Everything We Know About The Upcoming Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3

It has been a long time since a high-end android tablet like Pixel C was released. As smartphones get bigger and more powerful tablets, that were once a hit with the public, have now become less common and preferred. Most of the new tablets released in the recent past have been aimed at budget buyers or children. However now as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has been postponed till spring it is pretty clear that Samsung will be bringing a high-end tablet to the market at the MWC 2017.

It will be a huge upgrade from Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 that has been in the market since 2015. Samsung has had a lot of time to work on its flagship tablet.

The Tab S2 had come in two sizes 8 inches and 9.7 inches. However, according to a report from South Korea-based Naver News, the Galaxy Tab S3 will come in just one bigger size 9.6 inches with 2048×1536 display. A recent leak on German-based WinFuture.de, the flagship product will be identical in design to its predecessor, with a pill-shaped home button/fingerprint scanner with a pair of standard navigation buttons on the sides. It will, however, be thinner that the Galaxy S2.

Credit: WinFuture

The Galaxy Tab S3 may look similar to its predecessor but it will come with many upgrades. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, an upgrade from the earlier Exynos chip. It will get a 4 GB RAM (there was 3GB in Galaxy S2) and it will be equipped with a 12 MP rear and 5 MP front camera ( 8MP and 2 MP in Galaxy S2). The Galaxy S2 will run on Android Nougat, though it is yet to be seen if Samsung will add some additional features to it for the larger screen size.

The best inclusion in the Galaxy S3 will be the S Pen. While it isn’t the first Samsung tablet to come with a stylus, it will be the first in the Galaxy Tab S line to sport it. Sammobile has reported that the tablet won’t come with a slot for the stylus, and the S Pen will come in the box with the product.

Samsung has announced that the new device will be revealed at MWC on Feb. 26 at 7:00 pm CET (1 p.m. EST) at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. The Naver report stated that the Galaxy Tab S3 will be priced a bit more than the S2 ($500) at somewhere around $600.

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Nokia 3 Budget Android Phone’s Specifications, Price Leaked

The Nokia’s MWC 2017 event in Barcelona will surely be an exciting event. HMD Global will throw light on not just the Nokia 3310 reboot and Nokia P1 flagship but also Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 android phones. For those waiting for new and affordable phones by Nokia, the details of Nokia 3 have been leaked.

According to Nokia Power User, Nokia 3 will have a 5.2 inch HD display. The affordable phone will run on Android 7.0 Nougat. It is expected to be powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The Nokia 3 will have 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory that will be expendable. The smartphone is expected to have a 13 MP back camera and 5 MP front camera.

The new report claims that the Nokia 3 will be priced at EUR 149 (roughly Rs. 10,500). The report also claimed that the smartphone will be available in major markets by March or April.

The Nokia 5 is rumored to have a 5.2-inch display with 2 GB RAM and 12 MP back camera. It is expected to be priced at EUR 199 (roughly Rs. 14,000). The HMD Global’s Barcelona events most exciting reveal is expected to be the Nokia 3310 that is going to be priced at EUR 59 (roughly Rs. 4,000). And it is expected that Nokia’s comeback phone, Nokia 6 will be made available in markets outside China.

The official HMD Global event will take place in Barcelona on 26 February at 4:30pm local time (9pm IST).

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Vernee Apollo 2 Launch Confirmed With 8GB of RAM And A Deca Core Processor

Chinese smartphone company Vernee has made the announcement that it will launch a new smartphone Apollo 2, at MWC 2017 later this month. The company had earlier launched a smartphone Apollo that had 6 GB RAM. The Apollo 2 will be its successor. The company has moved a step forward with this smartphone, that will have a 8 GB RAM.

The Apollo 2 will be the first smartphone to have an 8GB RAM if it hits the market before the Asus ZenFone AR, which is due to hit markets in Q2 2017, as the latter is the current title holder for a phone with the highest RAM.

The company announced in a Twitter post on Monday that the Apollo 2 will be released in the MWC 2017 and it will be the first smartphone in the world to be powered by an Helio X30 processor. The company further added that the smartphone would be available in two variants: 64GB of inbuilt storage + 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage + 8GB of RAM. In addition to these specifications, the Apollo 2 is expected to have QHD display.

The processor Helio X30 is going to be the successor of the Helio X20 SoC. It is build with TSMC’s 10nm FinFET architecture and sports a quad-core PowerVR 7XT GPU. The X30 chip features a trip cluster design similar to its predecessors, X20 and X25. This chipset is capable of support 8 GB RAM device. It can support a camera with sensor capability as high as 40 megapixels and can support video capture up to 24 megapixels.

The deca-core Helio X30 comes with four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.8GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz, and two Cortex-A35 cores clocked at 2GHz. The X30 comes with a modem that will support three carrier aggregation (3CA) and Cat.12 LTE.

