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OPPO F3 Plus Unboxing

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OPPO is taking its “selfie expert” claim seriously, and it shows in its latest offering that we’re unboxing, the OPPO F3 Plus.

The Chinese smartphone company’s new phone is headlined by its dual-camera, but it’s not where you’d normally find dual-cameras. Instead of the back, the dual-shooter is in front.

The first one is a 16-megapixel camera with a 1/3.1-inch sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, while the other one is an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter. If you’re crazy about selfies, then there’s probably a lot to like about this new phone.

OPPO promised that with this phone, you’ll be able to take good photos anytime, anywhere.

It also comes with low-temperature fast charging care of OPPO’s VOOC tech. The OPPO F3 Plus comes in black and gold, and retails for PhP 23,990. You can preorder the phone now at Lazada.com.ph.

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Microsoft’s Your Phone app brings Android apps to Windows 10

This is what the future looks like

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Your Phone app will be able to run Android apps on your laptop or computer by streaming your phone’s screen. You can open an app, pin it to the taskbar, or quite literally do anything you want to. The feature will be extremely handy since it actually ports two completely different ecosystems into one.

Samsung just announced its top-tier offerings, including the Galaxy Note 20 series, Galaxy Tab 7, and the Galaxy Fold2 5G. They also announced further partnerships with Microsoft that’ll not only bundle Office apps on Samsung phones but also bring Android apps to a Windows computer.

Samsung has always marketed the Note-lineup as productivity-focused. With the Windows integration, you can complete work on-the-go with a Note 20 and quickly sync data with your primary machine.

This kind of looks like how Huawei Share works between a Huawei phone and laptop.

The more exciting part is the feature won’t be limited to the flagships. The list of compatible phones include but are not limited to the following:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
  • Samsung Galaxy A50s

The total number of supported devices stands at 33 at the moment.

There will also be new notification badges for your Android phone apps that you have kept open on the Windows machine. However, Microsoft does warn that certain apps may block this functionality considering they do limit the ability to cast screens to other devices.

This will also help you reduce app duplications. Simple apps like Spotify, WhatsApp, and Slack can be installed on one device and used seamlessly, without reaching out to another device.

The app is shipping to testers as part of the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 and is rolling out to Windows Insider testers at this time. With this app, Microsoft is not only advancing the experience of its own operating system but also ensuring its core products like Office are used the most on rival platforms like Android. To do so, it’s tapping Samsung’s potential as a phone maker.

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Samsung commits to three years of updates on its flagships

2019 flagships are also covered with the new change

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There’s one big change that Samsung is doing with the release of its latest flagships. From now on, Samsung is committing to three years of software updates. It’s a big change for the company.

All Samsung flagships starting with the Note 20 series will receive three major OS updates. This also applies to the recently-launched Galaxy Fold Z Fold2 5G. As such, buyers can expect the flagship to sport Android 13 since this recently-released flagship has Android 10 onboard.

In a surprising move, the company is also doing the same for the Galaxy S10 series released last year. The 2019 flagship has Android 9 on board, so users of that device can upgrade up to Android 12 in the future. As a matter of fact, Samsung confirmed to The Verge that all S, Note, and Z-series phones from 2019 will receive up to three years of updates.

See also: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — what the leaks didn’t tell you

As for the Galaxy A-series phones, Samsung said that support will vary depending on the hardware. Perhaps, budget-oriented A-series phones will stick to two years of updates. Still, it’s better to wait for Samsung’s official announcement regarding the per-device update roadmap.

Still, the change is a welcome move for everyone. In the past, the company only committed to two years of updates for most of its smartphones. For example, Samsung’s 2017 S flagship — Galaxy S8 — came with Android 7 Nougat and can be upgraded to Android 9 Pie. Moving to three years of updates allow users to keep the device for longer, which has a tremendous impact on the environment as well as the economy.

A looming domino effect?

With Samsung’s move, it is not far-fetched to think that other companies will follow suit. A major Android manufacturer pushing the needle for software updates is enough to compel others to provide a year or more of software updates.

Perhaps, this shall start a trend of supporting phones for longer. As more companies begin supporting their devices for longer, two years of updates will soon be not enough. In the future, Android users may expect three years to become the norm for updates. This is not just a pipe dream anymore, as Google and OnePlus are already doing it.

While it may seem like a big thing in the Android world, three years of updates are still measly compared to Apple’s support for its iPhones. Still, Samsung’s move is a step in the right direction, and it sure is a welcome one for those who keep their devices for longer.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is finally official

Here’s everything you need to know!

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Samsung Unpacked has got to be the most leaked event ever. That said, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is now finally official.

The Galaxy Fold2 5G has two edge-to-edge displays, both featuring an Infinity-O punch-hole cut-out. The outer screen is 6.2-inch big and has a taller aspect ratio. The second display is visible when the fold is opened up. It measures 7.6-inch and has a 1:1 ratio.

Samsung was the first brand to widely sell a foldable phone. With the Galaxy Fold, it brought a radical change in how we envisioned modern smartphones. While companies like Motorola and Huawei have tried to keep up, but with little success.

With its foldable, Samsung is following two flagships per year pattern consisting of — the Fold series and the Flip series.

Thom Browne Edition

Like last year, Samsung is once again partnering with iconic New York fashion house Thom Browne to deliver a limited Galaxy Z Fold2 Thom Browne Edition for that little something extra that Samsung always delivers.

Information was scarce during the presentation. We don’t know what the cameras are capable of or how much the thing will cost. Samsung did say to watch out as they will reveal more on September 1 — which is also the start of the pre-order date for the Galazy Z Fold2.

WATCH our Galaxy Note 20 Series video

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