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  1. New Samsung Galaxy S20 leak points to a 120Hz display, but no headphone jack The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus display said to be taller, too (Image credit: TechRadar) There are almost too many Samsung Galaxy S20 to keep up with this week, with the latest news strongly hinting at a 120Hz display but no 3.5mm headphone jack. And by 'strongly hinting' we mean 'nearly definitively confirming', as someone has had time with an alleged S20 Plus phone well before the February 11 launch event. This is essentially the Samsung Galaxy S11 Plus, of course, though all of the rumors have been coalescing around the Galaxy S20 name for Samsung's new phone series. Taking that into account, this S20 news backs up a previous leak, back when we were all calling it the S11, which first mentioned a choice between 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rates as an option within the Samsung OneUI beta software. Today's S20 Plus leak for the basically confirms those options in the larger handset, according to XDA Developers contributor Max Weinbach. He has photo evidence from a source with alleged access to one of the S20 Plus handsets. In other words, this could be coming to the whole Samsung smartphone line in 2020. (Image credit: XDA Developers / Max Weinbach) This leak also suggests the S20 Plus will have a 3,200 x 1,440 WQHD+ resolution display, which are longer dimensions thanks to a 20:9 aspect ratio. But you won’t be able to get 120Hz at this max resolution – the faster refresh rate will be capped at FHD+, per the leak. By default, Samsung's top-end flagships in recent years have all had QHD+ displays, but by default resolution has been 1080p out of the box. You had to change to QHD+ in the settings menu, which did drain the battery life faster. We're not certain most people notice the pixel-packing difference on handsets of this size. So the 120Hz existing only at FHD+ may be non-factor. Today's S20 news comes shortly after OnePlus revealed it’s working on 120Hz screen tech after releasing phones with 90Hz displays in 2019, while older rumors suggested the iPhone 12 line could get 120Hz displays as well. No headphone jack for the Galaxy S20 Plus? The XDA leak included another tidbit: a hands-on video from the source. This short video shows the ‘domino’ style rear camera block, though further info supplied to XDA affirms that the headphone jack is nowhere to be found. If true, and following the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 omission of a 3.5mm port, this finally spells the end of headphone jacks for Samsung flagships. And, appropriately, this should be the end of Samsung's long sneering at Apple for ditching the headphone jack starting with the iPhone 7. Samsung started down this road by losing them in the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus six months ago. Samsung reps justified the removal by claiming it allowed a bit more (100mAh) battery and improving haptic feedback. It’s not completely gone from Samsung top-line phones in 2020: the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite has a headphone jack, as we saw at CES 2020. Lastly, the XDA leak affirmed that the S20 phones would be retaining its predecessors’ in-screen ultrasonic scanners instead of swapping them out for optical scanners. Source: New Samsung Galaxy S20 leak points to a 120Hz display, but no headphone jack (TechRadar)
  2. Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 price could be much, much cheaper than we expected Less than half its predecessor’s price The Samsung Galaxy Fold (Image credit: Aakash Jhaveri) The original Samsung Galaxy Fold cost $1,980 / £1,900 / AU$2,999, which made it a startlingly pricey handset even if it was the first widely available foldable phone. If you wanted a phone with a bendable display but were put off by the price, you might be in luck, because a new rumor suggests the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could cost less than half what its predecessor did. This comes from South Korean news site iNews24, which suggests the Galaxy Fold 2 will be available from between 1 million South Korean won (roughly $860, £660, AU$1,250) and 1.5 million won (around $1,290, £990, AU$1,875). If the price is closer to the lower, regardless of what currency you’re buying it in, it’ll be available for less than half the cost of the original device. If true, this would be great news for people who were hoping for a more affordable phone, though that could be thanks to reduced specs (the original Galaxy Fold had a slightly-unnecessary six cameras) or perhaps thanks to a smaller form factor. We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 (or Galaxy Bloom, or Galaxy Z Flip, as we’ve heard it alternately named) to be a ‘clamshell’ device like an old flip phone, and if the Motorola Razr is any precedent, this form factor denotes a more affordable price point. It’s not actually clear where iNews24 got its figures from, as the article states the device’s ‘shipping price is reportedly being discussed with mobile operators' [roughly translated], implying but not explicitly stating one of those mobile operators leaked the information to the press. The article does suggest the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will be shown off at Samsung Unpacked alongside the Galaxy S20 series of phones – we’d expected that, but it’s reassuring to hear the idea backed up with this rumor. Whether the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 turns out to be the most affordable foldable phone yet with those low prices, a more ‘mid-range’ foldable (but still with a price below anything else like it), or just as pricey as its predecessor, we’ll apparently find out come February 11 at Samsung unpacked. Stay tuned to TechRadar in the mean time for all the leaks, rumors and news on the phonemaker's second big foldable handset. Source: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 price could be much, much cheaper than we expected (TechRadar)
  3. Real-world photos confirm Samsung’s next flagship phone is called the Galaxy S20 Because 20 is higher than 11, you see There will be no Samsung Galaxy S11. Instead, Samsung is jumping ahead to the S20. Rumors had been swirling about the branding change in recent weeks, and today XDA Developers published the first real-world shots of the Galaxy S20 Plus. The phone’s startup screen confirms the new name; maybe Samsung is naming by year now. And we also see that the front of the device has a center hole-punch cutout that’s similar to the selfie shooter from the Galaxy Note 10. Samsung has significantly toned down the curved sides of the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, with XDA’s source saying that the S20 Plus feels largely flat in hand. On the back, we get a look at Samsung’s large camera array for the S20 Plus, which is rumored to contain a regular wide lens, an ultra-wide, portrait, and a macro lens as the new, fourth option. On back is also one of the more optimistic, hopeful confidentiality stickers I’ve ever seen: it actually just flat out says “do not leak info.” So much for that. Samsung will unveil an entire line of Galaxy S20 devices at its Unpacked event on February 11th, including multiple screen sizes and some models with 5G connectivity. The company’s next foldable phone, perhaps called the Galaxy Bloom, is also expected to debut next month. Source: Real-world photos confirm Samsung’s next flagship phone is called the Galaxy S20 (The Verge)
