So far, this year has been a great year for Xiaomi. The company has already launched the Redmi K20 series that includes the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro in India. This year Xiamoi\'s sub brand Redmi become an independent brand on its own. The company has launched several smartphones starting with the Redmi Note 7 series early this year. Now the company is planning to introduce more smartphone in the upcoming days. Earlier this week, Redmi\'s General Manager Lu weibing confirmed that the engineers at redmi are working on a 64MP camera phone that comes with four rear cameras.
We don\'t have a fixed release date yet, neither company gave a hint. But considering that company is heavily promoting this one, we can expect a launch in upcoming a few months from now. Ahead of the launch, company has reveals that the 64MP camera will be able to take high resolution images of up to 20MB in size. This seems a great deal for those who love to take pictures with their smartphones. Pictures taken at such a high resolution means there won\'t be any loss of detail even if you decide to zoom in for some reasons. According to the company, the pictures taken by this camera will be able to produce pictures better than 8K resolution.
Xiamoi has further gave some details about the number of camera stating that the smartphone will have four cameras on the rear panel. The specs of other three camera lens hasn\'t been revealed yet. The name of the phone hasn\'t confirmed by the sources but tech enthusiasts suggest it to be Redmi Note 8 Pro. With the 64MP camera phone, Redmi is clearly aiming to compete with Realme and Samsung who are also planning to launch 64MP camera phone by later this year.
Source: Mobile apps via Facebook
Mobile apps shot to popularity at an impressive rate during the early smartphone years around 2008, and it seemed that they would be around forever. Suddenly, users were able to click on the game or feature they wanted to use and have it instantly open and be ready in a matter of seconds. Apps were perfectly geared to the smaller mobile screen and were the ideal answer to the problem of having to painstakingly trying to view websites designed for desktop on the smaller screen.
Many businesses that didn't quickly get in on the app craze faded away, and those which did, flourished. But ten years on from the dramatic rise of apps, they could soon be about to decline. The advent of HTML5 means that apps aren't as essential as they once were, and they could easily become obsolete in the near future.
Record Low Number of Apps in App Store in 2017
Ever since the introduction of mobile apps and the opening of Apple's App Store in July 2008, the platform had never seen a decline in the number of apps available to consumers. That was until 2017, when Apple reported a drop in the number of apps available for the first time in the history of the marketplace. During 2017, the store shrank from 2.2 million apps at the start to 2.1 million by the end of the year. This doesn't sound like a considerable difference, but the fact that the platform had been growing each year up to that point makes it seem more relevant - and it is.
Granted, some of this decline is down to Apple deciding to scrap old apps which are no longer compatible with newer iPhones. But there are other factors in play. The internet has progressed at an astounding rate over the last ten years, and the web now a lot more advanced than it was when apps were first introduced. Businesses are now looking towards using other technology in their web design, along with progressive web apps. Native mobile apps as we know them now may no longer be as useful or essential as they once were. As seamlessly as apps first became an integral part of people's lives, they could soon disappear as swiftly.
Why are Apps on the Decline?
The main reason that apps could be on the decline is the emergence of HTML5, which is arguably the most efficient way of structuring and presenting content since the advent of the internet. With past versions of HTML, businesses needed to create completely different websites for desktop and mobile, while users of both also needed to install plugins for viewing certain content. This is why apps were used, because they made all this possible on mobile.
With HTML5, however, there are seamless transitions for websites between different platforms. Opening a company's website from a mobile or desktop screen provides the same, smooth experience. Because of this, businesses are realising that there is less of a need to create separate apps for mobile customers now. Because HTML5 is fairly new, some companies are choosing to continue running apps while also updating their websites with the new markup language. Amazon, LinkedIn and Box.net have already flocked to HTML5, while still offering apps for certain services. On the other hand, sites like The Guardian have kept their mobile apps, but also updated the website with HTML5 to allow mobile users to access it that way. For many, third-party mobile apps pose a problem, if they're using a company-owned phone, which is why companies like Wink Bingo are using browser-based mobile apps to circumvent this issue. Apps are likely to continue to exist while the transition is completed, but after that, there might not be much need for them in the way we know now. Instead, there is likely to be a move towards a newer, sleeker kind of app known as the progressive web app.
Is the Future Bleak for Apps? What do the Experts Say?
The emergence of HTML5 does make it seem like the future is bleak for apps, as a lot of the things that made them so popular in the first place are not unique to them anymore. Yet, it is still useful for mobile users to be able to see the various different games and services available to them on their home screens. Being able to click on the thing you want to use and have it open instantly will always be a popular method of using mobile. This is far superior to having a number of different tabs open on your mobile browser, for instance. John Watton, the marketing director at Adobe, has also insisted that good mobile apps are vital to boosting repeat visits. However, this can also be achieved with progressive web apps, which also have an icon on the mobile device's home screen.
In the US, the number of app installs since 2014 is down by 38 percent, while there has also been a 28 percent decrease in apps opened. These figures could suggest that users are less interested in apps, but also that companies are more focused on using newer methods such as HTML5. Experts believe that in the not so distant future, progressive web apps will take over the market and serve as a happy medium bridging traditional apps and websites. According to Andrew Gazdecki, the founder and CEO of Bizness Apps, progressive web apps are more efficient and functional than native apps. One of the highlights is that there is no need to sacrifice the convenience of a traditional app because all progressive web apps are available with a handy home screen icon.
