• Samsung Will Soon Allow Galaxy Fingerprint Reader to Unlock Any Windows 10 PC

    Posted on February 22nd, 2017 Yuson Zou | No comments

    As planned, Samsung is going to make its Flow Android app compatible with any Windows 10 PC. At first, Samsung introduced a Samsung Flow App for Android last year to unlock its Windows 10-powered Galaxy TabPro S, and users can use the fingerprint reader on a compatible Galaxy smartphone to directly unlock the Windows 10 tablet.

    At the moment, Samsung Flow allows Galaxy Tab Pro S users to unlock their tablet with a compatible Galaxy smartphone’s fingerprint scanner. Here are the supported smartphones confirmed by Samsung: Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A5 (2016), and Galaxy A7 (2016).

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    The good news is Samsung plans to add support for all Windows 10 PCs, which will enable users to unlock their devices with any of the compatible Galaxy smartphones listed above.



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    The Korean company is planning to enable the feature With the Windows 10 Creators Update while Microsoft hasn’t officially announced a release date for the Creators Update. However, the Update is expected to arrive in April. Samsung was already using Microsoft’s Windows Hello Companion Device Framework to enable its fingerprint unlock, and it appears the company is simply expanding on that with the latest update to Windows 10.

  • LG G6 Won’t Be Featuring Snapdragon 835 Because of Samsung

    Posted on February 4th, 2017 Henry | No comments

    LG’s upcoming flagship G6 won’t be featuring Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset due to the fact that Samsung bought out all the chips that there won’t be any left for the other companies, according to a recent report.

    Ben Sin, a consumer tech writer for Forbes, recently criticized HTC for featuring Snapdragon 821 instead of the more powerful Snapdragon 835 in the year of 2017. But after digging deeper into that, he realized there’s a good reason for that.


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    “I’ve spoken to some industry insiders in Asia today and I must apologize to HTC, because it would appear that the 835 is out of their reach until after April, so they couldn’t have used the 835 without drastically delaying the phone,” Sin writes.

    “In fact, that’s the case with almost all phones, including LG’s flagship. Yup, I have confirmed with an industry insider that the LG G6 will run on Snapdragon 821 instead of the 835 that everyone’s expecting.”

    The reason why the G6 will be missing out on the Snapdragon 835 is that Samsung has first dibs on it because it’s basically the biggest customer for Qualcomm and the order from the Korean Company is so big that there won’t be enough for other vendors.

    Big companies like LG, Sony and HTC won’t be able to have access to the Snapdragon 835 until after the official debut of the Galaxy S8 in the coming months.

    This won’t be much of an issue for LG’s fans actually as LG’s done things like this before. The LG chose the Snapdragon 808 instead of the 810, but that’s mainly because of the concern of overheating rather than stock out.




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    From the latest leak we can see that the G6 would be featuring a USB-C port, headphone jack, a dual-camera arrangement and a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. And noticeably the device’s 5.7-inch display features virtually no bezel. All in all, the G6 is still a flagship worth expecting.

  • Samsung Officially Rolled Out Android 7.0 for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

    Posted on January 19th, 2017 Henry | No comments

    Samsung started soak testing Android 7.0 Nougat for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge earlier this week. And now the official rollout has come to more users. And the company is also planning on rolling out Android 7.0 update to more devices within the first half of the year.

    There are a lot of changes on the UI front, noticeably the Quick Panel is much cleaner now and looks a bit like what we saw on the Note 7. “Tiles have been removed from the icons in the panel’s first depth,” Samsung noted. “Icons in the second depth are organized into groups of nine, making them easier to locate. There’s also a new pop-up app mode that allows up to five pop-ups at once, in addition to split screen mode that Samsunt smartphones have had for years.

    Samsung even gave the devices Performance Mode. “The newly added Performance Mode lets users optimize their smartphones to better meet their specific need by activating one of the four available modes,” Samsung said. “Optimized mode, for example, extends battery life and enhances speed, and is suitable for daily usage, while game mode provides users functions such as Game Launcher and Game Tools. Entertainment mode enhances sound and image quality and High Performance mode enables the highest quality display settings possible.”