We are now waiting for the official announcement at the MWC to know more about the Apollo2 and its features.

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Latest Leaks Show That Moto G5 Plus Will Have Metal Body

Lenovo’s Moto G5 and G5 plus have been planned for a release on February 26. And there have been a lot of leaks telling us what to expect. Now a set of live images have leaked that suggest that the Moto G5 plus will sport a metal rear panel giving an idea that the smartphone will have a unibody display. Another leaked image had shown Moto G5 with its screen turned on that may be a tester unit.

Credit: Roland Quandt

The rear panel images show a circular design for the camera sensor while Moto’s logo will be placed in the middle. Another image shows the front screen, that confirms the presence of a physical button below the display. The leaked image shows the Moto G5 operating on some stock Android version with some Moto software tweaks.

With so many leaks we have a rough idea about what the Moto G5 plus is going to be. It is expected to have a 5.2-inch display and it will be powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor. The battery will be 3000 mAh with Turbo Power charging technology for quick charging. The RAM is supposed to be 4GB with 32GB internal storage. The Moto G5 plus will most probably run on Android Nougat 7.0 and have a 12 megapixels camera, fingerprint reader and NFC. Some Moto related features will be Moto Assist, Moto Actions, and Moto Display.

In addition to Moto G5 plus, Moto G5 is also scheduled for a release next month. It is rumored to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. It is supposed to have 2 GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage that will be expandable. The display will be 5 inch and full HD. The rear camera will be 13 MP and the front camera will be 5 MP. It will be powered by a 2800 mAh battery.

The official launch of Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus is scheduled for 26 February and we all are excited to see what more is in store.

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Android’s Instant Apps Are Here

We had heard about Androids Instant Apps back at Google’s I/O 2016. Now they are here and ready for a trail run. Google had worked with various Android developers at BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki and has now made the first Android Instant Apps available for users.

An Instant App will let the user download and run certain parts of it without having to download the complete APK file. The Android Instant Apps can be thought of as a bridge between web apps and Android applications.

In a demo by Ellie Powers, Google’s Assistant Manager, that took place in last year’s I/O, she showed by example the working of such apps. For instance when a BuzzFeed user shared a link to another, to BuzzFeed videos Tasty app, then the recipient can open the app and perform some tasks such as view a video without having to download the app.

Not only will this development improve the onboarding process of grabbing new user but it also helps you save space on your phone if you need an app just for a small task. The developers will have to wait for a while to get their hand on this new technology as Google is only introducing Instant Apps as a trial, with the aforementioned apps to collect feedback from the users.

Some users might get the Android Instant Apps today. Many might already have this feature but might be unaware of it as the change in behavior is quite subtle. You can know if you are using an Android Instant App if by following an app link you come to a simplified Android App interface.

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Google May Soon Remove Millions of Apps From Google Play Store

Google is sending notices to all those developers that are handling private or sensitive data without an appropriate privacy policy. The company has informed that it is removing all those apps, which violate the terms of User Data policy, from Google Play. Google has given the concerned developers a warning to fix the issue by 15 March, after which administrative action will be taken, and the visibility of their app will be limited.

The Next Web reported that a number of developers have received a warning from Google stating that their app violates the policy. The move by Google might be a big blow to those half-developed apps that have made it to Google Play but lack a proper privacy policy.

Google’s User Data policy states that the developers have to be clear about how they handle user data (information provided by a user, collected about a user, and collected about a user’s use of the app or device). It also adds that the app is required to follow additional restrictions or procedures if required by applicable law.

Google describes the “Privacy Policy and Secure Transmission” in User Data policy. “If your app handles personal or sensitive user data (including personally identifiable information, financial and payment information, authentication information, phonebook or contact data, microphone and camera sensor data, and sensitive device data) then your app must: 1) Post a privacy policy in both the designated field in the Play Developer Console and from within the Play distributed app itself. 2) Handle the user data securely, including transmitting it using modern cryptography (for example, over HTTPS).”

As per the notice that was shared by Next Web, Google has warned the developers that if their app doesn’t fix the issue then their visibility will be limited or the app might even be removed. The developers have two options, they can either link to a proper privacy policy or stop requesting for sensitive user data.

This move might boost the confidence of the users in Android which had been shaken up a bit due to the presence of too many fake apps.

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You Can Now Install YouTube’s Offline Focused App ‘YouTube Go’

YouTube is already available on iOS and Android platform via its official app. While the app works just as expected on high-end devices, Google has been working hard at making India’s data saving centric audience attracted to the online video streaming website.

In its effort, Google has already added an offline saving feature to the official app and order to cater to more people in emerging markets; YouTube Go was previewed back in September in last year.