Traditional mobile apps as we know them could well become obsolete in the next few years as more modern alternatives look to replace them. HTML5, along with progressive web apps, is likely to be the preferred options for businesses moving forwards over the next few years. From a consumer's point of view, the difference is unlikely to be too noticeable and the change will occur gradually.
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.
Samsung is all set to add a new member to its family of Galaxy A series and it would be known as Galaxy A9. This will be the flagship product of the mid-tier A series.
Till now the new phone has been seen in two benchmarks and there-by revealing its specs. Recently it was spotted in an Indian listing and now it has obtained the first certification.
Galaxy A9 now appeared on the Bluetooth SIG validating that it has been certified. After this certification we can expect the final approvals in the near future. It won't be actually surprising to see Galaxy A9 (Model number SM-A9000) become official by the end of this year.
According to the specs leaked previously, A9 will be featuring a 5.5"/6" 1080p touch screen, 32GB internal memory, 3GB RAM. Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 64-bit octa-core processor along with Adreno 510 GPU for graphics. Moreover Samsung's TouchWiz will also be available on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The SoC will have support for Cat.7 LTE, which can propel top speed download of 300Mbps and uploads of maximum 100Mbps.It is expected that the phone will be made up of metal and the rear-facing snapper will be of 13MP.
HTC Desire EYE official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update is Rolling-out to Unlocked variants and AT&T variant of the device. The news has been confirmed via users and HTC's VP product manager Mo Versi on twitter too.
Great news for HTC Desire Eye AT&T owners! We've just received technical approval for Lollipop update! OTA to start tomorrow!— Mo Versi (@moversi) June 30, 2015
The New Lollipop 5.0.1 update brings an updated UI with Material Design but still keeping the same Sense UI v6.0 on the device. New Apps, Update Notification Panel, updated lockscreen along with various bug fixes and performance improvements.
HTC Desire EYE Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update with Sense 7.0 UI is expected to be released in the next few months too with .
Poco has officially teased the Poco X3 Pro and its possible release date. The company decided not to hide anything about the upcoming phone release and went straightforward. The letter is intended for the Poco family. The letter itself seems interesting, talking about why no other smartphone has managed to beat the Poco insane value for money standards set by the Poco F1. Since the cost and taxes have increased slightly up, so 21,000 Rs. phones can't get flagship Snapdragon processing chip.
But not that there is some fragment of the letter written in bold format. If we are reading this right, the Poco X3 Pro is set to be released on March 30. The phone recently got multiple certifications, so It's not surprising to see a date that is already approaching. Almost 30 months ago Poco launched the Poco F1 and the teaser is an indication that this model will be a redesigned and upgraded model of its predecessor. The X3 Pro listing shows that the device will feature a 6.67-inch display with a full HD+ display and a higher 120Hz refresh rate.
The Poco X3 Pro is expected to be powered by the latest and fast Snapdragon 860 processor which is an upgrade available for most flagship smartphones. However, the chipset will only arrive with a 4G connection and not the 5G. We also expect to have the phone with 6GB RAM / 128GB internal storage, and 8GB / 256GB variants. Available colors include Blue, Black, and Bronze colors. The company is launching the phone with a starting price of 250 euro in Europe which should be around Rs. 20,000 in India. The phone will feature a 5,200mah battery. We will be getting more leaks as time goes by, so stay tuned for more information.
Nokia seems to be over. Sadly, the Finish Giant won't be releasing any Smartphones anymore, this was confirmed by Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri at a recent analyst meeting in London. Nokia will still consumer products to its fans.
Nokia, the former biggest phonemaker in the world, could get its return as soon as tomorrow Nokia just teased that it has been working on something. It will show it off or talk about it at the #Slush14 startup and entrepreneur meetup that starts tomorrow in Helsinki and is said to gather some 10 thousand people.
The teaser itself shows a new device but we can only guess what it is a HTPC, a TV, home automation tech? Hopefully we're going to know all about it tomorrow.
It's hard to imagine Nokia not making any smartphones or phones in general but we'd wager a guess that it's not all over for the company, despite what its CEO reassures us of now. CEOs change and so do plans in the tech world and Nokia is only forbidden to make Nokia phones until December,31st of 2015.
HTC brought the One A9 to the world a month ago today and the company's America president, Jason Mackenzie, assured that the phone would get new Android update 15 days after Google's update is pushed to the Nexus devices.
After a few weeks from release, HTC has confirmed that this won't be applicable to only the new numbered versions of Android. They say that they're actually committed to get monthly security patches, just like Google's recent November update, pushed to U.S. unlocked A9s "within 15 business days of Google's first push to Nexus". Although it is a few days more than 15 days, the update to the latest Marshmallow can be considered timely.
A spokesperson from HTC gave the following official statement:
"We expect the software update with Google's November security patches to receive TA (Technical Acceptance) later today and roll out to customers immediately thereafter".
