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Yay! Samsung's new Galaxy S8 come with state of the art facial recognition, we're safe now-- oh wait-- It can be fooled by a picture.

With the Samsung Galaxy S8, which launches April 28, coming with a new facial recognition feature that lets you unlock the phone just by looking into the front-facing camera, there was a lot of excitement as this was a much shorter verification method than the fingerprint scanner and also just as safe.

But unfortunately, it's not exactly secure as iDeviceHelp discovered this week.

In a demo, which we first saw on The Verge, iDeviceHelp was able to fool the facial recognition feature with a photo. It took a little longer than normal for the S8 to register the photo, but it worked.

While Samsung have admitted that the fingerprint scanner is a more secure verification method than the Facial recognition, one wouldn't expect that the phone would be fooled that easily. 

So with this in mind, it is in your best interest not to use the facial recognition feature as it is flawed. You're better of with the Iris scanner, or Fingerprint, or even with a PIN.

You can check out the video of iDeviceHelp tricking the Galaxy S8 with a photo below:

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.

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.


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.

The Vault 7 leaks must have really scared a bunch of people as reports indicate that Samsung is stepping up its security game for the Galaxy S8.

Reports from South Korea state that Samsung will include facial recognition technology in the Galaxy S8 and its larger brother, the Galaxy S8 Plus. This would be in addition to fingerprint and iris scanners we’ve already seen in previous Samsung devices.

This is according to Korea Economic Daily.

The Iris scanner initially came with the ill-fated Note 7 and while the phone went up in flames, the idea apparently did not. This is not to say it isn't without its problems with some reviewers saying it takes too long to open their phones.

With the facial recognition, things could be faster. According to an unnamed source for the Korea Economic Daily, “Due to some limits of iris scanning such as speed and accuracy, we have decided to add facial recognition to the Galaxy S8,
“With a face scanner, it will take less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone.”

Now as always it should be noted that this is unconfirmed by Samsung and things could change really quickly but if true then it is certainly a good addition to Samsung.

We shouldn't have to wait too long as Samsung is expected to reveal the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus at an event in New York later this month, and then launch the devices sometime in April. 

And so, we wait.

It has been speculated that the Samsung Galaxy S8 was going to be one heck of a sleek phone and all the leaks and rumours surrounding it gave this outlook credence.

Now with the launch of the phone a mere weeks away, the most realistic leak of the phone so far has surfaced.

Thanks to prolific Tipster Evan Blass, we have an idea what the Galaxy S8 might look like and if he is right, then dear me it's beautiful.

From the photo, the front of this phone is almost all screen. With hardly a hint of Bezel.

On the right side looks to house the power button and the left side has volume controls and what is likely a dedicated button for Bixby, Samsung's upcoming virtual assistant that will take on both Siri and Google Assistant.

Also it seems the rumours were right that Samsung was doing away with the home button as there is none to be seen and only software buttons are seen towards the bottom of the screen. 

Looking at the right-hand side of the screen, it seems like there's a little tab that's waiting there to be swiped which would probably launch Edge screen shortcuts, similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge.

From what is known of the phone currently, it is expected to come in two variants; 5.7-inch screen and 6.2-inch screen for the Galaxy S8 Plus. 

We will enjoy this leak and hope that come Samsung's big reveal day (Allegedly March 29th) we'll get to see this and then we can give actual, proper impressions on it.

Ask anyone on the street which they'd prefer in an Android and an iPhone and you'd get different answers, but most people would probably (albeit grudgingly) accept that the iPhone is more efficient.

But is that really the case?

According to a new research report released by the Blancco Technology Group, the failure rate on Apple’s iPhone is far greater than it is on competing Android devices. Not only that, but the failure rate experienced by iOS users has only increased with each passing quarter over the past year.

According to technology news agency BGR, the report states that iOS devices during the last quarter of 2016 experienced a failure rate of 62%. By way of contrast, Android smartphones during the same quarter saw a failure rate of 47%. Also of note is that Apple’s iPhone 6 continues to be the worst offender among varying iPhone models.

