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Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is experiencing a revival

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The most important takeaway from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 press conference yesterday is that the Korean tech giant has learned from its mistakes, and is not afraid to take full responsibility for the explosive incident. Now that the investigations are over and all issues have been set aside, Samsung is already announcing the next phase for the Galaxy Note line.

In an interview with CNET, Samsung’s mobile chief D.J. Koh said his company “will bring back a better, safer, and very innovative Note 8.” After rumors spread about Samsung possibly killing off the Note series with all the bad press last year, hearing this is sweet music to loyal fans.


And yet, it’s a risky move. The Note 7 is now synonymous with exploding devices; airlines went out of their way to prevent people from taking the smartphone on board planes, and even went as far as stopping flights when there was just a hint of one in the area.

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Samsung Galaxy Note series through the years

Even worse, Samsung’s greatest phone to date has become an internet meme, and not in a good way. Like everything posted on the web, the image of Samsung’s safety hazard will never be erased. With the pending announcement of the Galaxy S8 coming near the end of March, Samsung must begin enforcing the fact that it’s now the most well-equipped manufacturer after this disaster.

Just to prove how confident Samsung is in reviving its stylus-wielding Galaxy brand, the company is looking into relaunching the Note 7 — the redesigned ones, of course. While there’s no announced date or adjusted price yet, the company is listening to consumers and gauging which regions are most demanding.

The slow recall of the Note 7 should be proof enough how clingy users are to Samsung’s 2016 phablet. Out of the three million units sold globally, four percent are still in consumers hands; that’s a total of approximately 120,000 units still on the loose. As of last month, there were more discontinued Note 7 smartphones in use than the LG V20 and OnePlus 3T combined.

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Honor promises to deliver Android Q to its Honor 20 series

Existing phones will continue to receive updates

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Amid the issues surrounding its parent company, Huawei, Honor is confident to tell its users and those who are interested in getting an Honor phone that there’s nothing to worry about. The company would like to address the questions of the public about the effects of the imposed trade ban.

First and foremost, all Honor phones will continue to receive security patches and future Android updates. Anyone using an Honor phone will continue to access their apps like they normally would. Additionally, the existing warranties of purchased devices will still be honored for any required services.


Basically, Honor is following the footsteps of its parent company in making it clear for everyone that the trade ban won’t affect any of their current devices.

Moreover, Honor promises to deliver the upcoming version of Android, which is called Android Q for now, to its latest Honor 20 series. The list includes the Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20, and Honor 20 Lite devices. No news about the Android Q fate of other Honor phones, though.

While we’re at it, check out our Honor 20 Pro unboxing and hands-on to know more about Honor’s newest flagship phone:

SEE ALSO: Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

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Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 rolls out to Realme 1 and UI

Sticking to the schedule

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As promised, Realme has started rolling out the stable versions of ColorOS 6 for its older phones. The newest version of ColorOS brings in Android Pie and quite a number of features that’ll bring new life to Realme’s older devices.

The initial two recipients of the Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 is Realme’s first smartphone, the Realme 1, and also last year’s Realme U1. The update for the Realme 1 carries version number CPH1859EX_11_A.37, while the Realme U1’s update has version number RMX1831EX_11_A.10.


The ColorOS 6 update will make older Realme models on par with the newer releases software-wise. It’ll have a refreshed UI with an app drawer and gesture navigation. There are also improvements in the camera department including the Nightscape Mode. Of course, the update brings a new security patch level as well.

As always, the update will come to a few devices first before it reaches every Realme 1 and U1 phones available.

Based on Realme’s schedule, next in line are the Realme 2 and C1. ColorOS 6 should become available for the two in the coming days or weeks.

Via: Fonearena

SEE ALSO: Realme will update all phones to Android 9 Pie starting May

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Bill Gates believes Microsoft losing to Android is his ‘greatest mistake’

He regrets that Microsoft didn’t beat Google

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It’s no secret that Microsoft is enjoying the dominance of Windows on PCs, but its mobile counterpart didn’t do well while it was still alive. Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile failed to compete with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in the mobile scene. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates saw this as a missed opportunity.

During a talk with venture capital company Village Global, Bill Gates admitted that he regrets that Microsoft lost to Google in making a “standard non-Apple phone platform.”


The whole interview is available for viewing on YouTube and it’s more than an hour long. A lot of topics were discussed with useful insights about startups, investments, major world issues from Bill Gates himself.

One of the interesting answers from Gates was the revelation of his “greatest mistake ever,” which was Microsoft failing to take the opportunity Android had before.

In his own words, “In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win. It really is winner take all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 percent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? US$ 400 billion that would be transferred from company G to company M.

Gates’ owning the mistake is somewhat surprising because it was assumed that it was Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, who didn’t saw the touchscreen revolution coming. Ballmer even laughed at the iPhone and called it unappealing to business customers because it lacks a keyboard. Hence, the company stuck with phones with keyboards.

We all know it was a big mistake for Microsoft as a company to ignore the iPhone. Google, on the other hand, took the golden chance and now they are on top of the mobile operating system chain.

Microsoft eventually came up with Windows Phone and launched it in 2010. It was pretty good, although it lacks the apps people are already enjoying on an iPhone or any Android device.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service is coming in October

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