So if you own a U.S. unlocked HTC One A9, soon you'll get an OTA notification. Unfortunately, other versions of the A9 along with carrier-branded and unlocked European models won't enjoy the 15-day update as they are deployed on a different software track.
By the way, as per a tweet from HTC's Mo Versi, tonight the November security update and the updates for camera and battery will be rolled out.
A rumor about an upcoming HTC device from the desire family, that will be called the "HTC Desire Eye" has been not been confirmed yet but it seems logical. If HTC will release the "M8 Eye" it should release another mid-range device of the same type, and the "Desire Eye" is the one.
HTC Desire Eye is tipped to pack a 5.2" 1080p display and run on the powerful Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core Krait 400 processor at 2.3GHz and 2GB RAM.
The most interesting feature is the camera department of the HTC Desire Eye a 13MP front Selfie Camera coupled with a dual-LED front-flash and a 13MP rear camera. This should be quite interesting combo and a tough competitor for the upcoming Oppo N3.
The rest of the tipped specs include 32GB internal storage, a 2,400 mAh battery and IPX7 certification for water resistance. The Desire Eye will run on Android OS with Sense 6 UI with Eye camera app on top of it.
HTC is getting ready to launch a universal USB charger that will allow select handsets to be powered up 40% faster than with regular chargers. Called HTC Rapid Charger 2.0, the accessory uses Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology which debuted last year on the Snapdragon 800 SoC, and is obviously included in newer chipsets.
While the HTC Rapid Charger 2.0 is compatible with all HTC smartphones, there aren't that many which can benefit from its faster charging abilities. For now, HTC is listing the following models: HTC One M8, HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition, HTC One E8, HTC One remix, and HTC Desire EYE. It's not clear if the HTC One M8 for Windows is also included here.
At the moment, HTC isn't saying exactly when the Rapid Charger 2.0 will be released, and neither how much it's going to cost. Anyway, it's probably safe to assume that its price will be roughly similar to the one of Motorola's Turbo Charger, which is currently sold for $34.99.
Unless you are living in a cave or some deserted island, you probably know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 did not pan out well after defective batteries in some of the units started to explode soon after the sales began. The good news is that Samsung acknowledged the problem fast and issued a global recall of the 2.5 million devices that it had sold so far. However, the process has not been very smooth as only 130,000 units have been replaced/refunded so far out of the one million devices sold in the US. In order to highlight the importance of the matter, Tim Baxter, the president of Samsung Mobiles US, has apologised and stressed on the graveness of the subject through an official video. Here are a few important excerpts from his speech of apology to the customers.
"...and with battery cell defects on some of our Note 7 phones, we did not meet the standard of excellence that you expect and deserve. For that, we apologise, especially to those of you who were personally affected by this."
"The CPSC has worked closely with us to develop, expedite, and execute a plan to protect American users. We notified them of a potential defect in the original Note 7 batteries, then issued a global directive to stop sales immediately. To date, we already have exchanged 130,000 units. A fast and meaningful start."
"We will continue implementing corrective steps to exchange every single Note 7 on the market," Baxter continued. He also reiterated that the exchange process is an adequate solution to the ongoing problem. "To be clear, the Note 7 with the new battery is safe... This finding has been affirmed by a recognized, independent, lithium battery expert."
"To our Note 7 owners: if you have not yet replaced your original Note 7, please, please, power it down and return it."
"New Note 7 phones will be available for exchange no later than next Wednesday."
While it still is a huge blunder, one must admit that Samsung is showing a lot of class in the way that they are handling the entire situation.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As per a report that got out of South Korea, Samsung is on its way to make a few new features available in the affordable smartphones.
We're discussing about the fingerprint sensor and the support for Samsung Pay along with NFC. A source informed that Samsung is planning to deploy fingerprint sensors in budget smartphone models, although we're not quite sure what kind of smartphones would fall into the "budget" segment.
It seems that Samsung is getting affected by the Chinese makers, who include fingerprint scanners in lower to medium range devices. Moreover, at the same price point Chinese makers offer more features than Samsung. The tech giant is taking these steps to bolster its presence in the emerging markets. Currently Samsung is holding the top spot in 14 out of 15 emerging smartphone markets.
Unfortunately Samsung has not yet given any particular time frame to make these features available in the budget segment. As per speculations, Samsung Pay will be available in low and medium range smartphones in the first half of 2016. This will be rolled out for the company's Android devices. Analysts are still divided in their opinions of whether its Tizen smartphone will also have support for the payment system. Customers can expect access to some high-end Tizen offerings next year.
A new document has emerged that apparently reveals Telus' plans to update their versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S5. While the update to Marshmallow has not exactly been a fast one by any means, it is true that many smartphones have started to receive the upgrade recently. As both the smartphones are over two years old now, it was expected that it would be quite a while before they get the Android 6.0.1 upgrade. This happens typically because recent high-end devices are always the first ones to be updated, followed by models from the previous generations.
Arjun Puri is the person who first posted the document from Telus on Tweeter, where the dates have clearly been listed for many smartphones. If the Canadian carrier manages to keep their schedule, then the S5 should start receiving its update from May 2. The Note 4 will also be updated in the same month but that roll out will start a fortnight later on May 16.
