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The dust is finally settling from all the Samsung Galaxy S8 hype, and after all that settling, we are still left with a pretty awesome phone.

There is no question whatsoever that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the two most stunning smartphones the world has ever seen. It's certainly sure that they would sell without problems.

That's on one side though as there's this small issue that users might find mildly irritating or downright unacceptable.


The case of China getting all the good stuff.

What's happened apparently is that the Galaxy S8 decided to move away from Apple’s iPhone strategy and offer just one storage option in each market. That means you’ll only have one price option, and it’ll ship with 64GB of onboard storage as well as 4GB of RAM. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have microSD card slots, so you can always pop in a card up to 256GB in size if you want to add more storage. 

Good right?

Well, it seems there's even better but you just might not get it.

According to reports, China will get a better version of the phone than any other market. So while the rest of us will only get 64GB phones that pack 4GB of RAM, the Chinese versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will include 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM.

This might not annoy everyone, but for those who are really into their specs, this will be downright unacceptable. I guess we'll just have to wait for the almost inevitable blowback all this will get.








With all the hype surrounding the Galaxy S8 and people looking at what they got right and the stuff they got wrong may have neglected to check out their pretty awesome Bluetooth.

Well, really it's Bluetooth 5.0 support, a new Bluetooth standard that offers huge advantages over previous versions of Bluetooth. It will likely come to more devices including more smartphones in the near future, but for the time being, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the only devices that have this feature.

The huge advantage the Bluetooth 5.0 has is that it supports two independent Bluetooth streams, which means you and a friend can both watch and listen to the same content without sharing headphones. Each person will then be able to control the volume for his or her own headphones without affecting the other.
That’s just one of the perks of Bluetooth 5.0, though it’s one you might not use on a regular basis.
But it doesn't stop there, it also offers data speeds that are twice as fast as Bluetooth 4.2, and it also offers four times its range. So that means in essence that you can be further away from a Bluetooth speaker and still get great sound. 
The audio quality is also A+ with the Bluetooth 5.0, which means you should get a better phone call experience and a better overall sound for music playback with the Galaxy S8.
Maybe it means nothing to you, but it should, the Bluetooth 5.0 is all shades of awesome and while one might have gripes with Samsung's latest offering, Bluetooth is certainly not one of them.





The Galaxy S8 has finally come and the reception was great, but as the dust begins to settle, there are a couple of things which in the cold light of day weren't as great as we'd have hoped.

Sure there are amazing new features like the edge to edge HDR display, an iris scanner and a faster, Gigabit LTE-ready processor but it seemed they held back a little on others. Here's our list of three:

1. The camera

If you were expecting the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to get a big camera update, you'll be disappointed. The new phones include nearly the exact same camera hardware as the Galaxy S7: a 12-megapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture. It's not bad, just that it can't compete with the dual-camera systems on phones like the iPhone 7 Plus and LG G6.


2. The battery

Maybe they got scared after the Note 7 incident but the new S8's battery isn't spectacular. The batteries on the S8 and S8 Plus are about the same size (or slightly smaller) than their predecessors and hasn't impressed so far. 

3. Bixby

Sigh. With Cortana from Microsoft, Google's Assistant, Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, Bixby just isn't as good.

Created with its own dedicated Bixby button, visual translations and image recognition but at the end of the day you might find yourself wanting to deactivate it.

Why? Well It only works with a handful of Samsung apps at launch, it can't find information online and it overlaps with a lot of the things Google Assistant already does much better. 

This is not to say the S8 is a bad phone, but like most things in life, we just feel a couple of things could have been done better.






With the launch of the long awaited Samsung Galaxy S8 mere hours away, the frenzy has reached fever pitch and Samsung isn't letting up with their flagship now on a shop window in the UK.

It's a picture of the phone (official) and it confirms stuff we've long suspected; like the death of the home button, Super slim bezels and a fingerprint scanner now moved to the back.

The inclusion of "Galaxy S8 | S8+" in the top right corner also tells us we will see the larger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus at the launch in just a few hours time.



According to Tech Radar, the S8 will have a 5.8-inch display and the S8 Plus a 6.2-inch offering. It's also said to feature an almost bezeless body, have a similar rear 12MP camera to the Galaxy S7 and an 8MP front snapper.

You can check out the photo below.








The man responsible of the Android system that so many of us use today Andy Rubin might have left Google, but he's definitely not done making phones.





Rubin yesterday he posted a cryptic tweet in which we got a sneak peek into his new project with his company, Essential. The tweet said "eager to get it in more people's hands." We have to assume he's talking about the phone someone's holding in the picture.



