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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Galaxy S9 to build on S8, make CES cameo – report

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review) is one of the best all-round smartphones of 2017, offering an excellent camera, top-notch screen and water-resistance (just don't mention the fingerprint scanner). The phone also stood out thanks to its high screen/body ratio, featuring those tiny borders popularised by Xiaomi's Mi Mix. Now, Venturebeat and Evan Blass report that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are set to be an iterative upgrade, currently codenamed Star 1 and Star 2. They're "nearly identical" to this year's flagships, featuring the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved screen designs (headphone jacks are expected to stay). However, the S9+ is expected to pack a...

  • Exynos 9810: Samsung’s latest flagship chip demystified

    CES is the first major tech expo on the calendar, hitting Las Vegas in January. Now, ahead of the expo, Samsung has issued a press release, touting various products to receive awards at CES 2018. And one of the products is a new flagship processor, dubbed the Exynos 9810. Yes, it would appear that the company has stealthily revealed the existence of the Galaxy S9's chipset. It makes for somewhat of a departure in naming conventions, the previous two chipsets being Exynos 8890 and 8895. "The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is Samsung's latest flagship processor, with 3rd-generation custom CPU cores, upgraded GPU, and gigabit...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #21: Samsung DeX, and the future of converged computing

    Welcome to the fortnightly Gearburn Podcast, where we postulate on the biggest happenings in the current tech world. This week, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker chats converged computing, focussing on the Samsung DeX. Huawei's Mate 10 -- featuring AI smarts and a PC mode -- also gets a mention, while Microsoft's Continuum Dock, and it's ever-unsure smartphone programme, is also touched upon by the duo. For this, a dash of opinion, and predictions regarding the future of the converged computing phenomenon, listen to the full podcast below. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share...

  • Samsung DeX conversational review: a look at the future?

    For the past six or seven years, smartphone brands have dabbled with mobile/desktop convergence. There was Motorola and the lapdock, Alcatel and its own effort and, of course, Microsoft and Continuum for Phones. This year though, we've seen Samsung take a stab at the "your phone is a PC... kinda" trend, launching the DeX dock alongside the Galaxy S8 (review). And at first appearance, it's pretty similar to Microsoft's effort in terms of hardware setup. Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons put the DeX through its paces -- read the conversational review below. Hardware Hadlee Simons: Take a look at the dock itself...

  • 6 smartphone trends that need to be stopped right now

    Smartphones have evolved at an amazing pace, going from single-core Symbian devices with 2MP cameras to today's octacore, dual-camera-toting superphones. Despite this rapid evolution, we also see a few trends that really don't need to happen. We look at a few that just need to stop. Removing the headphone jack Okay, look... we get it. You prefer Bluetooth anyway. Or maybe you don't mind the switch to Lighting/USB Type-C wired accessories. Whatever the case may be, you can still use Bluetooth or USB Type-C/Lightning headphones if your phone has a 3.5mm jack. They are not mutually exclusive. Firms claim that it's one less...

  • India overtakes US to be second biggest smartphone market

    It's taken a little bit of time, but the latest smartphone stats from Canalys show that India has overtaken the United States for smartphone shipments. According to the tracking firm, India is now in second place, hitting the 40 million mark for the first time as well. "There are close to 100 mobile device brands sold in India, with more vendors arriving every quarter. In addition, India has one of the most complex channel landscapes, but with low barriers to entry. Growth will continue. Low smartphone penetration and the explosion of LTE are the main drivers," said Canalys analyst (heh) Ishan...

  • Linux is coming to Samsung DeX dock, Galaxy smartphones

    In a cool move, Samsung has announced that it's bringing Linux distributions to its high-end Galaxy smartphones and DeX dock. "Although it's in trial phase, Linux on Galaxy is our innovative solution to bring the Linux experience on PC to mobile, and then further onto a larger display with Samsung DeX. Now developers can code using their mobile on-the-go and seamlessly continue the task on a larger display with Samsung DeX," read an excerpt from the official Samsung Mobile Press website. But how will it work and what will it entail? The Korean company breaks it down for us... "Installed as an app,...

  • Someone gutted a Macbook to make a DeX lapdock

    Who knew that one of the better mobile/desktop hybrid projects would actually come from Samsung? Yep, DeX saw Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users connect their phones to a dock, which then delivered a PC-like experience. Of course, aside from the dock, you'd also need a screen and keyboard/mouse combination. But one enterprising tech enthusiast decided to gut a 2008 Macbook Pro and turn it into a DeX station -- and it doesn't look half bad at all. Kris Henriksen, who goes by the XDA forum handle kreal, posted an image gallery and video, showing off the unofficial creation. Some of the...

  • 4 other companies that should release a pure Android phone

    Between the HMD/Nokia range, Lenovo's latest phones and the brand-new (but not really) Xiaomi Mi A1, our choices for pure Android smartphones have expanded nicely this year. Offering regular updates and a lightweight skin, it's not hard to see why these developments are such a big deal. Nevertheless, we'd love more options beyond Nokia, the Mi A1 and the Pixel range. So with that in mind, we look at a few companies we'd like to see offer stock Android. Samsung We've previously seen Samsung offer a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, delivering speedy updates and none of the horrendous (at...

  • Thanks Samsung: you can now disable the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8

    Samsung has finally admitted that not everyone wants to actually use its voice assistant Bixby. As a result, the company will soon allow users of its S8 family of devices to disable the voice assistant's dedicated button on their handsets. The update, spotted by SamMobile, will allow users to choose what happens when they tap the Bixby button. There are now two options: the first allows users to tap the button once to open Bixby Home, while holding it down opens Bixby Voice. The second disables the key altogether. Notably, the update doesn't disable Bixby completely, just its tendency to appear when the...