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Samsung Galaxy s7 to receive Android 7.0 Nougat in January 2017

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Great news for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge owners, as Samsung has just confirmed that the long-awaited Android Nougat update for these two devices will be released next month.

After a month of beta testing, the South Korean company announced that it would do its best “to distribute the official version in January as soon as possible.”

 

 

Moreover, Samsung announced that the Android Nougat beta program for both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge devices will end on January 30, 2016. This means there will be no beta versions released for these smartphones and there will be no individual feedback related to “Error report” and “Suggestion.”

According to Samsung, all feedback received by the time the final version will be released is to be managed via “Community” only.

We expect Samsung to release Android 7.1.1 Nougat for many Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge devices in January, 2017, but many of them will receive Android 7.0 Nougat instead.

Some carriers have confirmed they are now testing Android 7.0 Nougat builds, but that doesn’t meant that Android 7.1.1 won’t arrive for both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge at a later date. So, there you have it folks, Samsung will finally have two smartphones of it own running Android Nougat by the end of January.

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Alexa can now understand follow-up questions

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Amazon’s Alexa home assistant has been one of this year’s most innovative product, and while the folks over in Seattle have been doing a tremendous job at making their virtual assistant smarter and smarter since its initial release, it still isn’t quite perfect. One of the biggest disadvantages that the Alexa platform has faced since its inception has been its inability to understand follow-up questions. This sort of contextual awareness is something that Google has been rocking for years, and it’s a big selling point for Google Home. Being able to say “Ok, Google, how old is Tom Cruise?” and then follow up with “Ok, Google, how old is he?” and having Google’s AI understand who “he” is in that question really is quite fantastic.

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Up until this point in time, this sort of functionality has been something that Alexa just hasn’t been capable of. However, thanks to numerous reports on Reddit and confirmation from the folks over at Android Police, it looks like Alexa is finally being updated to support these kind of questions. It’s been confirmed that asking something along the lines “Alexa, who is the President of the United States?” and then following up with “Alexa, how old is he?” now returns a proper answer. This is something that previously wasn’t available with Amazon’s AI, so seeing this sort of functionality finally being released is awesome.

 

At the time of this writing, it appears that only some owners of products like the Echo and Echo Dot have this new functionality. We’d guess that it’ll start making its way to everyone over the next few days, and although its current implementation isn’t nearly as good at what Google has to offer with the Google Assistant, we think it’s pretty safe to assume that this is an area of Alexa that Amazon will put a good deal of time into improving moving forward

Samsung Galaxy A 2017 series (A7, A5, A3) user manual and pricing details leaks

While Samsung already confirmed that the Galaxy A 2017 series is coming soon, the company has yet to officially announce the smartphones included in this series. However, we know that the new family should be comprised of the Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017). A user manual that can be accessed on Samsung Russia’s website confirms the existence of all three handsets, while also revealing some of their important features.

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The new A7, A5 and A3 are all are IP68-certified for dust and water resistance. According to Samsung, this means they can survive for 30 minutes underwater at depths of up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet). Moreover, all three models have NFC, support for Samsung Pay, and fingerprint scanners embedded in their home buttons. This means that the Galaxy A3 (2017) will likely become Samsung’s most affordable phone to offer a fingerprint reader.

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Speaking of “affordable”, according to a flyer revealed in Malaysia, the new Galaxy A7 (model number SM-A720) and Galaxy A5 (model number SM-A520) will be sold at accessible prices: about $424 and $378, respectively. Most probably, the smaller and less powerful Galaxy A3 (model number SM-A320) will cost around $300.

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The Galaxy A 2017 user manual mentioned above also suggests that the phones will, unfortunately, run Android 6 Marshmallow at launch, instead of the newer Android 7 Nougat.

For now, we don’t have details regarding the US launch of the Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017). But we’ll find out more about the handsets on January 5, when Samsung is going to officially announce them.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017) Pictures Leaks!

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Leaked press renders presenting the fronts and rears of the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017). Most probably, these are the images that Samsung will be using to promote the new devices.

