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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.


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.


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.


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

Xiaomi Mi 6 has the Same Specs as the Samsung Galaxy S8 for Half the Cost

Xiaomi Mi 6 has the Same Specs as the Samsung Galaxy S8 for Half the Cost

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The Chinese electronics company Xiaomi unveiled their latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 6. As tradition of Xiaomi the smartphone packs in high end components that rival the likes of the Galaxy S8. Sure, it isn’t perfect and it is missing a lot of other hardware components that the more premium Galaxy S8 boasts, but for about half the cost of the high end S8 what is not to like?

The Xiaomi Mi 6 features a Snapdragon 835 processing chip which is also found in the Galaxy S8, 6 GB’s of RAM, 64 GB’s of internal storage and a 12 megapixel dual camera setup on the back. There is also a decent 3,350 mAh battery pack, stereo speaker, and a USB-C port at the bottom.

Quick Specs Sheet:

  • Dimensions
    • 145.2 x 70.5 x 7.5 mm (5.72 x 2.78 x 0.30 in)
    • 168 g / 182 g (Ceramic) (6.42 oz)
    • Dual SIM
  • Display
    • IPS LCD 1080p display (1920 x 1080) (~428 ppi pixel density)
    • 5.15 inch
  • Platform
    • Android v7.1.1 (MIUI 8.0)
    • Snapdragon 835 CPU
    • Adreno 540 GPU
  • Memory
    • 64 / 128 GB internal
    • 6 GB RAM
  • Camera
    • Dual 12 MP (27mm f1.8 OIS 4-Axis stabilisation + 52mm f2.6)
    • Front facing 8 MP camera capable of 1080p video
  • Features
    • No 3.5mm headphone jack
    • Bluetooth 5.0 A2DP
    • USB-C
    • Quick Charge 3.0
    • 3,350 mAh Battery

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The phone is certainly shaped up to be competitive on paper and in terms of performance. The most compelling part of the deal is the price which Xiaomi says their entry-level Mi 6 will start at about $365 which then goes up to $435 if you opt for a higher grade version. They will have a nice looking ceramic back panel variant in the high tier. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus begins around 750$ US.

The Mi 6 will not have Samsung’s Infinity Display which eliminates the majority of the bezels, nor will it have Samsung’s pressure sensitive home button beneath the display. The display itself will also be a lot sharper and high quality on the Galaxy phones compared to the Mi 6. The Xiaomi Mi 6 features a standard-yet-outdated design language that we have seen in a box phone for quite a few years. This does not mean that the phone has a premium build. It has a glass and metal frame with a 5.15inch 1080p display. The Mi 6 is not bezeless as their other device, the Mi Mix. The Mi 6 also forgoes the 3.5mm headphone jack (it must have taken a lot of courage, Apple knows this well). In contrast, Samsung made the wiser decision of keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack as it supports a near infinite selection of music accessories.

Another little snag would be availability. Xiaomi has not been keen on releasing their models in the West side of the world. What ever hype or expectation the masses had has all but been extinguished by now. It seems that Xiaomi is having difficulty in expanding their business reach further out. Since it’s explosive popularity online in 2014 sales have been taking a nose dive due to a drop in online sales which is Xiaomi’s preferred method of business. The company is now looking to India to spur growth. jpg (2) jpg (3)   jpg (1)



Possible Reasons Why Samsung didn’t upgrade the main camera on the S8

Possible Reasons Why Samsung didn’t upgrade the main camera on the S8

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With the introduction of the next best from Samsung; the S8 and S8 Plus introduces a fantastic “infinity display” that eliminates most of the bezel’s on the phone, alongside a blazing fast Qualcomm SoC built on Samsung’s latest 10nm FinFeTT process and much more. One big notable point is the main camera. It remains largely unchanged from last years S7 Edge. Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t really complaining here because the S7 Edge still has, hands down, one of the best cameras on the market still today. But why? Let us dive a bit deeper.

A representative from SamMobile did point out that the S8 seems to utilize a new image chip though the megapixels and features seem largely the same. Samsung did not make any big sales pitches on it during the unveiling. It still has that fantastic f/1.7 aperture for fast low light photography and the module still captures brilliant colors and detailed images.

