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Samsung Finally Allows Users to Disable the Bixby Button

Samsung Finally Allows Users to Disable the Bixby Button

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Samsung initially really wanted to force users to use Bixby their new AI platform which has been mapped to that Bixby button on the left side of the S8/S8 Plus/Note 8 below the volume keys. Many third-party apps attempted to work around this but Samsung also tried to stop this from happening. However, it seems that Samsung is finally lowering their guard and is enabling users to disable the Bixby button via a new option in your settings.

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The update is still being rolled out to all handsets and is distributed in stages. It may be some time before you can gain access to this option. Many users have lodged complaints against Samsung stating that they keep accidentally hitting the Bixby button when in fact they were trying to hit the Volume Keys instead. Also accidentally launching Bixby while pulling the phone out of your pocket is a common issue. Bixby is not going anywhere, however, because the company is pouring resources into this AI assistant. This new option should be a welcome change in allowing users to disable that hardware Bixby button.

Bixby is still quite too young to be the most useful assistant available today as it still has too many holes in it’s capabilities. It certainly will mature into the future and there are still a lot of features that we hope to see very soon.

The New LG G7: The Rumor Wheel Begins… (Constantly Updated)

The New LG G7: The Rumor Wheel Begins… (Constantly Updated)

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The LG G7 is expected to succeed the latest LG flagship phone: LG G6, but this happening in early 2018. We are only in August 2017 as of this article being written but people have already begun churning the LG G7 rumor wheel. Follow this thread to keep yourself up to date with the LG G7 rumor’s. Not only do we wish to update you on actual leaks but we hope to provide some of our opinions to help get your imagination rolling as well.

Whats happening in 2018?

It is obvious that all major players in the smartphone arena have the tendency to pump out a new flagship and a bunch of smaller budget/medium performance smartphones. So it is not hard to believe that LG will be pushing out the new and improved LG G7 as their next flagship phone. So don’t expect the G7 to launch any time in 2017.

Important Points and Specs:

Expected Specs:

  • CPU: High-End Snapdragon 845 PRO Octa-core Processor
  • GPU: Adreno 550
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • 64 GB / 128 GB internal storage + microSD support
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual Camera system with a faster lens (aperture of f/1.7)
  • 6.2 inch OLED Display

When is it coming out?:

Judging on the trend that LG is following, we expect the LG G7 to come out sometime in Spring 2018.

G7 News and Rumors

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As of this moment there aren’t too many rumors to go by, however, there has been reports that LG will begin to implement OLED display panels into their flagship phones. So we expect the LG G7 to also receive an OLED display. We are guessing that due to a bezel-less panel route we are expecting the phone to receive a 6.2 inch OLED display panel as well. Just like the S8 Plus that still manages to be thin and small with an incredibly bezel-less 6.2 inch display. We are certain that LG will try to compete with such a rival. Apple seems to also be taking on a similar route.

The LG G7 is expected to be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress 2018. This is expected to happen sometime late February to March. Look out for MWC 2018. However, like any manufacturer, timings are never perfect. LG can be late to the show (as the company was previously) and have varied greatly beginning with the LG G.

LG G7 Specs

5G Enabled Inside

There is a strange rumor going around, that which we are unsure about, but the G7 is expected to have a 5G connectivity available. This would mean that super high-speed data transfer speeds are possible with the next LG flagship via 5G modems.

5G is the next generation but a work in progress so we are unsure if the technology will be available by the time the G7 is available. 5G is not available in North America yet so we shouldn’t get our expectations up high just yet. The rumor comes from Business Korea who purported that the 5G connectivity will be one of the major selling points for the LG G7. Other phone’s expected to receive this will include the Galaxy S9. The 5G technology was first introduced by Qualcomm Technologies which boasts telecommunication speeds that are five times faster than the current wireless data networks available.

If this follows through then the LG G7 will come with Qualcommm’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

Snapdragon 845 PRO and 6 GB of RAM

We are still quite a ways off to be hearing any substantial leaks and rumors directly about the LG G7, but we can certainly get by using information we already know. Qualcomm is already in the works based on a legal dispute between Qualcomm and Apple. The Snapdragon 845 chipset was listed among Qualcomm’s patent list which has not yet been announced. Although the 845 is expected to be unveiled in 2018 with a 7-nanometer process (which provides an increase of 30% in it’s power efficiency and power gain) compared to the already tiny 10-nanometer Snapdragon 835 we have today.

