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Galaxy Note8 landing in India next week, pre-orders go live in South Korea

Samsung has officially confirmed the Galaxy Note8 India launch date. In a press release, the South Korean company revealed the device will debut in India on September 12.
The event is set to begin 12:30 PM (IST), and those interested can watch the launch live by heading to Samsung's Newsroom website links (see Source at the bottom).
Pre-registrations for the device are already live in the country, and it's reasonable to expect that pre-orders will begin around September 12. The device is said to go on sale in India starting September 25.
Meanwhile, Note8 pre-orders have kicked off in the company's home country. The 64GB variant is priced at around $960. Those who pre-order are expected to get their unit starting September 15, while general availability is set for September 21.
Samsung has officially confirmed the Galaxy Note8 India launch date. In a press release, the South Korean company revealed the device will debut in India on September 12.
The event is set to begin 12:30 PM (IST), and those interested can watch the launch live by heading to Samsung's Newsroom website links (see Source at the bottom).
Pre-registrations for the device are already live in the country, and it's reasonable to expect that pre-orders will begin around September 12. The device is said to go on sale in India starting September 25.
Meanwhile, Note8 pre-orders have kicked off in the company's home country. The 64GB variant is priced at around $960. Those who pre-order are expected to get their unit starting September 15, while general availability is set for September 21.

Samsung begins working on Galaxy S8 Oreo update

According to a new report, Samsung has started working on the Oreo update for its Galaxy S8 series of smartphones. The update could carry firmware version of G955FXXU1BQI1 and G950FXXU1BQI1 for the S8 and S8+, respectively.
While there's no information on the roll out time-frame, the report notes the South Korean company will likely kick off a beta testing program before pushing out the update to all. It also says the firm might not implement all Android 8.0 features in the update.
Recently, OnePlus started pushing the Oreo update to the OnePlus 3 closed beta channel. Among other manufacturers, HTC, Sony, Huawei, and HMD (Nokia) have also confirmed their Oreo update plans.
According to a new report, Samsung has started working on the Oreo update for its Galaxy S8 series of smartphones. The update could carry firmware version of G955FXXU1BQI1 and G950FXXU1BQI1 for the S8 and S8+, respectively.
While there's no information on the roll out time-frame, the report notes the South Korean company will likely kick off a beta testing program before pushing out the update to all. It also says the firm might not implement all Android 8.0 features in the update.
Recently, OnePlus started pushing the Oreo update to the OnePlus 3 closed beta channel. Among other manufacturers, HTC, Sony, Huawei, and HMD (Nokia) have also confirmed their Oreo update plans.

US won't be getting BlackBerry Keyone Black Edition

At the start of August BlackBerry launched the Keyone Black Edition model, with India becoming the first market to get it. Besides being all black, the variant also has better memory configuration (4GB/64GB) compared to the standard Keyone.
The Black Edition went global at the recently concluded IFA conference in Berlin, where the company revealed the variant will arrive in key markets across Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia.
While BlackBerry didn't officially mention the United States anywhere, a new report is now confirming that the US won't be getting the Black Edition Keyone, or at least not officially. There's currently no information about the reason for this.
It's worth mentioning that the all-black Keyone that AT&T started selling recently isn't the Black Edition Keyone we're talking here, as it comes with standard memory configuration of 3GB/32GB.
At the start of August BlackBerry launched the Keyone Black Edition model, with India becoming the first market to get it. Besides being all black, the variant also has better memory configuration (4GB/64GB) compared to the standard Keyone.
The Black Edition went global at the recently concluded IFA conference in Berlin, where the company revealed the variant will arrive in key markets across Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia.
While BlackBerry didn't officially mention the United States anywhere, a new report is now confirming that the US won't be getting the Black Edition Keyone, or at least not officially. There's currently no information about the reason for this.
It's worth mentioning that the all-black Keyone that AT&T started selling recently isn't the Black Edition Keyone we're talking here, as it comes with standard memory configuration of 3GB/32GB.

