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)
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OnePlus has a reputation for mid-range smartphones but after years of keeping its budget-conscious consumers happy, the company is now moving to premium high-end flagships. OnePlus 8 Pro is its latest premium flagship smartphone starting at $899. It is one of the most expensive phones in the market right now even though it hasn't crossed the $1000 price line yet. OnePlus has been keen on its design, visual changes, and material choices. It even unveiled a concept phone that aims to showcase their evolving proficiency in colors, material, and final look and feel. With the OnePlus 8 Pro, the company decided to finally go for wireless charging, implementing its new 30-watt wireless warp charge, and finally adding rationality to their decision of using the fragile backing material.
Last year's model, the OnePlus 7 was considerably larger than what any user would consider comfortable. The OnePlus 8 Pro has similar weight and dimensions, but it's slightly narrow and taller. However, the display area is 6.67" diagonally to 6.68". The company opted for a punch hole at the top of the screen at its front side. This is interesting as compared to the last generation when OnePlus 7 Pro has a true full-screen display, free of instructions. Some users might find teardrop cutout in the top-center of the screen less intrusive than any hole punch.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also has new display features such as motion processing, adaptive display white balance, and SDR-to-HDR up-mapping. OnePlus partnered with a company called Pixelworks for these features, and there is a dedicated display processor in the OnePlus 8 Pro that handles them. You can read more about these features (as well as with a few others) in our separate OnePlus 8 display tech preview.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 12MP camera that results in very sharp edges, and the image processing favors aggressively high contrast and saturation. The front-facing camera is really good even in low-light conditions. However, the result may not come as the best as compared to the other rival's cameras. The handset comes with the latest OxygenOS addition with a new dark mode.
Smartphone brands like Xiaomi and Redmi has pushed affordability to the next level. Xiaomi has been working in India for five years now and it has radically transformed the consumer's trend towards budget-friendly phones. Despite many big and expensive brands like iPhone and Samsung it has managed to not just survive but to convince people that there is no need of paying extra money for the specs they can have it a less amount of the money. The Poco F1 by Xiaomi was just another great phone. Although it couldn't make a huge stir in the industry, it was a starting point for the upcoming smartphones.
The new POCO X2 is designed for youth and equip with great features and entertainment capabilities. The phone comes in 8GB/256GB variant of the POCO X2. You may feel it a slightly heavy and not for people with small hands. If you go through the specs, it is essentially the same device as the Redmi K30 4G. Maybe the reason behind the similarity is the collaboration between Redmi and Xiaomi teams. POCO X2 is limited to the Indian market now and may extend to other countries in the future. The display is 6.67-inches and has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels with an aspect ratio of 20:9.
The POCO X2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730G processor and belongs to budget-category smartphones. In real life, it's a decent processor and fast enough to handle videos or games pretty easily. The device comes with a quad-camera setup on the rear side. The main camera lens is 64MP, the second camera is 2MP wide-angle lens, and 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor. The POCO X2 runs on Android 10 out of the box. The phone is powered with a large 4,500mAh battery and comes with a 27W fast charger.
Yesterday US President Donald Trump made an announcement that comes as a great surprise to Huawei users. At the ongoing G20 summit Trump said that "U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei." This is a major relief to Huawei, which was suffering from the political tension between the USA and China. He further added, "We are talking about equipment where there's no great national security problem with it. I said that's O.K., that we will keep selling that product, these are American companies that make these products. That's very complex, by the way. I've agreed to allow them to continue to sell that product so that American companies will continue."
Somehow the President of the USA and China agreed to continue the trade between the two countries. As negotiations are expected to resume on this matter, Trump says he will allow Huawei to do business with US-based companies. The relief isn't going to remove the ban on the Huawei immediately but hopefully, both parties will conduct conversations on how to remove the company's presence on the entity list soon. Mr. Trump didn't get into any particular details regarding the scope of relief, so we have to wait for the further announcement.
Nonetheless, this news comes as a major relief for the company and its stakeholders. After Trump banned the company from buying and using any services or products from US-based companies including Google, Qualcomm, and many other suspended business with Huawei. It was granted a temporary general license for a few months to prepare for the permanent ban. Because of this ban, the future of the Chinese company was in the dark. The company's sale dropped as much as 40 percent as a result of the ban. With this relief, we can expect Huawei to resume the usual operation.
The Huawei P40 Pro just got better than the last year's P30 to the point where it is nothing but perfect. It takes the P series features to the next level in a big way. With a massive camera sensor, 90Hz display refresh rate, and updated internals, there is a lot to talk about the P40 Pro. The only cons here is the lack of Google services impacts it in such a negative way. Last year, the Huawei P30 Pro was one of the best camera phones that had ever seen. Its innovative zoom camera and impressive image quality are nothing but excellent.
Despite having everything perfect on the specs sheet the phone is having a problem among the masses due to its lack of Google apps. The hardware is more than perfect but is it enough to make up for its software deficiencies? The phone has a curved top and bottom edges that make swipe gestures so smooth. The aluminum sides help users to hold it in their hands effortlessly. The volume and home buttons are set on the right edge. The device is IP68-rated and will survive some water exposure.
