Evan Blass does it again as he releases the eagerly awaited specifications of the upcoming OnePlus 3. If he is right, then it's all good news for fans of the Chinese OEM. NFC makes a comeback to this year's OnePlus and we love that. Also, as expected, the OnePlus 3 will come equipped with the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC and 6 gigabytes of RAM on the premium variant. There will also be a cheaper 4GB variant apparently.
Since manufacturing OLED panels are now cheaper than ever, it is not really surprising to see that the OnePlus 3 will be adopting an AMOLED panel for its display. The resolution has not yet been revealed, but rumors suggest that OnePlus will stick to the 1080p resolution for this year as well.
Reportedly, there will be a 3,000 mAh battery, state of the art fingerprint scanner and an USB Type-C port. What is interesting is that OnePlus might actually be testing out Android N on its upcoming flagship phone as you read this. However, it would be highly unlikely (but an excellent surprise!) for the Plus 3 to operate on Android N right out of the box. The chances of the budget flagship device running on Marshmallow at launch are far greater.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
OnePlus used an untraditional platform to announce a feature pack of its next device. Usually, phone manufacturers use Twitter to share news, leaks, or updates about their mobile phones or products. But recently OnePlus uploaded a new teaser on Instagram. The new revelation comes just before a few days of the launch of the next OnePlus phone. As per the Instagram post, OnePlus Nord will come with preloaded with Google's Duo, Messages, and phone apps. The company has already revealed that the OnePlus Nord uses an Android-based Oxygen OS. Some of its key specs have already been leaked or confirmed previously. The company called it a flagship killer phone as it will notably the most affordable phone by the company.
As per the teaser video posted on Instagram, the OnePlus Nord has to offer the smoothest experience possible due to these integrated Google apps. Some of the other phones including the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are using the proprietary alternatives to Google apps and come with the company's software used for dialer and SMS messaging instead. The latest flagships, however, seems to stick with the default options to offer an improved user experience.
The OnePlus Nord will be running OxygenOS, which is known for providing an almost bloatware-free, Android-like experience. With the default Google apps, the OnePlus Nord will be able to offer rich communication services functionality to users. In another video on Instagram, OnePlus has highlighted that the OnePlus Nord would have a tough build that would resist drop, shock, and water. The phone will, however, not come with an Ingress Protection (IP) certification, as confirmed by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei in an interview with YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD).
The recent teasers have also highlighted the earlier rumors that the OnePlus Nord will feature a quad-camera system at the rear side, with a 48-megapixel primary camera that also comes with optical image stabilization. The phone features a 90Hz AMOLED display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC. The device will be powered by a reasonably huge 4,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. For the front camera, you get a 32-megapixel primary sensor. The OnePlus Nord launch is scheduled for 7:30 pm IST on Tuesday. Alongside the new smartphone, OnePlus is launching its first truly wireless (TWS) earbuds that are called the OnePlus Buds.
Recently, Oppo Reno 6 pro appeared on the Intertek certification website which confirms its near-to-launch status. The listing confirms that the phone is using a battery with fast charging capability of 65W. The phone is expected to be launched somewhere towards the end of May 2021 in mainland China. Earlier reports suggest that the phone will be using a 4,4000mAh battery with a dual-cell configuration.
Oppo Reno 6 series is expected to include three smartphones - the vanilla Reno 6, the Reno 6 Pro model, and Reno 6 Pro+. Some of the specifications of these phones have already been leaked thanks to their listing on TEENA and MIIT certification websites. The Pro model is reported to be powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1,200 processing chip whereas the Pro plus variant is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor.
The Chinese tipster with the username Digitalstation has also shared TENNA listings of the phone on Weibo. The Pro model is seen to be listed with the model number PEMPPOO and Reno 6 Pro+ is listed with the number PENMOO. Oppo Reno 6 Pro features a 6.55-inch screen and runs on the Android 11 operating system and might pack a 4,500mAh battery that is good enough to keep your phone running the whole day. You can play games, browse YouTube for a longer duration of time without getting worried about battery drainage.
Other reports suggest that the Pro model will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The phone will be powered by a powerful Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) processor so that you can enjoy a seamless performance. The phone is expected to come with a 5G connectivity option and might include Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth - Yes, v5.0, and 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G. Moreover, sensors on the smartphone might include Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass. The Pro model is likely to be available for purchase for less than 30,000 INR and might come in Luminous black, Ocean blue, and Sunset pink colors.
Microsoft has finally unveiled the Lumia 650 and officially confirmed the launch of the smartphone after several rumours about it surfaced in the last few months.
It will come with a 5-inch 720p screen, but contrary to the predecessor Lumia 550, the 650 boasts an AMOLED display panel. Microsoft is super excited and they have gone ahead to name it as their most beautiful screen ever at this time.
This Windows 10 device will be backed by the Snapdragon 212 SoC without Continuum, and its quad-core Cortex-A7 processor will be clocked at 1.3GHZ - the unique thing in comparison to the S210 in the Lumia 550. It's packed with 1GB of RAM and the 16 gig internal storage could be expanded by microSD. The primary snapper will be of 8MP (type 1/4 inch sensor, 28mm equiv. focal length, f/2.2 aperture), while the front camera will have 5MP sensor with f/2.2 lens.
There are wide range of connectivity options - multi-band 2G/3G/4G, and LTE with Cat 4 (150Mbps down, 50Mbps up). It also has Bluetooth v4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. There will also be a dual-SIM variant of the device. Radio listeners can surely enjoy the FM Radio.
