Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Exynos 9815, 8GB of RAM tallies high benchmark scores (UPDATE: It's a Fake)

At the end of March, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 apparently was run through Geekbench. Sporting the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, this is the model that will be found in the U.S. and in China. The test produced a single-core score of 2190 and a multi-core score of 8806. Today, the European version of the Galaxy Note 9, powered by the Exynos 9815 chipset, appeared on Geekbench and produced impressive results. The single-core score hit 5162, and the multi-core score reached 10,704.

UPDATE: There are some caveats. We couldn’t find this result on Geekbench’s website, and as some have pointed …


Fortnite scores $25 million take in first 30 days; guided missle is removed

The hottest mobile game on the planet right now is Fortnite. How hot is this zombie-filled game of survival in a post-apocalyptic world? During a recent rain delay during a Cleveland Indians’ home game, the giant Jumbotron at Progressive Field entertained the crowd by showing a game of Fortnite in progress. But a better way to measure the temperature of Fortnite is to look at the App Store where the free app (with in-app purchases available, of course) has raked in $25 million during its first 30 days. That comes from app researcher Sensor Tower.

That performance continues. During the first …

WhatsApp for Android scores new group-related features in latest update

WhatsApp has just received a small update that brings a couple of new features and improvements to Android users. Some of these new features have been released on iOS one week earlier, so if you’re using an iPhone should already have the new group-related features included in the update.

The update brings a new ability that will allow Android users to add a description to a group in WhatsApp. That way, your friends will know about important info or the topic of a certain group. It’s also worth mentioning that group descriptions will be visible when inviting someone via the group’s invite …

WhatsApp finally scores adaptive icons in compatible launchers

It seems that the most recent beta version of WhatsApp has finally introduced a feature that the Android crowd has been requesting for a long time – adaptive icons. Version 2.18.74 beta of WhatsApp will apply a circle, squircle, square, teardrop, or oval mask in accordance to the rest of the icons on your device, ensuring for a coherent and seamless look.
In case you’re already a WhatsApp beta user, you should have the latest version of the app already, but in case you haven’t enrolled your phone into the beta, you will probably …

Google Phone v17 scores Facebook Messenger-like floating chatheads with in-call controls

Hey, do you love chat heads? 

If you are a casual or devoted fan of Facebook’s own Messenger, then you are most likely loving these floating collapsible bubbles that make communication easier and don’t force you to leave your app in order to reply your mom back.
Google’s own Phone app itself scored floating chat heads today, and while it seems odd for a Phone app to score such a feature, it is quite useful. Version 17.0.184919600 of the app puts all essential in-call buttons neatly tucked away in a floating chat head depicting the profile picture …

Snapdragon 845 gets benchmarked, scores higher than iPhone X in graphics

From faster performance, to more advanced graphics, and everything in-between, the current crop of Android’s finest handsets will soon face their challengers from the next edition of flagships with Snapdragon 845 chipsets. First in line are, needless to say, the processor’s foundry masters from Samsung, with their Galaxy S9, but LG, Sony, Xiaomi and others, will certainly be lining up soon thereafter.

So, what are the advantages that Snapdragon 845 alone will sport that could make you switch from your trusted Galaxy S8, LG V30, Xiaomi Mi 6, or even the OnePlus 5T, all …

Microsoft Launcher scores a handful of optimizations and improvements in the latest update

Microsoft has been on a roll expanding the functionality of its Android launcher over the last couple of months. A new update for Microsoft Launcher is now rolling out on Google Play, adding a handful of practical and customization features to the mix. The new stuff includes adjustable size for home screen and app drawer icons, Oreo app shortcuts, and other improvements. Here’s the changelog for the new version of Microsoft Launcher (v. 4.5.0.39810):

Let meeting attendees know you’re running late from the calendar card.Employees whose enterprises …

YouTube on iOS scores native dark mode for some users, but what about Android?

A while ago, we told you that code suggesting that YouTube on Android is about to score a native dark theme has been unearthed in the app. 
However, as it often happens with Google’s software, it’s the iOS version of the YouTube app that receives this new feature first. 

Well, that’s only true for a select few iOS users who boasted on Reddit that version 13.01.4 of the app has introduced  a neat switch in the preferences that allows users to switch opt for the new dark interface in favor of the default light one. 

It …

OneNote for Android scores Office Lens integration in latest update

OneNote for Android has scored a new update that adds Office Lens integration to the note-taking app. Google recently did something similar with Keep and Google Lens, although the feature is currently available only on a limited number of phones that support Lens. Microsoft’s solution, on the other hand, works on pretty much any device, so long as it has OneNote installed on it.

Office Lens is Microsoft’s take on mobile document scanning and has been quite reliable thus far, in my experience at least. It’s pretty adequate at cleaning artifacts from your …

Samsung Galaxy S9+ (with Snapdragon 845) gets benchmarked, impressive scores ensue


We’re at least a couple of months away from the day when
Samsung announces its Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagship smartphones, but we already
know a lot about the two devices. For example, we know that both should be
powered by Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 845 processor (at least in the US).

 

Since the Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s most advanced chipset
to date, the performance of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ should be top-notch, superior
to any previous Samsung phone, and perhaps any previous Android phone,
regardless of its maker. Benchmark website Geekbench appears to support this
idea, as someone …