Update absurdity: Samsung's 2017 Galaxy A phones are still on Android 6

Here’s a riddle: octa-core processor, great battery life, glass-metal body, IP68 water/dust resistance, released in 2017. Which Samsung smartphone comes to mind? We wouldn’t blame you if your answer is either the Galaxy S8 or S8+, as both of these flagships possess such characteristics.

However, these features can also be found on another series of Samsung phones introduced in the last 7 months and 21 days. Namely, we’re talking about the company’s A lineup and its three representatives for this year – the A3, A5, and A7.

While the three handsets do differ …


These dbrand Galaxy Note 8 skins might reveal the design of Samsung's next big thing

A Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is coming soon, and, most likely, it’s going to be announced at the end of August. Rumors have it that the handset will resemble the Galaxy S8 to a considerable degree (dual curve screen and thin bezels included), though its corners should be a bit more square-ish, while its rear might host a dual camera alongside a fingerprint scanner.

Even if we’re more than one month away from the day when Samsung will officially unveil the new Galaxy, dbrand, an American maker of popular custom skins for smartphones, is already accepting pre-orders for Note 8 skins. dbrand …

Samsung's mid-range and low-end phones to get storage and performance boost tools

Samsung is apparently planning to introduce a new “Storage Saving” feature to its budget and mid-range phones. According to SamMobile, the new function will give users new tools that will aid in freeing up space on their handsets, which is great news, given the fact that affordable phones usually ship with smaller amounts of internal storage. 
One of the most important functions of the new Storage Saving service is said to be an option to delete local copies of photos and videos that have been uploaded to Samsung Cloud. The tech giant’s cloud service currently …

Samsung's first video ad for DeX is up: showcases Galaxy S8's potential in mobile productivity

With the Galaxy S8, Samsung released a brand-new DeX station — a dock for your phone, which can connect to a monitor, a keyboard, and mouse and give you a quasi-desktop productivity. The marketing tagline for it is “Leave you laptop behind”, but let’s be honest — it depends on what type of work you are planning to do.

But that’s not to say that DeX is entirely useless. Samsung has finally decided to shine a spotlight on this rather useful Galaxy S8 feature with a nicely-made video ad for it. The clip shows a journalist who travels to a faraway place to report on… …

Manual for Samsung's Android powered flip phone (SM-G9298) leaks indicating an imminent launch

In China today the manual for the SM-G9298 leaked. This is an Android powered smart “flip” phone that was recently certified in China by the TENAA regulatory agency. There are a pair of 4.2-inch displays, each one carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 821 chipset featuring an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage.

A 12MP camera is found on back with a 5MP selfie snapper in front. Keeping the lights on is a 2300mAh battery, and Android 6.0.1 (!!!) is pre-installed. The SM-G9298 is available in your favorite …

Apple's future iPhones might be the reason for Samsung's rumored OLED super factory

According to insightful industry insiders, Samsung might be poised to build another OLED factory that will essentially reaffirm it as the global leader in OLED display manufacturing. The factory will be built in South Korea in two stages. The first stage of the construction expected to last anywhere between six months to a year and will kick off OLED display panels production sometime in 2019. The second stage of the construction will further expand the new factory and will finish by 2021. The investment is said to cost Samsung some 16.3 trillin Korean Won. 
The …

Samsung's in-screen fingerprint scanner said to cause display brightness issues

An industry insider claims that Samsung’s in-screen fingerprint scanner technology results in brightness imbalance issues where the area containing the scanner is noticeably brighter than the rest of the display.

This could be the reason, or one of the reasons why Samsung is reportedly giving up on the in-screen optical fingerprint sensor for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. The most recent rumors claim that the technology won’t be ready for mass production until early next year, possibly in time for the Galaxy S9’s release.

Due to the technological experimentation …

Samsung's Secure Folder now available from the Google Play Store

Earlier this month, Samsung eliminated its My Knox security platform from its Galaxy handsets. This was a “sandbox” that allowed users to use the same phone for work and play. At the office, Knox would provide secure apps to use. At home, the work apps would be locked down which prevented the kids or anyone else from accidentally accessing apps related to work. Even though Knox will not be found on new Samsung handsets, those already using the feature can continue to do so until the end-of-service date, which has not yet been announced.

Samsung has suggested that instead of My Knox, …

Samsung's new SoundAssistant app is a powerful audio tool for Galaxy devices

Samsung has launched a new app that grants Samsung Galaxy owners greater control over the sound of their devices. Aptly named SoundAssistant, the app gives a wealth of audio options to play with, alongside some special bells and whistles that are available only on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

Some of the stand-out features of SoundAssistant include a claimed “150 steps of fine volume” control, a floating EQ, volume adjustments for individual apps, as well as personalized profiles and “scenarios.”

Scenarios offer a sort of scheduling manager for time-based profiles that can automatically …

Samsung's new Battery Pack Kettle design is a cool new take on the external battery

Samsung has a brand new battery pack it calls ‘Kettle Design’ that looks unlike any other external battery and brings a neat additional functionality: it doubles as a kickstand for your phone.
The Kettle Design is a 5,100 mAh battery pack that also features a neat wrist strap and comes with 1 USB type A port and 1 microUSB port for charging the battery pack itself. The port for charging your devices outputs 9 watts of power (5 volts at 1.8 amps), so this is charging quicker than your regular standards, but not as fast as the latest quick charging …