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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (Galaxy Note Fan Edition) Sold Out In 2 Days!

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (Galaxy Note Fan Edition) Sold Out In 2 Days!

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Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy Note Fan EDITION within South Korea recently which are basically the recalled Note 7’s from last year with smaller, safer batteries. The company hoped to recoup some of the lost cost by refurbishing 400,000 units and re marketing them. Although they are only available in South Korean markets they are not available in the U.S. or Canada.

The device was relabeled Note FE (Fan Edition) because the name “Note 7” is banned across multiple markets and countries. The new models have been given a 3,200 mAh battery instead of the large 3,500 mAh battery initially included. The chances of faulty fire hazards have been diminished to almost zero.

All phone’s do explode under extraordinary circumstances (as we have seen many iPhone’s explode including the iPhone 7). This is simply due to the nature of the batteries expanding with heat and how they interact with temperatures.

The specifications are the same found in the Note 7 of last year running a Snapdragon 820 processor. They will, however, come with the new user interface and Bixby AI found in the S8/S8+.

Initial reports have indicated that all 400,000 units have been sold out and the Galaxy Note FE is out of stock until further notice. Samsung has mentioned that the company is considering in expanding the presence of the Galaxy Note FE to other markets which may open up opportunities for people to buy the phone but no official decisions have been made yet.

The company did state that once the $610 Note’s have been sold out they will be out of the picture in the market as well.

The Galaxy Note 7 would have been the best selling smartphone of the year if not for the catastrophic recall that took place.

It seems that some Galaxy NOTE FE models have made their way onto eBAY. People, if diligent, can probably find a brand new Galaxy Note FE online.

LG G6 vs. OnePlus 5: Who has the better dual camera?

LG G6 vs. OnePlus 5: Who has the better dual camera?

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Today we compare the camera performance of the OnePlus 5 and the LG G6. Both the G6 and the OP5 offer their own versions of the Dual Camera module so let us see which is better. It is certainly true that the companies who developed these phone’s were going for different thing’s when they implemented these cameras but in the end image quality is what matters.

Let’s first compare the specs of both phones

CAMERA SPECS:

  • Front Camera(s):
    • OnePlus5:
      • Lens 1: 16 MP (IMX398), f/1.7, 1.12-micron pixels, EIS Dual LED flash, 4K video recording @30 fps / 720p video @120 fps.
      • Lens 2: 20 MP (IMX350) f/2.6, 1-micron pixel
    • LG G6:
      • Lens 1: 13 MP (IMX 258), 1.12-micrometer pixel, f/1.8 OIS, 71-degree lens with Phase Detect Autofocus
      • Lens 2: 13 MP (IMX 258), 1.12-micrometer pixels, f/2.4, 125-degree lens (wide angle) fixed focus
    • Selfie Cameras:
      • OnePlus5: 16 MP (IMX371), f/2.0, 1-micron pixels, EIS, 1080p video recording @30 fps
      • LG G6: 5 MP, f/2.2, 100-degree lens

The specs alone tell us that the difference is quite large. We are talking about two different species who came out of their manufacturer’s care at different times. The LG G6 utilize IMX sensors that are “a bit” older compared to the newer OnePlus 5. Nonetheless, both companies boasted quality in the smartphone’s photographic abilities. The way the dual cameras work on both phones, however, is different. The LG G6 has two camera lenses on the back that act as single lenses (one wide, one standard). The OnePlus 5, however, uses a standard lens in one camera module while including a telephoto 2x lens in the other instead of a wide angle lens.

Let us begin.

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The image above shows a comparison between the OnePlus 5’s and the LG G6’s photographic capabilities. we can see that the OnePlus 5 is producing more “natural” colors compared to the more saturated color scheme found on the LG G6. The sand is a lot more detailed on the OP5 while the G6 seem quite mushed out and less detailed. Looking at the stripes of the boxed structure in the center we see that the red is a lot stronger on the G6 while the white and red on the OP5 is less saturated. The skies are darker on the G6 as well. Overall, on an overcast day at the beach the OP 5 seems to produce more realistic results compared to the LG G6. The G6, however, does produce starkly more saturated images if that is your thing. The only thing we disagree with on the G6 is the level of detail. We can possibly blame this on the slightly older imaging sensor found in the G6. HDR was turned off for both phones in this image.

