Samsung Galaxy S8 Pricing and Availability Date Leaked

After the explosive failure of the Note 7, (See what I did there?) Samsung is working hard on its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. Phone’s specifications and images have already leaked online, and now a Chinese tipster has revealed Galaxy S8’s pricing and availability dates.

The phone will come in different variants and the 6GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory version will cost $885 (roughly Rs 59,000). The phones 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage version will cost $943 (almost Rs 63,000).

Galaxy S8 will also come in a 4GB RAM version, but the concrete pricing of the version is still unknown. Evan Blass, who is one of the reliable sources of leaks, has suggested that these will cost almost EUR 100 more than the last year’s phones.

The Chinese leaker has also claimed that 6GB RAM version will only be available in Asian markets of China and South Korea. There was an image of S8 too, which is similarly to recent leaks of the phone.

Galaxy S8 will come in two screen sizes: 5.8 Inch and 9.2 inches with Super AMLED curved displays on all phones. These phone will be powered by Snapdragon 835 or Samsung’s own Exynos SoC.

The phone will go on sale in 21st April, and while the authenticity of leaker can’t be verified, it should be accurate as the images came with leak look the same as last leaks.

Google is Going To Kill It’s Google Now Launcher Soon

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It appears that Google is preparing to kill off the Google Now Launcher, which is stock Android launcher since it was released and there is no clear alternative offering in sight.

Android Police found a memo that Search Giant sent to OEM partners. The memo mentions that Google Now Launcher will no longer be available in Play Store starting the first quarter of this year. If a company want to keep using features of the launcher (such as information cards) that may continue to do so, but general users won’t be able to download the launcher from Google.

Google Now Launcher is one of the best launchers available in the Play Store, and it has been an easy way to replace crappy third party home screens for more than a year. Considering it has almost 50 million downloads on Play Store, it is not very clear that why is Google taking these steps.

The clean, reliable and considerably fast launcher has been on my phones and my tablets since last six months, and while there are no fancy lighting effects on the launchers like some available ones in Google Play Store, it has never been annoying to me either.

If you have a Google Now Launcher installed on the phone, it will continue to work, but don’t expect Google to update and add now features anymore. Google may launch the Pixel Launchers for all Android phones, but I am not going to bet on that.

If you are looking for alternatives, I would suggest Microsoft’s Arrow Launcher that I recently reviewed.

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Apple is Preparing To Manufacture iPhones in India

India has been one of the biggest software manufacturer countries for many years, but it has not been able to compete with China or US in hardware manufacturing.

It looks like things may get better soon, Apple is reportedly preparing to manufacture iPhone in the country soon.

Indian IT Minister Priyank Kharge’s deleted tweets were spotted by BuzzFeed News today. These tweets claim that the Cupertino company is preparing to begin iPhone manufacturing in the Banglore state of India.

The two tweets by Minister read:

Glad to announce initial manufacturing operations of the world’s most valued company: Apple, in Karnataka. Another validation for Karnataka.

Apple’s intentions to make iPhones in Bengaluru will foster cutting-edge technology ecosystem & supply chain development in the state.

Apple did not release any statement about the IT minister’s claims, but considering Apple CEO Tim Cook has already visited India, the possibility of the company establishing some plants in India is quite high. WSJ has also reported in past that company is in talks with Indian Government about doing some manufacturing in India.

India has proven to be a profitable market for the company in recent years. Also, the Indian government passed some rules in 2016 which remove any restriction on opening a flagship store in India by Apple or other IT companies.

If Apple manufactures iPhones in India, users in the country should see a significant price drop (currently, iPhones in India cost a lot more compared to the US) and hence the company will have a better chance at beating Android Flagship markets in the country.

What do you think about Apple’s plans? If you live in India, would you switch to an iPhone if it were a bit cheaper? Share with us in the comments below.

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These Are The First Two Cities To Get 5G Mobile Connectivity

When it comes to having a good enough mobile network, we have come a long way, and it looks like the future is brighter too.

AT&T announced today that the company would be starting its world’s first commercial 5G rollout in two cities within 2017: Austin and Indianapolis.

The telecom company is calling the rollout as “5G Evolution, ” and it claims that the top speed of network will be up to 400 Mbps, which is almost 40 times faster compared to today’s LTE connections. As per the researchers, the theoretical limit of 5G networks is more than 1 Gbps, and this is why the company has added the word Evolution in the product name.

