It has only a few months since OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7T and 7T pro in October, but we already have rumors about the next flagship smartphone coming in. OnePlus is good when it comes to not telling everything to everyone. It has kept its PR strategy to the minimal level since the beginning. Recently it teased about its next headset on Facebook, "We're working on something really cool and we really can't tell you yet. To be continued. Surprisingly, there is no picture of any mobile device along with the post, just a blue image.
Some Snapchat account also posted a screenshot that was supposed to be hands-on pictures of the OnePlus 8 Pro 5G. According to the screenshot, the device will have a punch-hole display. Along with the image of the device, there are also some specifications being listed. As per leaked image specification, the device will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 processing chip. The OnePlus 8 pro features four rear-facing cameras, instead of three. Secondly, there appears to be uneven spacing between the written hardware specs that arises the doubt on the authenticity of the leaked specs.
As per rumors, the upcoming OnePlus 8 series is consists of three smartphones - Oneplus 8, OnePlus 8 lite, and OnePlus 8 Pro. The former two are expected to launch with Snapdragon 865 SoC, while the OnePlus 8 Lite is rumored to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset. As per the official statement, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are expected to have 120Hz display. As per rumors, OnePlus 8 may feature a 32MP front camera, a 48MP triple camera, and 4,000mAh battery with wrap charge 30T support. The OnePlus 8 Pro will feature a quad-camera setup, a larger 4,500mAh battery, 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, and a faster 50W fast charging technology. It is expected to be launched in the last week of March or the first week of April.
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Xiaomi has announced the latest smartphone - Xiaomi Mi 10T series consisting of Mi 10T standar, Mi 10T lite, and Mi 10T prp. It feels like Xiaomi is focusing on the budget smartphones once again, that doesn't come with a higher price ta. That's the kind of smartphones, company is known for, though the Mi 10 smartphones were more like premium devices. The Mi 10T Pro costs £599 (around $700 / AU$990), the Mi 10T is £469 (about $600 / AU$820) and the Mi 10T Lite costs £229 (around $300 / AU$450) for 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, though you can purchase the more storage options for extra money.
Those prices set the two upper-tier smartphones in the pretty affordable category, and the lite model stands as the most affordable phone in its markets right now. Regarding availability, you can purchase the phones in the UK now, and these will possibly come to Australia too as Xiaomi releases some of its devices there. he Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite has the most rear cameras of the lot with a 64MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth snapper. There's also a 16MP camera on the front for selfies.
In comparison, the standard Mi 10T has the same main sensor but a 13MP ultra-wide snapper and a 5MP macro camera. The selfie camera is slightly more high-spec at 20MP. Finally, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro has a 108MP main camera, but the same other cameras as the standard model. Users of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro might find the lack of a telephoto camera an oddity, as that phone actually had two.
All three of these Mi 10T phones support 5G network. The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T pro are powered by Snapdragon 865, which was the fastest processor in the start of the year but was replaced by the much powerful 865 plus recently. The Mi 10T lite has the newly-launched Snapdragon 750G, which is more of a mid-range processor but it's optimized to be great for gamers. The processor is paired with 6GB RAM in Mi 10T lite model you can choose between 6GB or 8GB RAM, comes with 128GB storage. The Xiaomi Mi 10T light has a 4,820mAh battery, whereas the other two comes with 5,000mAh battery, and all these three phones support 33W fast charging.
Huawei officially confirmed the release of another smartphone that will be hitting the market alongside another smartphone - the Huawei Mate 40. The mate 40 series is the next smartphone series of the earlier Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 pro E. The phone was first known with a code-named LIO-ANoom as per the ministry of internet industry and information technology informatics. According to the report, the specs are almost the same as the previous one.
Huawei Mate 40 series will be launched on October 22, as per official announcement. Both the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro are expected to be announced during the event. The devices are powered by Kirin 9000 SoC processor, which is the last processor due to the US sanctions carrying TSMC chips. Both are rumored to have 50MP rear cameras, in addition to an 80MP ultra-wide camera for Mate 40 pro. The design will be similar to Mate 30 series from the past, with a massive circular camera bump on the back housing.
