Samsung is probably making a foldable smartphone called Galaxy X

Credit: Samsung

There is a new trademark that hints at the possibility that Samsung’s foldable smartphone might make entry into the market with the moniker Galaxy X. The smartphone giant had been working on foldable smartphones for a while now, and it seems that they are finally going to be available for commercial use by the end of the year.

A Twitter user spotted the trademark. He shared a screenshot that included an image containing the Galaxy X branding promo. It may, however, be stated that all of this can be fake at this point.

There had been reports earlier that pointed to the possibility of Samsung along with Samsung Display introducing foldable smartphones to a select audience at the MWC 2017. It was supposed to be a private show in a separate room to get feedback from those present. That feedback would further be used by Samsung to predict the demand for foldable smartphones in the market.

A Diagram from patent document

Details state that Samsung will introduce both inward folding (like a book) and outward folding products. It can be believed that the reason Samsung is showcasing the foldable product to other companies might be because it plans to sell the display and technology to other handset manufacturers.

The foldable smartphones are expected to make an entrance later this year. Samsung will begin the production of foldable smartphones with AMOLED display in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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New Galaxy S8 leak shows the phone in its full glory with an AI button

Since the Note 7’s explosive débâcle, Samsung has been working on making S8 a phone that can shift the attention and help restore smartphone giant’s reputation. Several facts about S8 have leaked in the past including some pictures and specs, today, Evan Blass, who is one of the most reliable leakers of this stuff, shared a new picture of Samsung’s upcoming flagship.

The Press render looks very similar to earlier leaks including a nearly bezel-less screen and a taller that average screen ratio. However, looks closely and you will find, and you will find an additional button on the left just below the volume rocker.

 

Galaxy S8

No previous Galaxy phone have come with more than three buttons on the sides (two for adjusting volume and one as a power button) from the looks of it, the new button of the phone may be built to trigger the upcoming AI assistant which will be called Bixby.

Apart from the button, you can also find an iris scanner on the phone right on top of phone’s massive display. It will be the second time Samsung will be adding an iris scanner on a smartphone (first was, of course, the Galaxy Note 7).

Galaxy S8 may ditch its physical home button from phone front, and it looks like the rumors are true considering no home button is visible on the front of the phone, the phone will also have a taller display, perhaps an 18:9 ratio which will be similar to the latest LG G6.

Some specs of the phone are already leaked, it will be interesting to see how does the phone come out once it is launched on March 29.

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Google’s AI-powered Assistant Is Now Launching To Millions of Android Smartphones

Last year Google had introduced its assistant that could successfully perform various functions. However it was only exclusive for Pixels phone, Home Speaker and Allo messaging app.

If you haven’t had the luck to try it out, then we have good news for you. Google has announced that it will introduce the assistant in many more devices. Google announced that it will add the assistant in devices running on Android 6.0 and newer as long as they have Google Play services running.

One of the first smartphone to get it will be the LG G6 from this week on. It will be made available in US, Australia, Canada, UK, and Germany.

The assistant will not only be introduced to smartphones but also to Android Wear 2.0-based smartwatches and soon to TVs and cars.

One big improvement will be that you will be able to summon the assistant by long pressing the home button instead of having to hunt for the microphone icon or hoping for the correct response to the prompt “OK Google.”.

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Nokia is Back From The Dead With 3 New Android phones

Nokia is all set to re-enter the mobile market with three new Android phones. HMD Global the company that has licensed the right to produce Nokia labeled phones will unveil three phones today that will be fully Android. These phones will be targeted at the mid-range budget market. The biggest feature of the phones will be that they will be fully Android, with no third party app bundled.

Nokia 6

HMD had revealed Nokia 6 for the Chinese market about a month ago. And it will go global with a few changes now. This phone will be the biggest of the three. It will have a 5.5-inch display with 3GB RAM and 32 GB internal memory. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor. The back and front cameras will be 16 MP and 8 MP respectively.

Nokia 6

The Nokia 6 has an aluminum design with diamond cuts. It also comes with another variant 4GB RAM with 64 GB internal memory. This is an Atari black glossy version priced a bit more.

