A new Video has just been released claiming to be a video of the front panel of the Galaxy Note 8! Recent reports say the Galaxy Note 8 will be similar to the Galaxy S8 series Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specs:
6.3in 3840x2160 Super AMOLED curved display
S Pen support
Improved iris scanner
Screen embedded fingerprint scanner
Built-in 'Bixby' AI assistant
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, 6GB RAM
Vertical dual lens rear-facing camera
USB-C connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack
Android 7.0 Nougat
64GB build-in storage, microSD expansion
Fast charging, wireless charging support
The device will ship with some version of Android Nougat enhanced with Samsung’s proprietary mobile software suite and is expected to be offered in dual-SIM variants in certain markets.
Many Americans are ditching traditional cable services in favor of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. The Achilles Heel for these services has been the inability to record. As long a you have a sturdy internet connection it really isn't an issue, but if you travel or are away from your unlimited home wifi connection you are left dead in the water. Netflix has recently made improvements on this front. You can now download content for later viewing as long as their licensing agreements allow, but this still leaves many episodes out.
PlayOn Cloud is a new app for Android that gives you the full DVR experience for internet streaming services on Android. The videos can be recorded with your PC and placed on the cloud for easy viewing on your Android smartphone! With the app you won't actually need a PC to store the videos like you did in the past with the PlayOn service. The only drawback is that PlayOn Cloud charges on a per recording basis. The cost is currently $.20 per recording which could easily get pretty expensive. Still it is nice to see the option exists.
The Samsung Dex seems to make carrying around work files a bit more convenient. Instead of having to lug around a laptop everywhere you can just store the files on your phone and access them via the full PC experience you get with the Dex Dock. If you purchase your Galaxy S8 through T-Mobile it looks like you can get the Dex Dock for free through T-Mobile at work. Im not sure if this is available to everyone or just the business class customers. The offer in the photo is geared specifically to T-Mobile at work for business class. The offer is good through May 31.
Rear fingerprint scanners seem to be pretty popular lately. Samsung even ditched their front home button with fingerprint sensor on the S8 in favor of a rear fingerprint scanner. I for one prefer the rear fingerprint sensor. The only drawback to having the fingerprint sensor on the rear is not being able to access it when the phone is laying down flat on a desk or table. If you are not a proponent of the rear fingerprint scanner you may be happy to know the OnePlus 5 won't feature it.
Carl Pei the CEO of OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will feature a front facing fingerprint scanner similar to what we have already seen on previous OnePlus devices. There were early rumors that the fingerprint scanner might be embedded in the display. If they are able to beat Apple and Samsung to this it would create a serious amount of buzz for their OnePlus 5 launch. I'm not holding my breath. Still this should be a pretty great phone for the price with a 5.5" FHD display, Snapdragon 835 SoC, and 6GB of RAM.
Of course with the success of the Galaxy S lineup over the years we all knew that Samsung would immediately begin work on the next iteration of the device. It has now been revealed what the firm has named the S9 internally. The codename for the S9 and S9 Plus will be "Star" and "Star 2". According to sources Samsung has also accelerated production of the components for these devices. It has started early so that it can possibly start full on production later in the year. This means that we should begin to start receiving leaks pretty early with these devices. All we can do at this point is speculate about what the S9 might feature as there is really no way of knowing for sure this early.
The Galaxy S8 does away with the hardware keys featured on previous Galaxy S devices. It instead comes with all new software keys including an always on home button with haptic feedback. You have always been able to reorder your software buttons on the Galaxy S8. Now thanks to the development community you are able to customize those software nav buttons completely. A senior XDA member has released an app that makes the process very simple. You can choose between Pixel nav buttons and Android Nougat buttons. Head to the link below for the apk download.
The Android O beta build has been available for Pixel devices for quite some time now. Many new features were even announced at Google I/O. At this point if you want to run Android O you need a Pixel device or other Google device. However you can now use the Pixel Android O Launcher on any device as long as it is running Android version 6.0.1 or greater. The apk for the launcher was recently pulled and made available online. To install you will need to enable unknown sources and simply download and install the launcher from the link below. Some users have experienced some bugs so just keep that in mind. Grab the launcher from the link below.
Samsung revealed earlier this month that they are working on a rugged version of the Galaxy S8. Samsung generally likes to release an active version of the S lineup a few month later. We finally have some renders revealing the design of the S8 Active. The renders indicate that this variant will feature a flat design ditching the curved display. With that being said the phone looks incredibly similar to the LG G6.
The S8 Active will have a slightly thicker body which should be resistance to drops, bumps, and knocks. The phone should feature similar specs as the Galaxy S8. This means we should expect a Snapdragon 835, and 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing camera. The model number SM-G892A which was leaked is expected to be the AT&T variant of the Active device. This is expected to be released in June.
The Galaxy S8 has its very own desk top experience that can be accessed with the Dex docking station. It turns out that the Dex docking station actually works with other devices. In a Youtube Video posted by Gary Carter a Nokia Lumia 950 is connected to the dock launching Windows 10 Continuum. Even though this feature is not advertised by Samsung it seems to work nearly perfectly. It is unknown whether this will work with other devices, and Samsung could very well block this feature. If you have a Windows phone laying around you may want to plug it into the Dex dock to give it a try.
The video above could be our first glimpse at the design of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. The 3D print is based on schematics that are meant to be used by case makers. Notice the design includes a vertical dual lens camera setup, and there is no fingerprint scanner located on the back of the phone. As far as the design goes the Note 8 in this 3D printed model has sharper more square corners than the Galaxy S8. The phone also features the S8's minimal bezel design. The model is actually a bit thinner than the Galaxy S7 edge which may indicate a smaller battery. Hopefully we get at least a 3600 mah battery in this device. One interesting feature on this mockup is a stereo speaker setup with a speaker on the top and bottom of the phone. Of course you should take this design with a grain of salt. We will see this phone released some time in the fall and as we get closer details could change.