    Users should be able to receive the update now, but if the Samsung device you have isn’t unlocked, the update has to go through carriers which may cause delay of the update. There would be more updates coming for devices including Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock), Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A8.

  • Cortana Is On its Way to Android Lockscreen

    Posted on January 18th, 2017 Henry | No comments

    Cortana will soon be updated to be on the lockscreen on Android smartphones, according to MsPoweruser. Microsoft recently released a new update for Cortana for iOS and Android, which has a totally redisigned user interface.

    According to MsPoweruser, the new version of Cortana would provide users with the option to enable Cortana on the lockscreen inside of the setup menu. “After that, a simple Cortana logo will show up near the bottom of your lock screen and you can swipe the logo left or right to open up the Cortana panel,” the website explained.

    When you go to the splash screen, there would be information provided to you from Cortana, including things like the weather, upcoming appointments and other data that comes from the information you’ve provided in the Cortana Notebook on your phone or PC.

    Microsoft has been planning to bring Cortana everywhere and this is just a small part of the plan. What we are really expecting from Microsoft is what Cortana can do around the house because currently the similiar home assistants we can think of are Google Home and Amazon Echo. But it’s good to know that Microsoft has a good start bringing Cortana to more places.

  • Samsung Expected to Launch Galaxy S8 in New York in April

    Posted on December 20th, 2016 Henry | No comments

    According to the latest reports from South Korea, Samsung is expected to hold the Galaxy S8 event in New York next April. The launch has been delayed reportedly/ Samsung has reported delayed the launch of its next-generation flagship to earn more time for regaining the trust of its fans from the ill-fated Note 7.

    Traditionally, the launch of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S Series would be at Mobile World Congress in late February, but this generation’s S phone means a lot more to Samsung and its fans than the previous generations do.

    It doesn’t only have to be the best seller, the new Galaxy S8 need to rebuild the confidence of customers in Samsung, to let people know that the company is still able to make powerful and reliable smartphones that don’t have the major design flaws.

    According to Naver, Samsung is in “consultation with external agencies” and planning to regain consumer confidence before the Galaxy S8’s arrival. And in order to make sure that there’s enough time to do that, the launch of Galaxy S8 has been postponed, the report claims.

    Samsung is said to have said at its global strategy meeting in South Korea this week that the Galaxy S8 will have its dedicated launch even in New York in April. This further confirms previous reports claiming the delay of the launch of Samsung’s next generation flagship.

    Samsung hasn’t confirmed any of this yet. Whether the launch will delay to April or not is still speculation for now. But the announcement of the S8 at Mobile World Congress is still unlikely.

    One thing we learn from the Note 7 is that always back up your phone because you never know if your phone is going to blow up at some point in the future. This can apply to not only phones from Samsung, other phones blowing up is not something we haven’t heard of.

  • Samsung Is Focusing on the S8 After Galaxy Note 7 Disaster

    Posted on October 27th, 2016 Yuson Zou | No comments

    Samsung is now starting to research and develop its next flagship phone S8 despite the fact that the Korean electronic giant still has no idea what caused some of its Galaxy Note 7 phone batteries to explode. According to Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman and board member at Samsung, who’s also the apparent heir to the company, next year’s Galaxy S8 will come with a “slick design and an improved camera.” It’ll also have better artificial intelligence, Lee said. That all sounds about right for a new phone.

    Samsung acquired the creators of Siri, Viv Labs, earlier this year, so it would make sense for the company to improve its voice assistant. Lee didn’t confirm to the public whether it would be including Viv’s technology in the S8. Given that both Apple and Google market their assistants as a reason to buy their phones, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Samsung at least tried to fit AI into its larger pitch. But are a better camera, AI, and design enough to win back trust?

    Samsung’s Note 7 recall cost the company more than $5 billion, and it’s unclear whether the large amount of negative press will have a lasting effect on sales.

    Samsung not only issued a recall, but also had to send customers fireproof return boxes. That’s not a good look. The FAA banned the devices on flights and continues to announce that they’re not allowed during the boarding process. It’s a federal crime to bring one aboard. Samsung has serious image reworking to do, so let’s hope the company debuts something really impressive in 2017.