The Lumia 650 features solid aluminum body, replaceable back covers and comes with two color options - black and white. It weighs 122g and dimension wise it quite sleek (142 x 70.9 x 6.9mm). Its 2,000mAh battery can be replaced by the users..
From February 18th, this device will be available in some of the European markets and cost around $199 before taxes or subsidies (US dollar pricing announcement in Europe is surprising though).
The CES 2015 has passed and Samsung didn't show us the Galaxy S6. Business Insider reports confirmed that this future flagship will come in both Regular and Edge variants. The successor to the Galaxy S5 will mark yet another step in Samsung's gradual move to a more premium build, with confirmation yet to come whether that will mean a true unibody or aluminum accents. However, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will be a limited Edition.
Hardware will most likely be region-dependent, but with the never-ending rumors of Qualcomm's problems with the Snapdragon 810, all versions may get the in-house Exynos 7420 chipset, paired with 3GB RAM. Previously speculated at 5.5 inches, it won't be surprising if the Galaxy S6 ends up closer to 5.2-5.3 inches, which makes sense.
Following much criticism, Samsung abandoned the all-plastic bodies with the Alpha lineup and the latest Galaxy Note 4, and the Galaxy series will follow suit. We will also be treated to a dual edge screen version, building on the Note Edge's hype. The speculated unibody of the regular Galaxy S6 will however result in the loss of the beloved replaceable battery, that's been a strong selling point of the lineup.
It looks like Samsung has finished working on it's upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S6. According to confirmed reports from Business Korea, Samsung Galaxy S6 has entered Trial production on Samsung's Vietnamese plant, the device will enter Mass production starting Next month.
In other hand, Samsung finally listened to the many of it users who are criticizing its Android overlay Interface "TouchWiz UX". Reports suggests that the Galaxy S6 will have a New TouchWiz with less customization to look very close to the Android's default UI, the Korean giant decided to focus more on core features and rethinking the inclusion of more obscure ones
Samsung will be revealing the Galaxy S6 on the MWC 2015 on early March. The flagship will be Available on two variants, Regular and Edge. The Galaxy S6 Edge will pack the same specs as the regular but with a curved screen.
Samsung hinted on it's newest official blog post that the Galaxy S6 will feature a built-in wireless charging, actually the company hinted that its whole 2015 Galaxy line-up will feature wireless-charging.
"With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users will be able to enter a new wireless world like never before." - Samsung Tomorrow, Official Blog
Blessing us with a unibody phone, which will be a first for the Galaxy S line, Samsung has apparently decided to compensate for the sealed battery compartment with highly efficient inductive charging for the Galaxy S6. This might also have something to do with the famed rich accessory ecosystem that Samsung is reportedly prepping around its new flagship.
The latest blog post from Samsung, which shines a spotlight on the wireless charging standards, history, and latest developments, is another hint in that direction, so we can't wait to see how the company has managed to embed wireless charging in a metal unibody.
We already reported before that Samsung Mobile has already began mass production of a 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory chips on the market and consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts) too. These chips will be available by Late 2015.
Today, some reports comes from South Korea confirms that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 phablet will pack the same 4GB LPDDR4 RAM chip we mentioned above, which brings the phablets performance to a whole new look.
Also confirmed is the fact that the Note 5 will use Samsung's own Exynos 7422 chipset, the company's first to be a true single-chip solution. This means one package will incorporate the octa-core CPU, the GPU, the RAM, the storage, as well as the Shannon 333 LTE modem.
Today, Samsung has officially announced that its next Galaxy UNPACKED 2015 event will be held on August 13th at Lincoln Center in New York. We will provide a link for the Live Stream of the event via YouTube in the next few days.
The Invitation sent (photo above) hints for the Galaxy Note 5 dual-edge curved screen. Samsung is also preparing to launch the Galaxy S6 edge+ as well.
We have all the details for both device leaked Here. Stay tuned for info as we are getting close to the launch date.
Please note that this is not the final list, other devices will be added later, Stay tuned and don't forget to follow our Samsung Official Updates Page for More Info. Please
Recently, Google officially annouced its latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow release, currently the developer Preview 3 is available for download and the final version will be officially released by the end of Q3,2015. Samsung will start preparing its "Marshmallow" updates after releasing the Lollipop 5.1.1 updates which are currently rolling-out for various of its devices with many improvements (Guest Mode, Improved UI, Bug fixes... etc). Samsung has already published an Infographic that shows what the company will focus on its upcoming Marshmallow update releases.
By early next year, Samsung will start releasing its first Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware with TouchWiz UI. The Korean giant is always looking to brings the best User Experience to all its users. Our insider provided with a the list of the Confirmed devices that are planned to get official Samsung Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates so far... more devices will be added to list as soon as we get more info.
What's New in Samsung Android Marshmallow Update
Samsung devices confirmed to get official Android Marshmallow updates:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
- Samsung Galaxy ALPHA
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A
Samsung Mobiles are best known for their state-of-the-art cameras and super-fast refresh rates. With a higher capacity battery life than almost all their rivals, Samsung remain one of the best known and reputable mobile companies on the market. The newest updates allow you to get even more of out your smart phone. Users can use their Samsung phone like a computer due to its processing powers. You can use your phone to play games, record YouTube videos and store thousands of pictures and videos. You can browse the internet and even use your mobile to play at mobile slot sites. Mobile Phone Technology gets better and better year after year.
Please note that this is not the final list, other devices will be added later, Stay tuned and don't forget to follow our Samsung Official Updates Page for More Info. Please.
HTC has already announced its official list of devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow few days ago. Now, we can update this list by adding a new device to this list.