There's precious little to see besides the top right corner of the phone which shows the time and a few icons.




In a Bloomberg profile of Essential from January, the new smartphone was described as a "high-end smartphone with a large edge-to-edge screen that lacks a surrounding bezel." Looks like that bezel-less and big screen concept will be reality, based on the photographic evidence.




With the new phone Rubin plans to do battle with both the iPhone and Google's (His previous employers) Pixel.





When Super Mario Run was announced for the Android, it was said that it would come on the 23rd of March, but for some reason (we're not complaining), it came a day early. 

If you go to the Play Store you will find it there and there was also an update for the iOS version of the game.

The iOS exclusive ran for three months, and brought the app over 78 million downloads, the gaming company said during its earnings in January.

Of those players, more than five percent purchased the game, bringing in $53 million in revenue for the title. That dollar amount is fairly high, given the $10 purchase price in order to unlock the full version. And it performed better than analysts had expected given its top dollar price point – many games that only charge a dollar or two for in-game items convert less than 5 percent of their users.

But Nintendo had hoped for conversions in the double digits, Chief Executive Tatsumi Kimishima had said.

With the Android model, Nintendo is staying true to their formula of making the game free but with an option for an in-app purchase of $10 to unlock the levels beyond worlds 1 through 4.


Super Mario run has done really well on the Android platform so far raking in a whopping 5 million downloads on its first day live. That demand in the market has been at least partially satiated now, and many regular gamers found they completed Mario in a matter of days.

To get the game on your Android phone, just head over to the Google Play Store and download and you're good to go.





After months of waiting the Amazon Alexa is finally available on Android phones and the Huawei Mate 9 users will be the lucky devils to first get it.

Users of the Huawei phone will get it first in an over-the-air update (and later through the Google Play store).

While that is all very exciting it should be noted that while Alexa has thousands of skills and uses, there are some limitations right now as to what Amazon on this phone -- or any phone -- can do. 

For instance, it isn't always-listening. In fact, you'll have to download not one app, but two -- the Amazon Alexa app and Huawei Alexa. And if you want to shop Amazon through Huawei Alexa, you'll need that app as well.

Also Alexa doesn't come on automatically meaning you'll have to open Huawei Alexa everytime to use the voice command function.
Alexa faces intense pressure from smart assistants like Google Assistant, Apple's Siri and Samsung's upcoming Bixby to take top spot in the voice assistant game.

So what can Alexa actually do? Here are a fe things;

  • Home automation (especially useful if you don't have an Amazon Echo device at home)
  • Order from Amazon Prime (account required)
  • Sync with Google Calendar to hear about your next meeting
  • Access skills like news brief readouts and workouts
  • Games, trivia and jokes (think road trips), like this gem: "Why do teenagers use odd numbers? Because they can't even"


So while Alexa can do all that cool stuff, it's also limited in that the Huawei Alexa app doesn't hook into your phone's particulars like GPS, contacts, or even Amazon Prime Music. So what this translates to is that you can't call a cab to your exact location, tell it to text your contacts or play everything that Prime has to offer. This is because Amazon hasn't made it possible, but it's coming.





Well thanks to social media (here's looking at you Twitter and YouTube) we usually have some good information on gadgets and devices before they even come out and the leaks coming out on the Samsung Galaxy S8 are more torrential than trickly.

With the phone set to launch in just over a week, we've learned a few more things thanks to twitter. 





From the above image, there are three options for screen resolution: HD+ (1480 x 720), FHD+ (2220 x 1080), and QHD+ (2960 x 1440). The default resolution is QHD+. 

Now even though there's a picture and all, the news should still be taken with a pinch of salt as we can't say for sure that this is the final product.


There was another leak which shows off the phone’s retail packaging. From the box, we can see that the S8+, a larger model of the phone, includes an option for 64GB of storage.




So...just a little longer and we'll be able to verify or debunk all the stuff we've had so far.







When the last Whatsapp update came around intorducingtheWhatsapp stories feature, many people were mad because while the Whatsapp stories wasn't a bad addition, it was brought in to replace the old favorite Text status.

Users immediately showed their displeasure, rating Whatsapp low on the playstore mostly because of the loss of the text status feature. The feedback has been so overwhelming that Whatsapp have been forced to bring the text feature back with the new update.

To get it all you have to do is 
download the update on your phone, open WhatsApp and tap on the Settings option, head to the “About and phone number” section and set a text status—just as you used to before. You can set a text-based status, or choose from default status options such as Available, Busy and Urgently call only.