As per the reports, the phone features a curved display screen with bangs. The phone comes with a pre-built sky blue cover. The upcoming device will contain a circular camera housing with 32MP to 40MP camera sensor. The phone will feature a 6.53-inch OLED display with Kirin 990 processor with 5G network support. The device has a high refresh rate up to 60Hz. Huawei powered the phone with 40W fast charging that can charge 4,400mAh battery in less than half-hour. The design resembles the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, with a 5G version. We don't know the price yet, but the basic features of the phone hint an affordable price range for the phone.
Realme released the C-series smartphone in Malaysia last week, and now the company has teased the next phone for the Indian smartphone market - that's Realme C11. The news was confirmed at the official page at the social networking site - Twiter. In a tweet, the company revealed that the next phone in the C-series, known as Realme C11 is coming soon to India. This is the only phone by Realme to be launched in this quarter at least. As Realme India CEO further added in his tweet, we can expect other smartphones in the same series later this year.
He also claimed that there are 7.5million uses in India that have bought their C-series phones. In a follow-up tweet, the company asked his user to keep an eye for the next exciting addition in the series. As per the news, the company is also planning to add one more stylish product to attract young consumers who are also budget-conscious. It makes sense that we don't have to wait for too long as the phone is already launched in Malaysia just last week. There isn't any news on where else the phone is going to be launched so far.
The Realme C11 is going to be launched with a single variant of 2GB memory and 32GB internal storage that is priced at around Rs. 7,500. It is expected that after taxes the phone is going to be less than Rs.10,000. The Realme C3 was launched in India at Rs.6,999 in February this year. The phone will be powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 S0C, along with 2GB. It features a 6.50inch HD_ display with 1,600 pixels and a notch for the selfie camera. For photography, you can find a dual-camera setup on the rear side of the phone. The device is powered by a 5,000mAh battery.
The realme, one of the largest growing chinese smartphone brands, will launch their next series in the UK on October 7. The series is specially designed to meet the needs of the younger generation who use smartphones to keep in touch with their family and friends. The phone comes with an ultra-long battery life, but more importantly, it features the ability of 65W fast charging. You can charge the 7 pro to 100% in just 34 minutes.
The phone is also the perfect device for people in love with mobile photography, featuring a Sony 64MP Quad camera. The camera comes with Starry mode, a new suite of advanced AI filters, and a 32Mp in-display selfie cam for beautiful looks. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 720G processor. The device features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED full-screen display, which is ideal for anyone interested in stunning and sharp display. In addition to the Pro model, the realme 7 comes with 5,000mAh battery and 30W dart charge, providing standby time of more than a month.
Realme 7 is powered by the world's first MediaTek helio G95 gaming processing, and offers high display refresh rate up to 90Hz and a 48Mp AI Quad camera with 16Mp in-display selfie camera. Realme 7 owns one of the most powerful game processing engines available in the market. Both phones have passed 22 major and 38 minor tests for the TUV Rheinland Smartphone Reliability Verification. The phone was tested for extreme cases and has been certified as both reliable and safe device for the consumers. You can check more detail on its release date on realme official Twitter and Facebook pages.
Vivo is ready to launch two brand new phones for its X-series. The two models are Vivo X30 and X30 Pro. Both of these phones have 5G network support and are the first mobile phones to be powered by the Exynos 980 processor. Both phones have a similar design with a punch-hole display at the top right corner of the panel for the selfie camera. The phones are covered in glass on both sides and have some shades. Both have a large 6.44-inch super AMOLED display with a 2400 x 1080 resolution. Under the display, there is a fingerprint scanner and a support for face unlock.
The phones are powered by the latest Exynos 980 processing chip with 5G modem integration which was developed by Samsung and Vivo in partnership. The octa-core processor features cortex-A77 cores and paired with 8GB of RAM on both phones with the option of 128GB or 256GB of storage. The processing chip has support for SA and NSA networks (n41 and n78 bands) and boasts up to 2.55Gbps in the download speed. For connectivity, both phones have support for Bluetooth, NFC, and there is also an audio jack for sound. Vivo ships both phones with a 4350mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB type-c.