  4. Samsung launches new T7 Touch portable SSD with a fingerprint sensor Samsung today announced the new T7 lineup of portable SSDs, the followup to the T5 model that debuted in 2017. The new model has a similar maximum capacity, which is 2TB, but Samsung is touting speed improvements thanks to the inclusion of USB 3.2 Gen 2. Thanks to the new interface, the drive can offer read speeds up to 1,050MB/s and write speeds up to 1,000 MB/s, making it twice as fast as the T5. Samsung also says the SSD can reach its maximum speed when used with the NVMe interface, though it doesn't specify the speeds for this mode. The T7 lineup will be available in two models, the T7 and the T7 Touch, but the latter is launching first. The most distinctive factor is that it has a fingerprint sensor that helps secure data stored in the drive. This is in addition to password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The regular T7, which is coming later, won't have a fingerprint sensor. In terms of construction, the new SSDs have an aluminum casing and feature a "motion sense" LED, which lets users know if the drive is being actively used. The device weighs in at 58 grams and measures 85x57x8.0mm. The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch will be available this month on over 30 countries around the world. It's available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB variants, with prices ranging from $129.99 to $399.99. It'll be available in silver and black models. The regular T7 will be available in the second quarter of the year. Source: Samsung launches new T7 Touch portable SSD with a fingerprint sensor (Neowin)
  5. Samsung announces new Odyssey gaming monitors at CES 2020 With the impending start of this year's CES comes an onslaught of new announcements, and Samsung isn't missing a beat. The company has announced a new lineup of Odyssey gaming monitors, and they're actually pretty impressive. The lineup is made up of the 49-inch G9 model and the G7 model, which comes in both 32- and 27-inch variants. Both models offer a 1000R curvature and QLED picture quality. The displays offer a 1ms response time and 240Hz refresh rate, with support for Adaptive Sync over DisplayPort 1.4 and G-SYNC Compatible certification in the works. Samsung also says the monitors have been completely redesigned with a "new take on what gaming monitors look like". As you might have guessed from the name, the G9 is the more impressive of the two models, and it's the world's first dual QHD (5120x1440, with a 32:9 aspect ratio) monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, as well as 1ms response time, and a peak brightness of 1000 nits. It also has Quantum dot technology combined with an HDR1000 VA panel, promising lifelike colors and vivid details. The design of the G9 is also rather unique, with a glossy white finish and an "infinity core" on the back, aligned with the stand. This area lights up in 52 different colors and offers five different lighting effects. If you're not into the dual-display aspect of the G9, the G7 model offers a lot of the same benefits in the 16:9 aspect ratio. It has the same curved display, response time, and refresh rate as the G9, and the resolution is still QHD, just not as wide, making it 2560x1440. It loses some brightness, maxing out at 600 nits, and thus, the HDR certification is only HDR600. It still uses Quantum dot technology and a VA panel, though. Like the G9, the smaller model has a core on the back which can light up in different ways, but the external body of the monitor is matte black instead of glossy white. The G7 also offers dynamic shapes and lighting on the front bezel. All of these displays will be available in the second quarter of the year, but you can read more about them on the official website in the meantime. Source: Samsung announces new Odyssey gaming monitors at CES 2020 (Neowin)
  6. Picture-in-picture is back, with 14 different layouts. Samsung revealed its new QLED 8K TV last night in Korea, and now the US unveiling is under way. We already heard about interesting features like its "digital butler" that will control other devices, including older stuff that can't connect to networks using an IR blaster, multitasking with picture-in-picture and the AI ScaleNet tech that streams "8K quality" video by downconverting it to 4K with the TV upscaling it again on the receiving end. To start with, it's working with Amazon Prime to upscale standard-def video to 4K. Naturally, support for AI assistants like Samsung's Bixby is built-in, and starting this year you can choose to use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa too. An Adaptive Picture feature recognizes the changing lighting in your room and automatically adjusts the display's settings to match. The Tizen OS also supports multitasking, with some 14 different ways to split up the screen, using side-by-side or various picture-in-picture layouts. Of course its Infinity Screen is impressive, with almost nothing surrounding the screen itself or distracting your eye. What you won't see are the speakers embedded into the back of the display that, in concert with its AI "Quantum" processor give a 5.1 surround sound effect that tracks objects as they move around the screen, and can sync up with compatible soundbars -- like the new ones Samsung just announced -- for fuller "Q-Symphony" sound. There's also an embedded Samsung Health app, with dedicated fitness content, and it allows owners to manage their workouts on the TV using a connected smartphone. Source
  7. Samsung TVs could ditch the bezel for an 'infinite' display – just like its smartphones Samsung ditches the frame (Image credit: 4Kfilme) Samsung is looking to shake up its TV range with an outside-the-box design philosophy that could see the manufacturer use a practically-invisible TV frame to maximize the impact of its QLED displays. The casing around the edge of the screen, or just the section of the screen that can't display images, is referred to as the 'bezel'; hence why the rumored set is being called a Zero Bezel TV. The leaked image was spotted by German tech outlet 4Kfilme. We've seen this before, of course – notably with Samsung's range of Galaxy Edge smartphones, which made use of an 'infinite' display that curved over the edge of the casing for an expansive (if fragile) screen. The TV display likely won't have a curved edge to the screen, though; we expect it will simply be a bezel so thin that a regular four or five feet viewing distance renders it invisible. We expect the name to something closer to 'Glass', 'Infinite' or 'Zero', rather than citing the bezel in the branding too – though the formal model numbers are said to be Q900T and Q950T. The reports come via Sammobile, which cites South Korean sources saying that the TV has been internally approved for manufacture, and will enter mass production in February 2020, in a 65-inch size and possibly larger. A Samsung employee reportedly told the site that, “Unlike other so-called ‘zero-bezel’ products that actually still had bezels, this product really doesn’t have a bezel. Samsung has become the first in the world to realize such an extreme design.” This is apparently down to Samsung managing to fuse the panel and casing of the television together. Zero confirmation Rumors are rumors, of course, but it would fit with what we've seen from Samsung before. LG, too, has experimented with the casing and form of its premium TVs, with an LG E9 OLED set that features an all-glass display, and really does help to make the pictures onscreen seem bigger and more impactful, without a firm edge hemming the images in – even if it can't get rid of the bezel entirely. A bezel-less set would also be a neat counterpoint to the Samsung Frame TV, which features a hugely thick bezel for a premium picture-frame design – and varying the scale and visibility of the bezel across Samsung's 2020 range will continue to cater to different tastes. CES 2020 is imminent, kicking off January 7, and there'll no doubt be some notable sets from all the major TV brands competing for our attention. Make sure you check back with TechRadar to see what Samsung does – and doesn't – end up showing off at the event. Source: Samsung TVs could ditch the bezel for an 'infinite' display – just like its smartphones
