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Samsung Gear 360 review!!

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PROS:
1. Portable Design
2. Easy to use
3. Reliable companion app

CONS:
1. Samsung Galaxy and iPhone compatibility only
2. Fiddly tripod alternative

WHAT IS SAMSUNG GEAR 360(2017)??

Samsung Gear 360 (2017)

Samsung has overhauled its Gear 360 camera for 2017, adding some useful features, reducing the bulk and adding iPhone compatibility.
Altogether, the Samsung Gear 360 offers a far more refined experience than its predecessor, and for significantly less money. It delivers the best experience from a consumer-oriented 360-degree camera without breaking the bank.

DESIGN AND CONTROL

The first Samsung Gear 360 had a large spherical shape to it, with a pair of tripod legs that screwed into the bottom. In that sense it looked a lot like the DOkiCam I reviewed recently. For its second-gen model, Samsung has gone back to the drawing board and delivered a device that incorporates a natural handgrip.
It makes for a much more compact design, providing something that will much more easily slip into a pocket than the bulbous first-gen model. As you’d expect, its design is dominated by a pair of large lenses designed to capture the world from opposing viewpoints.
The Gear 360 has an almost all-white design, and it looks great. It’s lighter than the original, weighing around 130g. It has a plastic body that feels reasonably rugged but it’s not something you’ll want to throw around with impunity; this is not an action camera. It does at least have IP53 dust- and water-resistance, however.
On the back – and there is a back – you’ll find a small LCD display and a shutter button within easy reach. The display will tell you what mode you’re in, and how much footage or how many still images you can capture, as well as remaining battery life. It’s easier to make sense of than many other 360 cameras I’ve tested that only have basic LED indicators.
One annoyance, however, was that the display doesn’t let you know if you’re set to single or dual lenses, or at least doesn’t make it obvious at a glance. On one occasion I thought I was capturing the world in glorious 360-degrees but it was set to only one of the cameras – which was a massive disappointment.
The top of the lenses has a pair of LEDs that glow green when the camera is in standby and red when it’s shooting video. They’re pretty easy to see so you know the camera is recording. Handily, there’s also another blue LED on the side that lets you know when a smartphone is connected to the camera.

SAMSUNG GEAR 360 APP

The companion app, which is available on iOS or Android (only compatible with Galaxy phones) is well designed and easy to navigate. The camera pairs with your phone through a Wi-Fi connection, which is stable and reliable.
You’re then able to use the app as a live view of the camera’s sensors and can flip between different view modes on the fly, such as Standard or Round, which is similar to the Tiny Planet setting you’ll find on other cameras. You can also opt for a split view, giving you separate perspectives from each lens or only capturing from one lens. In this latter mode the Gear 360 operates like any other camera but with the slightly wider field of view like a GoPro.

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Best laptops 2017: the best notebooks for all budgets!!

In early May, Microsoft announced its own laptop, the aptly-named Surface Laptop. This Dell XPS 13-rivalling machine could cause a serious challenge in the world of premium laptops, although coming equipped with the slightly cut-down Windows 10 S instead of full-fat Windows 10 might put some people off. And it’ll cost you money to remove those limitations.

Acer also recently refreshed its line-up, updating its Swift line (see below) with some new models set to come out in the middle of the year. It also announced the Switch 5, a potential Surface Pro 4-beater, along with the impressive Triton 700 gaming laptop.

Finally, it looks like Apple might be refreshing its MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup with updated processors. It’s not thought to be a major update, though, although any leftover stock of this current generation may well see a small discount in retailers if it does indeed happen.

1.Acer Swift 3

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This 14-inch laptop is a great buy if you want a light, all-metal laptop that can manage basic tasks as well as a bit of light photo editing. Its 1.5kg weight and small footprint make it very bag friendly, and the choice of specifications available mean you can spend from £500 to £750 on one. The model we reviewed cost £650, which is the best value, but the £500 Core i3 model is great for those who’ll just be doing a bit of light web browsing and document work.

