The feature that we all hoped to see in the latest batch of flagships may be ready for the next batch of flagships! We were all hoping to see an embedded fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8, but instead we got an oddly placed rear fingerprint scanner. LG announced today that they have completed development of their display embedded fingerprint scanner. The new feature will recognize your fingerprint as well as button type sensors, and will allow phones to be waterproof, scratch resistant, and sleeker. LG has not announced plans to include the new embedded fingerprint scanner in their upcoming devices, but they are currently in talks with other smartphone manufacturers to commercialize the new fingerprint scanners before the year is finished. This is pretty exciting news.
LG's V series is known for being larger and sturdier than the rest of LG's lineup. One of the standout features of the V series has been the secondary display. In the V10 and V20 this has just been a small display that sits over the top of the primary display. The display is only useful for notifications, time, date, and a few other things. It looks like LG may be taking the secondary display to the next level for the LG V30.
Today well known and deadly accurate leakster @evleaks tweeted a bunch of renders that he says is from an early mock up of the LG V30. He also went on to say that he was not sure if the V30 project was still heading in this direction. The renders feature a slide out second display that can be used for all sorts of things like a keyboard, recent apps, dialer, camera controls, and more. I am not a fan of this design. LG has took a big risk like this with the LG G5 design and that did not turn out well. I am hoping they will learn from that. There was an earlier leak that showed a secondary display that wraps around a center placed front camera and speaker. That would be a more preferable option in my opinion. What are your thoughts on this design?
The OnePlus 5 will be launching in the weeks to come, and may actually launch sooner than we had anticipated! OnePlus has discontinued the 3T ahead of the OnePlus 5 launch. There aren't many 3T devices left so if you are still wanting to get your hands on a new unit you will need to act fast. The 3T remains popular since it is competitive with Flagships at a much lower price. The OnePlus series has also remained popular over the years for including nearly stock Android.
We are expecting the OnePlus 5 to release sometime in June. It will be the most "flagship killer" like device to date with a Snapdragon 835 CPU, 6GB of RAM, and dual rear facing camera. If you just can't wait for this all new OnePlus device grab a OnePlus 3T while they last.
Dx0Mark has been the go to for camera performance testing. We were all a bit surprised then they announced that HTC has the best smartphone camera they have ever seen with the HTC U11. Now we have some camera samples that prove the U11 does indeed have a spectacular camera. The photos are clear and vivid with accurate color low noise and they remain sharp even in low light situations. Even Samsung struggles with sharpness in low light. These shots have me believing the HTC U11 may very well have the best camera currently on the market.
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.