Xiaomi isn't a big brand when it comes to smartphone market, but its progressing with leaps and bounds. The Xiaomi Mi9 was the first device with the snadpdragon 855 chipset in that price range, and now we are looking forward to world's first 64MP camera. This was discovered by the XDA developers after they saw a line of code in the camera app of the developer kit for the upcoming MIUI 10 which is the Xiamoi's user interface laying over the top of the android. The code has multiple lines that highlight the 64MP camera capability and it looks like the lines are for a watermark being placed over pictures taken by a phone.
Samsung also announced a 64MP sensor for smartphones which tops the 48MP seen on recent current devices including the Xiaomi Mi9. According to the reports, it is still in the development phase, and it will take some time. The company is right now in the process to launch the latest Redmi K20 series. It also rebranded K20 smartphone series in some countries under the Mi name. Other than the camera specs, there isn't much in the rumors. The in-system camera app has also been upgraded to the latest MIUI 10.
With 64MP the Xiaomi camera could take amazing pictures just like high-definition images. So far Google's Pixel has the best result when it comes to taking pictures in low-light. We have to see how Xiamoi improve its software to take great images and compete the global smartphone manufacturers. The 64MP camera sensor supports real-time HDR up to 100-decibel and a dual conversion gain. This will also help the smartphone to create rich hues. The color accuracy will be far better and noise will be minimized. We don't have any words from Xiamoi's about the rumors or its price but it surely going to add some extra price to the cost.
Huawei may be facing some international setback after U.S government sactions but fellow Chinese smartphone company Xiamoi is looking for expansion in their products. Xiamoi is working of a new model of Mi that is aimed at young and fashionable people. Mi CC is the latest brand from Xiaomi unveiled on Friday. The company said it stands for camera plus camera in reference to its dual-camera feature but apparently it also refer to cool, colorful, and creative. The end goal of this new phone is to attract the global young mobile consumer.
The company has developed beautiful piece of hardware so far, for the people who care about the looks as well as performance of the smartphones. To date, Xiaomi has launched phones as good as their competition but at a fraction of cost. So far, the company was focusing on high-tech devices to compete with giants in the mobile industry but the focus has shifted to entire new audience who prefer aesthetics over performance. Since Xiaomi has a history of innovative devices with low price tag, the latest Mi CC is one to watch for. Xaimoi has recently bought a smartphone app development business owned by Meitu.
Meitu app has been sold just over 3.5 million times after getting into the smartphone business since 2013. Those numbers were enough to attract Xiaomi's interest in the business. Meitu has a similar positive impression on the fashionable young audience and has gain huge financial success from this small segment of the industry. Xiaomi hasn't said anything about its design or other specification but called it different. "Mi CC is created by one of the youngest product teams in Xiaomi, among which half are art majors and are dedicated to creating a trendy design for young consumers," it wrote in an announcement. There is a teaser which feature this phone but due to stickers and graphics, the phone itself is pretty much hidden.
Last year, the Trump administration decided to put Huawei and its subsidiaries on the U.S Commerce department's entity list to prevent any security risk. This prevented Huawei to have any kind of trade including the licensing from Google for its new devices. For the first few months, Huawei rebranded its existing pre-certified devices to release in the international smartphone market. Even before the ban, Huawei was working on AppGallery which is the alternate app of Google Play store and Huawei mobile services are alternative to Google Play services.
The company is about to launch its next flagship series - Huawei P40 and customers still need to be convinced that they can survive without Google apps. One of the highlighted app as an alternate of Google app is the native Huawei search app, which is in the beta phase right now. Redditor /u/being null informed us that Huawei is recruiting users in the UAE to test the new Huawei Search application.
Google not only gives you access to the search engine but also has Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google podcasts, and many more. Currently, Huawei search is a basic search engine but we may see other features in the future as well. Huawei search allows you to input a basic query to search the internet for web pages, news, blogs, articles, or videos. There is also a weather widget that displays current 24-hour weather forecast data from the China meteorological administration.
In settings, you can have a peek into the search history or can turn it off, give feedback, change the search region or language, toggle safe search or change the app's search scope. The search service is provided by Aspigel limited. There is no information on which search engine Huawei is currently using as the search results from Huawei didn't match results from Google or Yahoo. This service may seem in its early phases but hopefully, it will evolve into something better and who knows might compete with Google in the near future.
It's a little weird but Microsoft is working on a new friend tracking feature in an upcoming app People Sense for the Windows Phone devices and is internally referred as "Buddy Aware".
