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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei spoke to Chinese media on Tuesday a few days after U.S President Trump issued orders to blacklist Huawei's business in the United States. He seems relaxed and confident despite of the situation that may cause a huge damage to the company. He said, United States underestimates the company's strength. Many suggest that it is an attempt to stop the company's global ambition and possible domination in next-generation 5G technology. He said, Huawei's 5G will absolutely not be affected. In terms of 5G technologies, others won't be able to catch up with Huawei in two or three years.

Last year, Trump declared a so-called national emergency which empowers him to blacklist companies seen as ‘an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States' - which seem to be clearly aimed for Huawei. At the same time, the US commerce department announced an effective ban on American companies to stop them to have any kind of business with Huawei. Ren said, we cannot be isolated from the world. We can also make the same chips as the US chips but it doesn't mean we won't buy them.

Google's operating system Android powers most of the smartphones in the world. After trump administration bans, Google announced to cut-off its ties with Huawei and suspended its licenses for Huawei. Although the company can still use the open-source version of the operating system. This move could have some serious negative implications on the company and its consumer, as the telecom company will no longer be able to access Google's proprietary services such as Gmail, Google maps etc. The US commerce department gave 90 days temporary license to deal with the impact, but Ren said, that we are ready. Huawei said, that Google and the company is working on terms how to deal with the ban as it referred the Google as a highly responsible company. A company spokesperson in Australia said the US actions "will not impact consumers" with a Huawei tablet or smartphone in the country, or those planning to buy a device in the future.

With roughly half a week left until the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially revealed on August 2, let us take a look at what we know already through leaks and rumors. To be frank, there isn't much left to the imagination as we have come across enough renders, leaked images and videos to have a pretty good idea about what to expect.

What's new?

The Galaxy Note 7 will be a pioneer for Samsung in two departments; it will be the first device to both sport a USB Type-C port as well as a first of its kind iris scanner. It will also be the first Note from Samsung's arsenal that will only be available in a dual Edge curved display variant. There was a flat screen variant as well and we have seen enough proof to convince us, but sadly, it never left the prototype stage.

What else?

Contrary to the popular rumor, the Note 7 will not be sporting a 5.8-inch display, but will stick to the 5.7-inch 1440p formula for now. There is a bit of controversy regarding the chipset that Samsung will use as it could be the same Snapdragon 820 SoC we are now used to seeing inside all major flagship devices of the year, but other more popular rumors/sources seem to indicate that the Note 7 will be powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC (Exynos 8893 for the international version).

There is a speculation that suggests the Note 7 will come in three variants in terms of internal storage and two variants in terms of RAM. It appears that there could be both a 4GB and a 6GB version, separated by the price tag of course. Internal storage options will be 64GB, 128GB and a whopping 256GB! The camera setup will remain the same with the 12mp/5mp configuration seen on the S7 and S7 Edge.

It will come with the same water and dust resistant ratings of IP68 as the S7-series and will be available in Onyx, Blue Coral and Silver Titanium color variants. The Galaxy Note 7 will possibly run on Android Marshmallow, although, some rumors seem to be indicating that it could feature Android Nougat (7.0) right out of the box. We will just have to wait and see to find out more on August 2. In the meanwhile, check out this trailer we found on Samsung Mobile Korea's YouTube channel.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be launched in roughly a month, but are you ready for it? Well, aside from oodles of cash which the phones will surely demand, here is everything you need to know to about the S9 and S9+.

• It will be launched during the last week of February, at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona
• There will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 variant and a Exynos 980 variant, just like always
• Both versions will sport 4GB of RAM as well
• The 18.5:9 form factor will be retained at the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch sizes as the S8 and S8+ respectively
• The displays won't be 4K as Samsung will stick to the beautiful HD+ AMOLED displays
• The fingerprint scanner will remain at the S9's back, but it will be moved to a more comfortable position in the middle and below the camera
• Basic storage will begin at 64GB
• Dual camera setup is expected on both the devices (contrary to previous rumors)
• One of the two cameras will sport a revolutionary f/1.5 aperture size for incredible lowlight photography
• Improved face scanning with a 3D lens is rumored
• Better battery life is expected, but Samsung may not give these handsets a bigger battery.

This, in a nutshell is what we know about the Galaxy S9 and S9+ till now, but feel free to fill in the gaps as you see fit.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

SD 820


At MWC 2015, Qualcomm just officially announced the Snapdragon 820 Soc (System-on-chip). The chipset will be built on a FinFET manufacturing process, but Qualcomm didn't specify if this means TSMC's 16nm or Samsung's 14nm tech will be used the SD 820.


The star of the Snapdragon 820 chip, which debuts Qualcomm's Zeroth platform. It promises to be a cognitive computing platform, which means that it can anticipate users needs and actions in advance. One real-life application of the platform as demoed on stage is a camera recognizing the subject of the photo.


SD 820


Inside the chip Qualcomm's custom ARMv8 CPU core also makes a first appearance. Dubbed Kryo, it sports 64-bit architecture, but at this point there aren't any more details regarding it.


