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As anticipation heightens for the launch of the iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy 8, new reports indicate that the hardware update could be the largest so far.

What this means is that there will be large-scale updates for both the Apple and Samsung flagships that would leave their predecessors in the dust in terms of software as well as hardware features.



An example of this is the expected edge-to-edge displays, which will eliminate the conventional home buttons present in the earlier generations of the two smartphones.


Also it is expected that the displays of Apple iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 will cover the front of the smartphone and have a front camera, front-facing speaker and fingerprint sensor underneath the display.

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Furthermore, according to reports, the tech giant Samsung may be making the edge-to-edge OLEDs for both the phones. In addition, it is said that the two devices will come with voice assistants. It is expected that the iPhone 8 smartphone will come with an enhanced version of Siri.


Samsung will, of course, have a response to this with their Bixby voice assistant that will replace its S-Voice function according to SamMobile. In addition, Samsung and Apple will go for 10mm processors instead of 14mm processors for the forthcoming smartphones.


It is said that the new processors will offer battery and performance improvements to the smartphones. Speculations are doing the rounds that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will have an identical footprint to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.


We expect the Samsung Galaxy in April if online reports are anything to go by, but we'll have to wait a little longer for the iPhone which won't reportedly hit shelves till much later in the year.







It must suck to be Blackberry or Windows right now as the latest smartphone figures coming out from Gartner makes for extremely grim reading for them.

According to the figures, iOS and Android are the 2 undisputed kings of the market and account for an insanely high 99.6 percent of all smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. 

This isn't really new as iOS and Android have been ruling the market for a while now, but the numbers do make for fascinating reading.

Of the 432 million smartphones sold in the last quarter, 352 million ran Android (81.7 percent) and 77 million ran iOS (17.9 percent), but what happened to the other players? Well, in the same quarter, Windows Phone managed to round up 0.3 percent of the market, while BlackBerry was reduced to a rounding error. The once-great firm sold just over 200,000 units, amounting to 0.0 percent market share.

You can see the figures yourself below.


Worldwide smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. (Thousands of units.) Image: Gartner




It's pretty remarkable when you consider that a little while ago (3 years) analysts were predicting that Microsoft’s mobile OS would overtake iOS for market share in 2017, while BlackBerry would still be hanging around as a sizable (if small) player.

In this latest report, there's no mention of Microsoft growing or catching up tp the Android or iOS, but it is speculated that the smartphone market continues to shift. 






It's one we've been waiting for and according to some new reports it just might be coming to pass.

The iPhone might be getting wireless charging.

In the simplest of terms this just means that your phone can be charged without the need to plug the device into a socket.

Apple has joined forces with an industry group called the Wireless Power Consortium in the biggest indication to date that it is working on the technology. 

it is speculated that Apple is going to add inductive wireless charging to the iPhone 8, or iPhone X. 

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Earlier reports had initially suggested that Apple would bypass the technology, used in Samsung's Galaxy, Google's Nexus and Microsoft's Lumia, and wait until it had developed long-range wireless charging.

Although Apple wasn't previously a member of the Consortium, which develops industry standards, it does already use Qi wireless charging for its Watch.

Separate rumours about the iPhone 8, due for release this year in celebration of the device's 10th anniversary, suggest it could have a curved edged OLED screen, a bit like Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge. The rumours have gained weight recently with Apple reportedly purchasing 60 million OLED display panels from Samsung Display.



It seems Apple is also going to ditch the home button on the iPhone X to make way for an edge-to-edge display. 
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