Samsung Galaxy S8 Leak: New Voice Assistant Is A Secret Weapon Against Apple's Siri?

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has a tough job ahead of its rumored April, 2017 release date. Not only will it come after the Samsung Note 7 disaster, it will also have to compete against Apple and Google’s flagship devices – the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel. A new Samsung Galaxy S8 leak suggests the war will not be fought over technical specifications alone – instead, the Galaxy S8 will challenge its rivals’ Artificial Intelligence (AI) voice helpers – Apple’s Siri and the Google Assistant, with help from non other than some of the creators of the original Siri. Samsung’s Galaxy devices have had built in voice assistants for a long time. In fact, they’ve had two – with Google’s assistant being an integral part of every Android device, and Samsung’s own S Voice prominently featured on Samsung’s devices. For the Galaxy S8, however, Samsung are taking it a step further, with a new AI voice assistant, reportedly called “Bixby”. According to the leak published by SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy S8’s voice assistant will work across all of Samsung’s native apps that come pre-installed on the phone, such as the Gallery app, S Health and S Planner (Samsung’s own calendar app). The new voice assistant will not only be able to run those apps for you, but execute your commands in chain and in context. So, for example, you could ask the calendar app to show you a free appointment slot next week, and then subsequently ask it to set an appointment with a contact on that same slot. [Image by Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock] In addition, Samsung says you won’t need to use separate apps for different commands, but instead, the AI voice assistant will take care of things from above. So, for example, ordering a Pizza and ordering a cab will both be done through the new voice interface, instead of running two separate apps. The new Samsung Galaxy S8 voice assistant will use AI technology from a company Samsung bought only a few months ago – Viv. The company, as TechCrunch reported, was co-founded by the team that originally created Siri, before it was acquired by Apple in 2010. The team eventually left Apple and founded Viv in 2012, aiming to build an even more powerful voice assistant, as Dag Kittlaus, one of Viv’s founders, explains. “You are going to go from a few dozen capabilities to thousands, tens of thousands or more over the coming years. One way to think about this is that you’ve got this massive app ecosystem out there. What you’ll find in this effort is that we’re going to be slowly moving over to this post-app world.” The AI voice assistant space is quickly becoming the hottest battle among the big technology companies. Apple’s Siri has been around for a while, though to this day, some say it is yet to live up to its potential. Google Assistant is a more powerful version of Google Now, but, at least for now, can only be used fully on Google’s Pixel devices. And even Microsoft is in the game, with its own voice activated personal assistant – Cortana. When it comes to AI and digital assistance, Samsung has at least one advantage over Apple and Google: the fact that they manufacture a whole range of home and kitchen appliances, from TVs to washing machines and refrigerators. Samsung can use this advantage by creating a whole ecosphere of devices that work with the new voice assistant. Imagine telling your Samsung Galaxy S8 to turn on your Samsung washing machine, or to activate your Samsung dishwasher with your voice, and then be notified when it’s done on your Samsung Galaxy S8. [Image by Sean Gallup/Getty Images] As far as Samsung Galaxy S8’s other technical specifications, additional recent leaks have suggested it might include 8GB of RAM, a massive leap over the Galaxy S7 and the Note 7’s 4GB of RAM. In addition, several reports have claimed the Galaxy S8 will take a cue from Apple and ditch the headphone jack. As for screen size, leaks and rumors have suggested two variations of Samsung’s next flagship phone – the Samsung Galaxy S8, with a 5 inch screen, and a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, with a huge 6 inch screen. With that size, the Galaxy S8 Plus might be a complete replacement for the ill-fated Note 7 and its exploding batteries. The expected release date of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is, at the moment, April 2017. We’ll have to wait until then, to find out whether we’ll finally get that AI virtual assistant we’ve been dreaming of for years. [Featured Image by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images]

Four New Nokia Handsets To Be Announced After MWC 2017 [Report]

