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The latest leak on Google's upcoming smartphones is here, with the purported Pixel and Pixel XL smiling for the camera from their display assemblies and cases.
Starting with the display assemblies, we have 5- and 5.5-inch displays for the Pixel and Pixel XL, respectively. We don't know what differences there'll be on the front of the Pixel and Pixel XL that will make them different, so we have to wait for Google's official unveiling in October.
There were also some cases for the new Pixel smartphones that surfaced, with the rear of the cases lining up with previous reports that we'll see a rear-placed fingerprint sensor, with Google and HTC using a unique rear design on the Pixel and Pixel XL handsets.
Samsung is busy enough with the global recall of its sometimes exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, and now Apple is in the firing line with iPhone 7 owners reporting 'hissing' iPhones during certain loads and use.
Some users are putting this down to 'coil noise' or 'coil whine', just like we get on some graphics cards. But when the new iPhone 7 is under load, the hissing sound is there, and it's enough to make people who have spent around $1000 on a new iPhone, well - justifiably mad.
There's absolutely no way to fix this issue if it's a hardware-based issue, which begs the question: will the new iPhone 7 be recalled over this issue? Samsung pulled an unprecedented move with its recall on the Note 7, seeing $26 billion wiped from its market value.
Apple didn't really push the boundaries with its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones that were revealed earlier this month, so it's time to get excited about the new iPhone that will probably be mostly the same thing as we have now - but what if it's not?
When Apple announces the new iPhone in 2017, it will have been 10 years since the original iPhone that started it all - completely changing the smartphone industry and much of the tech industry. The new iPhone has plenty of rumors behind it already, so let's line them up and see what could work, and is exciting.
5.) iPhone 8 will have an edge-to-edge display
Apple has always been a company obsessed with design, so the new iPhone featuring an edge-to-edge display makes sense. It provides the iPhone with a larger screen, without having to make the phone much bigger. MacRumors also says that there could be changes to Touch ID, with Apple putting its fingerprint scanner and front-facing camera built into the display. Could the new iPhone not feature a home button?
4.) A11 processor on the 10nm process
Another exciting thing to see would be a successor or two between the current A10 Fusion chip, and the upcoming new iPhone that should feature an A11 processor on the exciting, and very small 10nm process. MacRumors adds that this would allow the new iPhone to "also include features like long-range wireless charging and biometric additions like iris or facial scanning".
Xiaomi is often referred to as the 'Apple of China' with its massive sales and growing following in the China, but now a report from Thijs Broenink has surfaced that has Xiaomi the AnalyticsCore.apk that arrives pre-installed on all Xiaomi smartphones, which allows the company to install code onto the smartphone without you noticing, with total access to every single bit and byte of your data.
It gets better, as this backdoor calls back to Xiaomi every 24 hours, sending the user's "IMEI, MAC address, Model, Nonce, Package name and signature". This data gets analyzed, and told which apps to install - as it can overwrite your signed, pre-installed apps with modified versions of them.
The report reads:
It seems like there indeed is no validation on what APK is getting installed. So it looks like Xiaomi can replace any (signed?) package they want silently on your device within 24 hours. And I'm not sure when this AppInstaller gets called, but I wonder if it's possible to place your own Analytics.apk inside the correct dir, and wait for it to get installed (edit: getExternalCacheDir() is inside the app's sandbox, so probably not). But this sounds like a vulnerability to me anyhow, since they have your IMEI and Device Model, they can install any apk for your device specifically.
If you own a Xiaomi device yourself, you might want to block all access to Xiaomi related domains, because by far this isn't the only request to a Xiaomi site. I use AdAway for this. It does require root access, but that should be no problem if you run the International ROM. I don't know if the official rom supports root access out of the box.
If there's one thing you can say about Samsung over the Galaxy Note 7 battery problems, its global recall and then the intervention of the US government with an official recall, is that the company is handling it in a great way.