Now, you must be wondering that if the specs are the same for both phones, why there are even two models? Well, the phones have different camera specs and price tags. The Vivo X30 has a triple camera - a 64MP f/1.8 camera with a 26.4mm focal length; an 8MP ultrawide angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture, 16mm focal length and a 112° field of view; and a whopping 32MP f/2.0 professional portrait camera with a 50mm focal length. The camera has a super night mode 2.0 to reduce noise and bring a brighter picture even at night.
The X30 Pro also has a 64MP primary rear camera with the same f/1.8 aperture and 26.4mm focal length. It pairs it with an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide angle camera with a 122° FOV and also has a 32MP professional f/2.0 portrait camera with a 50mm focal length. Vivo then rounds it off with a 13MP periscope lens with a 5x optical zoom. The Vivo X30 is priced at ¥3298 (~$472) for the 128GB version and ¥3598 (~$515) for the 256GB version.
Vivo Apex 2020, a concept phone by Vivo was supposed to be unveiled at the event, but because the event was canceled due to coronavirus, it was doomed to be a footnote in the history despite its amazing features. Vivo intends to create more distinct devices than anyone else is creating reight now. The company was teasing the launch on the X50 series on Weibo, highlighting its main selling feature - the Gimbal camera system on the X50 Pro in particular.
Vivo X50 series has three phones -Vivo X50, X50 Pro, and X50 Pro+. All of these feature 6.56" FHD AMOLED display with 90Hz display refresh rate except Vivo X50 Pro+ that has 120Hz refresh rate. The camera module of the X50 Pro includes a periscope telephoto camera (like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Huawei P40 Pro, and the OPPO Find X2 Pro), the other two are normal camera lenses (most likely an ultra-wide-angle camera and a normal telephoto), and a much larger module that is the primary camera. The lens rotates as the module is manipulated by a robotic gimbal. The key benefit here is image stabilization.
Vivo is also adding a Gimbal Radar with the Camera UI which will be depicting as a small animated ball to reflect the gimbal's movement. This will let the users know when the frame is being stable. Other techniques are being used as well, including motion-deblur algorithms and continuous focus tracking to enhance the final result and clear video. The camera system also includes super night mode and Astro mode, which enable users to captures night time photography of the streets, city, or scenes, etc.
Vivo X50 series smartphone uses Android 10 out of the box with Funtouch OS 10.5 on the top. The front camera is 32MP for all three phones, whereas the rear camera starts from 48MP to 50MP for Vivo X50/Pro and X50 Pro+ respectively. The phone has launched in China but we don't know when it is going to be available in India or other markets.
Vivo has already launched the Vivo X50 series in China and may hit the Indian markets at the beginning of July. One of the main selling points of the series is that the Vivo X50 Pro phone comes with a gimbal optical image stabilization technology for its main camera. A new poster by the Chinese firm has released a coming soon text suggests that the X50 series may come the upcoming month.
The Vivo X50 series is likely to arrive in multiple markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Singapore, and Thailand. The series has three devices refer as Vivo X50, Vivo X50 Pro, and Vivo X50 Pro plus. It remains to be seen whether all these phones make to the market mention above. The Vivo X50 series features a Full HD+ display with a super AMOLED screen and a punch-hole design. The X50 has a flat display panel, whereas the other two upper-tier models have curved edges. The X50 and X50 pro support 90Hz refresh rate whereas the pro model comes with 120Hz refresh rate support.
The snapdragon 765G Soc with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM powers the X50 and X50 pro models. The device has huge internal storage up to 256GB that is enough to store all images, videos, and files of yours. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC powers the X50 Pro plus with up to 12GB of RAM and 256G of native storage. The Vivo X50 trio has 4,315mAh batteries. The X50 and X50 pro support fast charging of 33W whereas the X50 pro plus supports 44W fast charging. The trio phone series is loaded with FunTouch OS 10 on the top of Android 10 OS. The three phones feature 32-megapixel front-facing cameras.
The Vivo X50 has a 48MP camera with optical image stabilization technology as its primary camera, a 13MP portrait camera lens, an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens, and a 5MP macro camera lens camera system. The Vivo X50 Pro also features 4 camera system module with a 48MP with gimbal OIS, an 8MP periscope telephoto lens with OIS, a 13MP portrait camera lens, and an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens. The phone is available in black, blue, and pink colors. The Vivo X50 is expected to price around $500+.