Winner: OnePlus 5

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This image shows a side by side comparison of a blox man toy figurine. At first sight we liked the LG G6’s representation a lot more than the desaturated rendition provided by the OnePlus 5. The yellow is more vibrant with the brown and black showing a deeper contrast. The blue and white skies in the background on the G6 have a brighter texture and color to them as well. All this may be characteristic of the LG G6’s camera’s tendency to over-saturate images but in this case it works. The OnePlus 5 may provide a more realistic capture of the time of day and color of the light but it is a lot more boring to look at and in a side by side comparison it literally pales in color and contrast.

Winner: LG G6

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Testing the camera’s on a low light situation we had to judge the amount of noise the cameras would produce. Right away we see a lot more noise and image detail deterioration on the LG G6. Yet both phone’s show much promise. The LG G6’s white balance is incorrect in this low light shot (perhaps, again, due to its tendency to over saturate images). This is where the OnePlus 5 is providing a more accurate low light image; the white balance is correctly set, while the noise is quite acceptable. The amount of details retained is pretty good as well. We prefer the more realistic rendition of the OnePlus 5.

Winner: OnePlus 5

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The LED flash units integrated on both phone’s operate in similar ways. Due to the angle of the shot and the differences in the degree of view of each lens the amount of flash is rendered differently. On the LG G6 being “straight on” we see no shadow but a strong line of light in the faces of our subjects. The color here, however, is similar but less saturated compared to the OnePlus 5. This is mostly because the white light from the flash is quite strong. On the OnePlus 5, however, we found that the subjects had slightly more saturated colors which means that the OP5’s camera lens’ maintained good white balance and correct shutter speed / aperture control when capturing these subjects. The main focus here is the flash units fired which could suggest that the OnePlus 5 has an edge of not washing out the subjects so much as the LG G6 did. However, both camera’s produced such similar images that it is up to subjective taste to make the final call.

Winner: Both (our preference was for the OnePlus 5)

 

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Here is another shot where we would like to include a wide angle shot (using one of the LG G6’s lens’). As you can see, the blue’s are rendered nicely on the OP5 while the blue skies are lighter (not darker) on the G6. In the wide angle shot below we found that the LG G6 offered a darker blue which was more akin to reality than it did in the other regular lens which produced the LG G6 image shot above this paragraph. We are going to suggest that the OnePlus 5 offers a balance between the regular lens and the wide angle lens of the LG G6’s two images which is quite interesting to see. If one would combine the image of both the images produced by each lens on the LG G6 you would potentially receive a OnePlus 5 image. But we must admit that the wide angle lens on the LG G6 has potential to create some awesome images thank’s to it’s unique field of view.

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Overall, we do prefer the final result of the LG G6. Even if technically the OnePlus 5 produced more realistic images with more detail. In the real world with regular consumers people want images that “pop” on social media and on their own photo reels. It is the image that “pops” combined with proper composition, thought, art, and technique that makes for an image that will be “popular” on social media. However, the decision factor would be the type of images you as the user would expect. If wide angle is your thing you would need to look into the LG G6. For telephoto images the OnePlus 5 with more realistic low light may be your thing.

 

Final Winner: OnePlus 5

Bad News About the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Bad News About the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Samsung released their latest and greatest that we have all come to love as the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Everyone calls them beautiful, stunning, futuristic, mind blowing and the sort. Everything about the phone is perfect from spec to spec, well, everything except one thing. The placement of the fingerprint sensor. Even Samsung reps had to agree that the placement was quite awkward forcing them to try and sell the fact that their implementation of face detection and iris scanning will be faster and more convenient. There is some truth to that claim, except that a physical finger on a physical component on your phone does tend to be physically faster in all circumstances. The IRIS scanner and the face recognition security feature struggles in darkness. Let’s face it, we as human being’s aren’t always found in the light and when you need to resort to finger print sensing you will need to pull some super hero finger gymnastics to get up there only to be tapping on your camera glass.