The phone comes with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chipset. It's a decent system-on-a-chip with similar CPU power to the Snapdragon 855. The device seems reasonably fast thanks to the Kirin 990 5G and 8GB RAM. But it's not a gaming device due to less capable GPU. The phone comes with a 4,200mAh battery, 256GB storage, and 40W supercharging. You can charge Huawei P40 Pro from zero to 100% in just 74 minutes. This might not sound impressive, but it gets to 97% in just 60 minutes. The face unlock feature is pretty fast and uses infrared technology to help detect the user's face even in the dark.
The Vivo v17 pro has received an official price cut of Rs. 2000 within a month after its launch in India. It was launched in late September this year, and the price was Rs 29,990. The Vivo v17 pro is available online and offline at the same price. You can also further reduce the price with the 5% cashback offer if you buy the device online using HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank credit and debit cards, This would give users up to Rs. 1,400 discount on the new retail price. If you are looking for a premium smartphone with a budget-friendly option, Vivo V17 is your device.
The Vivo V17 Pro is a mid-range smartphone that comes with many premium features, full-display notch-less design. For the selfie camera, it uses a pop-up housing. The rear camera setup uses a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide unit, a 13-megapixel telephoto unit offering 2x optical zoom, and a 2-megapixel telephoto unit with 2x optical zoom, a 20megapixel depth assistance unit with an f/2.4 lens. The Vivo V17 Pro can shoot videos on both 4K and Full HD at 30fp. The front camera is 32-megapixel with a f/2.0 lens, and an ultra-wide angle unit with 8-megapixel sensor.
The device has a gradient color on the cover and available in the crystal black, crystal sky, and midnight ocean finish. The Vivo V17 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm snapdragon 675 SoC, coupled with 8GB RAM and has 128GB storage. The display has a wider aspect ratio, with Full HD+ resolution. For connectivity, the device uses a USB-C 2.0 port for charging and tethering, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5. There is also an under-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. The phone has a solid 4,100mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.
We have all been there at some point of time or the other; we see a video we like a lot on Facebook, but can't really save it, although we know it will eventually get lost amidst everything else on our timelines. VideoDuke promises to be the perfect solution to such predicaments by offering the best possible solution for downloading videos from Facebook. As it happens, that's not all VideoDuke can do, because its application covers a much wider area of use than that of simply downloading videos from FB on Mac.
An Overview of VideoDuke as a FB Video Downloader for macOS Devices
If you have a MacBook Lite, MacBook Pro or any other device running macOS, you don't need to be told twice that the OS is quite limiting in what it allows. VideoDuke however, is unaffected by those limitations. As a result, you can actually download any video from Facebook you wish, without limitations in quality or quantity. Visit the official website to know exactly how to download Facebook videos on Mac with VideoDuke.
What Else Can VideoDuke Do for the Mac User?
The simplest answer to that question would be, there isn't much that the software can't do for Mac users, as far as downloading web video content is concerned! While it's more popular as a Facebook video downloader, the truth is that VideoDuke can practically download video content from nearly all websites out there. To provide the reader with an idea about the kind of limitless possibilities we are talking about here, here's a list of some popular sites that VideoDuke can extract videos from and download them for you.
- 123 Movies
If you aren't already impressed, then know that this only lists a fraction of the 1,000+ websites that VideoDuke can download Videos from! Short of actually testing it out, there is probably no way to tell whether or not there are any websites that VideoDuke can't pull a video from.
Features Beyond Simple Downloading
While the list of supported websites is quite impressive for downloads, there's even more to using VideoDuke. For example:
- You can download entire playlists from YouTube or even all content uploaded by a channel on YouTube.
- Conversion of YouTube videos to MP3 format is supported if you are downloading an audiobook or your favorite track
- VideoDuke supports downloading of videos in resolutions as high as 8K and as low as 144p.
- On the flip side, you can also download 8K videos in more storage-friendly resolutions, ranging from 144p - 5K.
- From cartoons and anime shows, to live TV shows, reality dramas, and movies, VideoDuke supports downloading of any and all video content.
Finally, after looking through some of its most prolific features and trying them out for ourselves, we can confidently say that VideoDuke is not just a video downloader for Facebook at all; it is a complete, standalone video downloader package that works for nearly all websites out there, with Facebook being just one of the hundreds of other supported sites.
Microsoft Office 2016 is now available for Windows, finally out of beta previews. The final version packs lots of new features and optimized for Windows 10 release. The one-time price is $149.99 or Office 365 subscriptions start at $69.99 per year, and deliver continuous app updates as well as other integrated services such as Yammer, Delve, and Skype for Business.
Office 2016 comes with support for co-authoring, Skype in-app integration, and Office 365 Groups inside Outlook 2016. Additionally, Outlook 2016 has smart search, automatic removal of low-priority mail, and support for cloud-based attachments.
Excel 2016 includes integrated publishing to Power BI, as well as new chart types. Throughout Office, there's a most recently used documents list which lets you quickly jump back in.
At various times this year, we told you about a tablet that is rumored to be under production by HTC. Various code names have been bandied about for this tablet, including HTC Flounder, and Volantis. But the most important name that this slate could be called, is the Nexus 9. What is interesting, is that the tablet has received its Wi-Fi certification, and according to the certificate, the operating system on the slab will be Android L.