With this app, Windows Phone owners will be able to share their location in real time with their friends and family. The location sharing will also offer step-by-step navigation to the contacts. Quick shortcut for instant messaging, voice calls, and support integration with other third party apps will be anchored inside it. In a way, calling and messaging would be possible right inside, without having to switch between apps.
People Sense app is quite similar to Find My Friends app for iPhone and many others on the Android platform. In fact, Google had a similar implementation named as Google Latitude which was discontinued in August,2013.
After Material Design on the Android 5.0 Lollipop for Smartphones and Tablets, Google is looking to bring the Material Design UI for Desktops by updating the Chrome Browser (for PC, Mac and linux) and the Chrome OS too in a new project codenamed "Athena".
The "Athena" project is a project bringing a new kind of user experience to Chrome OS. Bringing radical changes in both the user interface and the fundamentals of the Chrome OS user experience.
These leaked screenshots from an alpha build of Chrome Os shows the New UI that will be released sometime this year, we don't know the exact version when these changes will start rolling-out. It's highly expected that we might see those changes when Google Chrome version 50 get released, currently it's on version 42.
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After the success of the HTC Nexus 9 slate, HTC finally decided to enter the tablets market with its own brand.
According to the latest reports, the Taiwanese company is working on an HTC-branded Nexus 9-shaped tablet with the same 9-inch display 4:3 aspect ratio and the same dimensions but the Hardware Specifications will be different, probably higher.
This tablet will be a strong entry for HTC brand into the tablet's market, the market name of the tablet is not yet known but it may join the "ONE" family naming (HTC ONE Tab, HTC ONE MT.. etc). The exact release date for this tablet is not yet revealed but we won't see this tablet up until Q2,2015.
Latest Reports suggests that Samsung is working on designing the Galaxy S6 from scratch, the team gave the S6 a codename "Project Zero", and some unnamed "insiders" have allegedly come forward and shared a few of its specs.
The screen resolution will be QHD (2560x1440), just like that of the Note 4, which is hardly a surprise. The exact display size is still a mystery, though, possibly because Samsung execs haven't yet decided on it.
The rear camera will apparently be borrowed from the Galaxy Note 4 too, being a Sony-made IMX240. What's still up for debate over at Samsung HQ is whether to go for a 16 MP module or a 20 MP one. In either case, hopefully it will come with optical image stabilization.
The S6 will pack a selfie snapper 5 MP front camera, matching the sensors in the recently unveiled Galaxy A series. Storage-wise, Samsung seems ready to move to 32GB as the new base level so no more 16GB model. Handsets with 64 or 128GB built-in storage will also be offered, and we assume the microSD expansion will stick around too.
In terms of chipset, the Galaxy S6 will be powered by an Exynos 7420, which is on track to be the company's first SoC with active 64-bit support. The Exynos 5433 in the Galaxy Note 4 is also technically 64-bit, but Samsung has only enabled 32-bit support for it until now. That might have something to do with the fact that Android will only work with 64-bit chipsets starting with version 5.0 Lollipop. Galaxy S6 is expected Early Next year.
Smart Suitcase... will be a very common term in the upcoming months. As Samsonite and Samsung are joining forces in a partnership to come up with a new technology aimed at bringing a new smart luggage concept, suitcases fitted with microchips, allowing you to track them using GPS.
"Smart luggage will be able to communicate with you but it needs to be able to do much more than just give its location, We are working with Samsung to create something that is more than a gimmick." - said Samsonite chief executive Ramesh Tainwala.
He revealed that in the future the luggage might even be capable of sending you a message when it has left the aircraft, about to appear on a baggage carousel, as well as when it is being opened. In addition, they are working on a solution that will see the luggage follow its owner automatically. It's a blue sky idea where your bag will be following you 6 inches behind like a programmable remote control car. Let's wait and see what these two giants firms will bring us.
Currently, The highest resolution display in the Smartphones Market is the Quad-HD with Pixel density up to (500 - 700ppi) at max. Samsung is looking on breaking this record once and for all...
According to a confirmed reports from Korea, Samsung partnered with 13 companies and the South Korean government to develop the World's first 11K mobile display with a pixel density of 2250ppi and a resolution of (11264 x 8448), which takes the Smartphone displays to an Insane new level of clarity.
This 11K display needs a super GPU to handle this kind of High-res Graphics. The Korean giant is going to invest $26.5 million into the R&D of this new 11K display. According to the Executive Director of Samsung Display, this might look like "over specification", but the breakthrough would help the Korean industry in the future.
