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Home MobilesMobiles News Shubham Verma, 30 March 2017 Highlights Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones use batteries with better capacity
Samsung Galaxy S8 packs-in a 3000mAh battery under the hood
There is a 3500mAh battery used in the Samsung Galaxy S8+ While the tech world is abuzz with the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ that incorporate some latest innovation in a regular smartphone display, there are also some concerns being expressed regarding the battery used in the smartphones. The debacle of Galaxy Note 7 was entirely blamed on the faulty batteries by the company, which made Samsung once bitten, twice shy, and earnestly endeavour to perfect the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ batteries. That said, Samsung seems quite confident to say that the batteries found in the latest Galaxy S8 smartphones will maintain their effective battery capacity longer than their previous generation smartphones.
Samsung on the sidelines of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launch told Android Police that the batteries found in the new smartphones will “lose substantially less of their effective capacity over the same amount of time,” compared to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. It explained that in the course of a year, the batteries used in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge would degrade to 80 percent of their effective battery capacity, whereas the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ batteries would maintain 95 percent of their effective battery capacity over the same time span. The company is basing this statistic over typical charges and discharges done in a year along with the typical usage of the smartphones. Notably, Samsung Galaxy S8 packs a 3000mAh battery (same as the Galaxy S7) and Galaxy S8+ has a 3500mAh battery (slightly less than the 3600mAh battery on the Galaxy S7 Edge) under the hood.
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Hands-On
The South Korean mobile giant however did not reveal the details behind the technology used to achieve the lower battery capacity degradation, and it could be anything from the battery tech itself to charging and power management systems.
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ New Features: Top 8 Things You Should Know About the Smartphones
With Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the company is attempting to step away from its tainted image. In January, the company had concluded that batteries were the culprits behind the Galaxy Note 7 explosion and then it announced a comprehensive safety plan. According to a Reuters report, Samsung now employs an eight-point safety check protocol that includes X-Raying the batteries. And, at the design level, phones have more room to properly house the battery. “The additional measures Samsung has taken should certainly improve battery safety and durability,” said Lewis Larsen, president of Chicago-based battery technology consultancy Lattice Energy LLC.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ in Pictures
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are slated to go on sale starting April 21, however the company did not officially reveal the price. As per The Verge, the Verizon Wireless has the lowest rates, at $720 (roughly Rs. 46,700) for the Galaxy S8 and $840 (roughly Rs. 54,500) for the Galaxy S8+. Prices go up to $750 (roughly Rs. 48,700) and $850 (roughly Rs. 55,200) respectively.
In this week's episode of Orbital, we talk about whether the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ can be the smash hits Samsung needs. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or RSS, or just hit the play button below.
Samsung Galaxy S8KEY SPECSNEWSDisplay5.80-inchProcessor1.9GHz octa-coreFront Camera8-megapixelResolution1440x2960 pixelsRAM4GBOSAndroid 7.0Storage64GBRear Camera12-megapixelBattery Capacity3000mAhSamsung Galaxy S8 Aims to Dispel the Galaxy Note 7 Debacle
Samsung Galaxy S8 App Drawer Works Like Pixel Launcher; Navigation Keys Can Be Customised
Samsung Galaxy S8 Battery Degrades Less Quickly Than the Galaxy S7's, Company Reveals
Samsung Galaxy S8 Initial Stock Twice That of Galaxy S7, Confirms CEO
More Samsung mobilesSamsung mobiles price in India Samsung Galaxy S8+KEY SPECSNEWSDisplay6.20-inchProcessor1.9GHz octa-coreFront Camera8-megapixelResolution1440x2960 pixelsRAM4GBOSAndroid 7.0Storage64GBRear Camera12-megapixelBattery Capacity3500mAhSamsung Galaxy S8 Aims to Dispel the Galaxy Note 7 Debacle
Samsung Galaxy S8 App Drawer Works Like Pixel Launcher; Navigation Keys Can Be Customised
Samsung Galaxy S8 Battery Degrades Less Quickly Than the Galaxy S7's, Company Reveals
Samsung Galaxy S8 Initial Stock Twice That of Galaxy S7, Confirms CEO
More Samsung mobilesSamsung mobiles price in India Shubham Verma Email Shubham Shubham can usually be found busy juggling tech news and rumours, if he is not lost contemplating the state of technology and its progress towards utopia. He is a … More
Apple to Begin iPhone Assembly in Bengaluru in Less Than a Month, Says IT Minister Samsung Galaxy S8 Initial Stock Twice That of Galaxy S7, Confirms CEO