It is definitely nice to see that even the older smartphones are getting new life breathed into them in the form of the latest Android OS but the dates can be delayed, as they often are. Nonetheless, the announcement confirms that the update is at least coming, albeit a little late.
In a report by SamMobile, it was revealed that Samsung is all set to launch its next iteration of the Galaxy Xcover series. Although the handset which appeared on the database of the Wi-Fi Alliance wasn't exactly branded as the Galaxy Xcover 4, the SM-G930F model number leaves us with little doubt as to which smartphone we are seeing here. In case you are not aware, the Xcover 3 had the model number SM-G388F when it came out almost two years ago in 2015.
No release date has been revealed yet, but it will probably be released somewhere in April, just like its predecessor. Unlike its predecessor though, which came out with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the Xcover 4 will be running on Android Nougat 7.0, right from the outset. Check out the screenshot above to see more details. In the meanwhile, if you have a Galaxy Xcover 3 that you want to update with a custom ROM, find one at our firmware section. Here's the tutorial on how to use Odin3 and flash ROM updates easily onto your Samsung smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy C9 Pro was released just a few months ago with a mid-range SD 653 SoC and 6GB of RAM (Samsung's first and only till date). The C7 Pro had a more modest 4GB RAM and a less powerful SD 626 chip inside. However, both devices did pack 64GB in-built storage right out of the box. In a move that's becoming typical among all smartphone manufacturers, the South Korean tech giant is about to launch 128GB versions of these two devices in the near future as well.
According to multiple reports from various media platforms on the internet, 128GB versions of both the devices have apparently made an appearance on the Chinese certification site TENAA. In fact, reports are also suggesting that even the Galaxy C5 Pro will be receiving a similar upgrade to its internal storage. There is no news on whether or not Samsung will make these handsets China exclusives first and then release them to the other countries just as it did with the C-series initially. We will find out soon enough. In the meanwhile, let us know if this is what you wanted from Samsung?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung has released the European Galaxy S5 LTE-A (SM-G901) firmware hinting at the phone's imminent announcement. The firmware is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and is available in the UK and Switzerland. As time passes, Samsung will roll it out to additional European countries as well.
With IFA 2014 in Berlin fast approaching, we suspect Samsung might announce the Galaxy S5 LTE-A for Europe at its press event on September 3. Unless Samsung decides it doesn't want its Galaxy Note 4 to share the spotlight. The European version of the Galaxy S5 LTE-A differs from its South Korean sibling in a few key areas.
The 5" Super AMOLED screen is of 1080p resolution, not QHD. Under the hood, the phone is powered by Samsung's Exynos 5430 chipset with 2GB of RAM. Its South Korean sibling packs a Snapdragon 805 chipset, QHD screen and 3GB of RAM.
S5 LTE-A Firmware Details:
• Model: SM-G901F
• Model name:
• Country: United Kingdom (EE)
• Version: Android 4.4.4
• Changelist: 2413392
• Build date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:43:51 +0000
• Product Code: EVR
• PDA: G901FXXU1ANH5
• CSC: G901FEVR1ANH5
• MODEM: G901FXXU1ANH5
Looks like Google will be launching a New YouTube Music service very soon. Screenshots of an upcoming version of YouTube App for Android has been leaked.
According to the source, YouTube Music Key is on the way soon and will bring many of the features that we have been expecting, like offline playback and more. The service will be ad-free, and it will allow for audio-only playback, offline playback, infinite YouTube mixes, and complete albums; but, this is still YouTube, so there are some interesting video features as well.
The images of the updated app claim there will be "over 20 million high-quality tracks complete albums, organized into artist discographies" as part of Music Key. And, since this is YouTube, you'll also get access to watch concerts, covers, and remixes.
The YouTube Music Key service will cost $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial, and maybe the best part is that it will include a subscription for Google Play Music Key. Presumably, if you already have a Google Play Music All Access account, you will automatically get the YouTube Music Key subscription, but it is unclear if those who got the initial promotional rate of $7.99 will keep paying that price.
According to a new rumor, Google is working on a Revolutionary new Real-time Voice Translation System. This new App will allow users to speak in their native language (e.g. English) and the receiver will get real-time translation in his own language (e.g. French). A report by New York Times claims that the new functionality will be released as an update to Google's Mobile Translate app on Android.
There are not a lot of details right now, but one thing is clear. Google won't be offering two-way real-time voice translation. Instead, it will pick up any ongoing dictation in a popular language with your phone's microphone and automatically translate it to a language of your choice using the already present capabilities of the Google Translate app. Currently, it offers written translation from/to 80 languages.
According to NYT, Google will also announce a service that will let you point your phone to any foreign street sign and get an automatic translation.
YouTube App for Android was supposed to get an offline Playback Mode. However, Google decided NOT to include this feature on the latest update, even if it already submitted some screenshots to the App's Play Store listing includes an "Offline" tab on the navigation menu.
The "Offline" section for YouTube will download and cache any video to watch it offline anytime or anywhere you don't have an internet connection available. Seeing these official screenshots on the play store means that the update is coming very soon and it may got delayed due to a bug or an issue. Stay tuned for the next update for the YouTube App.
