iPhone 8 Rumors OLED Screens Coming From LG, Samsung

When will Apple incorporate OLED screens into the iPhone? Rumors have not let up, but a report stemming from South Korea’s Electronic Times claims Apple is close to reaching an agreement with LG and Samsung who will reportedly start producing OLED screens for the iPhone in 2017/2018. If this newest OLED rumor proves to be true, this means Apple’s iPhone 8 will get the highly anticipated upgrade.

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Electronic Times did not reveal the name of their insider source, but the 2017/2018 release date comes from Japanese newspaper, Nikkei. The site cites a tip from “Apple suppliers.” The report also predicts Apple will continue to sell iPhones with LCD displays along with OLED because “ securing enough panels for the more than 200 million phones Apples ships globally every year will likely prove difficult.”

Apple currently works with LG for the Apple Watch, which uses AMOLED technology. However, October rumors revealed Apple may have brought Samsung on to the Apple Watch team as well. The two electronics companies plan to invest a combined $12.8 billion in OLED production capacity, according to the Reuters report.

OLED smartphones have the potential to be thinner, lighter, and more flexible and energy efficient than smartphones using LCD technology. OLED screens tend to produce brighter, more vivid colors with a higher contrast ratio. The iPhone 8 would likely use an AMOLED display, like the Apple Watch. The hybrid technology uses TFT, the variant of LCD used in most smartphones now, and OLED to create the fastest pixel response time.

Samsung was the first to release a smartphone with a curved OLED display, the Galaxy line. LG has since released smartphones using the same technology, but is better known for its top of the line OLED TVs. Both LG and Samsung declined to comment on the report.


Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs LG V20 4K video stabilization comparison

Apple’s iPhone 7 features an improved camera system with optical image stabilization (OIS) in addition to Apple’s excellent digital stabilization, so we were curious to see whether it managed to record smoother and more stable video than some of the best-rated camera phones on the market right now.

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The two phones that we have chosen for a pair of 1v1 stabilization comparisons are the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the LG V20. The Galaxy S7 Edge features a 12-megapixel camera that has found a loyal following and many people appreciate the quality out of that shooter. The real highlight of Samsung’s system is a new Dual Pixel focusing system that is currently the fastest on the market and works for both still images and videos.

On the other hand, there is the LG V20 that continues on LG’s great camera traditions. It features a 16-megapixel main rear camera along with a secondary, super wide angle camera also on the back. It also features optical stabilization, but its special sauce is nifty manual controls for both image stills and video.

Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 4K video stabilization comparison Video Here

So with all this in mind, we were curious to test the video stabilization of all these phones in real-life conditions. Which one does best? It’s up to you to decide, we provide the factual evidence to support your case right below.

Apple iPhone 7 vs LG V20 4K video stabilization comparison Video Here

LG G5 Beats Samsung Galaxy S7, Xiaomi Mi 5 at MWC 2016

A number of smartphone manufacturers, much like every year, took to the stage at Mobile World Congress to unveil their latest and greatest smartphones. But it is LG that has attracted most of the appreciation, it appears. The GSMA organisation, which hosts the event, has announced the winners of its annual Global Mobile Awards (2016 Glomo Awards).

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The LG G5 was crowned the Best New Mobile Device at this year’s event. The G5 was competing against with Samsung’s newly launched Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Xiaomi’s Mi 5, Sony’s Xperia X Performance, and HP’s Elite x3.

LG G5 First Look Video Here

The LG G5 not only packs in top-of-the-line hardware specifications, it also offers some innovative features such as dual-camera setup and modular design. A user can enhance the camera or battery capabilities by swapping in a module LG provides.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge First Look Video Here

Xiaomi’s Redmi 2, which was launched last year, earned the crown for the Best Low Cost Smartphone (Sub-$100). Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bagged the title for the Best Smartphone of 2015. For tablets, it was Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 which got the top spot, whereas ActivHearts got the first rank in wearable technology category for the year.

