Samsung may soon start selling a brand new version of the wildly popular Galaxy S8. But don’t get too excited about it, because the new model apparently won’t offer any real improvements.

An alleged press render of a rose gold Galaxy S8 handset was obtained by PriceRaja showing Samsung’s newest flagship sporting a familiar color.

Apple did not invent rose gold, but it certainly made the color popular back in 2016 when the iPhone 6s was released. Various other vendors launched their own pink smartphones after that, Samsung included, so we should definitely expect to see a pink Galaxy S8 in stores soon. After all, this wouldn’t be the first time Samsung refreshes its color options for a flagship device months after its initial release.

PriceRaja says the image originates from Chinese social media, which is where many mobile-related leaks come from these days. That said, there’s no confirmation from Samsung, and we have no idea when it’ll launch. The image shows the rose gold version of the Galaxy S8+, but it’s likely that the Galaxy S8 will get the same color option once Samsung makes it official. For the time being, you can purchase the Galaxy S8 phones in four colors, including Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, and Coral Blue in some markets.

Aside from the color change, this Galaxy S8 will not feature any other improvements. That means you’ll still get the same package — Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 chip, 4GB or 6GB RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of storage, depending on where you live.

Source: This article was published yahoo.com By Chris Smith

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Is it possible that space-time is curved in such a way that one (or many) of the galaxies we see in telescopes is actually our own Milky Way a few billion years earlier?

This infrared view reveals galaxies far, far away that existed long, long ago. Taken by the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the image is part of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field survey, the deepest portrait ever taken of the universe.

It is mathematically possible for a universe to be shaped this way, but not our Universe. Our Universe is as close to flat as we can measure right now, though it’s only possible for it to be very slightly curved, considering the wiggle room we have remaining on our measurements.

The universe that you describe could be round, donut-shaped or cylindrical; some shape where at least in one direction, it connects back to itself. These aren’t your only options for a universe - you could also invent a saddle shaped or other, more exotic shape to place your universe in.

For now, let’s roll with a cylindrical universe. And let’s put a star somewhere on the surface. If the light from this star is going along the length of the cylinder, all it can ever do is go out, because the surface is flat in that direction; there’s no curve or loop. This flat, uncurved behavior is how we believe our Universe behaves in every direction. Light in our Universe departs its star, and travels in a straight line forever (as far as we can tell) unless it is intercepted by another astrophysical object, another star, planet, or telescope detector.

However, the light that leaves our star in the cylindrical universe has one other option. The light that goes in the other direction - around the curve of the cylinder - will also travel in a straight path. But this path loops back on itself, and if the light doesn’t hit anything else, after it has completed its tour of the cylinder’s circumference, it will arrive back where it began, on the other side of the star, delayed by the length of time it took to do its loop.

 
The three possible geometries of space. At the top is a sphere, followed by a saddle-shaped universe, and then flat. Each geometry will affect the path of light traveling through it.

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The three possible geometries of space. At the top is a sphere, followed by a saddle-shaped universe, and then flat. Each geometry will affect the path of light traveling through it.

What happens if you make your universe spherical? It’s a very similar thing, except now every path that light can take will loop back onto itself, given enough time. There’s another curious thing about the light this time, though, which is that the beams of light, even though they’re all travelling “out”, will all cross each other at some other point on the sphere. If the star was on a flat surface, these beams of light would only ever get further apart; there’s nothing that would ever curve the light back towards each other.

In our Universe, we know that there’s no bending of the light as it comes through space (this is from an analysis of the map of the oldest light in the Universe) beyond what you would expect from gravitational forces. This lack of a large scale-bending rules out the spherical and saddle-shaped options, and all that’s left are the ones which can be considered flat. While we can’t observe the entire universe to objectively figure out what the global shape of the entire thing is, we know that on the scales of the observable universe, our Universe is pretty darn flat.