It's been another great year for innovative new apps arriving on Android and IOS and we hope this trend will continue throughout 2017. It's true that there is an app out there for just about anything and even though some are truly more useful that others we have selected a range of the latest and upcoming Android apps for you to enjoy.
The good thing about a free app is that whilst it might not end up being exactly what you initially imagined it to be you will always have the ability to give it a try first. Thankfully Fingerprint Gestures is exactly that kind of app and even though it has a few teething problems on certain devices it can allow you to take better control of various smartphone-related tasks.
This useful little Google app gives you the chance to scan your existing physical photographs and turn it into a digital alternative. As you enter the scan process you can select a number of options that will allow you to edit or enhance the original photo as you see fit. It's pretty simple to use and fantastically helpful if you have stacks and stacks of old photos lying around.
Quiz lovers will certainly get a kick out of this new generation IQ, trivia and quiz app. It's filled with challenging quizzes and various live tournaments and even gives registered players the chance to win actual prizes. You can compete alongside other players in realtime and it's a great opportunity to show off your general knowledge skills to friends and family.
LEARN HOW TO DRAW
We do love an app that has a title which pretty much explains exactly what it does, at least that way if you're an avid app fan that collects and stores apps all over the place you'll be able to quickly discover what it's used for. This cool app features a whole host of various lessons ranging in levels of difficulty in order to help improve your drawing skills. Each tutorial featured on the app was created especially by well known Irish comic book artist Will Sliney, and there's plenty to pick from.
There are plenty of money-sharing apps out there but TransferGo works a little differently and is ideal for those looking to make international payments or money transfer. No doubt at some point you have probably been stung by an unexpected banking fee relating to either sending or receiving international funds in various currencies. TransferGo eliminates these extortionate rates providing a quick and easy to use service that will let you transfer money across Europe for a mere fraction of the price. As smartphones continue the march of money evolution, this app is a must!
Pyro isn't exactly one of the most practical or useful apps currently around but it strangely satisfying. This augmented reality-based app gives Android owners the chance to watch just about anything around them burn, all virtually of course. Just point your phone's camera at the place, item or person you'd like to see set in flames and start drawing in the burning flames with your finger.
We can now take a closer look at Google Play Store 5.0, the upcoming update to the Play Store App for Android. This version fully integrate the new Materiel Design UI in all the App aspects and sections as a preparation for Android L release.
Update after update, the Play Store was already pretty close to falling in line with Google's latest design vision. Its flexible, adaptive card-based interface already carries out the metaphor of paper-based interface elements, but certain visual aspects were missing. Not all of those pieces (like buttons) have been put into place just yet, but it's a step in the right direction.
The most obvious change here is the color palette. Drawing from Google's new Material Design palette, each section has new colors that are brighter, more vivid, and more integrated into the design, with re-colored buttons and accents, and a colored toolbar that extends down to the re-styled category tabs.
We currently don't have the APK but you can to expect it very soon, it will be released before the Android L Official release which is Coming Very Soon.
Apple's 3D Touch is a form of pressure sensitive response from the iPhone, which can be utilized to perform different functions. There was a lot of talk about the Force Touch technology being an integral part of the upcoming Android N on release, but those have faded out since a newer report suggested that it won't be available on Android N just yet. In the meanwhile, a group of engineers from the University of Michigan have come up with something even more advanced, called the ForcePhone software.
This application won't require displays that are pressure sensitive or any other special sensors in the smartphone to work. Every smartphone has a speaker and a microphone; the technology will simply use them to emit an ultrasound frequency which will cover the 18-24KHz range. This will somehow allow the user to bring up additional menus and options with ease, by simply pressing a little harder on the display panel. Apparently, Yu-Chih Tung, one of the co-creators, was inspired by Nolan's "The Dark Knight" movie, where Batman tracked the Joker by converting all smartphones within the city into a gigantic sonar-based tracking system.
If it does turn out to be as amazing as it sounds, then "3D Touch" will no longer be a premium feature that's limited to only the top-end, expensive smartphones which have all the hardware that money can buy. We will find out more in between June 27-29, during the MobiSys 2016 in Singapore, as that is where people will get to see the ForcePhone app in action for the first time.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Earlier on December,9th The Pirate Bay was raided at the Nacka station (Main TPB data cener), a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm, Sweden. since then "thepiratebay.se" domain remained inaccessible, until today.
thepiratebay.se domain is Now Live, the website is still not functioning thought. Currently The Pirate Bay website is displaying a waving black flag background with the TPB logo along with a counter, counting up the time that's passed since the raid.
A few minutes ago came another big change when The Pirate Bay's main domain started pointing to a new IP-address (184.108.40.206) connected to a server hosted in Moldova. All this is indicating that the website may back to function again very soon.
SanDisk has introduced the first 200GB microSDXC card a while ago and it's currently on the markets. Now, a company called Microdia, and while it doesn't quite have the same brand recognition as the memory card giant, this California-based company also makes flash memory and accessories. Microdia introduced the first microSD card that stuffs 512GB worth of storage space into a piece of plastic smaller than your fingernail.
Naturally, it won't be cheap. Microdia says it estimates the Xtra Elite will cost around $1,000 which converts to around £655 or AU$1,285 when it goes on sale by the end of this year, though that's not the final retail price. You can buy a 64GB card for around $30, £18 or AU$35.
