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We knew that something like this was coming but now we have confirmation. The Galaxy S8 has dethroned two flagship devices from their respective number one positions in the AnTuTu Benchmark test rankings. With a score of 205284, the S8 has officially dethroned both the OnePlus 3T (162423) as the number one Android handset on the list and the iPhone 7 Plus (181807) as the number one handset across all platforms. Check out the video here and see it happen live.
If you are wondering which chip the S8 in question is using, we are not entirely sure. It could be the Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895, but whichever one it is, we doubt the results will differ by much on either. What we can tell you is that this is the Galaxy S8 that is being tested in the video, as made evident by the SM-G950 model number and the "Galaxy S8" confirmation given by AnTuTu at the end of the video. Now that we have a new king of benchmarks among us, would you be buying it when it comes out in April?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The relationship which Qualcomm had forged with Samsung to develop the latest edition of Snapdragon 835 chips is now reportedly over. Qualcomm has apparently left Samsung for its rival in the semiconductor industry; TSMC or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. I am sorry if it sounds like a bad teenage romantic movie, but that's exactly how things stand now, provided that the report by Fudzilla is correct of course.
As it turns out, this had been going on from 2016 because the report states that Qualcomm had been working on developing its next gen 7nm chips with TSMC from the middle of last year! It would be a big blow to Samsung's semiconductor business if this report is authentic. TSMC is actually ahead of Samsung at the moment because of the fact that the Korean giant decided to concentrate on 10nm and 8nm processes, while TSMC skipped them both and went straight to 7nm. We will have to wait and see how this pans out next year when the next gen Exynos 9 series of chips are released alongside the Qualcomm SD 845/855 SoCs.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update recently started rolling out to the Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 devices all around the globe, but some owners are complaining via the Android Issue Tracker on a pretty unpleasant Bug that preventing them to send text messages.
The issue seems limited to particular carriers, so it might have something to do with the specific equipment or software they are using for relaying text messages back and forth. For now, it affects a pretty diverse group of carriers, spanning from Vodafone Netherlands, through Mobistar Belgium, to India, and virtual operators connected to those networks as well.
The affected owners usually receive an error code 38, and yet there is no issue with actually receiving text messages. A Dutch tech blog has sent an inquiry to Google about the bug, and has received an answer that they are aware, and the text message sending cut is also present on Nexus 6.