The OnePlus 5T is supposed to replace the OnePlus 5 and the company has confirmed that once stocks clear out, OnePlus will not be making any more OnePlus 5 models. However, does it mean that you should buy the handset? Well, that is not an easy question to answer but we will try to do that here.
OnePlus smartphones were once famous for selling flagship hardware at unbelievably affordable rates, but those days are long gone. Make no mistake, in nations like India and the company's own home country of China, the phone is still a lot cheaper than other flagships such as the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2, etc. Nevertheless, in America and Canada particularly, the carrier offers and Samsung's own offers make these flagships almost as affordable as the OnePlus 5T, but with better hardware. The OnePlus 5T cannot beat flagships from other more established OEMs in terms of display quality, camera or even water resistance (it doesn't have any!) and if it cannot even beat the price by much, they need to up their game. Nevertheless, if you are in one of those regions where the 5T is a lot cheaper than its competition, it makes for a good buy. By the way, if you already do have an OnePlus 5, do not even bother to buy a 5T because everything about the two phones is identical, except the full-screen display and the back-mounted fingerprint scanner. It might look a bit better, but that facelift doesn't warrant buying a 5T by any logical means.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
OnePlus has officially released a new limited edition phone, and this one is specially designed for tech enthusiasts: It's a custom-designed limited OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 edition. The company has already released a few limited-edition crossover phones including Star Wars and Marvel Avengers editions of its phones in India, as the MacLaren edition for the UK and US. Unlike the usually limited edition phones that come with a different color or metal covers or a different finish, this one changed the whole look of the rear side while keeping the front side and phone specs in the same place.
The phone has bright yellow accents around the corners, but it is also shipping with a few exclusive accessories, and extras. Each phone comes with one of the six-pin badges, an especially designed retail box, a unique phone case, and the manual that happens to unfold as a poster. Surprisingly, the company decided to integrate the phone's internal software with custom animations and UI that other OnePlus phones won't get.
The OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 edition features a completely redesigned glass camera housing at the top, with a sparkled grey color finish, yellow accents, and a quite visible phone branding. Although the camera house is significantly larger than the regular variant, OnePlus hasn't changed the camera placement. Instead, the extra real estate provided by the large camera housing is just occupied by the brand. The rest of the phone is similar to the regular OnePlus 8T. It features 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The phone will go on sale in China for 3999 Yuan, which is somewhat equal to $600.
OnePlus has already launched the higher and Pro variants of the OnePlus 9 back in March 2021 and now the entire series is finally available in the market as of today. However, you can purchase the regular base model along with the slightly cheaper variant 9R as well online via Amazon. The devices are available through amazon, but will be limited for Prime users as a form of an early access sale. The devices will go for open sale officially from tomorrow 15 April 2021. You can also purchase the devices with bank offers for SBI card users that offer some additional discounts.
OnePlus 9 is the company's latest flagship smartphone and powered by the Snapdragon 888 Soc, paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage as well. The phone is powered by a massive 4,500mAh battery that also comes with 65W fast charging. The phone is 6.55-inches with 2400x1080 pixels with 402ppi and 20:9 aspect ratio. The display comes with features like reading mode, night mode, vibrant color effect, and ultra-high video resolution,
OnePlus 9 has a triple camera system with 48MP primary camera, 50MP ultrawide camera sensor, and a 2MP depth camera sensor. The device camera allows you to shoot up to 8K video at 30fps, 4K video at 30,60fps, and 1080p video at 30,60, and even 240fps. The selfie camera is of 16Mp and comes with auto-HDR feature and 1080p video at 30fps. The device is powered by a Li-Po 4,500mAh non-removable battery that comes with 65W fast charging and 15W wireless fast charging. The phone is available in winter mint, arctic sky, and astral black colors.
OnePlus 9R has a strong Gorilla Glass 5 build front and back with aluminum frame. The phone has a fluid AMOLED display with 120Hz and HDR10+. The device features a 6.55-inches screen with 1080x2400 pixels resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G and runs on Android 11 with OxygenOS 11 on the top. The OnePlus 9R doesn't have any external card slot but comes with 128GB/256GB internal storage and 8GB/12GB RAM configurations.
The device has a quad camera at the rear side with 48MP primary camera, a 16MP ultrawide, a 5MP macro, and a 2MP depth camera sensor. The phone allows you to shoot up to 4K video at 30,60 fps, 1080p at 20,60,240 fps. The selfie camera features a 16Mp camera sensor that allows video up to 1080p at 30fps. The device comes with stereo speakers but doesn't' have any 3.5mm jack. OnePlus 9R is powered by a 4,500mAh non-removable battery with 65W fast charging. The phone is available in carbon black and lake blue colors.
Xiaomi launched the Redmi K30 Pro series in the Chinese market in March this year. The series had Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom edition. Xiaomi is one of the leading smartphone manufacturers. Giztop is now offering the Xiaomi for a considerably lower price. The phone features 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM model would normally set you back $549, but you can get your hands on it for a much less price at $499 through Giztop.
If the phone still doesn't fit with your budget, all you need to do is to apply coupon RK30100 at the time of checkout. The coupon will save you $100 more, by bringing the price further down to $399. The phone is available in blue and white colors. If you want the upper-end variant of the phone, you might want to check out the model that ships with 8GB of RAM and offers 128GB of internal storage. While the phone is normally sold at $649 on the aforesaid model, Giztop is giving you a chance to purchase the phone only for $599.
The Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro features a 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with a fingerprint scanner embedded under the screen. It is powered by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor along with a competent Adreno 650 GPU under the hood. The phone houses a four-camera system with a 64MP lens, 13MP, 5MP, and 2MP at the rear side of the display. For the front-facing camera, the phone houses a 20MP pop-up camera for taking selfies and video calling. The phone is backed by a 4,700mAh battery and runs MIUI 11 based on the Android 10 operating system.
ROG Phone 5 is the 4th generation smartphone in the gaming smartphone series by Asus. The phone is specifically designed for extreme gaming conditions and one of the favorite phones for the ultimate game.The phone has high-end specifications to meet the needs of a high-speed processor, gaming engine, premium visual, and gaming experience. The phone features a large 6.78-inch Samsung super AMOLED FHD+ display. The device is powered by Snapdragon 888 octa-core processor.
Users can play video games all day long on the phone due to its massive 6,000mah battery that keeps the phone alive even with a single charge for a day. The ROG phone 5 supports 65W fast charging, QC 5.0, along PD Protocol.The phone features a triple camera system at the rear side including a 64-megapixel primary camera f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.73", 0.8µm, PDAF, a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera sensor f/2.4, 11mm, and a 5-megapixel macro camera sensor f/2.0. The front camera is 24-megapixel, f/2.5, 27mm (wide), 0.9µm with Panorama and HDR features. You can shoot 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 720p@480fps; gyro-EIS with the rear camera, and 1080p@30fps video from the front-side camera.
The phone runs on Android 11, ROG UI out of the box, with Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) chipset, and Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680) CPU. the phone has 128GB /8GB RAM, 256GB /12GB RAM, 256GB/ 16GB RAM configurations. For connectivity, the phone uses Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, and Bluetooth 5.2. The phone has support for GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C 3.1.
The ROG Phone 5 uses Li-Po 6000 mAh, non-removable with Fast charging 65W, 70% in 30 min, 100% in 52 min (advertised), Reverse charging 10W, Power Delivery 3.0, and quick charge 5. The phone is available in Phantom Black, Storm White colors. For security, it uses Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass. The phone's price starts from $699.00
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has not hit the European smartphone markets for the first time. They are targeting consumers in the premium and budget-category of the smartphone industry there. The company is one of a few Chinese manufacturers who went international after achieving the considerable success in their homeland over the past decade. China is a huge market due to its population and is considered the second biggest hub of the smartphone manufacturers. Vivo isn't the biggest in China yet but doing good in its own capacity.
The only chinese company that has made it to European countries so far is Huawei, but now Vivo hopes to make its debut with fully-featured and affordable handsets. Denny Deng, the head of Vivo's European business said, "We are truly excited to showcase our first ever line-up of smartphones for the European market. To ensure we had a clear understanding of the market, we spoke to 9000 consumers across Europe, to understand how these devices are integrated into their daily life.
The company has launched Vivo X51 5G as the first flagship smartphone for the consumers who prefer to buy a high-end handset. The phone comes with full support to next generation networks without an additional cost. The main selling points are imaging capabilities, supported by a Gimbal camera system that compensates for natural shaking and distorted movies or images. Meanwhile the Y20, Y70, and Y11 are mid-range devices that aim to deliver as much capability as possible for the price. Vivo has also planned to offer Android and ditch the highly customized user interface to attract western consumers. The smartphone will support Google Assistant rather than Vivo's own alternative.
Google Chrome Beta for Android has just been update to v42.0.2311.51 with some critical bug fixes and stability improvements along with some New features added in the "flags" section
One of the New features on Chrome Beta v42 is the "pull to refresh" feature, which is available to (almost) all web pages. It's now easier to refresh any page, just like you do on any App, just pull and release to refresh the page. Besides, If your internet connection (WiFi/3G) got disconnected, Chrome Beta will auto-reload the webpage when it detects that your connection is back online.
The other change we're seeing is in the settings UI, which is more material in v42 on KitKat devices. Finally, there's a new flag in Chrome Beta to scan credit cards to fill forms faster, but it doesn't appear to do anything when enabled right now.
You can get the Chrome Beta v42 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.
On its latest flagship device, Galaxy S6, Samsung has ditched the microSD card slot for good. Depending on a faster internal storage for all Android and User files. The Korean giant will release 3 variants with different storage sizes (32GB - 64GB - 128GB). So...
How much storage available on a 32GB Galaxy S6 ?
Well, it's only about 23GB available for the user data after. The system-reserved storage is 6.5GB, with an extra 2GB reserved under the "Used space" heading. This means 9GB of storage is taken up the moment you open the box. You can disable apps, but not uninstall them.
The 64GB model will have around 54GB available for the user and finally, the 128GB will have 118GB available for the user. Your Choice!
Last week, Samsung and AT&T announced the Galaxy S6 Active with IP68 and Mil-STD-810G-certified protection. Today, AT&T has the Galaxy S6 Active available for purchase in gray, camo blue and, camo white colour options.
The handset will set you back $200 on a regular 2-year contract and $695 without any agreement. It is also available for $23.17 per month on AT&T Next 24 plan, $28.96 a month on Next 18, and $34.75 a month on Next 12.