LG G7 AMOLED Display and a Redesign

The AMOLED display is more of a speculation and wish based on some news information we have been seeing. With OLED panels we may be seeing some interesting design language changes with the LG G series. The G7 may come with a bezelless design that rivals that of the S8/Note 8 and the upcoming iPhone 8.

Under the display fingerprint scanning technology does exist, it’s just that it is quite hard to implement with our current available technology. However, things may change in 2018 with the G7 perhaps being the first flagship phone to boast such a feature. This would mean that LG can get rid of the finger print circle from the back found on the G6 and just keep it under the display. This could mean that the G7 could receive a pressure sensitive home button like the Samsung Galaxy S8.

It is safe to assume that the LG G7 will have an all glass front. Still we hope to see that a reshaped display front could happen instead of the strange display shape on the LG G6. LG, however, did begin the trend of bezel-less displays and unique looking phones. Apple is expected to jump on the band wagon finally.

Expected Pricing

The cost for a premium flagship phone is always on the rise. The demands are always there and manufacturers manage to introduce new and more expensive features.

It is expected that the LG G7 will have a USD price tag of 750 and about 900 CAD. While in the UK it is expected to receive a price tag of about £610.

Stay Tuned!

We will keep our post updated for any more LG G7 news as soon as they come available

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Android TV Receives a Huge UI Overhaul

Android TV Receives a Huge UI Overhaul

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Announced during Google’s 2017 I/O they are bringing a big over haul to the UI for the Android TV experience. This was a highly anticipated interface makeover. Android TV is based in the living room as an entertainment platform that streams all sorts of multimedia including Youtube, Netflix, NBC, and various others.

Google is essentially updating the UI to become a lot more familiar to original TV viewers. An Android TV application is able to publish multiple channels which can be represented as rows of programs on the screen. Content is organized by relevance and users can fine tune what content suggestions show up on the home screen. To engage the viewers, a video preview can be shown when highlighting your selection. Therefore, themes and shows are arranged in a way that keeps things relevant for the viewers.

There is a quick launch bar at the top of the home screen interface which includes things like favorite apps and the “Watch Next channel”. Beneath all the programs are showcased based on viewing patterns and options set. Overtime the programs should be a lot more fine tuned towards you than anyone else.

A new inclusion to the Android  TV ecosystem is Google Assistant. Just like you can with your Android smartphone, viewers will be able to command Google Assistant to run shows, launch apps, and control your Android TV experience.

 

Galaxy Note 7 Refurbished to Galaxy Note FE and will be sold soon!

Galaxy Note 7 Refurbished to Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition)

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Since the Note 7’s got cancelled last year due to a fire hazard it seems like Samsung has decided to refurbish the units with an updated battery and a new name. Dubbed the Note FE (which stands for “Fan Edition”). The newly refurbished Galaxy Note 7’s is expected to go on sale next month in South Korea. The devices will have a slightly smaller battery and a reduced price point.

Previous reports stated that the Note 7 refurbished units would be called the Note 7R, but Samsung made a smarter decision to remove the “7” from the moniker altogether to prevent users from being reminded of all the problem’s it faced. Calling it the Fan Edition instead. Samsung will not be selling these units in the US.

Samsung has set up their manufacturing line to produce 300,000 refurbished Note FE units in June. The cost is almost half of what it originally sold for.

It will have a 3,200 mAh battery while boasting the same design and look of the original Note 7. The Note FE is designed to target loyal customers and fans of the Samsung franchise. We are aware that there are still much praise going on with people reminiscing about how good the Note 7 was.

This decision may also have been impacted by environmental groups and activists who urged Samsung to make smarter and greener choices in disposing these already produced Note 7 units that were mass recalled. Initially, the reports stated that Samsung would extract rare metals, reusable components, and then chuck the rest into the land fill. That would be a detrimental problem to the environment. Refurbishing a lot of the phone’s and selling it to the consumer is a nicer way to delay the process of having the landfill eventually filled with the Note 7’s.

Would you purchase the Note FE if you could? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Google Daydream Standalone: Update

Google Daydream Standalone: Update

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At Google I/O today, VR VP Clay Bavor introduced their next step in Daydream’s evolution. They are moving away from having their headset’s tethered to the smartphone for power. The next step will be a standalone VR headset that is not powered by your smartphone. Clay called this the Daydream Standalone VR.

