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Samsung announces the world’s first holed smartphone

Named the Galaxy A8s

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When Stephen Curry starts banking impossible threes, you’re in for an absolute show. Likewise, when a technology company starts hammering home tons of new developments, you’re in for a wave of hype. Whatever your choice of playmaker is, it shouldn’t get in the way of an outstanding game.

Like Curry, Samsung has found its rhythm as of late. Despite winding down the year, the company has jumpstarted the hype train early for next year. Already, they are reportedly developing multiple new form factors. These include a foldable smartphone, fully integrated screen, and all-screen fingerprint reader.

As of today, add another one to that growing list. After officially announcing the Galaxy A6s and A9s, Samsung teased an entirely new form factor for the future. Named the Galaxy A8s, the new smartphone will tout a hole on the display, rather than an unsightly notch.

More specifically, the smartphone’s display will sport a tiny hole on the upper-left corner. The hole will house the phone’s front-facing camera. Presumably, the sensors will sit around this area. Regardless, the new design will minimize, if not eliminate, the phone’s bezels.

Of course, with today’s current designs, the phone might still have a tiny top chin for sensors. However, Samsung is concurrently developing a solution for this. According to other reports, the company is creating a fully integrated screen that buries the sensors underneath the screen.

With the announcement, Samsung overtakes Huawei in formally announcing a holed phone. Previously, Huawei was reportedly building a phone with the same form factor. Sadly, the company hasn’t announced anything regarding this development.

For now, the future Samsung Galaxy A8s brings this form factor into reality. Unfortunately, Samsung has not added any more details about the phone. As of now, Samsung’s holed phone remains a distant (but assured) point in the future.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases its foldable smartphone’s launch date

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Selena Gomez’s new music video was shot on an iPhone 11 Pro

This might just be the best smartphone camera to date

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We’ve all heard the pitch — smartphones can be used to grace a cover shoot for a magazine or film an entire music video. Some people find it hard to believe that smartphones are now as powerful as ever.

However, acclaimed director Sophie Muller shocked the world when she directed Selena Gomez’s latest music video which was shot entirely on the new iPhone 11 Pro.

“Lose You To Love Me” by Selena Gomez

Singer-songwriter Selena Gomez dropped her much anticipated single. Entitled “Lose You To Love Me,” the song tackles the road to self-discovery and promoting self-love. Gomez says, “This song was inspired by many things that have happened in my life since releasing my last album.”

Gomez promoted the music video in a tweet with the hashtag #ShotOniPhone.

Promoted by Apple

The music video was originally meant for Selenators and other pop culture connoisseur. To garner even more attention, Apple uploaded a one-minute clip on its YouTube channel promoting the music video as shot on its latest iPhone.

 

This isn’t the first time that a video was taken using an iPhone. To date, iPhones are being regarded for their highly capable cameras favored by photographers and videographers alike. This recent promotion is only a testament to how the iPhone 11 Pro might just be the best smartphone camera you can ever buy this year. If you want to see its capability, watch Selena Gomez’s full music video.

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Realme’s ColorOS 7 will have near-stock Android

Veering away from OPPO?

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For months there have been rumors and reports about Realme working on its own Android skin, often called “Realme OS.” However, in a recent Q&A video, Madhav Sheth, CEO of Realme, confirmed that phone will continue to be based on ColorOS.

The next major iteration of the skin is dubbed ColorOS 7 and expected to have a near-stock Android experience. What this means is, instead of a complete UI overhaul, the system will retain a majority of Android’s factory design and make incremental changes that don’t hinder the primary experience.

We’ve seen OnePlus ship OxygenOS with a similar philosophy and it has worked out very well for them. From a development point of view, pushing updates to phones could become easier if the core of Android remains untouched. Though there are more factors involved in designing a new update and this may not necessarily materialize.

Madhav also added that this ColorOS 7 will be exclusive to Realme phones, which could mean it won’t be available on OPPO’s phones. Unfortunately, a timeline of the software release hasn’t been shared yet.

This announcement comes just after a week of Xiaomi announcing its MIUI 11 update. The two brands are involved in a fierce battle for supremacy and company employees have often been vocal about this on social media.

There are also reports suggesting that Realme is testing ads within the System UI onboard Realme 1. A recent update to ColorOS 6 has unleashed ads within the Settings app. While this isn’t unheard of and Xiaomi phones have been doing this for quite some time, Realme hasn’t officially announced any secondary plans for ancillary monetization.

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Twitter is finally getting a dark mode for Android!

Updates are rolling out today

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Welcome to the dark side! Twitter is finally rolling out a true dark mode for its Android app. The short-form social media network tweeted an official announcement on its own account. The message is simple: “You can now go lights out on Twitter.”

Twitter is rolling out the update starting today. To activate the feature, swipe open the left-hand options panel. On the lower-left corner, a lightbulb button can easily turn the feature on and off. It will also prompt an automatic toggle that turns the feature on at sunset.

Likewise, Android users can also access the feature through the usual settings menu. From the “Settings and privacy” menu, you can open the “Display and sound” submenu to toggle the new dark mode.

Notably, Twitter for Android already had a rudimentary dark mode — called Dim — in the past. However, the previous iteration was only a dark blue, a far cry from a true, energy-saving dark mode. Twitter’s new “lights out” mode is finally a true black.

Regardless, if you’re a fan of the old Dim mode, the option is still available. The true dark mode, however, is a blessing for energy savers.

Previously, Twitter already released a true dark mode for iOS users. Android’s version was a long time coming. Thankfully, we’re finally here in the dark side. The update should roll out soon for all Android users.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is secretly saving your deleted DMs

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