Built primarily for Indian users, YouTube Go is a lot focused on dealing with data limits and offline playback. The app has added options to let users share offline videos with others via Bluetooth and preview videos without using data.

Starting today, you can install YouTube Go from Play Store to your Android phones. It is in unreleased status which means there may be some bugs, but during my usage, I did not face any hiccups.

The app is just 8.5 MB and it supports some older versions of Android too: as old as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Some people may suggest that anyone can download the APK file and install it, but it won’t work if you are outside of India.

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WhatsApp May Soon Let You Reply To Statuses, With Option to Mute Them Too

WhatsApp’s status message option is set for a major revamp soon as hints are being dropped from the apps beta version across various platforms. Now the beta version for the Windows phone shows significant changes and improvements in the functionality of the status section.

A new leak has surfaced that shows that the user might be able to mute and unmute status notifications for specified contacts and also be able to view the list of muted users. The new status message feature of the Facebook-owned company Whatsapp will let you reply to a person’s status message, a feature that seems to be borrowed from Snapchat.

WhatsApp Status Alerts and Mute Option

WABetaInfo, a WhatsApp beta watcher, shared screenshots of WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone 2.17.40+ that had buttons to mute and unmute status alerts. A new Status section is expected to arrive, and once you have muted a contact, their status notifications won’t come up. You also won’t get push notification for these users, when they change their statuses.

This feature will also come with an unmute option that will let you change your decision whenever you want. You can just go to the mute list and unmute the contact you wish to.

Status Message Replies

The informer also states that we will be able to respond to status messages as well and have a conversation about it, just like on Snapchat Stories. This new feature is seen in WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone 2.17.44+ version. The mute features were seen on WhatsApp beta for Android 2.17.46 version as well.

 

The new Whatsapp Status feature has been seen on various Android and iOS beta versions as well. The new features are essentially to notify the users when their contacts change their statues. However, there are many improvements expected to come in the Status Message feature of Whatsapp, such as push notifications or the ability to change status within 24 hours. The WhatsApp Android version is expected to get a separate tab for statuses, joining the existing chats, calls, and contacts tab.

Here is Everything we know about upcoming Nokia P1

With the Nokia 6 midrange smartphone, HMD Global flagged off its Nokia Android smartphone lineup. It was greeted with a large excitement by the public, and it even sold off in under a minute in the first flash sale in China. The company will now, most likely launch Nokia P1 at its event in MWC 2017. It is supposed to the company’s flagship phone.

A lot is known about this device already. Here we have summed up all that we know about the upcoming smartphone.

Pricing and availability

The Nokia P1 will most likely come in two variants: 128 GB and 256 GB. They are expected to be priced at around $800 (roughly Rs. 54,500) and $950 (approximately Rs. 64,700) respectively. The smartphone is expected to be revealed at MWC where it’s pricing and availability will be announced. If Nokia 6 launch is any indication, then this smartphone too will be launched in China only and then made available in other countries at a later date.

Design

Based on the details we have now, Nokia P1 will be a premium looking high-end smartphone with a metal frame. The hybrid dual sim slot will be placed on the left edge while the volume up and down button will be on the right edge. There is going to be a Carl Zeiss lens at the back with the Nokia logo placed vertically. The device will have a USB Type-C port, a speaker grill, and 3.5mm audio jack. All of these three will be placed at the bottom of the device. The Home button will be below the display, most likely it will combine a fingerprint sensor.

Specifications

The smartphone is expected to have a 5.3-inch display with Gorilla Glass 5 on the top and have either HD or QHD screen resolution. It will run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC. The smartphone is expected to have a stunning 6 GB RAM. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is going to be the first device to run on Qualcomm new processor, and as the Nokia P1 is supposed to be revealed at the MWC launch, this processor choice seems questionable.

The smartphone is expected to have a Zeiss-certified 22.6 MP back camera and will also come with an IP57-certification for dust and water resistance. It is going to be equipped with a 3500 mAh battery and will support quick charging.

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How to Create a Mobile Banking App?

Fact: by 2019 mobile banking users will represent 32% of the global adult population.

The question is whether your institution is ready for the shift towards mobile banking?

So far we have noticed that the growth in mobile banking usage has exceeded most of the banks’ expectations. Only a few large national banks are offering great experience to their customers, while the rest are now doing the “catching up” and finally placing mobile banking application development on top of their agendas.

If you are among the latter, this guide is for you. Below are the tips to develop a secure, intuitive and anticipated mobile banking app for your customers.

Understand What Drives The Mobile Banking Usage In The First Place

To get an accurate project cost quote from mobile banking app developers, you’ll need to come up with a list of product specifications first. Or simply speaking – a list of features you’d want for your app. Of course, those features should be based on the actual user demands, rather than your educated guesses.

