Samsung unveils Galaxy C7 Pro

The leak saga about Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is over – the device was officially unveiled at the Korean manufacturer’s website..
The Galaxy C7 Pro is built around a 5.7″ 1080p Super AMOLED screen and runs Android 6.0.1. Marshmallow on a 14nm Snapdragon 625 chipset. The octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU is running at 2.2 GHz, while available RAM is 4GB.


Both cameras of the Galaxy C7 Pro have 16 MP sensors and bright f/1.9 apertures. Their video recording maxes out at FullHD@30fps.The internal storage is 64GB, with 50.9 GB of those user-available. Also the second SIM slot supports either a nano-SIM card or a microSD one.
The Galaxy C7 Pro comes with Always-On display and Samsung Pay.

Pre-orders in China will be begin on January 16 but there’s no information for now if Samsung plans to release the device in other markets.


Samsung Galaxy A series goes on sale ahead of schedule

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Samsung kicked off this year’s smartphone announcements by introducing the Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) earlier this month. Disappointingly, the new A series doesn’t appear as though it’ll reach the United States any time soon, so Stateside fans of the waterproof trio will have to explore other routes to ownership. Slated reach several Asian markets by the end of this month, Sammy also noted that Europe-based consumers would have to wait until February. Ahead of schedule, though, the A series models are already on sale in Russia through several outlets, suggesting that other confirmed sales locations could also receive the handsets sooner than anticipated.

Fans of powerful Samsung devices will surely be waiting on the Galaxy S8, which probably won’t rear its head for a couple of months yet. Still the 2017 editions of the A3, A5 and A7 offer much besides their water-and-dust-repelling exteriors, with the larger A7 touting a 5.7-inch full-HD display. Both the A5 and A7, with their Exynos 7880 processors and 3 gigs of RAM each, are a cut above the A3 with its Exynos 7870 and 2 GB RAM combo. Nevertheless, they’re all equipped with fingerprint sensors and expandable storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256 GB in size.

In Russia, the A3 (2017) costs 22,990 rubles ($387) while the A5 (2017) retails at 27,990 rubles ($471). The A7 (2017), meanwhile, is priced at 32990 rubles, which translates to around $555 at the current exchange. While not overly expensive, those looking at the A7 may instead turn to some of last year’s flagships — many of which are more powerful and unlike the Marshmallow-filled A series, offer the more contemporary Android 7 Nougat.

At this time, the devices are up for pre-order in the United Kingdom but not yet on sale. We’ll keep you posted with any further release happenings, so stay tuned!

Samsung launches iPhone app for Gear smartwatches

Samsung has released the long-awaited iOS apps for its Gear wearable accessories, including the Gear S2 and S3 smartwatches and the Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker. The two new apps let you set up and pair the devices with an iPhone. Prior to this, the Gear devices were only compatible with Android devices.
Samsung says that the Gear S app will let you download and install apps on the smartwatches, push notifications from the phone to the watch, as well as sync health and fitness data with S Health. The Gear Fit app supports notifications from the iPhone to the device and syncing of health data to S Health.
Though the new apps bring full iOS compatibility to Samsung’s wearable devices for the first time, they still don’t support the company’s full range, such as the IconX wireless earbuds.

Nokia 6 Android powered smartphone Announced, to Launch in China


Earlier today, we showed you the box belonging to a phone called Nokia 6 that we thought could be the Nokia D1(C). But a press release just sent out by HMD has announced the unveiling of the Nokia 6. The release, dated Sunday because of the time difference, notes that HMD has the exclusive licensing rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones.

The Nokia 6 features a Gorilla Glass protected, in-cell 5.5-inch 2.5D display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). The Snapdragon 430 chipset powers the phone, containing an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 505 GPU. Quick Charge 3.0 replenishes battery power four times faster than conventional charging. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage. The 16MP rear camera carries an f/2.0 aperture and PDAF laser auto focusing. In front is an 8MP camera, also sporting an f/2.0 aperture, for selfies and video chats.