Essentially, there are various models of these VR headsets that have been introduced by Google. Google has partnerships with Lenovo and HTC for these Daydream Standalone VR headsets that look quite different but at the same time promises to provide the same experiences. There are three focus points these headsets are tackling:

  1. Easy to Carry around and use
  2. Self contained hardware and specs eliminating external cables, a smartphone and PC.
  3. Integration of Google WorldSense for precise head tracking.

Google WorldSense, what is it?

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Google’s very own inside-out tracking has been trademarked and branded as “WorldSense”. Basically the headset now utilizes sensors that allow the user’s movements to be tracked as they move around in any direction. The technical term for this is “6DOF” or Six Degrees of Freedom. This is what allows you to experience true VR content as how it should be experienced, immersive.

Google is not the only company who came up with this concept, Microsoft has their own “World Scale” experience which will be included in their Windows Mixed Reality products and Oculus has been working on their own inside-out tracking prototypes (code named Santa Cruz).

Without a Smartphone, what power’s these VR headsets?

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The two headsets that were teased by Google at their I/O will have a standalone display which is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor along with a large battery pack. The chip manufacturer Qualcomm has marketed their latest Snapdragon 835 as the best in market mobile VR processor available today. The company released developer kits which are designed to offer inside-out tracking and precise body movements.

Thanks to the Adreno 540 on board we can expect to see great graphical performances in the upcoming headsets. We are not given details as to what types of displays will be used, other specs, and exactly how the wireless controller will work.

The teasers also showed that Google is still making the Daydream controller available with these headsets. We are unsure if there will be major changes to the controllers to take advantage of 6DOF, we will need to wait and find out soon.

What does this all mean for Daydream?

To wrap things up, these are exciting times indeed. The new Daydream VR headsets will still give you all the awesome Daydream experiences you have been seeing today (if you own one already) but the big deal will be the much improved VR experiences that is on its way. With the new technology users will be given the opportunity to walk around virtual objects, kneel and move your head closer to the object on the ground and much more. Currently, such technologies are available only with expensive products such as the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift, but we are excited to see this now being included into the mobile VR platform.

When is it Available?

No dates have been announced yet, but we expect for a more mature update sometime this Fall. Google typically makes their headsets available to developers once it is developed enough, then eventually it is released to the mass market. Hopefully we will see it this year.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas under 50$ (2017)

Fathers Day Gift Ideas under 50$ (2017)

As Fathers Day approaches many people are looking to get something for their dads for all the hard work they put in. Check out our list of ideas below for awesome tech gifts for your dad in 2017.

1. Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 2)

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Undoubtedly the future is all about “smart home” technology. Help your dad ease into this new trend with the awesome second generation Amazon Echo Dot. It is able to receive simple tasks such as timers and weather reports but also take in advanced commands such as controlling other Smart Home appliances. The AI built in is called Alexa which is, by now, pretty well known. For under 50 dollars this is a pretty awesome steal.

2. Google Chromecast Audio

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The Chrome cast has been around for quite some time now and it has undergone various updates and improvements under Google’s supervision. With the chromecast audio your dad will be able to turn any of his old stereo systems or any speakers he may have into a wireless music system. Simply connect your dads smartphone to the Chromecast Audio and start streaming via Spotify, Pandora, Youtube, and more. The music travels via Wi-Fi so you won’t need anything additional. The device also connects with iPhone’s and iPad’s if your dad is into Apple products with some apps supported. However, using an Android phone would ensure true unrestricted usage of the Chromecast Audio.

3. Panasonic RP-HTX7

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Need some cool headset’s for your dad? Then check out these Panasonic RP-HTX7’s which are over the ear head phones. These cans are full size yet they are light weight and they do a great job at blocking out external sounds. All for a fantastically low price. The sound quality is also great that comes out of these Panasonics. You normally have a choice of five colors (black, red, pink, green and white.)

4. Skullcandy Grind

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For those people whose dad’s are still pretty hip then these head sets may be for him for under 50$. Gift yourdad some Skullcandy Grind’s that feature the Skullcandy death head’s logo. They cost somewhere between 25$ and 32$ and they are a pretty good choice. The sound quality is surprisingly good for it’s price and it is lightweight and comfortable to wear. A remote/mic is built in to the left ear cup while the headband is made from metal. These headsets ensure good sound on-ear while you can still save a lot of bucks.

