Saturday, July 21, 2018

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S Pen features confirmed via Galaxy Tab S4 firmware

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is launching in just under 3 weeks, which means it's time for the leaks to start intensifying. The S Pen on the Samsung Galaxy Note series of smartphones is what makes the Note, well, the Note. This year's upgrade of the Galaxy Note series is going to include an updated, Bluetooth-enabled S Pen with some new, smart features. The smart features on the new S Pen have been rumored, but now we are able to confirm many of these features thanks to leaked firmware from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 running Android 8.1 Oreo (the only Samsung device with Android 8.1). Since the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will also run Android 8.1 Oreo, the files from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4's firmware can be examined to look for any references for the Bluetooth-enabled S Pen—and there were many references.

I performed a teardown of the AirCommand app (version 3.0) from the leaked Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 firmware and found many strings and images based around a wireless, "remote" S Pen. These strings confirm that the S Pen will indeed have a battery, but we were unable to find the size of the battery in the firmware.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Bluetooth S Pen confirmed via Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 firmware Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Bluetooth S Pen confirmed via Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 firmware

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Bluetooth S Pen features revealed in Samsung Galaxy Tab S4's firmware

    <string name="remotespen_aircommand_guide_collapse">Collapse</string>  <string name="remotespen_aircommand_guide_expand">Expand</string>  <string name="remotespen_app_actions">App actions</string>  <string name="remotespen_app_actions_desc">Choose what happens when you press the Pen button in various apps.</string>  <string name="remotespen_battery">Battery</string>  <string name="remotespen_camera_controller">S Pen camera controls</string>  <string name="remotespen_connected">Connected.</string>  <string name="remotespen_connecting">Connecting…</string>  <string name="remotespen_disconnected">Disconnected</string>  <string name="remotespen_disconnected_description">Insert your S Pen into your phone to connect it.</string>  <string name="remotespen_disconnected_menu_get_help_from_samsung_members">Get help from Samsung Members</string>  <string name="remotespen_do_nothing">Do nothing</string>  <string name="remotespen_guide_primary_title">Single press</string>  <string name="remotespen_guide_secondary_title">Double press</string>  <string name="remotespen_guide_you_can_add_primary">"You haven't added a single press action yet. You can add one in the Air command settings."</string>  <string name="remotespen_guide_you_can_add_secondary">"You haven't added a double press action yet. You can add one in the Air command settings."</string>  <string name="remotespen_header_media">Media</string>  <string name="remotespen_header_shutter">Shutter</string>  <string name="remotespen_hold_spen_key_to">Hold down Pen button to</string>  <string name="remotespen_hold_spen_key_to_off_description">Hold down the Pen button to open an app or access an S Pen feature.</string>  <string name="remotespen_hold_spen_key_to_open">Open %s</string>  <string name="remotespen_hold_spen_key_to_subtext">Tap here to choose what happens when you hold down the Pen button.</string>  <string name="remotespen_hold_spen_key_to_suggested_apps">Suggested apps</string>  <string name="remotespen_low_battery">Low battery</string>  <string name="remotespen_media_controller">S Pen music controls</string>  <string name="remotespen_next">Next page</string>  <string name="remotespen_none">None</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_channel_disconnect">S Pen disconnected</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_channel_low_battery">S Pen battery low</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_channel_miscellaneous">Miscellaneous</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_desc_connection_failed">Tap here to connect to it again.</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_desc_disconnected">Insert your S Pen to use it as a remote.</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_desc_low_battery">Insert your S Pen into your phone to recharge it.</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_new_update_available">New update available</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_tap_here_to_update_your_spen">Tap here to update your S Pen.</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_title_connection_failed">Reconnect S Pen</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_title_disconnected">Connect your S Pen</string>  <string name="remotespen_noti_title_low_battery">S Pen battery low</string>  <string name="remotespen_off">Off</string>  <string name="remotespen_on">On</string>  <string name="remotespen_play_next_track">Play next track</string>  <string name="remotespen_play_pause">Play/Pause</string>  <string name="remotespen_play_pause_track">Play/pause track</string>  <string name="remotespen_previous">Previous page</string>  <string name="remotespen_reset">Reset S Pen</string>  <string name="remotespen_retry">Retry</string>  <string name="remotespen_s_pen_actions_for_ps">S Pen actions for %s</string>  <string name="remotespen_s_pen_remote">S Pen remote</string>  <string name="remotespen_sbody_available">Available</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_firmware_upgrade_already_installed">The latest version is already installed.</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_firmware_upgrade_error_popup_title">"Couldn't update S Pen"</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_firmware_upgrade_error_try_again_later">Try again later.</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_firmware_upgrade_status_text">Installing update…</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_firmware_upgrade_success">Installed</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_firmware_upgrade_warning_text">"Don't remove your S Pen from your phone."</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_main_help_description">Remotely control apps with your S Pen.</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_pairing_guide_connecting_spen_desc">This may take a while.</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_pairing_guide_connecting_spen_main">Connecting to your %s…</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_pairing_guide_disconnected_close">"Can't connect to your %s."</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_pairing_guide_disconnected_retry">"Couldn't connect to your %s."</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_pairing_guide_insert_spen">Insert your S Pen into your phone.</string>  <string name="remotespen_settings_pairing_guide_spen">S Pen</string>  <string name="remotespen_shutter">Take picture</string>  <string name="remotespen_skip">Skip</string>  <string name="remotespen_tile_label">S Pen remote</string>  <string name="remotespen_unlock_dont_use">"Don't use"</string>  <string name="remotespen_unlock_spen_unlock_guide_content">"If your phone locks while you're using your S Pen, just press the Pen button to unlock it.    This feature only works when your S Pen is connected to your phone."</string>  <string name="remotespen_unlock_spen_unlock_title">Unlock with S Pen remote</string>  <string name="remotespen_unlock_use_spen_unlock">Unlock with S Pen remote</string>  <string name="remotespen_welcome_more">More</string>  <string name="remotespen_welcome_start">Start</string>  <string name="remotespen_welcome_text_main">S Pen remote</string>  Press the Pen button to take pictures, control music, and more in a wide range of apps.  <string name="remotespen_welcome_text_sub2">You can also press and hold the Pen button to open any app or S Pen feature you choose.</string>    