Since late 2015, we have been talking about the possibility of Nokia, once the largest mobile phone maker in the world, making an imminent comeback. With 2016 coming to an end, there is however, still no sign of that elusive Nokia branded handset. However, there have been several reports in the past few days alone that hint towards the possibility of first of the Android-powered Nokia handsets making their official appearance at the 2017 Mobile World Congress – scheduled to take place between February 27 and March 2nd at Barcelona, Spain. In the latest such report, Taiwanese publication Digitimes has hinted about Nokia announcing a bunch of new Android smartphones at the Mobile World Congress. The report also went on to add that Nokia could announce four more devices in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2017, thereby cementing their return to the industry they once dominated. Now, the reason we are taking this report by Digitimes a bit more seriously than a traditional blog is because of the fact that they have had a history of being fairly accurate in predicting about future launches (mostly Apple-related). Coming back to the latest report by them, it is being said that Nokia will officially announce at least four new Nokia branded, Android-powered handsets after they announce its first Android phones on the eve of the Mobile World Congress. These handsets would be made by HMD Global, the new company that was floated by Nokia in collaboration with Foxconn to manufacture handsets for them. Nokia to announce up to 5 new devices in 2017 https://t.co/GD49qABMqx via @gsmarena_com — PowerFPC (@powerFPC) December 27, 2016 Digitimes has also talked about the possible specs some of these rumored handsets would sport. Note that the publication stopped short of revealing the detailed spec-sheets of the new devices. What they did reveal, however, was that these handsets would come with display sizes starting at 5.0 inches, going up to 5.7 inches on the largest device. All the handsets would also feature full HD (1080p) display resolution. The report adds that HMD Global is currently in talks with several supply chain makers in the China-Taiwan region to help them develop these smartphone models which Nokia would release by mid-2017. Note that these handsets are separate from the initial ones that Nokia may showcase at the Mobile World Congress, two months from now. In case this interests you, some of the suppliers said to be involved in making parts for these new Nokia phones include LG (who is said to make the displays for them), Century Technology (CTC), and Innolux. FIH Mobile is also said to co-operate with Nokia as a production partner. The Nokia Lumia 830 being launched at an event in Germany [Image by Markus Schreiber/AP Images] Meanwhile, there is still confusion over the name of the first Nokia-branded Android-powered handset that could be released at the MWC. We have been hearing about the Nokia D1C for the past couple of months now. While there were initial reports that the Nokia D1C would be an Android powered, mid-range handset, subsequent reports claimed that it was, in fact, a large screened tablet. A few weeks later, there was again a flip-flop and the D1C was reported to be a mobile phone. In the latest turn of events, even Digitimes has reported that the Nokia D1C is indeed, a mobile phone and that it would likely end up becoming the first “proper” Android-powered Nokia to be released. The report also goes on to add that the Nokia D1C would be made in two versions – one a larger screened version with more memory (5.5- inch display, 3GB of RAM) and the other, a cheaper, smaller screened alternative with lesser memory (5-inch display and 2GB of RAM). As reported earlier, the Nokia D1C would still be a mid-range offering from Nokia with prices for the lower priced version starting at just over $150 and the higher priced variant being only marginally more expensive at around $200. [Featured Image by Roni Rekomaa/ AP Images]

Four New Nokia Handsets To Be Announced After MWC 2017 [Report]