  8. Samsung claims it has sold 1 million Galaxy Folds From Galaxy Fold to Galaxy Sold Update, 12:52PM ET, December 13th, 2019: After the original publication of this artlce, Samsung has since clarified to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency that it hasn’t actually sold one million Galaxy Fold devices, despite what executive Young Sohn said on stage earlier this week. Yonhap says a company spokesperson “said Sohn may have confused the figure with the company’s initial sales target for the year, emphasizing that sales of the tech firm’s first foldable handset have not reached 1 million units.” The company did not clarify how many Galaxy Fold devices have been sold, but it earlier said that it targeted 500,000 units for this year. Samsung’s first folding phone may have been fraught with a stumbled launch, reliability woes, and a nearly $2,000 price tag, but that hasn’t stopped the company from finding a million people to buy the Galaxy Fold, according to Samsung Electronic’s president Young Sohn. Sohn revealed the stat onstage at TechCrunch’s Disrupt event in Berlin, stating that “there’s a million people that want to use this product at $2,000 each.” He then followed up to clarify that the company claims to have sold 1 million units of the Fold. One million sales isn’t very much compared to the tens of millions of phones that Samsung and Apple move each quarter, but for a device that’s this expensive and this unproven, it’s surprising nonetheless. Plenty of smaller manufacturers struggle to sell a fraction of that many phones even with much lower prices. The Fold officially went on sale in September, months later than originally planned due to numerous devices, including our first review unit, breaking in reviewers’ hands. Samsung canceled its original launch plans and went back to the drawing board, strengthening the phone’s design and revising parts of it to make it less prone to breakage. Other folding phones, such as Huawei’s Mate X, also saw delays in shipping, likely due to concerns about durability and longevity. But that hasn’t stopped others from jumping into the fray, including Motorola, which is planning to release its new folding Razr in January. You can watch the interview with Sohn below. Source: Samsung claims it has sold 1 million Galaxy Folds (The Verge)
  9. Samsung starts Android 10 update at a record pace: Only three months late International Exynos models get Android 10, but the US will have to wait. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Samsung is starting the slow and arduous process of updating its flagship smartphone to the latest version of Android: Android 10. This is just the beginning of the Android 10 rollout for Samsung, which, according to tracking from SamMobile, starts with Exynos-powered Galaxy S10s in European and Asian countries, including Germany, South Korea, the UK, India, Poland, and Spain. Android 10 came out on September 3, and with the first devices landing the update on November 28, Samsung took 86 days to begin to roll out stable builds of Android 10 across its user base. Samsung still has a long way to go to release Android 10 to everyone with a Galaxy S10, though. Devices in Europe, Africa, and most of Asia ship with a Samsung Exynos SoC, while devices in North America, South America, and China ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. So far, only the Exynos units have gotten the update. If Samsung follows last year's update timing, it will need another 40 days before its devices in the US get the update, which requires both a Qualcomm build of Samsung's software along with approval and "validation" meddling from US carriers. Samsung's direct "unlocked" customers get the worst end of the update stick and typically get the update last. In 2018, unlocked customers had to wait 55 days after the first rollout to get the update. For the record, Samsung's roadmap lists "January" as the Android 10 update timeframe for the Galaxy S10, but that does not specify SoC or carrier concerns. Samsung is actually improving compared to last year. The company took 141 days to first ship the 2018 Android update (Android 9 Pie) to its 2018 flagship, the Galaxy S9. Samsung taking three months to ship an OS update in 2019 might not sound impressive, but for Samsung, it's a big improvement. With recent core OS changes like Project Treble, Google has been making Android easier to update, and it seems like these improvements are even helping Samsung along. Samsung is still the worst major vendor when it comes to Android updates. Google offers day-one updates for the Pixel line, and others like OnePlus now follow close behind with updates that are just a few weeks late. Even if Samsung completes its Android 10 rollout in the next month—which would be a huge improvement—that's still far behind the competition. The whole ecosystem is slowly improving, with Google even putting out a blog post that credits Project Treble with improving update speed. In July 2018, just before Android 9 Pie launched, only 8.9% of the devices were on the previous version, Android 8 Oreo. This year, when Android 10 launched, 22.6% of the ecosystem had made it to the previous version, Android 9 Pie. Samsung likes to style itself as a competitor to Apple, but the company doesn't even attempt to compete with Apple's iPhone support package, which has day-one OS updates and a whopping five years of major OS updates. Samsung takes three to six months to ship an OS update and only does so for two years. Apple's superior support means its phones have a much higher resale value than any Android device, including Samsung's flagships. Samsung can skin Android to add new user-level features and changes, but it typically does not (or cannot) add new system-level APIs, security improvements, or core system changes. For that, it needs Google and major Android updates, and this year Android 10 brings a new gesture navigation system, even more modularization and easier updates with Project Mainline, new notification-panel features like smart replies and focus mode, and new emojis. There are tons of privacy and security changes, like scoped storage, which limits what apps have access to your other app data, more fine-grained privacy controls, and further hardening of the media stack against malicious files. Listing image by Ron Amadeo Source: Samsung starts Android 10 update at a record pace: Only three months late (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  10. Intel turns to Samsung for help keeping up with AMD, rumor claims Samsung to chip in with CPU production (Image credit: Intel) Intel has allegedly found a solution, or at least part of one, for its long-running supply issues with CPUs – which the firm admitted would be ongoing in a recent statement – and that solution is to enlist Samsung to help make more chips. This is according to Pulse News Korea (as highlighted by Tech Powerup), and as ever with rumors, we need to tread with caution – although in the aforementioned statement, Intel did specifically state that “we are increasing our use of foundries … to produce more Intel CPU products” (as well as Intel expanding its own manufacturing capacity). Rather than going to the likes of TSMC – which is used extensively by rival AMD, and apparently has little breathing room or capacity for taking on extra business right now – Intel has seemingly turned to Samsung’s fabs for help in making desktop processors, according to the report which cites the usual industry sources. Intel’s statement of last week, which apologized for the impact CPU shipment delays have had on PC manufacturers, appeared to pre-empt several complaints from major PC vendors that have emerged this week, including HP and Dell (along with Asus previously). As Anandtech reports, Jeffrey Clarke, COO of Dell, delivered the following rather sharp statement: “Intel CPU shortages have worsened quarter-over-quarter. The shortages are now impacting our commercial PC and premium consumer PC Q4 forecasted shipments.” Cause for concern While we’ve been hearing a lot in recent times about how AMD is dominating with its new Ryzen 3000 processors in the desktop arena, Intel is still firmly in control when you look at the overall CPU market, which includes the large number of laptops and business PCs that are still Intel-powered in the majority. However, if Intel is letting the major OEMs down to the point where they are coming out and making statements like the one from Dell above, which definitely aren’t beating around the bush – that’s obviously a cause for concern. Particularly now this situation has gone on for so long, with Intel’s issues in failing to produce enough 14nm processors going way back to last year (and all being tied in with the equally dire struggle to achieve viable yields in 10nm, in order to progress from 14nm). So this report has something of a ring of truth about it given the overall picture, and perhaps at this point, it’s unlikely Intel really cares how CPU production is upped – but just that it has to be ramped up, and quickly, before the confidence of big manufacturers really starts to ebb. Source: Intel turns to Samsung for help keeping up with AMD, rumor claims (TechRadar)