HTC has confirmed that HTC Desire EYE will receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Sense 7.0 UI on top. The update is getting closer in Q1,2016 with lots of other devices on the Desire line.
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Today, HTC UK confirmed via a Tweet from its official Twitter, that "the New HTC One" will be unveiled on March,1st. The Taiwanese company will held a major event on the first day of next month to release its upcoming long-rumored flagship HTC One M9.
Last month, HTC sent out invites for its MWC 2015 event scheduled for March,1st in Barcelona. However, it didn't say what exactly the event would focus on, even though it was fairly reasonable to expect that the Taiwanese company would unveil its next generation flagship.
Let them stare. The new HTC One revealed 01.03.15. pic.twitter.com/qehl2KFmdz— HTC UK (@HTC_UK) February 17, 2015
The Galaxy J-series has received an overhaul as the J5 and the J7 was re-launched a few weeks ago in China with new and improved hardware. Starting from April 29, the two smartphones are now also available for purchase in Samsung's own country of origin, South Korea. The 2016 versions of the J5 and J7 will be offered in two colors, black and gold. KT is the only network which has the new J5 and J7 right now. This has been Samsung's strategy with their not-so-popular smartphones for a while now; offer limited color options and make the models available only via a single carrier.
The 2016 variant of the J5 features a 5.2" HD (720p) Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz chipset with four cores. Backed up by 2GB of RAM, 16GB of in-built storage and a 3,100 mAh battery, the J5 will be running Android M right out of the box. It also sports a 13-megapixel snapper at the back and a 5-megapixel front camera to satisfy selfie demands. The highlight of the 2016 version is its metal design, which holds true for both the J5 (2016) and the J7 (2016).
Other than being powered by a slightly faster quad core processor which is clocked at 1.6 GHz, the new J7 shares the same 2GB RAM, 16 GB in-built memory and 13-megapixel/5-megapixel snappers with the J5. The J7 (2016) does sport a bigger battery (3.300 mAh) and a larger screen (5.5" 720p) though. The overlaying UI will be based on Android M, same as its smaller brother.
After considering that both the smartphones share almost the same hardware, one may wonder if the J7 (2016) is really worth the extra money that it asks for. In our opinion, the J5 (2016) priced at 290,000 won/$254 is probably a better buy than the J7, which is priced at 363,000 won/$318. If you were waiting for something a bit more budget-friendly, the J3 (2016) is also scheduled to be launched in South Korea soon.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Firstly, there's the news leaked by @evleaks which suggests that the upcoming Note 7 will sport a "Blue Coral" variant for the first time. More interestingly, @evleaks also confirmed that there will be an iris scanner on the Note 7, just as previous rumors had us believing for a long time.
Secondly, latest reports from China confirm a lot of the other hardware specifications that were expected to be a part of the Note 7. The next Note may indeed sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/823 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and a choice of internal storage that may range in between 64GB - 256GB. Of course, there will also be an Exynos variant of the smartphone that will sport the Exynos 8893 SoC instead of the Qualcomm chip.
Other expected features that were confirmed by the leak include a 5.7-inch 1440p (QHD) Super AMOLED panel, a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-pixel phase detection, a 5-megapixel selfie cam, a SD-card slot and a fast charging battery with the capacity of 4,000mAh. Everything is expected to run smoothly on a fresh, minimalistic version of the TouchWiz UI, powered by Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and not Android N, as rumoured previously. There's also the IP68 certification for water resistance and the first USB Type-C port from Samsung. Let's see how much of this matches up to the actual Galaxy Note 7 when it's released in August.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although there was not an iota of doubt regarding existence of the soon to be launched Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (or its name), an official confirmation from Samsung's own website is surely an important thing before the launch.
They recently added a new page about the edge screen features on the website where the company lets developers download SDKs and other similar development kits. This page is not only dedicated to description the edge screen features, but also used to show the devices in which they will be used. The most likely candidates, the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ are listed just like the Galaxy S7. Hence the existence of the flagship device along with the name is officially confirmed.
Apart from this, new edge display functions, which are matching with the S6 edge models's display features after getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade, have also been displayed on the website. Adjacent to the normal, narrow edge panels (‘Edge Single'), wider type (‘Edge Single Plus') panels will be added which will show more information and functionality. Those who loved the extensive functionality of the edge display panels present in Galaxy Note Edge, would sure love these wider edge panels in this smartphone.
It is nice to know that Samsung is proactive when it comes to finding fresh and and improved ways use the most popular features that came with nice aesthetics, but didn't score much in terms of functionality. It looks like the Galaxy S7 edge is moving in the right direction.
We had only heard rumors up until now about Samsung's upcoming virtual assistant and the artificial intelligence that powers it, but it has now been confirmed by Samsung officially. Previously, Samsung had filed for patenting the name "Bixby" and reports are suggesting that's exactly what the AI assistant will be called on release. Also, the good news is that it will be launched along with the upcoming S8 as expected.
In the official statement by Executive Vice President Rhee Injong, "Developers can attach and upload services to our agent,"
"Even if Samsung doesn't do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users with ease."
Although this means that third party services will be supported, Samsung did not specify any details about which ones it will work with or how exactly it will work with them. It will be interesting to see how the AI developed by the Korean electronics giant manages to stack up against the competition and especially the likes of the mighty Google Assistant that is now exclusively available to the Pixel phones.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
PhoneArena just published a leaked image that was supposedly taken from an upcoming official Samsung teaser and sent to them by one of their anonymous sources. Provided that the leak is bang on, the image reveals two things to us. Firstly, it seems like Samsung will indeed be calling the next Note smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7. Apparently, this will be done in order to avoid any chances of the consumers thinking that it is behind the Galaxy S7 or the upcoming Apple iPhone 7, in terms of technology. Although it isn't written in text, one can see the "7" clearly in the image. The second revelation is quite self-explanatory as the leak contains the text, "WRITE ON THE EDGE OF SOMETHING GREAT." This of course, signifies the dual Edge display that we have been hearing about for a while now.