For the purpose of the study, failure refers to when a device (iPhone or otherwise) doesn't do what it should, this includes camera problems, touchscreen problems, battery charging issues, software errors and so on.

The report says “The iPhone 6 has been the worst performing iOS device consecutively for four quarters with the highest failure rate compared to other models,

“25 percent in Q1 2016, 29 percent in Q2 2016, 13 percent in Q3 2016 and 15 percent in Q4 2016.”

This is probably referring to the issues that plagued the iPhone 6. A lot of people complained about a problem with the touch screen that was called the Touch Disease. 

What happened there was that a large number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners began noticing that the touchscreen on their device either stopped working or only worked intermittently. Other users, meanwhile, found that the responsiveness of the iPhone’s touchscreen display became temperamental and less responsive. Once the problem became too large to ignore, and perhaps motivated by a rash of bad press, Apple in November agreed to fix affected devices.

Apple didn't cover themselves in glory when they went on to blame iPhone owners themselves. Apple’s multi-touch repair program reads in part: “Apple has determined that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.”

According to BGR, iPhone 6 issues aside, the issues said to impact iPhone owners most frequently include overheating, crashing apps and “headphone malfunctions.”

Blancco in their report was favourable towards Android phones, but this does not include Samsung devices which they said were the worst of the bunch. 

The report said “Samsung consistently had the highest failure rate among Android manufacturers for five quarters in a row,

 “At 27 percent in Q4 2015, 43 percent in Q1 2016, 26 percent in Q2 2016, 11 percent in Q3 2016 and 16 percent in Q4 2016.”

We have more information now about the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Or Edge, but we think Plus) and it looks like a doozy! 

Thanks to reliable leaker Evan Blass, we have the specs for the upcoming phone. While it doesn't add much new detail, it does confirm a lot of the rumours flying about it.

For instance, we know we're getting a mammoth 6.2-inch screen. We also know that the display will be a QHD+ Super AMOLED one, and above it, you’ll find an iris scanner and an 8MP front-facing camera.

On the back of it there'll be a 12MP Dual Pixel camera.

The Galaxy S8 Plus is also apparently IP68 certified dust and water resistant, which is the same level of waterproofing as the Galaxy S7.

Credit: Evan Blass

For the memory side of things, it is believed to be coming with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, along with a microSD card slot. The S8 Plus also supports wireless charging and Samsung Pay, and it’s 4G LTE capable, as you’d expect.

The leak also highlights that the phone will be secured by Samsung’s Knox security service, and that it comes with earphones tuned by audio specialists AKG.

That's what's on the list, how about what's not on it? Well according to Blass, it is believed that the S8 Plus will use a Snapdragon 835 chipset, this might only be true of the US though with everyone else getting a Samsung Exynos one.

While there's a picture and everything, this should still be taken with a pinch of salt cos....you never know.

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8 almost upon us, a new leak has surfaced online giving us some fresh (barely) insight into the coming Flagship phone.

After series of alleged spec details, a clip art image of the said smartphone now proliferates the internet.

Another unconfirmed leak regarding the Galaxy S8 has been reported online. The newly leaked data has been spotted with clip art images sketching out the possible new look of the said device.

From the little we can glean from the leak, the Samsung S8 smartphone would be a new look with its on-screen soft keys. Another change is to the home button key has been changed into an almost square shape, but lacking some corners. The home key will soon look like two opposite L shapes if the leaked images would be accurate.

A second image outline of the upcoming Galaxy S8 also showcases the back portion of the device. The said image indicates one sensor on left of the rear camera, while another sensor, purportedly a fingerprint sensor, has been placed on the right.

Moreover, the third and final clip art of the leaked images involved the DeX dock for the Galaxy S8. Dex dock is an unverified accessory that would allow the Samsung smartphone to be used as an ordinary desktop computer.

So we continue to wait. With the Mobile World Conference coming so soon, we expect to learn even more of Samsung's flagship phone.