In addition, the certificate shows that the filing was made in the "Tablet (Wi-Fi and other)" section as opposed to the Wi-Fi Only section. That would seem to indicate that HTC will be offering both a Wi-Fi only model, and a model with LTE connectivity.
The HTC tablet rumored to be the Nexus 9, is believed to have an 8.9 inch screen with resolution of 2048 x 1440. The pixel density at that combination works out to be 281ppi. A 64-bit Tegra K1 CPU is under the hood, with 2GB of RAM inside. Buyers will have the option of purchasing the model with either 16GB or 32GB of native storage, with pricing at $399 and $499, respectively. This would explain the pair of SKU numbers listed on the certificate.
HTC is still publishing it's main OEM system Apps on the Play store for easier updates regardless of firmware versions, operator approval. Today, HTC just published it's Video Player App for HTC Sense. The App is available to a selected HTC devices.
This is the same video player that's built inside HTC's Sense UI layer, with multiple format decoding, gesture controls (two-finger swipes act as FF and RW for example), streaming, still image capturing, and subtitle support. The player also allows a few simple editing tweaks like trimming and playback speed adjustment for slow-motion videos.
You can download the HTC video player version 6.5 APK from the link below, or wait until the update hits your HTC device via Google Play Store.
The Galaxy S7 is still going hot and we already have rumors circulating about next year's Samsung Galaxy S8. Among these rumors, the most popular one seems to be concerned with the display of the flagship smartphone. It speculates that the S8 may feature an Ultra High Definition 4K Super AMOLED panel. Considering that the display will only be a 5.5-inch one, some may ask if it is even necessary to make it 4K, and they would probably be right. There's a limit to what the human eye can perceive and on a 5.5-inch display, UHD might just be overkill. Nonetheless, the UHD resolution would definitely improve VR experience on the S8 and we are sure that is the main reason as to why Samsung might opt for such a high resolution display in the first place.
This assumption or rumor originated after Samsung showcased one of its 5.5-inch Ultra High Definition panels at the SID tradeshow, 2016. Since it has been predicted by analysts that Samsung will start manufacturing these displays on an industrial scale in a matter of months, it would actually not be very surprising to see the panel making its debut with the S8. There is also the trend of Samsung endowing its flagship smartphones with a higher resolution display after every two years and it has already been two years since the S-series started sporting QHD panels (S6 and S7).
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Just when people were starting to think that the "Made for Samsung" program which Samsung had announced at the CES in January was scrapped, the Korean company just declared their first endeavor in that line. As it turns out, Samsung's partner in this particular initiative is The Weather Channel and together, they have launched the first application within the Made for Samsung program. The application is exclusively available for the Note 5, the S6 Edge+ and the S7 Edge.
The app offers brand new features, among which, one in particular sounds quite interesting. Apparently, the Smart Weather alarm clock will wake up the user before point, if it decides that the weather conditions might delay the user from being ready in time. Other features of the application include Floating Shortcuts, in-app live wallpapers that are customizable and Edge Alerts for updating the user with the latest changes in weather conditions on the Edge panel.
The application is only available via Galaxy Apps and in case you have one of the three supported smartphones, check it out by searching for "Weather Channel" within the store. If however, you cannot see the application or cannot download it in spite of having the right handset; chances are that it is probably not yet available in your locale. In that case, you can download the APK file directly and give it a try, if you so want.
It has become quite a norm with Samsung - just before the release of major smartphones certain information gets leaked. This time around a list of Galaxy S7/S7+/S7 edge accessories have surfaced which gives out pricing info - specifically in the German market. Thanks to German WinFuture, the selection packages few major surprises.
To start off, Samsung is planning to compete with Apple by manufacturing a battery case that would look exactly like Apple's case, which will hopefully look beautiful in terms of design. The case would cost €89.99 ($99.9) which packages a battery with a capacity of 2,700 mAh with support for wireless charging. As per recent speculations, the Galaxy S7 is supposed to come with a 3,000 mAh battery and the S7+ and S7 edge are said to package a gigantic 3,600 mAh battery.
Another interesting thing in the list is the first of its kind Samsung LED View Flip Cover (€69.99, or $77.7). According to the source, the flip-type case will have LEDs which will send out notification in case of incoming calls. Finally, a Leather Cover in black and brown color will also be released during the launch.
According to the South Korean website, Newsis, Samsung will not be releasing multiple flagship devices throughout the year in 2017, as it has been doing for many years now. Instead, they will concentrate on just one single flagship grade smartphone in the entire year. What this basically translates to is that Samsung will possibly not be releasing a Galaxy Note smartphone in 2017. The move is an obvious effect of the Galaxy Note 7 disaster which will cost the company billions of dollars. This move will ensure that a tight schedule to release multiple high-end smartphones within a very short time frame does not affect the quality of the upcoming devices from the company in any way.
As we know that the Galaxy S8 is coming early next year for sure, it would be a bit disheartening for the Note fans if the report does turn out to be true. On the other hand, this would also mean that the S8 will receive Samsung's undivided love, attention and care for an entire year. We cannot help but feel a bit excited at what the extra care and attention will bring forth with the Galaxy S8. However, could this mean that the S8 would see a delayed release so that Samsung can endow it with extra features and make sure that it's actually safe?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea has been raided by the country's national prosecutors yesterday. The raid was part of the investigation that was put into place after Samsung Electronics was accused of transferring money to Choi Soon-sil via her daughter. Choi Soon-sil is a close associate/friend of President Park Geun-hye, in addition to being a religious/cult leader. She is accused of using her connection to the President to both influence politics, as well as seeking business "donations" from different organizations.