With the new update both the Whatsapp stories and the old text based status can be used in tandem or a user can choose the one they prefer.





The re-addition of the basic status feature is now rolling out for the Android devices, and the app update can be downloaded from the Play Store. The same update will be available for Apple’s iPhones soon, though no specific date is available as yet.







With iPhone 8 already set to reportedly cost around $1000, it seems the new Samsung Galaxy S8 will follow suit with something similar.

According to the rumours online, it seems the S8 might cost Samsung lovers and potential buyers a pretty penny.

READ: NEW LEAK SHOWS GALAXY S8 IN ALL ITS GLOSSY BLACK GLORY

Prolific leaker Evan Blass says the 5.8-inch S8 will cost 799€, which comes out to about $859 in U.S. dollars. This would be about a $100 premium over the S7 Edge from last year.

Meanwhile, the larger Galaxy S8 Plus is said to start at a pretty steep 899€, which works out to $966. This would easily be one of the most expensive phones yet.


With the Galaxy S8 set to launch in only a couple of weeks it looks like we'll know more about this soon. Blass also leaked the supposed pricing for multiple Galaxy S8 accessories. This includes a new 360 camera ($246), a new version of the Gear VR headset we previewed ($138) and an innovative desktop dock called DeX ($161) that will let you transform the S8 into a mini PC, complete with external monitor, mouse and keyboard support.






In this day and age when memory is king and unfortunately lots of phones that are budget ones don't come with a lot of internal memory which makes storing stuff annoying.

To augument this there are SD cards and most phones support as high as 64gb which is pretty handy. This also means that you can store your apps here and you don't have to worry about updates taking up more space and so on.

So here's how to move apps to the microSD card using Android's built-in application management features.

Moving Apps to SD Card Using Application Manager


1. Navigate to Settings on your phone. You can find the settings menu in the app drawer.

2. Tap Apps.

3. Select an app you want to move to the microSD card.

4. Tap Storage.

5. Tap Change if it’s there. If you don’t see the Change option, the app cannot be moved. If you are unable to find any apps with this option, it is likely that your device does not support the feature.

6. Tap Move.

If you wish to move an app back to the internal memory, hit the Change button again and select Internal Storage.

Use SD Card as Internal Storage

Unfortunately not all devices let you move apps to a microSD card but never fear, there's another way to go. This is called the Adoptable or Flex Storage. What it does is allow you to format a microSD card to act like added internal storage. Not all devices support this so make sure your device supports the feature before trying it out.

Consider before you start that you need the fastest microSD card that you can find to ensure smooth performance, at least Class 10 or UHS-I and preferably UHS-3. Also keep in mind that any data present on the microSD card will be erased when you format it as internal storage, and from that point, it will be unusable in other devices.

1. Navigate to settings on your phone. You can find the settings menu in the app drawer.

2. Tap Storage.

3. Select your SD card.

4. Tap the overflow menu button in the upper-right corner.

5. Select Storage Settings.

6. Tap Format as Internal.

7. Tap Erase & Format. If the system determines that your microSD card is too slow it will prompt you with a warning here that it will degrade performance.

8. Tap Move now. After making the selection you will tap next and initiate the transfer to your microSD card. The system will indicate roughly how long the transfer will take and how much data will be moved to your SD card.

9. Tap Done.

Your SD card will now be listed immediately below the internal shared storage and the system will use it as additional internal storage in the future.

So there you have it, easy steps that you can use to use your Micro SD card as a storage device for your apps.







There was a huge backlash when the new Whatsapp update came on people's phone, not like they didn't like the addition of a 'Whatsapp stories' feature, they just hated that text-based status updates were removed. 

So with this in mind, Whatsapp have decided to bring back the old feature




According to TechCrunch, the old feature will be back on Android phones as early as next week while iPhone users will get it soon as well.


READ:WHATSAPP BACKDOOR SHOWS WHY YOUR MESSAGES MAY NOT BE SAFE

"We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we've integrated this feature into the 'About' section in profile settings. Now, the update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info. At the same time, we're continuing to build on the new Status feature that gives people fun and engaging ways to share photos, videos and GIFs with their friends and family throughout their day," said Whatsapp




So what will happen is that the WhatsApp Text Status feature will work just in the same way as it was seen on Android beta version 2.17.95. with users able to set a text WhatsApp Status in the 'About' section which will change only when you want it to. Your contact list will be able to see the Status message by opening your contact, when starting a new chat thread, or viewing group info.