If this report is proper, then both popular theories about the Note 7 have turned out to be dead on, as per the trend with tech-rumors these days. The release date for the Galaxy Note 7 is expected to be set in the first week of August, but the unveiling will probably happen by the end of July.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The press conference which was held to reveal the details of Samsung's probe into the reasons behind the Note 7's fire hazards, turned out to be quite revealing in certain other areas as well. Apart from stating that the batteries were indeed the culprits behind the disaster, Dong-jin Koh also confirmed that a Note smartphone will indeed be released (hopefully in 2017). This revelation came in alongside the declaration that the S8 will be withheld from the MWC in February.
If you are wondering whether or it will be called "Note 8," consider the fact that Dong-jin Koh himself stated this; "I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8." Keep in mind that the final name on release can be very different and Koh could only be using the name to make his point in a direct manner. Just in case you are wondering as to why "Note 8" may not be chosen for naming the Note 7's successor, know that Samsung already has an old tablet with the same exact name. Additionally, some experts have predicted that Samsung could go with something different in order to get away from the bad reputation which its predecessor acquired for the Note series.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Koh Dong-jin, also known as DJ Koh is the President of Samsung Mobiles and he seems to be on top of the news recently with authentic "leaks." Not that we can really call them leaks, given that he is the boss himself! In spite of the rumors stating that late August would be the date for the Note 8's launch, there was no official word on it until today. During his travel within Asia for the purposes of the Galaxy Note 8's release, he has stated that the Note 8 will be launched in August and released in the UK, US and other specific nations in September. There will also be an unlucky list of countries that will have to wait till October to get the device.
While at this point we more or less know all that there is to know about the Galaxy Note 8, it would be interesting to see if Bixby Voice makes it onto the handset by the time it's released. Keep in mind that we are talking about the English speaking countries because the voice functionalities of Bixby are already working fine in South Korea on the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After years of speculations, we finally have something official to speak about the topic. During the press conference in Korea where the Galaxy Note 8 was launched a few days ago, President of Samsung Mobiles, DJ Koh went on and said the following lines.
"We have a plan to adopt a foldable display in our roadmap. We are currently addressing some technological hurdles to commercialize such a device. We will launch a foldable device when we are fully ready, and we are aiming to do so next year..."
Granted, it's only a plan according to the statement, but it isn't very unlikely that this plan will finally come into fruition in 2018. The reason I think so is because he said it out loud in a press conference. Would the President of Samsung Mobiles have declared it to the press if it wasn't all but confirmed? That would be unwise and the CEO of Samsung Mobiles is not unwise! The question is, will Samsung be launching a new line of handsets with foldable displays or will they just incorporate it into their existing flagship lineups? What do you think?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The in-display fingerprint scanner showing up on a Samsung device has now been a rumor for years and although it isn't nearly as old as the famous foldable smartphone rumors, they share a similarity in the fact that they both seem to take Samsung forever to release. While the foldable smartphone has been confirmed by the President of Samsung Mobiles, the in-display fingerprint scanner has so far only been a thing of speculations. However, some reports from South Korea are claiming that it is not a rumor or an expected feature anymore, but a confirmed feature that the Galaxy S10 will sport. To top things off, reports also indicate that Qualcomm is going to be the company that will supply Samsung with this elusive piece of tech.
If the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is indeed supplied by Qualcomm, it would lead to the question as to how the Exynos versions of the Galaxy S10 will support the tech ? Will Samsung release only future Qualcomm chip-powered versions of the Galaxy S10 ? Or will Samsung be making their own ultrasonic fingerprint scanners as well? We will let you know more on this as we find out ourselves.
The controversy regarding the 3.5mm jack is not going to go away anytime soon and while a lot of companies have decided to let it go, Samsung is not one of those manufacturers fortunately. Staying true to their promise about keeping hold of the good old 3.5mm headphone jack, the Galaxy S10 is going to have one as well. Although a prototype had earlier shown up that showed the S10 not having one, multiple casemakers have now confirmed beyond doubt that the upcoming S10 smartphones will indeed sport a headphone jack. This is good news really because if you think about it, it would practically make no sense to exclude it from any phone. In case you are not in agreement with that point of view, then let us refute two of the most popular arguments against the headphone jack.
A Headphone Jack Doesn't Allow for a Bigger Battery - Most smartphones with the biggest batteries available in the market today come equipped with a headphone jack, thus negating that argument. In fact, even the Note 9 sports a 4,000mAh battery, in addition to sporting the headphone jack proudly.
The 3.5mm Jack is Obsolete - A technology can only be considered obsolete when something better is able to replace it completely. An example of that would be how Android replaced Symbian because it was better in every way. Removing the headphone jack on the other hand, poses a number of problems and they can be summed up as follows.
· There aren't enough good quality USB Type-C headphones out there at the moment
· People have high-quality wired headphones at home that would lose compatibility with their smartphones if the jack was removed
· Wired sound is more reliable and better in quality
· Wired headsets do not require charging
· You can't use USB Type-C headphones while the device is connected to a PC or being charged
If you need more convincing, then you are probably too biased to realize the truth and in that case, feel free to buy an iPhone!
The Galaxy Note 10 will be officially launched on August 7, 2019, which is at this point, just over a month away. In case you are wondering, this is not a leak, but official news confirmed by Samsung. If you have any doubts regarding what the Unpacked event will be unpacking, just look at that giant S-Pen on top of the camera lens!
