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New Nvidia Shield/Shield K1 update improves compatibility with non-standard chargers

Nvidia has started pushing out a new update to its Shield and Shield K1 tablets. Listed as 'software upgrade 5.2', the update brings along a handful of changes, including improved compatibility with non-standard chargers. Other changes include GPS crash-related fixes as well as stability and security-related optimizations. The Android Security Patch Level has also been bumped to April 1. As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it may take some time for the update to hit your device. Source 1 2 | Via

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Old Samsung Gear 360 currently going for $157 in US

If are in the US and are planning to purchase a 360-degree camera, you might want to take a look at the deal Amazon is offering on the first-generation Samsung Gear 360. The retailer has the device listed on its website for $157. That, if you compare, translates into a discount of at-least $143 given that the South Korean company is officially selling the device for $299.99 in the country. No information on when the deal ends, so those interested in availing it may have to act fast. Source | Via

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 updated with new health and fitness features, SOS and more

Samsung's Gear Fit 2 has been available for almost a year, and Samsung keeps updating its smartwatches with new features. We've actually seen some of these features make it to the Gear S3, so it's great to see Samsung didn't forget about its entry-level smartwatch. One such update arriving enables better workout detection. When performing an exercise for more than 10 minutes, the watch will automatically activate its fitness tracking functions enabling the Heart rate monitor and will track approximate location. The update now includes a way to set pace targets for runners. To do...

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BlackBerry KEYone sold out online in USA, TCL says demand is "extremely high"

Now that TCL is the company behind the physical BlackBerry device, Steve Cistulli, President of TCL Communication North America tweeted that the BlackBerry KEYone (Full review here) is under "extremely high demand" and is happy to see this level of excitement and momentum surrounding today's KEYone launch. Here's what Cistulli tweeted today in light of KEYone shortages: Today has vbeen an extraordinary day for the launch of the @BBMobile #KEYone here in North America. Demand has been extremely high & it's encouraging to see this level of excitement and momentum around our BlackBerry...

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Nest Cam IQ is official with 4K sensor, facial recognition

The 4K Nest camera that was rumored earlier this month has been made official today. It's called Nest Cam IQ, and the "IQ" in the name stems from its facial recognition capabilities. This is an indoor security camera that can tell things apart from humans, but also has the ability to keep track of familiar faces, easily detecting strangers in your home. Thus, when it sends you an alert, it can tell you exactly who it saw, not just that it identified that it's a person. The camera has a 4K sensor and 130-degree field of view. As rumored, you won't get 4K footage - instead HDR is used to...

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Apple's Siri speaker is already in production, official debut at WWDC in June likely

Apple doesn't usually announce new hardware at its annual WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) held in June, but this year things might be different. We've already heard that it will unveil a revamped MacBook lineup, a new iPad Pro, and the oft-rumored smart speaker with Siri built-in on that occasion. Today a new report says the Siri speaker has entered production, following a very long development period. The information allegedly comes from unnamed "people familiar with the matter". Once again it's revealed that an official debut at WWDC is likely, but even if it does get presented on...

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are now up for pre-order in Canada at Rogers

While Huawei still isn't ready to officially sell its flagship P-series handsets in the US, this year it's going to offer them up north in Canada for the first time ever. We're talking about both the P10 and the P10 Plus, and the phones have gone up for pre-order at Rogers today. The Huawei P10 can be had with 32GB of storage in black and Prestige Gold, the latter hue being exclusive to Rogers in Canada. It can be yours for $0 on a two-year Premium+ Tab plan, $149 if you go for the Smart Tab plan, $499 on a Talk & Text plan, or $649 outright. The P10 Plus on the other hand is only...

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Moto Z2 Play is already listed by a Brazilian retailer ahead of its unveiling tomorrow

Motorola's upcoming Moto Z2 Play has been leaking a lot lately, and a few days ago one such leak has revealed that it should become official on June 1 (tomorrow), at least in Brazil. In the meantime, Motorola's arm in Canada has teased an announcement for tomorrow too. So it's pretty much a given that the Z2 Play will finally be unveiled in a matter of hours. As usual in these cases, one retailer simply couldn't wait (or got the embargo ending wrong) and has listed the new, still-unannounced handset on its website. This time it's happened in Brazil, which makes sense since that's a big...

