Showing posts with label Android phones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Android phones. Show all posts

The Galaxy S7 Edge may have just made me a Samsung convert

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Historically, I’ve had a begrudging respect for Samsung flagships. I can objectively acknowledge the company makes very good, extremely popular phones, but I’ve never felt that the Korean manufacturer got everything right in a Galaxy S device. I’m not the easiest person to please, admittedly, but I’m finding myself irresistibly drawn to the Galaxy S7 Edge like never before.
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With every previous Galaxy S phone I’ve always found a few too many decisions I didn’t like, missing features I desperately wanted or gimmicky add-ons I saw no use in. Despite the way the world fawned over the Galaxy S6 Edge, even it didn’t tickle my fancy because I thought it was largely unnecessary. The edge was new but it had no real purpose. If anything, I thought the S6 was the better option.
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The S6 Edge felt awkward with that sharp edge on the back, had a largely useless edge display, had dropped three popular Samsung features found in the Galaxy S5 – microSD support, water-resistance and a removable battery – and cost too much more money for what I saw as no added benefit. As good as the phone was in terms of performance and camera, it was still not a phone I would spend my own money on.
For fairly obvious reasons, I’ve been a Nexus user since the Nexus 4 and have rarely looked elsewhere for a daily driver. Sure, I review phones and familiarize myself with new UIs, features and settings of other OEMs but I always come back to my Nexus. But Samsung has recently started making the kinds of decisions I have been wanting for a long time: less bloat, fewer gimmicky features, a cleaner, faster, more refined TouchWiz and so on.
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The Galaxy S6 was a big step forward for Samsung, at least in my eyes. The design didn’t really appeal to me, but at least it replaced the atrocious design found in the Galaxy S5. TouchWiz went from a half-baked mess to a rebuilt and tidied up interface. The finger scanner was much better, there was less bloat and gimmicks and more of a focus on the core experience. But there were still too many things I didn’t like about the S6 for me to want it in my pocket long term.
But all that has changed with the Galaxy S7 Edge. The design is basically the same as the S6 Edge, and it still doesn’t really appeal to me, but the camera bump has been significantly reduced and a 40% larger battery crammed in. The addition of the curved edges on the back from the Galaxy Note 5 has made the device much more comfortable to hold and it even seems as though the glass back handles fingerprints a tiny bit better (although the new Galaxies are still pretty bad).
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TouchWiz has never looked better and Samsung has learned the valuable lesson of providing toggles and options for mostly everything. Android users don’t want features forced on them. We want the option to use the ones we want and get rid of the ones we don’t. The Galaxy S7 has so many customizable features and settings I can honestly say I could live with TouchWiz on the S7 Edge without hating my life. Even the Flipboard screen isn’t so laggy you want to die (but you should still disable it straight out of the box).
Simply put, the Galaxy S7 Edge is as close to the perfect smartphone as Samsung has ever come.
There’s app icon layout options for the home screen, an app drawer-less option, Always On Display, very nice game optimization settings, the S7 and S7 Edge have significantly larger batteries than their predecessors, have reintroduced the microSD card slot and added an IP68 waterproof rating.
The S7 Edge now has improved edge functions like customizable shortcuts and actions, a vertically scrolling news ticker and the promise of more now that third-party developers are encouraged to join the party. The S7 also has massively improved low-light camera performance and insanely fast auto-focus, thanks to the dual-pixel sensor. The Galaxy S7 Edge is, quite simply, the Samsung phone I have always wanted the company to make. For a long-time Samsung cynic to admit this fact demonstrates just how many right decisions Samsung made on the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Of course, there are always a few things I don't entirely like about any phone, no matter who makes it, and the same is true of the Galaxy S7 Edge. It's just that the list is very short and pretty negligible. The lack of USB Type-C seems a strange choice (understandably made because of Gear VR compatibility), fingerprints are still a problem on the back and Samsung is still absurdly dedicated to a physical Home button.
I can't tell you if the finger scanner is actually better because Samsung blocked access to lock screen options on the demo units (which are required for registering fingerprints). Battery life will largely remain a mystery until review units are shipped, even if the big capacity bump is very welcome and shows great promise. Simply put, the Galaxy S7 Edge is as close to the perfect smartphone as Samsung has ever come.
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As much as I'm happy to confess I want the Galaxy S7 Edge like I've never wanted a Galaxy device before, the last great hurdle for Samsung to win my admiration is to get Android updates out a lot faster. That's a whole other kettle of fish though, and an argument best saved for another day. But as far as the Galaxy S7 Edge is concerned, I can finally say: Samsung, shut up and take my money.

