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Samsung Galaxy S9 Reportedly In Development, Codenamed ‘Star’

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017


Samsung is now busy selling the Galaxy S8. Its latest flagship smartphone is off to a very good start globally and it just might set new sales records for the company. However, Samsung is not one to rest on its laurels. A new report out of South Korea suggests that the company has already started working on the Galaxy S9. Next year’s flagship smartphone is reportedly codenamed “Star.”

It wouldn’t be surprising if Samsung has already started working on the Galaxy S9. Developing a flagship smartphone takes time and when you set high expectations with your products, you need to work extra to ensure that you meet those expectations.

Samsung has raised the bar pretty high with the Galaxy S8 and if history is any indication, the Galaxy S9 is going to be an incremental update, but it will have to have a certain wow factor if Samsung wants to sell millions of units of its expensive flagship smartphone next year as well.

The report also mentions that there’s a larger model of the Galaxy S9 in development as well that’s codenamed “Star 2.” Again, not surprising, we can expect Samsung to continue with the “+” model that it has launched with the Galaxy S8+ this year.

No further details are available right now as it’s too early to speculate about what the Galaxy S9 is going to be. We can be sure to hear more about it just a few months before its due early next year.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Reportedly In Development, Codenamed ‘Star’ , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Two Sony Xperia Flagships Expected This Year

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017


A new report claims to offer some insight into Sony’s smartphone plans for 2017. The company has been finding it hard to sell its products against strong competitors from the likes of Samsung and Apple but it’s not exiting the smartphone market just yet. The report claims that Sony is going to abandon its Premium Standard phones and focus on the high-end market segment only. It’s expected that the company will launch two flagship Xperia smartphones in 2017.

Folks at Xperia Blog report that Sony confirmed this roadmap for 2017 at an investor conference in Tokyo recently. It revealed to attendees that it’s going to release two new flagship smartphones in the second half of its fiscal year 2017 which began on April 1st.

Since these smartphones will be targeting the high-end segment, they will be in the same category as the Xperia XZ Premium and XZs. The company didn’t provide any further details about its upcoming flagship smartphones so it’s not known at this point in time what sort of specifications and features they’re going to offer.

It’s likely that Sony is going to unveil these two new flagship smartphones at the IFA 2017 trade show in Berlin this September. The company has previously used the IFA stage to launch new flagship smartphones so it’s possible that history might repeat itself in 2017.

Two Sony Xperia Flagships Expected This Year , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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T-Mobile Will Pay Off Your Google Pixel If You Switch From Verizon

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017

T-Mobile has a habit of trying to steal its competitor’s customers by launching promotions that entice them to switch to Magenta. The latest is aimed at Verizon customers, particularly those who own a Google Pixel or Pixel XL. That’s because Verizon is the exclusive carrier partner for the Pixel and Pixel XL in the United States. T-Mobile has said that it’s going to cover the cost of the device for all Verizon customers who switch to its network.

While T-Mobile is marketing this offer to Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners on Verizon, several iPhone models are eligible as well actually. T-Mobile is promising to pay off the customers’ Pixel bills on Verizon, regardless of how much balance they still owe Big Red.

Starting May 31st, Verizon customers can switch to T-Mobile and get their Pixel or Pixel XL paid off in full by Magenta. They will be activated on T-Mobile One with device protection. Customers who switch will then be free to keep their phone and their number. They just port their number to T-Mobile, insert a new SIM into the handset, and they’re good to go.

The outstanding payment will be sent to customers with a digital prepaid MasterCard, typically within 15 days, claims T-Mobile. So they will receive their money to pay off the device on Verizon even before their carrier bill is due.

As always, don’t forget to read the fine print on T-Mobile promotions page.

T-Mobile Will Pay Off Your Google Pixel If You Switch From Verizon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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OnePlus 5 Processor Confirmed

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017


OnePlus has a habit of gradually releasing information about its upcoming devices so as to generate the maximum possible hype for the products before they are ultimately released. Over the past few weeks, the company has confirmed more and more details about the OnePlus 5 and today it has confirmed what sort of processor the upcoming flagship smartphone is going to tout.

OnePlus has confirmed today that the OnePlus 5 is going to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. It’s not surprising at all since this processor is going to power most of the Android flagship smartphones this year.

The company says that the Snapdragon 835 sets the foundation for smooth, powerful, and efficient performance. The processor also promises enhanced power efficiency which will enable the handset to stretch its battery life even further.

OnePlus has also been working on improving touch latency. The company’s engineers tested by scrolling felt different between phones. They used a special high-speed camera to track screen movements against input speeds.

The result of this testing is that apps will respond quickly to the user’s touch on the OnePlus 5 for a more seamless user experience. Improvements have also been made to the software to make app management better. The apps that users tend to open frequently will be ready to go when the OnePlus 5 is turned on.

Apps used rarely are automatically deprioritized and subsequently, don’t affect the device’s performance. OnePlus is yet to confirm when it’s going to release the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 Processor Confirmed , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android Pay Canada Launch Due May 31st

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017


Android Pay has gradually been expanded to more markets across the globe over the past few months. Google has also been improving the payments service and adding support for more financial institutions. Despite being available in the United States for quite some time now, the payments service is yet to be launched in Canada. If a new report is to be believed, the Android Pay Canada launch is going to take place later this month.

