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Samsung’s launched its Note 9 with a bigger battery, new S Pen, and a updated camera.



After numerous anticipations, hopes, and prominent leaks, Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy Note 9 today.

It was clear two days before the launch event that the phone would have a slightly refreshed design with the fingerprint sensor relocated below the camera lens- courtesy of a leaked video by Samsung itself.

Anyway, despite the suspense-killing leaks, Samsung still managed to generate some hype around the Note 9. The screen is minimally larger now, around a fraction of an inch larger. And new colors have been introduced as well.

However, the most notable feature in the Note 9 is, surprisingly its 4000 mAh battery, which is a 700 mAh increase from the last iteration in the Note line. But, the reason an increased battery capacity is noteworthy on a Samsung device is due to the acknowledgment of the fact that it failed miserably doing just so two years ago. If you don’t recollect what I’m pointing at here, remember that exploding Note 7 meme? Or much better, remember that Note 7 GTA 5 mod?

Yes, those were dark times for Samsung, but the company convalesced by playing it safe with the Note 8. And while the Note 9 isn’t a significant upgrade from its predecessor, it pushes the boundaries a bit.

Another sub-product that Samsung is pacing into is the S Pen. The new stylus from Samsung packs a supercapacitor which accumulates energy when it’s parked into the slot. This battery is incorporated to back the Bluetooth low-energy technology in the S Pen. According to Samsung, the stylus will get 30 minutes of standby time from just 40 seconds of charging.

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Note 9’s new, advanced stylus.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 video leakIf you’re wondering what’s the role of Bluetooth in the S Pen, the famous stylus has gained new abilities like controlling music playback, snapping photos with a click, and swapping to the front camera with a double-click. Additionally, developers will be able to delve into more ideas (and work on them) regarding the use of the new S Pen, thanks to Samsung’s SDK.

Another significant update on the Note 9 is its camera. Instead of focusing on hardware, Samsung has modernized the software. Just like every other Android OEM recently, Note 9’s camera software now has AI that detects the object of a photograph and relevantly chooses the best lighting conditions, among other adjustments.

However, a new feature in terms of camera software is Flaw Detection. After capturing a photo, the camera software can detect smudges, shaky bits, and noise in the photo. But, the hardware is just as important as good software; noting that, the rear dual camera has a dual-lens OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)- one is a 12 MP autofocus camera with OIS, and other is a 12 MP telephoto lens with autofocus and OIS. The front camera is an 8 MP lens, also with autofocus.

Aside from the camera, the internals includes an Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chip running on Android Oreo. The Note 9 also sports 6 or 8 GB of RAM.

But the real deal-breaker here is the increase in storage capacity. This is where Samsung is really pushing the boundaries. The Note 9 has a 512 GB storage option, which, then can be increased to 1 TB using a memory card. Although, a 128 GB version is available as well.

But, as high as these storage options go, their respective prices, too, soar high, touching the $1000 mark. The 128 GB version costs $999.99 and the 512 GB version costs a whopping $1249.99. The pre-orders are commencing at the 10th of August, and the phone will be available for sale starting 24th of August.

As for the colors, the Note 9 will ship in Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple, which come with a purple and yellow stylus, respectively.


Palm’s new alleged smartphone oddly impresses the mind with unconventional features



New phone from Palm

Apparently, if you’ve ever held a Palm in your hand, you’d be disappointed to learn about the latest allegations in favor of this new Palm device. It was spotted by AndroidPolice.

The device is codenamed “Pepito,” and it has the specs of a phone launched in 2010. The bizarre new device, headed for Verizon, surprisingly has a 3.3-inch 720p LCD display, making it the smallest smartphone currently. I get it, the Palm’s meant to fit your palm but anyone today would prefer a slightly larger screen, if not a phablet. Additionally, to add up to the embarrassment, the phone can hold only up to 800 mAh of charge into its battery, which is way, way behind the general terms today.

Even with a smaller screen-size, an 800 mAh battery won’t even last you a day. Although, things get a bit bizarre acknowledging the fact that this device is gonna have a Snapdragon 435 processor with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It doesn’t come very clear so as to why an outdated design; with a small battery, has an internal structure updated to match today’s requirements.

Plus, the phone will sport Android’s 8.1 OS, and will allegedly ship in Titanium and Gold color options. It’s a fact, judging by the photo that the phone will be adorable enough to hold it in your hands; it’ll fit in well, too. Palm has a history for compact and captivating phones, and this one seems to be no different; except for its awfully tiny screen size and battery capacity.

Again, there’s a lot of blurriness so as to whom this phone will be made for. Maybe people who don’t want to meddle with more standardized budget phones? Could it be the ultimate budget phone?