Nokia 5

Nokia 5

The Nokia 5 will be a bit smaller than Nokia 6 with a 5.2-inch display and 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. This too will have an aluminum design. It will be powered by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor. Just like that Nokia 6, the Nokia 5 will also be powered by Android Nougat 7.1.1. It will have 13MP back and 8 MP front camera. It will be priced at 189 euros ($199) and available in blue, silver, matte black, and copper.

Nokia 3

Nokia 3

This will be the most basic Android phone of the trio. It will have a 5-inch display with 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. It will be powered by an MTK 6737 quad-core processor. It will have a polycarbonate back with an aluminum frame. It will have a 8 MP front and 8 MP back camera. It will be powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is a low-budget phone that will make your ends meet. It will be priced at 139 euros ($147) and available in blue, silver, matte black, and copper.

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KEYone is Probably The Coolest BlackBerry Phone Ever Made (And It’s Not That Expensive)

BlackBerry launched KEYone, its latest Android-powered smartphone, at the MWC. The KEYone comes with a physical keyboard, a once iconic feature. The latest smartphone by Blackberry also comes with several upgrades. The KEYone will be made available at the beginning of April 2017. The KEYone will be priced at $549 ( Rs. 38,600) in the US, GBP 499 ( Rs. 41,400) in the UK, and EUR 599 ( Rs. 42,100) in Europe.

The smartphone was produced by a Chinese manufacturer by the name Mercury, and it is now owned by Blackberry. The physical keyboard is turbocharged. Each key is assigned a shortcut for some app or function and can be used as such.

Some details about the phone had already leaked in the past. The KEYone comes with 4.5-inch touchscreen sporting a 1620 x 1080-pixel resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio. The smartphone sports a 12 MP back camera and a 8 MP front camera. The KEYone has an aluminum design that incorporates a USB C port at the bottom and headphone jack, a volume rocker, and power key, plus a function key. The device will be powered by Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU. The internal storage of KEYone will be 32 GB expandable up to 2 TB.

The KEYone will run in Android Nougat 7.0 with several BlackBerry optimizations like BlackBerry Hub. The device supports including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It will run in 3505 mAh battery that will support quick charge 3.0 and another feature called Boost that will speed up charging.

The KEYone is a distinctive device with noteworthy features. Blackberry hasn’t disappointed us with its latest smartphone.

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Samsung’s plus-sized Galaxy S8 will pack a huge 6.2-inch display

Samsung is more than a month away from unveiling its flagship model, and the rumors surrounding the release are at their peak currently. The latest leak has given us a sneak peek at the Samsung Galaxy S8. The rumor suggests that the flagship model is going to be a huge device.

The reliable Evan Blass from VentureBeat tweeted a list of the specifications of the upcoming Galaxy S8. The leak, however, didn’t add anything substantial to the previous rumors but then again it gave more solid ground to the earlier ones.

Supporting a report that was published back in November the specifications sheet stated that the Galaxy S8 would come with a massive 6.2 inch Super AMOLED display with rounded corners.

Samsung Galaxy S8 | Credit Venture Beat

There have had been earlier speculations that the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a 6.2-inch display, it remains to be seen how Samsung will customize the design to improve the screen to bezel ratio.

Other specifications of the Galaxy S8 include water resistance, iris scanner, 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory that will be expandable. The flagship model will come with wireless charging and will support Samsung Pay.

It is expected that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be the first smartphones to be powered by Qualcomm’s all-new Snapdragon 835 processor. Samsung might even introduce its own assistant Bixby in the flagship phones.

The device is expected to the announced in March, and the official launch will happen in mid-April.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 With 6GB of RAM, Snapdragon 660 SoC Could Launch In May

It has been reported that Xiaomi will launch the successor of Mi Max in May. The Mi Max 2 is expected to come with 6GB RAM and Snapdragon 660 processor. The company is also working on another smartphone that will feature the same Snapdragon 660 processor that is supposed to be named Redmi Pro 2.

The Mi Max 2 is supposed to have the same display as its predecessor, that is 6.44 inch. A tipster posted on Chinese microblogging website Weibo, shared by GSMArena that the smartphone is going to be launched in May. The smartphone is expected to come with 6GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. The smartphone will be equipped with 5000 mAh battery that will support fast charging.

It should be mentioned here that all of this is just a leak. There has been no official announcement about the specifications or availability of the phone, so we advice the reader not to totally believe anything that isn’t supported by an official declaration.