The Xtra Elite will use version 4.0 of the Secure Digital standard, and feature an Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus with data transfer rates of up to 300MBps. Because it's using SD 4.0, the card features an additional row of pins below the standard ones.
iOS 8 has been in wide release for just under one week, which means it is time to start looking ahead to Apple's first bug fix update for the software. And, as usual, the first update will be aiming at smaller troubles rather than trying to fix the larger issues that have been found in the new iOS. We've heard about Wi-Fi issues with iOS 8, and there is also the new study claiming that iOS 8 is less stable than iOS 7.
However, as is the way Apple works, we should probably expect fixes for those issues with iOS 8.1 and with subsequent updates to the various third-party apps that are likely part of iOS 8's crash problems. The iOS 8.0.1 Change-log is the following:
- Phone: Addresses bugs with call forwarding and freezing when accessing visual voicemail
- Keyboard: Fixes an issue with keypad not appearing to enter - iCloud Keychain verification codes
- Safari: Fixes a problem with videos occasionally not playing
- Sharing: Fixes AirDrop support for Passbook passes
- VPN: Addresses an issue with installing VPN profiles
Apple's alleged initial foray into AR and VR has been kept under wraps, but a fresh story claims that the mixed-reality gear is moving closer to a public debut.
Apple's board of directors got a sneak view at the company's future mixed-reality headgear at a quarterly meeting, according to Bloomberg. "Eight independent directors" and CEO Tim Cook were present at the meeting.
According to unnamed insiders acquainted with the situation, Apple showcased the headset's capabilities, according to Bloomberg.
Apple is also accelerating development of the headset's operating system, known as "realityOS" or just rOS. This maintains Apple's name convention for its previous products.
According to the story, Apple had planned to introduce the headset during its Worldwide Developers Conference this year, but had to postpone it owing to overheating difficulties. In addition, supply chain concerns and inflation have made things difficult for the electronics industry as a whole.
There have been a lot of different rumors regarding how Apple's mixed-reality headset would appear and work. Most rumors agree, however, that there will be a multitude of cameras and sensors that will allow you to see the outside world.
Micro-LED panels with an incredible 8K resolution for both eyes are also expected. A third monitor for peripheral vision might potentially be included. Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst, claims that the lenses may integrate iris recognition for verification.
Apple Silicon will almost probably power the headset, which might be even more powerful than the existing M1. Of course, a wearable would benefit from a strong chip that is also energy efficient. Apple will hopefully be able to resolve the rumored overheating issues.
RealityOS, the operating system that powers the headset, has been detected in Apple code several times. On an Apple GitHub page, developer Matthew Davis discovered references to "realityOS."
While this will be Apple's first entry into virtual and augmented reality, other businesses, such as Meta, have extensive experience in the field. Meta's Project Cambria aims to replace a laptop and workstation in the future.
Despite Meta Quest 2's full dominance, Apple may be one of the few corporations capable of actually challenging (and surpassing) Meta.
Angry Birds Transformers is the latest and tenth installment in the Angry Bird series of games. Made in collaboration with Hasbro, Angry Birds Transformers is based on the Transformers series, the original animated one, not the terrible movies made by Michael Bay. After a soft launch the game is now available worldwide on iOS right now and will be available on Android Google play Store at the end of the month. Anyway, let's get on with the review.
Angry Birds Transformers is a side-scrolling shooting game. The game is 3D but is only presented from one angle. You take control of one of the Autobirds who is running while shooting the Deceptihogs. The character runs automatically and you just have to tap on the screen to point where you want to shoot.
It's possible to shoot directly at the pigs but that takes a lot of hits before they die. The game instead encourages you to hit the structures they are placed on and then collapse the structure, which kills all the pigs on it. It's easier to break the glass platforms than the wood, and don't even bother shooting at the stone. There will also be TNT crates that you can shoot to instantly blow up the entire structure.
The pigs are also shooting back at you and you basically have to survive the level. The number of pigs you shoot isn't important to finish the level but it is important to unlock future levels, so the more pigs you kill in a level, the better.
Rumores around a gigantic Samsung tablet with 18.4-inch screen is circling around, its existence was the only thing revealed. Latest reports suggests that this tablet is real and set to launch before the end of this year.
The device is called Samsung Galaxy Tab 18.4 with model number (SM-T670), it's not clear yet what Galaxy Tab family this tablet will be included in (Galaxy Tab 5, Galaxy Tab S or Galaxy TabPRO). What we know so far that it will pack a 18.4-inch TFT LCD touch screen (not sAMOLED) with just 1080p resolution (which is only about 120ppi pixel density, very low). The tablet should also sport the Exynos 7580 SoC with a 1.6 GHz octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, an 8MP rear camera, a 2.1 MP front-facing unit, and a 5700mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 18.4 will launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box, and its dimensions are said to be 451.8 x 275.8 x 11.9 mm. There's currently no telling when we'll see it in stores, or how much it will cost. Though with that size we assume this will be targeted at some pretty niche use-cases.
LG won the Lollipop update race with the impending rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its LG G3 flagship. The three major carriers in South Korea will get the update at roughly the same time.
