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We are not sure about it so don't blame us if it isn't so! However, from the latest barrage of leaks, photos and renders, it seems like OnePlus has done something that Chinese smartphone makers are often accused of doing; they have copied Apple and dropped the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack... Check out some of the photos yourself and let us know if you think these are fakes or if it is indeed the sad truth. They do look mighty realistic though, unfortunately...



Nevertheless, the OnePlus 5's dual camera (which is all but confirmed at this point) does look pretty sick and there are after all quite a few perks like Lossless audio and virtual surround sound associated with delivering audio via the USB Type-C port. Also, just like all other manufacturers, I am pretty sure OnePlus will at least be bundling in the adapter, if not the USB Type-C headphones. I will never understand why you would skimp out on a headphone jack if you have the room, but that seems to be the norm nowadays. On a positive note, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ still does retain their headphone jacks, so you will always have the best Android flagship smartphone of 2017 (yet) to fall back on if the OnePlus 5 fails its fans.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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If you were banking on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 offering improved scratch resistance due to the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top of its display, you might have to think again. According to a video posted by YouTuber JerryRigEverything, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failed quite miserably in a basic scratch test. Keep in mind that the person testing the smartphone is an expert and has performed similar tests on multiple devices and according to him, the Note 7 is more prone to scratches than most of its competitors, in spite of sporting the Gorilla Glass 5 protection. This leads us to believe that Corning might have skimped on scratch resistance in favour of shatter resistance with the fifth version.



The YouTuber even went on to state in the description that he would be glad to make another video if Samsung or Corning came forward to explain what happened here. The flame test also showed less durability than the competition, but we are not as much concerned about that as the chances of our smartphone being exposed to sharp objects like coins, keys and rough surfaces are much greater than being engulfed in flames! If you are planning to pick up a Note 7 anytime soon, our advice would be to order a good quality tempered glass with it just to be safe.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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You might know about "Burj Khalifa", a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which is currently considering the tallest man-made structure in the world, standing at 829.8 meter (2722 feet) tall.

 

Well, what you don't know that this enormous building, Burj Khalifa, was constructed by Samsung Engineering & Construction of South Korea.

 

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Yes, One of Samsung's divisions built Burj Khalifa making it on Top list of the construction firms worldwide. However, there were some partners with Samsung on constructing the tower but the Korean giant made the main design and the engineering work (Photo below shows a Samsung's Engineer working on construction site at burj khalifa, Year 2010).

 

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South Korean's Samsung Engineering & Construction made many other buildings and projects all around the world. You can check the source link below to know more about the Burj Khalifa project in company's official website.

 

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The Galaxy S8 might have just gotten leaked by none other than the manufacturer itself! In what was the most unexpected move made by Samsung in recent history, they have just unleashed two ads promoting their new Super AMOLED displays on a smartphone that is more than likely to be the upcoming Galaxy S8. The phone featured in both the ads show us a device that's incredibly similar in design to what we have seen so far via the leaked renders of the S8. Check out the two ads to get an idea of what we are talking about.



If this is indeed a prototype of the Galaxy S8 which we are seeing here, then it will sport the rumoured high screen-to-body ratio, as well as an optical fingerprint scanner placed under the display. There is no Home button either, just as the rumors and renders had predicted. The bottomline is that Samsung is using a brand new phone for these ads which looks suspiciously similar to what the conceptual and leaked renders had been predicting about the Galaxy S8. Add this to the fact that Samsung is using this device to show off their new upcoming Super AMOLED panels and you might just be convinced that this is truly our first unofficial look at the upcoming flagship from Samsung.


 Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



While Samsung is the global leader when it comes to smartphone sales, Apple usually beats the Korean giant by a yard stick and then some when it comes to operating profit in the sector. However, that's only the smartphone sector that we are talking about and as everyone who is even mildly interested about the company will tell you, Samsung is MUCH bigger than just smartphones. The latest predictions by analysts are suggesting that Samsung will possibly beat all other companies in the whole world in any sector in terms of operating profit in Q2 2017!


What this means is that Samsung will be breaking all personal and world records when it comes to profit in a single quarter at the end of June. The likes of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google will fall behind to make way for the mighty Korean giant. If you are interested in numbers, then consider that the estimates range between $11.6 billion - $12.3 billion in operating profits for Samsung. We will find out how accurate these results are once the financials are made official in the next few weeks.