vivo X20 to come with Snapdragon 660, blazing fast Face Unlock

The upcoming vivo X20 will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and offer facial recognition that will be able to unlock the device within 0.1s.
vivo itself confirmed the Face Wake (as it calls it) feature officially through a teaser on its Weibo account while the chipset comes by way of a leaked image showing the phone in the wild.
vivo X20 Face Unlock and Snapdragon 660 vivo X20 Face Unlock and Snapdragon 660
vivo X20 Face Unlock and Snapdragon 660
This clears the air as to the differences between the vivo V7+, which was officially announced yesterday, and the X20. The V7+ uses a Snapdragon 450 chipset with 4GB of RAM (or 3GB depending on the model) and has a 5.99-inch 18:9 screen of 720x1440px resolution, while the X20 has a more powerful Snapdragon 660 that will likely be paired to 6GB of RAM, a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen of 1080x2160px resolution. The X20 also boasts a 24MP selfie camera and 24MP main snapper (as part of a dual camera) and a 3,500mAh battery.
The upcoming vivo X20 will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and offer facial recognition that will be able to unlock the device within 0.1s.
vivo itself confirmed the Face Wake (as it calls it) feature officially through a teaser on its Weibo account while the chipset comes by way of a leaked image showing the phone in the wild.
vivo X20 Face Unlock and Snapdragon 660 vivo X20 Face Unlock and Snapdragon 660
vivo X20 Face Unlock and Snapdragon 660
This clears the air as to the differences between the vivo V7+, which was officially announced yesterday, and the X20. The V7+ uses a Snapdragon 450 chipset with 4GB of RAM (or 3GB depending on the model) and has a 5.99-inch 18:9 screen of 720x1440px resolution, while the X20 has a more powerful Snapdragon 660 that will likely be paired to 6GB of RAM, a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen of 1080x2160px resolution. The X20 also boasts a 24MP selfie camera and 24MP main snapper (as part of a dual camera) and a 3,500mAh battery.

Galaxy Note8 teardown reveals modular but tough to get to components

The latest handset to go through the teardown procedures performed by the folks at iFixit is Samsung's new flagship, the Galaxy Note8. It's managed to fare much better in the repairability department than the recently torn down Essential Phone, but that doesn't mean the Note8 is easy to get into - at all, unfortunately.
Any repair you may want to make requires you to remove the glass rear panel, which is a challenging task to accomplish because of how much adhesive is holding it in place. If you want to replace the screen, you'll need to remove both the display assembly and the rear panel - both fragile, both secured with very strong adhesive.
On the other hand, the Note8 has many modular components inside, including everything that normally experiences wear. This means you can replace bits and pieces independently - if you manage not to break the glass while getting in. Another plus for the new Note is that all screws are standard ones.
The battery can be replaced, but this is made "unnecessarily difficult" by the tough adhesive used and the aforementioned glued-in rear panel. In the end, the Galaxy Note8 received a 4 out of 10 repairability score (10 being easiest to repair). That's a far cry from the Essential Phone's 1 out of 10, but even so it means you're better off not attempting any repairs on a Note8 on your own.
The latest handset to go through the teardown procedures performed by the folks at iFixit is Samsung's new flagship, the Galaxy Note8. It's managed to fare much better in the repairability department than the recently torn down Essential Phone, but that doesn't mean the Note8 is easy to get into - at all, unfortunately.
Any repair you may want to make requires you to remove the glass rear panel, which is a challenging task to accomplish because of how much adhesive is holding it in place. If you want to replace the screen, you'll need to remove both the display assembly and the rear panel - both fragile, both secured with very strong adhesive.
On the other hand, the Note8 has many modular components inside, including everything that normally experiences wear. This means you can replace bits and pieces independently - if you manage not to break the glass while getting in. Another plus for the new Note is that all screws are standard ones.
The battery can be replaced, but this is made "unnecessarily difficult" by the tough adhesive used and the aforementioned glued-in rear panel. In the end, the Galaxy Note8 received a 4 out of 10 repairability score (10 being easiest to repair). That's a far cry from the Essential Phone's 1 out of 10, but even so it means you're better off not attempting any repairs on a Note8 on your own.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) launched with quad-core CPU, 5,000mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) is finally official. The tablet is powered by an SoC with quad-core, 1.4GHz processor, and sports an 8-inch display of 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.
RAM is 2GB, while internal memory is 16GB. The camera department is handled by an 8MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter. Measuring 212.1 x 124.1 x 8.9mm and weighing in at 364g, the device runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. A 5,000mAh battery is there to keep the lights on.
The tablet has been launched in Vietnam, where it carries a price tag of VND 6,490,000, which currently translates into around $285. There's no information on if and when it will be made available in other markets.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) is finally official. The tablet is powered by an SoC with quad-core, 1.4GHz processor, and sports an 8-inch display of 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.
RAM is 2GB, while internal memory is 16GB. The camera department is handled by an 8MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter. Measuring 212.1 x 124.1 x 8.9mm and weighing in at 364g, the device runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. A 5,000mAh battery is there to keep the lights on.
The tablet has been launched in Vietnam, where it carries a price tag of VND 6,490,000, which currently translates into around $285. There's no information on if and when it will be made available in other markets.