The 5.0 update brings a new default runtime ART which offers speed improvements. LG has also added a smart lock system that is disabled when a trusted Bluetooth device is in range. Support for smartwatches, TVs and tablets has also been improved.
The company first released the update in Poland clearly a test rollout to catch any last minute issues before the rollout to bigger markets begins. The plan is to get the update released fully around the world by the end of the year.
It looks like LG G3 owners in the United States are soon going to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop treatment. LG USA told its followers on Twitter that the new Android version is "coming soon" to G3 smartphones across the Atlantic.
LG G3 has already received Android 5.0 Lollipop in a plethora of regional markets. The latter include a number of European countries, South Korea, and India. LG will subsequently announce Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade schedule for the rest of its lineup of mobile devices.
As per @Ricciolo1, a well-known leakster, Sony is aiming to upgrade its Xperia Z5 series to Android 6.90 Marshmallow in January and for older models the same update is planned shortly after the Z5.
Marshmallow comes with a bunch of improvements, optimizations and features that'd be very useful to any smartphone. Battery life improvements and performance boosts are the most noticeable changes to the software. But this is a rumour; nothing is fixed and there is no solid timeline. So take this with a pinch of salt.
Sony has been really good with getting the older devices updated. The Xperia Z (not the Z1) was upgraded all the way to Lollipop 5.1.1, although it had an older Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Just like many flagships devices that were launched last year (apart from the One A9), the Sony Xperia Z5 is one of the many still operating on Lollipop.
It would be quite interesting to see what Sony has planned for their version of Marshmallow. We know that Sony has been working on a near-stock Android build for sometime and by using the Marshmallow's Doze feature in conjunction with their own proprietary battery saving software, the battery life in many devices can be enhanced.
Google has just officially revealed a new version of its mobile operating system, Android 5.1 Lollipop. Google confirmed the next Android iteration "5.1 Lollipop" via its official Android One page. However, there are no details about the improvements made on Android 5.1 but we also got a change-log and some screenshots of this Android version.
Android 5.1 Lollipop Images Build number:
- Android 5.1, Nexus 5 Build/LMY29C
- Android 5.1, Nexus 9 Build/LMY22E
- Android 5.1, Nexus 6 Build/LMY22E
Android 5.1 Lollipop New Features Change-log:
- Silent mode added after missing on Android 5.0 release.
- General improvements in system stability.
- Improved RAM management.
- Fixes for sudden app closures.
- Improved battery management.
- Excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed.
- Issues with wireless connections fixed.
- Problems with Okay Google function solved.
- Notifications problems solved.
- Some sound problems experience [sic] by certain devices fixed.
- Other improvements and changes.
It's only a matter of days until Google releases the Android 5.1 factory images followed by the OTA update to all its Nexus devices.
We already reported before about the Memory Leak bug in the Android 5.1 Lollipop and that Google promised to fix once and for all in the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Today, Android SDK Manager added Android 5.1.1 build, which confirms that Google is getting ready to release the update.
Android Developers and users are eagerly awaited the 5.1.1 release to fix this bug. Google has acknowledged that the leak existed, but also posted that the necessary repairs had been made. Google did not have everything ready to go for Android 5.1, which is why the Android 5.1.1 update is so important to many Android users. We might also see the addition of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which would allow users to tap into a Wi-Fi network to communicate over a Google owned VPN.
It's only a matter of days until we see some Nexus Factory images for the 5.1.1 build available for download. Over-the-air updates to 5.1.1 will also come as early as next month. Stay tuned!
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.
@Abhishek5990400 The Note 3 Neo will be receiving the Lollipop update. As soon as it's ready, we'll be sure to let you know! ^ES— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) October 11, 2015
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.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hasn't been on the market for one week yet, and still hasn't been released in some markets. Android 5.0 final version haven't even landed yet. However, a new tweet from Samsung officially confirms that Galaxy Note 4 is in line to get Android 5.0 Lollipop Update sooner than you might think.
This morning Samsung sent out a tweet with the image that you see above of the Galaxy Note 4 and a number of lollipops sitting on a bed of Runts candy. The text of the tweet doesn't reveal much, saying only, "Anyway you look at it, the #GALAXYNote4 Quad HD Super AMOLED display is pretty sweet. #NoteTheDifference".
The is Update is only the beginning as the company is planning to update most of its latest flagships to taste the Lollipop, we don't have any info or dates yet but once Google release the final version of Android 4.0 lollipop we will get more News for sure. Stay Tuned!
Samsung has updated the user manual for the Galaxy Note 4 to reflect on the changes the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update is bringing. The firmware update is anticipated to land some time this month and the latest manual is a strong indication that the wait for owners of the phone will soon be over.
A video demonstrating Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 surfaced last month. In it, we saw that the general look and fell of TouchWiz UI is left untouched, with the new release bringing only minor visual changes most notable in the notification area.
There should be a lot more going on under the hood though with expected major performance boost and improved battery thanks to Project Volta.
Earlier last month, we posted some leaked screenshots of a BETA firmware of the Arabic Lollipop 5.0 Update on the Samsung Galaxy S5, showing a non-completed RTL support and the new TouchWiz UI with Material Design. Meanwhile, Middle-east Galaxy S5 users are still awating their Lollipop update.