The phone will launch early this year as a exclusive. It will be priced at the equivalent of $245 USD. HMD chose China to launch the phone because of the large number of smartphone users (593 million expected in 2017) and because of the high value placed on quality and premium design.

Just a short while ago we announced the launch of HMD Global. From the outset we have stated that we intend to move with speed to establish a position as a player in the smartphone category and create products that truly meet consumer needs. The Nokia 6 is a result of listening to our consumers who desire a beautifully crafted handset with exceptional durability, entertainment and display features.

Our ambition is to deliver a premium product, which meets consumer needs at every price point, in every market. We start today, with our premium, high quality Nokia 6; built to deliver a fantastic core user experience for Chinese consumers. We look forward to unveiling further products in the first half of this year.”-Arto Nummela, CEO, HMD Global

What Really Happened To Nokia?

With Nokia Planning to comeback into the industry in 2017, let’s talk about why they went underground in the first place.
If you were asked what happened to Nokia, you’ll probably say they failed cos they refused to use android or android drowned them
It All Started In 2011

Ok pause II, let’s do some background check first.


The Evolution Of The Modern Smartphone
In 2007 Apple announced the iPhone. Which was the game changer for the mobile phone industry. The whole industry felt the need to make an “iPhone”, but what they needed the most was an OS that could rival IOS, and since apple did not share theirs as IOS can be licensed to be used by 3rd parties, each company had to start building their own OS from scratch. However Symbian and windows mobile where smartphone OS that existed before then, but they were not smart enough for apple new IOS on the iPhone. Then came google to the rescue in 2008 with Android OS. Normally these company would had ignored Android, but to build a new OS could take years and Android was Open Source, meaning instead of each company building a new OS, they could just take Android source code and edit it to work for their own phone like it was their own OS. Of course every phone company who needed market share bought this idea except the two giants then …….. Blackberry and Nokia. These company knew that if they went with android, they would be classified as the same phone and put in the same market as every other Android device. Blackberry thought they could develop their already existing blackberry OS to be as smart as IOS and Android but later built their own OS from scratch to produce Blackberry 10 OS. While Nokia also kept developing Symbain to compete with the competition, they also went ahead to build a new OS, not looking at how long it might take. The OS Nokia was developing was called MEEGO OS. Announced in 2011.

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In the Year 2011
Most of you reading this now were still using, or dreaming of buying a blackberry that year. Except those that were using Nokia E7 or N8. Or Sony Ericsson androids, or HTC, or the iPhone 3. Me? I was using one small Nokia 6230i (the phone Otedola uses) I was always reading RSS feeds from tech sites with snaptu following apple/Samsung law suits. That’s what caught my interest into the phone world. Anyway. I did not know anything about history of iPhone, android or Nokia then but one thing I remember is I really like the Nokia N9 when it was released.


What is Nokia N9? It is a phone released on the 21st of June 2011 running Meego OS. MeeGo was a open source Linux distribution hosted by the Linux Foundation, using source code from the operating systems Moblin (produced by Intel) and Maemo (produced by Nokia). I’m sure you know what intel is. Nokia N9 was actually an extremely Good flagship smartphone at the year it was released, it’s was like the galaxy s7 of 2016. It was so good many people liked it. Infact I bought the clone since I couldn’t afford the original. Although amount of sales was not disclosed by Nokia, many Nokia fans really liked the Nokia N9 and many bought it, the swipe, first phone ever with no buttons except volume and power, and it had positive reviews online too. But most reviews did not recommend that you buy one.. Want to know why?