Researchers Test Water-Based Batteries That Will Not Explode Easily

Of course you still remember the explosion incident Samsung Galaxy Note 7 years ago caused by a defective battery and sleek design, thus forcing Samsung to pull the entire Galaxy Note 7 from circulation. Not wanting the same incident to happen again, Samsung has implemented various quality tests on batteries to ensure overall safety.
 
Some companies are also researching on new technologies that can prevent the risk of exploding batteries. Recently a team of researchers from the University of Maryland worked on water-based batteries and has published their research in the journal Joule.
Currently most smartphones use lithium-ion batteries, where they contain electrolytes that aid in ion movement between electrodes. However, because these electrolytes are made from organic chemicals, they can burn in some conditions. While waterproof-based electrolytes are already present, but they are not very strong because water is not very reactive in nature. Researchers have found lithium-ion batteries that use water to replace organic chemicals. In addition, this battery is also fairly strong as a substitute for chemicals and excess water material will not explode. Electrodes on this new battery contain a layer that will not be damaged when in contact with a water-based electrolyte. In fact, these newly developed batteries work better than existing water-based batteries. Unfortunately, there is still one major problem in this new battery type, where the battery can only function about 70 cycles. While the batteries needed for smartphones should have a longer endurance, around 500 cycles. So, the researchers have to fix this problem so that this new type of battery can be used for everyday devices. 
Of course you still remember the explosion incident Samsung Galaxy Note 7 years ago caused by a defective battery and sleek design, thus forcing Samsung to pull the entire Galaxy Note 7 from circulation. Not wanting the same incident to happen again, Samsung has implemented various quality tests on batteries to ensure overall safety.
 
Some companies are also researching on new technologies that can prevent the risk of exploding batteries. Recently a team of researchers from the University of Maryland worked on water-based batteries and has published their research in the journal Joule.
Currently most smartphones use lithium-ion batteries, where they contain electrolytes that aid in ion movement between electrodes. However, because these electrolytes are made from organic chemicals, they can burn in some conditions. While waterproof-based electrolytes are already present, but they are not very strong because water is not very reactive in nature. Researchers have found lithium-ion batteries that use water to replace organic chemicals. In addition, this battery is also fairly strong as a substitute for chemicals and excess water material will not explode. Electrodes on this new battery contain a layer that will not be damaged when in contact with a water-based electrolyte. In fact, these newly developed batteries work better than existing water-based batteries. Unfortunately, there is still one major problem in this new battery type, where the battery can only function about 70 cycles. While the batteries needed for smartphones should have a longer endurance, around 500 cycles. So, the researchers have to fix this problem so that this new type of battery can be used for everyday devices. 

WhatsApp Develop New Tool For Business

WhatsApp is currently the largest messenger service in the world, where the service now belongs to Facebook has an active user of more than 1 billion people every day. Now the company seems to have worked to create new features aimed at businesses. WhatsApp has revealed that they are currently building and testing new features aimed at making interaction between users and business people easier.
 
As reported by GSM Arena, the company said if now they are developing WhatsApp Business applications aimed at small companies. Not only that, they also offer business solutions for large companies such as airlines, banks, to e-commerce sites that are currently growing rapidly. In a post on the company's blog, "Businesspeople can use our solution to provide customers with useful notifications like flight times, delivery confirmations, and other updates." Unfortunately for now the company has not disclosed information about exactly when the new features it will be launched. But because the company has exposed their plans, it seems it will be realized in the near future. It will also make this service not just a regular messaging service, but also explore a more professional sphere. This plan will also be a source of income for the company, which has not yet had a significant source of income.
WhatsApp is currently the largest messenger service in the world, where the service now belongs to Facebook has an active user of more than 1 billion people every day. Now the company seems to have worked to create new features aimed at businesses. WhatsApp has revealed that they are currently building and testing new features aimed at making interaction between users and business people easier.
 
As reported by GSM Arena, the company said if now they are developing WhatsApp Business applications aimed at small companies. Not only that, they also offer business solutions for large companies such as airlines, banks, to e-commerce sites that are currently growing rapidly. In a post on the company's blog, "Businesspeople can use our solution to provide customers with useful notifications like flight times, delivery confirmations, and other updates." Unfortunately for now the company has not disclosed information about exactly when the new features it will be launched. But because the company has exposed their plans, it seems it will be realized in the near future. It will also make this service not just a regular messaging service, but also explore a more professional sphere. This plan will also be a source of income for the company, which has not yet had a significant source of income.