The only minus points are that the display lacks the most vibrant colors so won’t be suitable for people who edit photos on a professional basis, and it’s heavier than some slightly more expensive rivals, such as the Lenovo Idea Pad 710S.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. 14 inch Full HD IPS Display
  2. Intel Core i3, i5 and i7
  3. 8GB RAM
  4. 256GB SSD
  5. Windows 10
  6. Battery life around 8 hours

2.Asus Vivo Book E200HA

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This brilliant little netbook weighs less than a kilogram but still manages to pack all the features you could want from a budget laptop. With 12 hours of battery life in normal usage and a dinky footprint, this is the most baggable laptop we’ve ever tested.

With that crazy low price and weight comes performance compromises, but if you only use a few browser tabs at a time, you’ll be right at home.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Intel Atom X5-Z8350 processor
  2. 2GB RAM
  3. 32GB SSD
  4. Weight : 980grams
  5. Battery life of 12 hours

3.Lenovo IdeaPad 710S

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The Lenovo Ideapad 710S costs more than the Acer Swift 3, but for good reason. The 400g weight reduction alone is a big deal, and the screen is quite a lot better. The version we tested cost £900, but it’s available for as little as £700 with a Core i5 processor. Since our original review, the 710S has been updated to feature Intel’s latest 7th-gen ‘Kaby Lake’ processors.This is a quick laptop for photo- and video-editing tasks, and while it won’t match the performance of a quad-core machine such as the Dell XPS 15 for out-and-out power, it’s still fast enough for almost everything you’ll want to do on it.  It’s really light, too, at 1.1kg, so it’ll go into any bag without much fuss. The Full HD screen is brilliant for the price as well.

A small minus point: Battery life doesn’t match the likes of the Dell XPS 13 or MacBook Air, and the touchpad could be better. But that doesn’t detract much from what is a great laptop that hits a nice price sweet spot.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Intel Core i7-6560U
  2. Windows 10
  3. Battery life around 8 hours
  4. Intel Iris Graphic Card 540

4.Acer swift 5

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The 14-inch Acer Swift 5 is a great option if you want a larger screen without adding too much weight. It weighs 1.36kg, which is light for the size. There’s also a fingerprint scanner, which is great for logging into Windows 10 with just the touch of your finger. The screen is bright and colorful, and battery life is excellent and will happily go all day if you don’t push it too hard.

It has a similar spec to the Lenovo, so will perform just as well in day-to-day tasks. It doesn’t feel as well built as some rivals, so might not survive too many bumps and scrapes.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Intel core is-7200U
  2. 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  3. Windows 10
  4. Battery life of 9 hours

5.Dell XPS 13

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The Dell XPS 13 is the no-compromise option. We think it’s the best thin-and-light laptop you can buy right now. A great design, stunning screen and fantastic performance make this the ideal alternative to a MacBook Pro.

There are loads of different storage and processor options – our review model was perhaps the best value, but you can spend quite a lot less if you don’t need raw power or loads of storage.Most importantly, it’s more powerful yet cheaper than the rival MacBook Pro, which is a great combination. If you’re a Windows fan, or wavering Apple one, this is the laptop for you.

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Big Tech trends to watch in 2017!!

While you saw a lot of trends in technology in 2016, you witnessed of shiny new techs on the shelve. Even the latest iPhone 7 drew groans of boredom. Expect the big buzzwords of 2016- the IOT, voice search, blockchain, AI, AR, VR and chatbots- to be less about theory and more about real world products embedding themselves in society.

Even in 2017, you are going to witness a battle of technology with the prospect of un-connected world.
1.Rise of voice Search

 

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With the VPAs now on the phones, in homes, expert voice search to move into new areas of the home, into the workplace and probably also onto the AR/VR headsets in 2017. Cortana on HoloLens can be the first example.

2.Hello Chatbots

 

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Chatbots will not sit on the individual websites, but on the central messaging platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, Kik and WeChat. This would see the shift in emphasis for customer experience representatives in many companies as their customers interact with the company via new methods….. Taking them away from the apps and websites, which representatives have complete control over today, and into a new world of building chatbots for messaging services

3.Global Isolationism

Is there a global shift towards Global Isolationism????
For the Global, connected business world, the spectre of higher tariffs on imports and exports, and restriction on freedom of movement- particularly in the world’s global market- could have huge implication for tech industry.
Tech startups need maximum global exposure and ability to employ right people just to survive, while a big corporate have multinational supply network. Despite worries from unknown, analyst firms expects a 4.3% increase in tech spending in 2017, with the US government.