This is not to say the 'Whatsapp stories' feature is going anywhere but will only be housed in another tab. You can add photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours.







Many reports have stated that in terms of best-selling phones, Google's Pixel and Pixel XL are right up there, they were even crowned the best phones of the second half of 2016 (online of course).

You'd think this will mean that they will be everywhere since everyone wants to buy it, but no, they're actually pretty rare. After nearly five months on sale, the Pixel just went out of stock on the Google Store yet again.



Go on, try it, Head to the Google Store, click on the Pixel, and see. All you get is a waitlist. There's not a single version of either size in stock. So, you can't even buy a Pixel with a multi-week shipping timeline right now. 


READ: PIXEL 2 MIGHT BE GOING THE SAME ROUTE AS APPLE


Now it's not uncommon for a popular phone to be scarce when first launched as demand usually outweighs supply. What makes the case of Google so perplexing is that it's a continuous situation that has yet to let up. There always some versions out of stock.


It might be a weird marketing strategy to get people to keep buying and make it kind of like a 'cool' phone that not just anyone can have. Whether that's a good business practise, i don't know especially when you consider that the Google Pixel is not a luxury phone, high end, yes, but certainly not luxury. 

Or maybe Google is frustrated because HTC doesn't have the necessary capacity. Who knows?

But it's certainly something we'll like to see fixed.







I know, I didn't believe it either, but it's totally a thing. There is an iPhone accessory that's practically an Android device.

It's called the Esti Eye and it's on Kickstarter. It's practically an Android phone of its own. It just happens to snap onto the back of an iPhone. (6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus), you know, like a weird chameleon villain.


So details yeah? Well the Esti Eye has a second screen, which you look at when you're not looking at your iPhone screen. It can take selfies with your rear camera lens, it's...it's...well, weird.








It features, A 2,800mAh battery, Two extra SIM slots, An always-on 5-inch AMOLED screen, Wireless charging, A car-mount metal tag, Up to 256GB of extra storage, Infrared, A 3.5mm headphone jack, "Pure Android" (no version mentioned), with a promised two years of update support.


It's available on Kickstarter and it's expected to retail for $189 or $229 for the 4G LTE version, both shipping in August.

How well will it work...err, we'll have to wait and see i guess.

An Android iPhone case though...dear me.







With the coming of the Galaxy S8 in just about two weeks the anticipation is high, but Android fanboys might have to temper their claims of a Samsung phone that will rival iPhone as a new report says iPhone 8 might have something that'll blow Samsung out of the water.




The iPhone 8 is rumored to feature a large display that would occupy almost the entire available space on the front side of the handset. Apple would kill the home button, without killing any of its features, reports said, including the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that would be embedded in the display.



The Galaxy S8 rumors that followed indicated that Samsung would take a similar approach, and actually beat Apple to market with an all-screen phone design that whose screen would also incorporate a fingerprint sensor.

However, the closer we got to MWC, it became clear that the Galaxy S8’s screen would not have fingerprint-reading powers. Instead, Samsung chose to place the sensor on the back side, next to the camera.

According to a new report, Samsung was really going for that feature, but had to ditch it as it ran out of time.

Apparently, Samsung partnered with Synaptics, but the latter was not able to complete the technology in time.

“Samsung poured resources into Synaptics’ fledgling technology last year, but the results were frustrating,” a source familiar with the matter revealed.

“With the production imminent, the company had to decide to relocate the fingerprint scanning home button to the back of the device at the last minute.”

Apple, on the other hand seemed to through patents show that it had been discovering different solutions that could add fingerprint-sensing features to any screen, without affecting the screen’s main purpose, which is to display various UI elements while the phone is in operation. Reports also claimed that Apple is developing its own touchscreen-based fingerprint sensor, without outside help.


The Galaxy S8 is expected to come with an iris sensor thought which will advance facial recognition and let users unlock the device in less than a tenth of a second.







Last week it was reported that the Samsung Galaxy S8 was going to feature facial recognition and the idea with that was that Facial recognition takes less time than fingerprint scanning which it seems Samsung want to do away with.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is still said to feature fingerprint scanning but it seems that might not be around for too long.

READ: SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 TO ADD FACIAL RECOGNITION TO REPERTOIRE

A tweet from @mmddj_china (via PhoneArena) claiming to be from a staff member at Samsung says that the company plans to kill off the fingerprint scanner as it is “obsolete”. 




Now bear in mind that with the fingerprint scanner still on the S8, this might very well mean for future phones.