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Don't Be So Sure About the iPhone 'Super Cycle'

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Shira Ovide

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Shira Ovide is a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering technology. She previously was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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March 30, 2017 2:09 PM EDT

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This year will be a test of Americans' appetite for even more costly smartphones. That makes it tough to be confident in predictions of a smartphone rebound.
The U.S. starting price for high-end smartphones such as Samsung's Galaxy line and Apple's iPhones had settled around $650. Not anymore.
Samsung on Wednesday released the latest lineup of its Galaxy smartphones, which start at $750 — about $100 more than comparable models in prior years. Apple, too, has subtly dialed up iPhone prices by introducing features to push people toward higher-cost models.
The average revenue Apple generates from each iPhone reached a record of $695 in the December quar..

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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 30 March 2017 Highlights Galaxy S8 initial stock sufficient to meet demand
CEO DJ Koh said last year’s journey was heaven to hell
Koh claims double stock than last year’s Galaxy S7 Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were unveiled in a grand way on Wednesday, and are set to go on sale on April 21. Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh has refuted all claims of shortage in supply, and has confirmed that the initial Galaxy S8 inventory will meet the market demand.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the New York event, Koh claims that Samsung has “doubled the initial stock of the Galaxy S8 compared to the S7 to prevent a bottleneck in early sales and as a show of confidence.” ZDNet reports that Koh wanted to do away with all supply issues that Samsung had encountered with its previous smartphone launches, and didn’t want to repeat the same for Galaxy S8. Just to recap, initial stock of the Galaxy S6 Edge was limited due to display supply issues two years ago.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8+
“We are preparing more than double the initial stock compared to the Galaxy S7 and there will be no [supply problem] from when sales begin in April to the end of the first half. We faced trial and error to make the top and bottom bezel-less in design after having the left and right edge. We ramped up the yield rate [of the display] and have resolved all production process problems,” Koh told the press.
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Just ahead of launch, there were reports that Samsung was having supply issues due to sluggish supply of Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 chips. However, Koh refutes these claims and says that Samsung is ready with double the initial stock than last year. Koh also recalls last year’s Galaxy Note 7 fiasco and tells PCMag, “It was like heaven to hell, and I didn't want to stay in hell too long.”
Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch: Gear 360 Spherical VR Camera Gets a Refresh
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are up for pre-order, and customers who pre-order are entitled to a free Gear VR with Touch controller. Alongside, Samsung has also made available a promo ‘gift box’ that you can buy for $99. This box includes a Gear VR, a pair of AKG Bluetooth headphones (Y50BT), and a 256GB microSD card. Just to put things into perspective, the AKG headphones are priced at $150 (roughly Rs. 9,700), the microSD card is for $250 (roughly Rs. 16,200), and the Gear VR is for $130 (roughly Rs. 8,300). So, all in all, accessories worth $530 (roughly Rs. 34,300), can be bought off for just $99 (roughly Rs. 6,400), if you choose to pre-order. This offer is applicable till April 20.
In this week's episode of Orbital, we talk about whether the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ can be the smash hits Samsung needs. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or RSS, or just hit the play button below.
Samsung Galaxy S8KEY SPECSNEWSDisplay5.80-inchProcessor1.9GHz octa-coreFront Camera8-megapixelResolution1440x2960 pixelsRAM4GBOSAndroid 7.0Storage64GBRear Camera12-megapixelBattery Capacity3000mAhSamsung Galaxy S8 Aims to Dispel the Galaxy Note 7 Debacle
Samsung Galaxy S8 App Drawer Works Like Pixel Launcher; Navigation Keys Can Be Customised
Samsung Galaxy S8 Battery Degrades Less Quickly Than the Galaxy S7's, Company Reveals
Samsung Galaxy S8 Initial Stock Twice That of Galaxy S7, Confirms CEO
More Samsung mobilesSamsung mobiles price in India Samsung Galaxy S8+KEY SPECSNEWSDisplay6.20-inchProcessor1.9GHz octa-coreFront Camera8-megapixelResolution1440x2960 pixelsRAM4GBOSAndroid 7.0Storage64GBRear Camera12-megapixelBattery Capacity3500mAhSamsung Galaxy S8 Aims to Dispel the Galaxy Note 7 Debacle
Samsung Galaxy S8 App Drawer Works Like Pixel Launcher; Navigation Keys Can Be Customised
Samsung Galaxy S8 Battery Degrades Less Quickly Than the Galaxy S7's, Company Reveals
Samsung Galaxy S8 Initial Stock Twice That of Galaxy S7, Confirms CEO
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Apple to Begin iPhone Assembly in Bengaluru in Less Than a Month, Says IT Minister