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OnePlus 5 to be announced on June 15, leaked poster claims

The teaser campaign for the upcoming OnePlus 5 is already in full swing. The company's CEO has told us what chipset it's chosen for its next flagship smartphone, some color versions have been outed, and the headphone jack may be staying. Camera sample? Check. Earlier today you were invited to choose the design for the phone's retail box. And now we get an unofficial glimpse at what could be the big unveiling date for the OnePlus 5. The leaked poster you can see in the image to the left plainly states that there's going to be a OnePlus event on June 15. The words "OnePlus 5" aren't in...

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now officially available in the US

Right on time, as previously announced, today is the release date for the unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ models in the US. We're talking about the officially sold versions of the two, keep in mind. You can find variants meant for certain international markets on eBay, for example, and those are indeed cheaper than the officially sanctioned iterations. However, if you go that route, you may be giving up proper after-sales support, and might also run into issues with things like not all of your carrier's bands being supported. If paying a little more for the peace of mind that you won't have to...

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Samsung will reportedly miss its own deadline for the launch of Bixby Voice in the US

The launch of Bixby Voice, the best aspect of Samsung’s AI-powered digital voice assistant, was delayed in the US. It was supposed to be launched along with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Samsung had announced that Bixby Voice would be made available in the US later this spring. However, the company will reportedly miss its own deadline.

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Bixby’s voice module won’t be ready by the end of June and that the software is struggling to reliably understand English, let alone entertaining you with some rap skills like it does in Korean. The publication is reporting that Samsung will only be able to launch Bixby Voice in summer, which is starts on June 21st.

There are multiple aspects of Bixby – Bixby Now, Bixby Vision, and Bixby Voice – but the Bixby Voice is the most promising one. It can be used to perform any action on the phone without ever touching the display. The company released five videos of Bixby performing complicated voice commands. Bixby Voice was launched in Korea last month.

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Oculus announces Chromecast support for the Samsung Gear VR

Oculus has just announced that it has added Chromecast support for the Gear VR. The latest version of the Oculus app on your compatible Galaxy device will let you stream virtual reality content to a nearby TV that’s connected to a Google Chromecast.

Gear VR owners can hit the Cast button in the new Oculus app and then step inside the Gear VR so that they can enjoy the VR apps or games with their family and friends. With this feature, other people inside the room can see what you’re doing in VR on a nearby Cast-enabled TV.

People can now show off their VR gaming skills or host a VR party night using the Gear VR. This is also an excellent way to introduce people to VR since you can see everything on the TV that they do in the Gear VR headset, and you can direct them step by step.

Samsung Gear VR Chromecast Support

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Android Pay is finally official in Canada

A lot of Google products and services aren't available in Canada as soon as they are out in the US, which for Canadians must be even more frustrating than for people in other parts of the world because of the geographical proximity of the two countries. Android Pay used to be in such a predicament, but not anymore. Today Google has finally decided to officially launch the service in Canada, following months of rumors and leaks anticipating the move. The latest of those leaks came less than 24 hours ago, in fact. You can use Android Pay at hundreds of thousands of shops across the...

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Oculus app for Samsung Gear VR gets Chromecast support

If you've ever wanted to show other people what you're seeing inside Samsung's Gear VR headset in real time, this one's for you. The Oculus app for the Gear VR has just received Chromecast support. This means that you can choose the new Cast option in the latest version of the Oculus app, pick a TV, and then put your phone inside the Gear VR and start wearing the headset. Whatever you see and do in it will be live streamed to the TV through the Chromecast. This way if you're having friends by they can watch what it is you're doing. Oculus says this will help introduce more people to...

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Wallpaper Wednesday: Material Design

Welcome to the latest edition of Wallpaper Wednesday. This week we’re highlighting five backgrounds that comply with Google’s Material Design guidelines. All of the images are available in a suitable resolution for the Galaxy S8Galaxy S8+ and just about any other smartphone on the market.

If any of the following images float your boat and you want to download and set one as your wallpaper, simply tap on the photo to maximise it, then click and hold to save it. Once the picture is stored locally, open up Settings, locate and select Wallpaper, then just press the image to set it as your background.












Note: These wallpapers were downloaded from Material Wallpapers.

