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Here’s how Samsung repaired the Galaxy Fold

Preparing for a September launch

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The Galaxy Fold is in for repairs. After a disastrous first launch, Samsung withdrew the foldable smartphone from its planned life cycle. The new form factor carried glaring flaws. Samsung went back to the drawing board.

After months of working, Samsung is finally ready for a new launch. The Galaxy Fold will return in September. Naturally, everyone has a burning question: is the new Fold better? Before the launch, Samsung has unveiled their much-needed improvements to the smartphone.

For one, Samsung has extended the top protective layer beyond the top bezel. In effect, the layer is much more visible, preventing users from peeling it off accidentally. Previously, early testers peeled this layer off, thinking that it was just a regular film. Apparently, the protective layer is integral to the smartphone. Peeling it off will break the smartphone’s screen.

Secondly, Samsung has added new reinforcements to the phone’s folding mechanisms. Supposedly, the new mechanism will prevent dirt from entering the phone. A few months ago, the folding mechanism was too prone to external interference. Likewise, Samsung added more metal layers for general reinforcement against other damages.

Outside of hardware changes, Samsung has also reportedly worked on user experience changes. Unfortunately, the company has not unveiled what these changes will entail.

Hopefully, Samsung’s repairs will turn into a much better smartphone. Currently, the foldable smartphone’s success is still up in the air. Thankfully, Samsung’s (and Huawei’s) impending launch will finally answer the foldable smartphone’s uncertainty.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s rescheduled Galaxy Fold launch ‘will not be too late’

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India’s new SMS regulation creates havoc for banks, essential services

SMS deliveries have been down for days

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Indian telecom service providers started implementing the second phase of a new SMS regulation, disrupting essential services like OTP (one-time passwords), bank updates, and e-commerce messages. This is an industry-wide issue affecting everything, including India’s identity verification program called Aadhaar and the Coronavirus vaccination portal called CoWIN.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently issued a guideline that mandated verifying every SMS and its content before delivery. The process is technically called scrubbing and was implemented on March 8, 2021. As a result, unverified and unregistered SMS messages were blocked by telcos.

TRAI says that scrubbing helps reduce spam or misleading messages that pretend to be from a financial institution. The process helps in differentiating between promotional and transactional messages. To control fraud, a blockchain-based solution is used by telcos to check every SMS’ header and content. If the source isn’t registered, the message won’t go through.

Telcos say that they simply followed the upgrade regulations and that telemarketers and companies are yet to join the formal registration process. Unfortunately, neither the telcos nor the banks have issued a statement to address public outrage.

Every transaction done by a credit or debit card is authenticated on the spot via a preset PIN or SMS OTP in India. For online transactions, a vast majority of users rely on OTPs, and these just aren’t getting delivered. Even SMS updates about a transaction aren’t able to go through. Telcos pushed back and pinned the blame on companies and their lax adoption, which have failed to comply with regulatory standards.

According to BloombergQuint, Axis Bank, one of India’s largest private banks, can deliver only 25 to 30 percent of the total messages. In the meantime, users are suggested to rely on alternative authentication services like Verified by Visa.

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Huawei P50 will launch with HarmonyOS out of the box

Bye Android

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Because of the ongoing American ban, Huawei is rapidly plummeting down the ranks. Though the company is already struggling to replace multiple components across the board, everything started with the loss of Google. Fortunately, they are already developing an Android alternative called HarmonyOS. However, the supposedly independent operating system is still nowhere to be found. Reportedly, its time has come. According to a Weibo source, the Huawei P50 series will come with HarmonyOS out of the box.

In the now-deleted source (captured by GSMArena), Huawei has already completed the second beta testing phase of its upcoming HarmonyOS and is readying for its third phase. Further, a final release is impending. According to the source, the upcoming P50 series will already come with the system from the get-go.

For existing Huawei users, though, the HarmonyOS beta is already available for anyone who wants to opt in. Naturally, doing so might not be the best decision yet, especially since it’s still in beta. Further, the ecosystem is still building itself into a thriving one.

Despite the software’s continuous development, it hasn’t been free from controversy. According to past rumors, HarmonyOS is apparently still based on Android’s software, specifically AOSP. If it’s true by the final release, the company hasn’t strayed away from its Android roots.

The Huawei P50 series is set to launch sometime this month.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P50 series still coming in March

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro now available with Smart postpaid plans

Starting at PhP 2,899 per month

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Huawei’s latest flagship, the Mate 40 Pro, can now be had on Smart’s Signature postpaid plans. For as low as PhP 2,899 per month, you can have the latest and the greatest from Huawei plus all the perks from Smart.

The perks include 15GB of data with rollover, unlimited texts and calls to all networks, and free 150 minutes of calls to local PLDT numbers. You will need to pay a PhP 9,800 one-time cashout.

If you want to make the most out of your device plan, apply now until March 31 to get a free, exclusive ring light case worth PhP 3,999. Physical store applications will net you a free wireless table lamp worth PhP 2,499 from March 12 to April 30.

Freebies for Huawei devices

Now is the best time also to check out Smart’s postpaid plans for Huawei devices. Every Huawei P40 Pro+, Nova series, and Y series postpaid plans now come with freebies worth up to PhP 20,990. You can grab this amazing deal only at Smart stores nationwide until March 31, 2021.

To know more about this offer, visit Smart’s website today.

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