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Home MobilesMobiles News Press Trust of India, 30 March 2017 Apple Inc will be ready to start assembling high-end iPhones in the city in less than a month to boost its chances of gaining a foothold in the fast growing Indian market, Karnataka IT Minister Priyank Kharge said on Thursday.
“In less than a month, we will have something out – Apple will start assembling and making its high-end iPhones at its plant in the city. Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp will help Apple in doing so,” he told PTI in Bengaluru.
Kharge said making iPhones in India would help Apple lower prices, which will help it gain a foothold in the fast growing Indian market.
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“Assembling and making of iPhones in Bengaluru will boost Apple's chances of gaining a foothold in the fast growing Indian market because it will allow the company to lower prices,” he said.
Karnataka government has been in talks with the Centre for strengthening the ecosystem even as Apple is negotiating with it for its next level of production in India, he said.
Apple wants to bring its component manufacturers to India to make parts and export finished phones and is seeking tax concessions on import of key components. However the Indian government has rejected most of the demands of the US company.
Kharge said if the Centre was keen on taking on China, it should not give special treatment to Apple alone, but to other players, including Samsung and Lenovo, if they are desirous of opening a manufacturing units in India, especially Karnataka.
“My position with the central government has been don't give special treatment to Apple alone, but treat other players equally. Open the entire ecosystem for high-end manufacturing of electronics if you really want to compete with China and Taiwan,” he said.
Kharge said government should also give companies, including Apple, certain timelines, subsidies and incentives to create a level-playing field for them.
“The government should give companies a timeline, say in 10 years they should be able to manufacture 100 percent of phones and its components by procuring them from the local market. Such a timeline should be given because we don't have that environment now,” he said.
“The government should also give companies subsidies and incentives to create a level-playing field for them to strengthen the Indian ecosystem,” Kharge said.
Asked about the Stayzilla case, whose co-founder Yogendra Vasupal was arrested for alleged non-payment of dues filed by a Chennai based advertisement agency, Kharge said it should be a learning curve for startups to work under the parameters of the Indian legal system.
Vasupal was arrested on March 15.
Google Calendar App Now Available for iPad Users

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Home AppsApps News Tasneem Akolawala, 30 March 2017 Highlights The optimisation for iPad came with version 2.0.0
It lets you search your Calendar with Spotlight
iPad users can use features like Goals and smart meetings Google has now launched its Calendar app for iPad users as well with its latest update. The app was previously available only to Android smartphone, Android tablet, Web, and iPhone users, but now, with version 2.0.0, the Calendar app has been optimised for the iPad as well.
The iPad app gets all the nifty Google Calendar features like Goals that lets you add a goal, automatically marks your set goal as done (when it’s done), and schedules future timings by understanding your daily activity. It aims to help users find the right time to do what they love. It locates the empty slots, and then fits them with your desired activity. It can be activated in the Settings Menu, after which the Calendar app will ask a couple of questions to set the best time for the desired 'goal'. The feature even automatically reschedules the activity should something at work come up or you decide to postpone it in lieu of doing something else.
Google also lets you search your Calendar easily from the iPad home screen with Spotlight Search. iPad users also get the new smart meeting scheduling feature that suggests meeting times and available rooms in your office based on your team’s availability, and also keeps in mind room preferences. It is a useful alternative to the native calendar app on your iPad, and you can download the latest version of Google Calendar for free here.
Recently, Google Calendar also updated its Goals feature to allow integration with Google Fit and Apple Health applications to help people stay on track with their resolutions. With this integration in place, the activities recorded by your Android phone or iPhone will be used to mark users' goals as 'Done' automatically by Google Calendar app.
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Android App Revenue Will Pass iOS in 2017, Predicts App Annie Apple to Begin iPhone Assembly in Bengaluru in Less Than a Month, Says IT Minister

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Video above: Zack Nelson shows you how to remove and replace the display on your (Product) Red iPhone 7.

Apple recently pulled the covers off new special-edition iPhones. The (Product) Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models come in a vibrant red livery adorned with a white front, and a percentage of the profits from every device sold will go towards fighting AIDS.

While they're undoubtedly beautiful iPhones, there are those who wish Apple offered the option of a black front instead, and believe this makes for an altogether sleeker and cooler combination. In response to this call several solutions have appeared. We bring you the best ways to get a black screen on your red iPhone.

You can buy the (Product)Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus direct from Apple.

Replacing the entire front screen
The (Product) Red editions might only be available with white fronts, but black is a standard colour on the normal iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This means you can swap the display and its surroundings for a noi..