This artist’s impression shows how photons in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB, as detected by ESA’s Planck space telescope) are deflected by the gravitational lensing effect of massive cosmic structures as they travel across the Universe.

ESA and the Planck Collaboration

This artist’s impression shows how photons in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB, as detected by ESA’s Planck space telescope) are deflected by the gravitational lensing effect of massive cosmic structures as they travel across the Universe.

How do we know that the Universe isn’t a tightly rolled cylinder? Well, we can’t rule out a gigantic cylinder, but it would have to be so large that we couldn’t ever detect a difference between light going “out” along the length of the cylinder and the light going “around”, because as far as we can observe, the Universe is the same in every direction. If there were a preferred direction, where the Universe appeared considerably younger than in the other direction, then we’d get suspicious of a cylindrical shape. But since there’s no evidence for that, we usually describe our Universe as an unwarped, three dimensional, grid. And with that kind of shape, we don’t expect any of the light from the distant universe to be taking a looping path to show us our own Milky Way.

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Astrophysics. Find me on twitter @Jillian_Scudder.

Source: This article was published forbes.com

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NASA is in hot pursuit of a supermassive black hole that is hurtling through its galaxy.

NASA finds astonishing supermassive black hole HURTLING through galaxy

The huge phenomenon which has a mass of approximately 160 million times that of our sun and is being propelled at an astonishing speed.

Boffins at NASA believe that it could have been formed when two smaller black holes collided and merged. 

However, the experts believe that the gravitational waves generated by the clash could be stronger in one direction, causing the supermassive black hole, which are usually stationary and consume everything that crosses their path due to their immense gravitational pull, to be shot across the universe.

NASA said in a statement: “The strength of the kick depends on the rate and direction of spin of the two smaller black holes before they merge.

supermassive black hole
After all of this searching, a good candidate for a recoiling black hole was discovered.”

“Therefore, information about these important but elusive properties can be obtained by studying the speed of recoiling black holes.”

Scientists found the recoiling supermassive black hole candidate, which is in a galaxy 3.9 billion light years from Earth, by “sifting through X-ray and optical data for thousands of galaxies”.

 

 

black hole merge
NASA believes two black holes merged

They used observations from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to look for X-ray emissions and correlated their findings with images from the Hubble Space Telescope to see if the supermassive blackhole is moving.

NASA said: “After all of this searching, a good candidate for a recoiling black hole was discovered.”

It added: “The host galaxy of the possible recoiling black hole also shows some evidence of disturbance in its outer regions, which is an indication that a merger between two galaxies occurred in the relatively recent past. 

“Since supermassive black hole mergers are thought to occur when their host galaxies merge, this information supports the idea of a recoiling black hole in the system.”

Source: This article was published express.co.uk By SEAN MARTIN

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The Galaxy S8 was supposed to be Samsung’s first flagship to sport a dual lens camera like the iPhone 7 Plus, at least, according to a few reports from earlier this year. But Samsung ditched those plans because it had to reposition the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Now, a report from a source with a terrific track record indicates that the Galaxy Note 8 will get a dual lens camera that’s currently missing from Samsung’s new S8 and S8+.

In a research note seen by 9to5Google, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung’s first dual-camera handset.

The “Note 8’s dual-camera will be much better than that of iPhone 7 Plus, and likely match that of OLED iPhone,” the analyst wrote. He said that the camera will be the Galaxy Note 8’s most significant update, apart from the Infinity Display design we’re all expecting. The camera will offer 3x optical zoom, 12MP wide-angle CIS (correction image space), dual photodiode (2PD) support, 13MP telephoto CIS, dual 6P lenses and dual OIS (optical image stabilization).

The Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly pack a 6.4-inch OLED display with QHD+ resolution, an Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 chip depending on region, and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Apparently, Samsung won’t be able to perfect technology that would let it embed the sensor into the display — that was the original plan for the Galaxy S8 series as well.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 8’s rear camera is tipped to have a vertical orientation, with each lens expected to offer OIS. According to a recent report, Apple is also looking to integrate the fingerprint sensor into the display, but the process is challenging and might delay the phone’s release.