MobileSyrup has heard from sources that Android Pay is finally going to be launched in Canada on May 31st. However, it’s unclear at this point in time which banks and card providers are going to be supported when the service is finally launched in the country.

Android Pay will be making its debut in Canada quite a bit later than rival Apple Pay. Apple launched its mobile payments service in Canada back in November 2015. Initially, the service only had support for American Express cards before additional cards and Canadian banks were supported in May last year.

The scribe does mention that Android Pay is going to work with “major credit and debit cards in Canada” and users will be able to rely on Android Pay to make payments “anywhere contactless is accepted.”

Android Pay Canada Launch Due May 31st , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Lenovo Moto G5S Plus May Feature Metal Body And Dual Rear Camera

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017


A recently leaked roadmap suggests that Lenovo may release as many as nine smartphones this year and the Moto G5S and G5S Plus are on that list. A purported render of the device was leaked yesterday and now more information has emerged about the handset. The report suggests that the Moto G5S Plus may feature a metal unibody and dual rear cameras.

The report claims that the Moto G5S Plus is going to feature a 5.5 inch Full HD IPS LCD display with a 64-bit octacore processor. This is reportedly going to be packaged inside a metal unibody.

Additional features are said to include a fingerprint sensor, a single front facing camera, and a dual rear camera system with dual LED flash. If these details are correct, this is going to be the first Motorola device to feature a dual camera system.

No further information about this device is available at this point in time. It’s claimed that the handset will be available in gold and gray colors. Given that some manufacturers have started to ditch the 3.5mm standard headphone jack, that doesn’t appear to be the case with the Moto G5S Plus.

Lenovo-owned Motorola hasn’t said anything about this device so far and it’s unclear when it’s going to officially announce it.

Lenovo Moto G5S Plus May Feature Metal Body And Dual Rear Camera , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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OnePlus 5 Fingerprint Sensor Might Be Placed On The Front

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017


Samsung has highlighted the benefits of eliminating the home button and moving the fingerprint sensor to the back with the Galaxy S8. The company did away with the home button to get the maximum possible screen real estate for its new flagship smartphone. That meant having to relocate the fingerprint sensor that’s placed underneath the home button on most devices. Recent comments from OnePlus CEO Pete Lau suggest that the OnePlus 5 fingerprint sensor may be placed on the front.

If that really is the case, it suggests that the company is not going to ditch the home button on the OnePlus 5. It’s unlikely that the handset will have an optical fingerprint sensor, one that’s embedded in the display itself, as that technology is not deemed to be ready for consumer release at this point in time.

Lau’s comments reportedly originate from Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, where he apparently confirmed to a follower that the OnePlus 5 is going to have a fingerprint sensor on the front. It suggests that the company’s new flagship smartphone is going to have a conventional 16:9 aspect ratio.

It not like the rumor mill has its hopes up about a OnePlus 5 that doesn’t have a home button. On the contrary, all of the leaked images of the OnePlus 5 that we’ve seen up till now hint at the possibility that the new device’s fingerprint sensor may not be relocated from the front.

OnePlus 5 Fingerprint Sensor Might Be Placed On The Front , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Assistant Now Provides Topical Word Suggestions

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017


Google has gradually been improving its artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant called Google Assistant. Just last week, it announced that users will now be able to type in their commands to Assistant if they don’t want to use voice commands. Assistant is also capable of offering users topical next-word keyboard suggestions so that they can punch in their commands quickly by relying on these suggestions.

This feature depends on the kind of keyboard being used on the Android device. Gboard users will see the suggestions line disabled entirely and Assistant’s suggestions will be shown in that place instead.

Users who have a third-party keyboard installed on their device, like Swiftkey, will see proposed next-word suggestions from Google Assistant in another line above the keyboard’s own suggestions.

Having two rows of suggestions on top of a virtual keyboard that already takes up considerable screen real estate isn’t exactly ideal implementation, therefore, those who want to take advantage of this feature will be better off with Gboard.

Next-word suggestions from Google Assistant appear to be very similar to autocompete queries that are displayed when using Google search. They vary depending on the context.

This feature is now live and accessible to all those who have an Android smartphone that’s compatible with Google Assistant.

Google Assistant Now Provides Topical Word Suggestions , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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PayPal Android Pay Integration Live

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017


It was first reported back in January this year that PayPal was soon going to integrate its payment service with Android Pay. A few months later, an official announcement was made, confirming that PayPal would be integrated with Android Pay. Users of Google’s mobile payment service would be able to pay for their purchases using their PayPal account. The companies did say that it would take a while before the integration went live. Latest reports suggest that the PayPal Android Pay integration is now live.

Google has really been improving Android Pay over the past few months. Support for countless financial institutions has been added to enable more people to utilize the payments service.

The integration will enable PayPal users to link their account to Android Pay. They will then be able to use it to make payments at supported NFC terminals or when checking out in Android apps.

When the official announcement was made last month, Google said that it would take a few weeks for the integration to go live.

Users are now seeing the splash screen which informs them that the integration is live. Google has also updated the page for Android Pay’s supported banks and cards, it now mentions PayPal.

This is a great workaround for those who have been unable to use Android Pay because it doesn’t have support for their bank or card provider. All they need to do now is link their PayPal account with Android Pay.

PayPal Android Pay Integration Live , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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