The Galaxy Note 8 is coming. That’s for sure. It will be one beast of a phone (as the Note series usually are) featuring the best of what Samsung has to offer with almost “Experimental-like” power specifications that usually surpasses expectations. The Note 8 is coming and we are expecting it to be unveiled sometime during the end of August or in September. It will be the sealing deal (while the S8 was the redemption) to the Note 7 memorial. Some key “leaks” that we have seen includes a dual-len’s camera module thanks to Samsung’s Unveiling of their new Dual Len’s camera line up. The Note 8 is also expected to come with an updated set of features on the famous S Pen stylus. The Infinity Display is also reported to come with a body-to-screen ratio of 83% which beats the S8 and S8+’s current standard.

An exclusive leak that was provided to BGR lately seems to only re-affirm a dreaded possibility. That fingerprint scanner will be found high up on your Note 8 again beside the camera module. Users, fans, tech geeks, and the like were all hoping for that under-the-display finger print scanner solution for some time now. Especially because of Samsung’s ability to stretch reality as they see fit with powerful specifications, build materials, and that gorgeous Infinity Display the possibility of built in fingerprint scanner’s into the display was not a dream anymore but a reality we can see. The company did, however, admit that the difficulty to achieve this feat while still maintaining such a thin and small form factor while still cramming in all that tech has proven to be difficult.

The newly developed photographic optics (dual lens) system that Samsung is including in the Note 8 also contributed to this news. It seems that the inclusion of the new dual lens camera forced the company to make a tough decision to use a fingerprint sensor beside the camera.

Most likely the Galaxy Note 8 will have a finger print sensor just like the S8 and S8+ does. Whether or not this news bothers you there is not much we can do about Samsung’s decisions to build a powerful but also safe phone. We definitely don’t want Samsung to bend too much physics to cause their battery to explode again.

Here is an image of the “leaked” Note 8 back camera + finger print sensor positioning.

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News Flash: Hundreds of Malicious Apps Found in PlayStore

News Flash: Hundreds of Malicious Apps Found in PlayStore

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The Google Play Store is an iconic tool. It is the go to place for applications, wall papers, and more. The Play Store, however, was also meant to be a safe marketplace for all users and businesses. Despite Google’s advanced anti-virus system that has been integrated into the store there has been an invasion of malevolent apps.

eZanga is a fraud protection company who, after researching, found that hundreds of apps on the PlayStore are guilty of fraudulent advert click revenue generation. Most of these apps have already been downloaded on several Android smartphones around the world. The company found that over 300 of these applications has the potential to cost the industry to lose $6.5 billion in advert revenue in 2017.

Anura (eZanga’s ad fraud program) detected a bunch of ad click attempts which came from these Play Store apps. The main apps infected with these malicious programs generally come from wallpaper apps. Some apps were identified and are called “Lovely Rose” and “Oriental Beauty”. Test phones were set up with some of these apps installed. Despite he phones being set in sleep mode, the researchers have found that a total of 3,061 ads were made with 169 clicks.

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Although these ad clicking bots were found generally in Live Wallpaper apps, programmers have found ways to integrate this into various camera apps, and web browsers. Some apps have only a few hundred installs while others easily crossed the millions mark.

In total 317 apps were detected in the Play Store that have these malicious bots integrated. Even with one $0.015 cost-per-click (CPC) ad payment per hour the total loss can range between $62,000 and $214,000 per day for advertisers. Even a popular app called “Clone Camera” has generated millions of installs and has this bot integrated.

eZanga has also clarified that most of these malwares are found within cracked APK versions of the app.  The official apps themselves should not exhibit this behavior.

What’s the problem?