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Last week we showed you one of the first real world speed test videos to pit the new Galaxy S8 against the reigning speed champion, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. Unfortunately, we also explained why it was one of the worst speed test videos we had ever seen. None of these YouTube speed test videos are scientific, of course, but some tests are far more controlled than others. In this particular test, the narrator just tapped a bunch of apps and tried to eyeball which one opened faster each time.

We were still waiting for some of the more experienced YouTube gadget vloggers to share their speed test results, and now we have a much better test to share. And to be quite frank, the results are shocking.

Each year when new flagship Android phones are released, tech fans scratch their heads as they fail to best Apple’s iPhones. On paper, iPhones have much less impressive specs, and yet Apple always manages to deliver the smoothest possible user experience time and time again.

This year, Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ completely crush Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in terms of multi-core benchmark tests, though they still lagged behind Apple in single-core tests. In theory, that should mean Samsung’s new phones might be slower than iPhones at simple tasks, but the new Galaxy S8 phones should be clear leaders when it comes to heavy lifting like launching games and rendering 4K video. According to the results of a new real world speed test from YouTuber EverythingApplePro, that’s not the case at all.

The speed test video below shows the Galaxy S8 pitted against the iPhone 7 Plus in a number of different ways. While the competition is close at times, it’s not close at all in the long run. The most interesting parts of the video show that Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is much faster than the Galaxy S8 when it comes to things like rendering 4K video and launching graphics-heavy games. Anyone who had seen earlier multi-core benchmark tests would certainly have expected the opposite to be the case.

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Samsung’s big launch is done and the Galaxy S8 is official. But where does that leave Galaxy S6 owners who are now coming to the end of their two year contracts? Is the Galaxy S8 a worthy upgrade or all style and no substance?

Here’s the full breakdown:

Display - Big Is BetterLet’s cut to the chase: the number one reason the Galaxy S8 will grab your attention is its stunning display:

  • Galaxy S8 - 5.8-inch Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi pixel density), 83.6% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Galaxy S6 - 5.1-inch Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi pixel density), 70.7% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Yes the standard Galaxy S8 now has a display which is larger the Galaxy S6 Edge+ ‘phablet’, that’s some statement of intent. Furthermore the incredible 83.6% screen-to-body ratio means this is no oversized monster (more later).

Beyond this the Galaxy S8 also has the best smartphone screen ever made and is the first to attain Mobile HDR Premium certification thanks to improved brightness and contrast ratios. If you drop it, the Galaxy S8’s Gorilla Glass 5 is also better at surviving falls than the Galaxy S6’s Gorilla Glass 4 (though there isn’t much in it).

The Galaxy S8 running high quality video at full resolution is a stunning sightGordon Kelly
The Galaxy S8 running high quality video at full resolution is a stunning sight

It is worth pointing out Samsung ships the Galaxy S8 with a lower 2220 x 1080 resolution by default. It will still look great (and you can change it), but the reasoning behind this downgrade has implications when we come to discuss battery life.Design - Compact And More PracticalAnd here is where the Galaxy S8’s screen-to-body ratio really should catch your attention:

  • Galaxy S8 - 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm ( 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31-inch), 155g (5.36 oz)
  • Galaxy S6 - 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm (5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27-inch), 138g (4.87 oz)

Yes, you’re looking at a device with a 5.8-inch display which is only 17g (0.59 oz) heavier than the Galaxy S8 while actually being slightly narrower. This is achieved by drastically cutting down the top and bottom bezels and eliminating the side bezels completely in favour of curved edges. Samsung calls this the ‘Infinity Display’ and, for once, the marketing is not overblown.