The company will continue to work on improving the speed to reach true Gigabit internet by the end of the year, so if you are living in Austin or Indianapolis, you probably shouldn’t  get your wired internet disconnected.

The 5G rollout is a part of AT&T’s much larger plan, named Network 3.0, the plan is to use software and hardware upgrades to bring down the cost down and increase the internet speed significantly for its users.

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OnePlus And Meizu Are Reportedly Cheating In Benchmark Tests

As we discussed recently, OnePlus 3T is one of the most powerful smartphones when it comes to benchmark performance, but it looks like they are not as powerful as OnePlus shows.

Folks at XDA-Developers recently reported that two phone makers have been tweaking some of their top selling performance including OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 3 and Meizu’s flagship phone, Meizu Pro 6.

Unlike standard testing optimizations, where the CPU stays on the same profile for all apps, these makers have modified their phones to automatically switch their processors into an overdrive mode whenever any widely used benchmark is detected running.

This nature of performance can be observed when monitoring differences in CPU Activity between running regular, non benchmark related apps and running benchmark apps.

While the work method is similar for both makers, they have used a different approach to accomplish this.

OnePlus programs their big and small processor cores to idle at 0.31 GHz for the non-benchmark tool, but whenever any benchmark is launched, the processing power is increased to 1.29GHz and 0.98 GHz respectively for big and small cores. OnePlus has hard coded some popular benchmark tools, including AnTuTu, Androbench, GFXBench etc. to the Operating System firmware.

Meizu, on the other hand, only activates the bigger cores of the phone when a synthetic benchmark is running. Meaning, most regular apps rely on smaller, slower core most of the time, but whenever any benchmark is run, the company makes sure that it is running on the bigger cores for higher test scores.

The report also discussed many popular smartphone makes were not caught cheating on benchmark tests; these makes include Google, Xiaomi, Huawei, Honor and Sony.

What do you think about makes cheating in benchmark scores? Share with others in the comments below.

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Upcoming Nokia P1 With 6GB RAM Just Got Leaked

Since it came under the parent brand HMD Global, Nokia has released Nokia 6, which has been successful considering the sales numbers.

It looks like HMD is ready to launch another phone, this time it might be for global market too. A concept render of the upcoming phone was leaked recently on YouTube. The video shows the outer shell of the phone, and it showcases P1’s  screen, camera, and hybrid dual SIM card slot.

Based on some earlier leaks, Nokia P1 will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and it will feature a 5.3 inch with either FHD or QHD Display with Gorilla Glass 5 on top of it. The phone will be powered by a  Snapdragon 835 SoC, and it will be paired with 6GB of RAM.

Nokia has made some great Nokia phone in past, and it looks like the company will be focusing big on the camera this time too. The Nokia P1 may come with a Zeiss-certified 22.6-megapixel rear camera.

Nokia P1 will have a non-removable 3500 mAh battery which will support quick charging out of the box, and it will have a fingerprint sensor embedded in its front home button as well.

As per some earlier reports, HMD may sell two variants of the phone: 128GB for $800 and a 256 GB variant for $950.

HMD Global has not made any official announcements about the release date, but it is almost sure that company will be launching Nokia P1 on the mobile world congress soon.

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Microsoft is Making A New OS Version Called Windows 10 Cloud

Since Google launched its browser-based operating system a few years ago, Microsoft has had a strong challenge in schools and colleges. Not only Chromebooks have proved to be cheaper, but their simplicity has made them a better choice for more than half schools in the US.

It looks like Microsoft is ready to fight with Chromebooks with a new version of its OS. ZDnet’s Mary Jo Foley reported that a new version of Windows 10 is in works, it will be called Windows 10 Cloud and Microsoft is designing the new OS so that it will only run apps available on Windows Store.

Apps on Windows Store are usually lighter than the traditional apps written in win32, and because Microsoft controls what apps appear on the Windows Store, it is far unlikely for users to get infected by malware via Windows Store than downloading them from different websites.

There is no official word about the release date of Windows 10 cloud by Microsoft. But the latest builds of Windows 10, which are now available to Windows Insiders, have references to the new OS version which suggests that it could arrive soon.

If you recall, Microsoft has tried and failed to do something similar with Windows RT. It was a locked down version of Windows that ran on ARM processors, and it only supported Windows Store apps, the reception of Windows RT was probably the worst among other OS releases in recent years, and Microsoft had to kill Windows RT in just a couple years.

