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We have an official confirmation from the president of Samsung Mobiles, Koh Dong-jin, that the flagship will start receiving its Android 7 updates by the end of 2016 or possibly even sooner. He specified the timeline as "two to three months," so that's November by latest. This is good news for owners and fans of the phablet, especially for those who expected the Note 7 to come preloaded with Android 7.0 right out of the box.


In the words of Koh Dong-jin himself, "It is very important for us to offer up-to-date information with the new OS, but what's more crucial is to build a stable and seamless platform for users. That's why we are planning to do enough beta testing before any OS updates." Perhaps this is the reason as to why the Note 7 came preloaded with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow instead of Nougat like many rumors predicted it will. We do agree that it is better to take time in providing a less buggy and more stable experience to the users than just rushing out with a version of the latest OS that feels like a downgrade. However, with the LG V20 announced as the first smartphone to sport the seventh version of Android, Samsung better not delay it too much.


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After forming the GVRA with Sony, Acer, Facebook, HTC and Google, Samsung is reportedly looking to launch its first ever AR (augmented reality) headset. Additionally, the company is also in the process of bringing forth the next Gear VR headset as well. Apparently, it was vice-president Sung-Hoon Hong himself who had revealed the aforementioned information at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego.


"Samsung's hologram technology is really, really realistic. It looks really touchable," - Sung-Hoon Hong.


In more of what he said at the summit, it might have been indicated that the next Gear VR headset is going to debut at the Mobile World Congress in February, 2017. Considering that it was only a few months back that Samsung had launched the last Gear VR, along with the disastrous Galaxy Note 7, we suggest that you take this news with a pinch of salt.


If you are excited about the augmented reality project, the report mentions that Samsung is planning to target businesses with this upcoming headset, rather than direct consumers. Even then, it is too early in the day to predict where and in which way the AR project will be heading in the future. A startup named Magic Leap was mentioned by Hoon according to the report and speculations suggest that this has something to do with the AR project in question here.


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While most of us know by this point that Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Note 8 at an exclusive event, instead of introduciing it at the IFA like it did with the previous gen Note smartphones, the exact launch date has been quite dubious so far. What we do know is that the launch event will be held in New York City and the date is likely to be set in the last week of August. In spite of all previous rumors pointing towards a an August 26 launch date, the latest report from The Bell is stating that the launch date will be even sooner and is set on August 23.

 

This news falls in line with the speculation which another South Korean source had made at nearly the same time, but they did not mention the date specifically as August 23 though. While all these are only rumors at this point of time, there is no denying that rumors have been surprisingly accurate in the recent history, especially when it comes to Samsung smartphones. Would you be happy if Samsung showcased the Galaxy Note 8 in August or it would be all the same for you if they did so in September? Let us know in the comments.

 

Via: SamMobile

 

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