The N9 was announced only four months after partnering with Microsoft to use Windows Phone 7 as the flagship operating system to replace Symbian. At the time Nokia’s flagship device was the Symbian-based N8. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the N9 will be the first and last MeeGo device from the company, something that MeeGo fans already felt before the N9 announcement due to the Microsoft deal. This move Infact made a lot of fans really sad. I personally heard about the deal way after N9 was released. Recently found out that some fans responded by creating a petition “We want Nokia to keep MeeGo”. But Stephen Elop restated that the company will not be continuing development of MeeGo even if the N9 would be a success, focusing solely on the future Lumia series.

I believe Nokia N9 and Meego OS was indeed the combination Nokia needed to battle Apple IPhone and Google along with it’s companies using Android. At the year N9 was released, there was still hope for Meego as even IOS and android had not been developed good enough to what we have today. In 2011 Meego was a better competitor to android and iOS than Windows is to android and iOS today. If Nokia continued to develop Meego, it would had been just as good as android and IOS today. Even looking at how far Windows Phone has come, and to think that Meego was first released way before Windows Phone 7.


So why would Nokia led by Stephen elop take a decision like this? I personally think it’s because it added something personal to himself, my guess is wealth….. You should also know that Stephen elop just became Nokia CEO in 2010. So no! He was not the one heading Nokia when Nokia was on top of the world. Maybe he was just a bad CEO.

This was Stephen elop idea and decision only cos even after Nokia went with Windows Phone, the directors and core professionals from Nokia’s N9 team and other staffs of Nokia left the company and together formed Jolla, to bring MeeGo back into the market mainstream. This effort eventually resulted in the creation of the Sailfish OS. The Sailfish OS has not been much of a success because this time it is being developed by a small team of developers unlike android which is being developed by a large company.

Also INTEL expressed their disbelief and disappointment at elop decision. They later went ahead and collaborated with Samsung to create Tizen OS. Today, Tizen OS is the fourth most used mobile operating system ahead of BlackBerry OS but behind windows phone.

Meanwhile as you would guess, Nokia Lumia did not do so well, the first sets of Lumia had very poor reviews and Nokia lost millions of dollars. It was not android fault neither was it rocket science to know Nokia was going all the way down!

In my honest opinion, it was all Stephen elop fault!

But I’m not the only one that thinks that way. Wikipedia quote “Elop was criticised for this move, which has been said by some to have contributed to the company’s demise in the smartphone market.”
Also I remember reading comments on Phonarena then, where readers and fans would call out Stephen elop and blame him for everything.


Well…In September 2012 Nokia announced the Lumia 920 and in 2013 Lumia 520 then Lumia 925 then Lumia 1020 which was the first Lumia phones to actually return profits for Nokia. Although sales of the Lumia line had exceeded those of BlackBerry in the same period, Nokia still made an operating loss of €115m, with revenues falling 24% to €5.7bn following the second quarter of 2013. Over the past nine quarters, Nokia sustained €4.1 billion worth of operating losses.
On 3 September 2013, Microsoft announced its intent to acquire Nokia’s mobile phone business (including rights to the Lumia and low-end Asha brands) in an overall deal totaling at over US$7 bn. Stephen Elop stepped down as Nokia’s CEO and re-join Microsoft as its head of devices as part of the deal, which closed in early 2014.

Nokia agreed not to use its name on smartphones and will be subject to a non-compete clause preventing it from producing any mobile devices under the Nokia name through 31 December 2015. But released a Nokia N1 tablet running android lollipop on 18 November 2014. Which was built by Foxconn for the brand Nokia. Foxconn is also the company that builds the iPhone.


In 2016…. Microsoft Mobile sold the rights to use the Nokia brand to a newly formed Finnish consortium, HMD Global, and these guys recently hired the largest independent advertising firm in the UK to (nudge, wink) market upcoming Nokia phones. This phone would run android and the sort of the most anticipated phones of 2017. Yes I said phones cos we could see about 7 devices.

And a lot of people are saying Nokia is back? weeelllll………..
What do you think about everything I’ve said here? Let me know
Written by Karo for Phoneplanet.