Photo Crd- Reuters

Samsung may be focusing on getting a Galaxy S8 which will blow our minds out there as soon as possible, but the ghost of the Note 7 fiasco is still hanging over their heads it seems.

The company has now taken a hit to its reputation with their reputation ranking plummeted among US consumers. In an annual survey, it was discovered that the Korean manufacturer struggled with the fallout over its Galaxy Note 7 recall.

According to the Korea Herald, Samsung came in 49th in this year’s Reputation Quotient Ratings from Harris Poll, which ranks the 100 most visible companies in the US according to public reputation. In last year’s ratings, Samsung ranked seventh, and it ranked third in 2015, ahead of Apple and Google.


At the top of the rankings was Amazon for the second consecutive year, followed by Wegmans and Publix Super Markets. Other companies in the top ten include Apple, Google, and Tesla Motors, which was not included in last year’s rankings. Netflix and Microsoft each ranked in the top 20 (18th and 20th, respectively), while Facebook ranked 66th.

The Harris Polls (which is what the rankings are called) are based on an online survey of more than 30,000 adults in the US, carried out between November 28th and December 16th of last year. 

What the survey does is they study brand reputation based on six dimensions: social responsibility, vision and leadership, financial performance, products and services, workplace environment, and emotional appeal.

Samsung apart from suffering from the Note 7 issue also had to contend with their CEO being questioned by police after it was alleged he was involved in corruption along with impeached South Korean President Park Guen-Hye.

With the Mobile World Conference coming up in another week or so, people are already looking out for what Samsung might do and whether they will be unveiling the Galaxy S8.

Sadly they will not.

What they will do is unveil a new Android tablet at the show. But all is not lost as there have been reports that we will get a teaser video at the MWC which is on the 26th of February.

Also reports have suggested that we get the release date of Galaxy S8 the day after (that's the 27th)


According to Hankyung, a Korean outlet, Samsung’s DJ Koh will announce the Galaxy S8’s launch date at MWC 2017. The most recent rumors said the phone will be unveiled on March 29th at an Unpacked event in New York City, but the Galaxy S8 series won’t hit stores until a few weeks later — April 21st is one possible release date for the phone, according to a source with a good track record.

Koh previously confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will not make an appearance at the mobile trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

The Galaxy S8 might have come earlier but for the disaster with the Note 7 which meant that Samsung not only had to investigate but also had to figure out how to get safer batteries and so on.

The MWC is less than two weeks away, so till then we'll update you if we get something new.

After a mishap like what happened with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it's only natural that some caution would be taken going forward and that seems to be the case with Samsung and the S8 phone.

When Samsung announced what happened with the Note 7, they asserted that the issue really was with the battery  and the explosions came from complications with the battery. 

What that has done is that according to reports, the Samsung S8 will come with a smaller battery which means it won't last as long as people might have wanted.


This comes via Korean site The Investor and they claim that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will have smaller batteries than initially expected. 

According to the news source, the Galaxy S8 will pack a 3,000 mAh battery, while the phablet version will have a 3,500 mAh battery. This in comparison to last year's Galaxy S7 (3,000 mAh) and Galaxy S7 edge (3,600 mAh) shows just how much Samsung is playing it safe (the note 7's capacity was 3,500mAh).

According to News 1, a Samsung official was credited as saying, “After completing a range of tests, Samsung made a final decision to deploy the battery capacity for the two S8 variants,”

The idea of a smaller battery makes sense as it would be better for Samsung to play it safe. They have already changed their battery supplier to Japanese company Murata.

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The wait may finally be over. If rumours are to be believed, phone giant Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy J7 (2017) devices at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 event that will be held later this month.

Samsung had earlier stated that they would not be launching the Galaxy S8 at the MWC 2017, but some Korean news outlets are stating that a preview of the Galaxy S8 flagship phone would be showcased at the Samsung's upcoming press event. 

The reason for this is quite simple-- hype.

A lot has already been said of the S8 but with the issues trailing the Galaxy Note 7 still fresh in the minds of consumers, Samsung have been keen to push the Galaxy S8 and up the anticipation for the device as much as possible.