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Bixby Voice still isn't any good at English, US release gets pushed to late June

Remember Bixby? No, not the Google Now-esque (but don't call it that) feed of cards that sits to the left of your leftmost homescreen on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ (and is pictured below). No, not the Bixby Vision feature that looks at stuff through your camera's viewfinder and can identify the things it sees. No, we're talking about Bixby Voice. You know, Samsung's extremely overhyped virtual assistant that was supposed to (for some reason) live on the S8 and S8+ alongside the Google Assistant. What do you mean you forgot about Bixby? Samsung sure hasn't. However, it's hit a snag. Bixby Voice,...

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Canon announces new EOS C200 digital cinema camera

Canon has announced the latest model in its Cinema range of video cameras, the EOS C200. The third generation Cinema EOS camera has a new 8.85 megapixel CMOS sensor along with a new Dual DIGIC DV6 image processor. It can record in the new Canon Cinema RAW Light at DCI 4K resolution in 60p/50p (10-bit) or 24p/25p/30p (12-bit). The camera is capable of recording both these formats internally to a CFast card. You can also record in MP4 up to 60p in 8-bit. The C200 also includes Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF for faster focusing with face detection. Other features include ISO 100-102400...

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SamMobile Daily Recap: May 31, 2017 — Galaxy Note 5, Notebook 9 Pro and more!

We publish a lot of stories on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the majority of news breaks during our European hours of operation, which makes it difficult for our readers in the US (and other regions) to keep up. However, we think we’ve come up with a fantastic solution — a daily recap.

Here’s what we published today.


Daily Deal: Save 8% on a Gear VR (2017) with Controller

Firmware News

Samsung rolls out an update to fix the Galaxy S8′s connectivity issues in the UK


Samsung unveils Notebook 9 Pro with S Pen at Computex 2017


Galaxy J3 (2017) spotted running Android 7.1

Samsung retires My Knox in favor of Secure Folder

Samsung will publish a detailed white paper on the Galaxy Note 7 recall


[Poll] Would you pay more for a Galaxy S8 or S8+ with sapphire glass?

Tips & Tricks

Galaxy S8 Tip: Use Smart Lock to easily unlock your phone in certain scenarios


Latest Gear Fit 2 update enhances its features

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OnePlus 3 and 3T will be updated to Android O, CEO confirms

Now that the OnePlus 5 is about to launch, you may be wondering what that means for its two predecessors from last year, the 3 and the 3T, in terms of software support. The OnePlus 3 was discontinued when the 3T became official, and the 3T itself is now living its last days of availability, at least in some markets. The Chinese company has already promised to keep supporting the two, software-wise, but up until today we didn't get anything more specific than that. It is now time to relax if you own a OnePlus 3 or 3T and care about major Android updates. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has just...

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Best Buy starts selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

Best Buy has today commenced sales of the unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the United States. The handsets are priced at $724.99 and $824.99, respectively, and are only available in the (slightly boring) Midnight Black hue.

Obviously, there aren’t any differences between the unlocked model of the Galaxy S8 and the version you’d pick up through, say, AT&T. The only thing you’re gaining by opting for this variant is the facility to switch carriers as and when you please.

For those in need of a refresher, the Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8-inch Infinity Display, an Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 processor, a 12MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP front-facing shooter and a 3,000mAh battery.

The Galaxy S8+, which is actually our preferred device, is almost identical to the regular Galaxy S8; however, it has a slightly larger 6.2-inch Infinity Display and a beefier 3,500mAh cell.

On a related note, Best Buy also confirmed that it’s started shipping the unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to all customers who pre-ordered a unit. Deliveries should arrive by the end of the week.

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Huawei Honor 9 colors leak: bold yellow joined by blues and greys

We've seen the Huawei Honor 9 in multiple hues - blue, sky blue and yellow. A new leak adds more colors - the traditional white and grey (but no black). (Leaked) Huawei Honor 9 colors: Blue • Sky blue • Yellow • White • Grey Rumors so far point to an affordable alternative to the P10. The rumor mill thinks that the Honor 9 will have a 5.2" 1080p screen, dual camera (22MP color + 12MP B&W), a fast Kirin 960 chipset and a big 3,000mAh battery. The expected price is around $360 when it is unveiled on June 20-21. Thanks for sending this in, Pankaj! Source | Via

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Samsung rolls out an update to fix the Galaxy S8′s connectivity issues in the UK

Last week, Samsung started distributing a maintenance update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the United Arab Emirates — and now it’s rolling out an identical upgrade in the United Kingdom.

