did not mention anything significant at all. So the question is, what on earth is this 660MB update packing, aside from the minor bug fixes and security certificate updates?