Via: SamMobile


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According to multiple users and a report by SamMobile, certain text messages are going missing when sent to a number used in a Galaxy S8 or S8+. It has been found that this is a problem with the handsets themselves because the issue seems to persist irrespective of the concerned network. There has been no word from Samsung on this issue yet, although the complains have been coming in from a lot of users.


The texts in certain cases would only go missing from a few specific numbers and so far, no connection could be made in-between those numbers either. SamMobile reports that even changing the messaging app itself and shifting to something like Android Messages or Textra doesn't help either. While this may not seem like a big issue, it does show that one of Samsung's best smartphones of the year is failing to perform a very rudimentary function and that is indeed disappointing. If it is a software issue, let's hope an OTA update will solve it soon enough.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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Apple unveiled everything about the new iPhones and the new Apple Watch two days ago at their keynote and you probably already know the gist of everything they unveiled at the show. However, would you agree if we told you that Steve Cook and Co just confirmed the 3D Touch's failure to make any significant impact? Well, it depends on your point of view of course, but there's ample evidence to support one of two theories; either Apple failed to recognize or capitalize on the potentially great technology, or they just found it to be an unnecessary gimmick.


The reason as to why we are going on about this is of course the fact that the cheapest of the three iPhones, aka the iPhone XR doesn't have it! If you are going to tell me that a $749 (base model) smartphone can't support 3D Touch, which has been around for three whole years on older gen iPhones now, then I am going to tell you to get your fanboy hat off and look at things as they are!


If you are willing to pay $999 or $1099 for the base models of the iPhone XS or XS Max though, the 3D Touch is still retained there. This of course, leads us to the third conclusion; Apple just made a 3-year old technology premium-grade! The company is getting more and more ridiculous, one year at a time.


Saikat Kar



It has now been almost five months since Google publicly released Android Nougat 7.0 on August 22, but not all OEMs have managed to update their smartphones to the latest and greatest from Android yet. Unfortunately, some of the low to mid-range handsets will in fact, never even receive the update. Nevertheless, let us now look back and take a look at some of the smartphones that were fortunate enough to be upgraded to Nougat in these five months or so.



Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C: Eligible units began to get updated to the first build of Nougat v7.1 Developer Preview on October 19.



LG G5 on Sprint: Just after a month since the first of the Developer Preview builds went live for the Nexus phones and the Pixel C tablet, the Sprint version of the LG G5 started to receive its Android Nougat 7.0 update from November 20.



HTC 10: Although HTC One M9 also received the Nougat package just a few days later, the HTC 10 was the first HTC smartphone that started to receive the OTA update from November 25.



Sony Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA: We are not entirely sure on which date it started, but both the Sony phones were among the first to tout Android Nougat from somewhere near the end of November.



Nexus official release: All eligible Nexus devices began receiving the final public version of Nougat 7.1.1, starting from December 6.



Sony Xperia X, Xperia X Compact: Sony delivered the Nougat update to the two smartphones on December 16.



Google Nexus 9 (T-Mobile), Moto Z and the LG G5 (Canada): December 20 was coincidentally the day on which all these smartphones started to receive the update via OTA.



OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T: Keeping true to their promise of releasing the update by 2016, OnePlus managed to roll out the Nougat update for its latest flagships just in time, on the last day of the year.



Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Although January 17 is set to be the official release date for the Nougat update, reports have confirmed that many users have already received the final Nougat build, starting from January 12.


Did we miss out your smartphone? If we did, let us know which one it was in the comments.


 Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



You have probably already heard that Samsung has started to push out the Android Oreo 8.0 update to various sections of the globe for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but at this moment we are not sure about all the areas that are getting the updates. As per reports from various sources and websites, India, France and Poland are the regions that are getting the update as of now, but if you can see the update for your phone and you reside in some other area, do let us know about that in the comments.


A point to keep in mind is that the update is only going live for the users that had signed up for the Galaxy Beta program on their devices. If you didn't, you will have to wait for a few more days before the same becomes available for you, in a much larger package. As far as this OTA update is concerned though, it comes in with firmware version G950FXXU1CRAP and G955FXXU1CRAP for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ respectively.


In the meanwhile, check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


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