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Galaxy S8 launcher updated to fix lag, users not feeling it

Galaxy S8 launcher updated to fix lag, users not feeling it

No software ever ships without bugs, especially on the first release. That is true for games, operating systems, or even something as simple as an Android home screen launcher. So when the Galaxy S8 and S8+ launched with a less than smooth UI experience, users were naturally miffed but also a bit patient for an update. That update has now arrived and Samsung has updated its TouchWiz Home launcher that promises to fix that lag bug. Some users, however, are reporting otherwise.

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Samsung’s ISOCELL camera brand could debut in Galaxy Note 8

Samsung’s ISOCELL camera brand could debut in Galaxy Note 8

Samsung might really be paving the way for its silicon to compete in a broader market. Nothing has been formally announced yet, but it is already expected that Samsung will soon be selling its Exynos systems-on-chip (SoC) to other device manufactures. Now at MWC Shanghai, it is perhaps laying the groundwork for doing the same in the mobile camera space. It has announced a new ISOCELL brand for its camera sensors, hinting at the possibility of expanding the reach of those sensors to other smartphones.

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This iPhone 8 dummy is the closest you’ll get to the real deal

This iPhone 8 dummy is the closest you’ll get to the real deal

With barely three months left, Apple is most likely getting ready to mass produce the iPhone 8. Which also means that changes in design and features are going to be few and far in between. Rumors and insider scoop about the next gen, 10th anniversary iPhone have likewise dialed down, allowing OnLeaks, working together with TigerMobiles, to get a CNC-milled mockup made to excite fans and would be buyers. Presenting the iPhone 8, Dummy Edition, of course.

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How to use Snapchat Map with Custom Geofilters [NEW]

How to use Snapchat Map with Custom Geofilters [NEW]

This week the folks at Snapchat have decided to make Snapchat Maps useful by allowing users to create their own custom event Geofilters. These filters will be appearing in "On-Demand Geofilters" immediately if not soon. With these filters - created by everyday users or event planners - users will be able to identify their Snaps with lovely animated balloons and images with text placed over them - just like they've never known they've always wanted!

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Exclusive: SHINY Pikachu coming to Pokemon GO

Exclusive: SHINY Pikachu coming to Pokemon GO

This morning we've been given a tip about the release of another rare Pokemon for Pokemon GO: Shiny Pikachu. This RARE Pikachu will be similar to event-centric Pikachu of the past - this time coming within the next week.* This lines up with two events, the first being the first birthday of the game itself, Pokemon GO having come to the public on July 5th, 2016.

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OPPO R11 Review: playing with the big boys

OPPO R11 Review: playing with the big boys

While Xiaomi has the lion's share of the Chinese market and fellow Chinese OEM OnePlus making waves in the international scene, OPPO remains undoubted and produces a steady stream of smartphones every year. A stream that, in all honesty, has accumulated into a rushing river that threatens to flood the smartphone market with nearly indistinguishable devices. Save for a few standouts, like the recently launched F3 and F3 Plus, OPPO's smartphone nearly look identical not just with each other but with other brands as well. With the OPPO R11, however, the company seems to be ready to break out of that mold. While still not exactly premium smartphone material, the OPPO R11 takes a step forward in joining the big leagues.

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These Samsung Galaxy phones will, may, and won’t get Android O

These Samsung Galaxy phones will, may, and won’t get Android O

Although it's not as insanely innumerable and unnameable as in ages past, Samsung still has quite a variety of smartphones in the worldwide market today. Each of the S, A, J, and C series has at least 3 models per year, and one or two other variants. That's not counting the lone Galaxy Note every year either. With that many models in the past year and current, the question of which ones will get which major Android update is always a guessing game. Fortunately, SamMobile has done a bit of research, scrying, and wishing to bring this compilation of which ones will get the "Big O", a.k.a. Android 8.0, in Samsung' vast Galaxy.

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Forget irises! Next Sony Xperia could have 3D face sensor

Forget irises! Next Sony Xperia could have 3D face sensor

Smartphone makers have been trying to make it easier for users to secure their smartphones without having to remember strong passwords and PINs. But aside from the fingerprint, which itself isn't infallible, very few technologies have offered both security and convenience in a single package. Even Samsung concedes it won't use its own iris scanning as the only authentication for Samsung Pay, for example. Sony, however, might have something better in mind, one that involves not only your eyes or even your face but your entire head as well.

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Pokemon GO Raid Distance and new Promo Codes [Try these!]

Pokemon GO Raid Distance and new Promo Codes [Try these!]

Rules that applied to Pokemon Gym Battles in Pokemon GO do not necessarily apply to RAID Battles. This is what players have discovered this week in a number of instances which indicate the direction Niantic is going in with Pokemon GO in the near future. Today we've also got a set of Promo Codes for users all around the world to try - but take a peek quick, they'll be gone in a matter of minutes!

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 FE rebirth is imminent

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 FE rebirth is imminent

All eyes may be on the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but the phone maker's ill-fated Note 7 will beat it to shelves as it gets a post-recall rebirth. Samsung was forced to make a costly and complex turnaround and demand back every single Galaxy Note 7 sold, after a number of the flagship smartphones burst into flames. The problem was subsequently blamed on the battery design, and now Samsung has a fix.

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Google Home 6x more likely to answer than Alexa, but it doesn’t matter

Google Home 6x more likely to answer than Alexa, but it doesn’t matter

A study published this week found that Amazon Echo with Alexa - and Alexa in general - was not nearly as ready to answer questions as Google's Google Home. The systems were tested by New York firm 360i who suggest they've used their own proprietary software to test both home assistant technologies. In their first brief on the subject, they say that their Voice Search Monitor (VSM) software shows Google Home as "six times more likely to provide an answer than Amazon Alexa."

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Huawei Honor 9 European release details confirmed

Huawei Honor 9 European release details confirmed

Back near the beginning of June, Huawei officially unveiled the Honor 9, its new flagship phone for 2017. At the time of that announcement, the phone was only confirmed for release in China, but at an event today in Berlin, Huawei confirmed what we suspecting: the Honor 9 will spread to other regions around the world. Specifically, we're talking about Europe, with regions like the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy on the docket for release.

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