If you aren't already aware, the Galaxy S6 Active is a rugged version of the company's Galaxy S6 flagship. It comes with IP68 and Mil-STD-810G-certified protection, which means that you can submerge it to up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. The device is completely dust-proof and packs in a 3,500 mAh battery.
Samsung has just announced that its new flagship, Galaxy S6 edge+, will be launched in India. The phone is priced at INR 57,900 ($888) for the 32GB model and will be available for purchase starting August,28th.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ is essentially the bigger variant of the Galaxy S6 edge. It has a larger 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM, 3,000mAh battery and wireless fast charging, with the rest of the specifications being identical.
The korean giant also announced that the S6 edge+ is also available for Pre-orders in the UK starting from £749. If you don't feel like ponying up that much cash upfront, you can also opt for a contract with an operator. Vodafone, O2, and Three are all offering up the Galaxy s6 edge+ with a myriad of different Pay Monthly plans. One of them will surely suit your particular needs. The operators all seem to expect shipping to start on September,4th.
As always, everytime when Samsung releases new flagship phones, it always includes a new TouchWiz UI version with it along with some amazing cool wallpapers. Both Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ launched with a two colorful cool stock wallpapers.
We have those Two official Stock Wallpapers Available for Download in 1080 x 1920 resolution, they are not QHD though! But we promise to post the Full stock Wallpapers packages of both devices in QHD resolution very soon.
As we promised here's the Full official stock Wallpapers Package of the New Samsung Galaxy Note5 with an updated TouchWiz UI version (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop).
The Wallpapers was taken directly from Note5 system dump, they are all in QHD resolution of 2560 x 2560 and about 3-4 MB each, they are scrollable and will look great on any screen. Download the full package or choose the one you like from the Google Drive Download Link below. Enjoy!
Android 6.0 Marshmallow launched with an updated Material Design UI, along with lots of new features and APIs such as native biometric scanner support, even longer battery life, app permissions and many more stuff. We already got the Full Stock Wallpapers package of Android Marshmallow available for download.
The latest Marshmallow Developer Preview also packs a NEW cool Boot Animation (see the GIF below). You can get this booting animation on your Android smartphone right now.
The boot animation has been pulled from the dev preview ROM of Android Marshmallow and has been made into an .APK. If you wish to install it on your phone, you need to have an AOSP ROM (CyanogenMod, ParanoidAndroid, etc.) or any ROM with CM Theme Engine Support. Download the APK from the source link below. Enjoy!
Good News for Android users, as Nokia HERE app is now Available for FREE on Google Play. What is HERE ?. Well, it's the famed mapping service that is still under Nokia's wing, which provides its users with completely offline navigation, has a wide array of available maps, up-to-date info for public transportation, as well as turn-by-turn voice guidance all of this free of charge.
Up until now, the app was only available for Samsung devices on one of Samsung's online app repositories. Apart from arriving on Google Play, HERE Beta also adds navigation support for plenty of new countries (Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Iraq, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Zambia, Zimbabwe), though these countries have not been fully-mapped just yet.
An HTC One M9 online retail listing shows that the flagship device will be available before the end of this month. The retail giant B&H listed the smartphone with March 25 launch date and $649 price tag. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S6 which will launch on April,1st.
The launch date and the price tag were quickly removed from the listing by the retailer, so we might indeed have seen the actual launch date of HTC One M9. B&H has a stellar track record as a retailer, so there is little reason to doubt its listing.
The plan all along was for the HTC One M9 to launch in HTC's backyard. But the date of the release, March 16th, had to be changed reportedly due to a software issue. Some said that the handset was having problems booting up, while others assumed that the problem had to do with the Snapdragon 810's alleged propensity to get a fever. After all, while running a benchmark test, HTC's new flagship had a surface temperature of 132 degrees fahrenheit.
But the good news is that HTC has sent out a patch that turns down the heat. A more recent reading of an HTC One M9 test unit showed the phone running at a much cooler 104 degrees fahrenheit, just two degrees higher than the HTC One (M8) ran during that aforementioned benchmark test.
So now that everything is copacetic with the HTC One M9, the handset is available for purchase in Taiwan, priced at the equivalent of $698 USD for the 32GB model. The 64GB variant, which is expected to be available at a future date, will be priced at the equivalent of $732 USD.
"Three" has joined the list of carriers in the UK that offer pre-orders for the HTC One (M9). The phone is available starting at £39 a month with an upfront cost of £19.
For the price you can get 1GB of 4G data and unlimited calls and SMS. There are also 2GB 4G data and unlimited 4G data options for £42 and £47 per month but the £19 upfront cost for the device remains. The HTC One (M9) can be had in either Silver/Rose gold and Gunmetal Gray.
And if you weren't familiar yet the HTC One (M9) can also be pre-ordered in Gold from EE UK, from Vodafone UK, O2 UK and also through Carphone Warehouse with deals from O2, Vodafone and EE.
There is general consensus that Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a beautiful phablet. The device has garnered great reviews and secured top spot among the smartphones currently available in the market. That said the Gold Platinum version looks more attractive than the plain Note 5. It gives a sense of "luxury product" because of the golden design. You can now grab the new variant from AT&T or Verizon. In fact, T-Mobile had listed the model a couple of weeks ago but because of unknown reason that page not been accessible. We're not quite clear whether or not that page will become live once again.