There are a few reasons why these apps can pose some issues. Consumers will experience their apps draining a lot faster while eating up our mobile data even when we do not use our smartphones. Ads are unavoidable, we can use ad block to block most of them but there will be sites where ads will hit us. Personalized ads will become less optimal as these bots click any ad provided. Your advertising profile is essentially ruined.

These bots are a type of malware and there is no telling what these things can turn into later down the road. These bots migrated into the camera and web browsing application territories which could further exasperate the problem.

Of course, advert companies and the advertising industry would feel threatened by the presence of these bots. They are being undermined in terms of their effectiveness and their profits. Advertising can become more expensive over time.

Samsung Unveiled their Own Dual Camera Sensor which will most likely be found on the Note 8

Samsung Unveiled their Own Dual Camera Sensor which will most likely be found on the Note 8

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Recently, Samsung has revealed their latest smartphone camera technology. More specifically they have revealed their latest Dual Camera Sensor series which are now expected to arrive in their future flagship smartphones. Samsung utilizes ISOCELL imaging sensors to make this statement initially. There are four new imaging sensors which targets different targets: – Bright, Fast, Slim, and Dual. We are expecting the Dual camera series to be built into the Galaxy Note 8 coming up later this year.

There was a leaked CAD rendering of the Note 8 which showed off a horizontal array of Dual camera sensors. Samsung’s MWC Shanghai’s booth presented information that the company is preparing a dual 13 MP camera configuration. This would be a monochrome camera plus an RGB sensor. The aperture is smaller compared the the S8 with an aperture of f/2.0 with 1.12 micron pixel’s. Samsung has stated that their Dual camera solution will deliver “superior image quality” within low-light conditions. The booth rep for Samsung explained that ISOCELL sensors will have a physical layer that which separates each pixel. This allows a decrease in crosstalk which results in higher color fidelity regardless of the smaller pixels.

Here’s the breakdown of the new ISOCELL lineup:

  • ISOCELL Bright sensors deliver bright and sharp images with high color fidelity and reduced noise in low light environments
  • ISOCELL Fast sensors provide fast autofocus onto still or moving objects even when dark
  • ISOCELL Slim sensors adopt the smallest pixel sizes available in the market at 0.9-1.0um, yet produce high quality images for the slimmest devices
  • ISOCELL Dual sensors can be mixed and matched in various combinations on consumer devices to bring about features demanded in the latest dual camera trend

Whether or not the Dual camera ISOCELL sensor lineup will make it’s way into the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 is only speculation. Samsung has not yet confirmed details about their upcoming flagship thus far. However, the timing of their Dual Camera announcement may mark the beginning of a new era of high quality, high performance dual camera enabled smartphones from the manufacturer. The Note 8 is expected to be unveiled sometime in late August, or September, but more leaks are on their way and we are excited to see what is next.

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OnePlus 5 Review: Is it Worth It?

   OnePlus 5 Review: Is it Worth It?

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The next OnePlus smartphone is here and it didn’t take long for it to arrive. Quickly overshadowing the OnePlus 3T as the companies flagship smartphone a big change did occur: an increase in price. OnePlus was well known for competitive pricing, high end specs, and attempting to be the flagship killer. The company has been really positioning itself as a high end smartphone manufacturer in the last 4 years which all culminated to an important moment for OnePlus. The hardware is getting stronger, faster, more efficient but also more expensive to make and OnePlus 5 completely eliminates any ideas of being “mid range” by sporting super high end components which we normally would find inside the iPhone, the Galaxy S8 and even the next upcoming HTC, LG Sony flagship phone’s. The phone begins at $479 which comes with 64 GB of storage space. Comparative to its predecessors the OnePlus 5 is also more expensive compared to the OnePlus 2 and 3T but it is understandable due to the high end components. The black OnePlus 5 with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage will cost $539. This is still quite cheap compared to the $869 price tag on the Google Pixel XL and the iPhone 7 and the $825 price tag for the Galaxy S8 Plus that comes with 64 GB of storage.

The OnePlus 5 will come with the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset (the same found in the Galaxy S8). This will provide the best available power, efficiency, and speed available. The device will also come with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. There will be an option for 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of storage. There is also a 3,300 mAh battery which should last you at least the day.

