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Samsung is testing their own Android Go smartphone

Specs leaked!

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Across smartphone history, Samsung has always veered away from the Android One or Android Go program. The Korea-based company prefers more premium branding, whether for the flagship or the affordable market. Until now, that is.

Currently, Samsung is testing a smartphone for the affordable market. Tagged the SM-J260, the smartphone will also go through Google’s Android Go program.

The Android Go program offers a complete Android experience for entry-level smartphones. When produced, Samsung’s take on Android Go will provide a unique blend for the company’s budget offerings.

As of now, the SM-J260, segmented for different markets, has begun testing in countries where entry-level phones enjoy a modicum of profitability. For example, the SM-J260G is testing in the Southeast Asian region.

With the segmentation, leaks have reportedly revealed the specs of this pioneering smartphone.

Particularly, the SM-J260F will sport a 5.0-inch Super AMOLED screen. Under the hood, it will tout a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 7570 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage.

For cameras, it will carry an 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera combination. It will power through the day with a meager 2600mAh battery.

As with all Android Go phones, it will come installed with the latest Android 8.1 Oreo, upgrading to Android P when it comes.

Despite the lowly specs, the Android Go program depicts one of the more profitable markets in significant countries. When it launches, Samsung’s take plays a part in creating more recognizable offerings in that particular market. For now, we’ll have to wait for more announcements surrounding this entry-level phone.

SEE ALSO: Samsung files a patent for a bezel-less, notch-less Galaxy Note

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Apple releases two new Apple Watch Pride Edition bands

For Pride Month 2022

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Show off your colors. June is once again Pride Month. To celebrate the occasion, Apple is releasing two new Pride Edition bands for the Apple Watch. It comes in two amazing flavors, giving users some options on how to express their identity. Starting today, Apple Watch users can customize their bands with the Pride Edition Sport Loop and the Pride Edition Nike Sports Loop.

First off, the Pride Edition Sport Loop is a white nylon band brandishing the combined power of several pride flags including transgender and gender-nonconforming identities. It also has colors for the Black and the Latinx community. Crossing each color in the rainbow, a stylized “pride” shines across the band, similar to the style of the classic Macintosh “hello.”

Further, with the new App Clip functionality, the band comes with its own dedicated watch face to match hardware with software.

Secondly, the Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop is a simpler black band with pride colors across its length. The main headline is the accompanying watch face, though. As part of Nike’s Be True collection, the watch face is a gradient depicting pride colors and representing the identity in sports.

Both bands are now available for order online for US$ 49. It will also come to Apple Store branches starting May 26.

Besides the two bands, Apple is also releasing a Shot on iPhone campaign during Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch’s wallpaper ‘Fluid’ is a coming out story

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Google’s AI created these photos, and they look so real

From a new system called Imagen

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Have you ever seen art created by an AI? A few platforms today can generate amazing images based on a word prompt. Most of those are limited to more surreal images. You wouldn’t really mistake them for photos taken with a camera. However, Google, getting into the trend themselves, have a different goal in mind: photorealism.

It’s called Imagen, and Google just announced what it is and what it can do. Besides the more technical explanation, the announcement also revealed a few examples from the new text-to-image system.

While a few examples are still surreal (like an alien octopus reading a newspaper), quite a bit are uncannily real. One depicts a corgi riding on a bicycle while wearing shades. Another depicts a delectable chocolate dessert shaped like a bald eagle. If it weren’t for the “Imagen” logo at the bottom, these photos can likely fool anyone perusing the internet.

Google boasts that the new system can outclass the current leaders in text-to-image systems. Of course, the playing field is still a sparse one. AI isn’t taking over the world. Regardless, Google’s latest efforts are impressive.

Unfortunately, not everyone can test it out. Google is keeping the system away from the public for now. Given today’s susceptibility to false information, a well-made generated image (especially that of politicians or celebrities) can potentially disrupt news cycles.

Additionally, because of the sheer amount of data fed to the system, it is prone to using stereotypes for its images. For example, if you ask for an image depicting a CEO, it will likely churn out an image of a white male.

As such, Google wants to work on perfecting the system first before unleashing it to the world.

SEE ALSO: Sundar Pichai – Up Close & Personal at Google I/O 2022

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MediaTek launches its first mmWave 5G chip, the Dimensity 1050

Along with Dimensity 930 and Helio G99

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5G connectivity isn’t just about having 5G. If you’ve delved a bit deeper into what the network can do, you might have seen two types: sub-6GHz and mmWave. One is naturally different from the other. Compared to sub-6GHz, mmWave does carry more potential for the future. Marking this move to future, MediaTek has announced the Dimensity 1050 chipset, the company’s first mmWave 5G SoC.

When 5G first launched, the technology used sub-6GHz frequencies. These frequencies are practically the same as the ones used in 4G and older networks. On the other hand, mmWave uses frequencies above that, boosting what the network is capable of. It does, however, take more time to adopt mmWave technologies as it requires upgrades to both hardware and infrastructure.

The Dimensity 1050 chipset now offers both network compatibilities. According to MediaTek, the processor can deliver up to 53 percent faster speeds. Under the hood, it carries two Arm Cortex-A78 cores and a Mali-G610 GPU. Additionally, it supports UFS 3.1 and LPDDR5 memory.

Besides the Dimensity 1050, MediaTek also launched Dimensity 930 5G chipset for 120Hz Full HD+ displays and HDR 10+ video. The company also launched the Helio G99, a 4G processor for smaller phones.

Dimensity 930 smartphones will launch as early as this quarter. Meanwhile, Dimensity 1050 and Helio G99 smartphones will come out in the next quarter.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces impending release of Pentonic series

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