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  1. Samsung Embraces 21st Century with 'Selfie Type'

    Samsung Embraces 21st Century with 'Selfie Type'You need to send an email on your phone. it's going to be lengthy. You grab your Galaxy, set it vertically on the nearby table, and pout your hands out as if you're sitting at a type writer.

    Then you pretend to type on your imaginary keyboard while the actual letters and words and sentences appear in an email on your phone.

    It's amazing, but it isn't magic. Samsung says it will use the selfie camera to actually capture where your hands and fingers are, and acclimatize to where you feel the different letters are, and then let you type by just pretending to type.

    According to users at CES 2020 the technology is fully realized and actually works really well. TomsGuide has a great story on it with lots of details:

    Selfie Type doesn’t require any peripheral and doesn’t project anything. Instead, it uses the Galaxy’s camera to simply track your hands as you memory type. According to the information posted by a user in Samsung’s community site, “Selfie Type is a technology that utilizes the front camera and AI to analyze finger position and type without physical buttons.”

    According to the source, who claims that Samsung will introduce it at CES 2020 this week, only English is currently supported. It seems pretty simple: just put your phone or tablet on a vertical position — or, if you have a Galaxy Fold, set it up in L-mode — and start typing with your fingers pretending you are hitting actual keys. Selfie Type appears to support gestures too, like pinching the air to send a message.

    You can read more about exactly how 'Selfie Type' will work in this article by TomsGuide right here.

    Check out this video and let us know what you think--are you excited or frightened?

     

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  2. New Android Smartphone? There's An App For That!

    New Android Smartphone? There's An App For That!If you got a new Android smartphone this past Christmas (and millions of you did) then you no doubt want to immediately start downloading apps (if you haven't already.)

    But which apps are the best? Just as you might have already guessed, someone has written a nice article detailing exactly which apps to download first.

    9to5Google.com had a great little article which includes a review of the new Google SMS tool:

    In the US at least, messaging has traditionally been a sore point of Android smartphones. Thankfully, Google has been hard at work trying to fix that in recent months and now, the solution known as RCS (Rich Communication Services) is available to every Android smartphone in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom too.

    How can you get RCS on your device and, more importantly, what’s the benefit? The benefit, firstly, is that RCS is much more capable than SMS/MMS. Pictures can be sent in higher quality, typing indicators, and more all arrive with RCS. Group chats also get a huge upgrade too. Basically, RCS is like Apple’s iMessage, but for Android phones.

     

    You can read the rest of the 9to5Google.com article right here.

    New Android Smartphone? There's An App For That!And if you have a new iPhone, then check out this article from TheVerge.com specifically for you:

    If you’re lucky enough to have unwrapped a new iPhone as a holiday gift this year, you’ll probably want to install some new apps on it. Fortunately, we’re here to help with some suggestions. We’ve divided them into two types: great apps that are just generally fun or useful to have on your phone, and apps that you should download to replace the default ones that Apple ships on your iPhone.

     

    You can read the rest of that article right here.

     

    In the Comments below let us know what the first app you downloaded to your new phone was, and why!

     

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  3. Best Smartphone of 2019?

    Best Smartphone of 2019This has been a busy a year for smartphone manufacturers - and consumers. new releases from Apple )of course) but also Samsung, and OnePlus and a half dozen others you may or may not have heard of.

    It seems everyone has a favorite smartphone brand. Apple and Samsung may be household names but they are hardly the only smartphone manufacturers. The world is a big place and there are manufacturers developing phones you will never see.

    But, the major players are the ones to watch. And Tom's Guide has been watching them. In fact, they rounded up the year's best and put them together into a nice year-end review:

    With so many smartphones vying for your attention, it's not easy to pick the best phone. Tom's Guide reviews dozens of new handsets each year, and we evaluate them in our lab and in the real world based on design, features, performance, camera quality and battery life.

    We also perform in-depth face-offs between flagship phones to decide on our best phone rankings. But not everyone has the budget for a flagship, which is why we also provide recommendations for cheaper phones.