There are a lot of strings telling us features about the remote S Pen. Here's a summary of what you'll be able to do:

  • Control music with the S Pen. This will probably allow you to control music like you can with earbuds by pressing the play/pause button. The S Pen button will probably let you play and pause music while also allowing you to skip music tracks.
  • Use the S Pen as a remote camera shutter. This could be useful in situations where you want to take a picture of yourself and prop up your phone.
  • You will be able to remotely unlock your phone if the S Pen was removed from the phone and then the phone locks.
  • You will be able to press the S Pen button to do more in a range of apps. We don't know about what other integrations with apps the S Pen will have, though, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hasn't launched.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Bluetooth S Pen confirmed via Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 firmware

There is a chance that since the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 firmware contained the S Pen AirCommand app that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is going to launch with, that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 could also launch with this same Bluetooth S Pen. Keep in mind that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 didn't come with a slot for the S Pen like the Galaxy Note series of phones so you won't be able to insert it into the device to connect. Samsung could find a way to charge the pen in a way that's hopefully better than the Apple Pencil charging method.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launches soon so we will be able to confirm these details along with getting more details on the phone then. From what we've seen so far, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be an excellent device. It'll have a 4,000 mAh battery, Samsung Bixby 2.0, upgraded camera, faster wireless charging, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 system-on-chip. All of these combined make for a great flagship phone. If we learn more details about the device from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4's firmware, we'll be sure to let you all know.

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 gets unofficial Android P port

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 arrived in the Indian market with the intention to dethrone the Xiaomi Redmi Note series from the top spot in the budget segment. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, a 5.99″ 18:9 LCD display, dual rear cameras, a combined three slot tray for dual SIMs and a microSD card, a 5,000 mAh battery, and stock Android 8.1 out of the box, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 gives very tough competition to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and even exceeds it in certain areas.

If you're willing to be a bit adventurous with your new Zenfone Max Pro M1, you can now also try out an unofficial Android P Developer Preview 3 port. Be warned that this build will have some bugs because of its beta nature, so install it on your device only if you fully understand what you are getting into.

Check out the unofficial Android P port in our Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 forums!

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OnePlus plans to set up second global headquarters in India

OnePlus, OnePlus India

Chinese smartphone OEM OnePlus is planning to set up its second global headquarters in India, alongside plans of setting up an R&D centre as well in the country. This move comes on the heels of strong sales of previous OnePlus flagships like the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, which helped the company hold on to more than 50% market share in the high-end segment ($400-$600) as of Q1 2018.

India accounts for a third of the company's business revenue and the second-biggest market in volumes, so it makes sense for them to place the country at a higher priority. A second global headquarter will help decentralise operations and decision making, especially in light of OnePlus's earlier announcement to manufacture smartphones in India for the local market.

"The R&D centre is to be set up either in Hyderabad or Bengaluru by the year end. The centre will have around 50 employees — the Chinese centre has around 100 — to help localise products for Indian market."

Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India

OnePlus will also be expanding its service centres to 25 from the current 12, and also plans to set up five experience zones in the country. The OEM will also be expanding its offline footprint across India in efforts to provide community members more platforms to engage with the brand and experience their products before making a purchase decision.

