Rumor: Samsung To Ditch Its S-Series Naming Scheme?

Samsung is planning to drop the Samsung Galaxy S-series naming scheme, a source privy to the company’s plan revealed on Thursday.

 

Samsung ditches its S-Series naming scheme

 

According to the source, the dropping of naming scheme would be evident in Samsung’s 10th generation “Galaxy S series” in 2019. This means that the company would no longer name its smartphones having the SX scheme.

 

For its part, Samsung reasoned out that the company wanted to have a simpler naming scheme. By doing so, the company wanted to avoid naming the devices with the usual SX in the coming months.

 

But tech users emphasized that dropping the SX naming scheme was actually Samsung’s calculated move against Apple Inc. It can be recalled that Samsung’s rival, Apple has changed the way its naming iPhones. Recently, Apple has named its iPhone as an “X series.”

 

To date, Samsung has not yet released any information why it suddenly imposed changes in their naming scheme. What is clear though is that Samsung vowed that it would improve its Galaxy flagship devices with a new naming scheme.

 

For now, Samsung users would be available to find out if this rumor is true. The company is planning to unveil its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9 on February 25. The company’s SX naming scheme has been around for 8 years. The company started naming its device in Galaxy S in 2010 with Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 back in 2017.

Samsung’s New A8 and A8 Plus Feature A Dual Selfie Camera

Korea mobile maker Samsung has recently announced some details about its upcoming phones. Samsung mobile users can expect two Galaxy A models: the Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy A8 specs

Samsung’s Galaxy A8 model is expected to feature a 5.6-inch AMOLED display.While the Galaxy A8 Plus model will have a larger screen, at most, it will have a 6 inches. What’s amazing about the company’s upcoming smartphones is that it will sport a 16 megapixel and 8 megapixels F/1.9 dual front camera and a 16-megapixel F/1.7 rear camera.

Also, both the Galaxy A8 models will feature an infinity display with 17.5:9 display ratio, and 32 gigabytes or 64 gigabytes storage capacity. Samsung said that the storage is expandable up to 256 GB using a separate microSD card.

And in case you don’t know the Galaxy A8 is expected to have a 4GB of random access memory while A8 Plus comes with either a 4 GB or 6 GB or RAM. Other features that Samsung added to the Galaxy A8 models are being dusted and water resistance. Both the Galaxy A8 models are also compatible with Samsung Pay.

The Galaxy A8 models come in blue, gold, gray and black. The phones will debut early January next year. However, Samsung has yet to release the price of the smartphones.

Why iPhone 8, iPhone X The Most Searched Words in 2017

This year, search engine giant Google has revealed what people across the globe are searching on the internet. Google, in its yearly “Year in Search” blog, has picked two words as the most searched words for 2017: iPhone 8 and iPhone X, CNET reported on Thursday.

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone X topped the most trending search words for this year, according to Google. Based on the global search list, iPhone claimed the top spot among the search terms. iPhone 8 ranked no. 2 while iPhone X ranked no. 3, respectively.

Why iPhone 8, iPhone X?

 

The inclusion of iPhone 8 and iPhone X in Google’s global search list suggest that 2017 is certainly a big year for Apple Inc. So when Google released the results, it cannot be denied that 2017 is indeed a year for Apple’s smartphones.

The Cupertino-based company has recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary this 2017. To make the celebration worth remembering by the Apple users globally, Apple released the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus including the popular iPhone X. Hence, speculations about Apple’s smartphones were circulating year-round in anticipation of the company’s new flagship phones.

 

However, the rumors did not directly refer to the iPhone X as the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus. The iPhone X was not even close to being rumor until such time that Apple finally announced that it would launch iPhone X. This could be the best reason why iPhone 8 has ranked higher compared to iPhone X.

Search categories

Meanwhile, Google has also used separated terms into categories. This includes Elections, Memes, and Actors. On the consumer tech category, the most searched words are Nintendo Switch (2), Samsung Galaxy (40, Xbox One (5) and the iPhones ranked 1 and 2 respectively.

Do you agree with Google’s most searched words for 2017? Leave us a comment below!

Samsung releases new video, making fun of iPhone 5

Have you seen Samsung’s latest jab on the new iPhone 5?

The South Korean tech firm released a new video making fun of people waiting for what seems to be an Apple store to open.

The new video only lasts about 1 min and 30 seconds but in that short span of time, Samsung was able to convey their message.

Posted in YouTube, the video shows Apple fans talking about the new features of the iPhone 5, which Samsung thinks are not really that important or have been in their Samsung Galaxy S III.

For starters, the video shows that the GS III (which is the words used by those in line to call the Galaxy S III) has had the 4G connectivity, boasts of a larger screen larger than that of the iPhone 5, and the GS III’s NFC technology which shows one individual sending a playlist to another GS III user just by sticking their devices together much to the amazement of those in line.