Galaxy S8 bezels are incredibly slimGordon Kelly
Galaxy S8 bezels are incredibly slim

Despite this beauty, there are practical aspects to the Galaxy S8 which also make it a highly appealing upgrade: it is IP68 dust and water resistant surviving full submersion in up to 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes, plus there’s microSD expandable storage (supporting cards up to 256GB). These features were greatly missed on the Galaxy S6 and their return since the Galaxy S7 is very welcome.One possible downside is Galaxy S6 owners will have to get used to having no home button because there was simply no space to fit one on the Galaxy S8. On-screen buttons now do the job, but a side effect is Samsung had shift the fingerprint sensor and it has been (bizarrely) moved to the right side of the rear camera. This makes it a stretch to reach and you’re likely to smudge your camera lens each time.

The Galaxy S8 fingerprint sensor is badly positionedGordon Kelly
The Galaxy S8 fingerprint sensor is badly positioned

To compensate Samsung has given the Galaxy S8 iris (great) and facial (rubbish) recognition which do work quickly, but as you have to point your phone at your face it’s a conspicuous way to unlock.Cameras - Incremental Vs Game ChangingThe Galaxy S6 camera was a game changer which saw Samsung eclipse Apple’s iPhone for the time. Since then Samsung has held this lead but the Galaxy S7 and now the Galaxy S8 are only incremental improvements on this smartphone legend.As such you’ll find a virtually identical 12 megapixel, f/1.7 aperture rear shooter to the Galaxy S7 with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and 4K video recording versus the 16 megapixel, f/1.9 aperture, 4K capable module on the Galaxy S6. In good conditions the higher resolution of the Galaxy S6 can actually produce more detail, but the Galaxy S8 is faster and better in low light.

The Galaxy S8 camera is only a minor upgrade from the Galaxy S7Gordon Kelly
The Galaxy S8 camera is only a minor upgrade from the Galaxy S7

Where the Galaxy S8 does have a more significant advantage, however, is on the front with an all new 8MP, f/1.7 aperture camera that is a step up from both the 5MP, f/1.9 and f/1.8 modules on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 respectively. If you’re a selfie fan, this is big news.But will the Galaxy S8 regain its top of the class position from 2016 champion the Google Pixel? Based on the early evidence from the comparison shot below, I’m not convinced:

Galaxy S8 (left) vs Google Pixel XL (right) shows the latter coming out on top, but more testing is neededGordon Kelly
Galaxy S8 (left) vs Google Pixel XL (right) shows the latter coming out on top, but more testing is needed

Performance - On Paper Vs In PracticeWhile the Galaxy S8 is not a big step up from the Galaxy S7 (10% faster CPU, 21% faster GPU), it does add up when you consider the Galaxy S7 had a 30% faster CPU and 64% faster GPU than the Galaxy S6. There’s also an extra gigabyte of RAM (4GB vs 3GB) making Samsung’s new flagship a solid upgrade.Then again you will still find the familiar Samsung software failings of occasional lag and dropped animation frames in the heavily customised TouchWiz user interface. At this point, this is purely down to coding inefficiency. The Google Pixel runs stock Android like silk on older hardware and there’s no good reason Samsung should not be able to get its game together by 2017. Here’s hoping software updates will smooth out the glitches I found on a pre-release model.When it comes to connectivity, however, the Galaxy S8 does have a lot to offer. Out goes the Galaxy S6’s micro-USB 2.0 power port, Bluetooth 4.1 and 450 Mbit modem for USB 3.1 Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0 (2x speed, 4x range) and a future proof one gigabit modem. That’s a lot to like.Read More - Galaxy S8 Vs Galaxy S8 Plus: What’s The Difference?Software - Exclusives That Remain Exclusive?Samsung has yet to detail if all the Galaxy S8’s new software functionality will come to the Galaxy S6, but there’s a good chance given they will arrive on the Galaxy S7. Still, for now, you’ll find the following big differences/Google look-a-likes:Bixby - a Google Now/Google Assistant/Google Goggles hybrid displaying contextually relevant information (commuting time, flights, news, etc) with a swipe right on the homescreen or via a dedicated (and non-remappable) button below the volume rocker.