4.Growth Of VPNs

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A virtual private network(VPN) creates a secure, encrypted connection between devices and a VPN service provider, thus blocking snoopers . Expect the VPN to move from niche tech jargon to wider public usage in 2017as web users get a grip on data privacy to prevent snooping, hacking and identity theft.

5.Rise of OLED tech

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Will we be going organic in 2017??
After a few years as an emerging tech for flagship smartphone screens, OLED(Organic Light Emitting Diode) display technology is beginning to creep into use for bigger and bigger monitors and TVs. However, until now only LG displays had been producing big-screen OLED panels, and largely limiting sales of them to its sister brand’s TV.

6.More Investment In AI

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What is the hottest thing in tech??
Artificial Technology, of course, which in 2017 will receive much more investment as its constituent parts- machine learning , deep learning, robotics, autonomous vehicle apps, business intelligence and virtual personals Assistants like siri, alexa and so forth.
There is currently an explosion of interest in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and related tech such as autonomous vehicles,” says Mike Mason, Head of Technology atThoughtWorks. “Next year we will see businesses use machine intelligence insights to deliver more engaging experiences to customers, and provide better service, as well as better business decision making.”

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review!!

If you are confused between Samsung S8 and Samsung S8+ then there is only one thing you have to consider: how big you want your phone??

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For most of the users, the smaller 5.5 inch S8 will be best. It is more manageable in one hand, and will comfortably fit in your pockets. But of you are familiar with  larger handset such as iPhone S7 plus, Google Pixel etc. then I would suggest opting for S8+.

PROS:

  1. Stunning Design
  2. Great Software experience
  3. Camera is reliable in any light
  4. The best screen on your phone

CONS:

  1. Bixby remains useless
  2. Generally bad fingerprint scanner

KEY  FEATURES:

  1. 6.2 inch Infliniy display, AMOLED, quad-HD+
  2. Sanpdragon 835/Exynos 8895
  3. 4GB RAM, 64GB storage
  4. Micro SD , Qi wireless charging, IP68
  5. Android 7.0
  6. 3500 mAH battry
  7. USB-C, Adaptive fast charging
  8. Bluetooth 5.0
  9. Review Price: Rs.64900 approx
  10. Manufacturer: Samsung

 

DESIGN:

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is stunning from every angle. It’s easily the slickest Android phone I’ve ever held, and makes the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feel old-fashioned in comparison. It’s futuristic – but it doesn’t sacrifice usability for style.

The 6.2-inch screen size sounds huge, especially since the majority of larger handsets stick to screen sizes between 5.5 and 5.7 inches. The last flagship phone I can remember to sport a 6-inch display was the Motorola-built Nexus 6 – and that was a nightmare to use. But it’s a different story here. This is a big-screened phone that feels great, and credit has to be given to Samsung for crafting a phone that feels this good.

The curved front and back help it to nestle in your hand, and the narrow design means your palm isn’t stretched quite so much as it is when holding an iPhone 7 Plus. It’s actually about the size as an iPhone 7 Plus – although that has only a 5.5-inch display – and it’s shorter than the hulking Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

As a result of the tall screen, I’ve found myself struggling to move my thumb comfortably from the bottom to the top of the display in a single motion, leading to me gripping the device with two hands. However, the biggest issue with the size is the placement of the fingerprint scanner. In a move that screams of running out of time to embed it directly into the display, the S8+ sensor is tiny and crammed next to the camera. It’s hard enough to reach on the smaller S8, but here it’s virtually impossible without dislocating your thumb.

