Month: March 2017

Samsung announces the Galaxy S8 and S8+

It’s official, Samsung has announced their latest flagships, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ at its Unpacked event yesterday morning in New York City.

The S8 packs the new Infinity Display, featuring a bezel-less design, Gorilla Glass 5 technology and a resolution of 2960×1440, similar to the LG G6. The reason for the tall screen is because the navigation keys are no longer physical, however the home button area of the display is pressure-sensitive, meaning you can press hard on that area to trigger the home button, even if it’s hidden. The S8 and S8+ will feature 5.8″ and 6.2″ screens respectively. Unlike the S7, the S8 will not have a flat screen variant.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with an 8 megapixel Smart Autofocus F1.7 front camera and a 12 megapixel Dual Pixel F1.7 rear camera with enhanced image processing. This should make low light photography look great and we are yet to see how it will perform in real life scenarios.

The new phones also feature the industry’s first 10nm processor, supporting gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi as well. The Snapdragon 835 will power the new phones, and in some countries they will come with the Exynos 8895 chipset instead. It is also the first phone to come with Bluetooth 5 technology.

They are one of the first phones to be MOBILE HDR PREMIUM certified, letting you watch and play the latest content with vibrant colours and contrasts. Vulkan API makes a return in the S8 and S8+, originally introduced in the S7.

The S8 and S8+ will have a few features carried over from the S7 and S7 edge, including expandable memory (with hybrid Dual SIM in some countries), Always On Display, IP67 water and dust resistance and fast charging capabilities.

Samsung has created a new virtual assistant exclusively for the new handsets dubbed Bixby. There is a dedicated button for it found at the left side of the device and can integrate with various Samsung apps including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings with third-party expansion in the near future. The built-in image recognition technology can help with searching for images and shopping.

As well as these new features, Samsung has unveiled the Gear VR with Controller, powered by Oculus, enabling one-handed motion interaction when viewing VR content. They can also connect to the new Gear 360 to create 4K 360 degree videos and 15 MP photos.

Productivity users will find the new Samsung flagships very useful as they feature Samsung DeX, enabling you to turn your phone into a desktop computer and get your work done using a mouse and keyboard. This is similar to the Lumia 950’s Windows Continuum feature.

The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back, and the iris scanner makes a debut previously found in the Note7.

The S8 and S8+ will be available starting April 21, available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold.

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Looks like the PlayStation 4 can now preload game patches

This was spotted on my PS4 today, and is one of the first titles to make use of this feature. It seems like the 4.50 update now enables developers to send game patches and set a time when they will be installable and ready to use. This is very similar to preloading a pre-ordered game.

What we are looking at here is the LittleBigPlanet 3 1.25 update, and the patch notes say this:

LittleBigPlanet Game Update 1.25 has begun rolling-out for some players today is scheduled to go live on  Friday March 17th at 12:01AM GMT.

What this means is that over the next three days, the update will become available to you all periodically but you won’t be able to install it until the time mentioned above. Meaning that once the install time of March 17th 12:01AM GMT is here, you can all install the new update without having to wait for it to download and can begin playing together right away!

This is pretty cool indeed, as people with slow internet connections may have to wait a while for large updates to download (this one is 1.3 GB) but it is up to the developers to make use of this feature. I’m guessing it is on hold for Friday so that the servers can be updated to take advantage of the new features of 1.25.

This feature is exclusive to PS4, as when I tried to check for any available update for the PS3 version it did not find anything. So I’m guessing PS3 users will have to wait till Friday as usual.

Source: LittleBigPlanet.com