Looks Like Apple Will Copy Samsung in The Next iPhone

Apple has accused Samsung of copying design and features in the past, of course, Samsung is not the only one as Nokia paid a good chunk of money to Apple last year in order to get rid of lawsuits.

It looks like the tables might turn for the next release of iPhone. The company is planning to launch 3 new iPhone models this year while all of these phones will be a lot similar to current gen iPhone X, the company is considering adding stylus support in the phones too.

At the moment, Samsung is the only major brand to make a phone with stylus under its Galaxy Note lineup.

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As the Economic Daily News said, the company is thinking of enabling Apple Pencil support on all the next get OLED equipped phones. While the stylus support is definitely a feature inspired by Samsung Galaxy Note lineup. Don’t expect that Apple Pencil will come bundled with the iPhone.

While it might be possible to add stylus support to current gen iPhones (iPhone X and iPhone 8), it will not be happening.

Considering it is highly unlikely that the stylus will come with iPhone, it will be interesting to see how many iPhone users actually shell out money to get on, especially when the phone will be costing an arm and a leg.

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Move Over Apple, Galaxy Note 9 Has The Best Display Now

Samsung has been known to make some of the best mobile displays over the last few years. Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus’ one of the big selling points is the display and Apple itself has used Samsung made displays in the $1000 iPhone X.

The case looks to be the same with Galaxy Note 9 which was launched just recently. According to Displaymate, the Note 9 takes the crown of the best display on a mobile Smartphone.

The phone’s display is 27% brighter than the last Note device and its peak display brightness is 710 nits which makes it easily readable in sunlight.

The report said “Galaxy Note9 is the most innovative and high-performance Smartphone display that we have ever Lab tested, breaking and establishing many new Display Performance Records that are listed above. The Galaxy Note9 delivers uniformly consistent all-around Top Tier Display Performance and receives All Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in All of the DisplayMate Lab Test and Measurement Categories – only the second display we have ever tested to get All Green in All Categories – the Galaxy S9 was the first. The level of display performance and excellence has been increasing each year, and the Galaxy Note9 has now raised the bar significantly higher.”

Apart from the display, the phone has been getting praise from reviewers for its build quality and new features added on the new S-Pen. Considering the phone lineup was considered dead when the Note 7 came to market, this is quite a comeback.

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Samsung Just Launched Galaxy On8 With Great Display And Impressive Camera

It Has been a few months since Samsung launched its last Galaxy On series phone. It looks like the Smartphone giant is ready with another in the series. The company just recently launched Galaxy On8 which will come with the price tag of Rs 16,990 or roughly $240.

For the price, which is competing with Moto’s own budget G6 and G6 Plus, the phone comes with a 6 inch AMOLED display which the company is calling an ‘Infinity Display’. Apart from the 18:9 aspect ratio HD+ display, the phone also has a dual camera system.

While nowhere near as good as the camera of current flagship Galaxy Note9, the dual camera system has two sensors, one of 16 megapixels and the other being a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front of the phone is another 16-megapixel pixel camera for selfies.

The phone run on Android 8.0 and it is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC which is coupled with 4 GB of RAM.

On8’s gimmick this time is its AI features that are backed in inside the camera app. Samsung claims that the phone can automatically use AI to enhance images including Life Focus and Background blur shape. How good are these features actually? looks like we will have to wait some more to find out.

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Google Pixel Has Some Serious Problems After Android Pie Update

If you are an Android fan, you must already know that Google launched the newest version of Android, named Android Pie just recently. It looks like the update has been the reason for some bugs in Google’s first Pixel Phones.

The bug prevented Pixel Phones from fast charging which drastically slowed down the speed at which the phone chargers. This basically makes the included fast charger ineffective.

Google has acknowledged the issue and stated that the company has started to do some research and working on a fix.

The company wrote “We’re aware of an issue where non-Power Delivery (PD) USB-C chargers no longer rapidly charge the 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL after the upgrade to Android 9 Pie. The 18W rapid charger included in-box is a PD charger and does not exhibit this behaviour. We are verifying a fix for non-PD USB-C chargers and will roll it out in the coming weeks.” to Engadget.

Fast charging seems to be working just fine on Pixel and Pixel XL running Android 8.1 Oreo which makes it clear that the issue is not hardware related. Interestingly, originally the issue was reported in DP4 by Google as “Won’t fix”.

Looks like the Google had to do it due to public pressure.

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Moto Just Launched a New iPhone X Copycat Phone

The market has been a bit tough for Moto on the higher end but I had never thought that the company will go to this path for its flagship phone designs.

In a recent event in China, the respected phone manufacturer launched a new phone and called it Moto P30. However, rather than making it stand out like Moto Z Force and Moto G6 have been in past, P30 basically looks like an iPhone X with a bit worse build quality.

Sure, there are only so many ways to design a rectangle with a glass back and a screen on the front, but Essential phone and Samsung Galaxy S9 have proved that you don’t have to copy Apple to make your phone look good.

Alas, Moto P30 is a shameless design copy of the iPhone X with Android 8.0 installed on it. Complete with a wide notch and a dual camera setup on the top left only thing missing is an Apple logo and a lightning port in place of USB-C.

Among available colors, only one is a bit different than the norm these days and that too has been done by Huawei with its last triple camera phone.

The P30 is a mid-range phone which is roughly $300 in China, the SoC is middle of the rod Snapdragon 636 which is paired with 6 GB RAM which is a bit overkill considering it’s a mid-range phone.

Ofcource P30 is not the only phone to shamelessly copy iPhone X, I have covered another Chinese ripoff a couple months ago which also came at around $300. Still, it’s a bit sad to see the legendary Motorola do down this way.

