Microsoft is Making A Foldable Phone And It Might Change Phones For Forever

It is no doubt that Windows Phone has been a big disappointment for Microsoft. So much so that even Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates uses Android Phones now. In a situation like this, it makes sense that Microsoft will try something completely new in the mobile space, and it looks like Microsoft is trying to do exactly that.

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A new patent filing in the US revealed many details about Microsoft’s upcoming phone. The project is codenamed Andromeda and the patent shows that Microsoft’s phone will be foldable, similar to ZTE’s new foldable phone. The screen will be made of two separate AMOLED panels. The patent discusses many ‘modes’ of the phone including tent, laptop, and flat configuration.

There is a USB-C port and with references to a Sirlink connector for external connectivity. A Reddit user who claimed to e a former employee claimed that the phone won’t be launched for at least another year and added “Nobody knows what they are working on right now, but they don’t seem to be giving up,” the user added.

“Some special phone-PC-like Windows 10 ARM device will probably arrive in late 2018 or 2019. I have no more info on that, but I think Windows 10 ARM is much further away than some of us hope.”

These are not the first details coming about Microsoft making a foldable phone either, we covered another patent filing almost a year ago.

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Meet Zanco, World’s Smallest Mobile Phone

Remember when we talked about Jelly, which was the smallest phones on earth with Android, well, Zanno is even smaller. Just a few days ago, the smartphone the phone was launched on Kickstarter with a full name of Zanco Tiny T1. At the time of writing, the phone has already been funded $36000, meeting $33000 which was its goal.

The phone is just 46.7 mm tall and 21 mm wide. Its thicker than many smartphones though – almost 12 mm. The company claimed that the phone will be lighter than a metal coin and will have all essential features that a mobile phone should have. The phone supports a single nano-SIM card and it has a contact list which can store 300 contacts. The phone has SMS support too with the memory of storing 50 text messages.

Just as its name, the specs are tiny too, Zanco has 32MB of storage and it runs on MediaTek MTK6261D motherboard with just 32MB RAM. There is a ridiculously tiny 0.49-inch OLED display on the front and the battery size is just 200mAh, which is lower than even smartwatches such as Apple Watch.

There is no 3G or 4G network support but two 2G Bands are supported to cover most voice calling networks. In its super early bird offer, the phone is available for EUR 30, (roughly Rs 2,280) it will start shipping in May 2018.

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Everything You Need To Know About LG Bridge: Features, Download and Alternatives

LG Bridge is an application released by LG that lets users manage and backup their phone with their PCs. You can download it from LG’s official website.

LG Bridge is an application released by LG that lets users manage and backup their phone with their PCs. The software lets you backup, restore and update your LG phones on your PC. In this post, we will discuss how it is and how you can download LG Bridge on your PC. We will also discuss some features of the software alongside covering phones that are supported by the software. If you don’t have an LG phone but you are looking for tools to let you connect your phone to your PC,  I have listed some device-independent alternatives too.

What is LG Bridge?

In a nutshell, it is an application suite that replaces older LG PC Suite. The free software is to let users connect their phones to their computers wirelessly and do some common maintenance tasks such as backup and restore.

The LG Bridge is available for PC and Mac and supports all modern Android-based LG phones. Aside from usual backup and restore featues, the Bridge can be used to update software for any supported LG phone.

Supported Phones

The Bridge supports most of the recent Android phones launched by LG. These supported phones include:

  • LG G Series: G6, G5
  • V Series: LG V10, LG V20, and LG V30
  • LG X and K series
  • LG Stylus series phones.

If you have a phone older than the above, you can try downloading and installing LG PC Suite. If you try to connect an older phone, LG Bridge will ask you to download and install the PC Suite instead. Smartphones from brands other than LG are completely unsupported.

Some Important Features of the Application

LG Airdrive

Airdrive lets you wirelessly connect your LG phone to your PC. Once the connection has been made, you can wirelessly copy, move and delete files from your smartphones. To connect you will have to create an account and you will also have to enable Airdrive in the phone’s settings.

Backup

Probably the most important feature of LG Bridge, Backup will let you have a local and restorable copy of data on your LG phones. Aside from supporting data inside your internal storage and media files, Backup can also include contacts and SMS messages too. To backup be sure to connect your phone via Media Sync (MTP) or File Transfer mode.

Keep in mind that you cant open these backup files on your PC, instead, the only way to read a backup file is to restore it on the phone.

Download LG Bridge

Download for Windows

Download for Mac

Alternatives

In my personal experience, the application is a bit slow at times and definitely needs more polish. If you are looking for an alternative, for wirelessly transferring files, Airdroid is worth a look. AirDriod has always been one of the best apps made for file sharing between PCs and phones and recent updates have added some of the best Pushbullet features into it. For backups, Android has a built-in backup to cloud feature that you can activate in settings.