Since late 2015, we have been talking about the possibility of Nokia, once the largest mobile phone maker in the world, making an imminent comeback. With 2016 coming to an end, there is however, still no sign of that elusive Nokia branded handset. However, there have been several reports in the past few days alone that hint towards the possibility of first of the Android-powered Nokia handsets making their official appearance at the 2017 Mobile World Congress – scheduled to take place between February 27 and March 2nd at Barcelona, Spain. In the latest such report, Taiwanese publication Digitimes has hinted about Nokia announcing a bunch of new Android smartphones at the Mobile World Congress. The report also went on to add that Nokia could announce four more devices in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2017, thereby cementing their return to the industry they once dominated. Now, the reason we are taking this report by Digitimes a bit more seriously than a traditional blog is because of the fact that they have had a history of being fairly accurate in predicting about future launches (mostly Apple-related). Coming back to the latest report by them, it is being said that Nokia will officially announce at least four new Nokia branded, Android-powered handsets after they announce its first Android phones on the eve of the Mobile World Congress. These handsets would be made by HMD Global, the new company that was floated by Nokia in collaboration with Foxconn to manufacture handsets for them. Nokia to announce up to 5 new devices in 2017 https://t.co/GD49qABMqx via @gsmarena_com — PowerFPC (@powerFPC) December 27, 2016 Digitimes has also talked about the possible specs some of these rumored handsets would sport. Note that the publication stopped short of revealing the detailed spec-sheets of the new devices. What they did reveal, however, was that these handsets would come with display sizes starting at 5.0 inches, going up to 5.7 inches on the largest device. All the handsets would also feature full HD (1080p) display resolution. The report adds that HMD Global is currently in talks with several supply chain makers in the China-Taiwan region to help them develop these smartphone models which Nokia would release by mid-2017. Note that these handsets are separate from the initial ones that Nokia may showcase at the Mobile World Congress, two months from now. In case this interests you, some of the suppliers said to be involved in making parts for these new Nokia phones include LG (who is said to make the displays for them), Century Technology (CTC), and Innolux. FIH Mobile is also said to co-operate with Nokia as a production partner. The Nokia Lumia 830 being launched at an event in Germany [Image by Markus Schreiber/AP Images] Meanwhile, there is still confusion over the name of the first Nokia-branded Android-powered handset that could be released at the MWC. We have been hearing about the Nokia D1C for the past couple of months now. While there were initial reports that the Nokia D1C would be an Android powered, mid-range handset, subsequent reports claimed that it was, in fact, a large screened tablet. A few weeks later, there was again a flip-flop and the D1C was reported to be a mobile phone. In the latest turn of events, even Digitimes has reported that the Nokia D1C is indeed, a mobile phone and that it would likely end up becoming the first “proper” Android-powered Nokia to be released. The report also goes on to add that the Nokia D1C would be made in two versions – one a larger screened version with more memory (5.5- inch display, 3GB of RAM) and the other, a cheaper, smaller screened alternative with lesser memory (5-inch display and 2GB of RAM). As reported earlier, the Nokia D1C would still be a mid-range offering from Nokia with prices for the lower priced version starting at just over $150 and the higher priced variant being only marginally more expensive at around $200. [Featured Image by Roni Rekomaa/ AP Images]

Samsung Galaxy S8 Leak: New Voice Assistant Is A Secret Weapon Against Apple's Siri?