Along the sides of the device sit your typical volume rocker and standby buttons, but they’ve been joined by a dedicated Bixby key for quick access to Samsung’s new voice assistant. Considering how limited Bixby is, it seems a waste of space giving it its own button. Thankfully, you can easily disregard it – unless you accidentally hit it when you’re trying to lower the volume. There’s a SIM and microSD card slot along the top of the phone, and a headphone jack and mono-speaker flanking the USB Type-C port on the bottom.

SCREEN:

The display is arguably the most striking part of the Galaxy S8+, and it’s the feature that really sets this device apart from the competition. In my review of the Galaxy S8, I said the handset made me feel excited by phones again – and that’s mostly down to the display.

There’s no Edge variation this year, and that’s because both the S8 and S8+ sport those eye-catching curved sides. They’re not as steep as before, though, and as such are more of a design trait than a practical feature. If you were put off by the edges on the S7 Edge, don’t let that sway you here.

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Beat Fitness Tracker to Track Your Workout!!

A good fitness tracker is extremely a convenient way to keep a track of the daily routine exercises and the calorie burned during exercise. A good fitness tracker will also work with a companion app to let you get an overview of your fitness. In this way you can easily identify trends or areas for improvement. Many apps have an extra functionality, like the ability to log your food and water intake too.

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Keeping in mind the needs of people who really want to get FIT, we have shortlisted some of the best and budget compatible fitness tracker.

1.MOOV NOW

When you consider everything you get with the MOOV NOW for its low price, it is an astounding device. It not only handles your daily basic routine for exercises and sleep tracking of its peers, it has staggering number of coaching feature thanks to OMNI Motion 3D Sensor.

The MOOV NOW uses a coin-cell watch battery and you can also expect around six month of battery life before it needs replacing. This means that you can throw it on and forget about it especially as you can shower with it on or without a problem.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Waterproof to 30n and dustproof
  2. Real time coaching with rep counting
  3. Six month battery life
  4. Omni Motion 3D sensor
  5. Wrist and Ankle worn

2.FITBIT CHARGE

Fitbit improved on best selling fitness tracker, the Charge and Charge HR. Now, heart rate monitoring comes as standard which is a real plus. The Charge 2 also includes a much bigger display than its predecessor for much improved at a glance information.

The bands on the Charge 2 is now customisable, so that you can dress up or down depending on the occasion.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Interchangable  Bands
  2. Five days battery life
  3. Heart rate monitoring
  4. Smartphone Notification
  5. Altimeter

3.GARMIN VIVOSMART HR PLUS
This fitness tracker is packed in with every sensor an advanced fitness enthusiast is going to want into design that, while not the most inspiring, is more subtle and discreet than rivals. It is also water resistant to 50m, which means not only you can swim with it on, but it also means you do not have to take it off to shower which is more inconvinient   than you anticipate.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. GPS
  2. Five Days battery life
  3. Heart Rate Monitoring
  4. Barometric altimeter
  5. Smartphone Notification

4.SAMSUNG GEAR FIT2

If you want a fitness tracker that can serve a dual purpose as a smartwatch, you would do well to consider Samsung’s Gear Fit2. It’s by far the company’s best fitness wearable to date.It has a stunning 1.5-inch curved OLED touchscreen and runs on Samsung’s Tizen operating system, the very same seen in its Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch. This means you have access to a catalogue of apps and smartphone notifications.

But as for its fitness capabilities, all are present and correct, including GPS, a heart rate monitor and barometer to get you wanting to use the stairs. There’s also built-in storage to store music and you can pair Bluetooth headphones, so you really can leave your phone at home.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. 1.5 inch curved OLED touchscreen
  2. GPS
  3. Barometer
  4. Smartwatch Functionality
  5. Three Day battery life

5.WITHINGS ACTIVITE POP
The Withings Activite watches let you know how close you are to your steps goal via a sub-dial. A full revolution of the hands tells you you’ve hit 100% and it’ll also track your sleep. On the surface, though, the Withings Activite watches just look like standard traditional analogue watches, meaning they won’t stick out like a sore thumb in more formal attire.

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Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro vs Galaxy A5(2017)??