The event is scheduled to be held in Brooklyn, New York on August 7, and media invitations from Samsung has confirmed the date beyond doubt. Are you looking forward to the Galaxy Note 10? Are you put off by the fact that it won't have a micro-SD card slot or a headphone jack? Do you expect the phones to sport higher refresh rate display panels and 4,500+mAh batteries? Let us know in the comments!
It is now official, all iOS devices will be getting Google's latest AI powered voice assistant. It looks like Siri's days of monopoly are finally over for iDevices. No date was confirmed but the news was made official at the I/O earlier. It would have come as a complete surprise, had it not been for an earlier report by Android Police which hinted at the same. According to Android Authority, "it will "likely" combine its voice command features with the chat functions found on the Google Allo version of Assistant." It would be interesting to see how they implement it on the iPhone.
Microsoft Cortana is already available on both the Google Play Store and the App Store, but till date, the Google Assistant had been exclusive to certain Android smartphones only. It looks like the competition is about to get really hot for AI assistants on both platforms sooner than we previously thought. If only Bixby (outside South Korea) had a bit more to bring to the table, things could have been even more interesting.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The New Google Hangouts v2.5 is Here. The New update adds more Material Design to the Hangouts App UI, along with some other new features like contextual tool system, Video filters and adding the confirmed number for each of your Hangouts contact.
The location sharing function is the only contextual tool mentioned in this Googler's Plus post, but presumably this functionality could be extended in other ways. "Show me" could bring up a link to the camera app, for example. A revamped version of the timestamp will now show when the other party last viewed the conversation, and not just at what point.
Cosmetically, Hangouts is now adding stickers. These are big, colorful alternatives to emoticons, and similar systems have likewise been seen on competing platforms. Google has posted 16 themed sticker packs, all free for the time being, for users to insert into conversations when words fail them. Video chats are also getting spruced up a bit with live filters. Simply swipe on the video feed to activate Instagram-style filters on top of the active conversation.
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Oppo F17 Pro is on its way in India, according to the company teased through a GIF on Twitter today. The company has called the phone to be the sleekest phone of 2020 with a thickness of 7.48mm. Alongside the announcement made on the micro-social media platform, the company set a news release highlighting the arrival of the F17 Pro in the country. The press release didn't mention any hardware or software features of the phone, though it mentioned that the phone would come with a 22-degree edge design. The news release said, "The ultra-sleek body of the Oppo F17 Pro ensures that it easily slides into the pocket or can be tucked into the bag with ease without causing any bulge".
The phone supports dual-SIM. It features an AMOLED touch screen with 16 million colors, 1080 x 2340 pixels screen resolution. The device has an Android 10 operating system out of the box and is powered by Mali G72 GPU for graphic processing. Oppo F17 Pro features a quad-camera system with a 48-megapixel camera lens, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera lens, a 2-megapixel macro camera lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfie pictures, you get a 16-megapixel camera lens with f/2.0. The phone is powered by a non-removable li-polymer 4,500mAh battery and has support for Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot technologies. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the bottom of the screen.
The Amazon.in also shows the Oppo F17 Pro from one side. Furthermore, the E-commerce site suggests the existence of the Oppo F17 alongside the F17 Pro as its microsite is title Oppo F17 series. Oppo hasn't revealed the launch date of its new smartphone in the country yet. According to some reports, the phone might be launched in August.
Samsung has mostly finished updating most of its latest flagship smartphones to the Android 5.0 Lollipop. Now, the Korean giant is looking for its Mid-range devices. Today, We got confirmations regarding the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update for some mid-range devices on the market currently.
Confirmed Samsung Mid-range devices to get Official Lollipop Update:
- Samsung Core Prime
- Samsung Grand Prime
- Samsung Galaxy Mega 2
- Samsung Galaxy K zoom
- Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
- Samsung Galaxy S5 mini duos
(Lollipop updates are currently In-development for these devices, no ETA).
Galaxy Grand Prime Lollipop Update
Currently, Galaxy Grand Prime official Android 5.0 Lollipop update is under development, it's expected to start rolling-out by late Q2,2015 (June - July) but this Date is still not confirmed. The update will bring an updated TouchWiz UI with Material design along with some new features.
Galaxy Core Prime Lollipop Update
The Galaxy Core Prime official Android 5.0 Lollipop update has already been confirmed before by Verizon, but now we confirm it's coming to the unlocked variant worldwide, probably by the end of this Quarter. The Update will bring a Material Design TouchWiz UI, new lockscreen, new notification menu, bug fixes and performance enhancements.
UPDATE: Core Prime Lollipop 5.0.2 is Rolling-out HERE.
Keep checking the Samsung Official Android Lollipop updates page for latest updates.
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The iPhone SE has just been announced, confirming what rumors had been saying for months. The good news is, the rumors were spot on and Apple is indeed blessing its latest smartphone iteration with the mighty A9 chip. The 64-bit A9 chip is a combination of the dual core Twister processor clocked at 1.85 GHz and the PowerVR GT7600 hexa-core GPU. In case you did not know already, this is the same chip that powers the iPhone 6s.
The iPhone SE looks very similar to the iPhone 5 and 5s, while sporting a resolution of 1136x640 pixels on its 4-inch display. The 326 ppi is not very impressive but on a 4-inch display, it should be enough. Apple seems to have gone to great lengths to ensure that the SE remains as similar to the 6s as possible in terms of features. They have fitted the same 12-megapixel iSight camera on the SE that is being used by the 6s and the 1.2-megapixel front camera actually has a retina flash to assist the user while taking selfies in particularly dim lighting conditions. If you are wondering what the retina flash actually is, then let us inform you that it's when the display itself acts like a LED flash by becoming three times brighter than its maximum allowed brightness.
