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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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Internet usage has become prevalent on smartphones, and last January Google introduced Data Saver mode to tackle the bandwidth usage. After getting competition from fellow browser Opera, it's boosting its compression capabilities.

Google announced on Monday that it's updating Android's Chrome Data Saver mode to decrease user data consumption by up to 70 percent.

Google accomplished this by "removing most images when loading a page on a slow connection," product manager Taj Oppenheimer reported in the blog post. If Chrome finds a weak connection, it'll load a page without images leading to less data consumption. Users can can also choose to load all the pictures, or select individual pictures to load.

These updates will be first available in India and Indonesia, with rest of the countries to follow. While there are plethora of cheap and reliable sub-$150 smartphones available in India and Indonesia, legacy telecommunications infrastructure has made some users to use 2G connection. Whether the improved functionality will be pushed Chrome's iOS app or not, is yet be revealed.

Data compression is a hot business in India and parts of Asia, with Opera announcing a deal last month to make the Opera Max data saving app come pre-installed on smartphones from Samsung, Xiaomi, Acer, Hisense and more. Samsung was the early adopter and came up with the app before others. It launched and promoted its On series in India focusing on the data-compression technology.

Data Saver mode can be accessed under Settings → Advanced → Data Saver.




Chrome on Android has really come a long way since its release back in 2014. 22 versions have been created, each one more capable than the previous and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was the scene, on which everything started.


The team behind Chromium, the open-source project which powers the development of the Chrome browser, has announced that it is leaving behind the software's original Android 4.0 home, which will no longer be supported after version 42.


The team's motivation for this decision is more than justifiable bringing new features to old platforms simply takes too much time, due to increasing problems and significantly hinders future development. So, when you think about it, the move is all for the best. Here's the official statement from the Team blog:


"In the last year, we've seen the number of Chrome users running ICS drop by thirty percent. Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users. So, with Chrome's 42nd release, we'll stop updating Chrome on ICS devices. After Chrome 42, users on ICS devices can continue to use Chrome but won't get further updates." - Chromium Team Official Blog






In the most of the ads, Samsung brags about the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panels used on the Galaxy S6 edge and it might have a good reason for that.


Both the back and the dual-curved 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display have protected by Corning's latest. A Korean video demonstrated the true strength of the glass panels used in Galaxy S6 edge through a brutal drop test.


In the video, the woman first shows the display working normally and then slams the phone three times on the floor. The result was rather impressive with the phone sustaining next to no damage.


That's hardly a scientific approach to testing the toughness, but it should certainly give Galaxy S6 owners some extra piece of mind even if they do drop their new and expensive phone, chances are it won't mind too much.


Video [YouTube]

Galaxy Note 5


Samsung revealed the Galaxy Note5 last week on the Unpacked 2015 event. The flagship phablet doesn't pack a curved display, but it packs a curved back glass.


The first Note5 drop Test YouTube video for the, shows us just how fragile the curved glass design on the Note5 actually is. A drop from around 1 meter, which is usual waist height, instantly cracked the unit's back, resulting in an extensive and nasty spider web crack.


Interestingly enough, the top most layer of the back remained smooth and intact with the damage contained underneath. So, at least, there is no danger of cuts. Watch the video below!

Video [YouTube]

smartphone sales


Smartphone sales will decline by 3.2% by the end of year 2019, their worst decline ever, according to analyst firm Gartner. However, this could be changed: The slow adaptation of 5G networks and 5G smartphones will help the smartphone market return to growth in 2020 by 2.9%, Gartner said Thursday. Even so, total smartphone sales won't surpass 2018 levels until 2021. 5G phones will account for more than half of all phones sales in 2023, Gartner predicted. More than a dozen service providers have launched commercial 5G services in a handful of markets, noted Ranjit Atwal, senior research director for Gartner.

Gartner said 56% of phones sold in 2023 will run on 5G chips, which will be 10% more from what we will have in 2020. Less than half of global service providers will have launched a commercial 5G network in the next five years, Atwal said. A number of analysts have said the smartphone decline is due to the great hardware of the latest devices. "Consumers hold onto their phones for more than 3 years now, given the limited space for the new technology," said Atwal. There are about 5 billion mobile phones in use around the world, including smartphones and other mobile phones, some of them several years old.

Premium smartphones in recent years, like Apple's iPhone and many models of Android phones from Samsung and others, have a longer hardware life time than it was in the past. They are doing well even beyond a traditional two-year time frame, because of their quality and tech features. "Unless the devices provide significant new utility, efficiency or experiences, users do not necessarily want to upgrade their phones," Atwal added. All types of devices, including smartphones and other mobile phones, PCs, and tablets will see a decline of 3.7% in 2019, with shipments dropping to 2.140 billion devices from 2.223 billion in 2018. By 2021, the number of devices will recover some to 2.157 billion devices.

As per a report from Korea, the tech giant's CEOs' are witnessing drastic drop in salaries in 2015, something the report says is because of the struggling sales figure of the company in this year. Referring to the regulatory filing done by Samsung, the report disclosed that among the three CEOs, Kwon Oh-hyun (also the vice chairman) was paid highest salary this year - 3.82 billion Korean Won ($3.25 million), in comparison to 6.25 billion Won he received last year. Yoo Boo-keun - who handles the company's consumer electronics business division pocketed 2.34 billion Won, in comparison to last year's 3.61 billion Won. Mobile business headman Shin Jong-kyun experienced the largest cut, receiving just 2.28 billion Won this year dropped from 12.03 billion Won in 2014.