While the release doesn’t bring any new features to the handsets, it does pack a plethora of bug fixes and stability improvements, including the changes included in this month’s security release.

Read more: Samsung details contents of May security patch

More notably, the update addresses a Bluetooth bug that resulted in a handset rebooting when attempting to control music playing through a wireless speaker or in-car entertainment system.

If you’d like to see if the OTA is ready for your unit, follow the following steps: SettingsSoftware UpdateDownload Updates Manually. If it doesn’t show up, it means it hasn’t reached your device yet, so repeat the process in a couple of hours.


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Huawei launches the MediaPad M3 Lite 10

Huawei keeps expanding its MediaPad portfolio of tablets. The latest addition is the mid-range MediaPad M3 Lite 10 with an attractively slim 7.1 mm profile. The device also has four Harman/Kardon speakers for better audio experience. The 10.1" IPS display has 1920 x 1200 resolution. The M3 Lite runs on a Snapdragon 435 chipset with octa-core CPU and on Android Nougat with Huawei's in-house EMUI 5.1. The device has three RAM + storage options: 3 GB + 16 GB, 3 GB + 32 GB and 4 GB + 64 GB. The MediaPad M3 10 Lite has two 8 MP cameras - one on the front and one on the back. It is...

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iPhone 8, 7 Plus measured up against Android flagships in this speculative render

The current trend sweeping the smartphone design field is creating "bezel-less" phones. That allows makers to give consumers what they want (big screens) without going over the limit of what they can handle (literally, what they can hold in their hand). Here's a size comparison of flagships past, present and future, compiled by @OnLeaks. Note the iPhone 8 (second from the left). It's about the size of a Google Pixel or a Huawei P10, but its screen size is unknown - the latest rumors say its screen will cover the whole front of the device. Phone size comparison (by @OnLeaks) This...

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium and XA1 Ultra will go on pre-order in the US in two weeks

Patience pays off - after EU and Korean pre-orders, Americans are next in line to get a Sony Xperia XZ Premium. At least those with $800 to spare. Amazon, Best Buy, Fry's and other retailers will offer the Sony flagship (but no carriers, for now). You'll be able to pre-order on June 12, the phone will be shipped a week later on June 19. You should be familiar with the specs that make the XZ Premium unique (if not, read our review), but do keep in mind that the fingerprint reader will be disabled. Also on June 12, pre-orders for the plus-sized photography buff, the Sony Xperia XA1...

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Samsung retires My Knox in favor of Secure Folder

My Knox was a free security solution from Samsung that enabled users to keep their work and personal data separate on one device. The My Knox app created a container which could only be accessed by an authorized user. All files and data would be safely encrypted within the container. It was a full virtual Android environment with its own home screen, launcher, apps and widgets.

Samsung now has a more effective solution for this, one that doesn’t weigh down on the device as much as My Knox did. It’s called Secure Folder and it runs on devices with Android Nougat OS or higher only.

The company is sending termination notices to My Knox users today, informing them that My Knox is no longer going to be available on new Samsung devices in 2017. Users who require a secure space on their handset have been advised to set up Secure Folder, which is now available from Galaxy Apps.

Secure Folder relies on Samsung’s defense-grade Knox security platform and creates a private, encrypted space on the device. All apps and data moved to Secure Folder is partitioned separately on the device with an extra layer of security and privacy.

Users can transfer their private content from My Knox to Secure Folder easily. They have to back up their My Knox data by going to My Knox settings > Backup and restore and then restore it in Secure Folder by going to Secure Folder settings > Backup and restore > Restore. A Samsung account is required for this feature.

Samsung says that users can continue using My Knox until its end-of-service date which will be announced soon.