5. Amazon Basics Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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This mobile bluetooth speaker is small enough to travel yet it delivers better sound quality compared to smaller bluetooth speakers that are sub 50$. The Amazon Basics Portable Bluetooth speaker is modestly priced and has a simple yet attractive design. The feature set is quite decent and it also has a built-in microphone for speakerphone calls.

6. Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa

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Another Amazon product to wow your dad with. This 40$ Amazon Fire TV stick has the Alexa Voice Remote included. This is one of the least expensive devices to stream videos from your Netflix accounts, while Amazon, HBO, Sling TV and many other online services are available as well.  The whole system is responsive and lightning fast while you are charged less for a TV package that includes a voice enabled remote.

7. Amazon Kindle

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If your dad loves to read, the Kindle may be for him. Though the cost may be about 80$, Amazon has frequent sales which bring the cost below 50$. The Amazon Kindle is an entry-level e-reader. It is the most affordable yet it still received important upgrades (slimmer, lighter, and Bluetooth). It has smoother edges and comes in either white or black. This is a perfectly good e-reader that can help introduce your dad to the comforts of e-books.

8. Logitech K380 Multi-device Bluetooth Keyboard

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If your dad is in need of a bluetooth keyboard, check out the Logitech K380 Multi-device Bluetooth keyboard! Around 30$ the K380 is perfect to replace on screen virtual keyboards and give a more tactile typing experience for your dad. You can toggle between three connected devices (for example between a PC, android device, and your laptop) all with just a click of a button!

9. iHome iSP8 SmartPlug

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If you bought your dad an Amazon Echo already then check out this iHome iSP8 SmartPlug! It transforms any “dumb” lamp’s or products compatible with your smart home platforms. Simply connect the iHome to the network and you can send commands to Amazon Echo to turn on or off your lamp.

10. Amazon Fire Tablet

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The Amazon Fire Tablet is available for under 50$ and provides a standard tablet experience, a perfect gift for your dad. Though we do recommend purchasing the 8 inch model (though it may cost double) but your dad is worth it.

 

Android Chrome allows an easy way to download a Web Page for Offline Usage!

Android Chrome allows an easy way to download a Web Page for Offline Usage!

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Ever used Chrome for Android? It usually comes pre installed in your new Android phone or you could just easily download it from the play store. As many should recognize, it is a web browsing app just like the one found on our computers called Google Chrome. It is one of the most popular browsers available on the market for free and it is one of the lightest and fastest. Google has made it now easier to download a web page that you were looking at so that you can read it in areas you know you would have no data. This is particularly useful for people who have limited data bandwidths or pay a lot if they were to go over their data limits with their phone carriers.

To use this, simply long press on a link in Chrome and click “Download Link”. The feature was not apparent to many in the past but now Google has made it more visible now in their newest update for Chrome for Android.

According to Google, more than 45 million web pages are downloaded each week to be read off line. Now, Google is making it easier than ever.

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A simpler design is the first step, with an easier to read dialog box when you long press an URL or website link. You will now notice a “Download Link” option in the box that pops up. Now, go offline or when you are offline in flight or on a train you can simply enter the link, url or click a book mark which will then laod the page instead of showing that dinosaur icon telling you that “You are Offline”. If you forgot to download the page and you do see the dinosaur icon, you now have the option to select “Download Page Later” which will automatically do so once you connect to the nearest internet access point.

A big change that has occurred is the new offline badge that appears on the web page that you just opened offline. Also, opening a new page or tab will present all of the links you have saved with a new offline badge on them. This makes it easier to see and open the one you want. A link to refresh the page (once you are online again) is available at the bottom.

Again, this is truly useful for people who enter areas where they will lose internet connectivity such as planes, trains, underground tunnels, and remote areas for a period of time. Save your web pages with content you would be interested in (sort of like bringing along your favorite magazine, except chock full of pages of information that all pertain to your interests).

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is the bigger brother to the Galaxy S8. Compared to the 5.7 inch display found on the S8 we have a 6.2 inch display on the Plus. Both the S8 and S8 Plus feature the “Infinity Display” panel. Both phone’s are sleek, light, thin and surprisingly small for a large screen. The display is practically bezel-less on the sides and Samsung really cut down on the top and bottom bezels as well. Overall you get a beautiful package, with premium glass and metal, and a symmetrically curved front and back side’s. The Galaxy S8 Plus is a marvel to behold, and it may have just ushered in a new era of smartphone design. The S8 and S8 Plus both have the exact same processor, and the majority is the same. The only difference is found in the size of the battery, the display size, and the dimensions of the body.