Samsung won’t be too disappointed, as its Gear S2 smartwatch was found to be the best-connected consumer electronic device. Besides, the display panel on its new smartphones is receiving many praises. The victory montage also saw Google Cardboard as the Best Overall App (Judge’s Choice), Quickplay for HOOQ app as the best mobile app for media, film, TV, or video, and Soundcloud as the Best Mobile Music App.

Xiaomi Mi 5 First Look Video Here

Best upcoming smartphones 2016 Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony’s

We all know there’ going to be an iPhone 7 next year. That’s easy. What’s a little more tricky is knowing when all the other major smartphones are going to launch. Here at Alphr, we have a calendar that keeps track of when we expect the year’s upcoming smartphones to launch, which allows us to prepare for them. So, under the flag of goodwill we thought we’d share that information so you can plan your purchase(s) accordingly.

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To help you with your decision, here’s a list of the best upcoming smartphones 2016. Be warned: the list below isn’t based on official release dates, but on internet rumours instead, so try not to hammer me in the comments section if some predictions don’t turn out to be 100% accurate. Dates, in particular, can change.

Upcoming smartphones 2016:

– Samsung Galaxy S7 – February
– Sony Xperia Z6 – February
– LG G5 – March
– HTC One M10 – March
– Huawei P9 – April
– Samsung Galaxy Note 6 – August/September
– Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge+ – August/September
– Apple iPhone 7 – September
– Apple iPhone 7 Plus – September
– Nexus 5 (2016) – October
– Nexus 6 (2016) – October

Best Tablet Android Smartphones 2016

Phablet smartphones have taken off in recent years, and the idea of owing a bigger smartphone is only expected to increase in upcoming years. As we reflect on where the Phablet came from, it started in a time when most consumers looked the other way. Four years ago Samsung introduced us to the Galaxy Note Phablet which has truly changed the way we think of larger, and more practical smartphones.

With the changing times and people becoming more reliant on mobile devices, the popularity has increased significantly in Phablet sized smartphones. The once solo Galaxy Note series has since been replicated by other manufacturers such as Apple, LG, Sony, and others.

With the upcoming releases many manufacturers have jumped on-board which leads us into previewing the Top 3 Phablet Android Smartphones 2016.

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3. Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra

The Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra is rumored to be released along the Xperia Z5, but will be a bigger, premium version of the Z5. Rumored to feature a robust 6.1” display, the Z5 Ultra will be the largest on this list of upcoming Phablets for 2016.

The Z5 Ultra will sport many of the similar specs of its smaller counterpart including a 4K QHD display, 4200 mAh battery, octa-core processor, 24 MP rear camera, and a 6 MP front-facing camera. The Ultra will also include feature all of the standard health related sensors along with a fingerprint scanner and waterproof feature.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra release date is expected to be the same day as the Z5 and smaller Z5 compact, which is expected to be during Q2 of 2016.

2. LG G Flex 3

The LG G Flex 3 will be an amazing follow-up to the curve appeal of the G Flex 2. Remaining consistent with the previous releases, LG will be introducing something even more amazing in the G Flex 3 concept. Rumored to feature a true foldable design that’s expected to compliment the larger, 5.8” display.

The LG G Flex 3 is expected to be slightly larger than the G Flex 2, and will sport a 4K display with a ppi of over 540. Beefing up the processing speed of the LG G Flex 2, the 3rd release is rumored to boast a 2.9 GHZ octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Other elements including the battery, RAM, and camera specs will certainly see an upgrade as well.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 6

Was there any doubt of which Phablet Android smartphone for 2016 would top this list? The Galaxy Note series is where the concept of the Phablet started, and instead of remaining stagnant over the years, they have continue to invent the idea of what a Phablet should be. Everything from the look, feel, speed, and all that is inside is expected to make the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 the best of the best.