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vivo becomes an official sponsor of World Cup 2018 and World Cup 2022

vivo announced that it signed a six-year partnership with FIFA and will be an official sponsor of its tournaments in the period, covering two cycles. The partnership begins with the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia, following the pinnacle of football - the World Cup next summer. The deal will also cover the World Cup 2022 in Qatar and its concomitant Confederations Cup a year earlier. During the partnership, the vivo logo will appear on advertising boards, tickets for the venues, any related programs and leaflets and other key promotional areas. The company also promises to launch a...

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Ultimate Ears announces new limited edition designs for BOOM 2 and MEGABOOM

Ultimate Ears has announced a new limited edition set of colors and patterns for the BOOM 2 and MEGABOOM series of Bluetooth speakers. Part of the Second Street Collection, the new set includes eight new designs. As seen in the image above, these are Marina, After Hours, Cityscape, and Urban Zebra. In the image below we have Stone, Cashmere, Lilac, and Midnight Garden. The limited edition set will be available in select countries starting June, for $199 for the BOOM 2 and $299 for the MEGABOOM. Source

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Apple delivers another hint for new MacBook Pro at WWDC

Apple might have a MacBook Pro refresh on its agenda for the WWDC conference. The current Pro's shipping dates were just pushed back to the day after the keynote on June 5. That could be a strong indication that Apple will announce a refresh of the Pro line during the keynote. Don't expect any big changes, the refresh will likely just include Intel's faster Kaby Lake chips and perhaps a Pro with 32GB of RAM. The new shipping dates affect the 15-inch MacBook Pro across a few countries - the US, Germany, France and the UK. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is readily available for next day...

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Daily Deal: Save 8% on a Gear VR (2017) with Controller

Amazon has slashed 8% off the price of the recently-released Gear VR (2017) with Controller, meaning you can currently pick one up for $119.94. There’s a caveat, though. You’ll need to reside in the US (or know somebody who does and is willing to forward the package to you) in order to take advantage of the promotion.

Read more: Hands-on with Samsung’s Gear VR controller

Just like its predecessor, the Gear VR (2017) supports both microUSB and USB Type-C — so it’s not only compatible with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, but it will also work with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5.

To go ahead and purchase the Gear VR (2017) with Controller, hit the Buy Now button below. You’ll probably want to hurry though, as it inventory won’t be around for too long — and once it’s gone, it’s gone. If you miss out on this particular offer, don’t worry. We cover a new deal every single day.

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Galaxy S8 Tip: Use Smart Lock to easily unlock your phone in certain scenarios

One of the most useful features in Android has to be Smart Lock. Smart Lock is a great way to make using your phone more convenient by letting you skip the lock screen security when certain conditions are met. You can set your phone to stay unlocked if it’s connected to a particular Bluetooth device (like your Gear smartwatch or your car stereo), when it’s at a certain location, or when the device is being actively used. On the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Smart Lock can be particularly useful if you have secured your phone with a fingerprint, so that you have to reach for the awkwardly placed fingerprint sensor less often.

Smart Lock is designed to pop up on its own when a phone is connected to a new Bluetooth device for the first time, but as mentioned above, it can also be setup for when other conditions are met. Follow the instructions below to see how you can enable Smart Lock for various scenarios.

On-body detection

With on-body detection enabled, your phone will stay unlocked if it detects that it is being carried in a pocket or being actively used, and lock itself when the phone is set down on a surface. On-body detection has a slight failure rate, and it can also let anyone with the device in their hands access your data, so it’s not exactly the best option. But if you want to set it up, here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: On your phone, go into Settings » Lock screen and security » Smart Lock. You will be asked to enter your pattern or PIN, following which the Smart Lock menu will come up. Hit the Understood button here to proceed.


Step 2: Tap on On-body detection, which is the first option here.

Step 3: Then, turn on the feature by toggling the on/off switch at the top of the screen. The phone will warn you that it cannot distinguish between you and other people; just select Continue here to enable on-body detection.


Trusted places (keep phone unlocked at certain locations)

With this Smart Lock method, you can keep your phone unlocked when you are at a certain location. The best use of this is when you’re at home, where there usually aren’t any prying eyes. Of course, you can enable it for any location, and here’s how can set it up:

Step 1: On your phone, go into Settings » Lock screen and security » Smart Lock. You will be asked to enter your pattern or PIN, following which the Smart Lock menu will come up. Hit the Understood button here to proceed.

Step 2: Tap on Trusted places, then tap on Add trusted place.


