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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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Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Hacked

Adnan Farooqui May 23, 2017


Samsung touts iris scanning as a strong security feature of its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones but it’s far from perfect. As it turns out, it’s relatively easy to hack the Galaxy S8’s iris scanner and gain access to a device that’s secured using this method. A security researcher from the Chaos Computer Club in Berlin was able to trick the Galaxy S8’s iris scanner to gain access to a device that was locked.

Chaos Computer Club’s Jan Krissler was able to hack the Galaxy S8’s iris scanner by using a camera, contact lens, and a printer. He used a Sony digital camera with the night mode setting to take an image of his friend’s eye. He then printed out a life-size image of the eye and glued it on a contact lens to provide depth.

That’s all that he needed to do to get into the device as the iris scanner picked it up as the correct iris and immediately unlocked the phone. He even had access to Samsung Pay, Samsung’s mobile payment service, which can be configured to use iris scanning for payment authorization.

That being said, this method does require the person wishing to access the device to have a clear photo of the eyeball, but Krissler mentions that this method works even if the picture has been taken from up to 15 feet away.

Samsung has issued a statement saying that it’s aware of the issue and that “the iris scanning technology in the Galaxy S8 has been developed through rigorous testing to provide a high level of accuracy and prevent attempts to compromise its security, such as images of a person’s iris.”

The company also says that if there is a potential vulnerability or a new method to challenge the security, it will response “as quickly as possible” to resolve the issue.

Of course, this is not an easy hack that can be done remotely and it’s unlikely to be done randomly since it requires accessing your phone, and being close enough for a clear eye photo.  However, it does prove that nothing is unbreakable, especially when some level of convenience is expected from the system.

If you are worried about this, you can move critical data and apps to the Samsung Vault app, which adds one more layers which is protected by a optionally strong password. It’s not convenient, but the hackers might take a while to crack that one, even if they lift your eye photo or fingerprint.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Hacked , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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AT&T Gear S3 Classic Goes On Sale This Friday

Adnan Farooqui May 23, 2017


AT&T has now confirmed that it will soon start selling the LTE-compatible variant of the Gear S3 classic. Samsung launched the Gear S3 classic and Gear S3 frontier last year and at that time, only the latter had LTE compatibility. Samsung later released a new version of the Gear S3 classic that had LTE support. That version of the smartwatch will be available for purchase in the United States from AT&T starting this Friday.

The Gear S3 classic has a 1.3 inch Super AMOLED round display with 4GB of onboard storage and 768MB of RAM. It has a 380mAh battery. Samsung’s Tizen operating system powers the smartwatch.

The version that’s AT&T is going to sell later this week has support for 4G LTE as well so it will work on the second largest mobile network in the United States.

It also supports AT&T NumberSync, a feature that enables smartwatch owners to use the same number on the wearable device that they do on their smartphone. This means that they can keep in touch even when they don’t have their smartphone paired with the smartwatch.

AT&T will be selling the Gear S3 classic online and in stores starting Friday, May 26th. It can be purchased for $249.99 with a two year agreement or for $17.50 per month for 20 months on the carrier’s installment plan.

AT&T Gear S3 Classic Goes On Sale This Friday , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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The Microsoft Lumia 950 Apparently Works With The Samsung DeX

Tyler Lee May 23, 2017

It seems that Samsung and Microsoft share a similar vision in which our smartphones are apparently so powerful that they can essentially be turned into desktop computers. Microsoft tried this with Windows Continuum and Samsung has attempted this with the DeX that was launched with the Galaxy S8/S8+.

Now both systems are separate of each other but it seems that maybe the DeX isn’t as complicated as we thought because in a video posted onto YouTube by “gazcart”, it shows how the Lumia 950 that was launched in 2015 can actually work with the DeX, which was previously thought to be an exclusive to the Galaxy S8 handsets.

We’re not sure if the uploader made any changes or tweaks to get it to work, but basically in the video you see him plug in the Galaxy S8 before swapping it out with the Lumia 950, and from what we can tell it works. There is a chance it could be a fake, but with there being a Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition, perhaps the collaboration ran a bit deeper than we thought, even though there was no promotion surrounding this possible compatibility.

In any case we’re not sure how many Lumia 950 owners out there have bought a Galaxy S8 and a DeX who might want to try it out, but it is still rather interesting all the same.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 Apparently Works With The Samsung DeX , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Rumored To Supply OLEDs For The iPhone 9

Tyler Lee May 23, 2017

The iPhone 8 has yet to be officially announced but it seems that we can already get a jump on iPhone 9 related rumors. In a report from The Bell (via PhoneArena) out of Korea, it seems that Apple could already be lining up suppliers for the iPhone 9, and if their report is true, Samsung could be one of them.

The report claims that Apple and Samsung have come to an agreement in which the latter company will be shipping more than 180 million OLED panels for Apple’s 2018 flagship, which is more than double of what Apple is rumored to have ordered from Samsung this year. Given that Apple could potentially be launching more than one OLED iPhone model in 2018, we suppose the increase in shipments makes sense.

There have been reports that claim Apple will make the switch to OLED, and the Apple Watch was actually a good indication of Apple stepping in that direction. However this year Apple is said to be only launching one OLED iPhone model in the form of the iPhone 8, which is also rumored to be a celebration of the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.

Should Apple plan on revamping their entire lineup, it makes sense that they’d want to get their hands on as much supply as possible. Of course you should take this with a grain of salt for now, but if you’d love to see more OLED iPhones, 2018 could be the year to look forward to.