@Hasan_q8_86 Hello, the Lollipop update will be released soon. We thank you for your patience :)— Samsung Gulf (@SamsungGulf) May 5, 2015
Today, SamsungGulf (Arab Gulf GCC region) has tweeted from its official twitter account that the Arabic Galaxy S5 Official Lollipop update is "Coming very soon", no exact date revealed yet but we can expect the update to be start rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA) during this month.
Stay tuned for more info regarding the Galaxy S5 Middle-east update!
We have published before a list of Mid-range devices that are confirmed to get the Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop Update. Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is included on this list, the device has been reported to receive the Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Today, we received reports from our sources confirms that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Galaxy Grand Prime is on "Final Testing" process and it should start rolling-out anytime soon in the upcoming few weeks, we still have no exact release date yet. The Update will bring an update TouchWiz UI with Material Design, new notification panel, new lockscreen, guest mode and lots of other features along with various bug fixes and performance improvements.
Its not the first Samsung device to get Android 5.1 build, the T-Mobile's Galaxy S6 Edge variant got the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update OTA few days ago.
Keep checking the Samsung Official Android Lollipop updates page for latest updates.
We have already reported before that Samsung has confirmed the Android Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 mini (SM-G800) on its website, but until now the update hasn't been released for this variant yet.
Today, SamsungUK has confirmed via its official twitter account that Galaxy S5 mini Lollipop update is "Coming Soon".
@kristoffera90 Lollipop is coming soon to the S5 Mini, Kris. We'll let you know as soon as we can.— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) July 6, 2015
However, we still have no confirmation whether the upcoming update will pack Android build 5.0.2 or build 5.1.1 release, you can check the latest status of the S5 mini update on Samsung Official Updates Page. Stay tuned for more info!
We have some good news for fans of the old Galaxy S5 Neo, because the two year old device is on the verge of being upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat, much to the surprise of many. The Galaxy S5 didn't make the cut, but that's to be expected, given that it's even older by a year than the Galaxy S5 Neo!
First, it was spotted on GFXBench running on the Nougat firmware in June and now it has just been seen on Wi-Fi Alliance; the ultimate certification site when it comes to getting leaked news about upcoming firmware updates and smartphones. Although none of the two sightings gives us any indication about the possible release date of the ROM, it is being estimated that the update should start reaching the Galaxy S5 Neo by the end of July or early August.
It's always good to see Sammy giving some love to its older handsets so this is good news indeed. Admittedly, Android Nougat itself is about a year old now, but it's still better to receive the update late than to be stuck on Android Marshmallow forever.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are Samsung's latest and greatest flagship handsets till now, but that crown is soon going to go to the Note 8 later this month. The Note 8 will also be released with Android Nougat 7.1 onboard, while the S8 is still on Nougat 7.0 as it happens. Of course, this disparity between the two flagship smartphones is not something that's going to be there for very long because as per reports, the S8 and the S8 Plus are going to get upgraded to Android 7.1 very soon as well.
This news comes to us, thanks to a listing by Vodafone Australia which clearly shows that the new firmware release is already under review. The information is not a rumor but a confirmed news as the official Vodafone Australia website has the listing on it for everyone to check out. It's only a matter of time before the update starts to make rounds across the globe now. So what can you expect after the update? To be honest, not much really! Maybe the UI will run a bit smoother and it will definitely be more stable and secure. The few visual upgrades and additions (emojis for example) that Nougat 7.1 does add to the phone will likely not even matter much since Samsung will lay its own UI on top. Nevertheless, the OS upgrade is more than welcome for the stability and security it will bring with it.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A lot of people are waiting for Android 7.0 Nougat to arrive on their Galaxy C-series smartphones and although we don't have the dates yet, thankfully, that date doesn't seem to be too far away now. The Galaxy C5, Galaxy C7 and the Galaxy C9 Pro have just been seen testing the Android 7.0 powered firmware in China, according to leakster @mmddj_china on Twitter. Although all it means is that the Chinese firmware is on the verge of being ready, we are guessing that all regions where Samsung has released the three smartphones should also see the upgrade package by the end of September, if not sooner.
Experts seem to think that in regions other than China, the C-series may or may not get the OTA update as Samsung has made such choices before as well, when it comes to its non-flagship smartphones. However, if the recent patterns are anything to go by, we think that this won't be the case this time around. However, we are not ruling out a superlate update in any case!
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 are the current kings of Samsung's smartphone lineup, so it's no surprise that Samsung is already working towards getting the latest version of Android ready for these smartphones. However, it seems like the Oreo update will arrive on the Galaxy S8 series sooner than Nougat 7.0 did on the S7 lineup. We have come to this conclusion after finding out that the Galaxy S8 was seen on Geekbench yesterday, testing out an Android Oreo powered firmware. It was spotted by GalaxyClub and was brought to mass attention by SamMobile.
You can check out the benchmark results in the screenshot above and apart from the OS version, nothing much seems to have changed though as the scores are pretty much par for the S8. After the Galaxy S8, S8+ and the Note 8, it is expected that Samsung will update the S7 lineup next.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)