Step 3: You’ll now be shown a screen with Google Maps. Here, you can either enter the name of the location by hitting the search button at the top right, or simply tap on the locate button at the bottom if you’re already at the place where you want to keep the phone unlocked. Once you’ve located the place on the map, hit the Select this location button.


Step 4: You will then be asked to give a name to the location selected. Do that, then hit OK.

Note: You can also set up a default Home location for each email account that you have logged in on the phone. Simply select a particular email from the drop down box at the top, select Home, then select your home address to save it. Home addresses cannot be deleted, but you can tap on an address and disable it by selecting the Turn off this location option.

That’s it. Your phone should now stay unlocked as long as you’re at the selected location. You can set up as many trusted places as you like, so simply repeat the process for each location. To delete a particular location, repeat steps 1 and 2, tap on the location you want to remove, then select Remove Trusted Device.

Trusted devices (keep phone unlocked when connected to Bluetooth devices)

Adding a trusted device will keep the phone unlocked when it is connected to that device over Bluetooth. You can also set the phone to stay unlocked when you touch it to an NFC tag, although you will need to buy an NFC tag for this feature. For every new Bluetooth device that you connect, your S8 or S8+ should automatically ask you if you wish to use Smart Lock. To manually set up trusted devices, here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: You can only add a trusted Bluetooth device when it is connected to your phone. This device can be any Bluetooth device, including your Gear smartwatch, car stereo, or Bluetooth speaker. Before you proceed, make sure the Bluetooth connection between your phone and the device is active (you can check by going into the Settings » Connections » Bluetooth menu.)

Step 2: On your phone, go into Settings » Lock screen and security » Smart Lock. You will be asked to enter your pattern or PIN, following which the Smart Lock menu will come up. Hit the Understood button here to proceed.

Step 3: Tap on Trusted devices, then tap on Add trusted device.


Step 4: Select Bluetooth, which will show you a list of all devices connected to your phone via Bluetooth.


Step 5: Tap on the device that you want to set up Smart Lock for, then tap the Yes, Add button on the pop-up screen.


Note: For NFC tags, simply select the NFC option instead of Bluetooth in step 4, then touch your phone to the NFC tag.

Your phone should now be set to stay unlocked when connected to the device you have added. You can add multiple devices by repeating the process, and you can also delete a particular device from the Trusted devices menu by tapping on a device name and hitting the Delete option from the menu that shows up.

If everything went right, you should now have the phone set to stay unlocked when you need it. Should you have any issues, let us know by leaving a comment, and we will do our best to get you back on track. For more Galaxy S8 and S8+ tips, go here.

Note: Smart Lock has a fourth option which, if enabled, will let you use the ‘Ok Google’ catchphrase to unlock your phone. This option can be a bit iffy, so we aren’t covering it as part of this article. 

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Samsung will publish a detailed white paper on the Galaxy Note 7 recall

The Galaxy Note 7 recall last year was an unexpected crisis for Samsung last year. The company would never have thought that it would have to recall its new flagship smartphone twice before discontinuing production and taking billions in losses due to lost sales.

The company conducted a thorough investigation into the matter and revealed the cause, it also highlighted the steps that it has taken to make sure that something like that doesn’t happen again.

According to a report from South Korea, Samsung is planning to publish a detailed white paper on the Galaxy Note 7 recall. “A white paper on the Note fiasco will be published soon,” says a Samsung executive quoted in the report.

The white paper project is reportedly being led by researchers and working-level officials at Samsung and Samsung SDI. Some officials from the chief risk management office are said to be onboard as well, it’s a new team that Samsung set up after the Galaxy Note 7 recall last year.

The white paper is expected to offer details about the recall, research and development phases as well as parts, testing, production, marketing and sales.

The report does mention that Samsung is only going to share this white paper with a limited number of high-ranking executives due to corporate security reasons. However, it’s likely that excerpts from the white paper might find their way to the media in one way or another.

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Latest Gear Fit 2 update enhances its features

Samsung is rolling out a new software update for the Gear Fit 2 which improves its heart-rate and exercise-tracking abilities. It also brings new ways for users to maximize the impact of their training. The company says that this update is going to make fitness tracking more intuitive and effective.

