Samsung keeps on taking the hits. After the volatile Note 7 situation we found out that one of the senior executives of Samsung LSI has been arrested for attempting to sell confidential information to a Chinese competitor. The same exec is now being sued by Samsung. The documents that were leaked out may give us some insight on Samsung's plans for the Galaxy S8.
The documents claim the device will feature a 10nm Exynos chipset which could be the Exynos 8895 cpu. The Exynos 8895 will make use of the Mali-G71 GPU which is said to be 1.8 times faster than the GPU found in the Galaxy S7. The most exciting part of this GPU is the fact that it supports 4K! Who knows maybe we end up with a 4K display on the Galaxy S8. The S8 is expected to release in the first quarter of next year in hopes that an early release will help the company rebound from the life taking Note 7 recall.
Now that most of us are on limited data plans it is very useful to have tools and widgets to show your data usage. You can now add a network indicator to your status bar without having to root your device. The Systyem Glow app adds a glowing indicator which pulses to show you when data is being used to the status bar. The indicator is a very thin line stretching across the top of your screen which gets brighter and then more dull depending on the amount of data you happen to be using. If you need a better way to monitor your data use grab this app from the link below.
Yesterday Samsung announced that about half of all recalled Note 7 devices had been replaced. This was good news on the surface, but it seems that Samsung may not be out of the water yet even as they prepare to ship the next half of recalled devices to consumers in the coming days. There have been several reports that the new version 2.0 Galaxy Note 7 devices are turning up with new problems.
I have even seen some of you state that the new Note 7 is not charging properly. One person reported that the Note 7 loses charge while charging if the phone is in use. This is not how it should be. Normally your phone would quick charge and would slowly charge while the phone is in use. It seems that Samsung may have implemented some throttling on the charge process in certain situations.
Others are reporting overheating issues when charging. Samsung has reassured us that the new overheating problem is not related to the battery, and is not dangerous. Could these new issues be the nail in the Note 7's coffin?
If you need a bit of nostalgia in your life look no further Tomb Raider is back and now on Android! Square Enix has ported the game from the playstation to your Android device! The game is currently on sale for only $.99 on the Play Store however you can grab it for even cheaper on App-Sale.net! The game is only $.10 there. If you need to be transported back to your childhood for a moment grab this game on the cheap from the link below.
If you are not really familiar with the youtube tech community you may not have heard of TechRax. This guy has built a following of more than 5million subscribers and gets more than 1million views per video. This channel is kind of like a car wreck that you can't look away from. Each video consists of Taras Maksimuk destroying whatever the current newest flagship device happens to be. Destruction videos go far beyond the standard drop test. Taras boils phones, places them in the microwave, runs them over with tanks, drops them in volcanoes, and worse all to see if these phones can survive his torture tests. ***SPOILER ALERT*** they can't!
In one of his latest videos he drills a hole in the bottom of an iPhone 7 to "Get A Headphone Jack On The iPhone 7". Obviously drilling a hole in a phone won't make a headphone jack magically appear. However humans can not be trusted with trolling videos like this in the wild. Out of the 9 million viewers of this video it turns out a handful of gullible individuals decided to "Add a headphone jack to their iPhone 7". As...
We found out the other day that Samsung had shipped out 500,000 new Note 7 units. That inventory may already be depleted. Note 7 owners rushed out to carriers to have their defective units replaced. Samsung is claiming that they have already replaced roughly have of all defective devices. Samsung has also mentioned the fact that so far about 90% of the Note 7 users did indeed replace their Note 7 with a new Note 7. The other 10% either switched devices or received a refund. If you have not swapped out your Note 7 yet it may be a few more weeks before the next batch of devices arrives.
Niantic is constantly tweaking and perfecting Pokemon Go for those of you still playing this viral game. Unfortunately the update sees no major changes. Niantic has decided to bring back the feature that shows you the location where your pokemon was caught. The PokeMon Go Plus accessory can now be used to catch pokemon when incense has been used. Other than those two changes there are a few minor bug fixes. The location feature was present in earlier builds and included a map showing the coordinates of where the pokemon was caught. That feature was removed as it was broken. The feature returns however now it is just a line of text showing the city and state in which the pokemon was caught. This information won't show you how to get back to the location to catch other spawning pokemon though.
We know that Samsung is currently testing their Nougat update on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge which means that a release for the update is imminent. Of course we know that carrier variants will receive the update weeks or months after the unlocked variants. Apparently the upcoming Nougat update will also include Grace UI as well as the improved Always On Display featured on the Galaxy Note 7.
Sources say that Grace UI is actually performing smoother on the S7 devices than it currently performs on the Note 7. Maybe the Note 7 will also see some improvements to Grace UI. The new Always On Display coming to the S7 and S7 edge with the Nougat update also brings third party app notifications. It may be a few months before we see the update. For now nothing is official.
Earlier today I got a pretty exciting email from Lenovo. The email announced the pre-order of the unlocked version of the Moto Z. You can now use the device on GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. The Moto Z series has suffered from a lack of availability. The phone was released as a Verizon exclusive. Carrier exclusive devices seem to have trouble picking up steam. Maybe Lenovo will see a rise in popularity of the new Moto Z series now that the phone can officially be used on GSM carriers!
I have been using the Moto Z Force as my daily driver for the past few weeks. I have really enjoyed my time with the device. Of course the best part is the modularity. While the modules are great they are kind of expensive which could be the other reason these devices have not gained much traction. Will any of you be picking up the Moto Z now that its unlocked?
If you are on T-mobile then chances are you experienced a bit of an outage last night. T-Mobile was down for 2 hours for scheduled maintenance. The outage lasted from 12:31AM to 2:47AM Pacific Time. Most of you would have never noticed this since you would have been sleeping. If you work the night shift though this may have affected you. If you are still experiencing issues T-Mobile has said a reboot will fix it.