The Samsung press conference is slated to happen on Feb. 26 beginning at 7 PM CET. The teaser image of the press meet includes an outline of a tablet. It is speculated that the Galaxy Tab S3 that has been in the rumors since the third quarter of 2016 is most likely to get unleashed at the forthcoming event.

So what do we know about the Galaxy Tab S3? Not much, but online reports speculate that the Galaxy Tab S3 exists in Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 7420 chipset variants. Also the SoC of the device is supported by 4 GB of RAM. Out of the native storage of 32 GB, users are expected to get around 24 GB of user space. It has a rear-facing camera of 12-megapixel shooter and a 5-megapixel selfie snapper.

The physical Home button will include a fingerprint reader and it will be also featuring a USB Type-C port. The tablet will come in a Wi-Fi only edition as well as in a Wi-Fi + LTE variant.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 also seems to be getting the hype treatment at the forthcoming MWC. It's mid-range so it doesn't have all the cool specs that the flagship phone is expected to have, nevertheless it is still expected to come in two CPU editions of Snapdragon 625 and Exynos 7870 along with a 5.5-inch full HD screen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 16 GB storage, 2 GB of RAM, Android 7.0 Nougat OS and a 3,000 mAh battery. 

So the wait is almost over, it remains to be seen if Samsung will come through and announce the Samsung Galaxy S8, we hope so, cos that would be excellent, but till then fingers crossed.

If recent reports are to be believed, we could be seeing future Samsung phones using another operating system besides the Android.

The Korean company has been reported to be planning to use the Tizen 3.0. OS for one of their upcoming smartphones

According to GSM Arena, Samsung is developing a smartphone that will not run its usual Android OS and will instead be using the OS for their wearables and other tech products. 

Word on the street is that the Tizen 3.0. mobile OS will be incorporated to an upcoming Samsung phone dubbed as Samsung Pride.


Little is known about this phone but there have been suggestions that it would be like the Z series that was previously introduced by Samsung.

The said development of the device and the incorporation of the said OS aims to market voice control functionality rather than phone's hardware, according to Phone Arena. Also, Samsung Pride will reportedly feature Bixby, Samsung's newest virtual assistant.

The plan for the device is for it to be introduced to some of the more emerging markets such as India, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. In Europe, those interested in trying the Tizen 3.0 OS, may be able to purchase the device in Russia, as mentioned by the same website. There is still no news at the moment about a European release for Samsung's Tizen 3.0 smartphone.

Samsung truly want to take 2017 by storm, with the noise coming about the Galaxy S8 which is to launch in late March before becoming available for purchase in April.

What's interesting is that a report from the Guardian claims that users will be able to turn the S8 into an Android-running desktop computer by hooking it up to a dock, monitor and keyboard, with a new feature called desktop extension (DeX).

Expected to work in a similar manner to Microsoft’s Continuum, Samsung will likely use DeX to push the S8 as a bona fide business device.

Reports that have been swirling for a while also state that the Galaxy S8 will come in two different size options from 5-6-inches, and feature a larger screen than its predecessors.

The display will reportedly cover a huge chunk of the smartphone’s front face, what this means is that there's likely to be no room for a home button or even Samsung’s logo. The solution? they moved the fingerprint scanner to the phone’s rear side.

The two phone variants are said to feature dual-edge curved displays, like the Galaxy S7 Edge also contrary to earlier reports, it seems Samsung is keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack around.

The iris-scanning biometric technology used by the Note 7 will be included too, allowing users to unlock the S8 and authenticate purchases with their eyes.

This new ability to act as a desktop while not exactly new, would certainly be another reason why the Galaxy S8 might just be the go-to phone for 2017.

We've waited for months and months, with speculation and conspiracy theories flying about, but no more.

Finally Samsung have revealed what it was that caused many copies of the Galaxy Note 7 phablet to explode.