Samsung's goal with this is to implement a "3D effect". Details are scarce, but the way Korean outlet ETNews puts it, such a gloriously high-resolution screen is able to simulate the effect of a 3D screen through some kind of optical illusion. This 11K display panel will be available by 2018 in the company's flagships.
Samsung Electronics Korea is currently using 14nm FinFET production method to manufacture its latest Exynos chipset Soc (System-on-chip) like the Exynos 7420 which is powering its latest flagship Galaxy S6.
The Korean giant is preparing to add the latest manufacturing technology, 10nm FinFET process in the foundry roadmap, announcing it officially in the video below.
The 10nm process, as with every die shrink of this magnitude, will introduce a 20% increase in peak clock rates, and a whopping 40% decrease in power consumption, all in the same footprint, and that's what the race is all about, so next year's mobile silicon race is shaping up to be even more exciting than this show season.
Qualcomm has Adreno and ARM has Mali, but Exynos is still lacking a GPU of its own. Granted that the Mali G-71 is the most powerful mobile GPU on the market and it's coupled exclusively with the Exynos 8895 CPU, it still isn't made by Samsung and according to a report, Samsung isn't going to settle for that, at least not in the near future.
The report from Weibo, brought forward by famous Chinese leakster Ice Universe states that Samsung is done with relying on other companies to fulfil its GPU needs and is currently working on a solution of its won. As of now, it's only being referred to as the S-GPU; a name that will probably not make it to the final cut! Even if the rumor is true and Samsung does end up successfully making its own smartphone/tablet GPU, it is highly unlikely that it will be making its debut anytime soon or before the Galaxy S9 is released next year. In all likelihood, the S-GPU will be released with the Exynos 9 series of chips. We will keep you updated as more news and info pops up.
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According to a post by Ice Universe (famous leakster), Samsung could very well be working on an ultra-compact smartphone which will likely sport a borderless display as well. When we say ultra-compact, what we really mean is less than 5-inches and although that would not be considered ultra-compact in the old days, it is most certainly so now. It's likely that Samsung will decide to go with the 18.5:9 aspect ratio on the mini display, which would practically make the phone even smaller, thereby justifying the ultra-compact moniker.
If you are interested, then you should know that there is no guarantee that the handset will ever see the light of day. Ice Universe makes that part clear in the post itself. SamMobile is of the opinion that this could very well be the Galaxy A3 (2018) or even the Galaxy S9 Compact, if Samsung does indeed decide to launch the handset of course. Let us know what you think in the comments.
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In the world of Virtual Reality, Microsoft and Samsung are competitors, but it looks like these two tech giants are working together on a project that involves an AR/VR headset. There's a big difference between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) as the former encompasses and augments the real world with virtual elements, while the latter cuts the user off completely from the real world to provide an immersive experience. It looks like the next project from the duo is going to blur the line between the two as the wireless headset they are working on will allegedly have both and AR and VR capabilities. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset which was released in 2017, this one will probably not need a separate computer to power it.
The news was confirmed by The Korea Times after a Samsung representative spoke to them and even informed the paper that the product will have Samsung's own AMOLED displays, sensors and processors.
A couple of weeks ago, a report from the South Korean media claimed that Samsung is considering the launch of two separate Galaxy S7 versions, one that will be based on Samsung's successor to the Exynos 7420, and one that will rock the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. According to a new rumor, Samsung has expanded the team of engineers that are working on optimizing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset for use on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7.
One new detail that was brought forward today by the source is that Samsung is the first manufacturer that gets access to Snapdragon 820 testing samples. Now, such a development would seem to indicate that Samsung has secured orders for manufacturing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 on its 14nm FinFET technology, as was previously rumored. However, this is some reading between the lines on our part, and not info coming from the source of this rumor.
After dropping the ball with the Snapdragon 810, a chip that was plagued by poor thermal performance, Qualcomm has a lot riding on the Snapdragon 820. Although the chipmaker has yet to announce all of the hardware details, Qualcomm has already revealed that its upcoming high-end chip will come with a custom CPU architecture, an Adreno 530 GPU that's said to be 40% faster than the Adreno 430 inside the Snapdragon 810, a new DSP chip, as well as built-in malware protection.
Google appears to have a cross-platform local file sharing service on the way. Dubbed Copresence, the upcoming offering will reportedly be a cross between Apple AirDrop and Android Beam.