The accusation against Samsung dictates that a business which is co-owned by Choi Soon-sil and her daughter Jeong Yu-ra had received over €2.8 million/$3.1 million/£2.5 million from Samsung Electronics to fund Ms Choi's horse riding courses in Germany. Although Samsung did confirm the raid, on being prodded further regarding the matter, they opted to state "no further comment."
It seems like Samsung just can't catch a break in 2016. After the international Note 7 disaster, this political scandal will only hamper the already tarnished reputation of Samsung even further. Nevertheless, it is being investigated to see if Samsung was "victimized" through political pressure.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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)
There were a few rumors around that were claiming that Samsung won't be making an Exynos variant of the Galaxy S8 this year. The rumors found some solid ground when it became clear that Samsung has exclusive rights to hog the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip till the S8 is released in April. As the Korean company is developing the chips for Qualcomm on their own 10nm FinFET process this year, the suggestion that Samsung may ditch the Exynos series when it comes to the Galaxy S8, did not seem that farfetched then. However, Samsung has put those rumors and speculations to rest with their latest teaser about the Exynos series of processors.
The Twitter post simply states, "Discover cloud 9 with Exynos" - coming soon.
This could imply that instead of the rumored Exynos 8895 chip, Samsung will be launching its 10nm series 9 Exynos chips with the S8 this year. The Mali-G71 GPU which will probably be included in the SoC, is designed to handle 4K and VR with ease. Whether the performance can match up to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or not is something that remains to be seen. Going by the history books, Samsung's flagship Exynos processors have always been almost as powerful as their Snapdragon counterparts, but with better power-efficiency.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S8 is going to be officially revealed at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in just three more days but that hasn't yet stopped the leaks from coming in though! On that note, let's check out the two leaks we have for you today.
Take a look at the renders above which seem to be legit leaks by V3. From what we can see near the edges, this seems to be the Blue Coral variant, although it might be called something else this year. Other color options revealed so far include Black Sky, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Violet and Gold.
If you have had enough of pictures, we also have a video for you where someone seemingly tries his best to freeze the S8 by typing random keys on the keyboard. Considering that the S8 and the S8+ will be powered by the world's most powerful processors and GPUs, I would say that was an effort in futility! Nevertheless, it gives us a look at a variant of the S8 or S8+ that has a white front. Take a look yourself and let us know what you think in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It isn't a secret at this point that Samsung is facing some tough competition from Chinese manufacturers globally and especially in emerging markets. However, in spite of the challenge, the South Korean giant had held its ground pretty well in most markets. Unfortunately for Samsung, that isn't the case in China, at least not anymore.
A Hong Kong based analytics firm has put forward data which suggests that Samsung's sales numbers dropped nearly 60% during Q1, 2017 as Samsung lost market share to the likes of Vivo, Huawei and Oppo; all of whom are Chinese OEMs. It looks like that these manufacturers are stepping up their game at home.
As things stand now (according to the report), Oppo managed to see a whopping 81% increase in their YOY Q1 sales numbers, with Vivo and Huawei coming in with 60% and 25% increase respectively. In China, Samsung just lost some serious ground as per these results since their market share plummeted from 8.6% just last quarter to 3.3% now. If these are signs of things to come then Samsung's future is not looking good in China at all.
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.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
This is not a second hand account but something that happened to me just a few hours ago! I was working on a post for YouMobile on my computer when I started to smell something burning very close to me. As I looked around for the source, I saw a barely visible trail of smoke coming out of my Galaxy S8, which was being quick-charged at that point. You can imagine my surprise and horror when I tried to take out the smartphone and felt that the bottom of the phone was smoldering hot to the touch. I switched off the charger, disconnected my phone from it and waited for a few minutes to see if it would cool down. While the tiny trail of smoke had disappeared as soon as I disconnected the charger, the phone remained hot as coal and it smelled like it was still burning inside, until I switched it off completely.
Now, on calling Samsung care, they arranged a pickup for me immediately. I am now waiting for them to pick the phone up from my home in the morning. At this point, I am just shocked at the fact that I am probably the only person in the entire world right now to have experienced such an issue with a Galaxy S8. I have since searched the internet quite a bit , but there has been no account of such problems with the Galaxy S8 or the S8+ anywhere so far to the best of my knowledge. This leaves me wondering, is this the beginning of another Samsung disaster? Or am I just the world's most unlucky person!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
While f/1.7 aperture was only starting to gain recent popularity among select flagship handsets, Samsung has just launched a smartphone which boasts of an exclusive f/1.5 aperture. In case you are wondering, lower is better here. A lower aperture translates to clearer pictures in low light situations so this is great news. The smartphone in question is the W2018 and it's a flip phone! Yup, you read that right, Samsung is still holding onto the flip phone formula in China and yes, it's a China exclusive phone unfortunately.
Other specs of the device are more or less in line with major flagship handsets from Samsung and they are as follows.