 

Quick Look Specs Sheet

  • Body
    • Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in)
    • Weight: 173 g (6.10 oz)
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
    • IP68 certified water and dust resistance (over 1.5m + 30 minutes)
  • Display
    • Super AMOLED 6.2 inches (~84% screen-to-body ratio)
    • 2960×1440 pixels (~529 ppi pixel density)
    • Gorilla Glass 5
  • System
    • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
    • CPU: Exynos 8895 Octa (International) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (US)
    • Exynos: Octa Core (4 x 2.3 GHz + 4 x 1.7 GHz)
    • SD 835: Octa Core (4 x 2.35 GHz + 4 x 1.9 GHz)
    • GPU: Mali-G71 MP20 (Exynos) or Adreno 540 (Snapdragon model US)
  • Camera
    • Main: 12 MP, f1.7, 26mm, PDAF, OIS
    • Front: 8 MP, f1.7, Autofocus (new feature) Face Detection.
  • Memory
    • 64 GB internal storage
    • microSD slot for up to 256 GB support
    • 4 GB RAM
  • Features
    • Bluetooth 5.0 (A2DP, LE, aptX)
    • Iris scanner
    • Fingerprint (rear)
    • Pressure sensitive under display home button
    • Battery: 3,500 mAh battery

 

Design and Build.

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The S8 + is a seriously good looking phone. It catches a lot of eyes and people are able to recognize it almost immediately. This is mostly in part due to that gorgeous Infinity Display that eliminates most bezel’s. The Infinity Display gives the user a deeply immersive viewing experience with videos and images seemingly flowing off of the sides of the phone smoothly. In stark contrast place this beside an iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone feels outdated with a lot of thick bezel’s all around which creates this feeling of being “boxed in”. Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone 7 Plus’ 1080p display is still really great with good details and colors, but the Super AMOLED screen found on the S8+ creates more punchy colors and a vibrancy that is found mostly only on Samsung flagship phones.

The S8+ is built of metal and glass, more specifically Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This translates to a smooth build (caution: may be slippery for some) and a comfortable fit in the hand thanks to a curved front and back edges of the phone. The curves at the front and back are not as pronounced as it was on the S7 Edge either. It is a slight curve (like the Note 7 had) which provides a really comfortable fit compared to the “edgy” feeling you get with the S7 Edge. It is truly a premium device.

Stripping away the bezel’s and even the buttons that Samsung phones were known for we have a device that fulfills that dream of an “all display” edge to edge smartphone.

When the display is turned off the S8+ becomes a slab of darkness (for the black variant). From a distance you would not be able to tell where the top of the display began or where it ended.

The 6.2 inch display has a new aspect ratio of 18.5:9. However, the S8+ is actually as tall as the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus. Yet, the amazing part is how Samsung was able to make it a lot thinner than any of Apple’s latest devices. We can say that the S8+ is tall and skinny. The struggle that users may face is when trying to reach the top of the phone, it’s tall and may require some finger acrobatics.

An important note to make is the absence of that iconic Samsung home button. The button has now been replaced with Samsung’s own interpretation of the Force Touch technology. They included a thin pressure sensitive strip underneath the display at the bottom of the phone. This enables users to actually still use the home button by physically “clicking” down on that one part of the display (where the home button is) even if the display is turned off. The button responds with haptic feedback. It certainly feels strange and awkward at first for some but just like the iPhone 7’s home button, you will definitely get used to it.

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The fingerprint sensor is found in an awkward spot high up on the phone’s back side and beside the camera. People with smaller hands will definitely have trouble reaching this at times. Watch out for fingerprints on your camera lens as you might accidentally touch that instead. However, Samsung also re introduced the Iris Scanner which works lightning fast and can easily replace the fingerprint sensor in a lot of ways.

Further looking at the device we see that Samsung upped their water resistance game to an IP68 ingress rating. There is a speaker, a reversible USB-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Infinity Display.