Alleged photo of Nokia D1(C) packaging leaks images and specs of the Android powered phone

The image of what allegedly is the packaging for an upcoming Android powered Nokia branded handset has leaked. Besides displaying a picture of both sides of the phone, the box includes some of the phone’s specs. We would like to point out that the picture of the back and front of the handset does resemble sketches of the Nokia D1(C) that we passed along to you late last year.


Looking at the specs on the box, the aluminum clad handset will have Android 7.0 pre-installed, running the show. The unit is equipped with a 5.5-inch screen carrying a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. Under the hood is a Snapdragon chipset containing an octa-core CPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage, and a microSD slot is available for those seeking more storage. A 16MP camera adorns the back of the unit, while an 8MP front-facing shooter takes care of selfies and video chats. According to the box, the phone will have Dolby ATMOS sound included.


A few days ago, we told you that Nokia could release as many as seven Android flavored phones this year. We could see the Nokia D1(C) unveiled next month at MWC in Barcelona.

Is The Honor Magic The Best smartphone of CES 2017

The Honor Magic is somewhat of a concept phone with some pretty unique AI technology baked inside of it. The model of the phone that we got to play around with has no current planes to launch anywhere outside of China, but Honor has confirmed that a global version will be coming at some point in the near future. The Honor Magic doesn’t look or feel like anything else the company has launched so far, and with that being the case, we simply couldn’t pass up a chance to go hands on with it.

Without a doubt, the Magic is the best designed phone that Honor has made to date. The back of the phone is made entirely out of glass, and while this does make the Honor Magic a bit of a fingerprint magnet, the look here is absolutely stunning. The dual-camera system is housed underneath this glass panel, and the aluminum frame around the phone makes it easy to hold on to. The Honor Magic isn’t thick by any means with a measurement of just 7.8-millimeters wide, but because of the way that the glass on both the front and back flow over the edges, an illusion is created to make the phone appear even thinner than it already is.

Below the display is where you’ll find the Honor Magic’s physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, nanoSIM tray, USB Type-C port are all present on the bottom of the phone.


In regards to the display that’s being used here, Honor decided to keep things nice and compact with a screen size of just 5.09-inches. While the screen may be small though, the resolution is not. The Magic comes equipped with a 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED panel, resulting in a display that looks absolutely gorgeous. Colors are tremendously bright, text is razor crisp, and during my time with the phone, viewing angles and overall brightness looked to be quite solid as well. That curved nature of the glass also adds a lot to the display situation here, as home screens and menus appear to flow off and on of the sides of the screen. It’s a truly stunning effect, and it’s the little details like this that go so far to create for a much more enjoyable experience when using a phone.


User interface and processor
As if the Honor Magic already wasn’t creating a good case for itself, here’s where things get even more interesting. Before we get into the software side of things, it’s worth mentioning that the Honor Magic is powered by the Kirin 950 processor and 4GB of RAM. This horsepower combination means that the Honor Magic flows like butter when navigating through the UI and various apps, and while this is great on its own, things really start to get interesting and exciting when you take a look at the software that the Honor Magic is bringing to the table.
The software that the Honor Magic based off of is Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the skin that’s layered atop of it is unlike anything we’ve seen yet. Honor is calling it the Magic Live UI, and although it’s a great departure from stock Android, everything moves along at an incredibly smooth pace, and the aesthetic that Honor is going for with Magic Live UI is consistent throughout the entire phone.

This isn’t even the coolest part about it though. Honor has baked some sort of artificial intelligence throughout the phone, and the AI that’s present here is aimed at making your experience with the phone more personalized as you continue to use it. This is a feature that’s rather hard to demonstrate and capture after just playing around with the phone for a few minutes, but essentially the AI in the Honor Magic will be able to do things such as only display the content of text messages if it recognizes your eyes viewing the screen, automatically turn on the LED flash to act as a flashlight when you walk into a dark room, and automatically turn the screen on and off when you pick the phone up or set it down.

