Samsung Galaxy S8 may be part of the joining the list of smartphones that have abandoned the 3.5mm headphone jack, if a new report is to be believed. The South Korean giant will reportedly remove the audio jack from the upcoming flagship Samsung Galaxy S8. Another report separately claims that Galaxy S8 will also not include a Home Button while the front camera will come with the autofocus feature.
Sammobile reports that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will only come with a USB Type-C port, and come with a 3.5mm-headphone-to-USB Type-C adapter. This will also mean that without the 3.5mm jack, Galaxy S8 users won’t be able to use headphones while charging the device. This year, LeEco, Motorola, and Apple were among the brands that launched smartphones without the 3.5mm audio jack.
Another report separately claims that Samsung Galaxy S8 may also ditch the company’s signature Home Button. The new report, in-line with an earlier report, suggests Samsung will not embed the fingerprint scanner in the home button, and will instead have it under the Galaxy S8 screen. An earlier report said that Samsung may use pressure-sensitive display technology on its next flagship. Samsung’s pressure-sensitive display technology is expected to work similarly to Apple’s 3D Touch technology first introduced on the iPhone 6s.
Sammobile also reports that Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a high screen-to-body ratio while the design will be reminiscent of the dead Galaxy Note 7. The report also claims that Samsung will opt for a standard RGB arrangement for the Galaxy S8 for the reason that it will have more shelf live and less power consumption. It also adds that Samsung stick with the 2K resolution screen seen on the Galaxy S7.
A recent trademark filing also indicates Samsung Galaxy S8’s front camera may sport autofocus functionality. Sammobile points that a new trademark filing at the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows the term “Smart AF” which might be used on the Galaxy S8 front camera. The trademark filing describes the functionality associated with “mobile phones; smartphones; tablet computers; autofocus photographic cameras for mobile phones, smartphones.”
Rumours so far have claimed that Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone will be launched on the side-lines of MWC 2017 in Barcelona on February 26.
If an operating system is competing against well-established platforms like Android and iOS, there are several factors that can prove to be a challenge. However, the biggest problem is likely to be the number of apps available on the platform. While competing in numbers is rather pointless, if an app you regularly use is missing – that’s a deal-breaker. It seems like Samsung now wants to give its Tizen OS a fighting chance as the company has launched an incentive programme to lure developers to its mobile operating system.
Samsung has announced its ‘First Global Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program’ to give a boost to its mobile operating system that was launched back in 2012. As a part of this programme, the company will be handing out a sum of $10,000 (Rs. 6.77 lakhs) every month to each developer whose app is pre-registered with the incentive program and features among the top 100 apps downloaded from the Tizen Store for that particular month. If any two apps have the same download numbers, the first to register will win the prize.
This incentive programme will run in a 9-month period from February through October 2017. Samsung says it is offering a maximum of $9 million cash in prizes during the 9 month period – translating to a $1 million each month. The company has arrived upon this figure by multiplying $10,000 with 100 (top apps) with 9 (months), though it does seem improbable that all 100 apps would win each month, especially since Samsung hasn’t yet clarified if the same app can win more than once in the 9-month period. The company says it will release detailed rules for the incentive programme in January.
The company has clarified that apart from new apps, those apps that are already available in the Tizen Store can also participate in the incentive programme to win the cash prize. As per company’s directions, the target devices for developers should be Samsung Z1, Samsung Z2, Samsung Z3 and further smart phones that will launch in the 2017.
“We’re excited to launch this new incentive program to help develop and bring the best of mobile apps to the Tizen community as well as provide customers with a better mobile experience,” Woncheol Chai, vice president of global product management, mobile communications business, Samsung Electronics, was quoted as saying in company’s news post.
In order to know more details about the incentive programme, you can head to Tizen store’s website.
If we consider the number of apps on other platforms, Android and iOS have developed seemingly insurmountable lead over other operating systems. However, this incentive programme by Samsung might give the developers an extra push to bring their apps to its mobile operating system.
Whenever Apple introduces a new feature on its smartphone, it’s only a matter of time before that feature finds its way to Samsung’s mobile products. Case in point: an over the air update has introduced ad blocking to Samsung’s Android web browser, after Apple debuted a similar feature on iOS last year.
Samsung’s ad blocking system for their browser works in a similar way to Apple’s in that it allows developers to create ad blocking extensions, rather than offering ad blocking as a native feature within the browser. It also only works with Samsung Internet, the company’s in-house and default browser for their Android devices, not Chrome or third-party alternatives.
Unsurprisingly, the first ad blocking extensions for Samsung Internet have appeared alongside the update that allows ad blocking. AdBlock Fast, available through the Google Play Store, is a popular extension already found on iOS and on desktop versions of Chrome and Opera. It’s free to install and open source, and its developer claims it can speed up the web browsing experience by 51 percent on average.
Crystal, another ad blocking extension already available on iOS, is also now available for Samsung Internet, again as a free download.
To use ad blocking on your Samsung device, at the moment you’ll need to be running Android 6.0 with Samsung Internet 4.0 installed. In the future, Samsung will release an update that will bring the same functionality to devices running Android 4.2 and higher.
Samsung on Thursday announced that it is now mass-producing 256GB embedded memory chips for mobile devices.
The chips, based on Samsung’s V-NAND technology, utilize the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard and are physically smaller than a microSD card. Capacity, however, is only half of the story as the new memory chips are also incredibly fast.
Samsung says they take advantage of two lanes of data transfer which allows for sequential read speeds of up to 850MB/sec. That’s nearly twice as fast as the average SATA-based solid state drive. They’re a bit slower on the write side as sequential writes check in at up to 260MB/sec.
Random read IOPS (input / output operations per second) are rated at 45,000 with random write IOPS at 40,000. For comparison, Samsung says the previous generation of UFS memory was good for 19,000 and 14,000 read / write IOPS, respectively.
The South Korean technology giant says one 256GB chip can store about 47 full HD movies. For smartphones that support USB 3.0, users will be able to transfer a 5GB movie in about 12 seconds. It’ll obviously take a little longer to transfer, say, a 4K movie, but it’ll still be much faster than what’s available today.
It’s refreshing to see companies continue to push the limits of local flash storage, especially when you consider microSD card slots are becoming less common on flagship phones. Cloud storage is a solid alternative but it’s not a perfect solution as accessing it without a Wi-Fi connection will eat into your monthly data allotment (not to mention the fact that you can’t access it at all if you hit a cellular / Wi-Fi dead zone).
Samsung said it will increase its production volume in line with increases in global demand.