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Samsung’s new smartphone features could beat Apple to the punch

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Apple may be ready to innovate again and Samsung is trying to win a “feature leak” game.

In an earlier article, I criticized AAPL Apple, the latest + 1.00% star product, the iPhone 11 series. I said that Apple did not innovate, while its Android competitors offered consumers a much better value for money. But that could change in 2020.

In his latest report (the information in this article in mid-October), industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo highlights what could be expected from next year’s iPhone line (probably called iPhone 12), and this time, some Really excited features with ProMotion screens, 3D cameras, USB-C support (good!) and 5G support for all models.

Naturally, this has phone manufacturers for Google (a unit of Alphabet GOOG, + 1.97% GOOGL, + 1.95% of the altered Android operating system.

Therefore, Samsung SSNLF, + 0.00% organized its own series of leaks. All belong to the next Samsung Galaxy S11.

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Let’s talk first about the camera. The future Samsung smartphone could include three (ultra-large, wide-angle, telephoto), as well as a significant update of the rear camera sensor. This update has been described as a “new beginning” for Samsung by Ice Universe, a popular leakage outlet.

This comment requires special attention, especially since the Galaxy 2 and 3 of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have an obsolete primary sensor that dates back to 2016 for their rear cameras. This is one of the reasons why Samsung lags behind the kings of mobile photography: Huawei and Google.

The last iteration would have a disconcerting resolution of 108 megapixels (MP), as well as a telephoto lens that uses the same lens as the Huawei P30 Pro, which allows five times the optical zoom. We don’t know much about the camera, but this important update may be the solution Samsung needs to increase the appeal of its phones in the eyes of mobile photographers around the world.

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Recently, Samsung filed a patent for a spectrometer implemented in a mobile phone. A spectrometer is used for the chemical analysis of material samples. In summary, you can indicate which elements are present in a substance, as well as their quantity.

A phone equipped with a spectrometer could show the nutritional value of food by simply sweeping it. You can also read the skin’s moisture content, percentage of body fat and percentage of alcohol in drinks. Will this be part of the Galaxy S11? For the moment, we’re not sure, but if that’s the case, it will become an indispensable part of health and fitness apps, giving S11 the edge over other phones in this segment.

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Then comes the screen, and this could be another game change for Samsung. The manufacturer started using its exclusive curved screens with the Galaxy S8. Nicknamed “Infinity Display”, these screens cover almost the entire front of each phone, from one end to the other.

The S11 could go even further, possibly with a four-sided curved screen, as revealed by Samsung’s patent (courtesy of LetsGoDigital), and a smaller front-facing camera. Although Samsung is working on a solution that effectively hides the camera behind the screen, this particular feature will likely not be implemented in the S11.

Finally, the S11 could be Samsung’s first device without a button, according to Ice Universe. The replacement of buttons? A combination of gestures and finger keys replacing the functions of the hardware buttons, ie a swipe of the finger in the upper right corner of the screen could increase / decrease the volume, a double tapping could activate the device, etc. .

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Samsung’s next flagship product could also include a special graphene-based battery, which could dramatically improve charge times and total battery capacity. Leaker Evan Blass said that with a graphene battery, recharge time could be less than 30 minutes, but he also pointed out that it is possible that these batteries are delayed until 2021, because Samsung has yet to adjust the capacity / cost of production ratio This time it is better for the company to do its homework: no one expects the phones to explode.

Finally, here’s a last rumor: a possible release date: February 18, 2020. Location: San Francisco. There is still a lot to learn on the phone, but as the date approaches, new details appear. At this point, it will be easier to know if the S11 will really change the game or another Android device competing in a saturated global market.

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One UI 2.0 Beta 3 update is rolling out for the Galaxy S10

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Some time ago, we discovered clues about the One UI 2.0 beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which is expected to be released later this week. The beta program has already been made on the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series.

Samsung has just released a third iteration of the beta One UI 2.0 for the Galaxy S10. Here is the complete changelog (in Korean you will find the translated version below)

Screenshot from a UK Galaxy S10 on the second beta update (but third for other regions

The third beta update of One UI 2.0 for the Galaxy S10 brings a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. The software is still in beta, so there are a lot of bugs.

Samsung has corrected a number of issues, such as the disappearance of the icons in the quick configuration panel, the non-change of the clock by the AoD, the impossibility to use the volume key, the disappearance of the bar status under certain conditions, the missing Finder application.

The videos displayed in the Video Gallery and the Wrong Voice Recorder feature and the secure folder do not display the content correctly. It is very likely that this version has its share of errors and inconveniences, but that is how the software works in beta.

In addition, Samsung began with the launch of Samsung Daily, Bixby Home’s replacement, announced by the company early last month. Samsung Daily will replace Bixby Home (Phew) once you have installed the beta version of the Galaxy S10 One UI 2.0 and upgraded the application via the Samsung Galaxy Store.