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has a tough job ahead of its rumored April, 2017 release date. Not only will it come after the Samsung Note 7 disaster, it will also have to compete against Apple and Google’s flagship devices – the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel. A new Samsung Galaxy S8 leak suggests the war will not be fought over technical specifications alone – instead, the Galaxy S8 will challenge its rivals’ Artificial Intelligence (AI) voice helpers – Apple’s Siri and the Google Assistant, with help from non other than some of the creators of the original Siri. Samsung’s Galaxy devices have had built in voice assistants for a long time. In fact, they’ve had two – with Google’s assistant being an integral part of every Android device, and Samsung’s own S Voice prominently featured on Samsung’s devices. For the Galaxy S8, however, Samsung are taking it a step further, with a new AI voice assistant, reportedly called “Bixby”. According to the leak published by SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy S8’s voice assistant will work across all of Samsung’s native apps that come pre-installed on the phone, such as the Gallery app, S Health and S Planner (Samsung’s own calendar app). The new voice assistant will not only be able to run those apps for you, but execute your commands in chain and in context. So, for example, you could ask the calendar app to show you a free appointment slot next week, and then subsequently ask it to set an appointment with a contact on that same slot. [Image by Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock] In addition, Samsung says you won’t need to use separate apps for different commands, but instead, the AI voice assistant will take care of things from above. So, for example, ordering a Pizza and ordering a cab will both be done through the new voice interface, instead of running two separate apps. The new Samsung Galaxy S8 voice assistant will use AI technology from a company Samsung bought only a few months ago – Viv. The company, as TechCrunch reported, was co-founded by the team that originally created Siri, before it was acquired by Apple in 2010. The team eventually left Apple and founded Viv in 2012, aiming to build an even more powerful voice assistant, as Dag Kittlaus, one of Viv’s founders, explains. “You are going to go from a few dozen capabilities to thousands, tens of thousands or more over the coming years. One way to think about this is that you’ve got this massive app ecosystem out there. What you’ll find in this effort is that we’re going to be slowly moving over to this post-app world.” The AI voice assistant space is quickly becoming the hottest battle among the big technology companies. Apple’s Siri has been around for a while, though to this day, some say it is yet to live up to its potential. Google Assistant is a more powerful version of Google Now, but, at least for now, can only be used fully on Google’s Pixel devices. And even Microsoft is in the game, with its own voice activated personal assistant – Cortana. When it comes to AI and digital assistance, Samsung has at least one advantage over Apple and Google: the fact that they manufacture a whole range of home and kitchen appliances, from TVs to washing machines and refrigerators. Samsung can use this advantage by creating a whole ecosphere of devices that work with the new voice assistant. Imagine telling your Samsung Galaxy S8 to turn on your Samsung washing machine, or to activate your Samsung dishwasher with your voice, and then be notified when it’s done on your Samsung Galaxy S8. [Image by Sean Gallup/Getty Images] As far as Samsung Galaxy S8’s other technical specifications, additional recent leaks have suggested it might include 8GB of RAM, a massive leap over the Galaxy S7 and the Note 7’s 4GB of RAM. In addition, several reports have claimed the Galaxy S8 will take a cue from Apple and ditch the headphone jack. As for screen size, leaks and rumors have suggested two variations of Samsung’s next flagship phone – the Samsung Galaxy S8, with a 5 inch screen, and a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, with a huge 6 inch screen. With that size, the Galaxy S8 Plus might be a complete replacement for the ill-fated Note 7 and its exploding batteries. The expected release date of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is, at the moment, April 2017. We’ll have to wait until then, to find out whether we’ll finally get that AI virtual assistant we’ve been dreaming of for years. [Featured Image by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images]

iPhone Touch ID Hack: 6-Year-Old Girl Uses Sleeping Mom's Fingerprint To Buy Pokemon Gifts