Samsung has big plans for all of their Android smartphones 2016 as some of the best features may not be what’s specifically in the phone itself. Many Samsung peripherals are expected to be integrated into the Note 6 concept including the Gear VR headset and the new Gear smartwatch in 2016.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is rumored to feature a 28 MP rear camera, 7 MP front camera, 5 GB RAM, 2.9 GHZ octa-core processor, 4K 6” screen. The Note 6 will feature a non-removable 4200 mAh battery, wireless charging, and a quick charging plus feature.

How Will the IOS iPhone 7 Match up with the Top 3 Phablet Android Smartphones for 2016

One either loves IOS or Android, but there is usually no in-between. You’re either an Apple lover for life or Android enthusiast, and it will be interesting to see how the upcoming iPhone 7 matches up with the top 3 Phablet Android Smartphones 2016.

All including the Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra, LG G Flex 3, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will undeniably fare well against the iPhone 7 when it comes to specs and features. Those loyal to Android will probably seek one of the top 3 Android Phablets for 2016 above, and those loyal to Apple will likely go for the iPhone 7.

LG is building the Nexus 5

After months of speculation about who Google will team up with for its next Nexus device, it looks like LG could be the one to build this year’s Nexus 5.

According to Android Pit a source has confirmed that LG will be building the Nexus 5 (2015) – though an official name has yet to be announced.

Rather than basing the Nexus 5 (2015) on its latest flagship, the LG G4, it is claimed that LG will be creating the new handset from scratch.

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Huawei MIA?

If true, the choice of going with LG for the next Nexus 5 is not too surprising, as LG built the previous Nexus 5, but we’ve also heard strong rumours that Chinese manufacturer Huawei would be creating a Nexus device.

So does this mean we won’t be seeing a Huawei Nexus smartphone? Not necessarily. For a start, the rumour of LG making the Nexus 5 (2015) hasn’t been verified, so nothing is set in stone.

We’ve also heard that Google could be planning on releasing two new Nexus phones this year, while another rumour suggested that Huawei would be building a larger Nexus device (though possibly not quite as big as the Nexus 6 phablet), with LG creating a smaller Nexus handset that could have the codename LG Angler.

The LG Angler will reportedly have a 5.2-inch screen and a battery in the region of 2700 mAh, while Huawei’s device is rumoured to have a 5.7-inch screen, a 3500 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 810 processor.

If Android Pit’s source is correct then we may see an LG Nexus device this year, but it doesn’t mean Huawei is out of the race either. As we approach the launch of Android M later this year, we should find out more about how many Nexus devices – and who’s building them – soon.

LG G Flex2 With 5.5-Inch

The LG G Flex2, launched in India last month, has been made available to buy in the country on Thursday. The curved display smartphone is priced at Rs. 54,990, and was first globally introduced at CES 2015.

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To recall, the LG G Flex2 when announced back in January, was the first smartphone to run Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (a 64-bit octa-core SoC). It is coupled with the Adreno 430 GPU and 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The single-SIM smartphone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features a 5.5-inch full-HD curved P-OLED display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and a 403ppi pixel density.

The LG G Flex2’s display has a 700mm-radius curvature, while the back is slightly sharper with a 650mm-radius curvature for grip. LG says the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 has been toughened approximately 20 percent from the previous generation with the firm’s own special chemical treatment technology – LG calls this Dura-Guard glass. The whole phone is supposedly 30 percent more durable than the original.

The company has also improved upon the ‘Self Healing’ back from the original LG G Flex, and it will now get healed within 10 seconds at room temperature – significantly lower than the last-generation’s three minutes.

The LG G Flex2 sports a rear 13.0-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS+), dual-LED two-tone flash, and laser-guided autofocus just like the LG G3. It sports a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The G Flex2 will come in 16GB and 32GB storage variants that are expandable via microSD card.