  11. Samsung and other OEMs could have become wary of using Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on their future devices next year due to recent security issues. Samsung bucked the industry trend and went with Qualcomm's ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 which uses ultrasonic waves to read one's fingerprint in 3D, while almost every other OEM went with an optical in-display fingerprint scanner. It was touted that Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner was faster, secure, and more reliable. However, the real-life experience turned out to be exactly the opposite as the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series were panned for their slow fingerprint scanner performance. Worse, a major security flaw was discovered with the fingerprint scanner on these flagship Galaxy devices which allowed almost anyone to unlock the phones. This security flaw led to many banks disabling the fingerprint sign-in feature in their app for the S10 and Note 10. Samsung was quick to roll out an update and fix the flaw but the issue had already had a negative impact on the company's image by then. An official from a Korean telecommunications company says Samsung ended up going with Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner despite security issues. These same security concerns could make other OEMs hesitant to adopt the technology in their future devices. A local analyst also believes that Samsung could end up ditching the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner for optical in-display fingerprint scanners made by Korean companies in 2020. Qualcomm is expected to announce its second generation ultrasonic fingerprint scanner at the upcoming Snapdragon Tech Summit which should address these security concerns and further improve the performance of the scanner. The company will also announce its flagship Snapdragon 865 chip for 2020 at the same event. Source: Samsung hesitant to use Qualcomm's unsecure ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in future phones (via Neowin) p/s: This news is better suited to be posted under Security & Privacy News instead of Mobile News, as the article highlights the security issue of Qualcomm's 3D fingerprint scanner in mobile phones.
  12. Samsung will soon start rolling out the Android 10 + One UI 2.0 update for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series. While Android 10 itself brings a number of new features, Samsung has also improved its skin and added a number of new features to One UI 2.0. Here’s a look at some of the major new One UI 2.0 features. One UI 2.0 will be making its way to all Samsung devices that will get the Android 10 update. One UI itself was a huge overhaul from Samsung in the UI/UX department and it introduced a polish that was previously missing from the company’s devices. With One UI 2.0, Samsung is further polishing its skin while also adding some useful features to it. The Korean giant is already beta testing One UI 2.0/Android 10 for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. You can take part in the beta program if you have an eligible device and if the program is live in your country by using the Samsung Members app. Below is a look at some of the major new features of One UI 2.0/Android 10 that you will be able to enjoy once the update lands on your device. Top new features New animations One UI 2.0 comes with new system animations that are far more fluid in nature. The fluid animations finally help in adding a level of smoothness to Samsung’s UI/UX that can rival iOS. The jank that was usually found in Samsung smartphones due to jerky animations is nowhere to be found in One UI 2.0. Right from the new app opening animation to the app switcher one, every new animation has been thoughtfully designed by Samsung and they don’t feel being added just for the sake of it. Compact Quick settings panel While the Quick Settings panel in One UI 2.0 looks the same as it did in its previous iteration, it now has a more compact layout which means it fits more tiles than before. Its functionality and features remain unchanged though. Android 10 navigation gestures Samsung is adding Google’s new Android 10 gestures to One UI 2.0 as well. This is in addition to its own navigation gestures which were also a part of the original One UI/Android 9.0 Pie release. The new Android 10 navigation gestures are more fluid in nature and are more intuitive to use compared to Samsung’s navigation gestures and the half-baked gestures that Google had debuted in Android 9.0 Pie. The catch here is that one can only use the Android 10 navigation gestures in One UI 2.0 with the stock launcher. Those gestures do not work with third-party launchers. The issue was also present on the Pixel 4 initially before Google got around to adding support for third-party launchers. It is likely that the stable release of One UI 2.0/Android 10 will support third-party launchers. Night mode renamed to Dark mode Samsung added a native Dark mode to One UI almost a year before Google got around to adding it with Android 10. For some strange reason though, Samsung called it Night mode instead of Dark mode. With the One UI 2.0 update, Samsung has renamed Night mode to Dark mode, in line with what Google and Apple are calling it. New Device Care UI The Device Care section has received a UI overhaul in One UI 2.0. It now displays all the relevant information in an easy to understand UI. The battery usage screen also has a new UI which gives more insight into app usage and battery usage over a week, though this feature is a part of Android 10. Redesigned Camera app The Camera app has again received a slight redesign as a part of the One UI 2.0 update. Apart from updated UI elements, Samsung now hides all the available camera modes under the More section which gives the app a cleaner look. You do have the option of customizing the list of modes that are shown above the shutter button so you can keep the ones that you tend to use more and hide others. Slow-motion Selfies Taking a cue from Apple’s book, Samsung has added slow-motion video recording support for the front camera in One UI 2.0. This feature is limited to only flagship Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series though. Redesigned volume controls The volume controls have also been redesigned in One UI 2.0. They are now sleeker and smaller in size. OneDrive integration in Gallery app When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10 series earlier this year, it announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft. As a part of this partnership, Samsung will phase out all its cloud services and switch its users to offerings from Microsoft. Building on that partnership, Samsung is integrating OneDrive with the Gallery app meaning you can automatically backup all your photos to OneDrive. Samsung has rolled out this feature to selected Galaxy Note 10 units running Android 9.0 Pie but a wider rollout will only happen with the One UI 2.0 + Android 10 update. Enhanced Digital Wellbeing This is a feature that's part of the Android 10 update from Google rather than One UI 2.0. Nonetheless, Digital Wellbeing has been further improved with the addition of Focus mode and Wind Down. The former blocks notifications from all apps except the ones selected by you to help avoid distractions. As for Wind Down, it turns the phone's display into greyscale and blocks notifications making it ideal for use before you go to bed. Improved Pro mode in Camera App The Pro camera mode has been improved and now supports opening the shutter for up to 30 seconds. Previously, this was capped at 10 seconds. The maximum ISO limit has also been increased and one can now bump the ISP up to 3200. Sadly, the Pro mode is still limited to the primary camera and does not support the ultra wide-angle or telephoto camera on devices like the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. Samsung is expected to start rolling out the One UI 2.0 + Android 10 update for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 by the end of this year. One UI 2.0 will also be making its way to older Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, etc. Source: Top features of Samsung's One UI 2.0/Android 10 Update for Galaxy S10 and Note 10 (via Neowin)