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As some of you may remember, the very first Samsung Galaxy S was launched in the first half of 2010. With its 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display and its single-core 1 GHz processor, the Galaxy S is obviously a low-end device by today's standards. Next year, in 2011, the Galaxy S II introduced a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and a larger, 4.3-inch display, though the pixel resolution remained unchanged. The Galaxy S III (2012) brought us a quad-core processor and a 4.8-inch 720p display, while the Galaxy S4 (2013) was the first in the series to offer a 1080p display (a 5-inch). Last year's Galaxy S5 came with a 5.1-inch 1080p display, a water-resistant body, heart rate sensor, fingerprint scanner, and a 16 MP rear camera.
Finally, Samsung's current flagships, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, offer 5.1-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560) displays, octa-core Exynos processors, 3 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of storage space, and bodies made out of metal and glass. Unlike the regular S6, the S6 edge features a dual curved screen which differentiates it from all other smartphones out there.
It was just a few days ago that we got our first look at the Galaxy C5 Pro, courtesy of a leaked image and today we have another leak which is even bigger. The same leakster who had unveiled the blurred image of the C5 Pro on Twitter a few days ago, has now unleashed a full blown poster from what seems to be straight from the house of Samsung. @Mmddj_china tweeted, "C is coming," along with a picture that shows the C5 Pro, C7 Pro and the C9 Pro in three varying colors, including what seems to be a Blue Coral variant as well. The image clearly mentions the three handsets separately and even has the Samsung logo on top to give it that sense of authenticity.
Although I am no expert when it comes to reading Chinese to be honest, but from what can be seen in the image, it looks like there is a mention of 16-mp cameras. What this could mean is that all the three handsets will share the same 16-megapixel cameras both in front and the back. We will have to wait and find out more. Given that the release date isn't really that far off now, the wait shouldn't be too long.
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After a lot of speculations, leaks and rumors, the Galaxy J5 & J7 2017 are finally out as Samsung made it official yesterday. We have had enough of the rumors, but now it\'s time to take a look at the actual internals.
J5 has a 5.2-inch 720p display, while the J7 has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen as expected. The good news is that both of them are AMOLED panels.
SoC and RAM
Both devices share the same Exyno 7870 14nm chips with Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. The J5 2017 only has 2GB of RAM though, but the J7 2017 has a more respectable 3 gigs of RAM.
The 13-mp rear camera sensor with f/1.9 aperture is common to both devices but the J7 also has a 13-mp front camera with flash, unlike the J5, which is stuck with a plain 5-mp shooter without any flash aid.
Battery and Price
A healthy 3,600mAh battery will be powering the J7, while the J5 will have to settle with a smaller 3,000mAh cell instead. The price difference between the two devices is basically of £60, so you would probably be much better off opting for the Galaxy J7 2017 for £340 ($440 approximately) than the Galaxy J5 2017 for £280 ($360 approximately).
Other than these, the J7 will come with USB Type-C while the J5 will be sporting the aged but more accessible micro-USB. Fingerprint scanner will be present in the usual place on both devices; i.e. just under the Home button.
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is one of the smartphone series of 2020. The series also includes one of the most expensive devices ever launched but even this phone isn't perfect. Luckily, there are always some workarounds, hacks, and software patches to help improve these glitches. Here is a list of a few problems you can face while using your Samsung Galaxy S20.
If you experience delayed notification, you have to check that your phone isn't on the battery optimization. Samsung intentionally delayed notification and stop these to run in the background to save battery life. But if the notifications are important to you, you have to remove your phone from the battery optimization list. Go to Apps > configuration apps > battery optimization > all apps
A few users submit a complaint related to their ever-changing refresh rate. Technically, this ins't phone's fault. Not all apps support that high refresh rate. So, if you have 120Hz refresh rate set as a default option, you may experience a drop to 60Hz if the app you are not using isn't compatible with such a high refresh rate or your device temperature goes above 42 celsius degree. This could be a side effect of prolonged gaming sessions or other processor-intensive activities.