What iPhone Touch ID? Bah, humbug. If there’s a will, there’s got to be a way, — at least, that’s how the old proverb suggests. One report, while mind-blowing — and a challenge of accuracy about the word “security” in our modern lexicon — involves an elaborate hacking scheme by a juvenile secret agent. According to a BGR report, 6-year-old Ashlynd Howell, while likely not old enough to own her own smartphone without a plethora of parental controls, was savvy enough to defeat her mom’s built-in fingerprint security feature. The Little Rock, Arkansas, resident managed charge $250 worth of Pokemon gifts to her mom’s Amazon account. Bethany Howell was asleep on the sofa at the time her daughter racked up purchases for her idea of a Christmas. Kid Hero Buys $250 in Pokémon Swag With Sleeping Mom’s…
While Touch ID may feel like the https://t.co/rWShXM55wS pic.twitter.com/VXvnKhtVln — PokemonVideoNews (@PokemonVideoNew) December 28, 2016 When the mom woke up from her nap, she felt invigorated. She would soon learn that her bank account was leaner, thanks to her daughter accessing her phone using the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone device. The girl’s mom noticed over a dozen email confirmations from Amazon and immediately thought her account was hacked. In a sense, it was, but she soon learned that her daughter was behind the stunt. The smartphone giant’s website says the Apple iPhone Touch ID technology is used to safeguard your personal information against intrusions, and at a minimum, everyone should use some form of passcode or feature. “Touch ID is a seamless way to use your fingerprint as a passcode. Your fingerprint is one of the best passcodes in the world. It’s always with you, and no two are exactly alike. With just a touch of your device’s Home button, the Touch ID sensor quickly reads your fingerprint and automatically unlocks your phone. You can even use it to authorize purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store, and Apple Pay.” Ashlynd confessed to the deed and took pride in her ability to trick her mother using a supposed “secure” phone. If there’s any consolation, the industrious girl assured her mother that the packages were being shipped to their address. “No, Mommy, I was shopping. But don’t worry — everything that I ordered is coming straight to the house.” Howell tried to return the items to preserve her belief in Santa Claus. The woman reasoned that she had to tell her daughter the gifts were coming from the jolly old St. Nicholas. Child uses mom’s #iPhone TouchID fingerprint while she naps to buy $250 worth of #Pokemon items on #Amazon. https://t.co/4CIAUPF4Y1 #geek pic.twitter.com/lFQCIdcHou — TechEBlog (@techeblog) December 27, 2016 Lucky for the mother, her pint-size bundle of joy didn’t siphon all the funds out of her bank account and she was able to determine who was behind the tomfoolery. Sources said it’s not the first time the retail juggernaut got into hot water for similar incidents. Reportedly, the Federal Trade Commission sanctioned the company for not doing enough to guard against in-app purchases made by kids. Phone Arena had an interesting take on this story. “You might think that having Touch ID or any fingerprint scanner on your phone would be enough to give you protection from someone ordering products on your dime without your knowledge. But you should never underestimate the mind of a child who is sharp as a tack, and who won’t let anything stop her from buying Pokémon related products, not even a fingerprint scanner.” It’s been suggested that Apple and other smartphone makers should make retina scanning a standard security feature to supplement Touch ID. However, as stated above, where a will exists, there’s bound to be a way. One only has to think about the population of people who sleep with their eyes open. [Featured Image by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images]

Verizon Updates: Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S5, Note 5, HTC 10 & More Receive Latest Security Patch

Ending 2016 with a treat, Verizon has released a wave of security updates to numerous Android smartphones. In total, 11 Android smartphone models should be receiving a firmware update from the Big Red bringing in the most recent security patch. According to GSM Arena, an update is s available each for the Verizon-branded variants of Samsung’s 2015 flagship models, the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus, with software versions G920VVRS4CPL3, G925VVRS4CPL3 and G928VVRS3BPL4 respectively. For those looking forward to gain more from the update, unfortunately, these new firmware updates do not contain anything else aside from the security improvements. Verizon’s firmware support page for each Samsung Galaxy S6 models is saying the same, which reads: “The current software update gives you the most up to date Android™ security patch on your device.” Aside from the updates for the Galaxy S6 variants, the older flagship model – Galaxy S5 – should also receive a new firmware which specifically bears the version number G900VVRS2DPL1. The phablet models of the Galaxy family carried by Verizon are also getting a new security update. The N920VVRS3BPL4 firmware build is available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, N910VVRS2CPL1 for Note 4, and N915VVRS2CPL1 for the Galaxy Note Edge, according to Droid Life. [Image by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Samsung] In addition to certain Samsung Galaxy smartphones, a security firmware update is available each as well for Moto’s line of modular smartphones, the Moto Z. Aside from the standard model, security update for Verizon’s Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Play is rolling out. Furthermore, completing the list of 11 Android smartphones with new firmware update from Verizon is HTC’s 2016 flagship offering, the HTC 10. Similar to other software updates for Samsung Galaxy and Moto devices, HTC 10’s firmware version 1.85.605.9 should now be rolling via Over-The-Air or OTA process. Once a firmware update becomes available for a Verizon smartphone, an automatic notification usually pops up prompting users for the OTA download. But there’s no need to fret if the firmware has not arrived yet to your phone as OTA rollouts happen in stages, which means some units will have to wait a bit longer to receive the update. It is also feasible to manually check a firmware update’s availability by navigating to the smartphone’s Settings menu. Look for About Phone and tap System or Software Updates for the device to start searching for any firmware accessible for download and installation. Before downloading an update, Verizon recommends to ensure a stable Wi-fi or network connection. The battery should also be fully charged for the update process to successfully push through. [Image by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Motorola] As for other Verizon news, the carrier has announced that it will brick the troubled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 via a software update after initially saying otherwise. According to The Verge, Verizon first decided not to participate in this action “because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to.” But apparently, the network had a change of mind as it is now planning to roll out the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 update on January 5. The “killing update” will specifically stop the phablet from charging and will disable it from wireless radios, the report noted. Verizon also shared the following on its website “We want to make sure you can contact family, first responders, and emergency medical professionals during the holiday travel season. However, we urge you to stop using your Note7, upgrade it to another device, and return the Note7 to us.” Other members of the big four carriers — T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint — all agreed to release the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 update. T-Mobile is the first one to send it out (December 27) while AT&T will roll out the firmware same day as Verizon. As for Sprint customers, the Note 7 update is scheduled to arrive beginning January 8. [Featured Image by Joe Raedle/Getty Images]

iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8, And Microsoft Surface Smartphones Will Debut In 2017

According to most, 2016 was a boring year for smartphone innovation, but that is likely to change in 2017. Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft all have phones coming out that appear to be groundbreaking. Let’s take a look at what we have in store for smartphones in 2017. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Apple’s upgrade from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is said to be dramatic. [Image by Daryl Deino] The iPhone 7 series wasn’t a big upgrade from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but the iPhone 8 series upgrade is going to be huge. According to 9to5Mac, we may see 4.7-inch to 5.8-inch curved OLED displays, an all-glass design with new colors, wireless charging, an embedded (into the screen) home button, and something that has to do with augmented reality. BGR describes how Apple may incorporate augmented reality with their next smartphone in 2017. “The way Apple envisions implementing augmented reality into the iPhone is multi-faceted. For instance, Apple envisions iPhone users being able to point their cameras at any number of objects and have the device itself recognize what’s in frame.” The article adds that as another example, Apple could build functionality that would allow the iPhone camera to completely manipulate faces. This has caused a lot of excitement in the smartphone world. Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung is looking for a comeback after the Note 7 (literally) blew up in their faces. [Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images] The Galaxy Note 7 recall was the most damaging debacle in smartphone history, so Samsung needs to earn back some of its good will in 2017. According to Tech Radar, the Galaxy S8 is shaping up to be a huge upgrade from the S7 and S7 Edge. “Likely highlights include a 4K screen, a Snapdragon 830 processor, 6GB of RAM and a massively improved camera. There’s even a chance that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have an iris scanner or a foldable screen, though the latter is somewhat less likely.” The article adds that there could be two different versions of the S8, and both will come with curved screens. One could be a 5.7-inch regular version, and the other, the one that would have the 4K screen, will be 6.1 inches. The S8 could also have a 30MP dual-lens rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 4200mAh battery. Despite the Galaxy Note 7 mess, there is still a lot of excitement for the Galaxy S8 on Twitter. Can’t wait for next year’s release of the Samsung Galaxy S8? Here’s a roundup of what insiders have hinted so far! https://t.co/pLF4GY8sdi — MobileOneLLC (@MobileOneLLC) December 12, 2016 All of these Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors are getting me more and more excited for it’s launch!! https://t.co/Hq5r1Jycpo — Stephanie Carls (@stephelisecarls) December 21, 2016 Samsung Galaxy S devices usually come out in March, but there have been some rumors that the S8 smartphone will come out in April of 2017. Perhaps Samsung wants to do some major quality control so they don’t run into the same mess they did with the Galaxy Note 7. Microsoft Surface Phone This could be the most unique smartphone in 2017. The smartphone, which will likely run a full desktop version of Windows 10, will be aimed mostly at business users. According to the Express, Microsoft’s new smartphone could come with a stylus as well. However, the same source says the smartphone may actually not look all that unique since it will take design cues from Apple and Samsung. (Hopefully, there will be no lawsuits.) As Trusted Reviews notes, Microsoft is under a lot of pressure to deliver. They have teamed up with Qualcomm to build the device, which may include a high-powered Snapdragon processor. However, putting a full Windows operating system on a very small device certainly didn’t work out 10 years ago with the Ultra Mobile PC series. Perhaps Microsoft has found a way to put their own smartphone operating system on top of Windows 10. They would also have to find a way to provide several hours of battery life. Judging by all the rumors, which smartphone are you most excited by — the Surface Phone, the Galaxy S8, or the iPhone 8? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. [Featured Image by Julio Cortez/AP Images]