Samsung has launched Galaxy C7 Pro in India for Rs.27,990. it will be available for purchase exclusively on Amazon starting from April 11. Before we make opinions about Galaxy C7 pro, let us see how it stacks up against the likes of Galaxy A5 2017.The Galaxy A5 2017 is priced very closely to Galaxy C7 pro, increasing the number of choices for  Samsung Loyalists.If prices are similar, than what is the difference?? Let us find out.

Design and Build

C7 pro comes with a unibody metal design. It is rectangular slab made out if aluminium alloy with curves on the sides and edges, giving a great feel in the hand. It has noticeable bezels on the top and bottom and further increasing the footprint of the device.
On the other hand, Samsung gave a all new refreshing look to Galaxy A5. Unlike C7 pro, A5 2017 Is mostly built using glass. A 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 is used to protect the display and the rear part is carved out of Gorilla glass 4. the corners are well rounded making it easy to handle the device with one hand. It is worth noting that A5 2017 is IP 68/dust proof body, A5 2017 got a flagship treatment form Samsung.

Display

While Galaxy C7 pro supports a large 5.7 inch Super AMOLED Full HD Screen with a pixel density of 386 ppi, A5 2017 rocks a relatively smaller 5.2 inch super AMOLED Full HD with a pixel density of 442 ppi.

 

Performance and Storage

C7 pro is powered by a brand new Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 626  Chipset that houses an octa core CPU with Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and Adreno 530GPU. On the other hand, A5 2017 is powered inhouse Exynos 7880 chipset that consists of an octacore CPU with Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.9 GHz and Mali-T830 GPU. Both the processors are built using 14mm Technology.
On the storage front, C7 Pro packs 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage with a n option to expand storage via micro-SD  card upto 256 GB. A5 2017 comes with 3GB RAM and 32 GB internal Memory that can be expanded via microSD card upto 256 GB.

Camera

Both phones comes with 16MP f/1.9 camera setup on the front and back. A dual-tone LED flash assists camera of C7 pro, whereas a single -tone LED flash light assists the camera on Galaxy A5 pro.

Connectivity and Sensors:

On the connectivity front, both the devices support 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, GPRS, GPS/A-GPS, NFC Bluetooth 4.2, Glonass and USB Type-C for data transfer and charging. Both phones come with the same set of sensors: Fingerprint(Front mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass.

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Android Nougat release date: when you’ll get it and everything you need to know!!

Android Nougat is Google’s big refresh of its phone and tablet operating system – an OS that’s been so thoroughly refined that the company is now more than halfway through the alphabet with names, at letter 14 of 26.

It won’t stop at Android 7.0, either. Android 7.1 launched on Nexus devices in October and Android 7.1.1 came to Google phones and tablets on December 5.

Android 7.1.2 is already out of beta on select phones, while a possible Android O(maybe called Android Oreo) is now being discussed ahead of Google IO 2017 .

Android Nougat release date

Android Nougat is out right now, but when you’ll get the upgrade is going to depend on your device. The release date is rather Check out our guide on how to download Android 7.0 Nougat right nowtaggered.Good news, it’s pre-loaded on the new Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL and it’s available to download on Google-made devices like the Nexus 6P , Nexus 5X , Nexus 6 , Nexus 9 , Google Pixel C , and the Nexus Player. No waiting required.You’re getting Android 7.1.2 Nougat on all of these devices, except for the Nexus 6. An error caused Google to roll it back from Android 7.1.1 to Android 7.0.

Sadly, if you have a Nexus 5 , you’re going to miss out on the Android Nougat upgrade altogether. It misses Google’s two-year cut off by a year. But it’ll still get another year of Google’s all-important security patches. Samsung, LG, HTC and other phone makers, meanwhile, have to rework their own version of the software and push it out to users, and that can take months. 

Android Nougat features list: VR

We’ve tested out a bunch of existing Android Nougat features below, but there’s one exciting new tool that isn’t part of the regular Android 7.0 update: Google DaydreamA buried menu for VR helper services in the Android N Developer Preview 4, and an equally buried release note for “Android VR” in Unreal Engine 4.12 beta, hinted at a big push for a Google Cardboard successor – sure enough, Google confirmed its VR intentions during IO.

