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Samsung’s flexible phone delayed by technical issues

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Remember that foldable phone Samsung showed off in 2014? No, not the W2017 launched just a couple of months ago, but the concept device that was flexible enough to transform from a pocket-sized phone into a 7-inch tablet.

Its buzz was revived recently when Samsung was found to have filed patents in the US for a “clam-type smartphone.” In typical competitive fashion, rivals Apple, Microsoft, and LG have been filing similar patents for their own bendable handsets.


Now, sources claim Samsung could begin small-time production for this so-called “Galaxy X” during the fourth quarter of 2017. This goes against reports from last month saying production would start in the third quarter of this year.

Technical issues are apparently the cause of the delay, referring to the poor reliability of the polyimide-based plastic cover needed to make the phones flexible. Since this vital material won’t become dependable enough until the first half of 2018, we’re looking at the second half of next year for mass production.

Flexible display technology isn’t exactly new; OLED displays with plastic components have already made it into phones like the LG G Flex series, which even had a self-healing body. The execution will be different this time, and could set the trend for smartphones released in 2018. This year already has bezel-less designs as the current fad.

Additional rumors cite Samsung showing off another sample of the Galaxy X at Mobile World Congress later this month, but we wouldn’t hold our breaths, especially since we’ve yet to see the Galaxy S8 in person.

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Source: DigiTimes

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In a smart world, Supreme is making a dumb phone

It offers a rich detox

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We’ve often seen luxury brands venture into tech and launch a few limited edition gadgets. Porsche Design has been making rebranded BlackBerry’s and Android phones for quite some time and they’ve been a huge success. Similarly, there are dedicated brands like Vertu that intended to cater to this ultra-posh demand.

Fashion brand Supreme has also announced a phone, but don’t get too excited. It’s a feature phone that sports huge Supreme branding on the back and comes in their signature red color. Other than the logo and two-decade-old feel, the phone has nothing new to offer.


The specs sheet is supremely short as well. It has a 2.4-inch display, dual SIM support, a camera, and 3G support. If you’re rich enough and want to take a digital detox, this phone is built for you. Else, you can always just flaunt the Supreme logo.

It’s actually manufactured by Blu and The Verge says it could be a rebranded Zoey 2.4. If that’s the case, we also know it’ll have 128MB RAM and 16GB storage via an external SD card.

Even though Supreme hasn’t officially announced the price, don’t expect it to be “affordable”. This is the same brand that sold a branded brick for US$ 30. And these “used” bricks are now selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

This won’t be their first tech product though. Supreme had launched a branded power bank, which too got sold out in a very short period of time.

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Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo phones could soon have AirDrop-like feature

Sharing files has never been easier

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The Apple eco-system is famous for its feature integration across all devices. Transferring files between two iPhones is simple and quick thanks to wireless AirDrop functionality. Similarly, an iPhone and a Mac are virtually always connected via a single Apple ID.

Though, Apple’s products are restricted and cannot communicate with the phone of other brands directly. Android, on the other hand, is open-source and able to communicate with a wider range of devices. Though, brands have developed their own proprietary tech like Samsung Mirror or Huawei Share. Again, these are limited to the company’s own eco-system.


Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO want to make it easier for users and have announced a new cross-brand direct file transfer alliance. Devices of all three brands will be able to transfer files at 20 MB/s without the need of a third-party service like ShareIt.

Implementing an AirDrop-like system on Android is impossible because every brand relies on its in-house software. This includes various skins like MIUI, ColorOS, and Funtouch OS. The three brands are open to other companies joining the alliance.

This is a huge step in favor of the user because the three brands hold a combined market share of almost 50 percent in China. We wouldn’t be surprised to see other brands like Huawei joining soon.

A standardized protocol ensures everyone is on the same page. Another notable association would be Wireless Power Consortium that manages the Qi wireless charging standard. It lets everyone leverage the same technology, making the user experience streamlined. For a change, even Apple is a part of this group.

Google also has been trying to push a unified messaging protocol called Rich Communication Services (RCS). It can be an easy-to-use messaging service like Apple’s iMessage, compatible across all Android phones.

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Buy from the App Store without a credit card with Smart

iTunes, Apple Music, App Store purchases simplified

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For the longest time, if you want to purchase an app in the App Store, you have to use your credit or debit card to complete the payment process. The same story goes when you want to subscribe to Apple Music. Smart Philippines would like to change that by introducing a new form of payment for Apple services: your mobile number.

Starting August 15, Smart is extending its carrier billing for purchases made in the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, and iCloud. This means you can now use your Smart mobile number as an option to pay for all Apple services. The purchase will be directly deducted from your prepaid load or automatically charged from your monthly postpaid bill.


To enable this option, you simply need to do the following:

  1. Sign-in to your Apple device using your Apple ID. If you don’t have one yet, create an Apple ID first.
  2. Select “Mobile Phone” as your payment method from your account settings in App Store, Apple Music, or iTunes.

Once you’ve done all the steps, you’re good to go. Your payment will be automatically processed and configured. With this payment option, you can pay for your favorite apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, along with Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud storage plans.

Apple services include the popular iTunes, Apple Music, iCloud and the App Store. This year, Apple is doubling down on its services in light of declining iPhone sales. Last March, the company introduced Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, as well as the Apple Card.

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