Bixby's information screen is a clear copy of Google Now Gordon Kelly
Bixby's information screen is a clear copy of Google Now

Samsung Connect - a Google Home/Apple Home alternative for controlling your IoT devicesDex - you’ll need a $150 dock to access this but pair it with a keyboard, mouse and monitor and you’ll get a barebones PC with a desktop-friendly customised version of Android which runs Android apps, Amazon Workspaces and Citrix Receiver. Whether you need a barebones PC is up to you.

When paired with the DeX dock, the Galaxy S8 can create a basic multi-window desktop environment which runs Android appsGordon Kelly
When paired with the DeX dock, the Galaxy S8 can create a basic multi-window desktop environment which runs Android apps

But you’ll also still find all the usual bloatware: two app stores, two calculators, two web browsers, two email clients, two mobile payment services, two clocks, etc. If you want Samsung hardware, the deal is you have to accept Samsung software - for better or worse.Note: the Galaxy S8 will only ship with Android 7.0 despite Android 7.1 being a) a major upgrade, and b) almost six months old. But you’ll still probably get this upgrade before Samsung releases it for the Galaxy S6.Battery Life - Beating A Low BarSamsung has taken a risk with the Galaxy S8: it has fitted it with the same 3000 mAh capacity battery as the Galaxy S7, despite the big step up in screen size. So whether it can match the staying power of its predecessor remains to be seen. Then again, if you own a Galaxy S6 you’ll know battery life was its biggest Achilles Heel with the 2550 mAh battery simply not getting the job done - especially in comparison to the Galaxy S5.

The Galaxy S8 is very thin, but should it have been thicker with a bigger battery?Gordon Kelly
The Galaxy S8 is very thin, but should it have been thicker with a bigger battery?

Furthermore where the Galaxy S6 does excel, the Galaxy S8 beats it: charging. Fast wired charging is even faster and there’s fast wireless charging whereas the Galaxy S6 took forever to fill up via this method.You should also find a safe battery inside the Galaxy S8 thanks to Samsung’s new ‘8 Point Quality Check’ plus improved cycle longevity means it will lose just 5% capacity after one year. Samsung claims previous Galaxy phones could lose almost 20% of their battery capacity in the first year.Price And Storage - Increases All RoundNeedless to say, if you want to upgrade to the Galaxy S8 it won’t be cheap but you may be surprised to find it’s roughly $100 more than you paid for the Galaxy S6 when it launched:

  • Galaxy S8 - 64GB - $750 / €799 / £689

There’s another disappointment as well: whereas the Galaxy S6 was available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, the Galaxy S8 only comes in 64GB. The microSD slot partially addresses this but internal storage is significantly faster (particularly the UFS 2.1 storage in the Galaxy S8) so it is frustrating to see Samsung take this path - especially as it’s also a storage manufacturer.

The Galaxy S8 will winner customers on looks alone, but it isn't as different from the Galaxy S7 as you might expectGordon Kelly
The Galaxy S8 will winner customers on looks alone, but it isn't as different from the Galaxy S7 as you might expect

Early VerdictIf your Galaxy S6 contract is about to expire then there’s no doubt that the Galaxy S8 is a very strong upgrade option. Yes, the familiar software weaknesses still exist compared to stock Android (and that fingerprint sensor position is ridiculous) but you’re getting a remarkable design, jaw dropping display and two generations of performance and connectivity upgrades.As such the only question is whether you’d rather get the Galaxy S7 which, screen aside, is fairly similar to the Galaxy S8 and comes at a knockdown price these days or bend your wallet for the 2017 headturner.If you can afford it, I suggest you go for the Galaxy S8 because it will make you smile every time you light up that display. But for the budget conscious there’s no doubt that the Galaxy S7 offers better bang for your buck.

