July 24, 2017
androidheadlines.com - The main camera setup of the Galaxy Note 8 will support 3x optical zoom, industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted earlier this week, a few months after claiming that Samsung's next flagship will sport an imaging system comprised of a regular lens and a telephoto one that's similar to the solution adopted by the likes of the Apple iPhone 7 series and the recently launched OnePlus 5. The standard sensor found the back plate of the handset is said to be of the 13-megapixel variety, with Ming-Chi predicting that the module will be supported by a 12-megapixel telephoto lens that should allow the phablet to quickly change focus points. Both sensors are expected to sport optical image stabilization (OIS) support, according to previous reports and Ming-Chi's own predictions.
The camera modules of the Galaxy Note 8 were recently the subject of a number of rumors, with some insiders claiming that Samsung Electronics' sister company Samsung Opto-Electronics will be manufacturing all parts of the flagship's main camera. It's still unclear whether the South Korean original equipment manufacturer (OEM) truly opts for a combination of a telephoto lens and a regular mobile camera or if it equips the Galaxy Note 8 with two identical sensors, with one being tasked exclusively for capturing colors and the other one being of the monochrome variety. Regardless, the Galaxy Note 8 is likely set to become the first Samsung-made smartphone with a two-sensor imaging system on its rear plate, with the company reportedly planning to release a number of devices with such setups by the end of the year. Earlier rumors indicated that the Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by the same chips that were featured in the Galaxy S8 lineup, i.e. Samsung's Exynos 8895 and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, depending on the territory, though the phablet is still said to be an upgrade over the company's previous flagships in terms of RAM as it's supposedly set to ship with 6GB of RAM.
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July 11, 2017
cnet.com - Well, well, well. The latest chapter of the mobile war is in full swing. Google announced Android O at its annual developer conference, Google I/O 2017, giving a first taste of its forthcoming software for phones, tablets and Android TV.
And Apple responded with iOS 11, its next-gen platform for iPhones and iPads. Which one's winning so far? We won't really know until we get iOS 11 and Android O on phones side by side, but on the whole, Android O is coming out ahead.
So let's take a look at O and everything it has to offer.
If you're hoping for a ton of crazy features that make the OS look and feel completely different, it's time to temper your expectations. Like Android 7.0 Nougat, Android O focuses mostly on the nuts and bolts of making the software work better, faster and save battery.
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July 11, 2017
theverge.com - Microsoft is killing off Windows Phone 8.1 support today, more than three years after the company first introduced the update. The end of support marks an end to the Windows Phone era, and the millions of devices still running the operating system. While most have accepted that the death of Windows Phone occurred more than a year ago, AdDuplex estimates that nearly 80 percent of all Windows-powered phones are still running Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Phone 8.1. All of these handsets are now officially unsupported, and only 20 percent of all Windows phones are running the latest Windows 10 Mobile OS.
Windows Phone 8.1 was a big update to Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system, and included the company's Cortana digital assistant. A new notification center, UI changes, and updates to the core mobile OS. It marked one of Microsoft's biggest efforts with its Windows Phone work, but it wasn't successful at competing with Android and iOS. 99.6 percent of all new smartphones now run Android or iOS, and Microsoft has given up producing its own Lumia-branded hardware as a result.
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