If you are having trouble with having a smart unlock setup which doesn't seem to work most of the time, it might be your corrupt GPS connection. The problem occurs when you are using a smart lock based on the location like a home or office. This has been fixed by Samsung software update and should be working as intended. But if you are still having some issues, go to settings > advanced features and tap on Bixby routines. Tap on the name of the Bixby routine. Once the page opens, tap on Details. You will find "smart unlcok" on the list of existing presets in the "my routine" section.
Having a smartphone that randomly reboot can be really annoying. If this is something you are face, boot the phone into Safe mode and check if the issue persists. If it doesn't, an app that you might have recently installed is causing this. Uninstall the installed app and see if it works for you. If it doesn't go to Settings > device care >... > advanced and tap on the Disable auto restart option. If the issue still persists, you need to call the customer support or the shop owner from where you bought the phone.
Just a week ago, Oppo decided to tease its upcoming smartphone - The Oppo Reno 3 Pro which is also 5G enabled. The device is equipped with four cameras at the rear side and a thin look. But so far, we have more information on the specs of the phone due to official and unofficial leaks. Starting with the official information available on Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G the official website shows a pair of phones with a quad-camera at the back of the device. There is a punch-hole cutout on the left side on the pro model, and a waterdrop notch on the standard Reno 3. The former decision means the Shark Fin pop-up camera spotted on the Oppo Reno 10x zoom edition isn't available.
On the hardware side, according to Oppo's official website, the Reno 3 Pro 5G is powered by a Snapdraogn 765G, while the vanilla model is powered by a MediaTek 5G chip. MediaTek has only one 5G enabled processor at the moment, which is the flagsip-tier Dimensity 1000 chipset. The interesting thing here is the comparison between Snadpdragon 765G and Dimensity 1000, as the Dimensity 1000 beats the later in terms of power.
According to the unofficial sources, TENNA telecommunications the device will have a punch-hole cutout on the left side of the display, with an identical quad rear camera housing. The TENNA listing also gives some detail on the specs, like a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, an in-display fingerprint, a 3.935mAh battery, 8GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. The quad camera system will have a 48MP primary camera, a 13MP, 8MP, and 2MP camera with 5X zoom. The front camera will have a 32MP selfie lens. The device comes with an Android 10 out-of-box. As per leaked images, there seems no headphone port for this device.
Oppo Reno has been one of the successful smartphone series last year and apparently, Oppo wants to create more cash out of its success by releasing another phone. The specs are not very much different from the existing Reno 3 smartphones, and so far, the series isn't going anywhere. As per the official website, there is another Reno 3 vitality edition, officially up and ready for pre-orders on both websites jd.com and opposhop.cn.
As per some related leaks, the Vitality is similar to the Vanilla Reno 3 with some internals swapped and new colors.
The first major change is around the processing chip. The Vitality device is using Snapdragon 765 chipset in the place of Mediatek MT6885Z Dimensity 1000L. This makes it slightly faster than the vanilla Reno 3 and something around the Pro variant. Though the Reno 3 Pro is slightly faster than the Reno 3 Vitality due to better variants of the same processing chip. Overall, the performance speed isn't much higher or even noticeable unless you are using multiple apps at the same time. Oppo has a different stance on the difference and relates it to 5G connectivity.
The other big change the vitality variant brought is the camera lens being used. The device is using a 48MP primary camera lens. Again this bridge the gap with the Pro version. The vitality also seems to skip the higher memory tier of the vanilla Reno 3 and is currently only being offered in an 8GB, plus 128GB configuration. The company has offered the phone in three new colors - Moonlight black, sky mirror white, and streamer gold. Other than these changes, the phone is almost identical to the standard variant. It has the same 6.4-inch display with 1080 pixel resolution and super AMOLED display. The front camera has a teardrop notch and houses a 32MP camera lens. The phone has the same 4025mAh battery with 30W fast charging support, 3.5mm audio jack, and NFC. Currently, it is priced at CNY 2,999, or just around $430.
Oppo has been in the smartphone industry for almost 10 years now. They have given us some of the most innovative and feature-rich phones in the market. Among the company's series of devices, the Find series has pushed many limits of creativity. It has some of the best flagship phones of the company as well. As in 2020, the company released a new OPPO Find X2 series this week.