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Home AppsApps News Pranay Parab , 30 March 2017 Highlights Wynk is an Airtel-owned music streaming service
It has apps on Android and iOS with a beta version on Web
The service is now looking to boost its revenue Wynk Music has announced that it now has 50 million app installs, with 100,000 people installing the app daily. The company cited app analytics firm App Annie as the source of its data. Wynk is a music streaming service that’s owned by Airtel, India’s biggest telecom operator.
App Annie’s data says that Wynk has the largest share of category time. This means that Wynk is the most-used app of its category if the data is to be believed. Wynk CEO Kartik Sheth says the average Wynk user listens to music on the app for 75 minutes every day, and that this number is growing. Gadgets 360 asked Wynk about numbers such as the number of active users and the total number of paid subscribers on the service, but the company refused to share these numbers.
Wynk is still largely an app-only service for Android and iOS, with a beta version available on the Web. Sheth told Gadgets 360, “Most of Wynk’s users are coming in through word of mouth. You won’t see large banner ads for Wynk plastered anywhere.” This, he says, is one of the reasons for people using the app for over an hour every day.
As Wynk goes from being a startup to one of the leading music streaming services in India, the company has a big challenge ahead – making money. On that front, Sheth says, “We’re introducing ads on Wynk. These ads are non-invasive for customers and we’ve told advertisers that it’s preferable to keep ad length to under 15 seconds.”
Wynk had a simple payment model for iPhone users, however the bulk of its user base is in India and that means Android is the dominant platform for Wynk. Until now, Wynk offered easy ways to subscribe and pay to Airtel users but the non-Airtel crowd (nearly 45 percent of Wynk’s user base) has now been offered simple subscription models via Google Play.
Sheth says the company will continue to focus on its apps with the browser being a secondary way for people to access Wynk. He mentions the company’s experiment with a Windows app and says that it didn’t attract many users.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 30 March 2017 Highlights The photo leak shows a vertical dual camera setup
iPhone 8 is tipped to be called iPhone Edition
The fingerprint scanner sits right beneath the Apple logo Apple is still a long time away from its iPhone 8 release date, but the leaks continue to pour in almost every day. Today’s leak brings a mockup photo of the iPhone 8 glossy back variant showing the device from the front and back. The image indicates that the iPhone 8 will sport a fingerprint scanner at the back because the screen real estate has been increased and the Home Button has been ditched.
iDrop News shared the mockup photo, created by based on leaked insider information. It shows a front display that looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 launched on Wednesday. The display takes up the large part of the front with slightly curved edges on the left and right side, and thin bezels on top and bottom. The back of the device has some weird design changes like a vertical dual camera setup instead of the horizontal one seen on the iPhone 7 Plus.
The report also calls it the iPhone Edition, something that has been leaked earlier as well. Apple will reportedly take a cue from its Apple Watch series, and call the fanciest iPhone the iPhone Edition. The fingerprint scanner is seen below the Apple logo, and it looks sort misplaced and just not right. We recommend that you take this leak with a heavy pinch of salt, as the source cited is a Foxconn employee, and the mockup photo is based on a prototype. The report also refutes previous rumours of a glass back plate, and says that the iPhone 8 will have a metal one in order to make it more durable and shatterproof. The report also states that the iPhone 8 will sport a slightly-curved 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge display, something that has been leaked extensively.
Also, Apple has been earlier reported to embed the fingerprint sensors underneath the display, and not move it at the back of the device. The iPhone 8 is further expected to sport wireless charging, an improved Siri experience, and the Apple A11 SoC, apart from incorporating augmented reality features.
In this week's episode of Orbital, we talk about whether the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ can be the smash hits Samsung needs. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or RSS, or just hit the play button below.
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First Look: Samsung's Galaxy S8
Months before Apple could release a new iPhone that's all screen, glorious screen, Samsung beat it to the punch. Samsung (SSNLF) unveiled its latest smartphone on Wednesday, the Galaxy S8. The sleek phone's standout features are a screen that goes nearly to the edges of the device, and a virtual assistant named Bixby.
Can this phone lure away iPhone customers, or at least undermine Apple (AAPL, Tech30) by featuring similar advancements first?
This summer marks the iPhone's 10th anniversary. As it does every year, Apple will likely unveil a new version of the smartphone at a flashy press event.
This year, there are heightened expectations that the company will wow customers with something fresh to mark the occasion after keeping the hardware design largely unchanged in recent versions. After a decade of amazing and consistent growth, iPhone sales finally started to cool off in 2016, though they bounced back again this past quar..

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