Copresence will allow iOS and Android users to exchange a files, messages, photos, and directions among others. Google is purportedly set to add functionality to the service, which goes beyond exchange of files and information.
Device authentication is said to take place over Bluetooth. File transfers will happen through Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct. The images you see have been extracted from the latest Google Play Services APK. Copresence API for Chrome has appeared in developer documentation as well. The service will be officially revealed on the upcoming weeks.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google has Android version for virtual reality in the works. The new build will allow the search giant to compete with the likes of Facebook, which recently acquired Oculus for $2 billion.
Android for VR will be freely distributed just like its sibling for smartphones and tablets. Google has reportedly committed tens of engineers to the project. Two of the engineers behind Google Cardboard are said to be leading the project.
No timeline on the release of Android VR has been mentioned. I won't be surprised if we hear more about the platform during this year's Google I/O.
Stanford University scientists made a breakthrough in making a flexible aluminum battery. Today, Google revealed that a small team of scientists working on a next-generation battery technology for consumer electronics.
As part of the Google X research lab, Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj is working with three other scientists on about 20 different battery-dependent projects. As a former battery expert at Apple, Dr. Bhardwaj and his team is now trying to push the envelope of the lithium-ion battery technology further. He is also testing solid-state batteries for consumer devices.
Google joins a list of tech giants which are trying to improve the battery technology for future, including Apple, Tesla, and IBM among others. We are yet to see whether and how the search giant plans to to utilize this technology.
Google's Pixel smartphones are loved by the excellent photography results, though the fan base doesn't feel the same about its video recording abilities. Google is making steady improvements to the video and audio recording capabilities of its Pixel smartphones. It seems like the company is listening to the feedback of its users and video creators in general.
Google started to roll out the Camera update for the handful of users earlier this year. Although, there wasn't much noticeable change in the update. The only significant change was a new listing in the settings app called "Do not disturb access needed" when the user hasn't granted the do not disturb permission to the camera app. Once you activate this option, the smartphone pauses any notification while you are recording videos, so you won't be disturbed while making the videos.
Another change is related to a new fps option in the video recording settings. Right now, Pixel 4 can go up to 30fps when recording at 4K resolution, or you can select from auto, 30fps, or 60fps while recording at 1080p resolution. Google may add a third option to the settings app and that will allow recording in 24fps. The average user records at 30fps with the occasional switch to 60fps, which is why Google has defined the auto option by default.
Another leak last week surfaced for Google's mid-range Pixel smartphone. These code-names were sunfish, redfin, and bramble. Sunfish is using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, while the other two are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 that also supports 5G networking. These code names were spotted next to a string-valued "pixel_20_mid_range" which suggests that these are indeed related to the next Google's Pixel 4a series. It is believed that the sunfish and bramble are likely the code-names for the two Pixel 4a smartphones, Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL.
Today, at an investors event in New York City, Corning announced that it is working on a scratch-resistant glass that will be Rival to Sapphire. The Project will be named "Phire" and the new material will become available to manufacturers later this year.
Project Phire is said to combine the best qualities of Corning Gorilla Glass and sapphire. According to a Corning executive, the material "offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire."
As sturdy as it is, Corning Gorilla Glass does not handle scratches as easily as sapphire. The company's latest Gorilla Glass 4, despite being much more damage-resistant than its predecessor, is still prone to scuffs. Corning took notice of its creation's shortcoming last year, when talk about Apple's use of sapphire glass in iPhone 6 heated up. The Cupertino giant's smartphones currently rely on Gorilla Glass for out of the box screen protection.
According to latest reports leaked from Foxconn factories, It looks like Apple is preparing to unveil a bigger iPad this spring. Apple is working on a 12" iPad Pro that will be very similar to the current Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (Photo below) which is already on the markets since last year.
Virtual brush artist Martin Hajek has created the most realistic and beautiful representation of what Apple's upcoming iPad Pro or Plus might look like when it lands some time this spring, based on these leaks. In addition, the rumored stylus that will eventually accompany the tablet, makes a cameo for the first time. The stylus has borrowed the digital crown and biosensors from the Apple Watch, says Martin, and a slider is added for additional tasks.
It is evident that the tablet will be quite a bit bigger than the current 9.7" iPad Air 2, but still we can reasonably expect to see again a thin, machined aluminum device, with the general shape and form you would expect from the renowned iPad line of tablets. The sources before pegged the slate's thickness at between 6.9-7.5mm, which is a pretty good achievement, and also confirmed the speculated four built-in speakers.
