The Galaxy S8's design is it's claim to fame. Everyone seems to be in love with the curved edges and the all new infinity display, but even with all of the glowing reviews improvements can always be made. DBS Designing has just released their concept art for the Note 8 and it makes some much needed changes to the Galaxy lineup. It keeps the infinity display but stretches it to 6.4". We can see a dual lens 16mp camera setup on the rear along with a 13mp camera on the front. The concept device includes a bump in RAM to 6GB and includes 128GB of on board storage. My favorite feature of the concept design is the 4000mah battery.
The back of the phone showcases an improved fingerprints scanner placement. The fingerprint scanner is in the center of the rear of the phone just under the camera instead of flanking it to the right like with the Galaxy S8. I am still hopeful that Samsung will be able to figure out a way to embed the fingerprint scanner in the display. The only real downside to this unofficial concept is that DBS decided to place a Samsung logo on the front bezel. Yuck. That is one design element that i hope does not make it to the Note 8.
I am hopeful that the Note 8 will come with a 4,000mah battery as mentioned, but I am expecting a 3,600mah battery like we have seen in the S8+. Remember the battery being too large in the Note 7 is what caused all the issues. Samsung won't be repeating that mistake. What...
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have not been out for long but already have TWRP. Unfortunately this is only available for the Exynos variants of the devices. With TWRP you will be able to root the phone as well as flash Roms and other mods. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ do have dm-verity so you will need to flash a custom kernel that disables dm-verity before making changes to the device or your device may not be able to boot.
If you are not yet rooted you will need to flash TWRP using Odin. If you are already rooted you can use the dd command in terminal emulator or install the TWRP app from the Play Store.
As far as rom support is concerned Cyanogen has historically refused to support Exynos devices since source code is harder to get on those devices. Since most stock roms were built on Cyanogen it meant that there weren't many options for Exynos devices. Who knows if Lineage will make the commitment to support these devices.
The upcoming Moto Z2 has already leaked, and we know that it will continue to work with Moto Mods which is good news for those of you who have invested in them. The upcoming Moto Power Pack Moto Mod has been leaked ahead of release. This seems to just be a standard power pack giving your Moto Z more mah for better battery life. The back of the Moto Mod features the camera cutout and that is about all. On the inside of the Moto Mod you can see a Moto logo, led indicators showing you how much battery life you have left, and the pins which connect to the back of your phone. There is also a video showing off several other Moto mods that have yet to be released. It looks like we will have plenty of new Moto Mods along side the Moto Z2.
Even though Samsung had previously confirmed that the Note lineup is not going anywhere there have been rumors that the Note 8 won't be a thing. The fact that Samsung decided to release a plus model Galaxy S8 has some people afraid that there is no longer a need for a new Note device. Samsung just posted their Q1 2017 earnings report and it is clear that the Note 7 debacle had cut in to revenue in a big way.
Samsung confirmed once again in the earnings report that we can expect a new flagship for the second half of 2017. This is almost certainly the Note 8. This paired with the maximizing of Galaxy S8 and S8+ sales should guarantee a much stronger earnings report this time next year. Do you think the Note 8 will succeed? Do you think that consumers will have enough confidence in the safety precautions Samsung has taken to go ahead with a Note 8 purchase? Are you considering buying the device?
Services like Amazon Video that don't support the Chromecast are now watchable thanks to this experimental Chrome browser feature.
High-quality Amazon Video streaming is coming to the Chromecast, thanks to Google. The company is working on improvements to the quality of casting video from a Google Chrome tab on a PC to a TV.,
For those willing to tinker with their browser, the feature is available right now via an experimental flag in recent versions of Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromecast.
Tab casting (also known as screen mirroring) from a PC is currently the only way to get Amazon Video on Chromecast. Since the quality is so terrible, however, Amazon Video is essentially unavailable. Streaming any kind of video from services that don’t already support Chromecast means tab casting with poor video quality, lots of stutter, and random jumps in audio.