Twin 4.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED displays
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC
6 GB of RAM
64GB of internal storage (a 256GB model could be in the pipelines)
12-MP rear camera/5-mp front camera
2,300 mAh battery
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Colors: Elegant Gold and Platinum
Price: Possibly close to $2,000 or higher!
If it was available near you, would you pay $2,000 for this? Let us know in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The future of the tablet is uncertain as the Android tablet market is not doing well and the iPads are only just hanging on to a fraction of their previous sales numbers. Nevertheless, Samsung has not given up on tablets yet because we have news of two tablets for you today; both running on Android and both manufactured by the Korean giant.
As can be seen from the screenshot, the Galaxy Tab S4 aka SM-T835 has made an appearance on Geekbench with scores that are at par with last-gen flagship handsets (S8, S8+ and Note 8) running on the SD 835. The tablet seems to be running with support from 4GB of RAM and on Android 8.1 Oreo. I will never understand why Samsung keeps on launching their flagship tablets with outdated chips from last year!
The SM-T590, which is most probably the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2018) was also revealed earlier when it went through the Eurasian Economic Commission. It seems like Samsung might have slowed down their tablet release cycles, but they have not given up on them completely.
If you are even remotely into gaming, then you have probably already heard about Fortnite, thanks to the game's soaring popularity. Cashing in on the title's fame, the developer, Epic Games is on the verge of releasing an Android version of the game, but rumor has it that Fortnite for Android will be a timed exclusive for the Galaxy Note 9.
We are using the term "timed exclusive" because unlike console exclusives such as God of War or Uncharted, Fortnite for Android will eventually make its way to all supported Android devices, but for the first 30 days from the handset's release, it would be exclusively playable only on the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. 9to5Google reports that this is a result of Epic Games teaming up with Samsung for the promotion of the handset and the early adopters of the Note 9 will get added bonuses. The bonuses may include in-game currency (V-Bucks) worth up to $150. Just in case you are not into Fortnite, you will also be given the option to choose a pair of AKG earphones of the same value instead. We will find out more as we head towards the August 9 launch date.
After two years of development, Today, Google officially released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) aimed at Android developers. You can download it right now for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the Android Developer site.
Google first announced Android Studio, built on the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE, at its I/O Developer conference in May 2013. The company's pitch was very simple: This is the official Android IDE.
Given that Android Studio is only hitting 1.0 now, all the features are "new" to some extent. But Google does have specific features it wants to highlight.
First off, we have the First Run Setup Wizard, which was amusingly absent from a few of the release candidate builds. This "getting started" wizard now installs the Android SDK you need, sets up your development environment settings, creates an optimized emulator for testing your app, and bundles a set of code templates.
A recent Google Camera APL teardown by the famous tech blog XDADevelopers hints that Google's next mid-range smartphone may have the 24fps video recording. The teardown was of Google's camera latest update - version 7.3.017 and it also includes a few minor tweaks to the app interface and functionality. The app reference towards Google's upcoming device - Pixel 4a. The codenames sunfish, redfin, and bramble appear next to a string titled "pixel_20_mid_range." These codenames could mean reference to the Pixel 4a development board and the other codenames refer to the actual upcoming Pixel 4a devices or it could mean nothing specific. All guesses are just speculation at this point.
The teardown report also suggests that possible 24fps video recording support coming to the Google camera app in the near future. There are two strings hitting at this feature. This could be exciting news for the people who look at the camera specs while making the purchase decision regarding the smartphone. As of right now, people can only record video in either 30fps or 60fps on Pixel devices, but 24fps is the standard frame rate used for film making.
There are a few features that landed in this Google camera update too. Google camera is currently rolling out to the Play store, so you can grab the update as soon as it is available for the users. The update completely reorders the camera apps setting men, pushing the flash settings toggle to the top of the device. It also has a new feature that automatically enables do not disturb mode during the video recording. This means there won't be any notification appearing on the screen while you are shooting a video using pixel 4a even if you forgot to enable it.
Facebook for Android is now being Updated every week with bug fixes and New features, Facebook For Android has just hit version 18.104.22.168.0 Alpha Build.
In this New major version facebook uses more Material Design elements (like floating action buttons, reloading spinner.. etc) on the app with new notifications and updated Pages/Profiles.
After downloading the latest Alpha build, Facebook suggests turning on automatic updates as it plans on updating the app a few times a week. Doing so will ensure you're always running the latest version. The APK files provided below is the official APK from Facebook ALPHA program and hasn't been modified. The App supports devices running Android 4.0 or later only.
Amazon has a mouth-watering offer on cloud storage - as a part of the Black Friday deals, they are offering unlimited storage. For just $5, one can get one year of unlimited cloud storage, that includes photos, videos, and documents. This price can drop to $1 if the storage will be used only for media.
This comes at a time when Microsoft OneDrive storage was downgraded from unlimited to 1 TB. Meanwhile, the free tier gives only 5GB of storage before users are asked to upgrade. In case of Google Drive to store more than 15 GB, users are asked to make payment.
The reason given by Microsoft for removing its unlimited storage was that some users were uploading their entire movie collections, among other things, and there-by resulting in 14,000 times more than the amount of space used by an average user.
Now let's get back back to Amazon's attractive $5 deal, whose regular price for unlimited storage tier is $54.99. A sweet $50 savings, thanks to this Black Friday deal. In the $1 deal, users are also allowed to upload 15 GB documents apart from the media files.