The in-built fingerprint scanner within the Home button now supports Apple Pay and Touch ID, but there is no 3D Touch and unfortunately, you will feel the difference if you are already used to it on the 6s. This is a mid-range device and Apple has kept the pricing somewhat affordable at $399 and $499 for the 16GB version and the 64GB version respectively. If you want one, get ready to pre-order it on March 24. You can also wait a week and buy one from the stores on March 31, when it officially goes on sale. There will be four color variants for customers to choose from; Rose Gold, Gold, Silver and Space Grey. Depending on where you live, you can also buy the iPhone SE with a monthly instalment scheme or get into a contract with one of the network providers.
If you are an Apple fan, we have good news for you today. According to a report by The Investor (South Korea), Samsung has just struck a deal with Apple to supply the Cupertino giant with an additional 60 million OLED panels for the iPhone 8. We say "additional" because this comes on top of the 100 million OLED panels that Apple had ordered from Samsung in a contract last year. It seems that Apple is depending on their arch-rival to provide them with the major bulk of OLED panels for the next iPhones.
This is good news because of two reasons; the first and the foremost being the fact that Apple will indeed be finally switching over to OLED from LCD. Not only does an OLED display provide a better viewing experience, but they also are significantly more power-efficient than LCD panels. Secondly, the 160 million OLED panels theoretically means that the previous rumor which stated that only the most expensive Apple iPhone 8 will feature the new displays is most likely false. It could very well mean that all iPhone 8 variants will feature the OLED panels this year, which is definitely happy news for Apple fans around the world.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Most of the Google Nexus devices is expected to get the Marshmallow update officially through a system Image, which comes first always, or via Over-the-air (OTA) update which will start rolling-out by Early October. Here's the a list of all Confirmed Google Nexus devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.
Nexus devices to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update:
- Google Nexus 9 (volantisg, volantis)
- Google Nexus 6 (shamu)
- Google Nexus Player (fugu)
- Google Nexus 5 (hammerhead)
- Google Nexus 7 (razorg,razor)
- Google Nexus 4 (occam)
- Google Nexus 10 (mantaray)
Please Note: Nexus 10 (mantaray) and the Nexus 4 (occam) will not be moving to Marshmallow.
The Marshmallow Nexus Images will will be available for Download Here by Early October. Check What's new in Marshmallow 6.0 release to see a detailed change-log and a list of all the new features that will be included in the final release, OR follow our LIVE! updates Page to stay up-to-date. Stay tuned!
After soooo many HTC Nexus 9 rumors, we finally have a confirmation. WSJ has now confirmed from its official sources that Google and HTC are indeed working on a 9-inch tablet that will be revealed very soon. No confirmation on the market name "Nexus 9" yet.
According to the sources, Google switches between brands to build the Nexus devices to prevent any one manufacturer from gaining monopoly, which should explain why it went with HTC despite HTC not having a particularly strong track record when it comes to tablets.
HTC refused to comment on the matter but Google said:
"Android is a vibrant ecosystem, and many of the industry players are doing very well. There's room for many partners to do well and to innovate with Android."
The LG G3 is going to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop Update by the end of this year, according to an LG representative for the Netherlands and Belgium cited by TechTastic. He didn't give a more specific time frame, as we suspect the company is going to make an official announcement regarding its update plans.
The LG G3 is probably going to be joined by the LG G Pro 2 since both are the company's flagships as of now. However, we suspect more devices will be blessed with Android 5.0 Lollipop goodness such as the LG G3 S, G3 Stylus, G2 and the mid-range L90 and L70.
We don't know yet how LG plans to alter its most recent Optimus UI to better suit the new spirit of Android. The company likes to add a lot of additional features, so it'll be interesting to see how it manages to incorporate them in a hopefully clean and useful fashion.
LG broke it's silent about its upcoming flagship, An LG exec. announced that his company won't be unveiling the LG G4 at the MWC 2015 event on March. He explained that the reason behind this decision because they want to spend more time perfecting the new phone, now comes another nugget of info about the upcoming flagship, straight from LG's conference call with investors during the quarterly earnings report.
LG Mobile is apparently planning to make a big product announcement in Q2, which will likely be the G4, as its predecessor, the G3, was announced during a dedicated even at the end of May last year.
The LG exec continued that with the G4, design will continue to differentiate in terms of strategy, leaving us wonder whether he means another innovative placement of the physical keys, or an outright change in housing materials, given that the S6 is widely rumored to be metal-clad, for instance.
Great News for all Android fans around the world. According to the latest confirmed reports, Google is getting ready to unveil the Android L Operating System officially along with some hardware, actually two new devices, the Nexus 6 Smartphone and the Nexus 9 Tablet. All this will be during an event on Mid-October either October 15th or 16th (date still not confirmed).
During the event Google will announce the final release of Android L (Out of Beta) with a lot of new features and security enhancements. Android L will be Offiically available as an OTA Update starting from November,1st to selected Nexus and GPE (Google Play Edition) devices.
Google is reportedly going to announce a New Motorola-made Nexus device with a 6-inch QHD display (Phablet) to be named the "Nexus 6". It will be a major upgrade from the Nexus 5 and will have higher specs than the new Moto X (2014) but we don't have any other info about the Specs or the price of this Moto Nexus 6.
