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Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Today we're going to take a look at what it means to buy a smartphone with a camera "that just takes good pictures." You know, the sort of phone that just lets you snap a picture and it won't be blurry. I'm here to tell you that this phone does exist, but that actually snapping a reasonably sharp photo is not quite as simple as just pointing and shooting.

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Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor patent shows less awkward front placement

Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor patent shows less awkward front placement

The Galaxy S8 has been criticized for its awkward fingerprint sensor placement, which is next to the camera on the back of the phone. This is a difficult place for someone to use it -- you can't easily find it without looking and your finger can't reach the sensor if you're holding the phone at its base. At best, you can manage to get an index finger over the sensor, but only at an angle.

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Here’s how to get Always on Display on Samsung Nougat phones

Here’s how to get Always on Display on Samsung Nougat phones

With both LG and Apple switching to OLED displays, there will be some attention that will be given to features like always on displays or AOD. Samsung, however, has been doing OLED, specifically AMOLED, screens for years now but it was only recently that it really made AOD a headlining feature. Even then, it has limited the feature to its more recent premium models. Fortunately, XDA member Sachin Kumar53 took it upon himself to do the heavy lifting to make AOD available to any recent Samsung Galaxy phone, provided it meets some requirements.

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Pixel 2 XL screen problems VS iPhone 8 Plus, LG V30, Galaxy Note 8

Pixel 2 XL screen problems VS iPhone 8 Plus, LG V30, Galaxy Note 8

Over the past few days a bit of controversy popped up over the display on the Pixel 2 XL. The most common issue seen in descriptions of the device seems to have to do with the device's coloring and/or texture. Our own review by Chris Davies said that the display on the Pixel 2 XL is "muted and blue-tinged off-axis."

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Samsung adopts Google ARCore instead of rolling out its own

Samsung adopts Google ARCore instead of rolling out its own

While perhaps the world’s largest Android vendor, Samsung is not exactly known for playing by Google’s rules. For a time, its TouchWiz skin made its phones almost like their own distinct breed. It has also chosen not to jump on Android TV or Android Wear, preferring Tizen OS, which it is able to more directly control. And until recently, it snubbed Google’s Daydream VR platform in favor of its own Gear VR co-developed with Oculus. So it’s no small news that Samsung is fully embracing Google’s ARCore to be the augmented reality platform for its Galaxy smartphones.

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Samsung DeX Linux on Galaxy really wants you to ditch your PC

Samsung DeX Linux on Galaxy really wants you to ditch your PC

There is no shortage of phones, platforms, and tools that promise the ability to use only your smartphone as your day to day computing device. Almost all of them, however, fall short when it comes to a few use cases, especially those related to multimedia work and software development. Samsung DeX is the latest such attempt and comes close to that dream. Soon, it will be taking one step closer with its upcoming Linux on Galaxy app that delivers a Linux environment of your choice right on your phone and, of course, on your makeshift desktop.

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Bixby 2.0 makes Samsung’s AI omnipresent

Bixby 2.0 makes Samsung’s AI omnipresent

Even though it got off to a fairly rocky start, Samsung's implementation of its Bixby AI seems to have leveled out a bit. Now that Samsung has Bixby up and running on its flagship phones around the world, it's looking to the future. The future is apparently bright for Bixby, as Samsung plans to have its AI assistant everywhere.

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Samsung 360 Round has 17 lenses and captures 4K 3D streaming video

Samsung 360 Round has 17 lenses and captures 4K 3D streaming video

Samsung 360 Round was revealed this week at the Samsung Developer Conference 2017 for enthusiasts and specialists in the 3D content field (for VR). That's a fairly broad field, as it were - everything from extreme sports recording to live news broadcasting. As such, this newest 360 camera from Samsung is made to capture the most amazing spherical video a device this size is capable of.

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SmartThings Cloud : This is Samsung’s big IoT cleanup

SmartThings Cloud : This is Samsung’s big IoT cleanup

This year's SDC brought together several Internet of Things brands/groups together into one: SmartThings Cloud. Each of the following names is now part of one bigger group: Samsung SmartThings, ARTIK, Samsung Connect. All three are now under the brand SmartThings Cloud. Of important note - this SmartThings Cloud all-encompassing platform name is what Samsung suggests will be both connected and open - open to 3rd-party brands and developers of many sorts.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Today Windows Mixed Reality launches on Windows 10, and several devices are onboard from the start. ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer have their own headsets - not all necessarily out in the wild yet, but (at least) announced. For those users that already know everything there is to know about Windows Mixed Reality, there's a single app that can be downloaded for one first and final check to make sure of hardware compatibility with their Windows 10 PC.

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You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

This year is the first in smartphone hardware in a long time in which I felt like no game-changing changes came from any company. The smartphones revealed by HTC, Samsung, Apple, and the rest - they were all solid. But we've reached a point in the history of the smartphone where only the very rich should consider buying a new device every single year. Let me tell you why.

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Here are all the Galaxy Tab Active 2 details, pictures you’ll need

Here are all the Galaxy Tab Active 2 details, pictures you’ll need

Once a dime a dozen, Android tablets have all but vanished from the market, save for the few cheap, lesser known brands. That is why, in some way, the Galaxy Tab Active 2, which has yet to be even acknowledge, is a tad interesting. It doesn’t hurt that the tablet does have a mixed bag of features, stuffed inside a mid-range slate. If there were still any confusion about what the rugged tablet brings to the table, this latest leak dump probably answers them all.

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