Just a few days after the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ we have some major issues to contend with. However none of them are as reputation killing as what we saw with the Note 7 last year which is a plus. We reported last week that many users especially in Korean markets were noticing a Red tint in their display. This was due to the rush to get phones to market at the very end. Samsung did not have time to properly configure the displays.
Samsung will be releasing an update to hopefully help fix the displays. The update will give users more control over the display color settings. Hopefully users will actually be able to configure the Red tint out of the displays, but it is quite annoying that consumers are having to take this step to hopefully be able to configure the display to optimal colors and settings. Is this a good enough fix for Samsung? Should Samsung replace misconfigured units with units that are preconfigured?
For most Roms have become a fond memory. For others Roms are still very much a part of life. We have not seen much from some of the most popular Rom teams since the first half of last year. Paranoid Android was for a while one of the more popular Roms out there thanks to some innovative features like Halo which was a notification feature that ended up being used by Facebook Messenger for chatheads and also a Pie Navigation control.
The last time we saw an update for Paranoid Android was to Marshmallow back in June. A few days ago the Paranoid Android Google+ account posted an image of an "O" with the text paranoid android and the hashtag #stayparanoid. The lead developer Arz Bhatia explained in the comments of that post that Paranoid Android only releases roms when they are stable enough for daily use, and only update when there are critical bugs. They only have 3-5 contributors at this point. There was no clarification on what exactly they are currently working on or how long it will take to see a finished release. As we all know if you ask for an ETA on a Rom build Rom developers go all Emo and are liable to quit working on the Rom altogether. It seems like the team is working on something maybe we will see it soon.
We have only had the Galaxy S8 now for a few days officially yet Samsung and Qualcomm are already moving forward on chip development for the Galaxy S9. Reportedly the new chip will be called the Snapdragon 845 and will be manufactured by Samsung or TSMC using a 7-nanometer process. This should bring an improvement in both performance and efficiency. It looks like Samsung was so happy with being the first to market with the Snapdragon 835 that they are looking to do the same thing with the Snapdragon 845. Hopefully Samsung beginning work on the device so early is a sign of quality control being of the utmost importance.
It looks like we have another issue with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ already. Some units are having trouble with Qi wireless charging. It seems as long as you use Samsung's all new convertible wireless charging stand there are no issues. Some users are reporting issues with other chargers including Samsung's older wireless chargers. The issue that is coming up is that if you place your S8 or S8+ on one of these chargers you get a repeated "Wireless Charging Paused" later you get a message "Irregular charging detected." Other brands and models of Qi chargers seem to be affected by this as well. I have seen those messages on my S7 edge as well, and had chalked it up to my charger going bad since I have had my charger for about a year. Maybe there is something more to this as the problem seems pretty wide spread at this point.
If you thought VR was a gimmick and Google was moving on.....not so fast my friend (in the Lee Corso voice).
Google just introduced the next generation in VR, Jump (as it is called) will provide producers with a 360 camera that will record in 4K, powered by the YI HALO 360 Camera. Content creators will have the tools to film some high quality content for VR. Created by YI, the YI HALO camera will be put in more content producers hands with the Jump Start program.
This partnership with YI and Google will hopefully bring more quality content to VR headsets.
Content producers will be able to sign up for the device through Google's Jump Start program (Google Jump Start).
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...
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