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James Gunn’s forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 features a character named Groot: a talking tree, voiced by Vin Diesel, capable only of saying his own name (albeit in a multitude of different ways).

Poor Groot appeared to have met his demise at the end of the last Guardians movie but, to the delight of fans everywhere, regenerated from a cutting as the adorable Baby Groot.

Guardians of The Galaxy's 'baby Groot'
Guardians of The Galaxy's 'baby Groot'

Ahead of the soon to be released sequel, however, new research suggests that the concept of “talking trees” isn’t just confined to the realms of fantasy and science fiction.

Previous research has suggested that woodland trees may be able communicate and exchange nutrients through underground fungal networks.

But certain rainforest species, scientists revealed this week, have developed a rudimentary “language”, allowing individual plants to exchange detailed information about soil conditions, temperature changes and possible threats.

Unlike Groot, these trees have also mastered more than one “word”.

The Amazon rainforest
The Amazon rainforest

Hevea brasiliensis, also known as the rubber tree, was observed making minute movements in its root hairs and branches and emitting coded electrical signals, which receptors on other plants of the same kind were able to pick up on.

One combination, scientists found, indicated that a rain storm was on its way. Younger plants, still adjusting to life in the forest, were able to “hear” the message and utilise their moisture supplies accordingly.

Coded chemical signals can warn younger plants of impending weather changes
Coded chemical signals can warn younger plants of impending weather changes

The two-year-long Brazil-based study also showed that socratea exorrhiza, otherwise known as the walking palm, was able to use a combination of carefully adjusted leaf-rustling sounds and a high-pitched “scream”, inaudible to human ears, to warn that danger – from a hungry herbivore, for example – was in the area.

Most astounding of all, however, was the revelation that the trees don’t just communicate essential information. Instead, they share anecdotes, "sing", and sometimes appear to comfort each other.

Remarkably, they even have a sense of humour.

The 1995 Disney film Pocahontas featured an animated talking tree, Grandmother Willow
The 1995 Disney film Pocahontas featured an animated talking tree, Grandmother Willow

Scientists were initially puzzled when they found that some species were sharing false information – then emitting a complex series of high-frequency noises and chemical signals a few minutes later.

“We were unclear exactly what we were dealing with, until we realised that we had discovered the tree equivalent of a practical joke,” Professor Mark Sinclair, co-author of the new study, told The Telegraph.

“In one case, a socratea palm managed to convince nearby specimens that a group of hungry beetles was heading their way. Once it sensed the other palms were panicking, it emitted a signal indicating that there was nothing to worry about, followed by what we can only describe as 'a cheeky giggle'.

“The trees were deliberately exchanging false information, fooling the other trees into responding to the signals – then laughing about it."

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After months of countless leaks and rumors, it was starting to feel like this day might never actually come. Believe it or not, however, it’s finally here: Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are finally official. No more specs leaks, no more renders, no more spy shots on Weibo, no more dummy models being compared to rival smartphones, and no more guessing. Samsung on Wednesday finally took the wraps off of its next-generation Galaxy S flagship phones.

We spent some time with the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ earlier this week, and there’s really only one thing you have to know: You don’t know anything about these phones. You’ve seen all the leaks and you’ve read all the rumors, but nothing you’ll ever see on a computer screen or a smartphone display can properly convey just how stunning Samsung’s new flagship phones truly are.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

We’ve obviously got plenty of Galaxy S8 coverage lined up for you today, but in this post I’m going to focus on one thing in particular: Samsung’s design.

First, let’s quickly run through the specs. Aside from the displays (5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED vs. 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED), the batteries (3,000 mAh vs. 3,500 mAh), and the overall size, the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are identical. Both phones are powered by the new 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset in the US, while the global models pack Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 SoC. Both phones also pack 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, microSDXC support, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, IP68 water- and dust-resistance, and Android Nougat.