You can get the 64GB Gold Platinum model for $839.99 from AT&T. There is a zero downpayment on a 30-month installment plan with $28/monthly fee. With a two-year agreement, this device can be bought for $349.99. Verizon is offering only the 32GB Gold Platinum which costs less expensive at $696. With $0 downpayment for qualified customers, you can avail of the phablet for two years with a $29 per month payment. Both of the mobile carriers are offering $300 as credits or discount if you move to this device and exchange current one. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes features a 5.7 inch HD display screen, Samsung-made Exynos 7420 Octa-core 64-bit processor, 5MP front-facing snapper, 6MP camera in the back, and Samsung Knox security.
The LG G5 did a number on the Samsung Galaxy S7's camera this year with its modular upgrades and in order to fight back, Samsung had declared that it would be releasing a modular lens cover for the S7 series of smartphones very soon. As promised, Samsung has now released the lens cover which will allow owners of the S7 or S7 Edge to enhance the imaging capabilities of their phones.
The lens cover comes with a tele-lens, as well as a wide-angle lens so that the user can switch them according to the need of the moment. The package including the phone cover and the two lenses are currently priced at around $120.99. Considering that a retailer in Holland had listed these covers at roughly $170 about eight weeks ago, the official price tag seems much more reasonable now.
You are probably familiar with how the lenses work already, but just in case you are not, here is some know-how. A wide-angle lens is usually used for capturing landscape shots or group photos. The telephoto lens on the other hand is ideal for shooting objects at a distance, for example, the moon. Given how much people depend on the cameras of their smartphones these days; this is an excellent move by Samsung.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Samsung had started to sell a few online-only mobile accessories in South Korea recently, but they have now decided to go global with these exclusive accessories from November. They will still be online-only products, but now you will be able to purchase the accessories from Samsung's own website or other major online shopping sites like Amazon. Many have speculated this move as a direct result of the losses that the company suffered in Q3 2016. If you are interested in what they are planning to sell, take a look at the catalogue below.
In-ear Headphones Rectangle design: Fabric\metal construction, tangle-free cable ($26 approx.)
USB LED Light ($9 approx.)
Wireless Charger Tray design: Support for charging two devices simultaneously ($58 approx.)
Battery Pack Kettle Design: 5,100mAh/10,200mAh ($26/$35 approx.)
Wireless Speaker Bottle Design: wireless charging, 360-degree surround sound, motion sensitive UX ($77 approx.)
Wireless Speaker Scoop Design: Disc design, built-in microphone ($48 approx.)
Keep in mind that the price tags mentioned may differ as they are attained by simply converting each of the product's value from Korean Won to USD.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung has recently released an application on the Play Store named Wi-Fi Transfer. As far as functionality is concerned, the name itself is quite self-explanatory as it allows users to transfer various files via Wi-Fi without utilizing an active internet connection. One of the two devices is used to setup a Wi-Fi tethering connection, while the other one connects to the first device through the temporary Wi-Fi network.
The technology itself can be used to transfer files between any two smartphones running on Android. However, since Wi-Fi Transfer is an app by Samsung, the only handsets that are able to use the application right now are the ones made by Samsung.
The Play Store already has a good number of apps that allow the same facilities and most of them are compatible with the majority of Android devices. We are not sure what the exact purpose of this application was, but Samsung certainly seems to think that it was needed. The list of compatible smartphones even in the roster of Samsung is unfortunately on the lower side and several bugs have been reported. As it is a newly released application, we are sure that things will get better with each update.
Amazingly, The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is Now Available for pre-order in the UK by Mobile4Fun.com, the phone is not officially released yet. The Galaxy Alpha has a high price tag to match its metallic body £549. The listing doesn't indicate when the phone will become available, but it does give some specs about the device. However, after view hours, the website took the page down.
It should come with an Octa-core Exynos 5 processor, a 4.7" 1280x720 Super AMOLED display, and on the software side, Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It'll pack the same fingerprint scanner that the Samsung Galaxy S5 does too, along with a 12mp primary camera and a 2.1MP selfie unit. It also supports LTE data speeds, Bluetooth 4.0, and 32GB of internal storage, sans SD card slot.
The Galaxy Alpha is supposed to hit retailers on September 13th, and the official announcement will on September,3rd.
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The dual-SIM version of the Samsung Galaxy A5 is now listed on the company's official website in China. It is selling for $420 (CNY 2,599). Samsung is also planning to release the Galaxy A3 very soon too.
The Galaxy A5 is the latest member of Samsung's upper mid-range family of smartphones with a steel frame. It was announced almost a month ago and packs 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. It is built around a 5" Super AMOLED 720p display and at the back, there's a 13MP snapper with LED flash.
Along with the Note 4 announcement, Samsung also revealed its first Virtual Reality kit. Samsung Gear VR is Now Available online from AT&T and it may get out of stock very soon, so if you really want one... Hurry! The Samsung Gear VR is perhaps one of the most interesting smartphone-based hardware kits ever.
