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The Galaxy A6s is the first phone Samsung isn’t making on its own

Make way, Samsung is eyeing China now

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Samsung is among the very few companies that make their own phones. The South Korean giant directly manages assembly facilities and manufactures a lot of spare parts like display panels and processors in-house. On the other hand, Apple relies completely on third-party assemblers like Foxconn and Wistron in China. Even Xiaomi outsources the making of its phones and has a huge network of investment in companies like Huami.

In light of this, Samsung has announced the Galaxy A6s and A9s in China. The A9s seems like a rebranded Chinese variant of the recently announced Galaxy A9 and sports four rear cameras. The A6s has nothing special in terms of hardware, but the manufacturing process of the phone is special here.

The A6s is Samsung’s first ODM (original design manufacturer) phone according to The Korea Herald. In simple terms, Samsung designed the phone and handed over the blueprints to an assembly partner. The Korean giant has partnered with a Chinese company called Wingtech, which also makes phones for Xiaomi.

Coming back to the actual phone, the A6s sports a 6-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC along with 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage. The rear has a dual-camera setup, each a 12-megapixel sensor, and the front has a 12-megapixel selfie shooter. The A6s is backed by a 3300mAh battery and shall retail for CNY 1,800 (US$ 260) via JD.com.

According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung has a less than one percent market share in China, and the company aims to get a better foothold in the coming quarters. Samsung already has factories in China, but outsourcing to local players is ultimately even cheaper. This is just a minor strategy change for the company, and it has a reputation for molding itself into a new market like a local.

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OnePlus accidentally disables OnePlus 8 Pro’s x-ray camera worldwide

Update rolling out in India

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Weeks ago, OnePlus confirmed a brewing privacy controversy surrounding the recently released OnePlus 8 Pro. Apparently, the premium smartphone’s Photochrom filter can penetrate through thin material like plastic or clothing. Despite OnePlus’s assurances to the contrary, several reviewers have demonstrated the feature’s strong capabilities. As a result, OnePlus has promised to disable the feature temporarily before working on a more permanent solution.

Surprisingly, after all the hullaballoo, OnePlus is disabling the feature only in Chinese smartphones. Presumably, the invasive feature is a more serious threat in China, compared to other nations. However, a recent update reveals a change of mind. Further, a followup hints at conflicting decisions inside OnePlus.

In India, OnePlus 8 Pro users are receiving new OTA updates — Oxygen OS 10.5.9.IN11, 10.5.9.IN11AA, and 10.5.9.IN11DA — that carries only one item in the patch notes, as posted in the OnePlus forums. As you might expect by now, the exactly similar patches remove the Photochrom filter temporarily “for adjustment.” In this case, “temporarily” is hugely short-term. The update promises the feature’s return “around June.”

However, after users spotted the update, OnePlus has quickly issued a statement, saying that the updates rolled out accidentally. Apparently, the company did not intend to disable the feature for non-Chinese models. As such, an upcoming OTA update will re-enable the feature.

Naturally, if you don’t live in India or China, your OnePlus 8 Pro still has the controversial Photochrom filter. However, OnePlus’s lingering uncertainty in India marks similar uncertainty in handling the privacy controversy.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 8 Pro review: Best of the best

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Twitter adds draft, schedule tweets on the web

Sending tweets just got more flexible

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Sending tweets just got more flexible. Twitter is now adding an option for users to draft a tweet which they can continue later. Plus, there is now an option to schedule when a tweet should be posted.

Users don’t have to do anything to take advantage of these new features. Twitter has enabled these features just recently to everyone after experimenting with them in November.

For users who want to draft a tweet, they simply have to click “X” on the tweet window. A prompt to save the tweet will appear. Clicking “Save” will send the tweet to the “Unsent Tweet” where users can see a list of their drafted tweets.

It is important to note that drafted tweets will sync only on the web version of Twitter. There’s no option yet to see web version drafted tweets on the mobile app.

Meanwhile, those who wanted to schedule their tweets can do so by clicking on the new calendar icon on the bottom left of the tweet window. By doing so, a schedule option will appear, and users can change the date and time of the tweet’s post schedule.

Twitter Support prepared a little video for those who prefer to watch these new features in action:

These new features are surely a welcome addition to the platform. Perhaps, users who wanted to clarify their thoughts first before tweeting should greatly benefit from this feature. Now, if only Twitter would give its users an option to edit tweets. It’s still a pipe dream, but with new changes being introduced to the platform, it’s not impossible.

Source: The Verge

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Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might now be in mass production

Launch alongside the Note 20?

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could be announced in August, as a report from South Korea states that the phone has just entered mass production. It’s already over a year since the company unveiled the first-gen Fold.

Daily Korea reported on insider information around Samsung’s current manufacturing scenario. The company will use UTG (ultra-thin glass) in the Fold 2. The same tech was applied on the Galaxy Flip. UTG is considered to be superior to CPI (transparent polyimide) present in Galaxy Fold.

Furthermore, the report says Samsung has already placed bulk orders for the components needed for mass manufacturing with major suppliers. Considering that foldable phones use more complex parts, the report believes the time between order and delivery will be higher than usual.

The Fold 2 is expected to share the stage with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series in August. A recent report claimed that Samsung could launch a more affordable option of the Galaxy Fold to clear out pending inventory. The phone shall have minor changes to cut down costs but retain the same form factor.

Churning in the rumor mills the Fold 2 is expected to sport a hole-punch camera, a 7.59-inch inner display, and a 120Hz refresh rate. The outer screen could be 6.23-inches with a 60Hz refresh rate.

Just like the S and Note-series, Samsung has created a 6-month cycle to launch these foldable flagships. The Fold-lineup goes along with the Note and the Flip tags along with S-series. Each, offering a unique selling point and enough distinguishing factors.

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