OPPO released Find X in 2018 and joined the early pop-up cameras trend. But instead of giving only the pop-up mechanism to the front camera, the company also placed its dual rear camera system on this pop-up module. The smartphone had highly-advanced hardware to deliver really fast processing speed, and also replaced 3D face recognition technology with the fingerprint scanner. The Find X also brought Super VOOC flash charging technology, which eventually became the norm.
Now, it's time for Find X3 series, which is ready to set all-new benchmarks with its ground-breaking display quality and a powerhouse of loaded features giving a true flagship experience. Both the phones feature a 6.7-inch display and a whopping 120Hz refresh rate. With the ultra-fast Snapdragon 865 chipset and 5G network capability, the devices are well equipped to lead the charge into the future. The series has been ranked among smartphones offering the ‘Best Flagship Performance in April 2020' by AnTuTu.
The display made has already given its display panel A+ approval rating. The smartphone has also received eye comfort certification from TUV Rheinland as the phone cuts down the emission of harmful blue light to reduce to strain on your eyes. The phone has 65W super VOOC 2.0 technology that is equipped with ultra-fast charging. The standard model has 4,200mAh battery, whereas the pro model comes with a 4,260mAh battery.
The Apple event this Thursday revealed a piece of software and a new series of upgraded laptops to us. Unfortunately, the TV app designed for Apple TV and all iOS devices won't be available for us to check out till December. The other announcement or the main focus of the event was the new line of MacBook Pro laptops that we knew were coming.
Touch ID and Touch Bar
Apple brings an OLED Touch Bar to the new MacBook Pro that will enable easily access to Photoshop shortcuts, emojis, FaceTime and any other third party app that will eventually begin to support it. Touch ID brings added security and Apple Pay to your laptop via a fingerprint scanner that's identical to what we are used to seeing on the iPhones.
Lighter, thinner and better
The new line is even thinner than the previous gen MacBook Pros, with the 15-inch model weighing in at just four pounds. It was good to see that a multitouch glass trackpad has been added which is more comfortable and easier to use, thanks to its significantly bigger size. In fact, even the backlit keyboard feels better to type on, due to of larger keys and a new design.
Connectivity and dongles
Connectivity is limited to four Thunderbolt 3 ports and surprisingly, a 3.5mm audio jack. What this means is that it is impossible to plug in even the new iPhones or the new EarPods into the laptop without using a dongle. You will need a separate dongle for pretty much everything else as well unfortunately.
Underneath the hood
The new Pros are powerful machines, designed to handle any tasks hat you might be throwing at them, thanks to the latest i5/i7 processors, separate GPUs, 16GB of RAM (maximum), flash storage with 3.1GBps/2.2GBps read/write speeds and a display that offers better colors at higher brightness levels than the previous gen MacBooks.
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Sony Mobile made an announcement today regarding the official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its Xperia devices, sadly this announcement brings some BAD NEWS to few Sony users, as the company will focus only on its main flagship "Xperia Z" series.
Sony surprised everyone by stating via its official Twitter account that the Lollipop update will be released only for the the "Xperia Z" series devices. That means, the Xperia E1, E2, C3, M2, M2 Aqua, T3, and T2 Ultra will not be getting the Lollipop update officially.
@VIVSNO Hi. We can advise that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is going to be released for the entire Xperia Z series only, we do apologise.— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) March 4, 2015
This decision will affect the sales of its current non-Z series devices on the market, like the Xperia M4 Aqua for example, as these devices may not get future updates. However, Xperia users that won't get the update can still flash custom Lollipop ROMs but this will void their warranty.
Sony is one of the most popular and first company that makes its whole flagship series water and dirt proof, while we are all amazed with that sort of protection that Sony gave to its flagship smartphones Z series (Xperia Z2, Xperis Z3, Xperia Z4... etc), the question that has never been asked is why making it waterproof ?
Making a smartphone device fully operational under water is a big deal, especially in the japanese market, the feature is not just used for just protection or premium-look but to Sony it has a whole different reason !