This is a fair tangent for an OEM that was known to be "digital-first" in its early days, and speaks of the importance of a strong offline presence for any player that wants to remain competitive in the Indian market. In the past, OnePlus had also roped in celebrities for brand endorsements and conventional advertisements in India, as well as new age social media influencers to target young adults. Just like the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 6 has also been well received in the urban Indian market despite the increase in price. Hopefully, the company can retain and improve its momentum.

Source: Business Line

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Google joins Microsoft and others to make it easy to transfer data between services


Transferring your data between services can prove difficult, and that's why the Data Transfer Project has been founded. Created by Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook, the service tries to make it easy for you to transfer your files between different services. You could import your photos from Microsoft OneDrive to Google Photos, for example. It's not just Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook either – any company can get in on the action and add support for their own service. It's entirely open source. The service is not quite ready for a widespread rollout yet, but it's getting there.

So how does the Data Transfer Project work? It utilises existing APIs to initiate transfers between participating platforms, making it as easy as possible on the end user. This makes it feasible to try out other services and migrate your data easily, without having to make a commitment to a service and stick to it forever. The project is also great for those who may just want to back their data up on another service for safekeeping. It also aims to give you complete control over your files, giving you the ability to have them where you feel comfortable.

While it's not officially released, companies can get going on implementing it for their services. It's not quite ready for general usage, but there's nothing stopping you from giving it a try anyway. Given its open source nature, individuals can contribute too! It's a great solution to the continuing fragmentation of data-preservation services online. You can upload your photos to Facebook, Microsoft OneDrive, or Google Photos and there's nothing holding you back if you want to move to another service. It's not only photos though, it aims to be able to transfer all of your data. In the future, we could see it be the solution many have searched for in migrating their playlists to a new service, for example. There's a lot of use cases once it truly takes off, and we can't wait to see what becomes of it.

Source: Data Transfer Project Via: Windows Central

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Supervised User feature on Google Chrome will stop working with Chrome 70

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The Supervised User feature was announced to be deprecated in Google Chrome earlier this year to the dismay of many. It allowed you to create Chrome users under your profile, allowing you to implement restrictions on their browsing. It was useful for kids and shared computers, but Google announced that you would no longer be able to add users to it back in January. They then made it so that you couldn't modify the settings you had made anymore, basically straight up killing off the feature. Now they're taking the final step to kill it entirely, according to a commit on the Chromium Gerrit.

As you can see, the info bar for supervised users will announce the end-of-life in version 70 of Google Chrome. Version 70 is set to be released around October, so that's when it will be made officially end-of-life. We can only assume that the feature will entirely cease to function once it releases.

But what does this mean for users who need to set up a monitored account for their kid? You can get Google Family Link, which is available in most countries that Google officially operates. The company is also dedicated to improving it, with an update somewhat recently being made to add time limits on browsing, for example. For those outside of supported areas though, there aren't really any other options. You can check if your country is supported here. There are a few limitations as well, so this change is a bad one for those who may prefer the simplicity of what Supervised User brought.

The main problem with this feature being deprecated is the timing of it. At the time, Family Link was actually unavailable for most outside of the U.S. It was poor decision making on Google's part. Now, with Supervised User being officially made end of life, it's not so bad with a replacement ready to go. You can install and set up Family Link below.

Google Family Link (Free, Google Play) →

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ may be the last Plus device as it merges with the Note line

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung first started the "Plus" line of Galaxy S variants with the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ in 2015. Since then, every new Galaxy S device has been accompanied by a larger model (though the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge didn't have the "+" attached). A new report from The Bell suggests Samsung will retire the Plus devices after the Samsung Galaxy S10+ in favor of the Galaxy Note series.

This move would make sense for a lot of reasons. The Plus devices have been inching toward the size of the Note devices. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ has a 6.2-inch display, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8's is 6.3-inches. It doesn't make a lot of sense to have two devices with nearly identical specs and size. The main difference is, of course, the S Pen in the Note series.

Money is also a factor in this decision, unsurprisingly. The report states that merging the devices would "defeat" the struggling profits that we recently wrote about. Samsung is putting money into two separate devices that have a lot of overlap. It makes sense from every angle to combine the two. Especially after this year, when the Samsung Galaxy S10 is rumored to be bigger than the Galaxy Note 9.

According to the report, this is not a done deal yet. Samsung has been mulling over the decision for the last year or more. Personally, I think it would be wise for Samsung to do it. They could simplify their lineup and cut costs at the same time. There's no reason why someone who prefers the Plus devices couldn't use a Note instead. Even if you don't like the S Pen, it's not something you have to use. It sits out of the way unless you need it. What do you think about this? Should Samsung get rid of the Plus models?

Source: The Bell

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