This hot deal will surely get expired soon. So get your hands on it before deal goes out of stock.
In what could be the most revolutionary use for a smartphone yet, UCLA professor Aydogan Ozcan and his team of scientists from around the world has invented a "smartphone accessory" which has the potential to detect cancer.
This device will basically turn your smartphone into an extremely powerful microscope that is capable of analyzing and imaging DNA sequences; something that is instrumental in detecting DNA abnormalities that could lead to malignant tumors or other harmful genetic mutations responsible for cancer. Consider the fact that building a medical microscope with similar capabilities may take as much as $10,000 to $50,000+, while this "accessory" can be manufactured with a budget below $500! One can only imagine what this could mean for the underdeveloped regions around the world.
The device was built with a 3D printer and the phone with which it was used initially is a Windows powered device. However, the team has assured everyone that the same results can be replicated by using just about any smartphone. All one needs to do is place the concerned tissue sample onto the built-in receptacle and the phone begins snapping pictures of the sample. After enough pictures have been collected, the captured images are checked with a preset algorithm automatically to detect if the tissue sample indeed has any cancerous potential or growths in it.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
From the creation of the world wide web to where the digital world is at now, the transformation has been incredible. The accessibility of technology has enhanced the digitalization of payment with finance no longer restricted to cash and the cheque book.
The digitalization of payment can be seen most pertinently in the rise of online gambling. With digital payments now completing transactions in seconds, the global online gambling market is expected to hit $94 billion of value by 2024 - double the current market size. A quick financial transaction for the best sports betting usa sites that are available at the touch of a fingertip from the comfort of your own home has ensured that the number of online bettors continues to ascend.
Indeed, an Online Casino Reports study in 2016 found that leading online casino and sports betting sites like www.oddshunter.ca were receiving almost 2000 visitors per day with hard cash no longer an issue.
This infiltration of technology and digital payments into everyday life has increased the likelihood of a cashless world as digital takes over the world of finance. But, just how has it done this?
The original and modern internets
Although stating the obvious, digital payments can only occur when there is an internet connection. It was 1969 and the creation of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) that set the ball rolling for the modern internet. It was the first time that the TCP/IP protocol suite had been used.
Though revolutionary, it hardly set the world alight and so it was up to Sir Tim Berners-Lee to develop the World Wide Web twenty years later. Hyperlinks were merged with web pages and sites that made digital payments realistic.
Online payments with eservices
Online payment services began with an important if troublesome development in 1994. The Stanford Federal Credit Union developed an online internet banking system - the first of its kind - yet it failed to hit the mark with the ordinary man in the street. Specific knowledge of data transfer protocol was needed, making the service difficult to use.
The 1990s, however, played an essential role in the rise of epayments. The likes of Millicent, ECash and CyberCoin began to provide ecash, digital tokens or tokens as cash alternatives in an attempt to digitalize payment. Ecommerce mogul Jeff Bezos created Amazon in 1994 too.
Paypal and Apple Pay
Now a frontrunner in epayment, Paypal has only been around since 1999. It took the service a while to get going, but once ebay users latched on to its ease of payment methods, Paypal usage rocketed. Different currencies and methods to reduce fraud have reinforced Paypal's superb reputation, and, as a result of its enormous growth, the service was given an EU banking license in 2007.
Even then though, digital payment is forever adapting and morphing into new and exciting projects. Apple Pay, launched in autumn 2014, allows iPhone users to scan their fingerprint to purchase goods. Google and Amazon have also made huge strides by improving wallet functionality and the ability to gamble online.
Where the future of payment lies
It's often described as a complicated service, but Bitcoin seems to be where digital payment is heading. Its creation in 2009 saw something important finally be realized: the success of a decentralized currency doubling spending in the absence of a central server or trusted body.
Bitcoin thus took epayment into previously uncharted territory, and can certainly be considered as the future of digital payment.
Digital payments have come a long way since the Stanford Federal Credit Union's attempts to found an online banking system in the early 1990s. But, the development of the modern internet and the consistent evolution of epayment services from Paypal to Apple Pay to now cryptocurrency, means a cashless society is no longer a fantasy. In fact, if bitcoin and the like continue their rapid growth, it could be a lot sooner than what most people think.
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.
This is the first time to see a Google Nexus device lacking behind in Android updates!... The HTC Nexus 9 users has just received their official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OTA update, while other Nexus devices like Nexus 10 is getting Lollipop 5.1.1 update.
Nexus 9 update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is on its way to Nexus 9 owners, and it's around 23MB in size. After applying it, you'll be on build number LRX22L. As the minor version number jump from 5.0.1 to 5.0.2 implies, this one should be all about the bug fixes.
The Nexus rumors is increasing day after day. Today, what appears to be the Moto Nexus 6 has just gone through FCC regulations and got certified.
The FCC filing is for a 6-inch Motorola device with the model number XT1254 with support for LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, and 17, and GSM and WCDMA frequencies at 850MHz, 1700MHz, and 1900MHz. Those bands match up with AT&T and T-Mobile, which are the carriers that tend to be targeted by unlocked devices like the Nexus line.