Samsung Rumored To Supply OLEDs For The iPhone 9 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Unveils New Stretchable OLED Displays

Tyler Lee May 23, 2017

For the longest time ever, displays were typically seen as rigid sort of devices where they were pretty much fixed and were unmovable. For the most part this is true since trying to bend your TV, monitors, or phone will result in it cracking. However we’ve known that Samsung and LG have been working on displays that can flex, but Samsung is taking it one step further.

The company has recently announced (via Engadget) what could be the world’s first stretchable OLED display. Yes, instead of merely being able to bend or fold, this display can stretch (to a certain extent) which means that damaging it will be harder than traditional displays, since the stretchiness means slightly more give when getting knocked around.

The prototype that was unveiled by the company came in the form of a 9.1-inch display that can be bent, rolled, and survive dents of up to half an inch deep before reverting back to its final form. We’re not sure what such technology could be used for, but given that it sounds like it will be highly adaptable, it could be used for all kinds of things such as for cars, home appliances, computers, TV, phones, wearables, and so on.

Unfortunately the technology behind these displays is still relatively young, which means that it will be a while before we see it commercialized. In the meantime phones with flexible displays have yet to become mainstream, but rumor has it that Samsung is planning to launch such devices later this year.

Samsung Unveils New Stretchable OLED Displays , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Launches Their Own Galaxy S8 BOGO Offer

Tyler Lee May 22, 2017

When you think of “buy one, get one” (BOGO) offers, usually such offers are made on products that are old, or with food items it might be because they are expiring, but basically it isn’t often you see these offers made for newly launched products. However that’s what we’ve seen some carriers do with the Samsung Galaxy S8.

For example earlier this month T-Mobile launched such an offer and now it looks like Samsung themselves are looking to offer customers the same thing. Note that this offer is still sort of from T-Mobile as customers will need to activate a line on the carrier’s network should they wish to take part in it, but it seems that there will be some added benefits, such as a free one month Samsung Premium Care, expedited shipping, and Samsung is also throwing in a free entertainment kit.

This includes a Clear View Standing Cover, a 64GB EVO+ memory card, plus 6 months of Netflix which will apply even to users who already have a subscription, meaning that they won’t have to pay for the next 6 months. This is a limited time offer so for those who are interested in taking advantage of this deal, head on over to Samsung’s website for the details.

Samsung Launches Their Own Galaxy S8 BOGO Offer , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Galaxy S8 Active Image Leaked Online

Adnan Farooqui May 22, 2017


It’s not going to surprise anyone if in a few weeks an “Active” variant of the Galaxy S8 lands on AT&T. Samsung has released more rugged versions of its flagship smartphones exclusively on AT&T over the past few years. This is why a Galaxy S8 Active is expected to be launched on AT&T in the near future. It appears that the first image of the handset itself may have been leaked online today.

The image was submitted to the Wireless Power Consortium and it may just give us a first look at the Galaxy S8 which may carry model number SM-G892A.

At first glance, it’s evident that the Galaxy S8 Active is going to have a thicker body to protect it against drops and shocks. It will be manufactured to the MIL-STD-810G durability standard.

It may also be the only variant of the Galaxy S8 that has a flat display. Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature a dual-edge curved Infinity Display which appears to be missing on the Galaxy S8 Active out of an apparent concern for durability.

The other specifications are expected to remain the same so it may feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that the normal variant does. No word as yet on the battery capacity, though, previous Active variants have normally had a larger battery than their normal counterparts.

As always, expect the Galaxy S8 Active to be an AT&T exclusive when it arrives.

Galaxy S8 Active Image Leaked Online , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Alleged Galaxy Note 8 Dummy Unit Suggests Embedded Fingerprint Sensor

Tyler Lee May 21, 2017

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung made a rather odd decision of placing the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, a design choice that many did not seem too pleased about. Word has it that apparently Samsung ran out of time when trying to develop an embedded sensor, thus the last minute design change, or so we’re told.

However that could change with the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. In a series of photos posted onto Weibo (via PhoneArena), an alleged dummy unit of the Note 8 has surfaced. The dummy unit shows off the front and back of the phone, and what’s interesting is how the back of the phone depicts a dual camera setup and also what was missing from the photo was a cutout for the fingerprint sensor.

This has led to speculation that maybe Samsung has managed to figure out how to get the embedded fingerprint sensor working and will be incorporating that into the Note 8. The dual cameras aren’t really a surprise as we have been hearing rumors about them. It almost feels like the Note 8 is what the Galaxy S8 could have been, with the bonus of S Pen support.

In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, especially since in the past many were pretty confident about some of the Galaxy S8’s features only to be disappointed at the official reveal, but here’s hoping that the rumors are true anyway!

Alleged Galaxy Note 8 Dummy Unit Suggests Embedded Fingerprint Sensor , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung’s Battery Pack Kettle Sports A Pretty Clever Design

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

When it comes to external battery packs, we guess one of the main things users look for would be the battery size, and we guess in some cases whether it can support fast charging and if you can plug in more than one cable at a time. However if you wanted a battery pack that was also a little more functional, Samsung might have you covered.

The company has recently taken the wraps off its latest battery pack called the Samsung Battery Pack Kettle. For the most part this is a battery pack that features a 5,100mAh battery, but some of its more unique features includes a kickstand for cables that can also double as a kickstand for your phone, meaning that you can prop up your phone while it is charging and watch your shows or surf the web.

It also comes with a wrist strap so you can hang it around your wrist if that’s something you’d like to do. Other features include an LED bar status indicator that lets users know how much battery life it has left. The battery pack will support USB-A and micro USB, so if you were hoping for a USB-C battery pack then we guess Samsung isn’t quite ready to make the jump just yet.

If you’re interested you’ll be able to order it directly from Samsung’s website where it is priced at $30.

Samsung’s Battery Pack Kettle Sports A Pretty Clever Design , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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