Just like the Honor 6X and Honor 8, the Honor Magic is utilizing a dual-camera setup. The system here consists of two 12MP sensors, along with a dual LED flash system. The great part about all of this is that it’s housed entirely under the glass back, meaning that there’s no sort of camera hump to be found here at all.

A 2,900 mAh battery keeps the Honor Magic alive and kicking, and while it does seem a bit on the small side, the AI in the Magic is also supposedly able to identify your use habits with the phone to then adapt things to create for better battery life the more you use the phone. It’s an interesting concept for sure, but just like with the rest of the AI features that are present here, it’s something we can’t really demo unless we’re able to get more use-time with the phone.

Pricing and availability
For the time being, the Honor Magic is only available in China. The cost that it’s selling for there comes out to the equivalent of around $530 USD, and after getting up close and personal with the Magic, we think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s worth the asking price. There’s no word as to whether or not the global version of the phone will remain entirely the same of if some changes will be made, but then again, this isn’t all that surprising considering that this still considered to be a form of concept phone from the company.

The Honor Magic is a truly beautiful piece of tech with a lot of interesting software tricks under the hood, and even in its current form, it’s still one of the best phones we’ve seen from the company yet.

Dell’s convertible XPS 13 laptop; It’s the Dell 2-in-1 we’ve been waiting for

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As you’d imagine, the convertible is basically a combination of the existing XPS 13 design with a foldable hinge, which allows you either to keep it in a tent orientation, or fold the screen all the way back. And before you ask — yes, it packs in the XPS 13’s “InfinityEdge” design, which leaves a mere 5.2mm bezel around the 13.3-inch screen. It comes in 1080p and QuadHD+ (3200 by 1800 pixels) variants, includes 7th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and fits up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

Dell also managed to make the XPS 13 2-in-1 completely fanless, so it should remain quiet even under heavy workloads (though it’d be interesting to see if performance falls as things heat up). At 2.7 pounds and 13.3mm tall, it’s slightly slimmer than HP’s new Spectre x360, which clocks in at 2.85 pounds and 13.8 mm thin.

The convertible also features 2 USB 3.0 ports, one of which is Thunderbolt 3.0 compatible. You’ll be able to charge the laptop, or power up to two 4K display at once, from the Thunderbolt port. And, in a nice gesture, you’ll also get a USB-A to USB-C adapter for connecting your older peripherals. Another port or two would have been nice, but don’t be surprised if plenty of ultraportables this year end up settling on just two USB-C ports. (2017 will truly be the year of the dongle.)

In my short time with it, the XPS 2-in-1 felt just as sturdy as the standard model, with a tough aluminum case and carbon fiber wristpad. The backlit keyboard feels a bit shallower — which makes sense since it also needs to double as a tablet — but still seems comfortable to use. And while its hinges aren’t as fetching as what we’ve seen from Lenovo’s hybrids, they feel like they’ll hold up to plenty of folding and unfolding.

You can snag the XPS 13 2-in-1 for $1,000 starting on January 5th. It’s a bit more expensive than the standard $800 XPS 13, but it’ll be worth it if you really want to veg and watch Netflix in bed.

This Dell 2-in-1 laptop can wirelessly charge through its keyboard

Wireless charging remains an elusive concept. It pops up here and there, often for mobile devices using special cases, and yet many solutions are painfully incomplete or too cumbersome for consumers to care. The Dell Latitude 7285, a new 2-in-1 business laptop announced yesterday at CES, uses a clever method to bypass wireless charging’s pernicious roadblocks to deliver a true solution. Dell claims it’s the first fully fleshed-out version of the feature for laptops.

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The trick is in the keyboard. The Latitude 7285 is a 2-in-1 hybrid. That means 100 percent of its components fit inside the tablet display, which can be attached to one of three accompanying keyboards to create a clamshell laptop. One of these keyboards communicates with Dell’s new wireless charging pad. So when you place the 7285 down on the mat with the keyboard attached, the power bypasses the keyboard and goes straight to the computer. It’s wireless charing with a caveat, but wireless charging nonetheless.