Latest Update Cortana For Android Claimed As "The Biggest Change"

The digital assistant rivalry still seems to be pretty tight, with Microsoft recently updating the Cortana app for Android devices to compete with Google Assistant. In this update, Microsoft said if this update is the "biggest change" that brings improvements and important features. Then what changes have Cortana version 2.9.4 just released in the Play Store?
 
For the first, Cortana users can now create a list of items and edit the list of new items on Android devices. In addition, users will also get smart suggestions that will help users to do things faster and easier.
The latest version of Cortana can now load things about the latest news and activities to do based on pre-made notes. In addition, current users can easily sign in or sign up because Microsoft has added an option to sign up using a phone number. Another small tweak concerns the chit-chat button, which now only takes one tap only. Additionally no less important, Microsoft has now added personalized help & tips for the latest version of Cortana Android app, making it easier for users to understand how to use Cortana applications. For those of you who want to download or update the application Cortana can follow the download link below. 
The digital assistant rivalry still seems to be pretty tight, with Microsoft recently updating the Cortana app for Android devices to compete with Google Assistant. In this update, Microsoft said if this update is the "biggest change" that brings improvements and important features. Then what changes have Cortana version 2.9.4 just released in the Play Store?
 
For the first, Cortana users can now create a list of items and edit the list of new items on Android devices. In addition, users will also get smart suggestions that will help users to do things faster and easier.
The latest version of Cortana can now load things about the latest news and activities to do based on pre-made notes. In addition, current users can easily sign in or sign up because Microsoft has added an option to sign up using a phone number. Another small tweak concerns the chit-chat button, which now only takes one tap only. Additionally no less important, Microsoft has now added personalized help & tips for the latest version of Cortana Android app, making it easier for users to understand how to use Cortana applications. For those of you who want to download or update the application Cortana can follow the download link below. 

Meizu Also Smitten to Make Smartphones with Full-Screen Design?

Most of the world's smartphone manufacturers have participated in full-screen smartphone design competition, including Apple's upcoming iPhone 8, which is expected to slide on 12 September. With more and more producers delivering full-screen smartphones make other manufacturers inevitably have to follow the trend of full-screen smartphones in order not to lag in the competition.
 
One manufacturer who will also bring full-screen smartphone is Meizu, where the Chinese origin of this company has uploaded teaser about their full-screen smartphone. The device is called mBlue Zero which recently appeared in cyberspace, where the teaser this time reveals the bezel-less design. Meizu mBlu Zero appears to be the device of the repurchased Blue Charm product line and the Meizu M6 Note smartphone becomes the first model after restructuring the entire Meizu brand. Of course this is good news because mBlue Zero will be included in the Blue Charm line and this is further strengthened by the fact that the teaser this time is confirmed by Li Nan, who is the President of the Meizu Blue Charm division. Li Nan himself has confirmed that they are working on a full-screen smartphone design and smartphone will be released next year. Of course this is interesting news, because previously this company repeatedly denied that they are working on a new smartphone with full-screen design. Since the launch is still long, we look forward to the development of mBlue Zero in the coming months.
 
Most of the world's smartphone manufacturers have participated in full-screen smartphone design competition, including Apple's upcoming iPhone 8, which is expected to slide on 12 September. With more and more producers delivering full-screen smartphones make other manufacturers inevitably have to follow the trend of full-screen smartphones in order not to lag in the competition.
 
One manufacturer who will also bring full-screen smartphone is Meizu, where the Chinese origin of this company has uploaded teaser about their full-screen smartphone. The device is called mBlue Zero which recently appeared in cyberspace, where the teaser this time reveals the bezel-less design. Meizu mBlu Zero appears to be the device of the repurchased Blue Charm product line and the Meizu M6 Note smartphone becomes the first model after restructuring the entire Meizu brand. Of course this is good news because mBlue Zero will be included in the Blue Charm line and this is further strengthened by the fact that the teaser this time is confirmed by Li Nan, who is the President of the Meizu Blue Charm division. Li Nan himself has confirmed that they are working on a full-screen smartphone design and smartphone will be released next year. Of course this is interesting news, because previously this company repeatedly denied that they are working on a new smartphone with full-screen design. Since the launch is still long, we look forward to the development of mBlue Zero in the coming months.