While they have similar designs, the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017) come in different sizes, as the A5 (model number SM-A520) sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, while the A3 (model number SM-A320) has a 4.7-inch 720p screen.

The new Galaxy A5 is expected to be powered by an octa-core Exynox 7880 CPU, further featuring 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage space, and a 3300 mAh battery. The new Galaxy A3 will be a bit more modest, possibly featuring an octa-core Exynos 7870 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 3000 mAh battery.

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Yesterday, Samsung hinted at the fact that the galaxy A series might be water resistant, but it’s not clear if this applies to all models in the new series.

Apparently, the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017) will be available in four color variants: black, gold, blue, and pink. The phones could go on sale beginning January, though, for now, we don’t know if that’s true for the US market. In any case, we’ll find out more about the Galaxy A 2017 series next week.

5 Things That Could Had Made The Tecno Phantom 6 Better

 

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1. Android 7.1 Nougat
The new version of android offers a lot of useful features and had one of the longest list of changelog among all android versions ever released. The version of android had been released for a long time enough for tecno to program it for the phantom 6 which was released late this year.

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2. Smaller screen version
Tecno released two screen versions, 5.5 inch and 6.0 inch. Knowing that not everybody is a fan of big screen, this is not an option because they are both big screens! Anybody that can use a 5.5 inch could as well settle for a 6.0 inch and vice versa. But a 5.0 inch phantom 6 could had made a whole lot sense.

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3. Finger print reader (phantom 6)
The phantom 6 (not Plus) did not come with a finger print reader, and for a 90k Plus phone, it is a no no. The phantom 6 however has iris scanner which is far more time wasting and less accurate than a finger print reader.

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4. Better design (phantom 6 Plus)
Phantom 6 design was on point, phantom 6 Plus was not. Phantom 6 Plus could had been more sleeker like than phantom 6 if not more. Mobile phones play a big role in our fashion and style, and a good looking phone is needed, knowing the way people look at our hands today.

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5. Waterproof
Almost every flagship of 2016 came water proofed sadly not Tecno’s Phantom line. We have gone pass the days of having to wrap your phone in a nylon when it’s raining, or having panic when you spill a drink on your phone probably during meals. In the phantom 6 case, you’ll still have to open up the phone and keep it under hot sun, then pray that nothing goes wrong with it.

Gboard Launches On Android Weeks After Its Debut On IOS

Ever since Google introduced its Gboard keyboard on iOS, there’s been one main question: when is it coming to Android? You can relax. The company has released Gboard for its own phone platform, replacing the previous (and relatively plain) Google Keyboard app. As with iOS, the interface revolves around a search feature that not only digs up common search results (including location and weather), but also emoji and those seemingly inescapable animated GIFs. Gboard will also autocorrect in any enabled language, so you don’t have to worry about making typos if you switch between languages on a frequent basis.


Gboard is available now, and works with over 100 languages. Don’t expect to drop GIFs into conversations regardless of the app, though. GIF sharing only works for Android users in Allo, Hangouts and Messenger right now, and sharing in other apps depends on developers integrating image keyboard support.

WhatsApp To Add Revoke Messages Feature To Its’ App

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The image above was me some weeks back after i sent a picture to the wrong group. I was very sad. But now A future update to WhatsApp looks set to add a feature that will bring welcome relief to careless typists like me I guess. A beta version of the IM service indicates that pretty soon, users will be able to revoke and edit sent messages. Provided the recipient hasn’t already seen it, you’ll be able to pretend that said correspondence never existed.

Right now, you can only delete sent messages at local level. So if you make an embarrassing typo or say something regrettable, you can remove it at your end, but the recipient is still able to see it. Like Skype and other instant messaging services, WhatsApp users could be able to legitimately redact or edit a message that has already travelled through cyberspace.

Such a feature would be incredibly useful and to some, essential. As well as regular text, it is also reported that the users will be able to revoke images and video as well. There’s no ETA as yet and since it’s being tested in beta, no guarantees that it’ll even be rolled out to the main version.