OnePlus alway’s kept their pricings low in the past by cutting costs aggressively in their past flagship phones. This trend ends with the OnePlus 5. The phone comes with the classic OnePlus notification switch (similar to that of the iPhone), Dash Charge charging, and an iPhone-esque build design.It comes with a more rounded edge with curved antenna lines. The OnePlus 5 comes with a dual camera set up that follows in the footstep’s of Apple. However, OnePlus deploys a higher 16 MP Sony sensor selfie camera and a dual camera at the rear that enables portrait mode shots. Unlike Samsung’s Infinity Display, OnePlus did not do anything fancy for their design this year.

Build Quality

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The OnePlus 5 is slimmer than the 3T or 3. It has a black logo found on the back panel with a slim edge on the rounded sides. It reminds us of the iPhone 7 Plus’ design, which is a good thing. The phone finally looks and feels premium compared to its past. OnePlus utilizes their own Oxygen OS skin on top of a rather stock Android experience. It enables small tweaks to the UI and also gives users a “shelf” system for their most used apps, weather and other features. The OS also enables the AMOLED display to be altered to mimic a Kindle display for easy night reading. A gaming mode is also employed in the OS which turns off notifications while you are in your gaming session.

The Snapdragon 835 while paired with the 6 or 8 GB of RAM is a beast. Also thanks to a light weight operating system the OnePlus 5 will absolutely fly through everything you throw at it. Multitasking, gaming, video calling, downloading, browsing, opening up all your apps at once, and just trying to stress it out with heavy duty applications will yield no lag. We are truly living in good times where technology has advanced so far that we can easily eliminate lag. The fingerprint reader is located in the same spot as many expected, at the bottom below the display. The finger print sensor works lightning fast and should give you no problems.

Battery life is good as well, it will last you a full day of usage with its 3,300 mAh pack. Even if you run out of power, charging is made easy via OnePlus’ Dash Charge technology that will help you get through the rest of the day easily.

The one thing that is underwhelming is the display resolution. It is a 1080p panel which is the only non-high-end piece of the puzzle. Sure, it contributes to longer battery life compared to 4K or even QHD+ displays but in this day and age where our eyes are consistently glued to these little displays and where our expectations are only growing higher and higher, this was a strange decision made. It is also true that you should not be able to noticeably discern just how much more packed the pixels are available on such a small display. The differences would be a lot more noticeable on larger display’s such as your living room TV. It could be good to note that even Samsung’s Galaxy S8 runs default on 1080p mode out of the box to help conserve battery life. The 5.5 inch 1080p panel, in light of that, does the job well thanks to deep blacks and vibrant colors of the AMOLED panel.

The Dual Camera

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The dual camera system is a huge overhaul compared to it’s predecessor. There is a 16 Megapixel sensor that captures wide angle shots while a 20 Megapixel sensor captures short telephoto images. With every image both sensors actually capture light at the same time while the software will complete the rest of the job. The software provides an impressive Manual mode that includes shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, and manual focus.

There is also a portrait mode included which artificially creates a “shallow depth of field” effect in post processing just like the iPhone 7 Plus. The effect is quite nice initially but it is certainly evident that it is software based and not because of the lens.

The dual camera set up is awesome on paper, but the images themselves aren’t the best we’ve seen. It is fast enough and captures enough light but it sometimes fail’s to produce a good still image time to time. Even in situations where you have plenty of light the OnePlus 5 still manages soft images near the edges with a lot less detail compared to the latest flagship phones. The AutoFocus is fast on the OnePlus 5 but it does not lock on correctly all the time. Perhaps with future software updates these things can be fixed. Low light performance is not good in the OnePlus 5. The ISO is cranked up high and unfortunately the noise renders the images generally useless. The latest update provided did fix a lot of the issues but there are still plenty more to fix and we are sure OnePlus is hard at work to optimize the photographic part of the smartphone.