  13. With the Galaxy S10, Note 10, and Galaxy Fold launch behind it, Samsung is now focusing on its 2020 flagship -- the Galaxy S11. The first set of rumors surrounding the device point to it coming with a 108MP camera sensor. So far we have seen the likes of the Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro launch with a 64MP camera sensor; and Xiaomi is scheduled to launch a smartphone with a 108MP camera later this week. The sensor is a result of a collaboration between Samsung and Xiaomi. For comparison, most flagship Android smartphones and even the iPhone 11 series features a primary 12MP camera. So far, we have only seen mid-range and budget Android smartphones adopt camera sensors with a resolution higher than 12MP. The source of the leak is a reliable Samsung tipster, however, as per his tweet itself, its clear that things are yet to be finalized by Samsung and they could still change. If Samsung does end up going with a 108MP sensor on the Galaxy S11, it would be a newer model than the one it announced earlier this year in partnership with Xiaomi. A higher resolution camera does not equate to better image quality. The 108MP camera sensor that Samsung has developed in collaboration with Xiaomi is bigger (1/1.33-inch) than a traditional smartphone camera sensor. This gives it an edge in terms of dynamic range as it can absorb more light. However, it also has smaller 0.8um individual pixels meaning it will struggle in low-light scenarios. To bypass this limitation, Samsung is using its Tetracell technology to produce 27MP images using pixel binning. Samsung flagships have been lagging in the camera department compared to other Android flagships and even the iPhone. The company is expected to focus on the camera performance of the Galaxy S11 series and we could see it come up with a radically different camera setup to surpass the competition. Source: Samsung Galaxy S11 could feature a 108MP camera (via Neowin)
  14. Declining demand for chips hurts the electronics giant's bottom line. Samsung's mobile division showed improvement during the company's third quarter. Samsung was hit hard in its third quarter by the slowdown in tech. The company on Wednesday reported a steep drop in operating profit amid ongoing weakness in the chip industry. But the company's bottom line was buoyed by stronger smartphone sales. The South Korean electronics giant reported its third-quarter operating profit for the three-month period ending on Sept. 30 came in at 7.7 trillion won ($6.6 billion), a drop of nearly 56% from the year-ago period. It also said its revenue dropped 5.3% to 62 trillion won ($53 billion). Both amounts were slightly better than what analysts expected, according to Thomson Reuters, but they mark a sharp reversal from the same period a year ago -- Samsung's best ever. The company bucked general weakness in the smartphone market, which has suffered from increasing phone prices and consumers upgrading less often. But in the third-quarter, revenue from its mobile division increased 17.4% to 29.25 trillion won. The company credited strong sales of its Galaxy Note 10 and A-series phones. "Mobile earnings in the third quarter improved significantly [quarter on quarter] on robust shipments of the flagship Galaxy Note 10, a better product mix and higher profitability in the mass-market segment," Samsung said in its earnings statement. "The Galaxy Note 10 in the third quarter exceeded its predecessor's sales performance, presenting double-digit growth in volume." Samsung has been counting on its less expensive handsets, specifically its A-Series devices, to get consumers shopping again. It's unlikely the new Galaxy Fold, which starts at $1,980, will boost its financial results. But Samsung sees the foldable as the future of smartphones. Samsung said it expects smartphone shipments to decline in the fourth quarter year-over-year as flagship sales weaken after post-launch highs. Samsung is best known as the world's biggest phone and TV maker, but it also sells more memory chips than any other company on the planet. It generates more revenue from semiconductors than any other vendor, including the former long-term leader, Intel. But when prices and demand for chips fall, Samsung takes a hit -- as it did in the third quarter. Revenue from the company's semiconductor business fell 29% to 17.59 trillion won. But the company said it's optimistic that the sector will see a slight rebound. Looking ahead, Samsung said 2020 should be "viewed with caution" amid economic uncertainties, but it sees signs of increased demand from data centers and expansion of 5G smartphones. Source
  15. Samsung Developer Conference (SDC 2019) is underway today, and the firm announced two new laptops – the Galaxy Book Ion and Galaxy Book Flex. The Galaxy Book Ion is a traditional clamshell laptop, whereas the Galaxy Book Flex, as the name suggests, is a 2-in-1 convertible with a 360-degree hinge. Both devices come with 13 and 15-inch screen size options and sport QLED displays, something the company claims to be the world’s first on a laptop. The QLED screens can reach an impressive 600 nits in brightness in Outdoor Mode, making them suitable for use well, outdoors. While QLED is only slowly gaining adoption, the addition of this technology should enable richer, vibrant colors and aid in reducing battery consumption in comparison to LCDs. Samsung claims that these devices have long-lasting batteries owing to the “power-conserving displays”. Another noteworthy addition is the inclusion of the company’s Wireless PowerShare feature. This lets users charge their Qi wireless-compatible devices right off the trackpad. The Galaxy S10 and Note10 work in a similar manner, although the devices being charged need to placed on the backs of the handsets. However, the power output of this feature is not known. As for the internals, both devices come with Intel’s 10th gen Core processors. The 13 and 15-inch flavors of the Book Flex house the 10nm Ice Lake chips, while the Book Ion comes with 14nm Comet Lake chips. The exact processor specifications have not been announced yet. The laptops are also verified by Intel’s Project Athena – guaranteeing instant-on capabilities and improved connected standby, something that the latest 10th-gen Intel processors enable. The latest Surface devices – Laptop 3 (13-inch) and Pro 7 also come with these capabilities. The feature essentially ensures that the laptop does not go into hibernation and allows for the device to wake up instantly when the lid is opened, all while using very little power. The 13-inch versions of either laptop come with integrated graphics, while the 15-inch versions can also be had with 2GB of discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics. The devices can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and a one terabyte SSD. Surprisingly, the Book Ion allows for expansion of memory and storage, as it comes additional slots for RAM and storage. Moving on to ports, the Book Flex does not come with USB-A. However, three USB Type-C ports can be found, two of which are Thunderbolt 3. The Book Ion, in contrast, comes with two USB 3.0 Type-A ports. It also adds an HDMI port to the mix. Both devices house 3.5 mm headphone jacks and a microSD slot. Both devices sport Windows Hello fingerprint authentication. The Galaxy Book Flex also comes with an S Pen that can be stored inside the device, similar to the Notebook 9 Pen. Like on the Note10, the S Pen supports gestures on the Book Flex, which is a neat addition for those who like it. From initial impressions, the Galaxy Book Ion and Book Flex look more like portable ultra-books and not some serious gaming/editing machines. The displays, though QLED, are limited to 1080p Full HD resolution on both devices, which might be a let-down. The laptops will be available starting in December in select markets. Exact processor specs and pricing are currently unknown. There still isn’t any news on the Qualcomm 8cx-powered Galaxy Book S, and it will be interesting to see if these devices are made available together. Gallery: Galaxy Book Ion and Book Flex Source: Samsung unveils Galaxy Book Ion and Flex laptops powered by 10th-gen Intel processors (via Neowin)