What was your favorite Galaxy device? What do you think of the Galaxy S7 Edge?

source: androidauthority 

Users of Android phone warned of the new viruses

Users of Android phone warned of the new viruses

(WIVB) - hackers can exploit any weakness they can find. Depends on you to make sure it is not easy to do. If you have an Android, you should know, more than 950 million of them are vulnerable to what is called the virus', Product.

Truth is, in reality it is not a virus, but the vulnerability could allow a hacker to access all the data on your phone, and the option to copy or delete.

In this case, it does not matter if you are careful not to download applications any suspicion. The virus could reach through an application that are already part of your operating system Android, the responsible for text messages. By default, it processes the incoming messages of the media without asking you first.

"This is to exploit a automatic activation in the phone, and when the phone receives a particular message or of a particular course of action occurs is done automatically, so that when you exploit something that happens automatically, you are aware of this, and therefore a large proportion of the people don't even know that have been exploited by this virus or malicious attack," said Lucas Vanwingerden with USC department of informatics of the North.

However, any operating system from 4.0 and higher allows you to make the correction. In the text messages, open the configuration (by pressing the 3 points on the bottom) and disable Auto-Retrieve . You can also see if you're vulnerable', as a product of the Stagefright Detector App.

users that have 2.0 to 4.0 don't have to wait for the update of the operating system. Since there are so many different phones and carriers, along the time, rather than all at once as with Apple's iPhone.
source: wivb.com

Android L Release Date and update information: Google Nexus devices can Get New Software First

Google Nexus devices can Get New Software First
Nexus 5 Screenshot from Google website

So much has been talked about Android L since it was announced at Google I / O Developers Conference in June this year, but the release date of the software has not yet been revealed. However, it is very likely to see the light of day in the first week of November if reports are anything to go by. 

Users of Android phones must be eagerly awaiting the launch of Android L, and it will come with a redesigned interface and smooth animations also improve battery life and is compatible with 64-bit processors. It is considered the most significant update Google has brought its mobile platform to date, even bigger than the leap from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich software.

It is reported that the HTC Nexus tablet will be launched in September to mid-October and come with Android Nexus 6 L. The X known as Nexus, expected to be announced on October 31, is also likely to come with the new software. Thus, it is unclear whether Google will launch the much awaited software with their devices or launch at a later date.

However, the Authority has stated that Android Android Nexus L and new hardware will appear out in mid-October, but the final version of the software will not be officially available until 1 November.

It has been reported that devices like the Google Nexus 4 Nexus 5, Nexus Nexus 7 and 10 will be the first to receive the new software update. Reports have it that L Android will launch the Nexus devices as soon as it is published.

Google's new software will give Android phone users a new sensation, like all "are animated actions, the interface is more colorful, and the 3D effects and shadows creates more intuitive user interface," according Geeks Android. The notifications are based on the frequency of user interaction and Newer menu will change with latest user applications to be displayed as a house of cards. The software bring Amso search bar.

The new software will also support 64-bit processors and improve battery life while improving performance. Panel will notice new color scheme and a background color. Users have to swipe down to see the notifications panel and slide below for Quick Settings where you will find the option to set the brightness control and other features like notifications, WiFi, mobile data, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, Screen Cast, Auto rotation and Location.

Devices that can upgrade Android L: 

Google: The Nexus 4 Nexus 5, 7 and Nexus Nexus 10 is expected to get the new software update as soon as it is published.

HTC: HTC HTC One and One (M8) L will receive the update Android. The Taiwanese company has confirmed that its latest smartphones have the new software update "within 90 days of receiving final software from Google."

Motorola: Motorola Moto T has said it will receive the updated Android L. The company said about the second generation of Moto X, but it is very likely to get the update.

Samsung: The Galaxy Note Galaxy S5 and 4 will get the software update. SamMobile citing an insider that the devices could get Android update L in late November or early December.

LG: No information on whether LG flagship device users will get the new software update, but a report from Expert Reviews said the latest devices in the company could get update L Android.