For offline backups, Helium is a good free Android app that you can install.

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Samsung Market Share Will Fall Next Year : Report

2017 has been a good year for the South Korean smartphone giant generally. The S8 and Note 8 were good phones and have been selling well and the company also got roughly 20.5% of global market share in the smrtphone industry. However, if predictions from Staratafy Analytics are to be believed, the company’s market shares will drop significantly next year.

The firm reported that Samsung will sell approx. 315 million fewer units worldwide next year and hence, The market share will drop from 20.5% to 19.2% in 2018.

The reason for the drop is suggested to be because of growing market of Chinese companies including OPPO, Xiaomi, and Huawei. Phones from these companies cost far less to produce than Samsung product while most of them have the similar build quality and software experience. Also, because good smartphones are getting cheaper, Samsung’s mid-range, including the J3, J5, and J7 series are facing stiff competition. 

If predictions hold true, this will be the first time Samsung will ship less phone since 2016, the year its Galaxy Note 7 literally exploded. Samsung still won’t need to worry about its lead though, Samsung will still have the highest market share followed by Apple (14.3%) Huawei (10%) and OPPO (7.8%)

Considering Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy S9 soon, it will be interesting to see how the phone competes in the market.

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Is Sleeping Next To Your Phone Dangerous?

Ever since the concept of wireless phones came into existence, folks have been trying to find if they can be harmful to human body. Nowadays, many people use their phone before sleeping and most of them keep their phones next to their head or under the pillow while they sleep. If you have are one of the people and you have been wondering if it can be dangerous to your health, the short answer is no. No research has thoroughly proven that sleeping next to a phone can cause cancer or any other damage to human body.

Is Sleeping Next To Your Phone Dangerous?

Here is a details answer to the question that Toxicologist Renee Hartsook answered on Quora:

First, let’s understand the facts about mobile devices and this perception of risk of harm:

  • The type of energy emitted from mobile devices is radiofrequency and it does not have the ability to damage to DNA like ionizing radiation (such as an x-ray).
  • Several large epidemiology studies were conducted on mobile phone use and the risk of central nervous system cancers. The studies do not establish an association between mobile device use and the risk of central nervous system cancers.
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, is the predominant public health authority on identifying and labeling carcinogens as such. Their working group concluded that it was possible that radiofrequency exposure from mobile devices is associated with cancer risk.

However, all of US health agencies (Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) make strong statements for mobile device safety and find no link between radiofrequency energy and cancer risk.

The National Cancer Institute has created a great fact sheet on this topic.

Bottom line: As a toxicologist do I believe that there is a risk? No.

That said, common sense is a good thing. I would not advocate sleeping with your phone next to your head, primarily because you will benefit from uninterrupted sleep.


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This is NanoPhone, World’s Smallest Phone to Date (It’s Cheap too)

E-commerce site Yerha.com today launched a new phone called NanoPhone. What’s interesting about the phone is that it claims to be the smallest phone to date. The phone weighs 30 grams and it measures a mere 94x35x7.6 mm in dimensions which really sounds tiny for a phone in 2017.

Don’t get your hopes for the phone to be a performance powerhouse though, with 32MB of RAM and a 1-inch TFT display that has a screen resolution of 128×96 pixels, you won’t be running any modern Android apps.  It looks like adding features to the phone was not the intention of the company anyway, as it does not run on Android.

The product page of the phone says, “…stylish, ultra-compact, anti-smart mobile phone” that’s meant for smartphone users who wish to maintain an active lifestyle having the opportunity to completely disconnect, while staying reachable and retaining other features, when required.” And the features reflect the intentions too, the phone has an MP3 Player, a 280mAh battery that should last for 4 hours of talk time, voice recording and FM Radio.

The phone charges via a MicroUSB and it has a 3.5 mm jack too, it supports Bluetooth and to my surprise, the tiny phone has 2 SIM card slots with a microSD expansion slot.

Should you buy the NanoPhone? I don’t think so, its $60 (Rs 3,940) price is cheap compared to modern smartphones, but I don’t think readers of Getting Geek can stop using their smartphone altogether and considering its battery life is not that great, using it as an emergency phone is a smart idea. Still, if you know someone who needs a smart basic phone it may be worth a look.

A couple of months ago, a phone Jelly came out, which claimed to be the smallest Smartphone that ran on Android. if you really fancy a small phone that is also a smarthpone, that one may be a better choice.