    Our best phone list has something for everyone, whether you prefer Android or iOS, a big-screen phone or small phone or you want to save some money by going with an older phone.

     

    You can read the entire article in Tom's Guide right here. In the Comments below let us know what your pick is for "Best Smartphone of 2019".

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  4. Samsung Galaxy S11 Gets Radical

    Samsung Galaxy S11 Gets RadicalSamsung’s Galaxy S11 will most definitely come equipped with the requisite hardware to handle 5G, which is good news not just for those wanting to buy the Galaxy S11 but for the entire industry because it sets the bar for hardware releases in 2020. The people have spoken and they expect 5G capability from their smartphones.

    The Samsung Galaxy S11 does not disappoint in that regard.

    Forbes has an article explaining what the specs tell us to expect from the forthcoming release:

     

    That said, elsewhere we know Samsung is aiming high. Samsung is equipping its Galaxy S11s with a potentially groundbreaking camera codenamed ‘Hubble’ due to its extreme zoom capabilities. There will also be new shooting modes, a new design, big performance upgrades, next-gen memory, a supersized fingerprint sensor and a real crowdpleaser: much bigger batteries.

    You can read all the news on the Samsung Galaxy S11 including what to expect from the hardware in the complete Forbes article, right here.

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  5. Samsung Going All-In On MegaPixels

    Samsung Going All-In On MegaPixelsThe rumor mill is working over time as all anyone can talk about is how Samsung plans to release a 108-megapixel smartphone camera in the 2020 Galaxy S11.

    This is significant for a few reasons but mostly because that number is nearly 10 tens as powerful as current smartphone cameras.

    It's a tremendous leap forward. But will it be the sort of leap which draws the attention of consumers?

     

    High megapixel count doesn't necessarily mean better photos — Apple and Google use 12-megapixel cameras on their smartphones, and they're the best smartphone cameras you can currently find. Rather, it's good software and processing that is the key to making the iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4 so good, including in low-light situations.

    Business Insider makes some excellent points about the 2020 Galaxy S11 camera and Samsung smartphone digital camera technology more general in this fabulous article right here.

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  6. Microsoft and Samsung Galaxy Partner-Up

    Microsoft and Samsung Galaxy Partner-UpWhile Mac users had iPhones that easily paired with their laptop or desktop models, Microsoft Windows users struggled to find an easy way to do things like transfer a photo from their phone to their computer. Oh, sure, it was possible, just not as easy as it is for Apple users.

    All that may be about to change with the latest pairing of Microsoft and Samsung Galaxy phones. What does it mean for the estimated 1 billion Windows users in the world? It means they have a simpler solution to do some of the things that Apple users already find easy. And, according to this article in GeekWire, this is hardly the first time Microsoft and Samsung have teamed-up:

     

    Samsung and Microsoft have partnered on PCs for many years, and on smartphones and tablets in a more limited capacity. But the expanded partnership marks “a profound shift in how we interact with the many devices in our lives,” vowed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who made a surprise appearance at Samsung’s event in New York City.

    “For years, applications have been purpose-built for single devices, whether it’s the phone, the PC, the TV or even your watch,” Nadella said. “But in a world of 5G, cloud and AI, we get to rethink it all and reimagine it.”

     

    GeekWire also breaks down exactly what the partnerships means for consumers by listing the specific features users can expect to exploit.

    How long will the partnership actually last? That's anybody's guess. But as long as it works for both companies, the people who use Windows PCs now have a solution when it comes to doing things Apple users have been able to do for quite some time.

     

     

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  7. Samsung 'Foldable' Phones Are Breaking Already

    Samsung 'Foldable' Phones Are Breaking AlreadyIt's no secret that foldable smartphone screens are not designed to last forever. Most experts agree the phone screens have a few years of life in them depending on how much folding they do. But some Samsung Galaxy Fold early-adopters are finding out the lifespan could be much, much shorter, than a few years.

    The Samsung Galaxy Fold costs nearly $2,000. The smartphone is able to open up into a tablet.