So far, the rumored specs are for a 12.2" or a 12.9" Ultra high-res display, and a souped-up Apple A8 chipset, but the biggest difference might be in the software department. Remember the rumors that iPad Air 2 will feature a split-screen functionality? Well, these didn't materialize for Apple's mainstream tablet edition last year, so it might have been preserved for the more professionally oriented iPad Pro/Plus, or whatever the team from Cupertino decides to name it in the spring, when it is expected to be announced.
They are Markets enemies but two of the biggest tech companies in the World, Apple and Samsung. Today, Bloomberg reports that the Korean giant Samsung has put together a team of 200 employee working on designing Apple display panels. This new Samsung team is reported to be formed since April 1st, and is said to be prohibited from discussing Apple business details with any external sources, including Samsung's other teams.
Although Samsung and Apple are direct competitors in multiple markets such as smartphones, tablets, even smartwatches, and the companies have been engaged in a fierce legal battle over the past couple of years, the two tech giants have a long history of collaboration. Samsung started manufacturing various components, mainly display panels, chipsets, and flash memory modules for Apple's iPhone and iPad line-ups starting with the iPhone 4 back in 2010.
The new Samsung team is interpreted by Bloomberg analysts as a sign that the relationship between Apple and Samsung has improved, especially after the two companies dropped their court battles outside of the US.
Smartwatches are invading the wearables market and Sony is deciding to take a step ahead. According to Bloomberg report, Sony is said to be making a new Smartwatch whose surfaces are made entirely from E-Paper. The watch is said to "emphasize style, rather than trying to outdo more technological offerings."
This Sony smartwatch will focus on style and customization, using e-paper all around the watch will allow users to completely change the style and look of the watch from the Face down to the Strap.
The project is apparently the first to come out of a new innovation center set up by Sony CEO Kaz Hirai. Intended to produce Sony's next breakthrough product-the Walkman or PlayStation of its time-it's not yet produced anything game changing. There is no expected release date for this watch but we expect it on markets by 2016.
Facebook Like button is an important part of the social networking nowadays, the social giant is looking on making another rival button that has the exact opposite function of the like button which will be called "Dislike".
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, said that the feature will be coming soon during a town hall meeting on Tuesday at the company's California headquarters. However, he also said it wouldn't be a way for users to "downvote" posts and instead would let users express other emotions besides the inferred positivity of the Like button.
It's not easy to design a button like this, it is a tricky proposition and need to be carefully designed and implemented. In other hands, it will significantly increase the user's interactions with a post. Currently, if the user doesn't like a post he can ignore it by not clicking "LIKE", but after implementing this feature the same user can hit "dislike" for the same content, which means more users interactions even if it is negative.
"People have asked about the 'dislike' button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it," - Zuckerberg said, according to a CNBC report.
After soooo many HTC Nexus 9 rumors, we finally have a confirmation. WSJ has now confirmed from its official sources that Google and HTC are indeed working on a 9-inch tablet that will be revealed very soon. No confirmation on the market name "Nexus 9" yet.
According to the sources, Google switches between brands to build the Nexus devices to prevent any one manufacturer from gaining monopoly, which should explain why it went with HTC despite HTC not having a particularly strong track record when it comes to tablets.
HTC refused to comment on the matter but Google said:
"Android is a vibrant ecosystem, and many of the industry players are doing very well. There's room for many partners to do well and to innovate with Android."
Sony is reported to be working on a 12-inch tablet, a rumor originating with "Taiwan-based supply chain makers" claims. This tablet is reportedly going to become available in the first quarter of next year, so before the end of March.
It will be a high-end slate, and will also feature a stylus, apparently targeting markets with demand for graphics-related applications.
Unfortunately, no other details are known at this point. So far, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is Sony's biggest offering in this space, coming with a 10.1-inch touchscreen.
Did you update your Samsung Smartphone or Tablet to Lollipop ? Are you facing issues after the update ?
Well, you are not alone, many users have reported issues with their devices after installing Lollipop on their devices and Samsung admitted these issues.
@welshred1 Our engineers are currently working on micro updates for the lollipop update on various devices!— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) May 5, 2015
SamsungUK announced via its official twitter account that its Engineers are working on micro-updates to the fix the bugs on the Lollipop updates for various devices (Smartphones / Tablets), the updates will probably be minor upgrades (from 5.0.1 to 5.0.2) or (from 5.0 to 5.0.1).
You can keep track of all current and upcoming updates on the Samsung Official Updates Page which is updated daily.