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On the official Samsung Australia website, a page ha opened up earlier today which is indeed dedicated to the Galaxy Note 8's pre-registration, as you can see from the above screenshot. However, before you become too excited, we will have to disappoint you a little. The page isn't active yet and the only thing you can do on it is read the line, "Do bigger things."


We had hoped that it would at least reveal some information or the other about the Galaxy Note 8, given we are now less than a month away from the launch date (August 23), but no such luck here unfortunately. Nevertheless, that doesn't mean we don't know what to expect already and if you are in any doubt, read the following spec sheet based on reliable rumors.


• Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/836 SoC
• 6.3-inch borderless QHD+ Super AMOLED display at 18.5:9 aspect ratio
• 6GB of RAM
• 128GB internal storage
• Dual 12-mp rear cameras with 3X optical zoom
• Android Nougat 7.1.1

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



A brand new version of Apple Music was released on April 28 for Android smartphone users. The most significant change that it brings to the table is that Android users can now access music videos within the application. This is a big change because earlier, this feature was exclusively available to Apple hardware only. Along with this, the app has also introduced a "Family Plan," in which the entire family (a maximum of six) can enjoy the services of Apple Music for a monthly subscription of $14.99. Considering the fact that it generally costs $9.99 per month for every individual subscriber, this sounds like a good plan for families all around.


This update comes in after about two months since the last one, which allowed users to store or move downloaded content on to an external SD card. The effort seems to be in line with Apple trying to boost its services in regard to the video content available on Apple Music. In addition to Vice Media's new exclusive documentary series for Apple Music that was released in March, the company might also be working with Dr Dre to launch a fresh TV show through the app. Since Spotify and Google Play has this area covered for Android users, it would be interesting to see how Apple Music's new features are received by the Android crowd.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



Google has decided to hurry things up with Android N and the first step towards that was taken today when they officially declared that beta versions of Android N will be made available, starting today. The preview is released in accordance with Google's plan to get the latest iteration of the Android OS ready by summer. The beta program welcomes enthusiasts and developers alike to try out the pre-release version of Android N via registration. This is an OTA update and all pre-release versions are available for users to choose from.


If you are wondering if there is a catch to this, unfortunately, there is. This preview is only available to select Nexus devices. Most manufacturers use their own custom UI over the particular version of Android the phone or tablet is running on. Therefore, in order to update a device by a particular manufacturer, it is necessary for the manufacturer to first rebuild its entire UI on the new version of the base Android OS. You can probably see by now the reason as to why the Android N preview will only be available to vanilla Nexus devices.


If however, you happen to own one of the listed Nexus devices, then just head on over to


https://www.google.com/android/beta


Select your compatible Nexus phone or tablet and after a while, check for "System Update" if you haven't already been notified about the update automatically on your device. Before you start the download, remember that the size of the file is about a gigabyte so Wifi is recommended. Follow the steps thereafter and reboot accordingly to complete the setup.



 


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