I am just too happy about this feature.

10 Tips To Saving Your Battery Life

 1. Reduce Screen Brightness:
Reducing your screen brightness saves a lot of battery, more juice is used up as your screen is brighter. Therefore keep your screen brightness at the lowest each time or better yet set it too automatic considering times you might be outdoors. Also lowering the Screen Timeout from 1 minute to 15 or 30 seconds, If you are the type to let your phone sleep automatically (rather than pressing the sleep button when you’re done using it), this will help you save some juice as well

 2. Uninstall/Disable Unwanted Apps:
There are few apps in your phone which you have never used, you will never use, you are done using or you have duplicate of apps that perform the same function. These apps need to go! If they don’t, they will keep using up your memory and battery! You know these apps yourself, like have a default internet browser, chrome, firefox, opera and uc browser on one phone, unless you these apps, go through your phone and uninstall them. If the apps you don’t use came preinstalled on your phone, you can uninstall them on iPhone and windows. But as For Android, you can only disable them(like shut it down. But does not uninstall). Still on android, to find the app in order to disable it, you will have to go to setting>>apps>> all apps (this differs with device)

Also:
Battery saving, ram clearing, cache cleaner, bla bla bla! Uninstall them now!  These apps don’t do anything magical  and actually do the reverse of what they are. For these apps to keep working, there are constantly running in the background thereby draining the resources they claim to save. And your battery is a victim! So all those “DU battery saver” and the rest of the family, uninstall them now!

 3. Switch Off Your Camera Flash When Not Needed:
Some people, when taking pictures even under hot sunlight would still use their camera flashlight, well not only is it not needed, it kills your battery! Flash light needs a lot of power to produce such a bright light, that’s why most phones don’t allow you to use your flashlight when your battery is low. So taking pictures with your camera flash on, even when you have enough light around to take the picture is just pure wasting of battery.

 4. Switch Off Your Data Connection and EDGE network Instead of 3G/4G:
Leaving an always on data connection requires a lot of battery juice so putting it off at times when you don’t need it saves you a lot of battery power. Also when a WiFi connection is available, its recommend you use it instead of data to save battery. But remember to switch your WiFi off when not in use. Because it uses less battery than your data does not mean you should leave it on. Leaving it on would make your phone constantly search for WiFi network thereby draining your battery. As for EDGE/3G/4G networks, I know this could be hard considering that edge is way slower than 3G/4G networks. But using 3G/4G, which are faster networks, also use more battery! Also 4G uses more battery than 3G. So the faster the network, the more your battery is used up. Therefore when next your doing something light on the internet, like chatting, EDGE network is advisable to use to save Battery.

 5. Switch All Connections Off When Not In Use:
I have talked about switching data and WiFi off when you are not using them. Same applies to Bluetooth, GPS and even your network. These connections drains battery if left on and if they are not in use, they have no reason to be left on. As for your network, if you are not the “always on calls” type, you can put your phone in flight mode times when your phone is not in use to save battery.

 6. Turn Of Vibration:
Turn off any form of vibration. Electric motor which makes the vibration each time your phone rings or you press something on your phone are not battery friendly and use up your battery. So turn them off if you don’t need it. Haptic feedback is also included.

 7. Update Your Device OS:
From time to time, your device manufacturer would send you software updates, which most are likely maintenance/performance updates. Usually, considering that the manufacturer make these updates to make the OS more optimised and to increase performance, these updates usually help your device to maintain a longer battery life.

 8. Use A Headphone Over Loud Speaker + Reduce The Volume:
Using headphones to listen to music or watch a video on your phone could save it some battery juice, tho it’s hardly noticeable compare to the points above but it is true. Also listen to sound at higher volume use up more battery power, so keep your phone volume at minimum to save your battery.

 9. Keep Your Phone At Lower Temperature:
Using your phone at lower temperature saves more Battery and higher temp temperature uses more. Being cold increases the battery’s internal resistance to electricity flow. This decreases the battery’s capacity or run time. Heat, while it decreases internal resistance, causes undue wear and tear on the battery. So try to keep your phone at low temperature at all times.