Samsung has also joined in the forefront of the endeavor with the collaborative venture that is the Samsung Gear VR. It is based on Oculus hardware and harnesses the computing capabilities and glorious QHD Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Note 4. It is set to deliver the most immersive VR experience to date and needless to say developers and tech-savvy consumers everywhere are excited.
The long awaited device was set to hit the market this month and just as promised AT&T has listed the Samsung Gear VR in its online store for the price of $199. For this price you get a full kit and a 16GB microSD card preloaded with virtual reality content. You do Need to have a Galaxy Note 4 for it to work.
Verizon, the largest U.S. carrier, has just launched the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge on its network. Verizon is offering the Note Edge for $399.99 on a two-year Contract or $799.99 unlocked.
Beside its amazing curved display on its right edge, the Galaxy Note Edge is similar to the the Galaxy Note 4, which features a Snapdragon 805 chipset with quad-core 2.7GHz processor and a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (515 ppi). It packs a 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, and packs in a 3,220 mAh battery.
Just as previously announced, the Samsung Gear VR headset for the company's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones is now available to buy in the US. Not only that, but it can also be found in stock, both at Best Buy and at Samsung's own online store.
The virtual reality headset has been up for pre-order in the US since April, and it's also been launched in Japan. Hopefully it will get a wider release across the world soon, now that both the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge are up for grabs pretty much everywhere. Gear VR Innovator Edition costs about $199.99.
Samsung has announced its thinnest and lightest tablet ever, Galaxy Tab S2 just few days ago. The device is launching with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop pre-installed.
The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch and 8-inch variants is available as Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and LTE configurations. Starting from today it can be pre-ordered from Samsung's website in the Netherlands.
As for the price, the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Wi-Fi model can be pre-ordered for €399 ($438), while the 9.7-inch Wi-Fi variant can be reserved for €499 ($548). Color options include black for the former and both black and white for the latter. Shipments will begin on September,3rd.
The launch of Neo-variant of the Galaxy S5 is imminent. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo (SM-G903F) is currently up for Pre-orders in Netherlands by a local retailer.
The S5 Neo will be running Android 5.1.1 lollipop Out-of-the-box and packing an Exynos 7580 CPU, It is a 64-bit chip with a total of eight Cortex-A53 cores, clocked at 1.6 GHz and a Mali-T720 GPU. It is worth noting that this chip is functionally slower than the Snapdragon silicon it replaces, but that is to be expected from a Neo device. Another big change is the modem, which is now capable of Cat.6 LTE speeds of up to 300 Mbps. The rest of the specs is the same as the Original Galaxy S5.
The retailer has also included a price for the device €429 ($460). Color choices include black, gold and silver and shipping should begin by the end of next month (August).
After months of speculations and leaks, the S8 and S8+ were finally launched last month. However, except for pre-ordering it and waiting to get your hands on one, there wasn't really much that you could do at that point. However, all that waiting comes to an end today as the S8 and S8+ are now officially on sale across the USA, Canada, South Korea and Puerto Rico. Of course some of the customers in other countries have already started to receive their package as well, but they still can't go and buy one off the shelf yet.
All remaining countries where Samsung has not yet started to sell the device (officially), should see the two flagships smartphones arrive at the stores in the coming week or the next; that is by the end of April or the first week of March, you should be able to buy a S8 smartphone irrespective of your location, unless Samsung has no presence in your nation of course.
Would you be buying the Galaxy S8 or S8+? Have you already pre-ordered it? Would you rather wait for the Galaxy Note 8 which will come out later in the year? Let us know the answers in the comments section below.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It was just about a week ago that the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition became available for purchase via their online store and now the Galaxy Note 8 Microsoft Edition is available there as well. It's the same Note 8 though in terms of hardware, but the Microsoft Edition does have a few Microsoft exclusive software bundled in with it. Cortana and Microsoft Explorer stands out among the list of included software as the most prominent ones, but there are also a few others included.
You can buy the handset right now for exactly $929.99, but you would probably do well to hold out till the Black Friday deals hit. Do keep in mind that the Microsoft Edition only includes the 64GB version, so you are out of luck if you were looking for the higher storage version. Is there a reason that justifies buying the Galaxy Note 8 Microsoft Edition over the standard edition? Umm... Not really! Nevertheless, feel free to do so if you wish! The included software might be a nice touch.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Malaysian Samsung Galaxy S5 users are celebrating the New Year by having their phone updated to Android 5.0. The update is not yet available OTA, so if you want to update your Galaxy S5 in the country, it means plugging the phone into your PC and using Samsung Kies 3.
Before you go ahead and update your Samsung Galaxy S5, make sure to leave at least 3 GB of free space available. At the same time, you should have the battery on your handset fully charged. Back up all of the data on your phone.
According to Samsung, apps opened for the first time after the update may be sluggish "due to the initial optimization process required with the Android 5.0 OS." Additionally, some apps installed on your Galaxy S5 might need to be updated from the Google Play Store or Samsung Galaxy App Store in order to be optimized with the latest build of Android. And after the update, the amount of system memory on your Galaxy S5 will decline by at least 950MB.
Google is making good on its promise at the Google IO few months ago, as they have announced that offline navigation and search is finally rolling out today.
Google said on today that Google Maps now supports full navigation, even when you don't have an Internet connection. "Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation and contact information or ratings." That means the next time you're in a area without internet connect, you won't need to worry about not getting the map and search information you need.