It is also possible that this is a variant of the Moto S, which is said to be almost identical to the Nexus physically, but will carry the usual Motorola software enhancements. We're less convinced that this is the Moto S though, because the rumors have said that Verizon would get the Moto S first.
We had already seen an issue with the Nexus Player having its preorders pulled from the Google Play Store because the Android TV device hadn't passed through the FCC. But, we won't be having the same problems with the Nexus 6, because it has just gotten FCC approval, with plenty of time to spare before preorders start this Wednesday, October 29th.
There are two different models that have passed the FCC labeled with ID IHDT56QD2 and IHDT56QD1, but we can assume that they are the XT1100, which is the international variant, and the XT1103, which is the North American model, respectively.
The filings aren't labeled as Nexus devices, but come from Motorola and have the same dimensions (159.4mm x 83mm) as the Nexus 6, so it's pretty easy to make the leap. The device also shows the other wireless tech that you would expect, like Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0, NFC, and Qi wireless charging.
Today, Sprint's LG G3 is now getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop, this is definitely good news for eager US users who are waiting for it. LG is known for its speed updates as Lollipop has been around for the G3 in Europe since December last year.
The OTA Update package is already being seeded and here's its Full change-log accroding to Sprint:
- Material Design for fluid animation, multicolored themes and 3D views
- More efficient battery use
- AndroidTM TV support
- Notifications on the lock screen and customizable options with prioritized notifications for events, reminders, messages and calls
- Updated Lock Screen features allow users to quickly access notifications and active apps
- Enhanced low vision and color blind capabilities for added Accessibility
- Integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities
- Enhanced Messaging with Google Hangouts support for SMS and MMS and a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons
- Upgraded Google Mobile ServiceTM apps automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files
LG Velvet is the first phone to take advantage of LG's rebranding initiative. Velvet was announced to be released on May 7 and now the company has confirmed its launch through an official Korean blog post. So, what's new about this phone? We know some detail on its specs due to its official teasers, but now the specs have been confirmed as well. LG velvet features a very minimalistic design. It has a large 6.8-inch OLED FHD+ display with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio. LG called their display Cinema Full vision display.
For the rear-side camera, the company decided to skip the latest trend of adding huge rectangular camera modules as Samsung and iPhone 11 are using. Instead, the camera features a new waterdrop triple camera design, which is inspired by the natural representation of the falling droplets of rain. The three camera lenses are placed vertically stack in descending order of size, with the flash at the bottom of the pile. The phone has display curves at the edges, which are rounded off and give an impression of a bigger display area. LG calls this the 3D arc design, which you may find similar to already existing designs.
LG Velvet rear camera system is pretty much standard and consist of primary, ultra-wide, and depth-sensor lens combination. The front side camera is 16MP and the rear cameras consist of ultra-wide, 8MP ultra-wide-lens, and standard primary camera. LG's phones mostly contain Sony's image sensors, so there's like a Sony IMX586. For video, the LG velvet includes a voice out a feature that can distinguish the ambient and background noises from videos.
The phone is powered by Snapdragon 765. The phone accessory includes a stylus pen that can be bought separately and doesn't come with the phone. To keep the phone running, LG put a 4,300mAh battery that is enough for whole day usage. It also comes with a low-power software algorithm that minimizes any unnecessary power consumption by shutting down background apps, not in use.
The Sony Xperia Z3 has an IP68 ratin dust tight and waterproof. But what if you find yourself standing in front of a lake of Coca Cola? Or get stuck in quicksand-like Nutella?
Such sugary questions have arisen in the mind of at least one person because they actually went and tried what would happen if you put an Xperia Z3 in some Coke or a using it as a bread loaf for your Nutella.
Check out the Two Videos below!
Reports online suggests that Sony's upcoming flagship smartphone, Sony Xperia Z4 might have been certified by the FCC in the US. It turns out that a unknown Sony smartphone has just visited the agency wearing very little identification. FCC papers show that the device supports LTE bands 2, 5 and 7, which gives away nothing special about the handset.
The latest rumored specs for the Sony Xperia Z4 include two different variations of the phone. A model carrying a 5.2-inch screen with resolution of 1440 x 2560 features a pixel density of 565ppi. Another model with a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 resolution screen offers a pixel density of 424ppi. Both models are equipped with a 64-bit octa-core 2GHz Snapdragon 810 processor.
In the states, the device will come with 4GB of RAM; in Europe and Asia, the phone will feature 3GB of the stuff. A 20.7MP snapper adorns the back of the handset, while a 5MP "selfie" camera will be found in the front. The 3400mAh battery will keep the lights on, and Android 5.0 will be pre-installed. IP68 certification means that the phone can survive contact with dust and water. The device will be offered in white, black, blue and silver.
Do you need a phone with a bigger battery size but with a less price tag? Motorola has recently unveiled the Moto G8 power lite, an affordable phone with a huge 5,000mAh battery. Just a couple of months ago, the company introduced the Moto G8 Power smartphone. The Lite version offers almost the same specifications but comes with a reasonably impressive price that is less than $200.
The device has a 6.5-inch HD+ display, the Moto G8 Power lite is powered by the powerful MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage. The device comes with an expandable storage option that allows you to increase the storage up to 256Gb with a microSD card. As this is a power device it lives up to its name by featuring a high-capacity battery but relies on a micro USB port with charging at up to 10W speeds.