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Conclusion

The OnePlus 5 is an impressive smartphone. It features high end specifications and still yet manages to be sold at a competitive pricing that under cuts the likes of Apple, Samsung and even Google. Is the OnePlus 5 still worth it despite being more expensive compared to the OnePlus 3T? The price hike certainly pulls the OnePlus 5 a bit out of reach for the truly budget minded people. However, on the most part we believe it is still worth picking up at the current price tag. It is a good bang for the buck still albeit not as much as it used to be. Again, this is all understandable because OnePlus is now beginning to establish themselves as a premium smartphone company.

The OnePlus 5’s lower 1080p resolution (non QHD+ or 4K) does mean that VR and AR performance is quite noticeable due to pixel’s being more obvious but it should still suffice. We hope OnePlus changes this detail in future iterations.

There are a ton of phone’s out there that perform extremely well and will give you what you need. No longer are we at the point where you MUST buy the latest and the greatest. You still do not need a ton of RAM to run Android and it’s host of apps. You don’t need the best from Snapdragon or other chipmakers as other chipsets that are considered “middle or middle-high” all get’s the job done without problems at this point. So the OnePlus 5 is in a bit of an awkward position indeed. The company may have lost to excellent mid tier to mid high tier smartphones and they are now just mimicking the high end with a competitive pricing. If you have the cash for the OnePlus 5 by all means, it is a great choice. However, if you need to save as much as you can but really need a new phone we would suggest to look elsewhere.

Samsung Releases “Rose Pink” Galaxy S8+ in Taiwan (Limited Time)

Samsung Releases “Rose Pink” Galaxy S8+ in Taiwan (Limited Time)

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A new color is joining the ranks for the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and that is the “Rose Pink”. Samsung always had this tendency to release new colors later down it’s path following the launch of their new phone. Perhaps this is to renew interest and keep increasing sales in target markets. Unfortunately, this is only available in Taiwan for now. Samsung Taiwan is gearing up to begin sales in July. The Rose Pink Galaxy S8+ will be made available on their online retail store but for a limited time. The cost is roughly 920USD (TW 27,900).

Samsung Taiwan interestingly rebranded the color naming scheme for the Galaxy S8 calling them: “Ice Lake Blue”, “Smoked Purple Grey”, and Quicksand Gold. (This came from Orchid Grey and Maple Gold.)

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 latest update removes black navigation bar and adds UI tweaks

Samsung Galaxy S8 latest update removes black navigation bar and adds UI tweaks

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ received a new update that finally removed the black background in the navigation bar. The company also brought a bunch of UI tweaks along with the June 1, 2017 security patch update.

An icon now resides to the left of the navigational bar which allows you to auto-hide the navigation bar (in app). This enables you to utilize the whole 18.5:9 panel. For those who do not like this Auto-Hide feature you can easily turn it off by going to Settings > Display > Navigation bar > Show and hide button.

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Fullscreen mode is being improved upon by including a button that sits above the navigation bar which enables apps to go into full screen mode (especially for the apps that do not support the new 18.5 : 9 resolution. It is literally labeled, “Tap here to fill entire screen”. Activating this will restart the app into fullscreen mode.

The update also brings in a few changes. You can no longer use a color wheel to decide what the background color of your navigation bar is. Rather, Samsung predetermined a set of colors to choose from. Black is no longer an option.

A lot of fears were expressed due to the AMOLED panel and static images. An effect called “burn-in” occurs when an image remains static on the display for too long. This update should alleviate any concerns of burn in effects. The update is 454.18MB in size and began rolling out in India. This is made available in all markets.

Mophie Charge Force Review: A Great Charging Solution for the Galaxy S8

Mophie Charge Force Review: A Great Charging Solution for the Galaxy S8

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Today we are reviewing a product released by a prominent smartphone accessories company; Mophie. We all recognize that charging case, or that portable power bar, or that high price tag for premium brand and build. Mophie’s latest and greatest was built around the Galaxy S8’s built-in wireless charging technology. To be more precise, the Mophie charging case takes advantage of that really really well.