They released their findings as promised yesterday. According to the company’s own investigation and independent scientific analysis of the issues by three consulting bodies, the overheating was caused by separate problems in batteries sourced from two different suppliers.

Their report stated that the batteries sourced from Samsung SDI didn't have enough room between the heat-sealed protective pouch around the battery and its internals. Because the phone was so slim, tight quarters placed stress on the upper right corner of each battery. In the worst scenarios, that caused electrodes inside each battery to crimp and come into contact, leading to thermal runaway and short circuiting.

Focusing on the batteries sourced from Amperex Technology Limited, some cells were missing insulation tape, and some batteries had sharp protrusions inside the cell that led to damage to the separator between the anode and cathode. The batteries also had thin separators in general, which increased the risks of separator damage and short circuiting.

The findings were announced after testing 200,000 devices and 30,000 batteries in a giant charging and recharging test facility built for the task. Samsung mobile communications chief D.J. Koh says a team of 700 company engineers conducted internal testing, and independent reviews of potential problems were carried out by UL, Exponent, and TÜV Rheinland.

At the event announcing these findings Samsung stated that it has overhauled its safety testing process as a result of the investigations.

According to Koh, “We are taking responsibility for our failure to identify the issues arising out of the battery design and manufacturing process prior to the launch of the Note 7,”


Samsung added that it explored any potential problems involving system software, manufacturing, and Note 7 hardware during its months-long investigation. They tested with the phone’s iris-scanning feature turned on and off, downloaded third-party apps to see if that had any effect, and tested to see if USB-C charging played a role.

There were a lot of new technologies with the phone seeing as it was supposed to be a game changer of sorts and with this came the possibility of danger. But is seems it didn't. According to Jay Whitacre, a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, he said of USB-C charging having a role to play in the explosion, 
“It seems unlikely, since the battery-facing components in most phones are chips that are used broadly in many phones,

“A cell made to be fast-charged should be engineered to accept the high currents without overheating or having internal shorts. As long as a battery is designed to be fast-charged, it should pose no additional danger.”

Whatever perfect storm of power-management failures could have occurred, they shouldn’t have caused the battery to explode. Safe lithium-ion batteries have features that mitigate disaster in these types of situations, but short circuits and internal battery damage are harder to defend against.

“A well-designed battery with good safety considerations should be able to safely fail in the event of a faulty control circuit,” Whitacre says. “It might vent or puff up, but not actually burn or flame.”

Koh has stated that Samsung will now safety-test batteries at every point in the manufacturing process. They’ll also train employees at every level of the supply chain.

It is hoped that with this there is some progress made on the size of batteries viz a viz the size of the phone and that a disaster of this scale is prevented from ever happening again.

At the risk of sounding dramatic we want to say-- this is the moment you have all been waiting for!

Remember the Note 7, the Samsung flagship phone that was supposed to blow the iPhone out of the water and be really cool and have everyone like it but instead literally blew up in people's faces? Yeah, that one, the flight risk, the security hazard, the one that cost Samsung billions after two global recalls.

Well it seems that we'll finally learn what caused the mishap. Samsung had earlier revealed that they were going to investigate the matter and give out their findings and it seems the time is soon.

The Korean company has announced that it will be holding a press conference to explain exactly what happened with its flagship phablet, and what it will be doing to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

“Following several months of comprehensive investigations, Samsung executives will announce the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 incidents and quality enhancement plan during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on January 23, 2017 at 10am (KST)” said Samsung’s announcement of the conference.

The plan is for Samsung to use the conference to reveal its own findings and also that of “independent expert organisations who conducted their own investigation into various aspects of the Galaxy Note 7 incidents.”

It was further stated that the company will also use the opportunity to “unveil new measures Samsung has implemented in response to the incidents.”

The whole conference will be live streamed in the Samsung’s Newsroom, and will be simultaneously translated into English. 

So for those not in Korea, the streaming will be available on January 22 at 5pm (PST) in the US, and January 23 at 1am (GMT) in the UK, 12pm (AEDT) in Australia and for Nigeria it'll be at 2am.
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