Google is also going to reveal the long-rumored HTC Nexus 9, the first HTC-made Nexus tablet with a keyboard and smart cover. We have all the info we need about this device, you can Check HTC Nexus 9 unofficial Specifications list Here. We still doesn't know the actual market release date or the price. So let's wait those 20 days to know what Google has on its bag for us.
We already reported before about the Memory Leak bug in the Android 5.1 Lollipop and that Google promised to fix once and for all in the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Today, Android SDK Manager added Android 5.1.1 build, which confirms that Google is getting ready to release the update.
Android Developers and users are eagerly awaited the 5.1.1 release to fix this bug. Google has acknowledged that the leak existed, but also posted that the necessary repairs had been made. Google did not have everything ready to go for Android 5.1, which is why the Android 5.1.1 update is so important to many Android users. We might also see the addition of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which would allow users to tap into a Wi-Fi network to communicate over a Google owned VPN.
It's only a matter of days until we see some Nexus Factory images for the 5.1.1 build available for download. Over-the-air updates to 5.1.1 will also come as early as next month. Stay tuned!
Samsung has announced before exclusively through our blog that it will update most of its devices to Google's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow release. Google has officially released the final version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA updates earlier this month.
Today, After collecting all of our internal information we are glad to announce the official list of Samsung Galaxy devices that will receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update officially with an ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) dates.
Confirmed List for Official Samsung Marshmallow 6.0 updates [ETA] :
● Samsung Galaxy Note5 - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy S6 - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy S5 - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy S5 NEO - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A - [Q1,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy ALPHA - [Q2,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy Tab A - [Q2,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 - [Q2,2016]
● Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 - [Q2,2016]
- Please Note, these dates are "Estimated", so it can be changed at any give time, we will keep this list always updated with new ETA dates or adding New confirmed devices.
Don't forget check your device's current Marshmallow update status [Development, Testing, Pedning...] on Official Samsung Updates Page
Marshmallow for Mid-Range devices
The Korean giant is still evaluating the Marshmallow 6.0.1 updates on some of its current mid-range devices, due to lower hardware performance and limited memory than High-end flagship devices. We will add any samsung Galaxy mid-range devices from the (E, A, J.. etc) family once we get a confirmation about them.
What's New on Samsung's 6.0.1 updates ?
Samsung Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow major updates will be rolling-out by the Early,2016 Over-the-air (OTA). The update will include a New TouchWiz UI with more Material Design, improved security, improved internet experience, better app permissions control, updated notification panel, updated system apps, HUGE improvements in the battery life, Redesigned App Drawer, minor UI changes along with various bug fixes and performance improvements.
We already exclusively posted 3 official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmwares for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo (SM-N750) after waiting for more than 6 months. Today, SamsungUK confirmed that the Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE+ (SM-N7505) will get Lollipop update too.
@JoseFraudinho We can confirm that the SM-N7505 in the UK will receive Lollipop, José. ^AM— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) October 26, 2015
The 4G-variant Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE+ will get the same Lollipop 5.1.1 update with all the new features. The update is expected to start rolling-out in the next few weeks before the end of the year. Stay tuned!
Samsung promised to update the Galaxy S5 mini (SM-G800) to Android 5.0 lollipop just like the Original Galaxy S5. Today, Samsung France official twitter account replied to a user tweet asking about release date of the S5 mini Lollipop update, Samsung FR confirmed that that S5 mini will get update during Q2,2015 (starting on April).
@CyrilTroin Pour le #GalaxyS5mini, la mise à jour sera disponible au deuxième trimestre 2015 !— Samsung FR (@SamsungFR) February 25, 2015
Currently, Samsung is very busy updating the original variant of the Galaxy S5 along with the S5 Duos version too. The Update will brings the latest TouxhWiz UI with Material Design, new lock-screen, removing bloatware apps and improving the performance of the device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (SM-N750) users are waiting on fire for their Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update, Our sources told us that the Galaxy Note 3 Neo firmware is currently under Initial testing which tests if the hardware components performance of the smartphone fits with Lollipop or not.
Today, Samsung France has just officially confirmed that the Galaxy Note 3 Neo will get the official Android Lollipop update, via a tweet on their official twitter account, so we guess that the initial testing went smoothly GOOD!
@badrteffahioff The Lollipop update will actually be deployed on #GalaxyNote3Neo later in the year! :)— Samsung FR (@SamsungFR) March 24, 2015
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (SM-N750) is expected to get the Android Build 5.0.1 update during this quarter (April - May - June). The firmware will be very similar to the original Galaxy Note 3 one, with new TouchWiz UI and all the Lollipop goodies. Follow Our Official Samsung Updates Page for More Info.
A major confusion happened yesterday when UK branch of "Three" carrier tweeted that the Galaxy S4 mini will not be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop update due to Memory limitation, after few hours "ThreeIreland" branch tweeted that the S4 mini update is approved and passed the testing process.
Today, we reached out to Samsung to get a clearance about this. Low-end and mid-range users are NOT forgotten by Samsung, the Korean giant is working hard to bring Lollipop love to as many devices as possible, but time is tight.
Galaxy S4 mini Lollipop Update Confirmed
@debbiebabes That's correct Debbie, we'd suggest checking manually on your device via Settings>More>About device>Software update>Update— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) April 29, 2015
We reached out for more information from SamsungUK and ThreeIreland. Our Team got confirmation that the Galaxy S4 mini will indeed receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update but didn't specify any date.
@debbiebabes Hi Debbie, good news, that update has been approved and has started to roll out so you should receive it in the coming weeks.— Three Ireland Online (@ThreeCare) April 24, 2015
So far all the Information points out that ONLY the Unlocked Galaxy S4 mini will get Android 5.0 Lollipop update, ThreeUK and ThreeIreland won't Roll-out the update after the device has failed their final Testing.