The software has already been introduced for the three Galaxy S10 models in Korea. We can expect a wider deployment to start next week.

Normally, an open beta will have four to five updates before the end. It takes about a week between the end of a beta program and the release of a stable release.

If the Galaxy S10 receives its fourth beta update in one or two weeks, stable development is expected from the first week of December. Depending on where you live, the mobile service provider you use and what you like, you may have to wait a little longer.

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Galaxy S10 5G reportedly gets 3D face unlock with Android 10

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Many users may not be aware of this, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a ToF sensor on the front, where the hole is cut, which means that the Korean giant theoretically could have introduced the 3D flagship product.

Unfortunately, it was probably blocked due to a software limitation, but with the latest update of Android 10 Galaxy S10 5G, users have a safer way to unlock their mobile phone. Looks like you do not pay a bit more for 5G support, but you also get a little more security.

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Tipster Max Weinbach discovered a Korean user who said that the beta update of the Galaxy S10 5G Android 10 offered the 3D face unlock for the flagship product. Previously, the ToF sensor could only be used to create a bokeh effect by using the front camera hardware to capture images and videos.

Fortunately, thanks to the latest update, it seems that a new feature has been unlocked. ToF sensors are widely used in several Chinese smartphones to enable facial recognition. It was therefore surprising that Samsung had blocked prospective sensor functions, even though the flagship product with 5G technology had received a great price.

When the Galaxy S10 5G 3D Face Unlock is activated, the ToF device will glow, capture your face data and recognize it when you unlock the smartphone.

With infrared-based ToF cameras, the latest update of the Galaxy S10 5G Android 10 will allow users to unlock their flagship product in dimly lit environments. The update is currently only in beta and we will have to wait to see what the current firmware brings to the table.

According to a previous rumor, Samsung has tested an advanced facial recognition feature that can be introduced for the Galaxy S11 series. However, a previous report indicated that the Korean manufacturer was considering adding forward-facing ToF sensors in the Galaxy Note 11 series to improve facial recognition.

Therefore, the latest update for the Galaxy S10 5G Android 10 may be just a trial. See how the 3D Face Unlock function works.

At the moment, it does not seem that Samsung’s fingerprint readers on the screen are doing a good job on security. This may be one of the reasons why the company is looking for a safer alternative.

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Facebook Adds Catalogs to WhatsApp – Another Feature to Milk the App’s 1.5 Billion Users

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Facebook (NASDAQ: 191,605 FB, 0.62%) seems to want to seriously monetize WhatsApp, the cross-platform VoIP and VoIP service acquired by the tech giant in 2014 for $ 19 billion. In a blog post (read here), the company announced Thursday the new feature of WhatsApp, with which companies can better market their products.

The new WhatsApp tool, called catalog functionality, displays the full range of products and services offered by businesses. Previously, these companies had to send product photos and repeatedly transmit product information to different customers.

Now, however, an enterprise in this digital sector can add information such as price, description, and product code for each item in its catalog. This will increase customer loyalty and focus on continuous chatting, without the need for users to search a company’s dedicated website for product references.

When the users are ready for the transaction, they are automatically redirected to the provider’s website of the specified payment solution.

The catalog feature that marks Facebook’s latest salvo when trading its chat application is now available to companies using the WhatsApp Business App on Android and iPhone in Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, in Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Parts of the world, according to the blog.

Of course, Facebook’s flagship news feed product continues to generate high advertising revenue (read our corresponding coverage here). In its third quarter earnings report, the company announced that its average revenue per user (ARPU) had increased 19 percent to $ 7.19 per year. That equates to $ 17.6 billion of revenue generated by 2.45 billion Facebook users.

Facebook users are more likely to click on ads than users of other social media platforms, which contributes to this phenomenal growth. This improved user interaction is based at least in part on the company’s optimized algorithms, which deliver the right ads to the right people.

Facebook WhatsApp Catalog

Still, it seems that the tech giant is now ready to exploit its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms. In March 2019, Facebook added a purchase feature to Instagram, allowing users to click on a “payment” option for items marked for sale and pay for them in the app.

In addition, the company announced in 2018 that it was beginning to charge businesses sending news about marketing and customer service via WhatsApp fees.

The fees for these messages vary by country and range from 0.5 to 9 cents per message. According to a WhatsApp spokesperson, more than 100 companies now use this paid product, while nearly 5 million use the free WhatsApp service.

All of these developments are part of Facebook’s overall strategy of putting more emphasis on private discussions by increasing the number of robots and augmented reality tools.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the company, these changes are intended to encourage businesses to communicate with consumers through the various messaging services of the technology giant.

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