Well, there’s only one way to find out.

The Palm line of devices is historically known to be quite compelling and eyebrow-raising. The Palm Pre, for example, had impressive software along with a decent camera and a good keyboard. It was considered one of the snappiest phones of its time. It was also one of the phones which initially brought iOS-style multitasking cards into reality.

But, even at that time, Palm phones suffered from a bad battery life and worst screen qualities. And it seems that this alleged new phone tends to gruesomely continue this unholy vogue in the Palm line of devices.

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How to turn off conversation view in Gmail for Android and iOS?



Google introduced the conversation view for its desktop and mobile Gmail clients as a way to easily manage a string of emails- as conversations. 

However, there were polarizing reactions on this move by Google. Some people liked the idea of converting their emails into conversations arranged as heaps on top of each other, while some didn’t. Albeit, a significant share of people went on to birth an online petition against this scrimping implementation. 

This forced Google to hence, offer this feature as an option that users can turn on in Gmail’s settings. However, this discharge was only for the desktop version of Google’s notorious email service. Mobile users were indeed left out of this mini-referendum. Since then, the Gmail app for iOS and Android had gone through many changes, especially after the update that introduced the conversation view for an email thread.

But, no changes surfaced pointing towards the conversation view, that is, until today, as the Gmail app for iOS and Android is finally rolling out an option to disable the conversation view.

All the Gmail app users on iOS and Android are being updated with this feature as of now. So if you ever wanted a more simplified user experience on Gmail, you now have the freedom to do so. 

I don’t see how people who deal with tons of emails per day would prefer to go through the shambles that are unsorted email replies, especially since they have already got a taste of the conversation view. But, if you’re someone who gets one important email per week which you don’t even care glancing through once, it won’t matter if the feature is switched off or on. 

Nevertheless, you can disable conversation view by tapping on the account name in the settings menu and looking for the “Conversation view” checkbox. Now you won’t have to worry about seasonal mood swings aimed at the avidity to enable or disable conversation view. Well, that’s a thing!

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Android ‘Pie’ released for Pixel phones today



Google has officially made the next iteration of its Android operating system available for Pixel phones to install. And, it’s a “Pie.”

After almost 3 months of beta testing then known Android P, Pixel phones are set to receive the latest iteration of Google’s OS today. Other Android OEMs are expected to get the “pie” treatment soon. And beta testing indicates that this time Google will make sure smartphones other than the Pixel get the latest OS, as several manufacturers involving Sony, Xiaomi, Nokia, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential partook in the beta program. 

In a blog post today, Google said it’ll update the devices in a uniform timely manner:

“Devices that participated in the Beta program from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of this fall! We are also working with a number of other partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 9 this year.”


Most notable features of Android Pie include a revamped user interface, a “digital well-being” feature (similar to Apple’s Screen Time), an adjusted status bar for notched devices, and a new gesture-based navigation system. 

However, some of these features are not readily available in today’s update and will be officially added in the fall. For instance, the “digital well-being” feature was announced at Google I/O held from 8th May to 10th May but isn’t readily available in the update today. However, Pixel users can sign up for its beta program and enable the feature right away.

It’s a “Pie!”

Another missing feature from today’s update is ‘slices’, which allows developers to inculcate their app’s crucial functions directly into search. That feature as well will launch in fall this year. 

Apart from the missing stuff, Android Pie contains many more advancements, though, tiny. However, among those tiny advancements, there’s one that clearly sticks to the mind: an improved battery with the help of AI. Text selection has also significantly improved with a virtual magnifier scrolling along the rhythm of your fingertips.

Android Pie also sports some under-the-hood features. One, for instance, restricts access to the sensors, microphones, and cameras when the phone is idle- a move towards providing better privacy. Also, phones with dual cameras will be able to click better quality images with Google’s multi-camera API that developers can embed in their apps in Android 9 Pie

Additionally, a better auto-fill feature enables fluid and effortless logins, and much more.

As The Verge notes, initial betas of Android Pie weren’t as fluid as they have become over time. They felt choppy and laggy. But, that’s what betas are for. Further, the gestural navigation system blatantly copied from Apple also isn’t as favorable as the set-up on an iPhone X. But, again, we could see those issues resolved in further “point-updates.”

Having said that, Google calls Android P as “Android 9 Pie” and not just “Android Pie.” This is the first time Google has gone with a slightly technical name. Even Android 9 Pie’s page has a URL that contains just the “9:”

Over the air updates are expected to roll out today and will gradually reach your device, that is, only if you have a Pixel.

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