The Play Store, StreetView, Photos, YouTube and Play Movies will all support VR, allowing you to jump into games, locations and videos, all via Google’s Daydream VR platform. Google Daydream View is expected to launch in November, but will require even further updated Android Nougat software.

Google Daydream is part of the Android 7.1 maintenance update for Android Nougat, and it’s only compatible with the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, though other phones like ZTE Axon 7 (the first, non-Pixel Google Daydream phone) will eventually work with the headset and are available to buy right now.

Multi-window support

True multitasking support has finally arrived as expected , and Split Screen is deservedly the highlight of Android Nougat on phones and tablets. You’re going to be able to open up two apps at once on your Nexus phone or tablet.It’s a popular feature that Samsung and LG phones have incorporated into their Android skins years ago, so it’s nice (and about time) Google is including the same functionality in its own software. It’s easy to launch too – just long press on the recent (multi-tasking) button in the nav bar.

Multi-window support could increase enterprise interest in Android tablets and the Pixel C. It’s a bet that Apple recently made when it launched similar split-screen and picture-in-picture features for iOS 9 .

Meanwhile Android TV gets picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to continue watching your show in a smaller screen while performing another task.

There’s also a Clear All button at the top of the multi-tasking menu on your phone to make it simple to close all your apps. Then there’s a new feature called Quick Switch, which lets you jump back to the previous application with a double tap of the recent (multi-tasking) button in the navigation bar.

Direct Reply Notifications

You won’t have to navigate away from your current window (or, now, windows) just to answer an incoming message. You can just reply within the notification that appears at the top of the screen.It worked well enough for the iPhone and iPad when the same idea made its debut with iOS 8 under the name Quick Reply. But Apple’s approach to messages worked strictly with its iMessage app.

Google is opening up Direct Reply Notifications beyond Hangouts, and that could mean popular apps like WhatsApp could take advantage of this convenient inline messaging feature.

New quick settings menu

Google is adding a new quick settings menu to the notifications shade you pull down from the top. It’s a lot like the one Samsung, LG and every other Android manufacturer seems to use.Sure, Google stock Android software has had switches for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode and so forth, but it required pulling the notifications bar down a second time to reveal the quick settings menu.

Now the quick settings toggles are here as soon as you gesture downward once to see notifications. The best news is that all of the buttons are small and unobstructive, leaving plenty of room for notifications.Longtime Nexus users will also be happy to hear that the quick settings switches can be sorted to your liking, much like they can on other Android phones – you won’t need the System UI Tuner to meddle.

For example, we often use MiFi more than Airplane Mode, so Mobile Hotspot icon gets promoted to be one of the five icons along the top of the initial quick settings on our Nexus 6P.

That little airplane icon is still there for our takeoff and landing needs, but it got the bump to the second swipe menu. Sorting is finally up to you, which is really what Android is all about.

Bundled notifications

Google hasn’t done with the way Android N changes notifications. It also announced that notification cards will be grouped together if they’re from the same app.All messages from a specific messaging app, for example, are bundled together in the notification shade. These grouped alerts can then be expanded into individual notifications using a two-finger gesture or tapping the all-new expansion button.

This is basically the opposite of what Apple did in the jump from iOS 8 to iOS 9, switching from grouping them by app to lining them up chronologically. We’ll see which method works best this autumn.

There’s more control over your notifications in Android Nougat too, as  you can now long-press on a notification to either silence future notifications, or turn them off completely.

Doze Mode 2.0

One of the (literal) sleeper hits of Android Marshmallow has been Doze Mode, Google’s crafty way of saving battery life whenever your device is stationary. It’s basically a deep standby mode.Android Nougat is going to step up the company’s energy-saving software efforts by expanding Doze Mode so that it thoroughly limits background tasks whenever the screen is turned off.

That’s ideal for throwing a phone in your pocket or your tablet in a backpack, and then retrieving it the next day or next week without having to recharge it right away. Your “I can’t even” face when you pick up your dead Nexus phone the next morning could be a thing of the past.

Android Nougat performance

Google says Android Nougat will deliver its biggest leap forward in graphics performance with the introduction of Vulkan, giving game developers much-needed control of the GPU.