Both phones also share what is unquestionably the most stunning smartphone design of all time.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are an evolution of the design we’ve seen on other recent Samsung phones like the Galaxy S7 edge and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. The similarities are obvious, but the S8 and S8+ look and feel brand new in the hand. Samsung removed the oblong home button on the face of the phones and reworked the phone’s guts, which allowed the company to design two smartphones with displays that occupy a staggering 83% of the phones’ faces.

The look is incredible. While it will still be quite some time before any company launches the all-screen smartphone we’ve all been waiting for, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is as close as any mass-market device has come. Because the narrow bezels that remain are a deep, glossy black that matches the display itself, distractions seem to fade away and content takes center stage more so than on any other phone.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

Like the S7 edge and Note 7, the sides of the phone are curved on both the front of the phone and on the back. As a result, the Galaxy S8 feels impossibly thin. I was really looking forward to using a phone with a nice big 5.8-inch screen crammed into a handset that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, but I might actually prefer the larger Galaxy S8+ to the smaller model. It’s unbelievably comfortable in your hand thanks to the curved edges. Even though the phone is about the same size as the iPhone 7 Plus, it feels much smaller.

Of note, there is a new virtual home button that appears on the bottom of the display where the old physical home button used to be, and Samsung has included its own take on Apple’s 3D Touch haptic feedback that offers localized vibration feedback when you press the button. For those wondering, it’s not even in the same league as Apple’s solution. It does the trick in that you feel some feedback when you tap the home button, but it’s nothing like Apple’s Taptic engine.

When you press the virtual home button on the iPhone 7, it feels like you’re clicking a real button. When you press the virtual home button on the Galaxy S8, it feels like the phone is vibrating.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

From left to right, the photo above shows the Galaxy S8, LG G6, iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S8+. Here’s another shot without the iPhone in the image:

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

As you can see, the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are about the same size, though the Samsung phone is far more comfortable in the hand thanks to LG’s peculiar design snafu that I wrote about recently. Both phones feel like the future, though. Smartphone design had become stagnant in the past few years, but this new leap toward all-screen phones brings some much-needed freshness to the market.

There’s plenty more to cover, of course, and we have much more Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ coverage lined up for you today. We’ll dive into the phones’ software and performance much more in that coverage, but there are a few things I wanted to touch on briefly in this post.

First, Samsung’s new Desktop Experience is flat-out awesome. Either phone can be connected to Samsung’s new DeX dock to instantly power an Android desktop experience alongside a connected monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Several of Samsung’s apps like the browser and email app have been optimized for the new Desktop Experience, though every first- and third-party app on the phone can be used in desktop mode.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

I haven’t spent time diving in yet, of course, but so far I’m very impressed. The experience is lightning-fast (apps open so much faster than they do on my MacBook that it’s a little depressing, to be honest) and it’s great for multitasking. I could easily see Samsung’s Desktop Experience replacing the need for a PC or Chromebook for many users, especially if some big-name third-party developers get on board and optimize their apps.

Microsoft has already done so with its Office suite, in fact, and more announcements should come soon. In fact, Samsung even partnered with VMWare, Citrix, and Amazon to enable all three popular Windows 10 virtual desktop experiences on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In other words, if you want, you can use your new Android phone as a Windows 10 desktop.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

Bixby seems like it will be another highlight, though I haven’t yet spent much time testing it. Samsung’s answer to Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant can be called upon with a voice command or by holding down the dedicated Bixby button on the left edge of the phone, and it will support a very wide set of features at launch.

In terms of core functionality, Samsung said anything that can be done with a touch in any app can also be done with your voice using Bixby. The new virtual assistant is also context-aware, and a nifty feature called Bixby Vision brings the camera into play. Bixby Vision can recognize objects or points of interest and give the user info, and it can also recognize text and translate more than 50 languages in real-time.