The drastic drop in Salary is due to the decreased incentives, which are generally associated with the company's performance. This report has come out amid speculations that Samsung is planning to cut cost by laying-off workers in managerial level.

Nevertheless Samsung has put a lot of effort to produce smartphones like Galaxy S6, which has a good build quality. Probably this is one of the main reasons behind the sales boost (although it didn't make any considerable difference).


Source: koreaherald


After the infamous scratch test video of the Note 7 that we saw earlier, we now have a video on YouTube that tests the smartphone's durability in a drop test and compares the results with that of the Note 5 and the iPhone 6s. We found the video on the YouTube channel of Zach Straley and this one actually checks out if Corning's claim of the Gorilla Glass 5 protected phone being able to survive falls from as high as shoulder height is true or not.

The results seen in the test is encouraging to be honest, although not perfect at all. As it turns out, the Super AMOLED display of the Note 7 managed to remain functional even after it was dropped from the highest point in the series of drop tests. However, in the very first drop, the back of the Note 7 cracked, while both the iPhone 6S and the Galaxy Note 5 remained in much better shape. This led us to believe that the Note 7 isn't protected by Gorilla Glass 5 at its back, although we are not fully sure about that. After the disastrous results of the scratch test, it was good to see that Corning Gorilla Glass 5 did actually manage to provide the Note 7's display with good shatter-resistance.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

Phonebuff recently conducted a drop test comparison to see if the Galaxy S7 Active really is as rugged as the manufacturer makes it out to be. There were five rounds involved in the test and they were the back-drop test, the bottom-drop test, the side-drop test, the face-drop test and a bonus durability round which involved continuous drops by the test team.

The S7\'s glass back gave way to minor damage on the very first round when it developed spiderweb cracks after the back-drop test. The S7 Active on the other hand, developed only a few negligible marks on its rugged back. The second round saw no clear winners but the S7 once again showed signs of injury on the side-drop test, while the Active was completely protected by its rubber casing. The S7 got completely destroyed in the face-drop test as its display shattered and cracked painfully after the drop. The Active version, confirmed Samsung\'s claim of the device sporting a shatter-proof display (from 5-feet max) by not showing even a scratch, post the face-drop. The team gave up when the S7 Active remained \"active\" after dropping it about 50-times from a considerable height during the bonus round. In fact, it could still make calls without any issues even after such a shocking ordeal!

The Tougher cousin of the S7 proved that you are not going to pay the higher price of $795 for nothing, should you choose the S7 Active. It is exclusive to the US and can only be bought from AT&T. The hard-hitting device is available in Sandy Gold, Titanium Gray and Camo Green color options.

Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

Bad news for Samsung keeps piling up as the electronic giant's shares just dropped by 1% at the stock market during busy hours yesterday. This was an obvious reaction to Samsung's vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong getting arrested hours earlier. He has been linked to bribery charges associated with the massive scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and her friend Choi Soon-sil. The court has found the evidence sufficient for it to allow the detention of Lee for up to 20 days, before indictment. As you can imagine, the shares falling is just one of many problems that the conglomerate will be facing, since their leader and soon to be chairman is now out of the picture.

The good news is that this fall in share value is very likely to be only a temporary setback and actually has no relation with Samsung's business in any way. It is believed to be an effect brought on by negative sentiments towards the shameful incident. The last few months have not been kind on Samsung's reputation. After the exploding Galaxy Note 7, Samsung was hoping to build back its reputation as a manufacturer. However, the leader being convicted of white collar crimes that have affected the very economy of South Korea is not going to help that cause!

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Back in the day, there was a lot of fighting between the Samsung and Apple fans regarding who is copying whom. Although Samsung was mostly on the receiving end of such blames and lawsuits by Apple themselves, things changed later on and Samsung really did start differentiating themselves. For example, they did not adopt the notch for two years and they kept the headphone jack. That seems to be changing though, as Samsung has been slowly taking the same steps as Apple recently.

News comes in from reliable sources today that the Galaxy Note 10 may not have the micro-SD card slot either. If this is true, then in addition to the fact that the Note 10 will be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack, it's not  nice to hear.

Alongside the two rumored changes in the upcoming Galaxy Note 10, also consider that up until the Galaxy S9 series was released, Samsung did not downgrade the camera optics in their regular S series, as compared to the S+ series. In 2019, Samsung copied the same ideology as Apple by even releasing three devices like the latest iPhones, further dividing the flagship S series into multiple categories. Is it just me or do you think the same? Let us know in the comments.

Saikat Kar


IE 11


Microsoft would be updating its IE software to protect against older, malicious plug-in malware. The catch was, the new updates would leave older versions of Internet Explorer without any updates or support any more. New info reveals that Microsoft is going to be pulling the plug on older versions of IE.


This is a move to get users to update to the newer software offered by Microsoft, which explains that IE 11 is a faster, more secure web experience, and that users are halting the progress of developers who need to spend time coding for older web technology that doesn't play nice with modern web tech.


So, When will Microsoft finally decide to pull the plug? January 12th, 2016 and after that, the company will no longer support any versions other than the current IE build: IE 11. Microsoft even provided links to users to different resources that assist with browser migration.




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