The big down sides that many agree to is the sheer size increase whenever you slap on a battery case. It can be thick, bulky and that added heft is quickly noticeable. A sacrifice to prolong your mobile battery life during the day or two away from a power outlet. Mophie seems to be betting on their new product called “Charge Force”.

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This new series kicked off for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7 as well. The product introduces a different take on modular design. The case itself is a slim, high quality, and made of a type of leather. This case will provide protection. The cool part is in a magnetic component inside the case and a separate battery pack that also has a magnet. When you find yourself running low on power you can simply pull out the battery pack, slap it on (it will stay secured to the back of your case via the two magnetic forces) and enjoy wireless charging technology. The iPhone 7 will have a thicker version of the case as iPhone’s don’t have wireless charging technology yet.

The Build

The case itself provides pretty good protection overall. Sure, it is not one of those heavy armor, heavy duty cases we see but we can expect it to adequately protect our phone’s from nicks and bumps. The case is made from a strong, durable plastic material with a leather overlay. The end result is a comfortable hold in your hands while giving you that solid feel as you use the phone.

The case also is designed to help users find the fingerprint sensor a lot easier. The buttons are also improved so that it retains that high quality click.

Powerstation Mini

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The Powerstation Mini is that little battery pack that wirelessly charges your S8. Just pull it out, let it stick onto the back, and off we go on about our day as the phone charges. The battery pack is a 3,300 mAh wireless charge battery. The case will align the battery pack correctly via the magnets as well.

What this means is that whenever you need more power just whip out your Powerstation Mini and hold it close to the back of the case protecting the S8 and every time it will stick together perfectly aligned. Then you simply need to hold down the power button on the Powerstation Mini pack and a haptic vibration will show you that the S8 has entered wireless charging mode.

Charging Speeds

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It is important to note that charging speeds are slower than cable charging. However, because the phone has an opening for the charging cable at the back and also the phone is comfortable to use in had (despite that Powerstation Mini attachment).

A downside to this charging solution is that it is quite difficult to get to the fingerprint sensor with the battery pack  magnetically attached. The battery pack creates a “protrusion” that may get in the way.

Another downside is that the Powerstation utilizes Micro-USB to charge up again which mean’s you need an extra cable in your bag. Mophie Powerstations are made to be cross-device compatible which means it will also work with the iPhone 7’s version of the case.

The Mophie Charge Force is well built and designed. A good magnetic connection that aligns the battery pack for correct wireless charging every time is impressive. If you like the idea of modularity for a phone case to charge or not (wirelessly) then this case may be a good option for you.

OnePlus 2 not getting Android Nougat (Confirmed)

OnePlus 2 not getting Android Nougat (Confirmed)

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After much expectation the OnePlus company has officially confirmed that the OnePlus 2 will not be getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update. A OnePlus representative confirmed the news. It as about this time last year that the OnePlus 2 received Marshmellow, it is quite late for the Nougat to come out as well as the company gears for the OnePlus 5 release. The Nougat update focus was given to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T devices. The only recent update OnePlus gave to the 2 was an incremental Marshmellow update (about two months ago). Marshmellow will be the final update for the aging OnePlus 2.

Dedicated OnePlus fan’s may take this news with difficulty as the phone is only 2 years old. Android phone users have expectations to receive security patches on a regular basis which is also followed by the reality that Android updates are extremely fragmented. Android users now know that the only way to receive frequent updates is to either get a Google phone or to buy the latest and greatest while burning a big hole in your wallet. All phone’s usually receive one big update but a second major update is not a common sight. This sad news, however, did not hinder programmers and developers from working on and releasing custom ROM’s for the OnePlus 2.

The OnePlus 3 and 3T has already received the Nougat update and the company also confirmed that the flagship phone’s will be receiving the Android O update. A positive step forward is shown in the companies efforts to release and promise good updates for their flagship phones beginning with the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 2, may have been an important stepping stone for the company to reach this stage. The OnePlus 5 is expected to be released on June 20 and should entice many to that phone soon.