If Bixby isn’t your speed though, don’t worry — Samsung also included Google Assistant in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Simply press and hold the home button to pull up Assistant, just like you would on any other Android Nougat device that ships with Google Assistant.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be released on April 21st, and preorders open tomorrow, March 30th, at 12:01AM from all major US carriers. The phone will be available in black, gray and silver in the US, and preorders will include a free next-generation Gear VR headset with Samsung’s new wireless remote and a free Oculus game pack.

Zach Epstein

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To me, deciding on my 'Smartphone of the Year' is a curious challenge. The choice can't simply be 'the best phone' because everyone has a slightly different criteria for what makes the best phone. If I were to think about it empirically and go for the phone that fits the majority of people's criteria I wouldn't have the best phone, I would have 'the average phone of the year' that upsets the least number of people.

For a smartphone to pick up my personal award it needs to say something about itself, about the manufacturer behind it, and it needs to reflect the smartphone industry over the last twelve months.

So, with just a little bit of scene-setting and discussion about the phones I'm placing in third and second place, let's find out my smartphone of 2016.

Third Place: Jolla C, by Jolla

I've known that the Jolla C would be in the running for a long time for the award, because for the middle six months of the year it was the perfect use of 'proof by negation' of what the smartphone industry required from a smartphone in 2016.

The Jolla C hardware might look a touch underpowered, although it has been built to a very low price of around 170 Euros. With a SnapDragon 212 System on chip, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a 2500 mAh battery, the real strength is in the software. It runs a 'clean' version of Sailfish OS which flies even on these apparently low specifications.

Around one thousand handsets were released (as 'developer editions') and offered over the summer months - a short run that was almost instantly snapped up by the faithful. It made some waves online, but no more. Here was a small company, making the hardware, putting on the software, and distributing the machine. Sailfish OS is compact, designed for a 'buttonless' smartphone relying solely on touchscreen input, with genuine multitasking on top of a robust Linux-based OS. It's robustness was proved on this low-priced Nexus-like device.

Author: Ewan Spence
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2016/12/31/iphone-7-plus-galaxy-s7-edge-jolla-smartphone-of-the-year/#182255f6d1ff

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Samsung may be the first to release a foldable phone next year, according to some reports, but it won’t be the only top company looking to launch such devices. A new report says that foldable smartphones are in the works from several tech giants, Apple included, and they may become more and more popular by 2019. But could Apple release its first foldable iPhone as soon as 2018?

To make a foldable phone, you need a flexible display, and a flexible type of glass. OLED is flexible, whereas LCD isn’t, and Apple is already expected to launch its first OLED iPhone with a curved display next year.

According to The Korea Herald, there’s just one company in the world that can mass produce colorless polyimide, the glass that would protect the foldable OLED screen, and that’s Kolon Industries.

“Around three to five tech companies are expected to mass produce foldable phones in 2018 globally. The devices will then grab around 20 percent of the total smartphone market here,” Kolon Industries’ colorless polyimide division head Kang Chung-seok told The Herald.

The company is apparently supplying materials to Samsung, LG, and BOE. Apple may also be one of the companies looking at such components.

The Kolon exec said the first foldable devices could have a bend radius of 5 millimeters rather than the 1-millimeter radius that would allow a wallet-like smartphone fold, where the glass on the face of the handset would actually touch itself.

“The bend radius of 1 millimeter is the most ideal, but that may cause a safety issue. So, tech companies are likely to unveil the bend radius of 5 millimeters first and then gradually unveil devices with less bend radius,” Kang added.

Kolon finished the development of its flexible colorless polyimide glass in August and expects to mass produce films for around 100 million units of foldable devices in 2018.

Apple has traditionally been very cautious about adopting certain technologies, choosing to only bring some of them to market in the iPhone when they have met its performance and quality standards. It’ll be interesting to see how fast the company will release a foldable iPhone — or iPad, for that matter — especially considering that the iPhone will receive it’s first major redesign in four iPhone generations next year.

That said, Apple already has various patents describing foldable devices, including the kind fold just like a wallet.

Source: This article was published on yahoo.com by Chris Smith

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