The end of the video showed a GS III owner telling a friend who is waiting in line for iPhone 5 that he can multi-task with his GS III and watch videos while sending an email. Someone then says, “We’re gonna get that, for sure. Maybe not the this time, but the next time. Am I right?”

Watch the video!

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Galaxy Note 10.1 beats the new iPad in reparability

Are you the type that keeps breaking stuff? Do you abuse your daily belongings to the point where your devices are left full of scratches? Are you the type that knows that is clumsy, and always seeks a protective cover for the devices to protect them from damage?

If you are, then getting the new iPad may not be in your best interest, unless you get a really good protector for it. Instead, the iFixit team recommends the Galaxy Note 10.1 for sheer reparability.

The iFixit team is noted to be one of the experts in tearing down today’s popular gadgets so they can show the world the innards of your device. They aim to determine which parts can be fixed or replaced or which parts are deemed irreparable. They are better noted for tear downs of MACs, iPads, iPhones, iPods, and PCs. They then rate the reparability of the devices they take down. Their website is then filled with comprehensive shots and instructions on how to do it all yourself.

They also rank the reparability of the devices they take down, in which case the new iPad only scored a measly 2/10 thanks to the fact that the iPad is full of glued up parts, including the battery.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 on the other hand received a whopping 8/10, detailing how almost everything can be repaired or replaced easily compared to the Apple iPad. The iFixit team details how impressed they were of the combination of the screws and clips, making it just child proof, but not adult proof.

The iFixit team was met with a lot of cables in the device, which usually translates to better reparability, due to easier access to the individual parts and gives a plus for easy replacements and repairs.

Almost each part can be removed when the case is taken out, so each part can just be replaced or fixed individually, including all 3 parts of the Galaxy Note 10.1’s front and back camera.

The best part to note about the Galaxy Note 10.1 is that the LCD and the Glass cover can easily be separated and can be repaired separately, meaning if you crack the glass on your precious Galaxy Note 10.1, you can easily replace just the glass, making the repairs cheaper. Apart from the display, the iFixit team also notes how easy it is to replace the battery, which can easily be removed.

It looks like they had fun taking it out for the most part. You can now rest assured that if you get the Galaxy Tab 10.1, it won’t be a headache at all to take it apart and repair it yourself. It also means that Samsung themselves won’t have a hard time repairing your beloved device. Do take heed that you shouldn’t try this unless you absolutely must, and make sure you get the proper tools for taking it apart.

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Samsung removes local search internationally

The legal battles draw blood as Apple succeeds in forcing Google and its partners to remove a feature. It is quite funny and ironic that the company who is practically synonymous to search is forced to remove a search feature in their device.

In a recent Apple lawsuit in the US against the Samsung Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy SIII, it has been ruled that Samsung and Google have been in breach of a patent allowing the device to perform a local search within the device and its installed applications.

Local search is a feature that can search for apps, contacts and other details within the device when using the built-in search bar in Google devices. Apparently, Apple owns that particular invention, despite the fact that computers, digital assistants as well as previous phones have had such a feature within the device. It is rather common to allow a basic computing device to be able to search within itself and not only through the internet.

Still, the Patent office seems to believe that Apple deserved this patent, and thus it was awarded. The Judge also sees that it was an infringing technology, and has warranted a ban on the Galaxy Nexus, as well as other devices from Samsung that uses this feature.

To work around this ban, and continue selling the device in US shores, Google saw it fit to simply remove the local search function through an update. It could be temporary, until they find another way to implement the search, or it could be permanently lost for all future Android devices.

Carriers of the Samsung Galaxy SIII understood that an update to remove the feature was necessary, they resorted to silent “stability” or ‘security” updates and removed the local search function from locked Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

It is understandable that this feature was removed in US shores, because that is where the ban was ruled, but it would seem that Samsung has made an international preventive move. Samsung has been the #1 target of Apple’s litigation war against Android devices. That is why they are sure that Apple will strike again in other countries and target once more the local search function.

Samsung has issued an update that has silently removed the local search function from all Samsung Galaxy SIII devices. The update was introduced as a “stability” update. True enough; members of the XDA forums have claimed that the update indeed improved the stability of the device. People are saying that device was faster, more responsive and more stable than the previous version. It has also cured the Samsung Galaxy SIII of a problematic issue experienced by some members – the crackling sound when playing music.

Both in the US, as well as the rest of the world, fans of the Galaxy Nexus, as well as the Samsung Galaxy SIII, have faced this issue differently. There are users who simply felt the local search function was an annoyance that they were glad to be rid of.  Meanwhile, owners of these devices who used the local search pretty often have made outcries in the net at how annoyed they are that the feature is gone.

If you are one of the latter, hope is not lost. The developers in XDA have figured out how to return the function back to the devices despite the update. At times like this, people can truly appreciate the open source nature of Android, as features can be removed and restored easily. In the end, the forced removal of the local search function bolstered the Android device owner’s power of choice. They can let it be or they can install it back. What will be your choice today?