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The S8+ has a 6.2 inch display. 6.2 inches makes a phone sound humongous, but because of the ultra-slim top and bottom bezels, and the practically non existent bezel’s on the sides the phone manages to be surprisingly small in the hands. The 18.5:9 aspect ratio provides extra screen real estate while fitting comfortably in your pockets.

The super AMOLED display has a huge resolution of 2960 x 1440. The only other phone that has even more pixels is Sony’s very own 4K Xperia ZX Premium.

The display specification is the same (minus the size) on the Galaxy S8. Since the S8+ has a larger display the pixel density does decrease a bit to 529 ppi (compared to 570 on the s8). Truth be told, we are in pixel territories where we cannot see the difference with our naked eyes. Remember when we were dealing with sub 200 ppi flagship phones?

Out of the box the S8+ is set at Full HD (to save power perhaps) but you can set this back to QHD in the display settings.

Samsung pretty much perfected the phone display. The AMOLED panel renders contrasting colors and deep blacks which result in videos and photos that is simply pleasing to watch. Furthermore, you are able to change color temperatures in the display settings to fit your own eyes, a huge plus.

Viewing angles are always exception with AMOLED displays. The panel is also super bright and certainly use able in bright sunny days.

The S8+ is also an HDR enabled device. Youtube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime will be able to stream video content and you will be able to view it how the director intended it to be seen.

Performance & Battery Life.

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The Galaxy S8+ is fast, seriously fast. In the West we receive the Snapdragon 835 cpu which comes with the Adreno 540 gpu. Everywhere else, people will receive the Exynos 8895 CPU with a new Mali G71 MP20 gpu. Geekbench 4 multi-core scores showed an impressive 6683, faster than the Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

In real world usages, this means that users no longer should experience lags, waiting for apps to open, or frame drops in games. If there are, blame the app developers for not optimizing it properly. There should be absolutely no excuses for slow downs at this point. The S8+ just flies at supersonic speeds.

In terms of connectivity the S8+ also comes with a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi which enables compatibility with the fastest possible speeds on compatible routers. The phone also supports Gigabit LTE if available in your area.

The only gotcha with this phone would be the 3,500 mAh battery. It’s technically smaller than last years S7 Edge which is rated at 3,600 mAh. We believe Samsung is playing it safe and making sure there would be no repeat of the Note 7 crisis.

In terms of memory, 4GB of RAM may seem like not a lot compared to other phone’s that have 6 GB’s or even 8 GB’s of RAM. But it is more than enough for today’s array of apps and tasks. Even hooking it up to Samsung’s DeX docking station to turn it into a computer is seriously quick in performance.

The Snapdragon and Exynos chips are based on Samsung’s new 10nm FinFETT process. This means more power efficiency, better battery life, yet still maintaining solid performance. In our tests we managed well over 13 hours of streaming content. The phone lasts a full day of heavy usage easily as well. Usages contained maintaining bluetooth connections all day, taking photos, listening to music over Spotify, keeping up to date on social media and more.

There is only one storage option for all S8 and S8 + devices, 64 GB’s. That is quite big and rather hard to use up, but in case you need more there is a microSD slot available as well.

Still that Great Camera.

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People who expected Samsung to come up with their own dual camera set up would be thoroughly disappointed. However, that is only if you really want dual camera set ups. Simply having a dual camera does not always translate to good photo’s and I believe Samsung kept true to this. Don’t try to fix what ain’t broken. The 12 MP sensor camera has a wide open aperture of f1.7 for great low light performance. This is the same camera module that is found in the highly awarded S7 Edge and S7 of last year. There is still that great dual-pixel AF for super smooth focusing in video, optical image stabilization, and speed.

Instead of changing the hardware, Samsung appointed their software engineers to work on adding a multi-frame image processing function. The S8+ now stitches together three images for every shot you take. This enable’s the phone to clean up the image, eliminate blur, reduce the noise, sharpen the image, and provide more details in dark or blow out areas. This is quite similar to Google’s own software found in their Pixel line. The camera in the S8+ is still one the best smartphone cameras to date.

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When using it in real world situations I always got complimented at it’s low light performance. While the iPhone 6 or even the 7 had difficulty in capturing detail out side the bar at 11 PM night, my S8+ unit was able to capture a bright image that shocked my iPhone friends.

Thanks to the new software performance is consistent and solid. You will be churning out images that packs in detail and accurate colors. No aggressive sharpening, and super fast image processing that is quicker than the Pixel. Even with HDR enabled the camera also flies.