Since then, the number of UWP apps have increased significantly and if Microsoft makes Windows 10 Cloud cheap or free for OEMs to install, maybe Microsoft has a chance of beating Chromebooks.

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Oppo A57 -A Phone Made for Taking Selfies- Launched In India

I don’t know what is it so special about taking self-portraits, sorry, selfies that is forcing companies to stick bigger and bigger camera with every new phone. But, who am I to judge.

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo announced its new smartphone called A57 today in India. A57 is an Android Phone, and it will go on sale for almost 15,000 Indian Rupees on Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal starting February 3.

The phone comes with a 5.2 inch HD (720×1280) LCD display with slightly curved glass, and it is powered by an octa-core 1.4 GHz mid-range Snapdragon 435 SoC. There is 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of Internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128 GB using microSD cards.

While the specs, especially the screen resolution are not that impressive for its asking price, Oppo not aiming to success with the screen alone. The A57 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/2.2  and PDAF along with a LED Flash. The front of the phone houses a 16-megapixel camera with a f/2.0 aperture.

Connectivity wise, the has 4G LTE, GPRS, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS and a 3.5mm audio jack. There is no NFC built-in which might be a deal-breaker for many people.

What do you think about the phone? Is Oppo A57 the first phone you too which has a better front camera than the rear one? Share with others in the comments below.

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Google is Reportedly Working On A Cheaper Pixel Phone

Google Pixel is the first Android Phone to be completely made by Google. While Nexus Phones have been around before Pixel was on sale, these phones only had Google’s influence on software as almost all hardware decision were taken by other companies.

With Pixel, Google changed the scene. While almost everyone is in love with phone’s spectacular performance and stunningly good camera, the price is probably the biggest turn off for most buyers. There is no doubt that with Pixel, Google was aiming at iPhone more than ever.

But that might not be the same in future.

As 9To5Google reports, Google is working on a cheaper version of the phone to compete with the mid-tier of the smartphone market. The upcoming phone will be significantly cheaper than the asking price of Google’s current Pixel, which costs around $800 in India. Google has codenamed the project ‘Pixel 2B, ‘ and it will release the phone with the Pixel 2.

Speaking of Pixel 2, Google is working its ass off on the new phone. Sources say that new Pixel will be at least $50 more expensive than current phone, but the company will add significant new features to justify the price.

It is almost sure that new Pixel phone will come with water resistance -it’s a shame that current Pixel phones don’t have it. And alongside with that Google is doing more efforts in refining the already great camera of the phone for the future versions.

The search giant has been working with two different SoC manufacturers: Intel and Qualcomm for the new phones but there is no further detail about if the company with use both of them for manufacturing.

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You Can Try Windows 10’s New Gaming Mode Now

As Microsoft promised a few days ago, the new game mode on Windows 10 is now available for Windows Insiders, and if you want, you can try the new performance enhancement mode on your PC too.

The new Game Mode is not yet pushed to every Windows 10 user -it will take a few more weeks for the public release, but the newest build of Windows 10 (15019) has the new feature with some other changes coming to the OS.

The idea of Game Mode is simple: it helps you in improving gaming performance of a PC by disabling background processes and by prioritizing the Game for more GPU and CPU resources.

Microsoft has a little explainer video, that talks about the new game mode and how it can be enabled:

While the game mode is better than nothing, don’t expect your frame rates to skyrocket. Microsoft only estimates that you will get 2 to 5 percent increase frame rates. But maximum frame rate is not the most important part for most people. The game mode could be a real game changer if it can help gamers in increasing average frame rates.

Turning on the Game Mode

Microsoft will maintain a list of whitelisted games for Game mode, and you can enable the list by going to Settings and then Games, here you can toggle the game mode on or off.

If a game is not on the whitelist, you can turn on the Game mode manually for any game (it supports Win32 and UWP games both) simply press Win+G on your keyboard to open the Game bar and then click on the settings icon. From the new dialog box, you will be able to enable the mode.

Game Mode might be a great selling point for Windows 10 in future, but one should also keep in mind that the feature is still under testing and there might be bugs or crashes in the games occasionally. If you are a PC gamer, I have talked about some other ways to improve gaming performance of your PC that you should defiantly check out.

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