"By default, we'll only download areas to your device when you are on a Wi-Fi connection to prevent large data fees," Google product manager Amanda Bishop wrote in a blog post.
First previewed during Google I/O in May, the new Maps feature-which includes reviews and opening hours-is slowly rolling out to Android users, and should arrive soon on iOS.
"Over time, we'll be introducing even more offline features to help you find your way-even when you can't find a connection," Amanda Bishop wrote.
Source: Google Blog Post
Google released a standalone Slides application for Apple iOS devices. Google Slides joined its already available Docs and Sheets relatives in the App Store.
As expected, Google Slides for iOS allows you to sync your spreadsheets with Android devices, as well as laptop or desktop computers. All you need is your Google ID.
Offline editing is available too. Your work progress will be saved to the cloud once you go back online. You can also edit and update already Microsoft PowerPoint files.
Google has updated the majority of its apps with Material Design looks to prepare them for the Android 5.0 Lollipop launch and the Calendar is one of the best looking. It features beautiful artwork for each month and now these backgrounds are Available for you to download as wallpapers.
The images are done in the unmistakable Google fashion and are best viewed in the Calendar app when used on a tablet. Now, you can use them outside of the app as your custom homescreen background.
Moving from media devices, tablets and Smartphones. Google decided to release its first SmartRouter. It's called OnHub and it's built in partnership with TP-Link. As of the design, it looks amazing, nothing like your average router.
Google OnHub is an AC1900 router, boasting a total of 13 built-in antennas: 6 for the 2.4 GHz band, 6 for 5 GHz, and another one that's used for continuously monitoring your environment for wireless congestions. In conjunction with this antenna's scans, the software automatically switches wireless channels when necessary.
Aside from the 802.11ac support, you get legacy a/b/g/n too, but this router also has Bluetooth, and support for Weave and 802.15.4, so it's as future-proof as possible. On the hardware side, we're looking at a Qualcomm / Atheros chipset solution, with an IPQ8064 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MB of NOR flash, 4GB of eMMC flash, and a QCA8337 Gigabit Ethernet switch.
The OnHub is available to order today from the Google Store as well as many other retailers. It costs $199.99 and is offered in blue and black. According to Amazon, it will be released on August 31st. Google itself only says it will be shipping "in the upcoming weeks".
Google isn't very keen to keep its devices or specs a secret. Sometimes Google itself leaks the news about the upcoming devices. And that's why we know more than a few things about the latest Google Pixel 4a even before its launch. Early last month, Google Pixel 4a was shown off in a high definition hands-on video. While many of the specs are already known, there are still a few things left to be revealed. A new leak is going to cover what was missed in the earlier leaks.
Google Pixel devices are usually sold in three color options - white, black, and a unique color. We have already seen dark blue, not pink, purple, orange, and many more. The latest leak suggests that the Pixel 4a will also be available in a light shade of blue called Barely Blue other than regular colors- white and Jet black.
The other leak is related to the storage option. We already know that the Pixel 4a will have 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage that is good enough to load apps at a much faster rate. Now, we know that there will also be a 128GB storage option. UFS 2.1 is not mentioned but it is safe to assume that it will be using the same storage technology as for the 64GB model. The device would be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor with Adreno 618GPU.
On the rear side, you can find a 12MP camera lens with an LED flash. The camera is also capable of recording 4K videos. The front camera will be 8MP with video stabilization. The phone uses 4G network support and has a Dual SIM support option. The ports are USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery is 3,080mAh that is okay if you are not a heavy user. The smartphone comes with the latest version of the Android operation system by default - Android 10. The device is expected to be something around $400 for consumers.
Google is taking a different approach this year for the Android N Developer Preview. They have been releasing updates earlier than expected. For example the new Quick Replies from the notifications area was pushed to Hangouts very soon, the new set of attractive Unicode 9.0 emoji was released even before the official announcement and now the Google Camera app (v3.2) has been rolled out to the Google Play Store.
The new Google Camera comes with all the updates mobile enthusiasts have already read. It has the ability to take pictures during video recording (kudos to the exclusive camera button right above the record button in video mode), latest slow-motion mode (if your smartphone can support it - 120 fps in case of Nexus 5X and maximum 240 fps for the Nexus 6P) in the nav drawer along with more icons and buttons. Worthy to note that all the Nexus devices won't have all the features.
Recording in HDR Mode will most probably give the experience of increased speed as available in the N preview 2. Earlier there used to be a very long processing period for the HDR shooting. Now, it has become much better, although not very smooth. Right now, there is no action pending from your end. All you need to do is wait for your turn to get the update in stacked release schedule. Although you can download and install .apk, it is highly recommended that you should take care of security issue and make sure that the file is from a trustworthy source.
Google rolled out the first preview edition of Android N last month, way before this year's Google I/O event. At the same time, Google made it official that more number of preview version would be unveiled in the coming months and now we have Android N Preview 2 with us.
The upgraded version comes with launcher shortcuts, api updates, bug fixes and a lot more (Vulkan 3D rendering API, Emoji Unicode 9 support). If you are simply interested in trying it out on your own, there are two options:
If you are part of the Android Beta Program for your Nexus device, the OTA notification will be sent to your device very soon.