Sure, this setup is not as elegant as we might like. For one, the keyboard doesn’t contain an extra battery, so it can’t be charged up to give the 7285 some extra juice on the go. It really only exists to act as a wireless charging base, while another one of the attachable keyboard accessories Dell is selling for the device does contain a power pack with about four hours of extra battery life.

Why the two keyboard products could not be combined would seem to be an engineering challenge Dell is not eager to elaborate upon. But as it stands, this method certainly beats many of the other wireless charging options out there. The company expects to ship the device in May, but has yet to announce hard specs or pricing. Dell also plans on announcing wireless charging compatibility for other devices in its product lineup later this year.

Xiaomi Mi 6 runs AnTuTu, allegedly scores record-breaking 210,329 points

Xiaomi’s Mi 6 is supposedly going to be the first smartphone made by a Chinese company to sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, which was just detailed at CES. The next non-phablet Xiaomi flagship device will reportedly look like a smaller Mi Note 2, while its official announcement could take place on February 6. Sales probably won’t start earlier than March, however. But what about its performance?

Well, today a Weibo user in China claims to have gotten access to a screenshot showing the AnTuTu benchmark score for a prototype Mi 6, shared by a friend who has the handset. Here it is:


If this is true (and that’s a big “if” at this point), it means that the Mi 6 is already, without even having launched, the king of AnTuTu. That 210,329 score in fact broke the earlier record set by the iPhone 7 Plus at 183,106. Clearly then, the Mi 6 (and the Snapdragon 835 powering it) will be a beast in terms of raw performance.

The best AnTuTu score for a phone powered by the Snapdragon 821 was achieved by the OnePlus 3T, but that’s a measly 163,578, nowhere near the Mi 6. Obviously benchmark results never tell the full story regarding any smartphone, but it does look like the Snapdragon 835 will be a massive improvement overall compared to its predecessor, and not just when it comes to performance – Qualcomm did promise lower power consumption too after all.

Google just made its ADB and Fastboot tools available as individual downloads.

Android users have a long history of unlocking their phones, sideloading apps and installing custom Rom builds — but getting the tools to do all that has always been kind of a pain in the ass. Users who wanted to play around with their phone’s backend had to download the entire android SDK just to get access to two specific tools. Not anymore. Google has quietly released its ADB and Fastboot tools as lightweight, independent packages.

The company doesn’t have a dedicated page for these tools, but Google software Engineer Elliot Hughes shared them on his Google Plus page. In total there are three links: one for Linux, one for Mac and one for Windows. It seems a little overdue to offer these tools now, as the craze for custom Android ROMs has died down considerably in recent years — but it’s still a nice gesture. Check out the original Google Plus post at the source link below.

Apps that rely on Google Hangouts won’t work after April 25th


When Google launched Allo and Duo last year, it recast hangouts as a cross-platform chat app for enterprise customers. Now it’s making changes to help ensure that fate. A quiet update to the Google Hangouts FAQ reveals that the sun will set on the platform’s API in late April. Effectively, this means any consumer app that integrates with Google Hangouts will be dead in a matter of months.

“At the Google Horizon event in September 2016, we previewed a new experience for Hangouts focused on meetings,” The updated FAQ reads. “In order to streamline our efforts furhter, we will be retiring the Google+ Hangouts API.” According to Google, the integration simply isn’t needed anymore. “Hangouts is now turning to focus on enterprise use cases.”

This is hardly a surprise — Google outlined it vision for hangouts’ new market early last year — but it is a bummer for apps that rely on the platform like PingPong Hangouts, Draw with your Face and Roll20. Still, some apps will still have access to Hangouts, but only if they qualify as enterprise communication tools, like Slack. Bummer.

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