When it comes to the photography section, the device doesn't take it lite. At the rear side, you will find a triple camera array that has a 16-megapixel primary sensor, 2-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera has an 8-megapixel lens and is housed within a display notch. There is also a rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner to open the phone using biometric prints.
The only drawback here is that the device is still relying on the older version of Android Pie rather than Android 10 out of the box. Moto isn't very good with software updates and that makes us wonder that if the users will get the updated OS anytime sooner or not. The company has launched the phone in two amazing colors - turquoise and blue. It will be soon available for sale in selected markets like Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania over the coming weeks.
Android L official launch is near. The Android developer community has just released an Android L Emulator image specifically for Intel's x86 64-bit architecture.
It will allow developers to build or optimize older apps for the upcoming Android L OS and its new 64-bit architecture to access more RAM to boost their Apps. Moving to 64-bit increases the addressable memory space, allows a larger number of registers and new instructions sets for developers.
Apps built on Java will automatically gain the benefits of 64-bit but those built on the Android NDK will need some optimization to include the x86_64 build target.
Although dated, the Galaxy Note Edge is the only available Note smartphone in the market right now to sport a curved display or an Edge screen. It isn't curved on both the sides unlike the Note 7, but it does sport some of the same functionalities, the S-Pen and a gorgeous 5.6-inch 1600p Super AMOLED panel nevertheless. Therefore, we are happy that Samsung has decided to launch a maintenance update for the device, loaded with the October SMR update as well. As usual, it is only available to the unlocked versions of the smartphone in the Europe. Check out some of the key improvements which the 364MB update will bring to the Note Edge, below.
Improvements in stability, battery performance and better memory management
Multiple bug fixes and introduction of brand new features
Android's October Security Maintenance Release update from Google
Although this is good news for the owners of the Galaxy Note Edge, we feel that this one might also be the last official update that we will see from Samsung for both the Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy Note 4, given that these two aged devices have now come to an end of their two year software support timeline that Samsung usually offers to its products.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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Android Marshmallow has finally arrived for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 on AT&T and it brings familiar features such as Doze Mode, Google Now on Tap, customizable app permissions and an overall better performance to the tablet. However we really liked NumberSync in particular, which is exclusive to the AT&T users. If you are lucky enough to own a Tab S2 from AT&T, the NumberSync functionality will now allow you to use your tablet as a phone and you will be able to make calls from it even when your smartphone is not near the device.
We suggest the use of Wi-Fi for downloading the update when it arrives on your tablet and you are auto-notified. Alternately of course, feel free to check for the update manually by going into Settings > About device > Software update > Check for updates. Once you are notified about the update and you are done with the download, there should be at least 70% - 80% battery left on your Tab S2 before you start upgrading to Android M. After the upgrade, your phone's Baseband version should now change to T817AUCU2BPF2 and the base Android version should show Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy A5 may not be the most premium smartphone on Samsung's roster, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from rolling out this month's patch to the model. It is really nice to see Samsung sending out the December patch so early for a change, but at the same time, we were surprised to know that the Galaxy A5 (2016) was the device to get it before every other model. Not that Samsung always maintains a hierarchical list when sending security patches though, because that's reserved mostly for major updates like OS upgrades.
The security patch comes in with firmware version A510FXXU4CQL1 and at roughly 200MB, so be sure to hook it up to your Wi-Fi before trying to download the OTA package. In addition to the fixes which every December update carries for all Android powered smartphones, it will reportedly also bring improved charging stability and smoother performance. If you are one of the users who have been experiencing Wi-Fi related issues with their A5 (2016) since the October update, do let us know if this fixes anything. Although the news reports are currently coming in from Netherlands only, we are sure that more regions will be getting the same update soon.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It has now been confirmed; Samsung has indeed released the first Android 8.0 final build for the Galaxy S7 Edge in Vietnam and although it was a mistake, some users have indeed received it and they are the only ones in the entire world to be lucky enough to run the official Oreo firmware on their devices before the company even intended.
According to the user who reported this update, the firmware version on the update is G935FXXU2ERB2 and it also updates the UI to Samsung Experience v9.0. If you are wondering if this is false news or not, do check the screenshots. In case you happen to be one of the unlucky millions who did not receive the OS upgrade yet, rest assured that you will, but not anytime soon. According to SamMobile, the update could be coming in around two months' time, which seems logical, given the fact that Samsung will update the S8, S8+ and the Note 8 first.
In the meanwhile, check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Just like the OEM has been doing for the last few months, March saw Samsung rolling out the security update of the month to certain low and mid-range handsets first, but now it's time for some of the higher end models to get the same treatment as well. As per reports by SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy A7 (2017) and the Galaxy S7 are the latest handsets in Samsung's arsenal to get the March security update via OTA.
If you own a Note 8, you should see your update arrive in the form of firmware version N950NKSU3CRC2. As for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy A7 (2017), firmware versions G930FXXS2DRC3 and A720FXXU3BRC2 should be making their way onto the two devices. While this means that all major regions should start receiving the same updates pretty soon, South Africa is so far the only place to get the same for the A7 (2017). Samsung had already started rolling out the March security update for the Note 8 in most regions and now South Korea has joined in. The S7 is receiving the patch in Europe at the moment.
Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)