  • Samsung Ends Production and Halts Sales of Note 7 After Global Recall and New Fire

    Posted on October 12th, 2016 Yuson Zou | No comments

    The South Korea’s largest company, Samsung Electronics Co. has announced that it is ending production of its problematic Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, taking the drastic step of killing off Note 7.

    Debuted on August 19, 2016, Note 7 was reported to catch fire automatically. Thus at the start of last month, Samsung had recalled the fire-prone device after early models exploded and the latest move comes after customers reported that replacement phones were also catching fire. Samsung will be without its highest-end smartphone that was supposed to compete against Apple Inc.’s iPhones and other premium devices during the holiday shopping season.

    Samsung originally blamed one battery supplier for the problems and switched to an alternative company, but that did not end the problems.

    “Samsung needs to act swiftly and move on to protect their brand image,” said Mark Newman, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein in Hong Kong.

    Samsung Electronics shares fell 8 percent in Seoul Tuesday, wiping out about $17 billion of market value, before the Note 7 termination was announced. The stock dropped further in London trading after the news, sliding as much as 9.9 percent.

    The company has not said how many new or replacement phones will be affected by the latest announcement. Analysts estimated the original recall would cost between $1 billion and $2 billion, but that figure will now certainly rise. Chung Chang Won, an analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc., estimated in a research note before the company’s announcement the worst-case scenario of Samsung terminating the Note 7 would cost the company about $5 billion in operating profit through 2017.

  • How to Return or Exchange Your Faulty Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

    Posted on September 19th, 2016 Yuson Zou | 3 comments

    Due to battery issue, Samsung has officially recalled its Galaxy Note 7 globally starting September. According to Samsung, 35 separate incidents have resulted in a Note 7′s battery catching fire. Sales have stopped, and all devices already sold will be replaced by the company.

    If you have got a faulty Note 7 and have no idea on how to return or exchange the phone, you can check out the post as it lists different instructions for each carrier.

    Go through Samsung:

    Samsung will give Note 7 users the option to exchange a recalled model for a brand-new (and fixed) unit. Any Note 7 sold before September 15 is impacted by the recall, and should be treated as such. If you’re unsure about your device, you can use the IMEI checking tool on Samsung’s recall site.

    Alternatively, users can exchange the Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge instead of a Note 7, complete with a refund of the difference in price between the two devices. Samsung will also allow users to exchange Note 7-specific accessories, should they choose this option.

    Samsung advises users to return the device to the retail outlet at which the device was originally purchased, or call 1-800-SAMSUNG to initiate the exchange directly with Samsung.

    Customers will also receive a $25 gift card or bill credit for the inconvenience. More details can be found on Samsung’s website, by visiting a dedicated webpage for the Note 7 recall.

    Verizon Wireless:

    Verizon customers can return the Note 7, with Verizon waiving the restocking fee through September 30. “Because customer safety is our top priority, Verizon has stopped selling the Galaxy Note 7,” the carrier said in a statement.

    Sprint:

    Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure posted a statement on Twitter detailing Sprint’s plan of attack for the recall. For current Note 7 owners, you should visit your local Sprint store to return your Note 7. Sprint will give you a “similar device” to use until Samsung is able to fix the issue and sales of the Note 7 resumes.

    AT&T:

    The company is “strongly encouraging” customers to exchange the Note 7 and any accessories purchased with it. “Samsung has notified us that they have identified a battery cell issue in certain Galaxy Note7s. They have asked all retailers, including AT&T, to stop selling the device. Because safety is our top priority, customers are strongly encouraged to exchange the Samsung Note7 for a new device. Customers with a Note7 may select a new smartphone, and may also return any Note7 accessories.”

    T-Mobile:

    T-Mobile will issue complete refunds for the Note 7, including any accessories purchased with the device. The company is also waiving any restocking or shipping fees during the exchange process. Visit your local T-Mobile store or call 1-800-937-8997 to initiate the process. T-Mobile expects to have replacement Note 7s “in the next two weeks,” according to a statement published on its website.

    Best Buy:

    If you purchased a Note 7 from Best Buy, you can return the device to the store for a full refund. Here is Best Buy’s official statement: We have stopped selling the Samsung Note7. Customers can visit a Best Buy store to return or exchange their device, without a restocking fee. Customers will have the option to replace it with a new Note7 when they become available.