    But some reviewers who got a preview say they found defective hinges on the device. Not only that, but they say the screens broke after removing the phone's protective film.

     

     

    That's from an article at KSFY in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, so word is clearly getting around that Samsung might have a problem on its hands. They are (so far) not planning to delay the launch of the Galaxy Fold (April 26) and the phone has already sold-out online. So, guess we'll all have to wait and see what happens when these new phones finally end up in the hands of the public.

     

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  8. Samsung Galaxy Fans Save The Date: April 10

    Samsung Galaxy Fans Save The Date: April 10Samsung announced this week they will be showcasing a new Samsung Galaxy-related phone or maybe three phones on April 10. The announcement, made via Twitter, was accompanied by an image of three shadowy devices and a wild-haired skateboarder. Samsung did not say whether the skateboarder would come with the new device, or if you had to pay extra. They also didn't say anything specific about the device(s) itself.

    So for the next few weeks everyone will be speculating on just what exactly the release will consist of.

    That speculation has already begun:

    Take a close look at the Samsung teaser image and you will spot the three screen shapes are not all identical. The furthest away has a notch, while the other two appear to be different sizes and come without a notch. This could be a hint Samsung will reveal three new smartphones on April 10. There have also been rumors about a new Galaxy A50 — which may have a notch — and the names Galaxy A40, and Galaxy A70 have also been rumored.

    Andy Boxall at Digital Trends has some other thoughts on what might be revealed and you can read those here.

    In the meantime, why not share with us what you think or hope Samsung is going to release on April 10 in the Comments below.

     

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  9. Samsung Galaxy Fold Gets Release Date

    Samsung Galaxy Fold Gets Release DateLooks as if fans of the new Samsung Galaxy Fold will have to wait a bit longer before they can bend, and unbend, their new device. Samsung said during their recent Galaxy Unpacked event that the new foldable device will be released on April 26th in both LTE and 5G versions, expected to retail at $1980.00.

    That seems a bit steep for a phone, whether it folds in half or not, but given iPhone price points in the $1000+ range, consumers might be willing to splurge.

    After all, this will be the first smartphone which offers folding screen technology. The company expects demand will be high, and given the amount of consumer chatter, they may be right about that.

    The Verge offered some details about the hardware:

    Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that allows the phone itself to have a tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. The main display runs at 1536 x 2152 resolution, and when it’s folded, a smaller 4.6-inch (840 x 1960) display is used for the phone mode. Samsung is using 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speeds, alongside a 7nm processor and 12GB of RAM. Samsung has even built two batteries for its Galaxy Fold, that are separated by the fold but combined in the Android operating system.

    You can read more about what the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold can do in the rest of The Verge article, here.

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  10. 'Gaming Smartphones' Could Be The Next (Really) Big Thing

    'Gaming Smartphones' Could Be The Next (Really) Big ThingFresh from announcing their forthcoming 'foldable' smartphone, Samsung recently filed a patent which seems to indicate they are preparing (or at least interested in) designing a smartphone specifically designed for gamers.

    Imagine the difference between a PC designed for the average user (web surfing, streaming videos, creating and sending documents) and a 'Gaming PC' (high-powered processors, much improved graphics, etc.). That might give you some idea what these new niche-market phones might be compared to the smartphone in the average users pocket.

    Or would it?

    PC games have always been a niche market. Most people don't need a PC specifically to play games. But how many people play games on their smartphone. Most surveys put that number close to 100%.  Will this new subset of smartphone appeal to more than just a niche-market? Maybe everyone will decide that's the type of phone they need because they play games.

    Depends on the features.

    After teasing its first foldable smartphone, Samsung has been rumored to step into the gaming arena and introduce a gaming smartphone. Now, it seems like the South Korean company plans to merge the concepts and produce a foldable gaming smartphone, as hinted by a new patent.

    Click here to check out the entire article at FossBytes.com. And let us know in the Comments how interested you would be in a 'foldable gaming smartphone'.

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