Connectivity options on the LG G Flex2 include 4G LTE-A with tri-band carrier aggregation, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X) 4.1, NFC, SlimPort, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, and USB 2.0. The device measures in at 149.1×75.3×7.1 – 9.4mm, and weighs 152 grams. The curved handset packs a curved embedded 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The other features include things like a simple hand ‘Gesture Shot’ recognisable from up to 1.5 metres away; ‘Gesture View’ to check last clicked shot; ‘Glance View’ to swipe down for notifications even when the screen is off, and ‘Fast Charging’ – which can charge the battery up to 50 percent in under 40 minutes. The smartphone is available in Titan Silver/16GB variant for now.

LG G4 start pre orders in UK price start at £500

LG G4 was finally announced, now LG G4 pre-orders open up in UK. Offers are currently available from various sources, including Unlocked mobile, Clove, Amazon and Expansys starting from £500.
Unlocked mobile has listed G4 in color options and two standard that is Metallic Gray and Gold for £499.87 and a black leather option for £529.87.

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Clove has also listed a quite reasonable price of £500 for the standard black and gold colors and £25 markup for the leather option. Both Amazon and Expansys listed a price tag of £599.99
It will be available at Unlocked mobile on May 25 while on Amazon and Clove on May 28.
LG comes with a 5.5 inch display with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and is powered by a six core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor along with 3GB of RAM. There is an 8 megapixel camera for selfies and video calls and on the back of the device there is a 16 megapixel camera with OIS and an f/1.8 aperture.

Hidden Android Secret Codes

Android is one the most popular smartphone OS ever. Developers creates various kind of backdoor within the applications and operating systems. Through these backdoor any users who have sufficient knowledge can get into the system much deeper as compare to other users. As we all know Android is an open source operating system based on Linux Kernel and developed by Google. An Android operating system is most widely used in the world. Android developers also creates many backdoor through which you can enter into the system and you can change settings. It is not meant to be used these backdoor for malicious intent because developers blocked some modes and these backdoor are the way or allow the users to enter into the system and let you become familiar to the system. In smartphone these backdoor are called “secret codes”. These are the numeric/symbolic sequences which allow you to access system settings for several uses. So here we collect some Secret Hidden Codes for Android. May be some of them not work on specific device but you can try it if you can !