  16. Samsung began rolling out Android 10 based One UI 2.0 Beta builds to Galaxy S10 devices early this month amid reports of a possible delay. The successor to Android 9.0 Pie-based One UI is more of an iterative update that brings with it polishes and improvements to existing features along with Android 10-specific features such as the gesture navigation system. However, users that are running the beta builds were in for a surprise when a recent update locked them out of their devices – refusing to accept any authentication methods. Users running recent One UI 2.0 Beta builds began reporting that they were unable to unlock their devices through the way of a pin, password or biometrics after restarting the phones. The only preventive measure for those that still had access to their device was to disable all lock screen authentication methods through the Lock Screen settings. For those that were locked out, one of the ways to circumvent the issue was by deleting all authentication methods through Samsung’s Find My Mobile service (provided it was enabled). However, if that service was not enabled, there was no other option but to reset the device and roll back to Android 9 Pie through Smart Switch. Some users also reported that they have been unable to set a pin/password even after rolling back to Pie. Considering the severity of the issue, the firm was quick to release a hotfix for the problem that is now rolling out to all One UI 2.0 Beta users. The critical update package is about 131MB in size, carrying build number G970FXXU3ZSL and should be available to all S10 variants running the beta software. It should be noted that users that are currently locked out will have to either delete their authentication presets first or roll back and re-join the beta since the device will not initiate the update if the device is locked. Running beta software always brings a few risks with it, so it is best to have one’s device backed up in case something goes wrong. As a precaution for any such issues in the future, you can turn on Find My Mobile from Settings > Biometrics and Security > Find My Mobile. Source: 1. Samsung rolls out hotfix for One UI 2.0 Beta after update locks out users (via Neowin) 2. Critical Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta update out, fixes device lock issue (via SamMobile)
  17. With the 2019 flagships out of the way, it's time to look forward to the 2020 flagships. One of the first rumors surrounding the Galaxy S11 is in. Аlthough, most of it is already expected. For starters, the S11 family is expected to come with Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 9830 depending on the market. But that's hardly of anyone's surprise. Perhaps the usual market arrangements will be at hand - Snapdragon 865 for China and the US and Exynos 9830 for the rest of the world. The lines of code that were discovered in Samsung's One UI 2.0 beta also suggest that the phone will have a face unlock feature, which isn't a new thing again, but confirms we are not getting an elevating selfie camera and Samsung is likely sticking with the punch hole design. Hardware-wise, the code reveals LPDDR5 memory, UFS 3.0 storage and 5G support. It's unknown, however, whether there will be a 4G version or all will have 5G support. Source: Samsung Galaxy S11 to come with Exynos 9830/SD 865 and LPDDR5 RAM (via GSMArena)
  18. JayDee

    Laptop Not Reading Galaxy S9

    Hello Nsaners, hope someone can assist me with the following. I have a Galaxy S9 with the latest update installed (G960FXXU7CSJ1/G960F0CM7CSJ1/G960FXXU7CSI6). I have been trying to connect it to my laptop but I keep failing every single time. The below are checked more than once • Android Driver correctly installed • USB debugging is enabled • Wiped cache partition • Tried different cable • Tried the USB C converter that came with the phone. No USB detected
  19. Samsung announces Exynos 990 with support for 120Hz refresh rate and more Samsung unveiled today its latest mobile processor based on 7nm process technology with support for future phones that will feature demanding artificial intelligence (AI), video, and 5G capabilities. The Exynos 990 is complemented by an Arm Mali-G77 GPU based on the new Valhall architecture. The new mobile processor is claimed to have a 20% performance boost compared to its predecessor, thanks to its tri-cluster CPU structure comprising two custom cores, two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores. In addition, the Mali-G77 GPU is also said to feature up to a 20% improvement in graphic performance or power efficiency. Of particular interest is Samsung's inclusion of a 120Hz refresh-rate capability in the processor, which could pave the way for future Galaxy devices with a higher display refresh rate. Existing phones built by the South Korean tech giant do not have this feature, which would otherwise make animations much smoother. Currently, only a few rival handsets from Chinese phone makers support a 120Hz display refresh rate such as ASUS' ROG Phone II and the Razer Phone 2. On the AI aspect, the Exynos 990 includes a dual-core neural processing unit (NPU) and new digital signal processor capable of performing more than ten-trillion operations per second. The NPU, in particular, supports on-device AI process that Samsung says will boost smartphone security and efficiency. To meet future 5G connectivity requirements, Samsung also introduced the 7nm-based 5G Exynos Modem 5123 with support for the sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums, as well as 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE networks. The processor's memory bandwidth also supports LPDDR5 data rates of up to 5,500 megabits per second. Samsung will kick off mass production of the Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123 by the end of 2019. Source: Samsung announces Exynos 990 with support for 120Hz refresh rate and more (Neowin)
  20. Samsung might be working on 'Lite' versions of the S10 and Note10 flagships Samsung launched its flagship smartphone offerings, the Galaxy S10 line and the Galaxy Note10 line this year. The phones interestingly came in three and two variants respectively, with the S10e and Note10 being the relatively “affordable” options. However, a new report suggests that the South Korean firm might be working on bringing a ‘Lite’ version of both the flagships which will supposedly be called the S10 Lite and Note10 Lite. These devices might be reminiscent of the “Mini” series that the company used to offer with its flagship offerings. While the specifications, prices, and exact timeline for the release of the devices are yet unknown, it will be interesting to see where the company positions such a device. The Note10 Lite does make sense in that it could make the S Pen accessible to more users at a lower price point. The near $1000 price for even the smaller Note10 is nowhere close to affordable and hence paves the way for a cheaper option with lower specs. However, the cheaper S10’s positioning will be interesting. The upper-mid-range A series phones pack in flagship specs themselves, such as the A90 5G that houses a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6/8GB of RAM depending on the market, 128GB internal memory with options to expand storage, a 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging, and an array of cameras. While the cameras may not match the prowess of the flagship offerings from the company, the A90 5G beats the S10e, Samsung’s current affordable flagship, in many aspects as far as specs are concerned. As with all rumors, it is best to take these reports with a grain of salt. Plans often change internally and the said devices may never see the light of the day. If they do, however, it will be worth seeing how the company markets these devices and where they slot them into their current product portfolio. Source: SamMobile (1), (2) Source: Samsung might be working on 'Lite' versions of the S10 and Note10 flagships (Neowin)