Apparently, the exclusive waterproof smartphone's existence is rooted in a peculiar user habit of Japan's female population! ...young japanese teenager girls, to be more precise. According to Panasonic executive "Taro Itakura", 90 to 95% of smartphones sold in Japan are waterproof because young Japanese women prefer to use their smartphones even while they are taking their showers! That's right your Sony Xperia or Sharp AQUOS smartphone are considered as a "must products" in Japan, possibly right next to soap, shampoo, and a trusty sponge all because that young japanese girls like to shower with them.
Can you really take a proper bath when your attention is preoccupied with the latest notifications and updates? We don't know, but we certainly cannot underestimate Japanese women!
The Tabs updates are coming... Samsung's latest AMOLED tablets line-up, Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 are getting a new update very soon. Both slates launched with KitKat 4.4 out-of-the-box, currently Samsung is working on updating these two tablets to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.
Samsung has already many of its device to Lollipop, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 will be the first two tablets to get updated officially to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. The update is currently under testing, it will bring an updated Material Design version of TouchWiz UI for tablets along with many new features and notification bar.
Samsung will release the Galaxy Tab S line-up Lollipop update by the End of April,2015. Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5 variants will get it earlier followed by the Tab 4 7.0 variant. Stay updated and check this Lollipop Update Status Page and don't forget to take a look at what the update will look like on the Galaxy Tab S from the video below.
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After updating all of its latest flagships, Samsung has started Rolling-out Official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to mid-range devices, like Galaxy A3 , Galaxy A5 , Galaxy A7 and Galaxy Core Prime. Now, we got some good news for the Galaxy E series users.
We got confirmation that Samsung Galaxy E7 and Galaxy E5 Official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update will start rolling-out by Late Q3,2015 (3rd quarter of the year). As always the update will roll-out in waves, so might see the E series Lollipop Firmware by August but it will take long time to start rolling-out on a wide scale to all regions/carriers.
You can bookmark the YouFirmware links below to keep track of the Lollipop firmwares released for your Galaxy E series smartphone.
Earlier this Month, Samsung updated the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 variants officially to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, while the Galaxy TabPro Series users are still waiting for their devices to get the update. We have some Good News...
Samsung has confirmed that Samsung Galaxy TabPRO series (12.2, 10.1, 8.4) official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop updates has passed final testing stage and should start rolling-out by the end of the year (Q3 - Q4 2015) (Note: 3rd Quarter is July - August - September and 4th Quarter is October - November - December ). The Galaxy TabPRO's YouFirmware sections are ready for their official Lollipop firmwares.
Stay tuned and Follow our Samsung Official Updates Page for more info and latest updates status for your device.
We announced before that samsung is preparing its official Android M for many of its latest flagships, even though the company hasn't clearly unveiled its plans for the update.
Now, Samsung has officially posted an Infographic that shows What's New in Android M ? and what features will be included on its Upcoming Android M update for its latest flagships. The Infographic is featuring the Galaxy S6 edge in the screenshots but we have the full list of Samsung Galaxy devices that will get Android M update.
The Infographic is showing how Samsung will make use of all the security changes and new features of the Android M to fit with TouchWiz but we can expect a New TouchWiz UI with even more Material Design and Integration. There is no word when the Korean will start rolling-out the update as Google hasn't released the final version yet. Check the Infographic below.
It has now been officially confirmed; Android Nougat 7.0 is coming to all phones in the Galaxy A (2016)-series. This of course, includes the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy A9 and Galaxy A9 Pro. Currently, all of these are running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Keep in mind that even though the update is coming to all of them, they will not be rolled out at the same time. In fact, Samsung cannot be expected to release Android 7 for any of these phones until it has released the official final version of the Nougat based firmware for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and the Note 5.
If you are wondering if the original Galaxy A-series of smartphones are going to get the update to Nougat from Samsung, we are sorry to inform that the chances are not good, unless you flash a custom ROM. Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphones, both old and new.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to a few reports online, Samsung has been spotted rolling out a Nougat 7.0 based firmware update to a few of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones. This is a bit surprising due to a couple of oddities. Samsung had recently made it official that their Galaxy Beta Program has ended and there will be no further beta updates for the S7 or S7 Edge. Therefore, this is definitely not an experimental update that's part of the beta program. Normally this would mean that Samsung has started rolling out the final build of their Nougat based firmware versions for the two flagship handsets. However, given that Samsung's final Android Nougat update was supposed to be based on Nougat v7.1.1 instead of v7.0, the situation becomes confusing.