For example, once a user completes an exercise with the Gear Fit 2, they will see a color-coded graph which will display time spent in various heart-rate zones. The graph will be broken down by level of exertion which ranges from Moderate to Maximum.

Samsung has also improved automatic activity detection with this update. When a user exercises for more than ten minutes, the Gear Fit 2 will automatically activate its fitness-tracking features. The map displayed after a user completes an auto-tracked workout will also display their approximate location.

The company has added support for customizable pace targets. Users can input their desired distance and time using the Samsung Health app and build a workout that’s tailored to their running goals. They can even choose between runs designed to help burn fat or increase cardio stamina. The device will guide users through every stage of the exercise.

Users will now be able to customize the information that’s displayed on the device’s display during workouts. They can swipe across the screen to see useful workout data like calories burned, distance traveled and heart-rate.

Improvements have also been made to the Gear Fit 2′s sleep tracking and inactivity tracking features. It’s even possible to send a quick SOS alert with the user’s location by triple pressing the Gear Fit 2′s home key.

The latest software update for the Gear Fit 2 is now available for download from the Samsung Gear app.


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New Verizon Galaxy Note 4 update fixes email issue

Verizon has started pushing out a new update to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 units on its network. Arriving as version MMB29M.N910VVRS2CQE1, the update fixes an email issue as well as brings along latest Android security fixes. In addition, the update also includes some changes to the Amazon Shopping app. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note Edge and the G Pad 10.1 LTE have also started getting new updates - a quick look at Verizon's website reveals these updates bring the "most up to date security patch" (so likely May). Source 1 2 3 | Via

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[Poll] Would you pay more for a Galaxy S8 or S8+ with sapphire glass?

The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ are two of the most beautiful smartphones ever made, and (almost) everyone is awed by their design. The phones are expensive, and they feel premium thanks to their glass-and-metal build, but that also makes these phones more susceptible to drops. There’s Gorilla Glass 5 on the front as well as the rear of these smartphones, but it can shatter very easily if you drop the phone on a hard surface, especially since the Galaxy S8 is said to be the most fragile phone ever made.

I’ve protected my Galaxy S8+ with a Spigen Rugged Armor case, but it feels almost criminal to hide such a beautiful phone in a case. So, what’s the solution? Well, sapphire glass is said to be stronger than Gorilla Glass, but it costs a bomb and isn’t available in a capacity that would make it viable enough to be used as a Gorilla Glass 5 replacement. However, if Samsung decided to make a sapphire glass variant of the Galaxy S8, would you be willing to spend extra money to buy that variant for the assurance that the glass on the device won’t crack as easily it does right now?

Let us know by casting a vote in the poll below, and tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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OnePlus launches a poll for retail box design of the OnePlus 5

OnePlus is once again outsourcing some of its decisions to the fans. The company is conducting a poll on Weibo for the design of the OnePlus 5 retail box. The box will be either in white or red with a "5" on the front. The number could be faded, 3D or the box may come with landscape orientation. One suggestion includes the words "Hello 5" on the front, suggesting that this could be the official slogan of the new flagship. To help your favorite design win, you must log in on Weibo and cast a vote. Vote here (in Chinese)

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IDC: Worldwide smartphone shipments to grow 3% in 2017

IDC analysts released their projections and expectations for the smartphone market in the next 5 years, and it looks promising. According to the company, the smartphone market will keep growing with steady temps following economic and technological growth. IDC projects that in 2017 a total of 1.517 billion smartphones will be shipped, with the number growing to 1.745 billion in 2021. The momentum will grow in 2018 due to improving economic conditions in many emerging markets. In a year and a half, we will also have a full circle of iPhone 8 shipments. Samsung threw all...

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Galaxy J3 (2017) spotted running Android 7.1

On Monday, the long-rumored Galaxy J3 (2017) broke cover in a series of leaked press renders, and now the Chinese variant of the handset has been spotted on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s online database.

As you’d expect, the listing doesn’t cast a light on any of the device’s internals, but it does reveal something else that’s particularly interesting: the Galaxy J3 (2017) submitted for testing was running Android 7.1.

Why’s this interesting, I hear you ask? Well, all of Samsung’s other Nougat-touting smartphones — like the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ — are still on Android 7.0.