Samsung Galaxy S8 Leak Teases Continuum Feature For Next Flagship: Android/Chrome OS Hybrid On The Way?

The battle between Samsung and arch-rival Apple is set to reach new heights this year, with the two smartphone giants releasing what appears to be their most important devices yet in the form of the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8. While rumors about the two devices have been generally encouraging, a new leak coming from the unlikeliest of sources might very well include the straw that would tip the scales towards Samsung’s favor. If the new leak proves true, the Samsung Galaxy S8 might not only be the flagship to beat in 2017, it might be the definitive device of choice for mobile power users as well. As reported by All About Windows Phone, the latest leak suggests that Samsung might be cooking up a very compelling feature for its next flagship. The fact that the leak originated from a Windows Phone-themed website is very notable, since the feature leaked in the report was essentially Samsung’s variation of Microsoft’s Continuum, which is one of the most iconic functions of Windows Mobile. [Image by Roman Pyshchyk / Shutterstock] The contents of the leaked slide were very brief, but the functionality that it teased was very telling. For one, it featured a Samsung smartphone, most likely representing the Galaxy, S8 attached to an external monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. The feed on the monitor was labeled as an “Extended Workspace” for the mobile device, which likely means that the Galaxy S8 would be powerful enough to provide a true multi-tasking experience for its users. What is rather interesting, however, was the nature of the images that were featured on the leaked slide’s simulated Extended Workspace. Readers from All About Windows Phone immediately noted that the Extended Workspace on the leaked Samsung Galaxy S8 slide did not feature Windows OS. Instead, the image appeared to be a hybrid of Chrome OS and Android’s interface, featuring tabbed windows from the former and desktop folders from the latter. Also, the app drawer in the Extended Workspace looked very similar to those utilized by Google on its Chrome OS machines. With this in mind, Samsung fans are speculating that the Galaxy S8 might be the first device that would offer users the first refined Android/Chrome OS experience. A BGR report has noted that Continuum in an Android device might be a very compelling feature for power users, especially among those who engage in productivity tasks on an everyday basis. In a lot of ways, this makes perfect sense, since Continuum’s relative failure (so far) has partly been due to the fact that Windows Phone is not being utilized by the majority of the mobile market. With Android, however, this becomes a completely different story. After all, the majority of smartphones in the world are run by Google’s mobile operating system. Thus, compatibility would not be an issue. [Image by Pere Rubi/Shutterstock] Of course, such a feature would not be perfect, especially since both Android and Chrome OS are not really designed to be as robust as Windows. Despite this, however, Google’s platforms play host to numerous invaluable applications, such as Google Docs and Sheets, which are currently being utilized by numerous corporations worldwide. If Samsung manages to tap into this market, it might very well end up creating 2017’s most attractive and most feature-ridden enterprise-grade device, until such time that the Galaxy Note 8 gets released, at least. Considering that these speculations are rooted in a very brief leak comprised of a single slide, however, it would be wise to take the contents of these rumors with a grain of salt. Then again, if the leak proves accurate and Samsung does indeed release the Galaxy S8 as a hybrid Android/Chrome OS device, it would prove that the South Korean tech giant is boldly stepping forward into new vistas with its lineup of 2017 flagships. With the intense competition that is set to happen this year, such boldness might ultimately prove to be one of Samsung’s most notable strengths. [Featured Image by Leszek Kobusinski/Shutterstock]