Qualcomm says it will start sampling the Snapdragon 820 in the second half of 2015. This leaves us to anticipate the first devices rocking the chip early 2016. Expect more information about the Snapdragon 820 as it becomes available.





Blizzard received a lot of fan hate when they confirmed that the newly announced Diablo Immortal is going to be exclusive to smartphones and there is ample reason to justify the outrage, but they were right about one thing though; smartphones are now more powerful than ever before and they can become excellent portable consoles all on their own, as long as there are enough good games to play. As 2019 is all set to be big for Android and iOS games, the question is, are you equipped with a smartphone that can handle modern games?

The CPU-GPU Combo

In smartphones and tablets, the graphics card and the processor comes in as one single unit and in order to have the best experience with modern games such as PUBG or Fortnite, your phone needs to have any of the following SoCs.

·        Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

·        Kirin 980

·        Apple A12 or A12x Bionic

·        Exynos 9810

Not that anything less than a flagship won't do, but the experience won't really be comparable to what any of the above SoCs can offer.

The Big Screen


The era of the small smartphones is practically over, especially since even the 6-inch form factor is so manageable these days due to the widescreen aspect ratios and negligible bezels. Look for a smartphone that has a 6-inch+ OLED display. The resolution itself is not as important as long as it's at least 1080p, because a lower than QHD+ resolution will actually make for a better gaming performance. The Galaxy Note 9, the iPhone XS Max and the Vivo Nex are great devices to consider in this respect.

The Battery


This is where the flagship smartphones usually sacrifice but in 2018, that has not always been the case. You will get huge 4,000mAh batteries with the Galaxy Note 9, the Vivo Nex, the liquid cooled Pocofone F1 and the Razer Phone 2. Do not buy anything that has a battery smaller than 3,500mAh.

These are the top specs that you need to be looking for, if playing games is what you want to do the most on your smartphone. The upcoming Huawei Mate 20 X looks very promising on every regard too, but we will have to wait and see if it is released anywhere outside Asia.

Saikat Kar

Note 3 Neo lollipop


Few months ago, SamsungUK has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (SM-N750) will get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, However, in these past few months we didn't see any Lollipop firmware entering the testing or development process so far.


Now, SamsungUK is still confirming that the Note 3 Neo is indeed getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update as soon as it is ready... which will take a long time since the firmware has NOT entered the "In-Development" stage yet.



It's not clear whether the device will receive an Android 5.0.2 or 5.1.1 firmware build, we will keep you updated regarding this matter so stay tuned and keep your eyes on the official Samsung Updates Page.


Tab S 8.4 lollipop

Samsung promised to update its latest Galaxy Tab S series to Android 5.0 Lollipop. After few weeks of testing, Samsung has released the update to Galaxy Tab S 10.1 (Wi-Fi/LTE) variants to Lollipop 5.0.2 via an OTA (Over-the-air) package last month. Now, we just got reports that the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 update is ready for release.


tab s 8.4


Galaxy Tab S 8.4 users should expect the official Lollipop to start rolling-out Over-the-air anytime in the next few days. The Wi-Fi variant of the Tab update should start this month, while the LTE variant will come a little later.


The firmware update brings latest Android build 5.0.2 to the with lots of Performance enhancements, security fixes, bug fixes, New screen-lock, New notifications bar, updated TouchWiz UX with Material Design optimized for tablets and lots of new features.


Samsung Updates Page

Samsung Galaxy ALPHA 5.1.1 Lollipop update


Samsung is already rolling-out the Latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S6 , Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S5. Now, it's the ALPHA's turn. We got reports indicates that the Korean giant is preparing to release the same update for various mid-range devices and high-end devices too, as we reported before.


Further more, Samsung France has confirmed through its official twitter that the Samsung Galaxy ALPHA (SM-G850) official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is "Ready for Deployment", which means that the update status is "Pending" and will start rolling-out in the upcoming weeks.



SamsungFR said that the Galaxy ALPHA 5.1 update imminent and it will depend on the user's carrier, as the all the OTA updates are rolled-out in waves region-by-region.


Galaxy ALPHA 5.1.1


Samsung Galaxy ALPHA Lollipop 5.1.1 Update will pack RAW support for Camera API, better connectivity (4G and WI-Fi), performance enhancements and various bug fixes to increase the overall stability of TouchWiz UI.


VIA [Twitter]


Although no one can really tell when it will actually be making its way onto your particular smartphone model and region, what we can tell you is that the monthly security patch for July is finally ready and Samsung could be rolling it out to your smartphone anytime now. Unfortunately, that "anytime" encompasses a very long time for some handsets, but latest higher end and flagship models should be seeing the update notification by next week.


In order to keep the securities and vulnerabilities from being exploited, Samsung has not unveiled them all as you would expect. Nevertheless, feel free to check out the public info which is available here. It seems that this month's base Android Security Maintenance Release addresses 65 common vulnerabilities and bugs shared by all Android-powered smartphones. Of course, as always, Samsung will also include some of his own patches (16 this month) specific to its own smartphone models. If any of you have already started to receive the July security patch on your Samsung smartphone or Tablet, do inform us in the comments.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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