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 10. Use Dark Themes, Night Modes And Dark Wallpapers
There are Majorly two type of screens, AMOLED and LCD. If you use LCD, you’re out of luck. Unlike LCD which the whole screen is always on, AMOLED is kind  of having each pixel as its own independently coloured, miniature light bulb on the screen. So for AMOLED to show black, all it really does is put off those bulbs! So if you use a phone with AMOLED screen like most Samsung and Nokia(Microsoft) phones, then using a dark or black theme, wallpaper e.t.c means a lot of switched off pixel bulbs which equals saving a lot of battery.

BONUS. Do not close apps:
study shows that closing apps from your recent apps view actually uses more battery juice, But leaving the app has no effect on your battery life. I know this is in contrast to what you originally thought. But it’s the fact. The task switcher is just there to make it easy to switch between apps.

Samsung Knows Why The Galaxy Note 7 Was Exploding But Is Not Ready To Tell You

Samsung had recalled the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 twice because of explosions, and eventually pulled the phablet off of the market, the company at first was unable to duplicate the explosions in the lab. But today, a new report says that Samsung has figured out exactly what caused the problems with Galaxy Note 7 battery that cost the company a reported $5 billion in lost revenue and other costs.

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Samsung says that it has shared the results of its internal investigation with UL and the Korea Testing Laboratory. And while the company has promised to release a report detailing the exact cause of the explosions by the end of this year, so far the company is not yet ready to share the results of its investigation with the public.

At the beginning of this month, a report blamed the design of the battery used on the Galaxy Note 7 for causing the explosions and fires. Samsung reportedly wanted a thin battery with as much energy capacity as possible in order to maintain the phablet’s thin design and long battery life.

Kenya Beats South Africa In Average Broadband Speeds Which Are Both Above Nigeria

Akamai has released its Q3 2016 State of the Internet report, which shows that Nigeria ranks well below South Africa and Kenya in average broadband speeds.
Akamai’s State of the Internet report is based on data gathered from the company’s Intelligent Platform and provides insight into global connectivity and Internet metrics.
Akamai previously included Africa’s results with Europe and the Middle East, but broadband metrics are now presented separately for the European region and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.
More African countries are included, which means we get a better idea of how South Africa compares against other countries on the continent.
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Nigeria was with an average of 3.0Mbps. South Africa recorded an average broadband speed of 6.0Mbps in the third quarter – a year-on-year increase of 62%.
The top African country was Kenya, with an average broadband speed of 11.0Mbps.

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Average peak connection speed
In the third quarter of 2016, Nigeria’s average peak connection speed was 24.6Mbps – still below South Africa and Kenya.
This represents the average of the maximum measured connection speeds across all the unique IP addresses seen by Akamai.

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LG To Supply Foldable OLED Displays To Apple, Google and Microsoft

Samsung’s near monopoly on OLED display supplies might be challenged a year from now, as Apple, Google and Microsoft are reportedly partnering with LG on the production of flexible OLED panels. While Apple’s name comes as no surprise here, as it is heavily rumored to introduce an OLED iPhone 8 next year, and is trying to diversify its screen suppliers, the fact that Google and Microsoft may be in the mix raises some eyebrows.
As per the source of this rumor, Google is interested in flexible OLEDs for future iterations of its Pixels, while Microsoft is actually shopping for Surface line ideas. In any case, there are three powerful potential customers with money and enthusiasm to burn, so LG is said to take the opportunity, and be ready for mass production by 2018.

The other important tip here is that those LG flexible displays are meant to be used into foldable devices, with a mechanism that keeps the screen stretched over the outer surface. Samsung has been developing such panels for a while now, allowing the OLEDs to bend numerous times without picture deterioration at the folding area, but it’s the first time we are hearing LG might be up to something similar.

In any case, it seems that we will be encountering much more unorthodox shapes and forms in phones going forward, which can only benefit the end users, if done right. Needless to say, LG Display has denied commenting on its future customers.