That in turn will result in even better graphics and smoother, faster performance.

If you’ve downloaded apps from other sources that aren’t the Google Play Store, you’ll now be able to identify where the app came from by going into your Settings, App Info and then Package Installer.

There have also been a number of Android runtime improvements, including optimizations to the JIT compiler, which has seen task speeds increase between 30% and 600% compared to the previous version.

Updates are also more seamless, with security updates automatically downloaded, and a simple fresh boot-up of your device will see you run the latest offering. It’s also got rid of that annoying ‘Android is updating’ pop up when you restart after an update.

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Galaxy S8 is here: Should you still wait for iPhone 8?

As expected, the smartphone industry is going all gaga over Galaxy S8’s launch. Now it would be interesting to see how Apple plans its move for the upcoming flagship—iPhone 8. Looking at the rise in growth and innovation on the Galaxy S series smartphones, Apple must note that not every Samsung phone is going to blast for their good.

Read: What’s new in Samsung Galaxy S8? 

While iPhone 7 is still the hottest selling flagship smartphone in the market, it is still called uninspiring by many. Despite of several changes, Apple’s iPhone 7 was not very different from the iPhone 6s. In contrast, Samsung has shown some impressive upgrades in its smartphones in recent years. For instance, the camera on Galaxy S6 and S7, IP68 certification, curved edge display, wireless charging, and a lot more.

This time around, Samsung has again did something remarkable with the Galaxy S8. Be it the design, camera, display or the hardware. But still, there are some areas that did not satisfy the demanding human nature of mine.

Samsung has always preferred an early launch unlike Apple which announces its Flagship in the Q3 every year. This turns out to be both positive and negative for Samsung. While it gets an early demand from the consumers, it also allows the competitor to prepare their device after a long term analysis of the Galaxy S smartphone. Joining Apple, Google is also adding some heat to the competition with its Pixel phones from last year.

Honestly speaking, there is no comparison between an iOS device and an Android device. But when you go out to buy a premium flagship smartphone, Samsung and Apple are the top contenders that make it to the list of best options. When you shed a huge amount for these smartphones, it makes sense to consider each and every aspect before you make a purchase.

It often happens when users regret buying that smartphone and wish they waited for the iPhone. Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of those smartphones that has all the qualities to take away that regret.

So if you don’t want to wait till the last moment here are some points that might help you decide if you should wait for the iPhone 8 or not.

Design

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is said to be the most beautiful looking smartphone from 2016, and it’s not an easy job to take it to the next level from that standard. But Samsung has done it in style. On the other hand, Apple has used the same iPhone 6 like design on the iPhone 7, which did not go down well with critics blaming the lack of innovation. Adding up the Matte Black and Jet Black variants was indeed a better move.

So if you consider the design, I feel the Galaxy S8 has a design that is no less than any other smartphone that has surfaced so far. Even if the iPhone 8 comes with something fresh, it’s hardly possible for it to make the Galaxy S8 look dull in front of it.

Display

One of the most beautiful feature on the Galaxy S8 is its display. If we look at the past, the Galaxy S6 and S7 Edge’s curved display was the biggest stand-out factor for the love it received. This time again, the Super AMOLED Infinity display from Samsung stole the show right away. It gives an immersive experience which is nothing less than a beauty.

So if you are worried about display, the Galaxy S8 won’t disappoint you. Even if Apple cuts down the bezels to increase the screen-to-body ratio, it won’t be that easy to beat S8’s Infinity display.

Camera

The camera on Galaxy S8 is closely similar to the one on Galaxy S7, which is also the best rated camera in 2017. It comes with revolutionary dual-pixel autofocus and amazing low light photography prowess. There are some upgrades done in the camera department this time as well, but nothing major.

While many flagships including the iPhone 7 Plus have moved to a dual-camera module, Samsung has decided to stick to a single camera. Why not? When a single camera is doing the job that dual-cameras fail at.

However, if you have a thing for dual-cameras and loved the one on iPhone 7 Plus, then you should certainly wait for the next iPhone.

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