Given below are links to install the latest beta manually, if you don't want to wait:
If you have already tried it out, then post in the comment about your experiences. What did you like the most? What are your suggestions to improve the OS?
Google surprised a lot of people when they released Android N in its beta version yesterday, especially since Android M itself was released just a few months ago in last October. Many of the market leading smartphone manufacturers have not even been able to update their high-end devices to Marshmallow yet. Samsung is the worldwide leader when it comes to Android smartphones and things do not exactly look good when they have not been able to update their major flagship devices like the Galaxy Note 5 to Marshmallow in all locations yet; especially, since the next iteration of the OS is already out.
Back in February, it did look like Samsung was about to make sure that Marshmallow reaches all their high-end devices everywhere, within a few months. However, things did not pan out that way and many regions are still waiting for it impatiently. Taking the fact into account that Android 6 went official about six months ago, it seems like Samsung is living up to its name for being slow and unpredictable with software updates. After seeing how slow Samsung is even with their most expensive phones from 2015, things are looking really dim for our low or mid-range Samsung smartphones as far as being updated to Android Marshmallow is concerned.
HTC has just updated its "Zoe" app in Google Play with support for a few non-HTC phones, but support will supposedly expand soon. The Zoe app isn't the same as HTC's Zoe camera feature in the HTC One, but it might still be interesting if you're down with making and sharing videos.
This is a beta release of the app, so you can only use it with certain devices. We're seeing the Nexus 5, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S4 all on the supported list. Phones like the LG G3 and Moto X are not able to run the app yet (through official channels).
Zoe is supposed to be available on all phones from LG, Samsung, and HTC running 4.4 or higher, but it appears they're still working on that. Download Zeo from Play Store link Below.
Angry Birds games have a long history. The original was a huge hit, but each successive attempt felt less interesting. Today, Rovio has just released the Angry birds Transformers game on the Play Store for FREE. The game is unexpectedly very entertaining.
In this title, the birds and pigs have been transformed into Autobots and Decepticons, respectively. In each level your chosen Transformer runs through the level while you tap on objects in the background for him or her to blast. The goal is to take out all the pigs by knocking over the towers, just like in traditional Angry Birds, but you've only got a limited time to peck away at the supports with lasers as you run past.
The transforming aspect comes into play when you need to speed up to avoid being smashed by something. Download the game now from the Google Play store link below.
Finally, Google Calendar 5.0 is Here. Google released the Android 5.0 lollipop images 2 days ago and today we get one of its most Amazing long-waited App. Google Calendar 5.0 is a complete re-design of the default calendar App of Android, it has a full Material Design UI and a new cool Material icon too.
The app itself is exactly what you'd expect having seen our previous coverage a super smart "schedule" layout at the front, with supporting day and 5-day views on phones, with a month and week view appearing on tablets.
Google Calendar 5.0 supports devices running Android 4.0.3 or later only. You can Download the official APK from the link below. It will take sometime until the new version hits Google play. So Download & Enjoy!
HTC has published yet another of its built-in apps on the Google Play Store. This time we're talking about HTC Camera, which joins many other apps, including the Sense 6 lock screen, the Sense BlinkFeed launcher, as well as HTC Weather.
HTC Camera is the built-in camera app for recent smartphones made by the Taiwanese company, and it features the Eye experience for select devices.
As with all the other apps which HTC has published on the Play Store in the past, you can't install this if you don't have a compatible handset made by HTC.
The point of these moves isn't to make HTC's built-in apps for Android available for other devices, but to ensure it can update them in a timely fashion when needed. This way, you'll get new versions of HTC Camera, for example, without having to wait for the next software update for your phone.
AirDroid is one of those indispensable tools that goes on a new phone or tablet the minute I set it up, and this tool has just got updated to version 3 with a complete overhaul. AirDroid 3 allow you to transfer files and photos wirelessly from your computer to your Android device with many other tools and great UI.
AirDroid 3 still on BETA status but you can try it now on your Android device and also the desktop Native client for Windows and Mac are also available as BETA. All interactions with AirDroid 3 are now encrypted from end to end. You can Try AirDroid 3 today from the download links below.
What's New in AirDroid 3 :
- Control Android from computer remotely, like Remote Desktop or VNC.
- Launch an Android app remotely from it's notification.
A typical use case: The phone receives a new Whatsapp message and the message is pushed to computer in real time. Click on the notification, and AirMirror will mirror the phone screen on computer, with Whatsapp launched and ready for you to respond to the message.
- In the first version, AirMirror will work out of the box in a few pre-certified phones, but most phones will need to get rooted. AirDroid is working with major OEMs to make AirMirror work without rooting on more devices.
* End-to-End encryption (E2EE):
- End-to-End encryption for all SMS, app notifications, contact data, account credentials and other sensitive data. E2EE makes it practically impossible for any 3rd party, including the government and the developer, to access the user data transferred via E2EE. It's our commitment and priority to make AirDroid safer.
* File transfer:
- Transfer files from computer to Android, Android to computer, Android to Android, on local connection or remote connection.
- Transfer file folder from computer to Android.
- Files transferred by remote connection will be available for download for 7 days, and then will be permanently deleted from cloud.
- Receive and reply to SMS on computer.
- Send group SMS.
* Call alerts:
- Real-time notification of incoming calls.
