Carrier pre-orders are beginning to arrive on door steps. In fact if you ordered your Galaxy S8 or S8+ from Verizon or T-Mobile you more than likely already have your phone. If you were waiting on the unlocked version to become available you can pre-order that now. The unlocked version won't have all the carrier bloat that you would get with the phone otherwise. You will also be able to take it out of the country for use on GSM networks, and will be able to easily change between networks at home. The one major set back to going this route is speed of updates. Samsung is notorious for saving unlocked models for last when it comes to updates. I have spoken with some unlocked S7E users who have still not received the update to Nougat which is just mind boggling. If updates aren't important to you and you need an unlocked phone you can hit up the link below to pre-order.
If you have purchased a single Google Home for your family to use you may have been annoyed that it only had support for one user. This meant that you get only news briefings from one Google account and could only do tasks like setting alarms and adding items to list for that same account. Google understands that frustration and has now added support for multiple accounts. You can add up to six people to one Google Home. The Google Home will even be able to distinguish between the voice of different users. You can setup multiple user accounts for your Google Home through the latest version of the Home app.
I have been using the Galaxy S8 for the past several days. Even though the phone has just a 3000mah battery I have found that I can generally get a full days use out of the phone. That being said there are some changes you can make to your device in the way you set it up to get the very most out of your battery life. Here are my top 5 tips to saving battery life on the Galaxy S8.
1.) Turn off the Always On Display- To be honest you won't see much of a difference here, but every mah counts when you are trying to get the most out of battery life. The S8 has an AMOLED display which means black colors are produced by turning off the pixels. Only a few pixels have to light up to show you info on the Always On Display. Still disabling it will help to save battery life.
2.) Reduce Display brightness to 30%- People argue with me about this all the time, but I have been doing this for years and tend to get better battery life then the people I know who don't. When you use Auto brightness your screen auto adjusts to the light sources around it. Go outside it automatically cranks up the brightness. Auto brightness normally has the brightness of my display much higher than I actually need it even in low light settings. With the AMOLED display this just isn't necessary. You will be able to see the display at 30% even out doors. If you are...
One thing that is great about the Galaxy S8 is the fact that it gives you so many options to secure your device. There are all the traditional options such as PIN, Password, or gesture. Samsung also has a few biometric options with the fingerprint scanner and the iris scanner. They have even thrown in face detect for good measure. Each option has its own set of pros and cons.
The fingerprint scanner is very accurate and fast. The only issue with it is that it is awkwardly placed right beside the camera. I have been using the phone for a few days now and have missed the fingerprint scanner several times. The face detect option is less secure. You won't be able to secure services like Android Pay because of this. The disclaimer even says your twin could unlock the device, and some people have been able to use a photo to trick it. Face detect also does not work in low light.
The best option for me is the iris scanner. Out of the box the iris scanner requires you to swipe up to activate it, but you can actually set it to automatically search for your eyes once the screen turns on without swiping up. If you enable this setting you can just press the always on home button to turn on the screen and activate the iris scanner. This feels very much like using the fingerprint scanner on my older Samsung phones. As far as whether or not it works...
"The carrier posted its first ever quarterly net loss of wireless subscribers during the first three months of 2017, showing the extent of the damage resurgent rivals T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. have inflicted on the nation's largest carrier by subscribers." Verizon loses wireless customers for first time
If you have been running the Android O Developer Preview 1 over the past few weeks on the Pixel and Pixel XL you have been doing so without root since there has previously been no root method. Today that changes! Pixel user Sachi31 discovered and posted a new root method for Android O. Apparently the method requires you to install Android 7.1.2 on one slot and Android O DP1 on another. Android O is allowed to fully boot once root is installed. There is a complete guide at the link below. If you are in to this sort of thing have fun!
If you are still in the ROM game then you know LineageOS to be the new CyanogenMod. While the founder is no longer involved there is still a pretty healthy team of developers keeping this software up to date. LineageOS has now been merged with Android 7.1.2 and now includes the April Security patch. Several bugs have been squashed in the latest builds including a bug where extra tiles were draining battery. LineageOS 12.1 is now available on a handful of new devices including HTC One M9, LeEco Le 2, LeEco LePro 3, LG Optimus L90, Yu Yuphoria, Yu Yureka, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 LTE. There is also now a Monthly LineageOS infrastructure costs wiki page to let donors know exactly how much it costs to keep their favorite ROM up and running. If you use roms you may want to consider donating. Even if you aren't using the Rom directly your current rom probably uses Lineage as its base. I would be interested to know what percentage of our readers are actually still using roms.
The Mi Mix by Xiaomi kind of launched the bezel less trend towards the end of last year. The phone featured a very slim bezel on 3 sides with a bit of a chunkier bezel on the bottom. The phone did well enough to merit a repeat apparently. Specs for the device have been posted to Chinese retailer GearBest. The photo displayed with the specs is likely not an official render from Xiaomi. It shows absolutely zero bezels. There isn't even a front facing camera on the image.
Listed specs for the phone include a Snapdragon 835 cpu, three memory configurations 4GB/ 128GB, 6GB/ 128GB, and 8GB/ 256GB, a 19MP main camera on the back, a 13MP camera on the front, 6.4" AMOLED QHD display, and 4500mah battery. Dimensions are listed but are identical to the first Mi Mix. If you are interested in the phone the page at GearBest has an arrival notice button where you can sign up to be notified once the phone is available for sale.
Samsung just released their latest 10nm process chip on the Galaxy S8, and now they are ready to start production on the 2nd generation of those chips! The 2nd Gen 10nm process tech will be referred to as 10LPP (Lower Power Plus). This will be an improvement on first generation 10LPE (Low Power Early). The new chips will allow for a 10% performance boost and 15% power efficiency boost.
“With our successful 10LPE production experience, we have commenced production of the 10LPP to maintain our leadership in the advanced-node foundry market. 10LPP will be one of our key process offerings for high performance mobile, computing and network applications, and Samsung will continue to offer the most advanced logic process technology.”
— Ryan Lee, Vice President of Foundry Marketing, Samsung Electronics
Samsung has already started adding equipment to its facilities to ramp up production on these chips. The new line is expected to be ready for production by Q4 2017. We are not sure when Samsung will begin to use them in phones, but my best guess would be with the Galaxy S9.
Samsung led the way with curved displays starting with the S6 Edge. Now their latest flagship phones don't even have a flat screen variant. Some other manufacturers have taken note of Samsung's success with the curved edges and have released curved edge phones of their own. Now it looks like LG may be preparing to do the same with the V30.
LG Display has had a bit of practice with manufacturing curved displays as it was the supplier of curved displays for some Mi Note 2 devices from Xiaomi. We have also seen a bit of a curved display from LG on devices like the V20 which had a curved edge near the top of the display. According to a report be The Investor displays being produced for the V30 are "similar to the curved screens used in Samsung Electronics' flagship models". Would a dual curved edge display make the V30 any more interesting for you?