Samsung Electronics America President and COO, Tim Baxter, recently took to a video apologizing about the battery problems on the Note 7 smartphone. The video reiterates all of the issues, and that Note 7 owners should immediately stop using their smartphone, turn it off and return it.
Baxter notes that new Note 7 without the battery fault will be in stock "no later than September 21", which is next Wednesday.
Samsung has its own problems with the US government recalling Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, but now Apple has hit a snag with iOS 10, with some users reporting their iPhones and iPads were being bricked after the new OS upgrade.
T-Mobile has now warned its customers against upgrading to iOS 10 on their current iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone SE models. T-Mobile took to their website saying that the iPhone could "lose connectivity [to the T-Mobile network] in certain circumstances" by upgrading to iOS 10.
You can get around this issue, but it's a headache: you'll need to totally power down your iPhone and restart it. Apple is expected to push out an update for this issue in the next 48 hours.
The US government has announced an official recall of Samsung's troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, but now there's positive news that the company could release its new Gear 360 Pro camera alongside the new Galaxy S8 smartphone.
SamMobile has an exclusive report, where they've said: "we've received information that the company is working on a new 360-degree camera. Dubbed Gear 360 Pro, the camera might be announced alongside the Galaxy S8 early next year".
What would the new Gear 360 Pro do? It would have improved image and video quality, alongside new features. Samsung is also working on iOS compatibility for its current crop of 360-degree cameras, which should arrive soon.
Samsung has hit a new speed bump with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone recall, with the US government now stepping in and putting its foot down through an official recall by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Samsung is also rumored to release the Galaxy S8 early, to help with the PR disaster caused by the Note 7 recall.
With an official recall program with the CPSC, we should see Note 7 replacements happening in larger numbers, with over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones needing to be replaced. The CPSC has already warned consumers that they shouldn't use, or charge their Note 7 smartphones.
There are reports that Samsung will soon push an update for the Note 7 that will cap the battery at 60% charge, which should prevent anymore fires and explosions. The CPSC posted on its site, saying: "Consumers should immediately stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note7 devices purchased before September 15, 2016. Contact the wireless carrier, retail outlet or Samsung.com where you purchased your device to receive free of charge a new Galaxy Note7 with a different battery, a refund or a new replacement device. Go to http://www.samsung.com for more details".
With people being burned and their cars, or houses setting on fire from the battery-related problems on the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung could push the negativity out of consumers' minds with the early release of the Galaxy S8. We've also been hearing that Samsung could remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy S8, replacing it with a proprietary connector... ugh.
Samsung is rumored to be much closer to being finished with the Galaxy S8 than previously thought, with the company possibly unveiling the new Galaxy S8 ahead of time. KB Investment & Securities analyst Kim Sang-pyo talked with The Korea Herald, saying: "If Samsung's flagship smartphone launch is delayed to the end of the first quarter of next year, the profitability of the mobile business division could be worsened next year".
He continued: "Regardless of the sales resumption, an earlier launch of a new quality flagship model seems to be the most realistic solution to dealing with the current recall crisis". The impact that the Note 7 recall is hurting Samsung in a big way, with $36 billion wiped away from their shares, the early launch of the Galaxy S8 could actually be a saving grace.
Normally, we would see Samsung unveil a successor to their current phone during Mobile World Congress, which takes place in February or so each year. An early launch of the Galaxy S8 wouldn't be unprecedented, but it would be a big deal if it was a surprise, and had a few unique touches to it that made it worthy of being a distraction in a very positive way.
Apple launched their new flagship phones last week - iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on September 7th. Fans are already lined up in front of Apple stores waiting for September 16th when first iPhones arrive to stores. Reports say that one fan started waiting in front of an Apple Store on August 25th, two weeks before the iPhone 7 was officially launched.
But for those who are having second thoughts about the new iPhone, we decided to take a closer look at what improvements the iPhone 7 brings and we asked an expert his opinion.