Again, during the unveiling, Samsung did not spend much time but rather brushed on the topic of it’s camera. This is quite unusual compared to past unboxing keynote events. Previously Samsung would spend a great deal of time touting all sorts of new tricks their camera could do. Even back when they announced the S4 the keynote was accompanied by a super awkward live skit of people pretending to use the phone’s camera in their choreography.

What has changed, however, is the front facing camera. We see a bump from 5 MP up to an 8 mega-pixel camera with an added feature: Auto Focus. The S7 Edge’s 5 MP front facing camera was already a big winner and has been receiving countless awards and praise from critics and users alike. Now that Samsung added autofocus we are quite excited to see what amazing results would start popping up online. The AF (autofocus) function will be able to detect faces in the front facing camera and focus on them all to prevent a blurry face.

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A big theory that we have in terms of why Samsung decided to play out their 2016 camera module for another year could be also found in the DSLR / Mirrorless camera market. Manufacturer’s in the DSLR and Mirrorless camera market do not provide massive upgrades every year as the market would stagnate with a lack of innovation. Great photo’s aren’t necessarily provided by the newest bodies or even lens’. Not even innovation could help a poor photo sometimes. No we believe that rather, Samsung is taking a back seat on an already fantastic award winning image sensor. We believe the next big upgrade will arrive on the Note 8. This can fall in line with what president of Samsung Mobile, DJ KOH, also mentioned. He mentioned that he would bring back the Note in a more safer, more innovative, and more powerful way.

Almost all the leading smartphone manufacturers are utilizing a 12 to 16 MP main cameras with most of them already with apertures of f2.0 or faster. Almost all phone’s now do the same thing, take consistently good photos without too much effort. The camera is becoming less and less of a factor in the buying process of a new smartphone. The only upgrade we know of is on the software front with the Galaxy S8. This increases speed, performance and now combines three images to give a highly detailed final image. Instead of the best specs, we are seeing manufacturers try to be “unique” in how they introduce their camera system on their flagship smartphones now. This includes Google who made a huge emphasis on software performance for increased image quality (IQ), and with Apple who added on a secondary “telephoto-ish” lens with a slower aperture that takes tighter shots (as an added bonus for users to use). LG also added a secondary camera that is used for ultra wide angles. It is becoming increasingly difficult to really judge who’s image quality is the best. It is possible that Samsung is heading in a direction that Google has begun treading upon already: software. By tweaking and innovating on the software front, manufacturers are able to find new ways to make an already existing (yet still fantastic) image sensor do something beyond what it’s limitations are supposed to be.


Software advancement and innovation gave Google the edge in low light photography with their Pixel line. Using Pixel’s HDR+ mode users are able to produce images that would have normally been under exposed, noisy, with less detail (due to lack of light). Google truly nailed it there.

Normally, the traditional Samsung used their Note line (that usually comes out in late August) to introduce revolutionary tech. We hope that the Note 8 would come out with some new camera technology on top of others to really differentiate itself from the competition. While it seems that Samsung is exercising well timed patience with the Galaxy S8 line up we are excited to see what the company has in store for the rest of the year.

The Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Accessories

The Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Accessories


We have already been graced with the new flagship model from Samsung, now lets take a look at the official accessories.

A lot of the accessories is expected of Samsung as we have seen time and time again with the release of each flagship device. There are the familiar cases, accessories and the stranger accessories that try to make a fashion statement.

Wireless Fast Charging and Battery Pack


Samsung released a premium version of their fast charge wireless charging pad. It has a leather look to it with a soft feeling material. This year, you will be able to slide the pad into an upright position to stimulate a Galaxy S8 stand (that also wirelessly charges). So two modes, lie it down flat, or prop it up to watch something while charging. (We believe that THIS is the proper way to transition into a wireless future, not removing 3.5mm headphone jacks).

Samsung also updated their Battery Pack products which feature a soft textured finish (compared to plastic) and a thinner form factor. The battery capacity clocks in at 5,100 mAh and Samsung has stated that the Battery Pack also charges up quickly (no more long hours of waiting for it to charge so it can turn around and charge our phones). As a little bonus the Battery Packs come with a leash for easier handling.