The only camera that got upgraded on the hardware front is the selfie front facing camera. It now features an 8 MP sensor which also has an aperture of f1.7. The selfie cam has a super quick autofocus system that has a useful face detection system. Now the phone will be able to make sure all faces in the selfie group photo are in focus. The selfie camera on the S8+ is the best I have tested so far, especially in low light.

The S8+ has one of the best cameras around. It is in league with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Pixel cameras. You can’t go wrong with any choices if the camera is your main concern.

Grace UX and Software.

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The user generally didn’t have much of a say in their own smartphone’s for many years. Samsung is finally breaking down these boundaries by giving us choice. This years version of Touchwiz is the cleanest yet and is based around the idea of options. If you need something changed it is most likely available to change in the Settings screen somewhere.

You have the option to readjust the screen sizes, resolution settings, and more. The app drawer has also been given multiple flavors. You can make it so you have to swipe up to reveal the app list, or have the regular app drawer on home, or even have an iOS homescreen full of all your apps.

You can also switch the Back and Recent’s buttons now.

The setting menu is logically laid out. There are options for loads of shortcuts in the notification toggle drawer. You can also launch Google Assistant by long pressing the home button.

This years version of Touchwiz is a lot less intrusive but provides useful features to Android Nougat. Samsung has been doing split screen modes and multi windows for years now. The company includes an improved version of the split screen mode with more options such as pinning parts of the app.

Samsung Bixby.

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Bixby is the biggest addition Samsung has to offer. They even included its own dedicated button on the side of the phone! Bixby is Samsung’s AI assistant that was built from the ground up to work with smartphones specifically. This assistant will be able to see whats on your phone display, look through your camera, and compile all of your information and data together.

At launch, Bixby isn’t a fully finished product yet. There are three components to Bixby, Voice, Home and Vision. Bixby is able to recognize text’s on screen, barcodes, and QR codes, identifying places and landmarks through your camera, and provide information through Bixby Home.

Bixby Voice is the one component that isn’t working yet. Samsung is launching it very soon in spring however. Bixby voice is designed to work with almost all of Samsung’s own applications alongside a few 3rd party apps. Users will be able to write up SMS messages by voice, order up a Taxi service or an Uber service and even find and edit specific photos in your Gallery.

Because Bixby is not a complete product just yet, it is hard to judge how well it will perform against Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Hopefully Samsung allows users to remap the Bixby button soon.

In Conclusion.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is truly a marvel of a smartphone. It has the potential, and it probably already is, a huge trendsetter for future smartphone’s to come. I am also excited to see how Samsung will design their Note 8 which should be revealed in August. Samsung is on a roll.

From ultra fast performance, excellent benchmarks, awesome battery life, a new AI assistant, and a fantastic camera, you just can’t go wrong with this phone. It’s infinity display is truly interesting and it puts the phone in a class of its own. I don’t think we can find a premium flagship phone with solid software and excellent performance in a small form factor with minimal bezel’s (almost none).

The only issue’s people may have with the S8+ could be the size of it, the location of the finger print sensor, and the price.

This phone will make milk your wallet dry.

Other than these small gripes we believe Samsung created a phone that is a true successor to the still fantastic Galaxy S7 Edge.

 

 

 

Google Play Store “My Apps & Games” Section Receives Rework

Google Play Store “My Apps & Games” Section Receives Rework

If you have not noticed yet, Google released an update that revamped the Google Play stores “My Apps & Games” section. The UI is now a lot more cleaner and simplified while showing more detailed information.

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Each line or card is now thinner so users can see more of the applications up front. The Update All function remains but now an Update function button is available beside each app to simplify matters. This change now enables users to skip having to click on the app in order to individually update the app.

The latest version of the Play Store has a better system of organisation for the apps contained. Apps are categorized into four different sect  ions: apps that require updates, apps already installed, apps associated with the user and then there are beta apps.

The Beta Apps section will not be shown if you have not downloaded and installed any beta apps.

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The update tab remains even if all apps are up to date. Beside each app on the cards show when the apps last got updated. This can please many users as it is a positive step towards a more transparent updating process. Installed apps can now also be automatically rearranged alphabetically, by date, by last used time frame, and by the size of the app.

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Overall the new update enables an easier access to already downloaded apps. The My Apps & Games section has a lot more utility now.