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Samsung Just Launched Galaxy J3 Pro With S Bike Mode

After the impressive launch of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the South Korean tech giant has expanded its J series in India with the launch of Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro. The smartphone is priced at Rs 8490. Samsung has partnered with PayTM mall to make the smartphone exclusively available on the mobile digital payment platform from April 6.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro was launched in China last year in June. Just like the other phones in the J series the J3 Pro feature a metal like finish. It features the home button on the screen as on all Galaxy smartphones. It also has the S Bike the special hands-free function for bikers.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.5GHz Spreadtrum quad-core processor. The smartphone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It comes with 2 GB RAM and 16GB internal memory that is expandable.

The rear camera on the phone is 8MP whereas the front camera is 5MP. The camera is capable of recording full HD video at 30 fps. The connectivity options of the device are 4G, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, Glonass, NFC, FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB connectivity. It runs on a 2600 mAh battery, and it is available in Black, White, and Gold color options in India.

Sandeep Singh Arora, Vice President, Online Business, Samsung India, said, “This is the first time Samsung is launching an exclusive online product, Galaxy J3 Pro, on Paytm Mall. Galaxy J3 Pro delivers powerful performance, outstanding display and also packs in consumer-centric features developed at our R&D centers in India. This launch will give Paytm Mall consumers the opportunity to buy ‘Galaxy J Series’ which is the largest selling range in India.”

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Alcatel’s New Flash Phone Has Four Cameras, For Some Reason

2016 was the year when the world saw the arrival of phones with dual rear cameras, and it looks like 2017 will start the trend of having four cameras on a single phone. You may already know that LG G6 and iPhone 7 Plus come with a dual rear facing camera setup, you may also know that Oppo F3 and LG V10 have dual cameras on the front. But forget all that now, Because that all is in the past, Alcatel launched its Flash today, and the phone comes with four cameras.

Two of them are in the back of the phone while the remaining two are on the front so that users can make the perfect duck face to click selfies and post them to Instagram. Rear cameras are both 13 megapixels in which one is color, and the other one is monochromatic. In the front, the phone’s first camera is 8 megapixel and the second one is 5 megapixel.

But hey, it’s a smartphone too. The flash has an Helio X20 processor, and the phone’s front also houses a 5.5-inch 1080p display. Powering the phone will be (sadly) Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Now that humanity has made a significant advance regarding camera counts in smartphones, all I want to see before I leave this world is a phone that comes with six cameras.

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Moto X 2017 Just Got Leaked, And it Looks Impressive

Moto X 2017 by Lenovo had earlier been leaked in renders and videos. It has now been leaked in Live Images, and it seems as if it will come in a similar design to previous Moto smartphones. However it’s not just the design that has been leaked, several of its specifications have been leaked too.

The images of Moto X were leaked on  Google Plus by a user who goes by the name Jerry Gin. They show that Moto X will feature a Moto Z like circular camera hump, but it will have dual rear cameras. It seems as if the smartphone will have an oval fingerprint sensor in the front and front camera will also have flash support. The live image shows the Moto X with a trademark Moto sign at the back with antenna lines too.

The device seems to have an all metal design. However, there are no pogo pins visible that can enable support for Moto Mods. The live image also contained a bootloader screen that gave us a preview of the internal configuration as well.

It shows the device to sport an MSM8953 processor (commonly known as Snapdragon 625) along with 3 GB RAM. It is expected that the device will have 32 GB inbuilt storage. The live image showed the model number of the phone to be XT1801.

Judging by the leaks, we expect the Moto X to be a budget oriented smartphone with a simple enough design. It would be a hard task for the company to gather huge interest from the public in the device.

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Samsung is not done with Galaxy Note as The Galaxy Note 8 Specifications and Design Leaked

With all the excitement about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, it looks as if most us have forgotten about the Galaxy Note 8 that is supposed to be launched in the latter half of the year. However, now there have been a few leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that will definitely catch your attention.

A sketched image leaked by SlashLeaks shows the Note 8 with almost the same design as the S8. There isn’t any home button on the screen with a large display. An S Pen slot, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack are placed at the bottom, and a SIM slot is placed on the top. Both the edges show perforations indicating the presence of speakers at bots ends.

The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to have a 6.4 inch SUPER AMOLED 4K display and Snapdragon 835 chipset for the US market. It is anticipated that for the international markets, Samsung will integrate a 9-series Exynos chipset that hasn’t been announced yet. The Note 8 will sport a 6 GB RAM and up to the 256GB internal memory. This indicates that the Note 8 will come in some storage variants that will range up to 128GB.

However, all of it is part of just a leak, and we advise you to take the information with a pinch of salt. Samsung is probably far from finalizing things about the Note 8 as it’s sole focus presently is on the Galaxy S8, and S8 Plus that are set to be launched in the company’s Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event on March 29 in New York.

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