  21. Samsung's One UI 2.0 features detailed, beta release delayed to later this month Samsung debuted a major refresh of its take on Android through the One UI interface based on Android 9.0 Pie. The update brought with it a fresh look and was a step in the right direction for the company’s Android skin, coming from the much-criticized TouchWiz and the more recent Samsung Experience. With Android 10 now officially available, it is no surprise that the company is working on the update to One UI based on the latest version of the OS – dubbed One UI 2.0. Samsung begins testing beta versions of the OS with a limited number of users and then broadens out the beta rollouts. Earlier reports suggested that the first One UI 2.0 betas would arrive as early as today for users in South Korea, Germany, and the United States. This was officially teased by the firm as well. While the beta release has been delayed to later this month (also confirmed by the company), one of PhoneArena’s S10+ handsets received the firmware update, bringing a build of the One UI 2.0 beta, giving us a first look at the changes in tow. Image: PhoneArena As expected, One UI 2.0 doesn’t bring any major changes to the experience. It is an iterative update that improves upon some features while also adopting the improvements from Android 10. A summary of some of the new features includes: Fullscreen gestures Enhanced one-handed mode New Media & Devices Enhanced Biometrics New Battery usage graph Improved Digital Wellbeing Enhanced Samsung Internet, Contacts, Calendar, Reminder, My Files, Calculator Android Auto is now preloaded Removed Android Beam With One UI 2.0, it looks like Samsung is finally providing users with the option of using the Google way of gesture navigation. The current navigation gestures have seen mixed reviews, so users that prefer Google’s implementation should be delighted with this change. The firm is also bringing in enhancements to one-handed mode. The volume sliders, too, are being redesigned. Other minor improvements include improved device stats, the addition of more Digital Wellbeing options, enhanced options for biometric authentication (including the option to have the fingerprint icon shown on the Always-On-Display (AOD) for quicker sign-ins), and notification quick replies. When it comes to features specific to Samsung, there are improvements to the inbuilt apps, additional settings for Wireless Powershare, lock screen enhancements, and more. Since this is the first One UI 2.0 beta, there are chances that more enhancements/changes are on their way in future updates. It is also possible that not all of these will make it to the final update that heads out to all users. The first beta is expected to be released to the S10 family of devices (excluding the S10+ 5G) for the time being, with the Note10 following suit. While there are no concrete dates for the rollout, expect the update to start showing up sometime later this month for users that have opted-in through the Samsung Members app. Participation is usually limited, so it is best to check if you are lucky to get through to the seed list via the app. Though Android 10 has been out for a little over a month, it is surprising to see Samsung begin testing the next major Android update for its devices already. The company has always been critiqued for being slow with updates, but it may be a different story this time if the firm succeeds in getting the updates out for its handsets earlier than the many months it has previously taken. Gallery: Samsung One UI 2.0 Beta Source: Samsung's One UI 2.0 features detailed, beta release delayed to later this month (Neowin)
  22. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: ‘good’ is as good as it gets The best* smartwatch for Android users I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 for about a week now, and it has accomplished something remarkable: it’s made me decide to stop saying there are no good smartwatch options for Android users. Released just six months after its predecessor, the Active 2 is a reasonably good option. Some software issues keep it from being great, though. And if your phone isn’t made by Samsung, plan on some software annoyances. The obvious and clear success of the Apple Watch for iPhone owners has made the dearth of quality options for Android phones feel that much more acute. But Samsung has been quietly plugging away at improving the Galaxy Watch and the software that runs it. The result is a watch that checks off most of the boxes smartwatch buyers should care about. Our review of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Verge Score 7.5 out of 10 Good Stuff Touch-sensitive bezel Offline Spotify Decent battery life Bad Stuff Requires too many Samsung phone apps to work Bixby No good mapping solutions The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a round smartwatch that starts at $279, though you can pay higher prices depending on the size and LTE. It comes in 40 and 44mm sizes, has a few different finishes, and the watch bands can be easily swapped out. (The original Active is still available and slightly less expensive. The original Galaxy Watch with a physical rotating bezel is also sticking around for a higher price.) I like how unassuming the Active 2 looks. I have the basic black model, and its matte finish and slightly curved glass give it simple, clean lines. In a world where most Android smartwatches either look explicitly like fitness bands (the Fitbit) or emulate big, expensive watches (hiding how big they need to be), the Active 2 just looks like a simple watch. It is not a watch I expected to exist because its predecessor is barely six months old. The main problem with the last one is that Samsung whiffed on supporting the very best feature of the Galaxy Watch lineup: a rotating bezel for scrolling through the software. The Active 2 doesn’t fully bring that back, but it now has a touch-sensitive capacitive ring around the screen. Dragging your finger around it to scroll through various screens feels much more intuitive than just swiping because the Active 2’s interface is mostly built on circles. More specifically, the software works by presenting you with a lot of screens you can quickly scroll through. In one direction, you have notifications. In the other, there are a bunch of widgets with discrete pieces of information. I enjoy jamming through these screens more with a physical bezel, but the touch-sensitive one isn’t terrible and much better than not having this kind of control at all. One of the reasons this interface works is that it’s fast. Especially if you go with a simple watchface that doesn’t have a bunch of information in complications, it’s convenient to just rotate through your weather, calendar, and fitness. (It’s such a good idea that Google lifted it wholesale for Wear OS.) That would never work if the watch were slow. You will have some delays when launching full apps, but the widget system means you don’t have to that often. I also like that it has Spotify on it, and it’s relatively easy to download Spotify playlists directly to the watch. But the quality of third-party apps drops off steeply from there. There’s no built-in mapping or directions app, and the app store doesn’t have anything good to fill the gap. The third-party app situation isn’t very good at all, but then again, it’s not great on any platform. Some reviewers have pointed out that there are YouTube and Twitter apps, but the YouTube one never worked for me, and the Twitter client involved an insecure signup process. Avoid them. Besides, there’s a whole damn web browser built into the watch if you really want to access those sites. And yes, trying to navigate the web on a watch is as hilariously bad as you think. There is a huge selection of third-party watchfaces to back up the many preinstalled faces from Samsung. I love having these options, but I feel like a little more curation