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*#*#778O#*#* = Factory Data Reset
*#*#I472365#*#* = Starts a Quick GPS Test
*#*#0673#*#* OR *#*#0289#*#* = Starts Audio Test
*#*#2664#*#* = Starts Touch Screen Test
#’#273283*255*663282*#*#* = Backup Media Files
*#*#0283#*#* = Starts Packet Loopback Test
*2767*3855# = Reinstalls The Phones Firmware & Format Your Phone
*#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#* = Starts Wireless LAN Test
*#*# 1575#*#* = Starts Different GPS Tests
*#*#4636#*#*‘ = Shows Complete Information About Your Phone
*#*#2663#*#* = Shows Touch Screen Version
*#*#232337#*# = Displays Bluetooth Device Address
*#*#4986*2650468#*#* = Shows PDA, Phone Hardware, RF& Call Date
*#*#44336#*#* = Displays Build Time
*#06# = Displays IMEI Number
*#*#8255#*#* = Google Talk Service Monitoring
*#*#I II I#*#* | *‘#*#2222#*#* = Shows FTA Software Version & FTA Hardware Version
*#*#3264#*#* = Shows ROMVersion
*#*#23233I#‘*#* = Starts Bluetooth Test
*#*# 1234#’#’ = Shows PDA & Phone Firmware Information
*#*#0*#*#*= Starts LCD Display Test
*#*#0842#*#* Starts Vibration & Backlight Test
*#*#0588#*#* = Shows Proximity Sensor Test
*#*#232338#*#* = Shows Wi-Fi Mac Address
*#*#7262626#*#*= Shows Field Test
*#*#34971539#*#* = Shows Camera Update
*#*#19732840#*#* = Enables Test Mode
*#06# – Shows IMEI number
*#0*# – Shows Service Menu (Galaxy S III + )
*#*#4636#*#* – Shows Phone Information,Usage Statistics &Battery Information
*#*#34971539#*#* – Shows Detailed Camera Information
*#*#273282*255*663282*#*#* – Immediate Backup of AllMedia Files
*#*#197328640#*#* – EnablesTest Mode For Service
*#*#232339#*#* – Wireless LAN Tests
*#*#0842#*#* – Backlight & Vibration Test
*#*#2664#*#* – Touch Screen Test
*#*#1111#*#* – FTA Software Version (if 1111 does not work try 1234)
*#12580*369# – Software &Hardware Information
*#9090# – Diagnostic Configuration
*#872564# – USB Logging Control
*#9900# – System Dump Mode
*#301279# – HSDPA/HSUPA Control Menu
*#7465625# – ViewsPhone Lock Status
*#*#7780#*#* – Resets The Data Partition To Factory State
*2767*3855# – FormatsDevice to Factory State (will delete everything on phone)
##7764726 – Hidden Service Menu (forsome Motorola Droid series)
*#*#7594#*#* – EnablesDirect Powering Down of Device (once this code is entered)
*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* –Quick Backup of All The Media Files On Your Android Device
*#*#232338#*#* – Shows Wi-Fi MAC Address
*#*#1472365#*#* – Performs a Quick GPS Test
*#*#1575#*#* – For a More Advanced GPS Test
*#*#0283#*#* – Performs a Packet Loopback Test
*#*#0*#*#* – Runs a LCD Display Test
*#*#0289#*#* – Runsan Audio Test
*#*#2663#*#* – ShowsDevice’s Touch Screen Version
*#*#0588#*#* – Performs a Proximity Sensor Test
*#*#3264#*#* – Shows RAM Version
*#*#232331#*#* – Runs Bluetooth Test
*#*#232337#*# – Shows device’s Bluetooth Address
*#*#7262626#*#* – Performs a Field Test
*#*#8255#*#* – Monitors Google Talk Service
*#*#4986*2650468#*#* – Shows Phone, Hardware, PDA, RF Call Date & Firmware Information
*#*#1234#*#* – Shows PDA & Phone Firmware Information
*#*#2222#*#* – Shows FTA Hardware Version
*#*#44336#*#* – Shows Build Time &Change List Number
*#*#8351#*#* – Enables Voice Dialing Log Mode
*#*#8350#*#* – Disables Voice Dialing Log Mode
##778 (+call) – Shows EPST Menu
*#*#7594#*#* – EnablesDirect Powering Down of device once this code is entered
*#*#232338#*#* – Shows Wi-Fi MAC Address

Specific Codes for HTC devices:-

*#*#3424#*#* – Runs HTC Function Test Program
##786# – Reverse Logistics Support
##3282# – Shows EPST Menu
##3424# – RunsDiagnostic Mode
*#*#8255#*#* – Launches Google Talk Service Monitor
##33284# – PerformsField Test
##8626337# – Runs VOCODER
*#*#4636#*#* – Shows HTC Info Menu

LG G4 QHD display teased in Official Video

LG has officially shown off a teaser of its new flagship G4 smartphone’s screen, and it’s Quad HD with upgrades.

The LG G4 is expected to be fully unveiled at the launch event on 28 April. But leading up to the big day LG has been teasing more and more parts of the handset to build up anticipation. The latest official video teaser dips into screen quality.

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Not only will the screen have a high resolution with that Quad HD display but it’ll also be brighter, 25 per cent brighter than the G3 according to the video. The video also claims the new screen will have a 20 per cent wider colour range than the G3. LG calls this its Quantum Display.

The video shows the front glass of the handset going right to the edge of the phone but in reality we’re expecting a bezel beneath to stop the screen being completely edge-to-edge. Leaked photos which look official have all but confirmed this.

The same leaked photos also showed off the leather rear of the G4 which was shown at the end of this video, adding further weight to the validity of previous leaks. These suggest the G4 will come with at least six variants of leather back colours.

Expect the full unveil of the LG G4 on 28 April where we’ll be bringing you coverage live from the event.

Youtube Video Here