- Reject incoming calls, optionally with a canned quick response by SMS.
- Accept incoming calls. Call talking is still on the phone, not on computer.
- View contacts and send SMS from contact list.
* Notification Mirror
- Get real-time alert of phone notifications from any apps.
- Silence individual or all app notifications.
* Redesigned Android interface:
- The Android interface is redesigned to make it more intuitive, and also feels more "Android", less iOS.
* AirDroid Web:
- The update for AirDroid Web is mostly about bug fixes and stability improvements. AirDroid Web is still as important as Windows and Mac, and we'll continue to invest heavily on it, but in AirDroid 3, we put more resources in creating the all new desktop clients.
MEGA, the cloud storage service, has just released a major update to its App. MEGA 2.0 BETA is Now Available on the Play Store with an Improved User Interface and Many new features as a Christmas gift for all its Android users.
The App is now much faster and more secure than before. Mega.co.nz is very strict on user's privacy and protection, it's cloud storage service is one of the most secured sharing platform online with a super Download/Upload speed to all users. It's Android App needed a lot of improvements and MEGA 2.0 BETA is the answer.
Whats' New in Mega 2.0 (BETA):
- Handles large accounts and folders with ease
- Improved user interface
- Access folders that others shared with you
- Share your own folders with others
- Improved photo and video uploads
- Embedded image gallery
- Audio and video streaming
- Transfer manager (pause/restart)
- Open exported file and folder links
Adobe has just released a new mobile version of one of its more popular and useful pieces of photo-editing software. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is now avaialbe in the Google Play store.
What does Lightroom for Android allow you to do, exactly? Provided that you have one of the required Adobe subscription plans, you can sync the photos you have inside the full-blown Lightroom 5 program on your desktop to your smartphone and edit them directly from your phone. The true strength of the app, however, lies in its ability to edit RAW images that you've taken with your DSLR camera. The App is Free but for a 30-day trial.
Wikipedia App for Android is very old and outdated, that's why Wikipedia foundation just launched it's New "Wikipedia Beta" App on the Play Store. New features and an updated User Interface is the main key features for this Beta App, Wikipedia took a step further to improve the user experience of it's App.
The App is Available for Free to test it before the full market release, Here's the Official change-log:
- Widgets: search + featured article
- Search suggestions are back
- Translucent toolbar
- Lead image/gallery: white background if image has transparency; crop off more of the bottom of images
- Infobox styling update
- Avoid NPE crash from onPrepareOptionsMenu
- Updated app icon
- Nav drawer: overlaps search bar; ripple effect for items
- Nearby: secondary action icon to view on a map instead of long-press
- Don't keep History, Saved Pages, or Nearby fragment in backstack
It's been another great year for innovative new apps arriving on Android and IOS and we hope this trend will continue throughout 2017. It's true that there is an app out there for just about anything and even though some are truly more useful that others we have selected a range of the latest and upcoming Android apps for you to enjoy.
The good thing about a free app is that whilst it might not end up being exactly what you initially imagined it to be you will always have the ability to give it a try first. Thankfully Fingerprint Gestures is exactly that kind of app and even though it has a few teething problems on certain devices it can allow you to take better control of various smartphone-related tasks.
This useful little Google app gives you the chance to scan your existing physical photographs and turn it into a digital alternative. As you enter the scan process you can select a number of options that will allow you to edit or enhance the original photo as you see fit. It's pretty simple to use and fantastically helpful if you have stacks and stacks of old photos lying around.
Quiz lovers will certainly get a kick out of this new generation IQ, trivia and quiz app. It's filled with challenging quizzes and various live tournaments and even gives registered players the chance to win actual prizes. You can compete alongside other players in realtime and it's a great opportunity to show off your general knowledge skills to friends and family.
LEARN HOW TO DRAW
We do love an app that has a title which pretty much explains exactly what it does, at least that way if you're an avid app fan that collects and stores apps all over the place you'll be able to quickly discover what it's used for. This cool app features a whole host of various lessons ranging in levels of difficulty in order to help improve your drawing skills. Each tutorial featured on the app was created especially by well known Irish comic book artist Will Sliney, and there's plenty to pick from.
There are plenty of money-sharing apps out there but TransferGo works a little differently and is ideal for those looking to make international payments or money transfer. No doubt at some point you have probably been stung by an unexpected banking fee relating to either sending or receiving international funds in various currencies. TransferGo eliminates these extortionate rates providing a quick and easy to use service that will let you transfer money across Europe for a mere fraction of the price. As smartphones continue the march of money evolution, this app is a must!
Pyro isn't exactly one of the most practical or useful apps currently around but it strangely satisfying. This augmented reality-based app gives Android owners the chance to watch just about anything around them burn, all virtually of course. Just point your phone's camera at the place, item or person you'd like to see set in flames and start drawing in the burning flames with your finger.
After 3 years of Beta Testing, The Google Glass Explorer Edition is Now available for purchase in the Play store in the United States by anyone (no need for Glass project invitation).
Pricing of the futuristic gadget hasn't changed. You will still need to part with $1,500 in order to get your hands on it, thus meaning that it is hardly going to be a mass-market item.
Of course, the familiar array of additional accessories is also available. It includes shades, prescription frames, and in-ear headphones.