The new feature improves this dire situation by forwarding the video bitstream directly to Chromecast when a video is being played on the source device in full screen. The feature should work with any unsupported video a user comes across online, but it will benefit Amazon Video users the most since that service is unlikely to ever support Chromecast due to the Fire TV’s existence.
It's been reported that the HD image quality was just as good as Netflix or any other streaming service, with a picture that didn’t...
The Nvidia Shield TV is quickly becoming one of my families favorite content consumption devices. We use it more than we use our cable box at this point, and it just keeps getting better and better. We have already been able to experience 4K content with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and even Youtube. Now the Nvidia Shield TV can stream 4K content from Google Play which means you can finally see first run movies in 4K right on your living room TV! The Nvidia Shield TV is among the first in smart tv boxes to be able to stream 4K content from the Google Play Store and remain the top dog when it comes to 4K streaming! It doesn't hurt my feelings one bit that it is also includes an excellent gaming experience. Are any of you guys enjoying your Nvidia Shield TV as much as I am?
Another day Another reportedly widespread Galaxy S8 issue. We have seen over the past few days that users are reporting all sorts of issues with their new Galaxy S8 devices. Some have experienced a red tint in the display due to Samsung not taking time to properly configure display color, others have reported buggy wifi, still others are reporting issues with Qi Wireless charging. Now some users are reporting that their Bixby button is broken.
Personally I already have my Bixby button remapped to Google Now. This is a practice that Samsung frowns upon and have been doing their best to eliminate server side. Some users are actually fond of the new Bixby feature and are taking to the internet to complain that their dedicated Bixby button has become very temperamental. Pushing the button does nothing at times for some users. This seems to be more of a problem for those who have implemented the work around to remap the button. This could be due to the fact that Samsung continues to push out updates attempting to disable the ability to remap which is likely interfering with these workaround methods. The easiest way to get your Bixby button back if you have lost it would be to factory reset your device.
Last year Hugo Barra made a promise that Xiaomi phone's would be making their way to the United States soon. His recent departure to Facebook may mean that his promise has gone with him unfortunately. We were all hoping to possibly see the Xiaomi Mi6 hit the US, but all signs point to we won't see any Xiaomi devices in the US for a while. There just isn't a strong and loyal following for the company in the US so far. The company is still one of the larger OEM companies and they have become popular in the 30 markets they serve by providing top of the line innovative phones at a much lower price then their competitors. The brand was the 2nd largest in India during Q4 of 2016 and 3rd in Myanmar, Indonesia, and Ukraine. They are still a large company my most standards however they are struggling to bring phones in quantity to the small markets they serve.
Wang Xiang, Xiaomi Senior Vice President, said in a recent interview with Engadget,
He gave no time frame for a Mi6 release in the US. I for one am a bit disappointed that we won't be seeing these phones in the US, but you can still pay a bit extra...
As we reported a few days back Verizon is lo sing subscribers in record numbers even after releasing their new unlimited data plans. I think it is more about the way they have treated customers over the years like they are entitled to your business and have to do nothing to earn your business simply because they have had the better network. For the past 10 years they have had the worst customer service in my experiences. Instead of fixing a problem they pretty much tell you to leave if you like. Now that Verizon is no longer subsidizing phones and consumers are mostly no longer under a 2 year contract they can't just tell you to pay the ETF and leave. People have nothing to tie them down. Ad campaigns like the one Sprint is running with the old "can you hear me now guy" are showing Americans that Verizon doesn't have the crazily superior network it once had. With this realization consumers are leaving big red in droves.
Verizon has been trying to slow the hemorrhaging a bit with the new plans, and yesterday they announced a new unlimited plan for prepaid customers. This plan seems to sink in the fangs a bit though and doesn't seem like a very good deal when you consider the postpaid unlimited plan. The new plan will limit streaming video to 480p, and the data can not be used for unlimited hotspot as it can with postpaid plans. Of course the...