What this essentially means is if the Galaxy J3 (2017) ships running Android 7.1 in China, there’s a good chance Samsung will bring it to other handsets in the not-too-distant future.

Seeing as Samsung typically launches all of its J series smartphones in China first, it’s possible that the Galaxy J5 (2017) and Galaxy J7 (2017) will also come with Android 7.1 preloaded.

According to recent leaks, the Galaxy J3 (2017) will feature a 5-inch display, a 1.4GHz Exynos 7570 CPU, 2/3GB of RAM, 16/32GB of expandable storage and a 2,600mAh non-removable battery.

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LG offering $155 discount on G6 in India

LG G6 fans in India got some good news today: the device received an official price cut of INR 10,000 ($155). The offer is part of the South Korean company's 20th anniversary celebrations in India. Grab the latest #LGG6 at Rs.10,000 off. Avail more such offers on the occasion of #LG 20th anniversary in India at https://t.co/qYKBmaJVsJ http://pic.twitter.com/RwsssK7NI2— LG India (@LGIndiaTweets) May 31, 2017 The handset is currently listed on Amazon India with a price tag of INR 41,854 (around $650), down substantially from its launch price of INR 51,990 (around $805). No...

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Oppo F3 Black Edition set for June 4 launch

Oppo has revealed the company's F3 "Selfie Expert" smartphone will soon get a Black Edition. A Facebook post confirmed the device will be launched in India on June 4. The F3 Plus was launched back in April and already has a Black Edition model. The F3, on the other hand, was launched earlier this month, and its Black Edition is being launched exactly a month after. Source | Via

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Oppo outs video teaser for upcoming R11

We already know that the Oppo R11 will be officially unveiled on June 10. The device has been the subject of quite a few leaks recently and now, the Chinese company has officially released a video teaser for it. The video shows the handset in its full glory, confirming dual camera setup on the back, and black, gold, and pink color options. The R11 is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC and sport a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen. Other rumored key specs include 4GB/64GB memory config, 16MP + 20MP rear camera setup, and 20 MP selfie snapper. The phone is said to pack in a...

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Essential phone could start shipping by June-end, carrier partnerships to be announced soon

The newly-unveiled Essential phone - dubbed Essential PH-1 - could start shipping by the end of June. In his first interview after the device's announcement, company's founder Andy Rubin said that they have plans to ship out reservations "within 30 days." For those who aren't in the know, the handset carries a $700 price tag, and isn't up for sale yet - you can currently reserve a unit by heading to the company's official website (for now registrations are US-only). The phone will be made available through other channels as well, with Rubin noting that carrier and retail...

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BlackBerry KEYone going on sale in the US on May 31

Right on schedule, the BlackBerry KEYone can be purchased in the United States starting tomorrow, May 31. The new BlackBerry can be purchased from a select number of Best Buy stores or on BestBuy.com, you can also order the KEYone on Amazon with Prime's two-day shipping for $549 from both stores. As it stands, Sprint availability is still up in the air, the press release states that "Additional carrier availability of the BlackBerry KEYone - including Sprint retail availability - is expected to start this summer." Our full written review of the TCL-made BlackBerry KEYone went live...

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Android Pay's Canadian launch leaked by press, solidifies earlier rumor of May 31 launch

Today, a financial news website published a complete post of the payment service's launch in Canada, only to be taken down within the first hour it was live. When users on Reddit couldn't actually add any Canadian bank accounts to Android Pay, this is when they realized the website may have pulled the trigger a bit early. Since earlier reports alleged that Android Pay was going to launch in Canada on May 31, this occurrence only gives more credibility to those allegations. Google is akin to launching things on Wednesdays, so this could very well be the real deal. According to the post,...

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Huawei P10 is unofficially available in the US for $531.99

While it is the first P-series Huawei handset to be released in Canada, the P10 still isn't headed to the US unfortunately. Not through the official channels at least. But what if you are in the US and for some reason simply have to have a P10? Well, now there's a solution for your problem. One eBay seller with 99.7% positive feedback (out of more than 13,000 reviews) is offering to ship you the dual-SIM international model of the P10, namely the VTR-L29 iteration. You can pick from blue, gold, or black, and regardless of which color you choose you will be required to pay $531.99 for the...

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