Forrester recently investigated some of the common behavioral patterns among the mobile banking apps users:

  • 87% of respondents use the app to check their bank account balances and 74% to review a recent bank transaction.
  • Users, who opted to receive account alerts log into their app two more days per month, compared to those who opted out.
  • Yet, 90% of consumers admit that they opted out of receiving notifications as most of them are rather useless.

According to another survey conducted by The Financial Brand, you should build a mobile banking app with the following user needs in mind:

 

In general, before developing a mobile banking app, you should take the time to survey your customer base and narrow down the list of the most requested features. Then rank them regarding priority if your app development budgets are tight.

Settle on The Optimal Mobile Platform

Do you want to develop a banking app for Android or iOS first? That’s the next question you’ll receive from the developers.

Let’s weigh in on the pros and cons of each platform:

  • Android’s smartphone market share has hit 2% in Q2 2016. In October 2016 Android has constituted 75.2$ of EU5 smartphone sales, while iOS has accounted for 21.2%.
  • Yet, Apple still has more supporters in some of the highest paying markets including Japan (51.7% of smartphone sales), The UK (44%) and the US (40.5%).

Device Atlas has created a great map illustrating, where each platform prevails:

Now, let’s take a look at how the cost to develop a mobile banking application varies depending on the platform:

  • To build an Android app, developers should write 40% more code and tend to spend 28% more time working on the project in general.
  • The timeline extends mainly due to larger device fragmentation (there are some 1,500+ different Android gadgets on the market right now) and additional product/testing and debugging.
  • The app development price may also be higher if you choose to support older Android OS (as users tend to forget to update their gadgets in a timely manner).

iOS app development services usually take less time, especially if you choose to design an iPhone or iPad only app. And most Apple fans tend to keep their gadgets updates to the latest OS, which again reduces the timeline and the costs.

Plan For The Advanced Security

The biggest consumer barriers to m-banking adoption are the security concerns. In fact, 55% of consumers surveyed by Gallup admitted that they avoid using mobile financial solutions as they have doubts about the safety features.

Custom mobile apps for banks should ooze security. However, you’ll also need to strike a balance between those advanced security measures and the product’s usability. Here are a few tips for that:

  • You can enable Touch ID authentication to reduce the friction of typing passwords. The feature is also available for new MacBook Pros.
  • Log-out users automatically after N-minutes of inactivity.
  • Ask users to provide the password only to assess certain functionality (e.g. make a payment), and allow no password access for N minutes to popular features like viewing account balance.
  • Urge users to update the app regularly.
  • Implement additional security measures and authorization if the user suddenly accesses the app from an unusual location (without prior informing the bank). For instance, send one-time text passwords instead of asking to type in the app pass.
  • Always inform them about the important transactions via text/emails.
  • Allow users to set limits on payment transfers through the app.
  • Clearly state where your official mobile banking app can be downloaded as there were already some 65000 of malicious banking apps reported around the web.
  • Do not allow using and installing your apps on rooted devices as that increases the security risks.

If you have the budgets, biometrical authentication is rapidly becoming a new trend in mobile banking app development.

This year TD Bank Group and MasterCard decided to partner with Nymi – an innovative authentication solution provider. Together, they have developed a pilot wearable device that would authenticate payment transactions using the user’s unique heartbeat rate. Their pilot transaction has proved to be successful.

Design a Minimalistic and Attractive UX

The best route to ensure high user adoption is to ensure that your app is easy-to-use. And that seems to be not-so-common with mobile banking apps.

For instance, making a mobile deposit is quite challenging with certain banks:

Here are a few ideas to create a stellar user experience within your app:

  • Test, test, test. Before you roll out a new update or a new feature test your product ruthlessly. A few negative comments on the App Store can alienate a large number of users.
  • Offer customization based on frequent transactions. Create hotkey access shortcuts and feature the most commonly used features prominently on the main screen.
  • Personalization is important. Let users opt-in and out of the notifications/content, they wish to receive.
  • Include rich interactions and account for common mobile gestures like pinch, swipe, and rotate movements.

What Are The Mobile Banking App Development Costs?

So, what should you expect to pay for a good-looking and well-functioning mobile banking app?

According to Exicon, 15 of the leading US banks have spent over $80 million on developing some 606 mobile banking apps. That is roughly $132.000 for one business app.

Of course, there are no two same projects and the development costs will vary depending on:

  • The platform
  • Requested features
  • The region you choose to outsource to/local developers’ salaries.

The development timeline, according to Finextra report, is usually between 6 and 12 month (45% of respondents). Yet, 28% of banks manage to deploy an app in less than six months, while 22% need over a year to build a comprehensive solution.

About Author

Slava Bushtruk is CEO+Founder of Alty, Inc. He’s been in software and app development for nearly a decade with over 75 successful projects under his belt, ranging from startups to enterprise clients. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or shoot a quick hi at [email protected]