could go a long way. I had to wade through a lot of gaudy watchfaces to find something I liked. The Active 2 also does some things that other smartwatches (like the Apple Watch) can’t pull off, like a built-in sleep tracker and a very clever “goodnight” mode that turns off the always-on screen and notifications. Oh, right: it has an always-on screen option, as all watches should. The screen looks great to me, even when viewing it outdoors in bright sunlight. I left it on and regularly got two full days of battery life, sometimes a little more if I didn’t exercise. Speaking of exercise, you should think of this as a smartwatch first and a fitness tracker second. Samsung does have a lot of tracking options and Samsung Health is actually better than you might expect, but overall accuracy in terms of steps and distance has been problematic. The other hassle with the Active 2 is, well, Samsung. If you’re using an iPhone, just move on and buy an Apple Watch. If you’re using a Samsung phone, you likely have everything you need to pair up with this watch. If you’re not, you will need to install several pieces of helper software, and it gets really onerous. Agree to Continue: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Every smart device now requires you to agree to a series of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every single one of these agreements. But we’re going to start counting exactly how many times you have to hit “agree” to use devices when we review them since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate. Although what you need to agree to may vary depending on what kind of phone you’re setting it up with, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 requires you to agree to: The Samsung Privacy policy A Samsung End User License agreement These agreements are not negotiable, and you cannot use the watch at all if you don’t agree to them. There are many other optional agreements. Some of them — like the agreements for health tracking and voice services — are optional, but they will keep the watch from doing the core things you bought it for, like tracking steps or voice search. Samsung Voice services Privacy Policy Find My Watch and Find My Phone location services acknowledgement HERE mapping Terms of Service HERE mapping Privacy Policy Report Diagnostic Info consent Marketing Information consent Samsung Health Terms and Conditions Samsung Health Privacy Policy Final tally: two mandatory agreements, eight optional agreements. Full disclosure: there may be more, but as a Samsung user, I already had a Samsung account and whatever agreements were necessary to set that up. If you can get past all that, you need to contend with the voice assistant on the watch: Bixby. Bixby is better than it gets credit for, but it doesn’t get much credit from anybody. Using it to transcribe short bits of texts works. But anytime you aim for something more ambitious, you’re in for a delay at best or a sad message that it can’t do it at worst. Since the third-party app situation on the Active 2 is so poor, you end up having to go to Bixby to do things like control smart home gadgets. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the best* smartwatch for Android users. (The * isn’t a typo; it’s the indicator that there are some big caveats.) The Active 2 gets the basics right: it looks good, lasts at least a couple of days on a charge, has an always-on screen, and runs software that’s fast and easy to use. That is more than I can say for any other Android-compatible smartwatch. But the thin third-party app support, iffy fitness tracking accuracy, and sometimes onerous Samsung software keep it from being great. Still, I think it’s a good smartwatch. For Android users, “good” is as good as it gets. I’ll take it. Source: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: ‘good’ is as good as it gets (The Verge)
  23. They have built-in access to Google Assistant and Play Store. Samsung has released not one, but two follow-up devices to the Chromebook 3, and they're both just as affordable as their predecessor. The Chromebook 4 has an 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768 pixel) display and weighs 2.6 pounds like its predecessor, while the larger Chromebook 4+ has a 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) display and weighs in a bit more at 3.75 pounds. Both devices are powered by a Celeron N4000 processor and can have up to 64GB of storage and up to 6GB of RAM. They also have Gigabit Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as built-in access to Google Assistant and the Play Store. Samsung says the smaller Chromebook can last up to 12.5 hours on a single charge, though, while the larger one has a shorter battery life that lasts up to 10.5 hours. As you can see in the photos, the smaller device also seems to have wider bezels. You probably won't leave your bank account empty whichever you choose: Chromebook 4's prices start at $230, while the Chromebook 4+ will set you back at least $300. They're now available from Best Buy, Samsung's website and from select retailers. More At :[ Samsung ] Source
  24. SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has ended mobile telephone production in China, it said on Wednesday, hurt by intensifying competition from domestic rivals in the world’s biggest smartphone market. The shutdown of Samsung’s last China phone factory comes after it cut production at the plant in the southern city of Huizhou in June and suspended another factory late last year, underscoring stiff competition in the country. The South Korean tech giant’s ceased phone production in China follows other manufacturers shifting production from China due to rising labor costs and the economic slowdown. Sony also said it was closing its Beijing smartphone plant and would only make smartphones in Thailand. But Apple ) still makes major products in China. Samsung’s share of the Chinese market shrank to 1% in the first quarter from around 15% in mid-2013, as it lost out to fast-growing homegrown brands such as Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi Corp , according to market research firm Counterpoint. “In China, people buy low-priced smartphones from domestic brands and high-end phones from Apple or Huawei. Samsung has little hope there to revive its share,” said Park Sung-soon, an analyst at Cape Investment & Securities. Samsung, the world’s top smartphone maker, said it had taken the difficult decision in a bid to boost efficiency. It added it would however continue sales in China “The production equipment will be re-allocated to other global manufacturing sites, depending on our global production strategy based on market needs,” it said in a statement, without elaborating. Samsung declined to specify the Huizhou plant’s capacity or its numbers of staff. The factory was built in 1992, according to the company. South Korean media said it employed 6,000 workers and produced 63 million units in 2017. That year, Samsung manufactured 394 million handsets around the world, according to its annual report. The company has expanded smartphone production in lower-cost countries, such as India and Vietnam, in recent years. Source
  25. Hi all, I've got an old Dell Inspiron R15 N5010 laptop which has a 320GB Samsung SATA HDD in it. The HDD is detected in BIOS, but not showing whie trying to install any OS. So, I removed the HDD & installed a SSD in it, which solved the problem. Now, I have some important old photos in the Samsung HDD. I need to recover them from the drive, but it's not getting detected when I tried to connect it with a USB adapter. I guess the circuit board of the HDD is damaged. A friend of mine told me to replace the circuit board with another HDD circuit board for the drive to get detected. But I doubt that it might get only detected if I changed the circuit board with another working Samsung 320GB HDD board. Now I need a solution to my doubt. I already have a 500GB Hitachi HDD (dead, but I believe the circuit board is still working). Will the Samsung HDD work if I change it's circuit board with the Hitachi HDD, or I need an exact model of the same drive? Thanks.
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