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Samsung’s first foldable phone is a missed opportunity

Samsung’s first foldable phone is a missed opportunity

At long last, Samsung has finally revealed a working prototype of its much-hyped foldable phone. But while it finally gives some sense of closure to years of speculation and leaks, reception and fuss over what could be the market's second foldable phone has been less enthusiastic than expected. And it's not because someone got there first. Because while Samsung has indeed proven that a truly foldable phone is not only possible but also coming soon next year, its presentation failed to address the biggest question that consumers will have in their mind: "what for?"

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Galaxy J4 Core is Samsung’s unexpected second Android Go phone

Galaxy J4 Core is Samsung’s unexpected second Android Go phone

Samsung isn’t always a fan of not being in control. There was a point in time when it considered getting out of the Android market in favor of Tizen because it gave Google too much control over its mobile devices. So it’s almost surprising that Samsung would actually have two Android Go phones waiting for emerging markets and users with simpler needs and means. Although not yet officially announced, the Galaxy J4 Core is now all but known and might soon be ready to hit the market in time for the holidays.

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Pokemon GO’s most dedicated player is a 70-year old granddad

Pokemon GO’s most dedicated player is a 70-year old granddad

When people think about addicted Pokemon GO players, at least those who even know what Pokemon GO is, they probably think about people walking like zombies who suddenly stand still for now apparent reason and start flicking their smartphone screens like crazy. That may be true for the average addicted Pokemon GO player but those have nothing on Chen San-yuan. At 70 years of age, he might be Pokemon GO's oldest player. And given how he plays it, he is definitely its most dedicated and addicted one yet.

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Samsung One UI, Android 9 Pie beta and launch dates announced

Samsung One UI, Android 9 Pie beta and launch dates announced

The much-criticized Samsung TouchWiz UX is dead. And soon, so will the short-lived “Samsung Experience”. At its now famous Samsung Developer Conference, the Korean manufacturer announced its upcoming One UI, the user experience that will, among other things, also run on its foldable smartphone. This UI will be based on Android 9 Pie, whose beta testing phase will start very soon. Amusingly enough, most people will still probably call it “TouchWiz” anyway.

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Nokia 9 and its 5 lenses could be coming sooner than planned

Nokia 9 and its 5 lenses could be coming sooner than planned

Smartphones seem to be getting crazier and crazier, perhaps as an attempt to keep users excited and interested in them. From bezel-less notched screens to triple cameras to sliding or elevating cameras to foldable screens, you think you’ve seen it all. That is, until you’ve laid eyes on the Nokia 9, or at least what it’s believed to be. The smartphone, which supposedly has not three not even four but five lenses, all on its back, is now tipped to debut sooner than originally intended. All thanks to the media hype around it.

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Android Dev Summit: everything you need to know

Android Dev Summit: everything you need to know

You’d be forgiven if this news flew under your radar. With all the hype over Samsung’s foldable phone hogging the spotlight, it was almost too easy to miss out on some things that will benefit not just Samsung but all Android users at large. Coincidentally at the same time as Samsung’s developer conference, Google kicked of its own Android Dev Summit over at Mountain View, unloading a ton of goodies Android users can look forward to. And, yes, Google is making sure Android is ready for the new foldable trend.

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Samsung foldable phone specs: Big Android changes

Samsung foldable phone specs: Big Android changes

The day of the foldable phone is almost upon us, and with Samsung's Infinity Flex - and the mysterious smartphone that will use it sometime in 2019 - we have plenty of questions and a handful of answers. Key to the story is just what advantages a foldable phone will have over current devices, and what app-makers will need to do in order to get their software experiences ready for devices that morph between different sizes.

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Samsung One UI previews Galaxy S10 experience

Samsung One UI previews Galaxy S10 experience

Samsung has revealed its new interface for smartphones, One UI, focusing on making the experience clearer and more intuitive, not to mention easier to navigate with just one hand. Previewed at Samsung's annual developer conference, SDC 2018, in San Francisco, CA today, Samsung One UI takes the familiar aesthetic of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 and revamps it throughout.

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Samsung Infinity Flex foldable phone revealed

Samsung Infinity Flex foldable phone revealed

Today with the Samsung Infinity Flex display, Samsung revealed their foldable smartphone. This device has two displays, one on the outside that looks a lot like a standard Galaxy S9 (or thereabouts). The device opens up like a book, if the first display was the cover. Inside is a display that's twice as large as the display up front. Today we're meant to start understanding why this concept became a reality.

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A first look at Google’s foldable phone UI

A first look at Google’s foldable phone UI

Today Google revealed their first visuals for Android on folding display smartphones. This system is simple and was almost certainly heavily influenced by what Samsung's working on in a folding phone. Incidentally (though in no way by chance) Samsung's developer conference will reveal their own look at the foldable display smartphone user interface. Their version of Android with a folding display in mind - but first, here's what's been presented by Google.

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The hidden selfie camera trend: Who’s onboard?

The hidden selfie camera trend: Who’s onboard?

This week we've gotten word that LG is also onboard for one of the most exciting trends in smartphones for the year 2019. At least, it would appear so. The trend was revealed by Samsung earlier this year - in a series of images during internal company events and planning sessions for the future of their smartphone business. What we're talking about here is the hidden camera trend, making it possible to cover the entirety of the front side of a smartphone with a display without leaving room for a notch-full of sensors and camera lenses.

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Nexus 5X, 6P get their last updates, marks the end of an era

Nexus 5X, 6P get their last updates, marks the end of an era

The November update for Pixel and Nexus devices have just rolled out and the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones have received those as well. While that is normally good news, the update belies some rather sad news. Unless something terribly wrong requires an immediate fix, this is probably the last update the two phones will ever receive officially. And with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P reaching their end of life, so too ends the line of Google’s Nexus devices.

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