Whatever the situation may be, the update is real and it brings the security patch for January with it. The firmware version is G935FXXU1DPLR and it will indeed upgrade you S7/S7 Edge's base Android version to 7.0 Nougat. Did you get prompted for any such updates yet? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to a new report published by SamMobile, the much awaited final Nougat update could see the light of day, starting from January 17. The report was literally "retrieved" after converting the piece of information to Spanish from the original source, which was in Turkish. In order to make things easier for our readers who are not familiar with the language, here's a rough (very crude!) translation of what the text in the image means. Keep in mind that the oddities are a result of two machine translations across three different languages, therefore, some of the grammatical and spelling details might be totally off!
"71 = 1 E Translated from Turkish
.7 Dear Sir,
I've used SM is predicted G935F Go dolo of your device to be released as Android 7.0 updates. Of January of 17 of nougat.
Agreed with the competent authorities We would like to reject your comments
OB1. Mnoranuest, - lelas,
All your questions and problems. Ask us to report again.
Thank you for your interest in Samsung Electronics Turkey Customer Service"
The conclusions to be drawn from this garbled translation are the following facts:
1. The Android Nougat 7.0 update mentioned here, concerns the SM-G935F, which is the European variant of the Galaxy S7 Edge.
2. The rollout may start from January 17, at least in Europe.
3. As per the screenshot, the base Nougat version will be 7.0 and not 7.1.1, or at least not in Europe anyway!
4. Online translations can turn out to be pretty confusing!
In case you are not aware, there have been reports of a very limited number of S7 and S7 Edge smartphones receiving the update already, check it out here for more deatils.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The January security patch has now officially started to roll out to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 on Verizon. One may argue that it's already February but it's better late than never. Surprisingly, it was the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge which had received the SMR update a few days earlier than their newer counter parts. The firmware versions have been listed below respectively.
Galaxy S6 - G920VVRS4CQA3
Galaxy S6 Edge - G928VVRS3BQA1
Galaxy Edge+ - G925VVRS4CQA3
Galaxy Note 5 - N920VVRS3BQA1
Wait till you get a notification or search manually for the update from your settings menu, but it may take a few days before it reaches every device in the US, that's being carried by Verizon. The ROM files are not yet available for download, but you can always check out our firmware section for the latest updates that are available anytime you want.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It might be late in December, but it's still the right month for the security patch which is being rolled out to many smartphones in the Galaxy S6 line-up on AT&T. As of now, the models include the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Active (which is an AT&T exclusive). The December patch itself fixes multiple issues that are common to all Android powered devices, but Samsung's own fixes for ten of its overlying software issues are also included in the OTA package.
In addition to the December patch from Google and Samsung, there are also other changes that this important update brings to the aforementioned three devices and they are as follows.
· Improvement in network coverage and performance on all the three devices
· Added support for new Mobile Hotspot APN
· BlueBorne patch
If you are interested to know about the firmware versions, they are as follows.
· G920AUCU6EQK3 for the Galaxy S6
· G925AUCU6EQK3 for the Galaxy S6 Edge
· G890AUCU6DQK3 for the Galaxy S6 Active
All of these updates are around the 400MB mark and we suggest that you download and install this one as soon as possible because it's a really important security update that's already quite a bit late.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As of now, all three of the Galaxy S10 smartphones come with a 15W fast charger inside the box, and while that is pretty fast, it isn't the fastest. Quan Guixian (President of Samsung Mobiles in China) has reportedly confirmed the fact that all currently available phones in the Galaxy S10 family are soon going to support fast charging via a 25W charger. The update will be sent to the devices via OTA, but you will still have to pay for the 25W charger though!
The Galaxy S10 5G, which will be released on April 5, already has 25W charging support, alongside the Galaxy A70, which was just launched a few days ago, but has not been released in the market yet. Let us know if you are happy with the 15W charger you already have, or are you willing to shell out some extra cash for the new 25W charger.
Via: Gadgets 360