It has been rumoured that Apple also want to tow the facial recognition route so it makes sense that Samsung would want to do this so as to keep in pace with Apple.

Of course it's not certain that Samsung will do anything, so it will remain to be seen if there's anything to this.

Samsung are set to announce the Samsung Galaxy S8 next month.







First things first, it is important to note that your Android needs to be an Android 6.0 Marshmallow or over to enable Google Assistant with this hack.



Checked? Done? Right, so here goes.

The Google Assistant is Google's response to Siri and Bixby and it was unveiled in October 2016 along with the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. 

Initially, the AI was supposed to be exclusive to certain devices, but all that changed a while ago at the Mobile World Congress, when it was announced that a host of Android phones would be getting the Google assistant as will Marshmellow and Nougat devices. 

However, the update was scheduled to roll out only for English (US) regions with other English variants along with German soon to follow. 

So naturally a hack had to come up for it. Here's a neat little one you can try. Note it may not work, but you can give it the good ol college try


READ: GOOGLE'S AI ASSISTANT COMING FOR OTHER PHONES BEYOND PIXEL


1: Make sure the Google Play Services on your devices is updated to version 10.2.98 or later. If not, either download the latest version from here, or wait for your device to update it automatically.



2: Change your device's language to English (US). To do so, navigate to Device Settings > Language & Input > Change it to English (US).



3: Now make sure your Google App is updated to the latest version. If not, just go to Google Play Store and update the Google App. My device was running version 6.13.25.21 at the time of writing this story.



4: Clear cache from your Google App data. This is will clear all the previous settings on your Google App. Also, make sure your Google App language is set to English (US)





5: Once done, just tap and hold the Home Button of your device and you will see a message pop from the bottom asking you get started with 'Google Assistant'. Enjoy!

So there you have it, hope it works for you.






So with Apple leading the charge and some rumours that Samsung were initially planning to go that route, it seems Google might be joining the Audio Jack(less) club.

According to 9to5Google, citing information from an internal Google document, the Mountain View-based company could ditch the 3.5mm audio jack in the next Google Pixel phone.


READ: PIXEL 2 IS COMING AND IT REMAINS A PREMIUM PHONE


There was no mention of what it would be replaced with, but going by the recent trend, it will surprise exactly no one if it's the single USB Type-C port.



This piece of info hasn't been confirmed by Google and seeing as the Pixel 2 is still in development it could well be an idea that is being used for now and could be changed later.



It will be interesting to see what Google does go with, we do know that it will be a Premium phone as they have announced that to the public.







We know that Google have announced that the Google Assistant AI will no longer be exclusive to just the Pixel phones, but other devices 
running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat, so the natural question to follow of course is When?


According to Google's announcement, the personal voice assistant that launched on the Pixel phone will slowly make its way to all devices in the US with English set as the device language.




So back to the When?

Well....we really don't know, but what we can do is make it come faster for you, all you have to do is take the following steps:

Join the Google Play Services beta by opening this link and clicking on "Become a Tester" using the same Google account linked to your Android device.

Then next you wait a bit, then open the Play Store and go to the My Apps section. There you'll find an update listed for Play Services. You may have to open the Beta tab and manually start the Play Services update. While you're in the Play Store checking for updates, make sure the Google app itself doesn't have any pending updates.

Now's for the hard part: waiting. To check for Assistant on your Android device, hold the home button down for a few seconds.

You should see a prompt asking you to begin the setup process for Google Assistant instead of Google Now opening (Err, please keep in mind that this may not happen right now, you'll have to manually keep trying this till...you know...it works)






A video showing off a purported Galaxy S8 device has surfaced online throwing everyone into a frenzy.


The video is terribly short though and doesn't really tell us anything we don't already know, but it's fun nonetheless.

Why fun? Well, it's almost certain that the video will be taken down really quickly but the video has shades of Diddy from Dexter's Laboratory saying "What does this button do?"

READ: THIS IS THE MOST REALISTIC LEAK OF THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S8


The YouTuber who leaked it (
505nick aka DkDn) must either be short sighted or he's quite the daredevil.

The phone in the video clearly states "CONFIDENTIAL; No photos allowed, Not for Sale, Do NOT leak Info" and he leaked it out (Although to be fair, nowhere was it said not to make super short videos of it).

There isn’t any critical new information we can see from the 5-second video, which doesn’t even reveal the device from all sides. The only important piece of information that can be gleaned from the video is the barcode and IMEI of the device. You know, actual identifiable information that could be traced back to its source.

So err...for as long as it's available, you can view the video below.


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