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According to Korea JoongAng Daily, over a million units of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 are still being used around the world and these customers are unwilling to part with their stylus touting Samsung phone. According to the report, many customers do not agree that there is anything available in the market right now, which can replace the Note 7 and thus they are sticking with it. While this love and loyalty must be flattering for Samsung in many ways, it is extremely unwise and meaningless at the same time.


What the customers are failing to understand is that the Galaxy Note 7 does indeed pose a safety threat that was great enough for the manufacturer to not only recall each and every one of them back, but also to discontinue the product altogether. While this has already and will continue to cost Samsung plenty of money (read billions!), it hopes to minimize the damage that the blunder will leave on their reputation. Even if you are a Samsung loyalist, kindly note that if your Note 7 does indeed catch fire, it will only further tarnish the company's reputation and they will have an even harder time leaving it all behind. Besides, we are pretty sure that the Note 7 will not be receiving any further updates or support in the near future as the product is already discontinued officially. We suggest opting for the S7 Edge and the additional $100 bill credit (in the US) that Samsung is offering now for staying with them during this crisis.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Galaxy tab S3 is one of the premier Android tablets in a world where Android tablets are becoming rarer with each passing year. Most companies have stopped manufacturing premium tablets and even the companies like Samsung that do release a model every now and then, have stopped releasing them outside a few selected regions. However, with the Tab S3 just being released in Russia, fans from other countries can have their hopes up a bit too. Both the LTE and the Wi-Fi only variants have now been listed on the company's website in Russia.


Unfortunately, the price of the tablet in Russia is alarmingly higher than what it costs in the US or the UK. The 32GB Tab S3 costs around $599 officially in the US, while the same variant will cost someone picking it up in Russia, a whopping $965/RUB 54,990! That's $365 more than the US version, but they are identical to each other in every way. I am not sure how much of that is import duty, but whatever the reason may be, if the price difference is that much in your country as well, you are probably better off avoiding it. The Google Pixel will likely be a better deal if you can leave without the S-Pen, provided that's even available in your region of course.


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.


Via: SamMobile


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)



If the report from Business Insider is correct, then Apple is already working on the iPhone 8 and the bulk of the research and development is currently being carried out in Israel. Although it was supposed to be a secret, an employee of the office in Israel had apparently let the media in on the ongoing project. From what was heard from the source, it seems like Apple did take the criticism for not being innovative with their iPhone 7 quite seriously and is planning to introduce a radically redesigned iPhone 8 to the customers next year.


The "different" design may result in the next iPhone sporting a true edge-to-edge display and a ceramic body. The employee allegedly also talked about camera improvements but that is to be expected. It would be interesting to see if Apple introduces the iPhone 7s or if they shift from the "s" moniker to something like "x" as some rumors seem to be suggesting. Considering that the iPhone 7s (if it still is named so) is scheduled to be released at around the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, it would not be too farfetched to imagine that Apple will go out of their way to do something special for the occasion.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



A lot of major flagship handsets from market leading companies such as Samsung are yet to get their version of Android 8.0 or later, but that doesn't mean Google is not getting ready to release its upcoming edition of the Android OS, or at least the first developer's preview anyway! Earlier in the day, an Android Open Source Project commit by the name of Mishaal Rahman just Twitted the following, "Android P DP1 seems to be near finalized. Excited to see what's coming."


If you are wondering what we know about Android 9.0 so far, we are afraid not much really! But you can check out the little-known details and rumors over here. As far as the "P" is concerned, it is likely going to stand for "Pineapple Pie" but then again, at this point, your guess is as good as ours really.


Via: FOSSBYTES


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Galaxy ALPHA

 

Few minuets after we published our report about Samsung's official website that confirms the Galaxy ALPHA Lollipop update. Samsung France official twitter account has just tweeted that the Android Lollipop update for the ALPHA is currently being "deployed" and the update is "imminent".

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy ALPHA is expected to get Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update anytime during April, packing the an update TouchWiz UX version with Material Design, Bug fixes, New lock screen, update notifications buttons, security fixes and performance enhancements.

 

Stay tuned with us for More info...

 

Source [Twitter]



Samsung's flagship S-series handsets are receiving the December patch from the OEM in certain regions which include India, Bangladesh and Nepal. If you can see the same update in some other nearby regions, it's perfectly possible. It's good to see that Samsung isn't delaying the December patch as it did with the October and November patches. While one can argue that there is still no news about the Galaxy S8 and S8+ getting this month's security updates, it has to be remembered that Samsung does have a huge number of handsets in various regions to take care of! The good news is that Samsung has not been playing favorites recently when it comes to security updates as they are clearly being shipped out as soon as they become available and the price of the model in question has nothing to do with it.


As far as the update itself is concerned, it should address multiple Android OS related issues; alongside fixing ten of Samsung's own software related bugs and vulnerabilities. Do check out our firmware section and the daily update list if you want to try and flash the firmware manually instead of waiting impatiently for the package to arrive via OTA.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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