Now coming to that Snapdragon 660 processor. It is expected to have custom Kyro core like that Snapdragon 820 or it may have a combination of four Cortex-A73 CPUs clocked at 2.2GHZ and four Cortex-A53 CPUs clocked at 1.9GHz. This processor will go in production in the second quarter of 2017 and will power phones by Vivo and Oppo.

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Windows 10 Continuum Finally Has Some Competition

Since Windows 10 mobile was launched, Microsoft has been focusing on its new feature called Windows 10  Continuum, which lets a user doc his/her phone to use it as a PC, complete with a mouse, keyboard, ethernet jack, SD card slots and even USB Ports. Ubuntu tried to compete with it with its Ubuntu phones, but the Open Source Project failed miserably in developing on its promise, but now it looks like Microsoft has come real competition from Jide’s Remix OS.

Jide has previously launched Surface Like tablets and Desktops that can run Android Apps on desktop mode, optimized for large screen and usable with a mouse and keyboard. The company today announced that its new version of Remix OS for phones would turn your PC into a monitor once it is connected to a monitor. The OS, just like its predecessor, will be a custom ROM of Android and it should work with all apps made for Android.

Jide’s new Remix OS should be launched by the second half of 2017. The company has named Continuum like feature as Singularity.

When talking to The Verge, Jide’s co-founder David Ko said that the new ROM would be as close to stock as possible. Whenever the phone is docked, Remix OS’ UI will be shown on the screen.

Windows 10 Continuum works well for Microsoft made apps for Windows 10, and as we have discussed in the past, Windows Phone has some big problems. Jide’s approach may be more attractive to users if all apps work and the performance is better while keeping the cost reasonable, time will tell how well Jide does, but the idea of an Android-based smartphone-PC convergence sure sounds impressive.

What are your thoughts about Remix OS? Share with us in the comments below.

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What is Microsoft’s Skype Lite and Why Does It Matter?

At its event called Future Decoded, organized in Mumbai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a new app called Skype Lite. The app is basically a Skype client designed for use in low-powered Android Devices and use in areas with limited connectivity.

Credit: Microsoft

The new app is among the smallest Video Chatting applications sizing at only 13 MB of storage, and it will support nine Indian regional languages. Apart from that, the app will also support chatbots for connected services. The app will also support SMS messages and will include built-in tools to track data usages on mobile networks.

Microsoft’s Slack Lite is heavily focused on Indian users. The company will use India Stack, which is a group of APIs that allow Indian Government and business to make their services available for Indian Citizens, especially tapping into the Aadhar Scheme.

Aadhar is an Indian Unique numerical UD which can be sued to verify a user’s identity. Microsoft demonstrated how it could be used to enable companies to verify a candidate on an interview with their UID.

How does Aadhar Verification work?

Once both parties are on the app and someone requests Aadhar verification, the second party will have to enter it’s 12 digit Aadhar number. Once submitted, an OTP will be sent to the number associated with the Aadhar ID, and if verified, the first party will be able to see verified ID information on its screen. When a chat is disconnected, all Aadhar related data will be removed from devices.

Skype Lite is a very similar approach as Messenger Lite, a smaller version of Messenger that Facebook made for low-end devices, it will be interesting to see how Skype Lite’s  unique features perform in the real world.

The app is not live on Google Play yet, but it should be up soon. What do you think about Skype Lite? Share it with others in the comments below.

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No, Samsung Won’t Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 In India

Yesterday, we discussed that Samsung is planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices in India and Vietnam. The source of news was South Korean publisher Hankyung, which reported that the smartphone giant is considering to sell refurbished versions of the phone with a slightly smaller battries.

Samsung today denied the plans and a spoksperson said to Gadgets360 that “The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect.”

So, oops.

While Samsung has clearly denied plans to sell the phone in India, no one from samsug has denied about the sales in Vietnam.

Samsung has almost 2.5 million Note 7 devics in it’s inventory, which is, as we discuessed yesterday, a big pile of smartphones that have to be recycled. Add this the loss company had to deal in profts and selling refurbished phones does not sound like a crazy idea.  Now that company has not shown major interest in reselling the Note 7 devicse, it will be interesting to see what will happn to these 2.5 million Note 7 Units.

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