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Samsung Galaxy Note II benchmarks confirm rumors

Things are heating up as the world anticipates the upcoming release of the update to Google’s successful venture at a Phone/Tablet hybrid. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is rumored to arrive 1 year after the announcement of the original at the IFA Unpacked event. While rumors keep flying around about the details of the device, it would seem that we now have something more tangible than rumors.

Some benchmark data were spotted at the GLBechmark database confirming some specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Codenamed GT N-7100, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is expected to follow the same specification pattern as the original vs. its partner flagship phone. There was a 200 MHz difference in clock speed between the Galaxy S II and the original Samsung Galaxy Note. According to the benchmark data, the Samsung Galaxy Note II will sport the same 200 MHz bump from the Galaxy S III, which puts the clock speed at 1.6 GHz.

It should also be noted that the processor has been confirmed to use Quad Core technology. While this has been the case with the Galaxy S III’s international version as well, if patterns are to be followed, the new Galaxy Note will also have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC.

The benchmark also somewhat confirms that there will be a change in the screen’s aspect ratio. Previously it was [16:10], but the results point to a 16:9 aspect ratio, which might confirm the screen size bump from 5.3 to 5.5 inches. The screen features a 1280×720 resolution. The view of your Galaxy becomes wider.

While the benchmarks of the Samsung Galaxy Note II point towards the Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system, it is expected that it will either be update to Jelly Bean soon after release, or come out of the box with Jelly Bean installed. Software is after all, more flexible to changes than hardware.

Note that the data have been removed from the site possibly due to inaccuracy, or to stop the spread of this leak. Be it in another IFA or on August 30, everyone is just simply excited about the arrival of another powerful Galaxy device for the Android line. Hopefully, Samsung not disappoint with the anticipated release. Are you saving up for your own Galaxy Note II?

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AT&T cuts the price of the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate

Want to own a smartphone but are afraid to buy one, due to skyrocketing prices of this device?

Don’t fret! There are a number of affordable solutions out there for you and one is the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate.

Exclusively distributed by AT&T, the company dropped the price of the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate from $49.99 to $29.99 for a two year lock in period.

The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate is packed with features that are similar to T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G.

The Exhilarate features a decent 5 MP camera with a gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED display.

Shooting video with the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate could be a great experience for the owne,r as the smartphone shoots in 720p HD video. This results to crisp and colorful videos devoid of blockiness and choppiness that you’d normally find in videos produced by lower echelon smartphones.

The Samsung exhilarate comes with a 2.5 GB of onboard storage which is expandable to 32 GB using a microSD card.

Unfortunately, if you’re a fan of Android Ice Cream Sandwich or a Jelly Bean OS, the Exhilarate may not be the smartphone for you as analysts are not expecting for it to have an OS upgrade.

But if you just want to own a smartphone that is not heavy on the pocket, then you can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate.

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Microsoft set to pit Surface against the iPad

Last week, TechNewsGadget gave you hints that Microsoft was going head on with Apple’s iPad with their own version of their tablet.

Today, Microsoft has finally put those rumors to rest as the company officially unveiled their much anticipated device in Los Angeles. This Microsoft tablet is going to compete with the iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy line tablets.

Called Surface, it features a 10.6 inch screen and weighs less than 1.5 pounds. What sets Surface apart from other tablets is that it has a full multi touch keyboard that is part of its foldout cover.

According to president of the Windows division of Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky, the Surface is a “tablet that’s a great PC – a PC that’s a great tablet.”

Microsoft is set to launch their much anticipated Windows 8 this year. The latter is an OS that was designed for touch screen devices but it can be used in multiple platforms including smartphones and desktop computers and laptops.

Tablet sales have been on a high lately. It is expected to triple in 2013 and analysts suggest that figures could reach to 200 million in that year.

Apple’s iPad is considered as the world’s best-selling tablet. Microsoft hopes that the Surface could alter the market and become the iPad of the future.

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Sprint and T-Mobile to sell Samsung Galaxy S III starting June 21st

South Korean electronics mogul Samsung Electronics Co. announced last Monday that their flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, will be available in the United States through 5 wireless carriers.

AT%T Inc., T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and US Cellular, a regional carrier, will be giving their subscribers the ability to own the Galaxy S III, which is touted to be an “iPhone killer”.

Two companies will start selling the smartphone on the 21st of June. These two are T-Mobile and Sprint. The latter’s version comes with a 16GB memory and will cost the buyer $200 on a two year contract.

The other telco’s haven’t publicized their planned released dates, but Samsung said that these 3 will be announcing it anytime soon.

The carriers will be selling the Galaxy S III with different specs. It is reported that different telco’s will have a model adapted to their network.

The Galaxy S III runs on Android’s software and has the latest Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0 preloaded on it. It is good to note that the S III is lighter and thinner than the iPhone.

The S III is already sold in many countries. It went on sale in Middle East and Europe last week.

Are you willing to sell your iPhone for a Galaxy S III? Hit the comments bar!

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