AKG Earphones

The AKG tuned headphone’s will            now ship inside the box with the Galaxy S8 devices. This is fantastic as we have not seen a flagship device ship out with such a high end accessory before. The headphone contains a tweeter and a bass component in each side to provide enhanced clarity and improved overall sound power. This awesome inclusion in each box comes from Samsung’s acquisition of Harman-Kardon who specializes in audio. People with a taste for wireless audio will have the option to opt for a slightly more expensive bundle that includes a 256GB memory card and a Bluetooth edition of the AKG headphones (Available for 99$).


Cases, Covers, and Accessories


Again many will notice and find a lot of the stuff we cover here as familiar territory. We see the release of Clearview Standing Covers, a newly outfitted charging pad/stand, silicone covers, LED View covers, and other cases. A lot of these cases are stylish, quite functional, and have a good potential to protect your phone from drops.

Check out the standard flip cover cases which include “Clearview” and “LED View”. This is sort of the classic “book” style cover that protects both sides of the phone. To use the phone you can either interact with the front cover portion which will either be an LED (8 bit pixel) feed back, or direct access to your home via the Clearcase’s front cover. The LED View provides a useful function where users can swipe on the LED portion to interact with the various indicators. Useful information is shown via the LED lights such as Time, notifications, incoming calls and more. Users can also swipe on the LED strip to answer or reject calls and also turn off the alarm. This saves users from having to open up the LED cover to get at the screen.


For people who don’t want to cover their displays and still want a premium feel should take a look at their new Alcantara line up. The case is covered with a plush suide feeling material. There will be a wide selection of colors to choose from which include black, blue, pink and mint. We found Samsung’s (also brand new) idea of a “protection cover” which Samsung calls the “magnetic 2 piece cover”. As the name suggests we literally get two pieces of magnetic protection covers that you put on the top and bottom of the back side of your Galaxy S8. This opens up a strange new world where people can still touch and enjoy the premium build of the Galaxy S8 yet have it protected when setting it down on tables. The pieces can protect the top or the bottom part of the phone.


Samsung’s QWERTY keyboard add on makes a return as well for the S8 and S8 Plus. The keyboard does not require batteries nor does it need bluetooth connections. You simply clip it on and it works. It is a full QWERTY key board (used primarily by business people, blackberry enthusiasts who had no choice but to get with the times, and other Samsung accessory enthusiasts). The keyboard also comes with standard navigational buttons at the bottom. Clipping the QWERTY keyboard on the display triggers a smaller display MODE which basically shrinks everything to accommodate the keyboard. We think its a cool accessory. Especially with this years massive infinity display we believe that the added screen real estate will improve the experience of that loss of screen space used up by the QWERTY keyboard.



Samsung DeX

Samsung DeX is quite a controversial topic as of late, nonetheless it is a new product out of Samsung’s arsenal (though this idea has been around for a long time now). Samsung developed the DeX station for “road warriors” who are able to combine their smartphone’s mobile functions with stationary desktop tasks. The Dock still requires you to plug in your monitor, keyboard, and mouse for use. As soon as you plug your S8 into the dock it swaps into a desktop mode and enables you to open your apps in a Windows fashion. The DeX station utilizes a USB Type-C connection, two USB-A for your peripherals, an HDMI out for support up to 4K displays (at 30 fps), and a built in cooling fan to keep the handset cool while running intensive desktop applications.



Unlock the Rogers iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus was released in September and is available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB model variants. It’s also available in grey, silver, gold, or rose gold. This model currently uses iOS 10.3, but was launched using iOS 10.0.1. The 7 Plus has a 5.5″ IPS LCD touch screen, which supports 3D Touch Display and Display Zoom. This model has a dual 12MP camera, 2160p video recorder, and a 7MP FaceTime camera. This device was released alongside the iPhone 7. Like the 7, the iPhone 7 Plus no longer has a 3.5mm headphone jack, but will support it with the lightning adapter included. This phone also utilizes a quad-core processor and a 3GB RAM. Once unlocked, you can use this device around the world with compatible carriers.

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Unlock the Telus iPhone 7

Apple released the iPhone 7 in September. It’s available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB model variants. It’s also available in grey, silver, gold, or rose gold. The iPhone 7 has a 4.7″ IPS LCD touch screen which supports 3D Touch Display, Display Zoom, and Apple Pay (for Amex, MasterCard, and Visa). This model has a 12MP camera, 2160p video recorder, and a 7MP front-facing camera. This device no longer has a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it’ll come with an adapter to convert the lightning port to a 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPhone 7 uses a dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, fingerprint sensor technology, and Siri. After unlocking, it can be used with compatible service providers.

