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Samsung to sell used high-end phones next year — report

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Soon, that high-end Samsung smartphone you’ve been wishing for might be had for less. And no, we’re not talking about buying it from a gray-market importer.

The world’s top phone maker, whose recent works include premium phablets like the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy A9 Pro, is reportedly preparing to launch a program to sell refurbished handsets as early as next year, a person “with direct knowledge of the matter” told Reuters Monday. If pushed ahead, used high-end phones returned by users in markets like the U.S. and South Korea where Samsung offers one-year upgrade programs will be resold at a discount.

The report hasn’t been confirmed yet, and the Reuters source declined to drill into details, such as where the priced-reduced, refurbished phones would be sold and for how much. Without any idea how significant the savings would be, it’s tough to comment on the matter.

Regardless, the idea of not paying full price for a Samsung flagship should appeal to many. Not to mention, second-hand options sold directly by brands to consumers usually undergo a tight refurbishment process (to fix or replace faulty parts) and are covered by a warranty. It’s probably right to assume reconditioned Samsung Galaxy S and Note devices won’t be any different.

Those who have been hoping for years that Samsung would compete with the second-hand market may be asking: Why now? We could imagine that risking cannibalizing the sale of new mid- to high-end Galaxy smartphones was an incredibly difficult decision, but some would argue it’s for the best. Samsung is already facing increased competition in China and other parts of Asia where Chinese brands have done so well in recent years.

In the West, Samsung’s greatest rival already sells used devices on the Apple Refurbished Store, offerings discounts between 15 and 25 percent on MacBooks and iPads. It also wants to sell refurbished iPhones in India, but the plan has been put on hold after meeting stiff resistance from local companies and the Indian government.

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Source: Reuters

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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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