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More Details About Upcoming Galaxy S10 Have Leaked

Now that Samsung has launched Galaxy Note’s latest entry in the US, it looks like the launch of Galaxy S10 is not too far. We already have some interesting information about the upcoming Android flagship thanks to some leaks, and now we have some more details as well.

Patently Mobile recently reported that the S10 will be coming with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner which will be -you can guess- located under the display on the front of the phone. This will be the first phone from Samsung to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Concept | Credits: igeekphone

More interesting is that the report stated that Samsung is planning to add as many as four of these sensors on the phone for more accurate scanning.

“For example, if the user grips the electronic device with one hand, the electronic device may operate in a one-hand mode and suitably adjust the position of the fingerprint sensing area to accommodate the one-handed grip,” Patently Mobile reports.

It looks like the company will add this tech only on the bigger S10+ whereas the cheaper and smaller S10 will have a side mounted fingerprint sensor. The phone will also have kind of a bonkers triple camera setup and as always, there will be typical updates to the specs of the phone.

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Google Just Launched The Latest Version of Android And This One is Called Android Pie

After months of beta testing and teasing, Google is ready to push the latest version of Android to some of its devices. The Android 9 now has a name too: Android Pie.

Despite having a new major version number, Android 9 is more of an evolution than a revolution. The company has focused more on AI and gestures than changing how the OS looks and feels (apart from the new navigation at the bottom).

Android Pie has a new navigation system which gets rid of the multitasking button and adds iPhone X like gestures for switching apps and going to home screen. The Pie adds to it by making it easy to access the Google search bar via just one swipe from the bottom.

Apart from the navigation and AI, Google has also added a new app called Digital Wellbeing. It will help users in monitoring their phone usage and getting rid of phone addiction if they have any.

If you are looking to install it on your phone, you may have to wait a couple months as the Android 9 is, at the moment, only available to install on Google Pixel and Pixel 2 series phones and the Essential PH-1 phones which was launched by Andy Rubin last year.

No doubt some people will criticize Google for ripping off Apple’s navigation gesture, but I think the company has added to at rather than lifting the features as is from iPhone X.

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Samsung Finally Launches Galaxy Note 9: Probably The Best in The Market

Well, after countless leaks over the last couple of months, the South Korean Smartphone giant has finally launched the latest Note device in its Galaxy lineup. The phone looks a lot like the last Galaxy Note 8 but has some improvements on the hardware apart from just being a spec bump.

Let’s talk about the hardware improvements first, the Note 9 has a much larger 4000 mAh battery which should help with its endurance.  Alos, after fixing the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S9 a few months ago, the fingerprint sensor has also been moved to a place where it is easier to reach.

The S pen on the Note 9 supports Bluetooth and Samsung also announced that it will open up a developer SDK which may bring new features to the S-Pen in future.

Spec wise, the Note 9 is a flagship on all regards, a 6.4-inch display, Snapdragon 845 SoC and 6GB of RAM which is paired with 256 GB storage which can be expanded via MicroSD cards.

The phone will come in 4 colors: Black (with Black S-Pen), Purple (with Purple S-pen), Copper (with Copper S-Pen) and Ocean Blue (Yellow S-Pen).

Thinking of buying the Note 9? You may have to spend a ton this time. The 512GB variant is going to be launched at an almost ridiculous $1250 which is far more expensive than Apple’s iPhone X.

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Moto Just Launched Moto Z3, Here is Everything You Need To Know

The Z series is probably the most interesting family of phones that come with the now Lenovo owned company because of the support of Moto Mods by all phones. Just recently, Motorola added a new phone to the series with the Moto Z3.

The Z3 brings a lot of spec updates and an interesting Moto mod with it which will allow users to get 5G on their moto devices. Apart from that, the phone looks a lot like other Z series phones to keep it compatible with moto mods launched in recent years.

Spec wise, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC, which was the top of the line smartpho0ne silicon last year. This SoC is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card.

The camera on the back is a dual sensor affair with a 12 megap[ixel sensor and a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor which will also provide depth information. On the front of the phone has a single 8-megapixel sensor which also supports face unlock feature.

While the Z3 will be the first phone to support 5G, it will only work with the 5G Moto Mod, without a mod, you will only get LTE speeds. At the time of launch, the company announced that the Z3 will sell for $480 which places the phone to a fairly mid range.

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Samsung Just Launched Galaxy Tab S4 to Take On Apple iPad and Microsoft Surface

Traditional Android tablets might be dead, but it looks like Samsung is not willing to let Microsoft and Apple take the market of convertible tablets, after months of launching its last Android tablet, the South Korean smartphone giant released Tab S4 today.

The new tablet is aimed to replace a Windows or Mac laptop. It supports a new Samsung Dex which instantly converts the tablet to a surface like laptop. Aside from introducing the Dex, the company has also made some other changes comp0ared to the older Tab S3.

The new S4 will come with an octa-core 2.35 GHz Snapdragon 845 SOC and it is paired with 4Gb of RAM, which is surprisingly lower than its tip tier smartphone, the Galaxy S9 which comes with 6Gb of RAM. The new tablet also comes with 64 GB of internal storage and it has a 10.5-inch screen with a screen resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels.

Coming to the cameras, the tab S4 has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera.

Apart from the Samsung Dex dock, the company has also launched a new Galaxy S pen to come with the tab S4, the stylus supports over 4000 pressure levels for drawing and has its pen tip of 0.7 mm diameter.

At the time, the Galaxy Tab S4 will sell for $650, which is roughly Rs 44,400 in India for its 64Gb variant.

Considering its price and the audience Samsung is targeting it at, it will be interesting to see how it sells compared to Microsoft Surface and Apple’s iPad Pro.

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