Samsung Galaxy S7 Possible Specs, Features and Rumors: To Compete With iPhone 6c In February/March? – The Bitbag

Samsung is bringing its flagship phone Samsung Galaxy S7 this year with some brand new features.

According to Ecumenical News, Galaxy S7  will have 5.5-inch screen but  it will not be a curved variant. Tech experts were predicting a dual-edge screen variant for the S7. But Galaxy has considered this feature for its other flagship phone Galaxy S7 Plus which is also arriving this year.

Samsung will launch two S7 models, including a model that measures 143.37 x 70.8 x 6.94 mm and is very similar to Galaxy S6. The other one is said to be 163.32 x 82.01 x 7.82mm phone, similar to the size of Galaxy Mega 2, according to GSM Arena.

The home button will be in round replacing the usual rectangular button. The SIM slot will be moved on the side. With these two features, Samsung is trying to make its Galaxy S7 different from its earlier product Galaxy S6.

According to Ubergizmo, Samsung S7’s casing will be made from magnesium instead of aluminum. If this is going to be true then Samsung S7 can absorb vibrations and shocks much better than its predecessors. An additional advantage is it will not affect radio waves’ transmission as much as the aluminum body does. This feature will change the appearance of the phone. Moreover, since magnesium is expensive, few Samsung lovers are wary in including this feature.

Samsung Galaxy S7 will reportedly arrive in five different colors—black, violet, purple, red, and blue. According to Christian Post, Galaxy S7 will include Snapdragon 820 chip and 4GB of RAM. A 20-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and phase detection will enrich your experience of photography. There are hopes for micro SD card slot. It also offers an improved fingerprint scanner, quick charging, Type C USB port. The battery life will be far better from the other Samsung products.

Samsung is planning to release this phone in February or March. iPhone 6c will be its tough competitor.

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Samsung Prepping For Galaxy S7 Release Next Month? – The Bitbag

It seems as though Samsung may have something up their sleeves as it gets ready to introduce the next phase of their flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And with that in mind, rumors on their pride and joy are definitely going to roll in.

Since Samsung rolled out the customized Android version 6.0 operating system, or more known to everyone as Android Marshmallow, the company made a number of new changes to their Galaxy phones, according to the Inquisitr.

Aside from the customized OS, Samsung also introduced their remarkable Edge counterparts that made them a cut above the rest. Thus, it is not surprising that few rumors are circulating around Samsung.

Previous reports from South Korea’s ET News pointed out that the next Galaxy S7 will include a flat 5.2-inch screen, with the Edge counterpart will show a 5.5-inch curved display. The rumored Samsung smartphone, under a project name called “HERO,” is reported to be mass-produced also starting in February, the same time as it is supposed release date.

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Photo from The Verge

Photo from The Verge

Meanwhile, a leaked photo from The Verge was released indicating a very different feature compared from the previous ones. Based on the photo, we can expect a larger S7 model with a 5.7-inch display. Apart from the display feature, specifications for the rumored Galaxy S7 include a 12.2-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. It’s also rumored to have 4GM of RAM powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip.

It will be a short while before we see the final details of the next Galaxy smartphone so expect some details to be revealed before the release date.

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