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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.

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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.

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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!

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 JD.com 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
Well…
It All Started In 2011

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
References
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N9
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MeeGo
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tizen
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailfish_OS
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Lumia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N1
http://www.phonearena.com/nokia

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Samsung Galaxy S8 to Come With Continuum

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The latest rumor has it that the Galaxy S8 could include a feature resembling Microsoft’s Continuum. According to a leaked slide that reportedly originates from a Galaxy S8 presentation – see above – Samsung is working on a so called “Desktop Experience” for the new smartphone. Apparently, you’ll be able to connect your Galaxy S8 to an external monitor, plus wireless keyboards and mice, in order to use the phone like a proper PC – that’s because multi-tasking and many other things simply work better on a large display.

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If this Desktop Experience is indeed a real upcoming feature of the S8, Samsung must have enhanced the phone’s UI in order to provide a meaningful experience once the device is connected to a monitor. Mind you, the handset seen in the Desktop Experience slide is almost certainly not a Galaxy S8.

One Plus 3 and One Plus 3T Now Receiving Android 7 Nougat Update

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Last month, OnePlus said that it would update the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 to Android Nougat before the end of the year. The year is ending today, and, thankfully, an official Nougat update is indeed coming to the two smartphones.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei confirmed (via Twitter) that a stable Android Nougat update is ready, and will be gradually rolled out, over the air, to the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 “later tonight.” Since we’re talking about an over the air update, it’s likely that not all OnePlus 3 and 3T owners will receive it today. But the update is coming, and everyone will probably get it in a few days the latest.

If you just can’t wait for the stable release, and you know how to install a software update manually, a beta Nougat build is currently available to download via OnePlus’ official forum. However, this particular beta is only for the OnePlus 3T – the OnePlus 3 is not included.

10 Apps Nigerians Used the Most in 2016

Looking at the past year, let’s look at the apps Nigerians used the most and can be found on almost every Nigerian phone
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 1. WhatsApp
The Instant messaging app would continue to be Nigerians favorite when it comes to It’s text and call devices. This is the app used most by Nigeria in 2016
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 2. Snapchat
Sort of what became an instant hit this year, Snapchat seems to be the social network preferred by Nigerians in the year 2016
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 3. Opera
Opera and Opera Mini is still the most famous browser amongst Nigerians, this makes it one of the most used app by Nigerians
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 4. Instagram
Snapchat is not blowing the competition away especially when Instagram now offers Snapchat like features, Instagram is also one of the most popular social network used by many Nigerians.
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 5. Uber
The transportation company uber which with It’s app you can order a cab from your current location to your exact destination was also an instant hit in 2016. When many Nigerians using it services.
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 6. Xender
The file sharing app that uses WiFi-direct to share files, photo and videos is another app widely used by Nigerians especially in 2016.
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 7. Shazam
Shazam, a song recognition app using audio fingerprinting technology is also one app that became widely used by Nigerians in 2016
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 8. True caller
An app that suggests names of unknown callers from It’s online database of contacts, true caller, this is also one of the apps that could be found on many Nigerians phones in 2016.
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 9. Score!
Score! And Score! HERO where games that you’ll have draw a path with your finger from a player to the goal post to score. These we hit games in Nigeria especially in early 2016. Tho people rarely play it now but the game can still be found in many Nigerians phone.
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10. Twitter
Twitter is the last on my list but also very popular amongst Nigerians in 2016 with not only individuals but also companies, events and media houses using twitter more than ever before in 2016.

 Honorable mention’s
– Facebook Messenger
– BBM
– IMO
– Dream League Soccer
– Clash of Clans
– WattPad

Happy new year from us at Phoneplanet! 🎆🎇✨🎉 🙂🙂

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.

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.

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