Plans for Galaxy Ace 4 and Ace Style
Our source also pointed out that Samsung is planning the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 and Galaxy Ace Style. The Update confirmed for some of the Samsung Galaxy Ace family, we still don't have a confirmed release date for the update yet but here's the list of the confirmed devices:
- Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 LTE (SM-G313F) - packs 1GB RAM Snapdragon 410 CPU
- Samsung Galaxy Ace Style LTE (SM-G357) - packs 1GB RAM Snapdragon 410 CPU
- Galaxy Ace Syle (SM-G357FZ) - packs 1GB RAM Snapdragon 410 CPU
Currently, there is no plans (not confirmed) to release the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the following device:
- Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 (SM-G357F) - packs 512 RAM and Snapdragon 400 CPU
The Galaxy Ace family Lollipop updates should start later this year. As for the Galaxy S4 mini, according ThreeIreland and ThreeUK the update won't be rolling-out to these carrier's varaints, only the unlocked S4 mini will get the update.
UPDATE (May,19th 2015)
The S4 mini update has been officially canceled by Samsung, More details Here.
Samsung didn't forget it's loyal Galaxy Note 10.1 users. Today, we can confirm that the Official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (SM-P607) is confirmed and currently "In-development" which means Samsung is still working on building the update.
The information came from the official T-Mobile website, mentioning that "T-Mobile and the device manufacturer have agreed to support a new software update." The developing of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Lollipop 5.0.2 update will take up to 1 month at least and another couple of weeks for testing.
Android 5.0.2 Lollipop will bring New TouchWiz UI with Material Designs, New Apps, updated notifications Panel, New lockscreen and various bug fixes and huge performance enhancements to the 2 years old Note.
For now Only the 2014 Edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 will get the Lollipop Update, Samsung has no plans on updating the first Galaxy Note 10.1 that was released on 2013. Stay Tuned and Follow Our Samsung Official Updates Page for latest News.
UPDATE Sep,29th 2015
The Android 5.0.2 Lolllipop is rolling-out to the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition and Available for Download HERE.
Finally, after denying too many devices from the Lollipop update, Samsung Mobile Arabia has officially posted a list of the confirmed devices to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is in the Middle-East region, Here's the list:
List of Confirmed Devices for Lollipop Update (Middle-East):
- Galaxy Note 3
- Galaxy S4
- Galaxy S4 Active
- Galaxy S5
- Galaxy ALPHA
- Galaxy Tab S
@yusuf_zohair Hey, the following devices will be getting the Lollipop update : Note3, TabS, S4, S4 Active , Alpha and S5.— SamsungMobileArabia (@SamsungMobileME) May 19, 2015
Only devices included on the list above are confirmed to receive the Official Lollipop update in all Middle-east regions in a timeframe of 1 - 2 months at least.
This is an old article that has been UPDATED! (20th,August)
Google has officially annouced the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, currently developer Preview 3 is available for download and the final version will be officially released by the End of Q3,2015. Samsung will start preparing its Marshmallow updates after releasing the Lollipop 5.1.1 updates which are currently Rolling-out for various of its devices with many improvements (Guest Mode, Improved UI, Bug fixes... etc).
By early next year, Samsung will start releasing its first Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware with TouchWiz UI. The Korean giant is always looking to brings the best User Experience to all its users. We have the list of the confirmed devices that are planned to get official Samsung Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates.
Samsung devices confirmed to get Official Android Marshmallow updates:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
- Samsung Galaxy ALPHA
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A
List above has been updated on August,17th with two new devices confirmed to get the Andorid Marshmallow update.
You can check the Full official Change-log to see What's New in Android 6.0 Marshmallow HERE.
This is not the final list, other devices will be added to the list, Stay tuned and don't forget to follow Our Samsung Official Updates Page for More Info.
In an age and time when even premium flagship phones lose the eligibility for technical support after two years and lesser phones are forgotten much sooner, we have excellent news for you today. We knew that the Galaxy A (2016)-series was going to get the Nougat update from Samsung in 2017, but as it turns out, even the original Galaxy A-series isn't out of Samsung's support yet; at least not the A5 anyway.
In an official confirmation, Australian carrier Optus has stated that a Nougat build for the original Galaxy A5 is at its testing stage. They further elaborated that an OTA update which will deliver the final build to the A5 original should roll out by the end of next month. Considering that the Galaxy A5 has already received two major upgrades in the form of Lollipop and Marshmallow, the fact that it will receive Nougat is something that almost sounds too good to be true. If you are wondering if the same will be applicable to the Galaxy A5 handsets in other regions as well, I guess that's something which we will just have to wait and find out.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If someone had told me that Samsung is about to update the Galaxy J5 (2015) with its latest Android Nougat 7.0 update, I would probably think that he/she is confusing the J5 (2015) version with the J5 (2016). As it turns out, that is not quite the case and according to reports from multiple sources, the Galaxy J5 is indeed going to updated to Android Nougat 7.0 after all!
If that news pleasantly surprised you, then you would be glad to know that we also have a date for you and that date is set on November 3, 2017. The details seem to be very legitimate and unexpectedly detailed; let's just hope that it really turns out to be true because it is always good to see Sammy looking out for some of its older low budget handsets. You can argue that November 2017 is a bit too late for Nougat, but as I always say, better late than never. Although it is expected that all models of the J5 (2015) will be getting it, the particular model number associated with the reports is SM-J500F. Just in case you want to check out the full list of scheduled updates, we have it for you right here.
Via: The Android Soul
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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