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Unlock the Rogers iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 was released in September of 2016, alongside the iPhone 7 Plus. It is available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB model variants, and in grey, silver, gold, or rose gold. However, Apple will release it in red in honor of the Worlds Aids organization. The iPhone 7 has a 4.7″ IPS LCD touch screen with shatter-proof and scratch-resistant glass. It also supports 3D Touch Display and Display Zoom. The iPhone 7 has a 12MP camera, 2160p video recorder, and a 7MP FaceTime camera. With this device, you can simultaneously recird 4K video and HD images, create HD panoramic images, and much more! The iPhone 7 supports Apple Pay (for Amex, MasterCard, and Visa), fingerprint sensory technology, and Siri. After unlocking, you can use this phone with compatible network providers only.

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Unlock the Rogers iPhone SE

The iPhone SE was released in March 2016. It is available in 16GB and 64GB model variants, and in grey, silver, gold, or rose gold. This model can now be upgraded to iOS 10.3 as well. The iPhone SE has a 5″ IPS LCD touch screen, 12MP camera, 2160p video recorder, and a 1.2MP FaceTime camera. This phone utilizes a dual-core processor and 2GB RAM, and supports Apple Pay (for AMEX, MasterCard, and Visa) and fingerprint sensor technology. After unlocking, you can use the iPhone SE with compatible GSM carriers around the world.

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Unlock the Rogers iPhone 6S

Apple released the iPhone 6S in September of 2015. It is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB model variants. It’s also available in grey, silver, gold, or rose gold. The iPhone 6S has a 4.7″ IPS LCD touch screen, which supports 3D Touch Display and Display Zoom. This model has a 12MP camera, 2160p video recorder, and a 5MP FaceTime camera. The 6S uses iOS 10.3, dual-core processor, and a 2GB RAM. This device also supports Apple Pay for American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. Once unlocked, the iPhone 6S can be used with compatible service providers.

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Samsung killing the physical home button is (Not) a big deal

  Samsung killing the physical home button is (Not) a big deal



Last year, with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple got rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack that triggered the nation and possibly the world. Today, we discuss a rather common question that is being asked by new and old fans of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: “what happened to the iconic Samsung home button?”

There are quite a few reviewers and people out there who criticize Samsung for getting rid of the physical home button but we stand on the other side applauding the company for this move. Think of it this way, Apple hindered their devices by calling it a “courageous move” by removing a stable feature, the 3.5mm headphone jack. There really is no way around this other than through adapters or expensive bluetooth solutions. The physical home button is definitely not as bad as the removal of the 3.5mm head phone jack because it opened up a new world for Samsung’s future.


Look closer underneath and you will find that Samsung integrated a pressure sensitive piece of tech that acts as your button now. For users of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, you may find this as a familiar feature. Sure some folks may say that Samsung is sort of copying Apple here but who cares. Aside from this point the home button (though not in a form of a fake physical home button that takes up space that could have made room for a 3.5mm headphone jack) but a seamless integration with the infinity display Samsung created. The new home button works even when the display is turned off or when you are watching a movie or when playing a game full screen. You do not need to swipe the navigational buttons in from the bottom or the sides in order to go home. You simply need to press down on the spot (on the bottom part of the S8) where the home button should be and it activates the home button. This feature saves us a lot of space and enables the now iconic “infinity display”.

The big argument against this move is also sound for this new flag ship. Mostly because of Samsung’s decision as to the location of the Fingerprint Sensor. Yes, it is not under the screen along with the pressure sensitive strip at the bottom of the phone. It is sitting up quite high right beside your camera module. A head scratching position indeed. We hope that the Note 8 will come to the rescue and make sure the fingerprint sensor will be in a better location for reach. Samsung did state that this could be inconvenient while pointing out that iris scanning biometrics is a lot better compared to finger prints.

We will see how that plays out.

Overall, we are impressed with this innovative design. The S8 and S8 Plus come with fantastic design languages that really does excite the sagging smartphone market full of boring designs that which we keep calling “sorta cool”. Now we are talking. The under the screen solution to still keep an always activated home button is brilliant and we are excited to take advantage of this.